Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Gifts for the Stitching Group

I have wanted to find a pattern for project bags after seeing such splendid specimens on Faye's blog the Carolina Stitcher.  I knew that I could do a stitching bag for the Stitching Group as a Christmas present.
I got a Heart and Hand pattern that had the finishing instructions. 
Instead of the stitched pattern that came with it, I stitched With Thy Needle and Thread Sewing Bird.  
I picked up the fabric at the local quilt store.  It's a Civil War reproduction and I thought it would go well with the stitched piece.  
I should have taken a picture of the inside of the bag since there are two pockets. 
 I used the red fabric for that.  
I did make a little beaded bling as a zipper pull in the colors of the fabric.  
Arttie said, "You even put in zippers."  
I told her, "I did take sewing in high school.  I even know how to make flat feld seams."  
Not that I use them very often.  
In my younger days, I did sew a few skirts with matching purse covers.  
I had one of the wooden purse handle with the covers that buttoned on. 
I really don't like to sew other than for things like this.
I don't like sitting at a sewing machine so I don't know that I ever would be a quilter.
The latest update on the LK Mystery Sampler.  
Don't know that it will be done by Christmas.  
That's okay
Katy got home yesterday and she'll be home to New Year's Eve.  We have errands to run today.  Buster is having a spa day so he'll be all buffed up for Christmas.  I don't know that you could buff up Henry Ford.

Thanks for stopping and keep on stitching.

Monica

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Getting Ready for Christmas and Distruction....Yikes


I have a good start on last years Lizzie Kate Mystery Sampler.  Since it isn't a mystery I started in the center.  I prefer to start in the center.  It usually stays pretty even around the border.
I am nearly done with this panel.  
 We went Christmas shopping today.  Bob took the day off.  We decided we would get ourselves a big screen TV.  The TV in our living room still has a picture tube.  This one is WiFi and a smart TV.  My husband has a hard enough time trying to get the button for the cable box to work.  Hopefully he won't be reading this but, I doubt he will have this figured out at all.  Don't tell him I said this.

On the ride, because we had to travel, I nearly finished Bob's sock.  I worked on it while he wandered around Cabela's for a half hour.  Sat in a comfy chair by the fire place.  I just have to weave the toe and I'll be done.  I want to start on a pair for Ed.  He blew out the last pair I made him.  I had to repair it last year.  However, with Henry Ford being especially crazy lately, I don't anticipate it will be easy to knit.  The kids got me this a few years ago and I think it will be perfect to use with yarn it it.   I will just have to keep the needles safe from that crazy dog.
We had our Christmas Potluck at work this week.  I made this.  It is really good!!  I had to bring the recipe to work the following day.  

Squash with Applesauce Casserole
Serves 6-8

1 16 oz can Applesauce
1 ½ c. summer or acorn squash frozen or cooked (mash it)
½ c. brown sugar
½ tsp salt
½ c. evaporated milk
2 eggs beaten
¼ c. melted butter
1 ½ c. buttered bread crumbs (mix the bread crumbs with the ¼ c. melted butter)
½ tsp nutmeg
½ c. slivered almonds

Combine all the ingredients except the almonds.  Put into a buttered casserole and
Sprinkle with almonds.  Bake a 375 for 45 minutes

Speaking of crazy Henry Ford....he has been on the rampage this week killing his babies.  He destroyed another one tonight.   This week he has destroyed a pig, a loofah and tonight another don't know what to call it thing.  He is the picture of the dissimation of the Loofah Larry from early this week.  Buster helped a little 
 The white thing with the brown nose is what got destroyed tonight.  Guess what the boys are getting for Christmas.
That pretty much sums it up.  Been very busy these days getting ready for Christmas.  Last week I took my mom Christmas shopping and kept her on task.

Thanks for stopping and leaving the lovely comments.
Keep on Stitching.
Monica

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Conundrum

I got all the Christmas decorations out.  
I do have a few Christmas stitches framed.
I could have sworn I had another Prairie Schooler that fit into a frame.  
Do you think I can find it.
I have looked everywhere.
Maybe, I'm just losing my mind or maybe it will turn up after Christmas.  
Who knows?

I thought I had frame parts for Stacy Nashs' Christmas at Holly Berry Farm, but, I don't.
I have my don going to Ben Franklins over the weekend to get frame parts.
I gave him the dimensions and the color preferences.
I have also told him to get help and call me if he is unsure.  
Keep your fingers crossed.

I started the Lizzie Kate Mystery sampler from last year but, not enough progress to merit a picture.  
I'll post a picture when I have more to show.  
I did finish the Thankful Quaker
I even have a frame the right size for this.  

Glad it's Friday tomorrow.  I'm ready for the weekend and a day off.  Taking mom Christmas shopping on Saturday.  That always proves to be an experience!

Hope your week is going well.
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Very Happy Thanksgiving

We had wonderful Thanksgiving with the kids home.  
With all the snow we have had and the cold weather for making snow, the ski hill was open.
The day after Thanksgiving the kids went snow boarding.  
I met them for lunch and of course I paid.  
Got a picture of them...sorry about the snow glare.  

I was hoping to finish my Thankful Quaker.  
I am almost done.  
I did get my stitching group Christmas presents done except for a little thing.
The bulk is done and I will post at a later date, after we exchange.  
I am thrilled with how they turned out.  
 A little closer up.  
This was a fun. quick stitch.


Now on to a Christmas project.  I do want to work on framing Stacy Nash Christmas at Holly Berry Farm.  I think I have frame parts and I have the homespun to bast the stitched piece onto.  

Back to work tomorrow.  I could use a couple more days off.  Every one got safely back to school.
Hope you had a wonderful holiday.  \

Keep on Stitching
Monica

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Decision is Made

I decided to start Bent Creek's Thankful Quaker.
I am also finishing the last stitched piece for Christmas Presents. 
I'm hoping to start finishing this weekend but, won't be able to post until the gifts are opened.  
Thankful Quaker is on a tanish dyed tone fabric.  I can't remember if I dyed this or not.  
I love the floss colors:  Cocoa, Kris' Bon Bon, Sasparilla, Mulberry, Wheat Fields, Baked Clay, Nutmeg and Oatmeal.  

We can get some snow but, not as much as north of here.  I don't think the lake effect off Lake Superior has ever been like what it is in Buffalo.  (I don't know that for a fact).  What I want to know is where do they put all that snow?  Sometimes they haul it away from around here and dump it in farm fields.  When you have that much snow, you can't lift shovels that high and where does the snow blower blow it?  And they better get it off the roofs.  The stupidist thing in snow country is flat roofs.

That's pretty much all for now.  Nothing earth shattering.

Don't forget to check out and sign up for the Christmas giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.

Want to watch TGIT and stitch
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Monday, November 17, 2014

Linen vs Thread giveaway

The next installment of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Christmas giveaway. Here's the link:
Linen vs Thead. Check it out.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Finished Cinnamon Stars

I just finished Cinnamon Stars.  
Usually, I'm so excited to finish a project, I just take a picture and post.  This one really needed to be pressed first.  The left side looked like an accordion from holding it.  
I am quite pleased with how it turned out.  
Please excuse the shadow in the corner but, the color looks more true on that one.  
 Yet, I could not decide which one I preferred so I posted them both.
 I thought when I looked out the patio door this morning and there were doggy prints all over the new snow, what a great picture it would make for a facebook header.
 This is what happens when a puppy had to check out what you are doing and the camera is set to take two pictures, one with a flash and one without .  He is one squirrely dog.
Had to give the B-man equal time.  He doesn't like to have his picture taken so he turns his head.  The second picture and his head was turned away even more.
Now on to another project.
I can't really decide because I want to do it all.  

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  
Mine was pretty good.  Still have three things on my list left to do.  
Thanks for stopping.  
Keep on stitching.
Monica