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

Friday, March 27, 2015

Busy Stitching

The model arrived safely to the designer.  That's always such a good feeling.

I stitched this house from Blackbird Designs' "In Full Glory" for a designer-themed block exchange for one of my groups.  (Next designer will be Lizzie Kate.)

I'm also making progress on Hetty Child:

......and here is  "Hoo Hoo" from one of the JCS ornament issues.  (I'm stitching from a working copy and misplaced the mag while decluttering earlier this week for a out of town friend's visit.)  This one if for an owl-themed block for the Halloween Ornament sal blog.  Almost finished!

As I mentioned, a friend we knew from our Michigan days was in town for work so we went out to dinner with him and then brought him here for some apple pie and Blue Bell ice cream.  It was great seeing him again;  none of us could remember the last time we saw each other.  Forgot to take any pictures.

You may remember the story about my friend's son who likes to fish on our lake.  After his last catch, he was able to report that he has 14 pounds of catfish (cleaned).  He's invited us to a fish fry this weekend.  I think I'll make some lemon bars to take.  (I don't like to eat fist so this will be interesting.)

After raining all day last Saturday causing the lake level to rise above our dock and onto the concrete bunker, we've had some beautiful spring days.  Except for part of yesterday when a brief thunderstorm came through.  This weekend is supposed to be beautiful too.

I'm reading another Longmire book.  I'm almost finished with the series and will miss Walt when I'm done.

Happy stitching!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Update....Stitching, Cooking, etc.

Happy Friday, everyone!

I finished and mailed the model I'd been working on.  It's always a good feeling to get to this point.  Then I hold my breath until it reaches its destination.  I enjoy model stitching; it's like being in on a surprise.  How fun it is when the model is released by the designer!

While putting away threads and looking through my wips pile, I found a piece that only needed a few more stitches and a button so I finished Homespun Elegance's "Fall House Sampler".  I'm not sure why I put it down with so little needed to finish but there must have been a reason.

Warning:  I've been too busy (and too lazy) to press out anything for the pictures today.

Next up...a selection from Blackbird Design's "In Full Glory" that I'm stitching for a block exchange.  I haven't decided yet just how much I'll stitch of this design.  It might turn out to only be the house.

Next is Hoo Hoo from one of the JCS Halloween issues for an owl-themed Halloween ornament sal:

Last but not least, I stitched some more on my Hetty Child sampler (Brenda Keyes):

I did a bit of baking since last posting, an apple pie for Pi Day and some chocolate chip cookies for DS who's been home this week on spring break.  For St. Pat's Day, I made some corned beef with potatoes, onions, and some roasted cabbage from a Pioneer Woman recipe.  I tried making some soda bread "farls" but wasn't happy with them.  It's basically a buttermilk biscuit dough that's fried in a cast iron pan.  If I'd do it again, I'd just cut the biscuits in circles and bake them off.  For dessert, DS wanted those store-bought iced, soft sugar cookies but I also made parfaits from slightly sweetened Greek yogurt topped with fresh blueberries and blackberries.

What I really like about the St. Pat's Day dinner is making the Reuben sandwich with leftovers the next day.  Some years there hasn't been leftover corned beef but I lucked out this year.

Later today I'll be baking a banana cream pie (an early birthday treat for DH) and another batch of cookies for DS to take back to college tomorrow.

Spring has sprung here.  I always say when you start seeing those lizards on your windows here in Texas, that it must be spring.  This week, I've finally walked all 5 weekdays.  (We'd had several days where I hadn't walked because of weather issues.)  Now I just need to work on increasing my distance.

Also, we're seeing flower buds on our Meyer lemon tree.  I'm hoping this year we'll have lemons.

Happy stitching!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Rainy week

It must be spring break for the public schools's been raining every day.  Poor kids! 

A friend's son loves to fish and he occasionally comes here to fish on our lake.  Despite the rain , he was itching to stitch the other day when he had some unexpected time off.  Mostly it was a light rain but suddenly the sky opened up and it started pouring.  Luckily he was dressed appropriately...I think he  had even more fun because of the rain.  Here he is with his catch of that day:

I've mostly been model stitching lately but made so much progress last week that I took one day "off" to work a bit on Hetty Child.  I'm really enjoying this sampler. 

I've become quite a Brenda Keyes (The Sampler Company) fan.  I'd already stitched her Plymouth Sampler.  It's framed now and hangs over my "stitching nest".

I've since acquired several of her books and leaflets.  Just recently purchased one of her books and a sampler (Country House Sampler) on ebay and bought another sampler (Red House Sampler) from Down Sunshine Lane.  My biggest "problem" with these is deciding which one to start next.

I finished the LHN exchange block (Wool Needebook) and sent it off to the exchange co-ordinator.  I'll be stitching another one for me although may choose a blue for the house...or maybe not.  I'd like to finish finish it into a needlebook.  As long as I've been stitching, I need to make nice one for myself.

On the cooking front...we tried out a couple of recipes from the most recent Bon Appetit magazine.  Pork Ragu' with Creamy Polenta and Raspberry-Ricotta cake.  Both dishes were excellent with the bonus that they weren't that hard to prepare.  I loved that the cake satisfied my sweet tooth without being overly sweet as many desserts can be.

Pork Ragu over Creamy Polenta

Raspberry-Ricotta Cake

Here's what ours looked like:

Seeing everyone's stitching has inspired me to buy more designs either on ebay or through the shops.  I need to slow down a little....but I probably won't.  lol!

I hope to finish the model this week or next.  I'll then start the next exchange block (a BBD design) and the next Halloween ornament.  (I've ordered supplies for both.)  I'll also work more on Hetty and then decide on the next sampler start.

Happy stitching!

Friday, February 27, 2015


Little Miss Procrastination actually finished and framed something well ahead of time.  I'm pleased with how it turned out.  I love my framer...not only did he frame it the same day I dropped it off (I went with his idea for the moulding) but he had a great idea of grouping it with hiking/camping or one of their wedding (in the woods) photo.

I also have a couple of wips to share:

Hetty Child by The Sampler Company (Brenda Keyes).  I'm really enjoying stitching this one;  it reminds me of how much I love to stitch samplers.

Next is a CEC freebie called Nutkins Mitten.  One of my stitching groups is having a year-long mitten sal.

Next up is a LHN design for a wool needlebook.  I changed up the color of the house and will stitch the lettering that color too.  This one is for a block exchange but I'll stitch it again for me to keep.  I love the sheep!

I stated a new model so I'll have less to show for a while.

Happy Stitching!

Contest at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

What a breath of fresh (spring) air!  Nancy's having a contest for a trim bag of her yummy Spring, Easter, Prim hand-dyed goodies.  You can read all about it here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Good luck!

Happy stitching!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

California Dreaming

One nice thing about being a SAHM empty nester is that when DH is traveling for business, I can go along with him if I want.  He attended a conference in San Diego last week and since I've never been there, I tagged along.

We stayed in the Gaslamp Quater at a beautiful hotel (where I enjoyed spending some time reading on a nice 3rd floor patio complete with a shallow pool with 2 fountains) and I did a lot of walking around while DH was in meetings.  One day I took a bus up to Balboa Park where I enjoyed exploring.

Since we were eating out a log, I spent a lot of time walking.  I walked the length of 5th street to a set of (96) stairs 1-2 times per day and walked along the harbor area to Seaport Village.  I enjoyed just sitting in the park along that pathway and watching the boats go by.  I discovered that the steps appear to be a Mecca for fitness buffs.  It seemed no matter what time of the day it was, there would be several people running up and down (several laps) the steps.

We spent the evenings walking around and dining with a colleague of DH's who had to leave his wife home because she's very pregnant.  One night he had the great idea of riding the ferry over to Coronado Island where we had dinner at a nice seafood restaurant.  Luckily there were other menu options since I don't eat seafood.  I had a great steak there!

Sat. afternoon when DH finished his last meeting we hopped a flight to San Francisco to visit our daughter and her fiance.  Since it was Valentine's Day, we didn't think we'd be able to get in at a restaurant so her fiance cooked dinner for us.  Everyone else had crab but he was sweet to also roast a chicken for me.  We finished the evening by watching a movie.  Sunday we took them to brunch at a dim sum place and then walked around a good bit mostly in Chinatown.  (Of all the times I've been to San Fran, this was the first time I've visited Chinatown.)  We bought some tea at a nice tea shop there.  We also visited the venue for their upcoming wedding.  Too soon Sunday afternoon it was time to fly back home.

I didn't get much stitching done on the trip but was able to finish 2 books...A Serpent's Tooth by Craig Johnson (one of the Longmire books), and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.  Wow!  I'd read this book was similar to Gone Girl and I guess it is in a way but it has it's own flavor too.  I sure couldn't put this one down!

Here is the progress I've made on my stitching in the past couple of weeks:

Hetty Child (The Sampler Company)

Flowers in the Springtime (Bent Creek)

I charted out the names and date yesterday and hope to get that part stitched asap.

I also worked a bit on the border of Wicked Witch (La D Da)

Happy stitching!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy's at it again and offering a drawing for her Halloween trim bag.  You can read all about it here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe drawing

Good luck and....

Happy stitching!