Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cable TV....Don't Get Me Started!

I know in the rest of the country, you all have had to have a digital box on every TV to get reception.
We just had to convert to that.  But and its a big BUT, we can't get free TV here unless you have a 100 ft antenna.  I'm not kidding and there are city ordinances against antenna that are greater than 30 ft.  You see the problem is iron ore.  We are in the Menomonee Iron Range.  The only way to get reception is through cable or satellite TV.  This past tuesday, if you don't have a cable box on every TV you don't get reception.  You can get satellite TV at a great rate for the first year then they gouge you the second so it is a wash.  We would use free TV if we could and Netflix or Hulu the rest but, not happening.  They are charging us $6.99 a box.  We would even buy a box if we could but you can't do that either.  Cable should be considered a utility and regulated.  We have only one cable option if you ask me that constitutes a monopoly.

Can you tell I'm irritated?  

And they hype it as all HDTV.  You know what, the TV in our living room still has a tube... nothing high def about it!

I finished With Thy Needle and Thread Sewing Bird.  Three more to go.  I ranted and raved about cable because the HD channel listing ended up in the background of this picture

 I started on a freebie From Notforgotten Farm:  Ravens and Crows.  I love this pattern.
I'm doing it on 36 ct Light Pear with GAST Black Crown.  The only problem and it really isn't much of a problem is that there really isn't a grid to the download.  I have the grid lines that occur between every 10 stitches but nothing inbetween.  I think I can handle it.
On the up side, we are picking up the new puppy in about a week.
We are getting another German Wirehaired Pointer.
Will post pictures when we get him and I'm sure many blog entries.  
Hope you week has been good.
It has been a humid and dreary week here.  
Thanks for stopping and commenting.  
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Driving Buster Nuts

I couldn't get any closer but, if you look in the center of the picture, is one of two bunnies living under the shed and driving Buster crazy.  
I tried to get closer but, it scooted under the shed.
Buster tries really hard to catch it.
They are way too quick for him.  

I am working on With Thy Needle and Thread Sewing Bird.
There is more contrast in the picture than I thought.  
Had lunch with Ed yesterday in Marquette.
Did some shopping:  groceries for him and dmc from Michaels for me.
We spent the day with him which meant not much stitching time.
I did do some knitting on the drive there.  

Today was just busy catching up with all the things that didn't get done yesterday.
We did do the cleaning on friday night after work so I didn't have to do that today.  

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. 
Have a great week.
Thanks for the great comments.
I love hearing from you.  
Keep on Stitching 
Monica

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Celebrate the Champagne Moments

Last weekend was my college girls weekend.  
I almost didn't think I was going to make it because of everything I had been through at work and with my mom.  
I made it a day after everyone else got there.  
It is always a good weekend full of talk, wine, projects and food.  
It was Rummage-a-Rama in the Wabeno area.
We found some awesome things.  
Here is our booty artfully exhibited on the front porch of the cabin.  
 We take so many pictures that a few years ago we started scrap booking to archive our exploits.  
We have pictures dating back to the college days.  
Its a lot of fun to see how different everyone's is with the same pictures and much of the same supplies.  
 I brought beads for bracelets.
This should be a good picture for next year.
 We had seen something like this last year at an arts and craft show.
We had found rusty metal pieces from Mary Beth's husband's stash of crap.
I donated the fishing line and Jan brought the bling we hot glued to the line then attached to the metal.  
 The main quote this weekend was, "Celebrate the Champagne Moments."  Mickey brought an Italian sparkling wine called Proseco, really tasty!
You know we really forget about doing things like that.  
Everyone should have a bottle on hand for those times.  
 I finished my Freedom House Button Sampler.  
I thought I would have been done with it a month ago but, time has just been racing by. 
I started working on Christmas presents.  
I will probably post because no one will really know what I'm going to do with it.  
I'm blogging and listening to Hozier.  
I think I'm becoming a huge fan.
After I get done with this I will have to find out more about him.
Love his voice.

Haven't had much time to blog either.  
Hope your week has been smooth sailing.
Mine has not...oh well.

Keep on stitching
Monica

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Always On The Lookout

I am always on the look out for things I can use to display or cover with stitching projects.
Katy and I went to West's Rangers Station yesterday.
It is an old Forest Rangers Station that sells stuff. 
Can't say they are antiques but, it is stuff.  
I picked up this old wooden bread bowl.  
I have coveted some of the ones I have seen on other blogs.
 I cleaned everything with Murphy's Oil Soap.
Great display for pictures...my washing machine.  LOL
 This is a small cedar box, tourist rememberance from Eagle River, WI.
It's about 4"x6".
Can't you picture a little something on top?

 I think it would be perfect for scissors.  
 I think this must be an old cigar box.  
It is in really good shape. 
 I didn't measure it but, I think it is about 6"x10".
It has a nice flat top, perfect for a stitched piece.  
 I have not had a lot of time to stitch.
The company left on Friday and we went bumming yesterday.
I spent the day doing laundry and cleaning.
The next two weekends may be really busy too.  
The summer has flown by.  
I did finish the socks.
I have been working on Freedom House Button Sampler by Homespun Elegance.  
Hope you had a good weekend and had some stitching time.  
Thanks for the great comments. 
My sister loved the basket.
It was a huge surprise especially, since it was sent in a rather large box. 
Have a wonderful week and 
Keep on Stitching.
Monica

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I Can Finally Show You.....

I can finally show you the finished birthday present for my sister.  I did post it on the Prim Stitcher's Society.   The top was Blackbird Designs Sisters.  I picked up the fabric at the quilt store and is a reproduction Civil War print.  I bought about two yards knowing I wasn't going to use it all but, just liked it and wanted it in my finishing stash.
 A better view of the fabric.  It is just gorgeous material.  I should be able to use it for a lot of finishes.
 The lining put together but, not in the basket yet.  I did have to sew up the final seam.
 I used tacky board for the top.  Bob cut the cardboard for me.  I had my rotary cutter out to cut the fabric.  He was nearly don cutting the board when he asked me how to keep the blade of the cutter out.  I had given him a utility knife but, used my rotary cutter on part of the board and broke it.  :(  OI
 I hand stitched the piece on top of the fabric for that more "prim" look
The picnic basket I got at an Antique mall in La Crosse.  I figured this would make an awesome stitching basket for my sister.  She likes to do needlepoint.  She quilts and does a little cross stitch.  Mostly, tho she needlepoints.


 The basket with the stitching on it.  I glued on the top with hot glue and only burned one finger but, it was a humdinger.
 A little different angle. 
 The inside of the basket with the lining.  I hot glued the edge around the top and a little at the bottom. 
It pretty much was an all afternoon project.  It was a rainy afternoon so, it was a good way to spend it.

Lots of company lately.  Last weekend my sister and her family were at my mom's.  Saturday night, my husband's brother and his family arrived from Atlanta.  Their kids are staying at our house since my MIL's is only two bedrooms.  It has been busy.  Katy has been home this week, which has been good since she has been tour guide.  Ed came Sunday and stayed until after dinner on Monday.  Monday, the boys (except Ed) golfed.  Ed, Katy, my SIL and niece went whitewater rafting.  They had a blast.

With all the activity, I haven't had much time stitching or posting.

Hope your week has been going well.  Thanks for stopping and the wonderful comments.
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Brilliant Idea

You know it is difficult to come up with a snappy title for blog posts.   Just sayin'.
So here is the brilliant idea.
Arttie, one of the stitchers took this out and slapped some on her middle finger.
She doesn't like to use the little adhesive pads to keep from poking holes in her fingers.  
Sometimes when I have been stitching, I use them.
But, this is a brilliant idea.
She dabs a little bit of new skin on her finger.
Once it dries, she 's good to go.  
This is a picture of the White Chocolate Tart I made last night.  
It called for two cups of Mascarpone cheese but, I got on line and substituted cream cheese and it turned out fantastic!
It was cool.  I never did this before but, I made the tart dough in a food processor.
It was BAM! A ball of dough!!
It doesn't take much to impress me sometimes. 
 I finished Notforgotten Farm,  My Needle is Sharp.
(I woke up this morning realizing I made a mistake with the designer!!  OOPS)
I did this in a weekend.  
I stuffed it with walnut shells and stitched it up.
I want it for a pincushion to keep my the sewing machine.
I love the weight and feel of it.  
 I also finished Cinnamon Heart.
I fixed the wonky section
 And the back.  
Bob's brother and his family are coming for a week.  The kids are staying with us since my MIL's duplex is a two bedroom and we have room.  I've been cleaning and washing some bedding.  Katy will also be home for the week since there isn't much going on in the lab.  I'm happy about that.

Glad tomorrow is Friday.  Ready for the weekend!
Hope you had a great week and an awesome weekend.
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Did I Tell You, We Are Getting A Puppy!

We had a German Wirehaired Pointer who we had to put down a few years ago because he was very sick with Blastomycosis.  It is a fungal infection of the lungs that is difficult to cure.  
We tried the cure but, it was either too far along or he just wasn't tolerating it.  
He didn't have really any symptoms until he wasn't eating his usual amount.  I attributed some of that to Bob being out of town working a few weeks.  Then he stopped weight bearing on one of his front legs.  So, I took him to the vet two days after that.  At first they thought he had cancer.  Then they did some lab work to see if it was Blasto.  It is very difficult to cure.  
It got to the point I didn't want to see him suffer any longer.  
Bob was especially devastated by this and it has taken a long time for him to get over it and decide to get a new puppy.  
When he decided it was time for a new puppy, he contacted the same breeder we got Huck from.  
Two of his females either aborted or weren't pregnant.  
Finally on July 8th we got the phone call that he had 8 puppies:  4 males and 4 females.
We are number 5 on the list.  
We just love this breed.  
They are so goofy and great bird dogs.  
This was Huck
This is what a puppy looks like.  
I downloaded this from the web.  
I expect in another couple of weeks we will have to take a trip to the breeder and make our pick. 
We would like a male.  
I did some sewing today and started the finishing process on two Threadwork Primitive pieces.  
Cinnamon Hearts


And My Needle is Sharp

 Right side out now.
I plan on filling this with Walnut Shells for a pin cushion by my sewing machine.  
 This ended up a little wonky.  
I think I may round out that side a little.  
I learned alot from the instructions.  I didn't know that freezer paper worked so well ironed onto fabric and sew around it.  Then iron on the fusible interfacing once it is lined up.  It just goes against my grain to sew the whole thing and then cut a slit and work from that.  I always leave a littel of the seam open then do a blind stitch in the seam.

I will probably really finish them Wednesday during stitching group.  I have been working on my socks and have the second one started and am past the ribbing.

Otherwise, just another really busy weekend.  Hope you had an enjoyable weekend.
Thanks for stopping and the wonderful comments.
Keep on Stitching
Monica