I only stitch on days that end in "y".

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Quick Finish

I stitched while watching, er listening, to college football Saturday and finished this cute little piece by Stitches of Olde, Kathleen Finn.

Thank you for the compliments on the sampler model I stitched.

I'm happy that wearing my Buckeye shirt worked on Saturday. 

Happy stitching!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Model stitching, etc.

In the last 2 weeks, I finished 2 models and they've both made it "home" to the designers.  It's always a good feeling when I find out that they made it home safely.  One hasn't been released yet but I can show you the other.

"Welcome Spring" by Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy designs some gorgeous samplers and also dyes floss, fabric, buttons, and trims.  You can find her at:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe blog or
Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe store

The other model hasn't yet been released but I'll be sure to show you when it does.

I have another model on the way.  Fun!

In the meantime, since I'm in a Halloween mood, I'm working on this little piece by Stitches of Old (Kathleen Finn).  A little big for an ornament but I think it would make a cute stand-up.

I'm a Longmire fan and was disappointed to read that the series was canceled by A+E.  The producers are "shopping it around" to other networks and I'm crossing my fingers that someone picks it up.  In the meantime, I started reading the book series by Craig Johnson...not necessarily in order yet.  I just finished Kindness Goes Unpunished and enjoyed it.  (I saw the TV's versions of the characters in my imagination while reading it.) 

I'm a college football fan and am looking forward to watching both the Ohio State and the UT (Texas) games today.  At least I think I'll be able to see both on TV here this week.  They both had disappointing losses last week so I hope today is a better day for them.  I'll help by wearing the appropriate T-shirts during the games.


Happy stitching!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I'm Still Here....

I guess it's been a while since I posted anything here.

I'm still model stitching.  I finished one (need to mail off today) and am on the home stretch of the sampler.  It's turning out to be a beautiful one.

I also stitched a pumpkin theme exchange block from one of the JCS mags.  I already forgot whether it was a normal issue or from one of their special Halloween issues.  I also left off bits of the border.

We briefly escaped the TX heat/humidity with a trip to Boston for a short course DH was taking for work.  I'd never been and really enjoyed it there.  We walked quite a bit on the Freedom Trail touring many of the historical sites along the way.

While DH was in class one morning, I walked as far as Quincy Market for lunch and to explore some of the shops near there.  I discovered the Body Works exhibit was there and, since I never got the chance to see it when it was in Houston, I toured that too.  I was reminded of anatomy practical exams from back when I was in college.  The exhibit was nicely organized into body systems and very educational for both students and adults who want to learn more about the human body.

One evening we walked up to the North End (from the Back Bay where we were staying) and had a delicious dinner in an Italian restaurant there.  We figured that day, between my walking while he was in class and then our walk to the North End, that I walked 8 miles.  I earned that big blister!

We rode "The T" one day too.

After Boston we drove to Salem, Mass for a very brief visit.  We went to a Witch Museum which, although informative, was a bit "cheesy" as the kids would say.  I wish we would have had time to walk around the old town (maybe someday we'll go back) but we were running late for our next stop in Bennington, VT where we stayed in a very nice B+B called The Eddington House Inn.

Patti, the owner, is a wonderful host.  The Inn was spotless, comfortably "appointed", her breakfasts and snacks were delicious, and she was a great tour advisor, pointing out nearby places of interest.  We'd love to go back and stay with her sometime during fall foliage time.

 We kept pretty busy touring the area including the summer home of the Robert Todd Lincoln family, Bennington Battle Monument, Robert Frost's Stone House, a little shop in Arlington, VT with a display of Norman Rockwell illustrations (he used many people he knew here as models for his illustrations), and, of course covered bridges.

Patti also told us about a wood shop in Manchester where I bought a cherry bowl that I'll use to display "smalls".

It was a nice trip.  Now I'm curious about where DH will go next for work to see if I want to go along wherever that is too.  :-)

I'm still walking in the mornings here...can't wait for cooler weather to arrive.  Here's what I saw this am while walking:

Time to get off the computer and try to get some things done around here.

Happy stitching!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Happy Birthday to me!

Yesteday I celebrated my (mumble-mumble)th birthday.  DH took the day off and we drove to Galveston and played tourist for the day.  We toured the Ocean Star offshore drilling rig and museum (very interesting), Elissa (a lovingly restored tall ship), had some lunch, strolled along The Strand, and then toured Bishop's Palace.  Oh!  ...and almost forgot, we drove around to see the sculptures carved into what was left of trees that were lost during Hurricane Ike.

If you want info on any of these sites:

Galveston attractions

Galveston Tree Sculptures

Despite the heat, we enjoyed our day trip.  I didn't take many pictures but got one of some of the pelicans we saw:

There are lots of pelicans around there...there's even a little island nearby named Pelican Island.

Touring Bishop's Palace was a real treat.  The size, various rooms, gorgeous woodwork and stained glass throughout.  There's even a small chapel there with exquisite stained glass windows.  Here is an example:

There's also a "conservatory" where the woman who lived there kept and grew many of her fern collection.  It was a wonderful room with lots of natural light.  Stitcher that I am...I thought it would make a great stitching room.

On our ongoing culinary adventures:

Last weekend we watched Martha Stewart spatchcock and grill a chicken.  Spatchcock is an interesting enough word that we thought we should try it.  Basically you remove either the backbone or the breastbone so you can flatten out the chicken to be able to grill it evenly.  You weight it down with bricks while it's grilling.  It was pretty tasty...and a pretty easy way to prepare chicken.

(The green stuff is from the mixed herb marinade.)

During the week I saw an interesting pasta dish from Real Simple magazine so we tried it.  We really enjoyed this one and will be making it again.

Pasta recipe
Finally, I'm still busily model stitching.  I took off a little time to work on my LHN Country Christmas:

Happy stitching!!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rainy Days and Fridays...and some family news

We've been in a drought so are welcoming the rain we've been having this week...I even welcomed it when I got caught during the last 3/4 mile of my morning walk without my umbrella yesterday.  You can almost hear the plants, grass, and trees sighing from this nice "drink".

I'm plugging right along on the model but took a little time out  to work on another of LHN Country Christmas, this time for me to keep:

I tried a new recipe that I found via Pinterest:  Raspberry Lemonade Bars:

OMG!  This recipe is a keeper!  It's the perfect thing to take to a summer potluck/picnic...and it's a good thing we had Rook where I shared them that night or I would have eaten the whole pan of them.  Here's a link to the recipe:

Raspberry Lemonade Bars

Now that the immediate family knows, I can share that our DD is now engaged.  She and her fiance have been together for a while and we'd already started thinking of him as a son-in-law but soon it will be official.  They're very good for one another and we're very excited about it.

Happy stitching!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday ramblings

It's another hot, humid week in Gulf Coast Texas and life goes on.  In addition to the heat/humidity we've been "blessed" with a fresh "hatching" of mosquitoes....which makes my morning walks SO pleasant (not!).  I had a check-up this week and the doc is pleased about my walking and the yoga.  I feel a lot better for exercising so I can't complain.

I took another brief break from model stitching to stitch up a little piece for an exchange...LHN's Country Christmas.  It's on its way but, of course, I like it so much that I'll be stitching another to keep for myself.

The model is a big one but it's coming right along.  It's a great design.

I'm also in RR where we're stitching hearts from the CHS design "Friendship Sampler".  The second one arrived yesterday so I'll be working on that too.

I've been debating myself for a long time about whether I'd like a laptop or a tablet...and whether or not I even needed either.  Since my birthday's coming up, I finally decided that I want an iPad (some of my family has Apple products and this would be our only Apple device, so far, anyway).  It arrived late Wednesday afternoon and already I'm wondering how I lived before I had it.  lol!  I've already downloaded a couple of apps (synced to my Kindle and Netflix accounts) and have ideas for different ways to use it in the future.  I still can't say I actually NEEDED it but when you're as old as I am, having a "toy" isn't such a bad thing.  We plan to Skype with our DS in Denmark this weekend so, since he doesn't have an Apple product, probably download Skype to my iPad.

No culinary adventures to share this week but I plan on baking some raspberry lemon squares that I found on Pinterest.  We're going out to play Rook tonight so it's a good excuse to bake something.

The saga of the garage repairs continues.  It's been like torturous having this work done bc what should have taken 2-3 days max is now almost finishing up the second week.  They come and work a couple of hours and then leave....and either I have to be here to open the garage door or leave with it open and unattended while I'm out.  Ugh!!!  I will be SO glad when this is finished!

I finished reading "Defending Jacob" (what a heartbreaking story!) and then got back to reading "Flags of Our Fathers" and finished it last night.  Now I want to watch John Wayne's "Sands of Iwo Jima".

DH plans an upcoming business trip to Boston and invited me to come along.  Since I've never been there, I decided to go.  Luckily we just happened to talk about this when there was a good sale on air fare.  Unfortunately I've been told that there are no LNS' there but I have a feeling there's plenty other things to do so it's all good.

Happy stitching!