Sunday, May 20, 2018

Photo Issues

I have had the devil's own time trying to get pictures on my blog post today.  
Usually, there is no problem with Google photos but, today it doesn't hand to save anything.  
I took these pictures on Friday of whats blooming in the garden.  
Apple blossoms are so pretty and plentiful on one tree and not so much on the other.  


The Rhododendron is bursting too!

The bumblebees are on a feeding frenzy.
There are dozens at a time feasting.  
Progress on Part 3 of WTN&T Summer Schoolhouse .  
It is coming right along!
 Fabrics I picked up at the quilt store to make a dresser cloth for the newly decorated guest room.  
I think it matches quite well.  
It was hard to find the right grey especially since I left my swatch sheet home.  
I think I managed very well.  
I spent the afternoon cutting and sewing.  
 The final result.
You may need to zoom in.  
It has been another busy weekend.  

I don't know if you've been watching Little Women on Masterpiece Theater, if you haven't you really missed an exceptional production.  

Hope you have been enjoying good spring weather.  
We have had an excellent weekend.  

Have a wonderful week
Keep on Stitching 
Monica

Monday, May 14, 2018

An Epiphany

I think I have had an epiphany.
Let me explain.  
I though about going to the Stitching Bee this weekend but, decided I really didn't need to spend money.  (Thats a whole nother story)
I was thinking why the pull?
I can't contain myself when it comes to buying patters.
I was wondering 'why is this'?
I think I figured it out.
I want to finish projects fast but, it just doesn't work that way.  
I think you get just as much as a rush buying a pattern as finishing one.  
You just can't finish them fast enough  

I started WTN&T Summer Schoolhouse #3
I love the way they look but, they take time to complete
I am making progress  
These turn out so great!
Hope you had a good Mother's Day.
I did.
Bob always helps at church with the Mother's Day Breakfast.  
I much prefer to stay home, drink coffee, watch CBS Sunday Morning and stitch.  
My son took me out to lunch and got me a bluetooth speaker.
My ancient I Touch and speaker dock have just bit the dust.  
This speaker is really slick and works well with my phone.  

For some of you, stay dry.  
For the rest of us have a wonderful week.  
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Been Very Busy

Since we got back from Traverse City, we have been working our butts off.
We have been working on turning Katy's room in to a real guest room.
Bob has painted the walls and I started to chalk paint some of the furniture:  the bed frame, dresser and a side table I found at The Restore.  .
Let me tell you, chalk painting isn't as easy as they lead you to believe.  
I read stuff on line, and watched videos on Youtube.  
I thought I had this ...boy was I wrong.  
When I first went to Ace Hardware the paint was $36 a quart.  
I figured I would need at least two, maybe three quarts. 
That was more than I wanted to spend.  
One video assured me I could use a less expensive brand.
I went to Walmart and bought the Kilz brand...reputable company, good reviews...checked it out.  
Got the finishing wax since it was a guest room, not heavy use so, could have used that. 
Bob said, "Just get the spray. It will be a lot easier."
There are spray chalklike paint.   
Worked hours painting last Sunday in the garage until I though my feet were going eto fall off. 
While it was wet, I thought, "Cool, I got this,"
Boy was I wrong.
You could see every brush line! No problem one video said, the second coat will fix it 
The next day, once it was completely dry, there were drips. 
Couldn't see them while it was wet.  
Bob said, "You should have used the spray."
So I packed up the unused can of paint and the wax.
Went back to Walmart and exchanged it for the Rustoleum spray.  
It didn't say anything on the can about sealing it, so decided to keep the wax.
Bob sanded the drips smooth and applied two coats of the spray.  
Once it had dried for a day, we tried the wax.
The wax took all the spray paint off!
We only tried it on a side rail of the bedframe.  
Went to back to Ace to talk to the paint lady who wasn't there the first time I went.  
I confessed I had bought a less expensive brand and told her what had happened.  
The Amy Howard brand of spray paint doesn't come off with wax.  
I decided to try the bees wax they had.....took the spray paint off.  
Called Rustoleum to ask if there is a sealer recommendation because the can AND the website didn't indicate anything.  
Yep, got to buy the clear chalk paint sealer, spray to spray, or brush on with brush on etc.  
That does seem to be working.  
The bedframe is done and up and actually turned out good.  
Not going to post pictures until Katy comes home and sees it.  
Overall the room is looking amazing!

Inbetween the paint drama, I finished another piece from the Summer Schoolhouse finishing part two.
Now working on a Christmas present, so can't post that either. 
Got my copy of Hands Across the Sea Sarah Braizear 1829 Sampler.  
This is my first from this designer and it was beautifully printed and packaged!
There's a bookmark with a tassle and thread key with conversion, how handy is that?
To top off the weekend, Bob cooked tonight!
Chicken thigh quarters with root vegetables in the Dutch oven using coals.  
It was Delicious!
I am glad the room redo project is nearly done.  
I forgot to tell you, I boxed up all Katy's stuff that she left and its now in the basement.
Packed eight small moving boxes and four medium boxes and two Rubbermaid containers.
I told her if its there in a year, its going to St. Vincents.

Well I'm pooped and need to do a little stitching.
Haven't had time to do much of that this weekend.
Next weekend, I taking some time off.  

Hope you had a good weekend.
Have a great week!
Keep stitching.
Monica

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Asylum Traverse City Michigan

Bob and I went on a road trip this weekend to see a friend. 
Took off Friday and came home on Sunday.  
I took today off too, to catch up on stuff.  
Headed south over the bridge.
This weekend was much nicer than the previous weekend.
Last weekend the bridge was closed because of wind and weather.
It was closed after the snow storm earlier in the week because of falling ice.
On Saturday we went to the Traverse City Asylum that has been converted to condos, retail and office spaces. 
I am absolutely fascinated by these building.  
I was on board going to this but, we didn't make it for the tours.  
The tour would have been great.
There is even one at night which I'm sure is creepy!
I wish I had been able to get a picture of the front of the building.  
I think it is great that they have repurposed these historic building.  
This is the main building.  
Smaller buildings are being rennovated






I really hope this is an original gate....so cool.


 There are all kinds of nifty little shops, restaurants and coffee shops.
There are also a farmers market, mostly homemade jellies, nuts, chutneys, and honey.  

I'm sure these are some of the tunnels used to transfer patients.  


 I picked up a few things:  a small handmade wooden bowl, some nuts, and a pen that has magnet.
It will come in handy next to the shopping list


 Headed home on Sunday the Mackinac bridge ahead.  

Like I said I took today off to do laundry, grocery shop and was going to pay bills (didn't get to that)
Also my new appliances were delivered.  
We needed a new refridgerator since the old one was starting to rust under the water/ice dispenser.  
Shelves and one of the drawers were broken.  
Because it was bisque, as was the stove and the microwave and all were over twelve years old, 
We replaced them all.
I hope the new ones last as long as the old ones.  
They are awfully pretty.  
The picture isn't so hot but, I admit, I am no photographer.  

Hope you had a great weekend!

I will post some more pictures of our trip 

Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, April 15, 2018

More Sprinter

We have been part of that fierce snow storm that hit the midwest.
It was suppose to affect us on Saturday during the day but didn't hit us till 11:30 last night.  
We have gotten about eleven inches and apparently it is icy under the snow.  
It isn't as windy as it was yesterday but, the snow will drift  
Bob blew snow at about 2 pm  and we had nearly a foot by the front door.  
We have had a few more hours of snow since then and another inch or two.  
Everyone is just tired about it. 
We have a raised  flower bed in the back of the yard that is at least 14" at the south end (right end).
The snow is pretty much up to the top.  
Henry was just watching it snow out the front window.  
Buster just felt it was a good day to nap.  
I was too busy to nap or even stitch this afternoon.  
It was a good day to bake some chocolate chip cookies.  

I make amazing chocolate chip cookies...real butter and real vanilla.  

I am nearly done with Threadwork Primitives  Painted Threads.  
I love this pattern.  
A busy weekend as usual.
Hope the weather was better where you are and Spring is there.  
Who knows when we will get Spring, maybe July.  

Have a wonderful week.
Keep stitching!
Monica

Sunday, April 8, 2018

New Pieces From The Spring Market

I always look through what is new from Nashville Market.  
I do contain myself, mostly because I can't look at everything.  
I have missed out on some really cool limited editions that kick myself later.
This is what I have added to the stash this year.  
I fall in love with each one.  
Esther Eddison 1832 Sampler by Chessie and Me
I am on the auto send Farmhouse Christmas from Little House Needleworks.  
I think he little trucks are so stickin' cute.  
Mira Bugg seems to be pretty popular.  

I didn't order this one.  
I have just seen it since I ordered the others and didn't think the Stitching Bee would have it. 
We were there yesterday to see if there were new things in.  
We were meeting my college roommate and her husband for a late lunch.
Bob and I had shopping to do.  
He gets a little cranky about this but, we were shopping for some new underwear for him.  :)
Droopy drawer issues....good thing he doesn't read my blog!
Kendra did get this one in and I snagged it.  
I fell in love with this one the moment I saw it.  
Threadwork Primitives is in my top ten favorite designers!
      I wasn't going to but, I started it last night.

I had started the second part of WTN&T Schoolhouse Samplers at Cabela's. 
I broke down and couldn't resist. 
How far I have gotten.  
Super fun stitch!
Way to go Nan!!
I finished the stitching pocket from retreat years ago.  
I found it while cleaning out the stitching closet.  
Now I just have to "finish" it.  
When I started this, I was into the silk threads and fancy stitches.  
Had to dig out an embroidery stitch book to find something for one of the sections.
The instructions didn't make a whole lot of sense.  

The weather may be on the upswing this week.  
We are suppose to be in the upper thirties/low forties and the nights won't be in the teens after Monday!
Kind of pathetic when you are excited about that!

Hope you a spectacular weekend.  
Mine was really good...no deer on the front end!!
Have a wonderful week. 
Keep on Stitching!
Monica

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Sewing Room Closet Transition

I made a huge mistake with my closet reno....forgot to take a before.
Before was really jammed and ugly.  
I looked back at all my old posts and pictures.
I could have sworn I have blogged about closet redo's a while ago.  
Can't find much, a few but, not much.  
This is when I first took over the room, before I had my knee replacement
It was so I could avoid going up and down the stairs.  
When I first started using the photo boxes to store my overdyed flosses.  
This system works really well for me.  
Only about a third of what was in the closet.  


Repainted the closet.
Sections up minus a few shelves

Starting to put things back.  
I think during the whole process, I walked 20 miles, 10 feet at a time. 

I wish I had kept track of how much time I have invested in putting it back together.t
If I had guesstimate, I would say, I have at least 20 hours in organizing.
It doesn't look too bad.  
I know I had taken pictures of when I first I had bought the brown baskets
The drawers have tools, quilt cutting templates, spools of thread, silk threads, ribbons, charms,
plastic project floss boxes, patterns that are in half size (5x7) plastic bags, batting, interfaing and probably other stuff I am forgetting.  
I have a laundry basket of stuff that I will see if the stitching group wants:  some quilt fabric and yarn.
What they don't want, I will take to St. Vincent.

Finished my first WTN&T Summer Schoolhouse project.  
OMG, do I love how these turn out but, started something completely different, for now.  

In 2001, long time ago, Arttie and I went on a retreat sponsored by Garden of Stitches.
It was a store in Appleton, WI.  
The retreat was at the Green Lake Conference Center in a big, old house.  
It rained so hard one night, we had water coming in our window.  
We just moved the beds away from the wall....I digress. 
I found one of the projects we started, Stitcher's Pocket from Just Nan.  
I figured after 16 years, it might be time to finish it.  
I don't think it will take too long.  
It was the only project, out of what we got, I really liked.  
I figured I should finish it.  

We have gotten a ton of snow.  
We got eight inches on Saturday, the most we have gotten at one time this winter.
We have another snowstorm going on now.  
We should get a couple more inches out of it.  
On Friday, before it started snowing, the snow had melted.  

I think that about does it.  
Hope your weekend was good!
Keep on Stitching
Monica