Sunday, January 20, 2019

It's Gonna Be a Cold One

Its been cold, we aren't the only ones.  
Its 8 pm and -3 but, feels like -13 and will be -12 tonight.  
It was sunny all day which was good.  
I didn't leave the house.  
I set up a jigsaw puzzle on the dining table. 
When I was a kid, my dad would set up a puzzle after Christmas.  
I picked up a puzzle while Christmas shopping.  
I figured it was a good way to get our butts out of chairs.  
I have been obsessed and nearly have the border done.  
Bob and Ed both helped but, some pieces in.  

I have gotten some stitching done since last posting.  
I should have taken a picture of my knitting project.
Oh well, next time.  
I really am loving this BBD design.  
I am done with the alphabets and just have the motifs.  
Go me!!
Was watching the talking heads this morning.  
Buster was on my lap, snooziing.
He doesn't like to have his picture taken but I got a Shih Tzu selfie.  
He's sleeping on the couch right now, snoring.  
So trying to decide if I want to commit to Farmgirl's Nine Project Challenge.
The only thing is I have no idea how to get Instagram to work.
It can't be that difficult.  
I do have an account, just never use it.  
I could also post daily updates etc.  
How hard can it be?!
But, its been fun thinking about what I would do.
I have Autumn at Hawkrun to finish along with Sarah Brazier.
I would have to throw in a couple of small ones otherwise I would never finish.  

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend.  
Stay warm and dry.
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, January 13, 2019

So Many Patterns, So Little Time

There are so many patterns I want to do and just not enough time.
I’m working on Blackbird Design Merry Christmas. 
I’m loving the stitch!
It took me a while to get the border to meet but, I got it. 
I honestly don’t know what’s the right way to do this...border first or last. 
Probably doesn’t really matter. 
Generally I like to start in the middle and work out from there.

Next in the cue is BBD Merrily, Merrily We Welcome Spring. 
The border is great on that one!
I saw a Gigi R design that I need to order.  
Then there is all the stuff I have in my stash. 
As I have lamented before, part of it is the acquisition.
Trying a new process this year.
I like to meal plan so I can get what I need when grocery shopping.  
I got a rather large planner from a local realtor and thought I would keep track of what I cook from week to week.  
Nothing like being anal...but, I find we always eat the same thing or the family suggests the same things.
I even noted where the recipe can be located.  
You can probably find an app for this but, I think I like the hard copy.  
Tried two new recipes this weekend:  chicken and dumpling from a Taste of Home Soup cookbook
And Beef and Cheese Manicotti from Everyday Italian by Giada DeLaurentis.
The soup was great and the Manicotti smells pretty amazing!

Just a busy weekend on the whole.  
Winter, winter, winter.  
Hope you had a great weekend!
Heard there is a lot of Flu out there.
Wash your hands....best defense!
Keep on Stitching.
Monica

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Waiting for Snow

We are suppose to have a big snow storm starting tonight to tomorrow,
It was gorgeous Friday and Saturday.
Sunny and highs in the 40"s
Four to eight inches of snow are predicted tonight to tomorrow morning then changing to rain in the afternoon.  
Talk about a mess!
I posted this picture, the top of the BBD Merry Christmas.  
I finished the section that goes around.
The colors are wonderful!
I tried to get a close up section.
You think I could get this to turn to the right orientation.  
I have tried and it just won't turn....the bugger!
Started the next BBD Christmas Bells are Ringing.
The colors are the same as this one.  
It really isn't very Christmas-y looking
I have only the very beginning of the border done and it took some doing but, I got it to finally meet.

Was ready to kick the dear husband in the butt.  
We have a family\ wedding to go to in February.  
I am short and fat.
I don't look good in a dress since I have such bad legs, like my dad's, varicose veins, spider veins, it looks like a flippin atlas :(
I bough a pair of palazzo pants a while ago.  
The last wedding we went too two years ago, they didn't fit.
Since then I have lost weight (hooray for me a whole size) so now they fit  
I got a top from an online site called North Style.  
I have bought clothes from them before and found a nice flowey top that is also chiffon.
I think it looks pretty good together.  
Do you think I got a "Thats nice" from the husband?'
Nope!
I got, "I really don't know much about that stuff."  
UGH!
My daughter assures me I look good and put together.  
I think I should  fine, I'm h hoping he just doesn't understand the pants are perfectly acceptable.  

We took the Christmas decorations all down.
I'm always so sad when we take them down.  
It is really a passing of time.  

Hope your weekend was pleasant and productive.  
Have a wonderful week.
Keep on Stitching.
Monica

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Some Reveals

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  
Ours was very good.
I had the whole week off but, it went way too fast.  
Back to work tomorrow but, then another day off!

Since I have given out all the Christmas presents, I can post them.  
I did forget to take the pictures of tow of the Santa's I made....I just forgot and packed them up to be mailed.  Well Duh!

I did take pictures of the rest.  
The Polar Bear Santa went to my sister if Florida.  
The other Santa went to my sister-in-law in Georgia
These were the Sabta's do the stitching group based on what they typically work on.
Ann got the Cross Stitching Santa, Arttie the Quilting Santa and Patty the Knitting Santa.  
I also made a Knitting Santa for Katy.  
I didn't make any for me....someday.  
Made a Beef Wellington for Christmas.
It was spectacular.  
Katy wasn't home for Christmas but, she is home this weekend.
I'm making a Prime Rib.  
New Years isn't going to anything fancy......maybe PB&J since the food budget is blown.  
Not really but, there will be really good leftovers this week.  
I'm nearly done with the BBD Merry Christmas.  
I'm doing the side piece that will go around the drum.  

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I have been watching the Tutorial on making a needle drum on the Twisted Stitcher Flosstube.  
I made a pin drum earlier this year but, really haven't been happy with the way it turned out.
It's kind of lopsided.  
I took that apart and will use her method when I'm ready to finish this one.  
I used Little House Needleworks Tree Lot to make a throw pillow for Katy.  
This is what I used the 7 count Klostern.  
It pretty much fills up the 11x18 pillow form I got.  
I did add and extra tree in both rows just to make it fit a little better.  
I'm delighted with how it turned out!
I may have to get more fabric and make one for me next year.  
I used six strands of DMC, stripping it for better coverage. 

Thought about doing a round up of all the projects I finished this year. 
Maybe I will get to it on Tuesday but, then again maybe not.  
Depends on how ambitious I am. 

Hope you are having a great Christmas and have a wonderful New Year!

Keep on Stitching!
Monica 

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Buster and Henry Ford Say Merry Christmas

Buster and Henry Ford are all dressed for Christmas.
There are brass buttons on Buster's sweater.
His bandanna from the groomer goes so well.  

 Henry Ford is looking very sophisticated in his poinsettia bandanna.  
 Let me tell you, not an easy thing to do, get them in the same picture.  
Started working on BBD Merry Christmas needle drum.  
I am really loving this and the size of the linen  
Its on 36 count and it is really nice.   
I have one more project to finish but, it won't take me long.  
Its for Katy and she won't be home until the weekend.
She is spending Christmas with her boyfriend and his family in Indianapolis.
It is going to be strange not to have her home but, times a changing.  
There could be a hitch with her coming home....we may have a pile of snow.
According to the forecast now (which can really change), we could have 10 inches of snow.
All I can say is yikes.  
Will just have to wait and see.  

We booked our flight to Dallas for a wedding.  
I have a pair of palazzo pants and ordered a top in two sizes.
I will return the one that doesn't fit.
We have no place to buy something a little dressy.  
I ordered from North Style and have had great luck ordering from there.  
Nice cloths and not crazy priced.  
The sizes generally run pretty accurate.  

That about sums it up.  
Have a wonderful Christmas.
Next weeks post will be lots of pictures.  
I'll be able to show you what I have really been up to.
Keep on Stitching 
Monica

Monday, December 17, 2018

Just Had To Get It


I nearly have my Christmas presents done. 
I got the ones done that were going out of town and sent on Thursday. 
They should be getting to their destinations today or tomorrow!
I started seeing this one:  BBD Merrily, Merrily We Welcome Spring.
I'm always on the look out for pieces that are Spring or Summer.
I'm always drawn to Fall and Christmas but, Spring is different.  
The border is just awesome!
I don't have anything for it but, wanted to get it before you couldn't get it.  
The next time I'm at the Bee, I'll pick up the thread.  
I may dye my own fabric.
I have some natural that I think I can stain with something.....dye or walnut shells and achieve the same effect as the one on the cover.  
Sometimes it takes forever to get the fabric the designer use.  
I think this will be a really fun stitch!
Then I got the last and I mean LAST of the Ladies Prim Society installment.  
Dyeing to Stitch is discontinuing Ladies Prim and the Colonial Group.  
They are starting two new groups but, not sure if I'm going to join or not.  
I will have to hear more about it.
This really is a wonderful piece and may start it once the last gift is done along with the Christmas Sampler.  
Too many projects, too little time.  
Went to Joann's this weekend with Arttie.
I only picked up a couple of things:  gift bags, Fresh press and some sequins for next years ugly sweater.
It was a beautiful day, sunny about 30 but, still managed to find the black ice and completely wiped out and couldn't get up because I was still on ice,
Painfully got off the ice and Arttie and some nice stranger let me hang on to them so I could hoist myself up....ever so gracefully...ha!
Was a little sore but, the good thing was I walked around the mall and didn't have a chance to get too stiff. 
Not too bad today.
Hate black ice!  Moral of the story, DON'T WALK BETWEEN CARS!!
Have a wonderful week!
Keep on Stitching 
Monica

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Fabulous Christmas Giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe


Took an hour off work to frost my Bailey's Irish Cream Cake for Stitching Group tonight,  I have a late client to will be working an hour later.  If you haven't done so, today is the last day of Nancy's  Christmas Giveaway.  You can connect to all the fun at.....
Christmas Giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Have a great day!
Keep on Stitching
Monica