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

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Think I Would Have Finished but the Bank and Quicken Screwed Me Up.

I only have a few more letters and Merry Christmas left to do.
I think I could have finished it today.
I had the day off and didn't have it in me to clean. 
I had nearly 30 hours in by the end of the day yesterday and my Stitching Group at my house last night.  
The only thing I had on the agenda was to take my mom  to have her taxes done.
She wasn't feeling good so I picked up everything and took them to be done.  
I ran a few other errands and had receipts to log into Quicken.
About a month and a half ago it stopped interfacing with my bank.  
I tried to fix it according to the directions but, it still wouldn't interface.  
I really miss it because it puts the transactions into the register especially the ones Bob doesn't give me the receipts too. 
I have to go online into the bank to find them or wait until he cleans out his wallet and gives them to me.
Today I tried it and it worked!
Or
Oh,  happy day...not yet.
There were duplicates of some things and then not. 
So I had to drag out the old statements from February and go through things again.  
At one point there was a difference of $4000.  
That is a heart attack waiting to happen.
After nearly two hours, I was done and things were within $1.50 of what I started with.
Now we can say
OH HAPPY DAY!!

I am ready to be done with this piece and move on to the next. 
I broke down and ordered Threadwork Primitives Cinnamon Heart.
This weekend.  
And, I have been trying not to complain about the weather but, we are having another snowstorm from now until 1 am Saturday 6-16" on snow, sleet and freezing rain. 
It has started sleeting.  
The upside is the robins and doves are back so Spring is Near.  
Thanks for the great comments!
Hope your week has been good. 
Keep on Stitching 
Monica

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I'm Pooped!

It was a very nice today, finally.  
I think we got to 47 and Buster was happy.  
He 86'ed the sweater earlier this week.  
Now, he sits in snowbanks. 
 Or lays in the snowbank waiting for something to happen .  
 I was hoping that I would have finished the border on Stacy Nash Christmas at Hollyberry Farm  
I'm close.
Upper right section
 Some close ups of sections.  
It is a rather large piece.  
Right middle section. 
 Lower right section
 Lower left section
Combination of the left upper and middle since there really isn't much there yet.  
It is the alphabet and the "Merry Christmas".
 We have spent alot of the weekend getting rid of stuff.  
It is amazing how fast things accumulate.  
We took a car load to St. Vincent's yesterday.  
I'm working on more.  
My sofa is suppose to be in on April 4.  
Don't have the delivery date yet.  
Had to get the bed out of the room and vacuum.  
 I may rearrange the furniture after it is delivered.  
Eventually, I hope Ed takes the dresser.  
I may move it again.  
Yesterday, I was at my mom's.  
She likes to quilt but, struggle with the tops. 
She is going to be 87 in May and I'm afraid her visual perceptual skills aren't like they use to be.  
Her memory is a little iffy too.  
My aunt, her sister has been cutting and sewing the tops for her thankfully.  
She can still do the hand quilting.  
I helped pin the table runner and placemats yesterday.  
Hope your weekend went well .
The weather was really great!
Even took my car to the car wash. 
Thanks for stopping and leaving great comments. 
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Easter Egg Finish Smalls SAL

Finished Homespun Elegance Easter Eggs III for my Smalls SAL.
It was the only stitching I did last night after cracking a molar and breaking off a chunk.  
 I dyed the chenille in walnut shell dye.  
I need to find a better basket to put them in for Easter.  
Did phase one of a new crown today. 
It will be better stitching tonight.  
Thanks for stopping
Keep on Stitching!
Monica