Saturday, December 26, 2015

Keep Dreaming....

For many of you (myself included), a white Christmas was not on the agenda this year. My feelings were not hurt by the lack of white stuff on the ground. Living in the northeast, snow is something to be expected this time of year, but instead, I reveled in wearing short sleeves and having to open the kitchen window to cool off. I know records were either broken or tied for the warmest temperatures.

For those of you who were wishing for a white Christmas, I REALLY am not sorry! But perhaps these sneak peaks of future releases will brighten your spirits.....
"Merry Sleighbells"
still in the scroll frame without a name!
Take heart my friends, we still have 3 full months of winter left to delight in the white stuff!

A Christmas Greeting from Silver Creek

Why is it that we spend so much time preparing for Christmas, and then once it comes, it's over in the blink of an eye?

For 16 years, my family has gathered at our little ranch house by Silver Creek, to celebrate Christmas. Our house is small, so when 10 people gather, it's quite a crowd! As our tradition dictates, we shared in a dinner of chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, green beans, and cabbage salad. My Aunt Harriet (whom I call the "queen of gravy") taught me the fine art of gravy making many years ago and because of her lessons, I have mastered the skill.

After everyone eats their fill and the dishes are done, the presents are passed out, 1 by 1. We wait for each present to be opened before another one is unwrapped. This way, we can all see what each other received. It's a fun time and there are always stories to share about many of the gifts.

The BEST gift was received by our son, Colvin. On Christmas Eve day, he took his driver's test and is now a proud licensed driver!

As has become our custom, we gather by our fireplace and a family picture is taken. Most years, it has required numerous re-takes, but this year, we nailed it on the very first try!
BACK ROW: Diane, Alan (my husband), Mark (my Dad), Bill (my brother-in-law), Sara (my sister)                          MIDDLE ROW: Leta (my mom), Uncle Harry, Aunt Harriet; FRONT ROW: Colvin (our son), and David (my cousin)
Molly and Chloe each had their own private photo sessions:
my beagle-basset Molly Brown
13-year old, Queen of the Castle, Chloe
From the entire family of Silver Creek Samplers, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a New Year FULL of stitching and many finishes!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

...and Peace came to Silver Creek Road

It's been a VERY LONG TIME since I chatted with my stitching friends and for that I am so very sorry. I'm sure some of you have noticed my blogging absence as well as the fact that I have not released anything new in a long time. Life has a way of throwing curve balls, and this curve ball was one I almost struck out on.

My husband Alan and I have been married for 21 years. We've had our ups and downs, but were always able to keep the train on track...until this year. The marriage train almost ran off the tracks and over a cliff. I wasn't looking forward to Christmas (or anything else). Our State of the Union was crumbling and we were both ready to secede from it. As the holiday season approached, my mom and sister asked me what was on my Christmas list. I told them all I wanted was Peace on Silver Creek Road. However only my husband and I could make that happen and it wasn't looking likely that it would. Thankfully, Christmas is the season of miracles.

As we were trying to make our way through this dark wilderness, I could only focus on getting through each day and nothing more. There was no designing and very little stitching was happening- thus the lack of new releases. Until quite suddenly, our relationship took a turn for the better. Neither one of us could explain it, but we both know it's a "God thing".

I have once again regained my focus on stitching and designing. In the time span of just a few short weeks, I have designed 6 new samplers and I have resumed my stitching. I am the happiest I've been in a long time and it feels quite refreshing!

I do have 2 new releases to share with you. The first one, I designed and stitched in 2011, but then chickened out on releasing it, for fear that the large amount of words would intimidate many stitchers. I decided that THIS would be the year to release "The Master's Plan".

As you can see, it's a BIG one, but well worth the time to stitch.

In real life, I HATE mice. I am not scared of them, but I CANNOT share my living quarters with them. Their little beady eyes, whiskers and gray fur are cute... in the woods... NOT my house! When Chloe (our worthless cat) invites one of these wretched creatures upstairs, I grab the closest shoe and proceed to....ummm...well, to put it delicately, extinguish said rodent's life. Ok, I KILL the blasted creature! Please don't judge me! LOL. Anyhoo, my next new design features an adorable MOUSE! It's called "Sweet Marmalade". This is one mouse that is more than welcome to share our abode-especially if he shares his marmalade!
Thank you all for your kind and generous support. Designing is what truly makes my heart sing and now that peace reigns on Silver Creek Road, I hope to be bringing you all many more wonderful patterns in the years to come. :)