We finally have Spring! We have been very busy around the house. After we ran errands, we did some spring cleaning yesterday. We did the tops of the cabinets where the decorative stuff is...baskets, large decorative platters and etc. And we used special cleaner on the front of them. I had done the insides after we nailed the mouse. Then we cleaned windows, inside and out and cleaned the screens. While I did laundry and ironing today, Bob did some raking and pruning some trees. We did go to Home Depot and got the beginnings of things we will need, a new pruner. Miracle Grow and a few packets of seeds...especially Basil. Since it was 70 degrees today, we have had the windows open We sat outside while grilling chicken. The rest of the week, well you know, lots of rain in the forecast but, at least the temperatures are suppose to be seasonal.
Because of all the work we have been doing, I haven't stitched much. I did start Homespun Elegance Scenes of Spring. I couldn't decide what picture to post without or with flash, I posted both.
If I have time this week, I'll get them done. I do have stitching group at my house on Wednesday. That will slow some things down a little. It really is only a little zipping up with the sewing machine.
I did see a new stitching challenge the 2013 Ladies Prim Society on Faye's Carolina Stitcher. I may decide to participate in it. I saw the first and second project in the Society and they really appeal to me.
Funny story, I made pancakes for breakfast this morning. I always make a small one for Buster because he loves pancakes. He broke the record today. The first pancake I made him, he carried around for about 4 hours. Today, we thought he ate it right away. When we came home from Home Depot and visiting my mom, he pulled it out of the couch...5 hours. He has been carrying it around and leaving it here and there. He finally ate it 14 hours after we gave it to him. While Bob has been doing yard work, he has found multiple Milk Bones in the backyard from the winter. If he knew how to did a whole, I think he would be burying a lot of these treats. He is a very goofy dog.
Hope you have had a great weekend. Thank you for the fun comments. You guys are awesome! Have a great week and .....Keep on Stitching
Thursday, April 25, 2013
We woke up this morning to an inche and a half of snow. It doesn't sound like much but, it is April 25th. It is suppose to be 70 on Sunday. Hopefully the weather man isn't lying!
It was a wet heavy snow that really stuck to everything
It really was kind of pretty but, I would prefer flowers
Sort of looks like everything was frosted!
I started and finished this Shepherd's Bush. Oh crap! I just noticed I forgot the words
I better get that stitched on.
I also finished my little May robin. Oh crap! I just noticed I forget to stitch May at the bottom of that one too. I must be really loosing it. I'm just in a hurry to finish so I can really finish them. I'll get the words stitched in tonight. I don't have to do much with dinner since I have stew in the slow cooker.
I hope you aren't laughing too much at me right now. Better to catch the boo-boos before the machine work needs to be done.
Thanks for all the great comments! I love hearing them! Thanks for stopping by.
Hope you have a great weekend. I got kitchen cabinets to clean. I am going to make some time to stitch. Make sure you do too!
Keep on Stitching
Sunday, April 21, 2013
I have greatly enjoyed all the lovely pictures of Spring flowers in the blogs I follow. I don't have any tulips or daffodils in my garden. And with the weather the way it has been it could be July before we see spring flowers. The first thing that always comes up is my Rhubarb. The Strawberry Rhubarb is the first.
The regular is usually not too far behind.
I just love Rhubarb. I have a majestic patch!
The update on my PS Robin for May.
My acquisitions from Mainstreet Stitchery and Frame Shoppe in LaCrosse.
I think is a good addition to my 4th of July collection
There was something about this Prairie Moon that grabbed me.
Another Chessie and Me and there are sheep on it.
I plan to finish this Shepherds Bush as a pincushion for the basket with other SB smalls
It was packaged so cute. Everthing is there except the scissors.
Then the odds and ends.
A free PS card, some chenille to add to the stash for finishing, Wisper thread to use on LHN Virtue sheep, a bird button for the Homespun Elegance Scenes of Spring, and a ruler for the basket.
Have a great week.
Keep on Stitching!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
When one is knitting cables, one needs a cable needle. I had a favorite one. It was a hook. I like them because the stitches don't slide off. I put in my knitting basket. I heard it land. I can't find it. I have looked everywhere for it. I have another one but, I don't like it as much. It is a different style. I have looked for the kind I like a couple of places but, I had not been successful. I went to Rainbow Knits, where the alpacas are to get a new cable needle. They had several of the kind I don't like. I asked the clerk and she said there was something in a different spot she thought was for felting. Lo and behold it was the kind I like and half priced. It was only a $1.05 what a deal.
On the left-the one I don't like
On the right-the one I do like!
A yarn store is dangerous and I looked around a little...big mistake. I found this yarn that is knitted together for the intended project. I saw a sample and it was gorgeous. I have big plans for this!
Then I got some alpaca sock yarn. My kids love socks made out of it. My son is especially found of it. The color is called Hydranga. I think it looks like faded jeans and would be ok for guy.
I have finished the house in Holly Berry Farm Christmas
I started May from Prairie Schooler Sping and Fall, In case you can't guess, it is a robin.
I shouldn't complain since parts of Michigan is flooding. Picture of the radar. Some interesting things:
we are on the cusp of 2-4 and 3-7 inches of snow. The pennisula that projects in to Lake Superior will get between 8 and 18 inches. Can you believe that! It should make for an icky commute tomorrow.
I had some great responses from my last post about my box. I loved hearing about your family members who used the boxes. Many grandfathers used them ofr lunch boxes. I can completely see that. I don't think the one I got looks like it has been used. You can read more about it HERE. It is so much fun to get a conversation going about this.
Thanks for stopping and thanks for the great comments.
Hope it is spring where you are. I think we will end up transitioning back to winter.
Keep on Stitching
Sunday, April 14, 2013
We went to La Crosse to see Katy this weekend. The roads were lousy for the first hour on the way there. The further we went the better they got. We had fun with her and her girlfriends. I will have a later post about the stitching finds.
We went out to dinner with a whole bunch of girls. We were going to go to a Pizza place downtown called Pizza Amore. They make a gluten free crust so Katy was very interested. They wouldn't be able to seat us for an hour so we had to walk around. It wasn't exactly nice there yesterday. It only got to about 35 degrees and was raw. There really wasn't much open other than bars and restaurants. We didn't think we should be taking 18-20 y/olds into bars. (Responsible parents) We found a coffee place and got some drinks there. They were hot too! It was a very interesting coffee place. Amazing how many people are in those places plugged in and focused on usually not one but two screens. All the buildings are beautifully old with gorgeous tin ceilings.
One of the posters on the wall. I love these old posters from the 1920's.
Katy and her group of girl friends. They are all so amazing.
Big Daddy Bob ready to pay the bill. Hooray for fathers! Way cool interior.
Before dinner, Bob, Katy and I had gone shopping of course. While we were in Cross Stitchery and Mainstreet Framing, Bob took a walk down the street and found an Antique Mall. We met him and took a walk around. I always keep an eye out for things that look stitching related. I found this box. I sort of fell in love with it. I walked away from it several times. Then I asked the proprietors if there was wiggle room in the price and there was. That did it, it had to come home with me.
The little things on the end are actually latches and when you pull on one side the top will come off. It was marked as a Handmade Swedish box.
A few more pictures
The sides have that Shaker look but, different.
We counted 10 cars in ditches, one wreck truck with trailer vs car and four roll-overs. Thankfully, Bob is a very good Yooper driver. He is sitting in the sauna right now trying to un-knot himself.
We did have an great time. More snow tonight, another inch. I don't think the stuff will ever melt.
Thanks for stopping! Thanks for the great comments! and Welcome new members. I will show my latest acquisitions in the future. Nothing monumental but, cute.
Keep on Stitching
Friday, April 12, 2013
Wow this is a record for me, two blogs within 24 hours
I wish I had taken before pictures yesterday. We had some grass yesterday, about a third of our yard. Today, we are yet again buried under snow. So far, since last night we have gotten about four inches and should get another two to four. We are suppose to go to LaCrosse to see Katy. I think we will still go. We are just going to leave a little later.
Buster close to the house but, once he gets out a little ways,
the snow is just below his belly.
Hope the weather is better where you are.