Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rusty Safety Pins

Lets start with Happy Easter!

I decided to try rusting some safety pins I had.
I googled it and picked a method.  
The first method called for soaking the pins over night in bleach.  
They started rusting in a few hours.  
Look at all that rust.
This is only step one.
You let the pins soak in the bleach for 24 hours.  
Just before I drained them.  
The directions said to use the leftover bleach to clean your toilet.
It looked a little too bleak to clean a toilet with this.
I dumped it down the drain in the laundry room 
Step two is to fill with vinegar and health dose of salt.
I figured a tablespoon was healthy.  
Let it sit for another 24 hours.
Held the jar up and took a picture from the bottom. 
The third step is to let it try in the sun in the jar.  
I figure if it doesn't turn out, I will just buy some at Crosse Stitchery and Main Street Framing.
I have another recipe that uses vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and salt.  
I may try that one too. 

I started LHN My Sheep.
It is so cute and fun to stitch.  
You know I wouldn't stitch this stuff it it wasn't fun.  
I do have my list of things to get at the Stitching store.  
I need floss.  
Amazing when you have a pile of floss and you still need more.  

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and a very joyous Easter.  
We had ham and family here.  
Thanks for stopping and sharing comments. 
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Ending

Bob called Animal Control and he came and got them at noon time.  He took them to the animal shelter. It is a no kill shelter, so I was comfortable with them going there.   I just called them to tell them a little about them.  The woman said the owner called looking for them.  They should be going home.  I hope they don't get loose again.  They were pretty good guests especially since it was a strange house.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I Get Myself in Trouble

I found these guys running around the neighborhood.  
No collars and very sweet dogs.
I got them in the backyard - first mistake
 Tried to call the shelter -  closed
Called animal control -  not happening
Sheriff said call the local police
Local police said call the sheriff.


 Now we have two house guests.
Bob is not real pleased with me.
 He did go buy a bag of dog chow.
They don't appear sick or not cared for.  
Bob thinks they were dumped
I'm watching to see if someone is looking for them.  
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, April 13, 2014

KABOOM

Yesterday, Shopko had a sale so I picked up a stitching light and a small bookshelf for the sewing room.
Bob had to take the bookshelf out since it was very heavy.
He shut the back door of my car, not just the window and the whole window exploded.  
There is glass all over the garage and inside the car.
 Its an absolute mess



 I hope I won't be without wheels for long.  
That can really cramp a girl's style. 
 I needed some homespun to "finish" Christmas at Hollyberry Farm.
I googled it and found Jubilee Fabrics.
I thought the prices were reasonable.  
$4.95 a yard 
 I figured I could use this for patriotic pieces.
 And the buttons were onfsale, so of course....
I completed the stitching part of Cinnamon Hearts.  
Now, I have to finish it.  
How quick and fun was this!?
 As part of the Prim Stitchers Club through Dyeing to Stitch, on of the first projects was a needle pocket.
I completed it.  This was one of the motifs.
I decided I needed a new scissor fob so I used it.
The initials look a little cattywombus.
The backing material won't match the pocket but, it is a color in the same family as the 
Mountain Mist the peacock's tail.  
I may look for something better at the quilt store.

Hope your weekend was not as "bombastic" as ours.
Thanks for stopping and sending great comments
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cinnamon Hearts Update

Progress on Threadwork Primitives Cinnamon Hearts.
This has been a really fun stitch.  
I love the way it looks.  
Met with the financial planner today about retirement.
We are on target which is great but, he wants to sell us long term care insurance.
There is always a catch.  
I'm just not sure about long term care insurance.  

Spring is in the air and a lot of the snow has melted.  
Pretty much the big piles from plowing are whats left.  

Thanks for stopping and commenting.
Hope you have a great weekend.  
Keep on Stitching.  
Monica

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

It Came!

About a month ago, I posted about really taking over Ed's room.
I have been doing it in drips and drabs...sewing machine on the desk
Table clothes in the dresser
New shelves in the closet stocked with stash
and 
Got rid of the bed and ordered a sleeper sofa.
I showed you the fabric.....well the sofa came!
Ta da
The pillows weren't my first choice.  
I preferred the gold color but, it was no longer an option.
I picked the lighter greyish-blue, it also has a gold undertone. 

I love it!
I think its perfect!!
It opens to a full size bed with a memory foam mattress.
That was the mid level comfort.
I didn't want a super comfortable mattress.
Ben Franklin said it best, 
"House guests like dead fish, stink in three days."

This is going to make a cozy, little stitchy room.
Just got to get a good light just in case I actually stitch in there.  
Thanks for stopping!
Keep on stitching
Monica

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hollyberry Farm is Done But, First

We had another snowstorm on Friday.
It started as ice then turned to snow.  
We got about four inches the first part of the storm.
It stopped for a few hours until it was time to go home from work.
It ramped up again and dumped another three to four more inches.
The good thing is that it was in the 40's yesterday and 50's today.
It has melted and then some.  
I took these pictures yesterday morning before things started to melt.  
 The day before, the patio was bare and you could see grass where Buster's paths were.  
 Buster wouldn't go out the patio door because there was a drift infront of it.  
Once things started melting he was fine but, had snow balls stuck to him everytime he came back in.
The sky really was that shade of blue.  
That's what snow will do.
 I'm done with Christmas at Hollyberry Farm but, not finished.
I was concerned about the lack of fabric at the top.  
There is only about an inch.  
Once I started reading the directions to finish it, you fold the edge, press and then stitch it onto a piece of homespun fabric and then framed.
So, I'm fine....whew!
 The final close-up.  
I forgot about the dog just below Christmas and the roof embellishment.  
 Now, I'm trying to decide if I want the Summer one.  
Decisions, decisions!
I started Threadwork Primitives Cinnamon Hearts.  
I broke down and got it.  
It is a good thing I'm not part of that SAL stitching from your stash. 
I would have failed miserably.
Good thing I didn't take the challenge.  
I don't know if you have seen it, I think a lot of you have, the FB site dedicated to Prim:  
It is a group dedicated to all things Prim.  
I joined and have been enjoying the posts.  
As always I have had a busy weekend.
Yesterday, after running a few errands, we took Buster to my friend Arttie's house to see how her Shih Tzu and my Shih Tzu would get along so we can swap dog sitting services. 
We kept him at a kennel this fall but, I'm not exactly sure how happy he was.  
It is a very nice kennel and we have him groomed there but, he must be spoiled.  
The dogs got along fine so, it should work.  
Today after church, breakfast and visit with Mom, we saw Noah.  
It was good but, I liked Monuments Men better.  
Hope you had a great weekend.  
I looks like a better weather week. 
Keep on Stitching
Monica