Sunday, December 10, 2017

Not Much

Not able to post too much.  
Ssshhhh....I'm working on Christmas presents so I just can't show much.  
I finished WTN& T Merry Christmas.
It nearly blinded me 28 ct Laguna over one.
Ouch!
I am done with Christmas Shopping:  shopped small, then online and then in Green Bay.  
Been working on gifts all weekend along with laundry, cleaning and grocery shopping.  
I will be done my the big day.  

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Have a stupendous week!!
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Frame Bonanza

Did some Christmas shopping yesterday with Arttie.  
We went to the framer to pick up her step daughter.  
The Framer, who did my His Eye is on the Sparrow is closing for a variety of reasons.  
We went in to pick up some frames and she just gave them to us or she was going to donate them. 
I did give her some money because there was alot.  

She had bought the business and the Larson Juhl parts were from the old store.  
She told me to take them all.  
Filled a container 24x16"
I'm sure I will put them to good use.  
I have used a lot of these in the past to make somewhat custom frames relatively inexpensively.  
This is a nice frame not sure what size but, it is larger 26x18 or so.  
I'll have to measure it.  
Progress on Merry Christmas from With Thy Needle and Thread.  
I am also working on some Christmas presents so I can't show those.  
Having a stress test tomorrow to make sure the heart palpitations aren't anything more than that.  
With my messed up knee I'm sure it isn't going to be too much fun.
I did take the whole day off so, I should be able to stitch in the afternoon....
after a nap :)

Hope you had a great weekend. 
The temperature is going to start to drop tomorrow night and I think winter may be on us.
It has been a very beautiful and mild weekend.  
Have a wonderful week!
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Do You Want Some Cheese With That Wine?

Things have been just not going my way the last few weeks...thus haven't posted.
I'm going to whine a little, maybe I need some cheese to go with that.  
Had the Stitching Bee retreat two weeks ago and had a really great time!
We went to Green Bay the night before to get some extra shopping in.  
But, I'm fat and have bad knees.  
My knee replacement knee always lets me know it is there and doesn't like stairs.
We stayed at a hotel that didn't have an elevator so had to haul my suitcase and gear up stairs to the second floor.  
The stairs weren't that bad, they weren't steep.  
Didn't run into stair issues until the retreat venue.
Our condo was on a floor that when you got to a part in the hall there were 4 very steep stairs we had to go up and down every time we left the room.
The floor the conference room was on had the same thing.  
I wasn't the only one struggling.  
Where is whine is going is, my knee has been messed up every since.  
I doesn't help that there is no way to not be on it.  

After we got home, I came down with a virus.  
I thought that maybe I had the influenza flu...body aches, low grade fever but, not really sick enough.
Started Monday afternoon and by Friday I was starting to feel better.  
Saturday was a whole different ball game.  
Sunday at the walk-in clinic thinking I have pneumonia...tight chest, fever back, fatigued, headache, generally feeling like poop again.    
The NP started my on a Z pac. 
Finally starting to feel better.  

Some of my yarn buys:  
Almost feels like an alpaca mohair.  

Rowan Thick and Thin and some self stripping sock yarn.  

My little spot at the retreat table.  
I was working on WTN&T Schoolhouse Sampler Series
I have put it aside for Christmas projects.  
Back of my car packed ready to head home.  
Arttie and my stuff.
Patty's stuff in the back seat since she got dropped off first.  
Finished a FREEBIE from Plum Street Samplers, last year. 
I changed the colors from DMC to overdyes. 
Did it on some linen Arttie got this summer at a sell out.  
It is not a true even weave, 30 ct going one way and 32 the other.  
I dyed the fabric with some very diluted Tan Rit dye.  
Coffee would have worked too.  
Finished an infinite scarf out of Mini Mochi and Mohair.  
It turned out much better than the picture.  
Too bad Crystal Palace isn't making the Mochi's anymore.  
Finally, working on Merry Christmas from WTN&T.
It is on 28 count over over one.  
Have Santa's suit nearly done.  
We did have a very nice Thanksgiving.  
Katy was able to come home and had friday off as a holiday too.  
We did some small shopping on Friday and big box on Saturday for Christmas decorations
Needs some new lights and picked up some nice pine cone garland.  
Ed had Thanksgiving off too so they got to spend time together.  
He normally works 4 to midnight and sleeps until noon.  
He is going to stay with her next weekend and do some exploring.  

I am feeling better. the knee....well, trying to work on getting that better.  

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving
Have a great week.
Keep on Stitching.  
Monica

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Autumn Band Sampler

Went bumming yesterday with Arttie and her step daughter.  
We first went to a craft show and I did some Christmas shopping.  
Next stop was Rainbow Yarn and Gifts.  
Sophie the yarn store dog has her spot....she is the sweetest thing.
Did some Christmas shopping there too.  

Finished the Prairie Schooler Autumn Band Samplers and framed them.  
I have more PS samplers that will fit in these frames so they will be used for other seasons.  
I pop a lot of things in and out of frames especially the seasonal pieces.  


And finally, I got my pumpkins done this week.  
This is before the jute twine was glued on the handles.  
I changed my mind a couple of times with the fabric.  
I am really happy with the ultimate selection.  
Just has been a busy, crafty weekend.  
Hope you had a great weekend. 

Keep on Stitching.....Dinner is ready.
Monica

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Paper Mache Pumpkins


Last week, when I was at the yarn store with Katy, she had on display some fabric covered paper mache pumpkins.  
She had kits for sale, so I bought one. 
They were all the same size.   
The one with the black and tan fabric on it is the one.
I figured I had homespun at home and got some more pumpkins.  
I ordered two on line that were smaller and I found the tall one at Joann's Saturday.  
I got that one too.  
I may do all round ones,  or maybe them all and then decide what I like the best to display.  
Now the trick is....what fabric.
I have letters on each one and sent pictures to Katy to have her help decide.
So far she hasn't been much help other than the gold one with the "D"

I'm thinking I may like this combination.  
There is tan and black in the red plaid. 
Please feel free to chime in with an opinion.
Its getting close to hunting season and Bob and his buddy Gary have been working on fixing up Gary's hunting camp.  
They have put in new cabinets and installed a temporary counter top yesterday.  
I was suppose to do something with Arttie yesterday but, she had to keep an eye on her MIL who just had foot surgery and is not good about following doctor's order

The Stitching Bee was decorating for Christmas and looking for volunteers to help.
I decided, what the heck, I'll go and help and do a little shopping.  
I had taken Tuesday off because we were slow and I don't work on Thursday so for the most part the chores were caught up.  
I hopped in the car and headed south though some dreary weather, including some snow flurries.
Helped put up pictures, saw some of the new Brenda Gervais Christmas patterns so ordered O Tannebaum and Merry Christmas.
It is on her webstore Country Stitches under "New Items" if the link doesn't take you there.  
I really thought I wasn't going to do much Christmas Stitching but, oops....I will.  
Merry Christmas looks alot like a Santa I did of her's last year or the year before.  
Very sweet!
I then went to Joann's and lunch at Panera.  
Both ways I chatted with Katy for a little while so, it was like having company for the trip. 

I am almost done with Thanksgiving
There are leaves at the bottom and then the vine tendrils and I'm done
I think I will be framing next weekend so, stay tuned.  
This afternoon Bob and I went to the movies and saw Geostorm.
I am an absolute sucker for disaster movies involving weather...Twister, The Day After Tomorrow.
I loved it and now it is on my list to purchase when it comes out.  
How can you beat 4 or 5 Tornadoes in Mumbai?!

Hope you had a good weekend.  
I did but, I should have had more chair time.
Busy, busy, busy.  
Two week count town to stitching retreat weekend!

Have a wonderful week
Keep on Stitching 
Monica

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A Golden End to the Day

It had been raining all day.  
About 530-545 the sun was starting to peek over the clouds and the house tops.  
I took some pictures or least tried. 
The color was indescribable but, I'll try.
It was a rosy gold.  
It was absolutely gorgeous.  

Our Japanese Maple is really beautiful.  
Its partner dropped all its leaves but, the big one is still a lovely crimson.  
There is a little gold peeking through
The clouds were just as stunning
Just so pretty.
I love fall and all the colors.
I just wished they would stay on the trees longer.  


I left my mums out one night and we had a frost but, they are just fine and so bright
They have really bloomed in the last week with the heat.  
Finally, my third Autumn Band Sampler from Prairie Schooler.  
this one is going very fast. 
there is a fruit/vegetable basket at the top and a leaf garland at the bottom.  
You will just have to wait to see it.  
Katy was home this weekend and we did a little bumming yesterday. 
We had fun at the yarn store, went out to lunch and then stopped to check out what 
Christopher & Banks had on sale.  
My sweaters are looking a little shabby so I found two I liked, that a coupon for $10 off, everything was 40-50% off and I had an old gift card so didn't feel too bad.  

Hope you had a great weekend and are enjoying the fall colors.  
Keep on Stitching
Monica