Monday, October 20, 2014

Fantastic Give-away at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy has gone and done it.  The most fabulous give away yet.
Give away at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe
If you can't win, I really hope it is me!!!

Thanks Nancy!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Delemma

I finished Prairie Schooler Nevermore.  I have started on the small pieces because I just like them.  
So the dilemma lies in what do I start on?
I do want to work on last years Lizzie Kate Mystery sampler...the Christmas one.  
I'm not sure if I have time to finish the two I want to do.  
I have Cnnamon Stars from Plum Street Samplers ready to go.  
I think i could finish this in a month or so.  
 I also have Away We Ride.  I don't now that I can finish this before Halloween.  I really love this one too!
I don't know that I need to have another Halloween piece on the walls.  I'm thinking this may have to wait.
 We had a busy day today but, a good one.  Buster and I went to see my mom.  There is no way I could take both dogs especially when one is a really goofy puppy.  Bob took his mom to see her sister.  Then he took his uncle to his camp.  Uncle Jerry is getting too old to go alone and it won't be too long and he is going to sell it.  When Bob got home, the hounds were very happy to see him.  I got some great pictures of my three boys.
 Nearly the same picture with the flash.  I decided to post them both.
Hope you have had a great weekend and that your week goes well.  I always hope my week is uneventful!

Thanks for stopping
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Henry Ford is an Einstein

Henry Ford is now 13 weeks old and an Einstein among dogs.  He has been sitting on command for a whole week.  Alas, he may still eat his own poop but, the "SIT" is a huge start!
Fresh pictures of the scourge of the house.  He did sleep all night and I even had to get up and didn't wake him up.  I got up with him at 5 am the previous morning and he fell asleep on my lap, shaking.  He has been cold.  We had a rug and some towels in his crate but, it apparently wasn't enough to keep him warm.  I put an old comforter in his crate and I think that did the trick....at least I hope.


 The regal Henry Ford
 It is a good thing he is so stinkin' cute!

 The picture you get when he decides to check out the camera mid-snap.
 The face you get when the flash goes off.
My updated picture of Prairie Schooler Nevermore.  About a quarter left.  Maybe I will finish this weekend?

Awesome recipe for homemade soup in about 30 minutes.  You can have homemade soup for dinner

Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup
1# Bulk Italian Sausage
2 Cans Beef Broth
1 Can French Onion soup
1 can (I think 28 oz) diced tomatoes (large can)
2 c. water
2 c. chopped cabbage

14-16 oz tortellini  I used a bag of Rosetto frozen ones or capalletti
Fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Brown the meat.  Drain excess fat.  Add the next five ingredient and cook until the cabbage is soft.
Add the tortellini and cook until it is done.  Serve with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

This is truly good soup in no time.

That about raps it up.  Hope you are having a wonderful week.  Hooray, tomorrow is Friday.
Keep on stitching,
Monica


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Shopping and Stitching.

I need to take some more pictures of Henry Ford.  
I take loads with the cell phone but, a pain to try and get in the blog.  
I did take him to the vet on Thursday for more shots and he has doubled in size in a month.
He is still one squirrelly dog but, getting better.  
He will sort of let me stitch a little here and there. 
I have been making some progress.  
I got the most stitching of the week done yesterday sitting by the fireplace at the Green Bay Cabela's
I always bring stitching when we go there cause I'm just not interested in hunting gear. 
 We did stop at the Stitching Bee and I picked up a couple of patterns.  I have never bought or stitched any Nebbly Needle:  My Stars and Fields of Clover.  The colors are just so pretty.  I picked a little Stacy Nash.  I greatly enjoy her patterns too.  I needed some floss that I hadn't been able to get when I was in La Crosse.
 T think  this is just a sweet little stitch.  Love the colors.

 Sorry the picture didn't turn out better.
Since we were shopping yesterday, had to get all the weekly chores done.  Now I can settle in for some stitching and a little TV.
Hope you had a great week.
Keep on Stitching.
Monica

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Big Ass Ric Rac

I stopped at the quilt store to talk to my friend Arttie who was working, when I spied some black ric rac.  I figured I could use it to finish Ravens and Crows freebie.  
It is some big ass ric rac.  The top is conventional size and the bottom is some really big stuff.
I must say it is not easy to work with when turning a 90 degree corner.  
I used it and it is a little cattywombus but, I am not going to try and make it better.  
I will be posting it in the future.  
 While I was working on trying to pin this big honkin' ric rac, someone untied my shoe for about the hundredth time today.
 Mister smarty pants can get on the couch and brought his food bowl with him for a nap.
He is twice the size he was when we brought him home.  I swear you can see him grow before your eyes.
He continues to be uber pesty and is especially good at annoying Buster.  It won't be too much longer and under the couch will be a Shih Tzu haven.
 Weekly update on PS Never More...slow but sure.
Last night, Ed was laying on the couch watching TV and guess who made himself at home.  
It was a very cute picture capture on the cell phone. 
What did we do without cell phones?

It was a warm weekend.  Today, I think the high was 83.  Tomorrow the high is going to be 54.  That should be interesting.

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend and got much accomplished.  I always get alot accomplished but, not necessarily what I intended to.

Thanks for stopping
Have a wonderful week!
Keep on stitching
Monica

Sunday, September 21, 2014

What Havoc a Mouse Can Wrought

When you find remnants of a mouse, you must tear about your kitchen.  
Everything was taken out of the cabinets washed.  The cabinets were sprayed with Clorox spray.
Many loads in the dishwasher and extra loads of towels.  
This is one time I'm glad my kitchen isn't bigger and it doesn't usually look like this.  
In the midst of the mayham, I turned around an found this:  two dogs on a couch.
Henry Ford can get up on the couch if he puts his mind to it.
 Finally, the latest on Prairie School Never More.
 I was hoping I would have time to do some finishing but, the kitchen was a consuming job. 
My cabinets, by the way, do look fantastic.    

Bob went to the hardware store to get a few more traps for the basement.
The clerk said the traps were flying off the shelf and the store itself was having problems with mice.  
It is that time of the year.  
Hope you had a mouse-free weekend.  
Thanks for stopping. 
Keep on Stitching
Monica


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Great Day: Got Some Stitching Done

I wasn't so sure I was going to survive the day.  I've been very busy at work and then I had stitching group at my house last night.  Henry Ford was up at 3:30 am with Bob.  Then again at about 5:30 because he was going to work at 6.  His cell phone alarm went off on the dresser.  That meant I had to get out of bed to turn it off.  (ARRGH!)  Then I was up with dogs.  Fortunately at about 7:30 the dogs were taking naps.  I took advantage of that and took a nap too.  

I really didn't do much work.  With the new puppy, there has been lots of in and out time.  With that and being the time of the year it is, we got a mouse.  We caught him but, now we are still setting traps to make sure there are no others.  We are washing plates, glasses, silverware etc. as we use it.   Once we make sure there are no others, we need to clean everything.  Thus, no reason to start that process today.  I did clean up some of my annuals and got rid of them.  

The dogs have been very good today and tired from stitching group so,  I was able to get things done.  I finished reading an old Mry Higgins Clark book and got some quality stitching time...Hooray.

We did spend some time outside and the Autumn Sedum is beautiful and full, all day with bees. 
If you click on the picture to enlarge you can see them much better.   

 Right after Labor Day, I went to LaCross to be with Katy when she had her endoscopy.  I was able to spend some quality time at the cross stitch store.  Here are some of my finds.  I also got some picture frames at a greatly reduced rate.
 I just love those little sleds.  I have another pattern at home but, it  is dfferent.
I did pick up a bunch of thread.  I was looking for something, (not sure what something)
 I think the Stacy Nash button trys are fun.
 I love the colors in the Bent Creek Thankful Quaker.  It came with the little buttons.
Broke down and after seeing Heartstring Sampler His Eye on the Sparrow,  I fel in love with it,  I got the pattern and thread but fabric was a different situation.  It was almost $75-80 dollars for the fabric so I ordered Antique White and decide I could dye it myself.  I really like how this turned out.  It should work with the pattern.  I figure I will start it after Christmas.  
 Finally, update on my PS Nevermore.  I may just be able to finish it before Halloween.
I almost was able to finish some projects but, didn't.  
I have the portable sewing machine ready to work on around the dogs so they don't go ballistic if I'm in my sewing room.  
Hope your week has been going well.  
All for now the battery is about to go.
Keep on Stitching
Monica