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Friday, October 31, 2008

Scissor Fob Finished!

Here is my very first scissor fob! I used a pattern "Roberta's Pups" from Sharon at Cross Stitch Happy. It was very fun to make although I made lots of mistakes. This one is stitched on 28 count linen. I can see several of these in my future. :o)

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sad Day

My oldest brother passed away today. He has been in Hospice House for the past two weeks with liver failure. Thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Turkey!


Since I didn't catch cross stitch fever until a bit too late for Halloween, I started this Turkey for Thanksgiving. I plan to finish it to display using this tutorial. I rather like the idea of having lots of little pieces to display in this manner.


Of course, I started another little project last night. I am making a decorative fob to hang on my embroidery scissors. The pattern is here. I didn't surprise you by the motif I selected, did I? LOL


Have a great week everyone!






Thursday, October 23, 2008

I'm A Winner


I won a prize from Marilyn in the Fall Into Fall Quilter's Blog Giveaway and it arrived today. :o) It is even cuter in person and has a special place in my current fall display. Thanks Marilyn!
I have been working on some new cross stitch pieces - pics tomorrow. I really need to frame/finish some of the pieces I have but I just wanted/needed/had to stitch on something new to see if I still could. LOL

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

And the winner is.....

Jen @ Miss Punkie Pie !!! Congratulations Jen. An email is on the way to you so I can get your package in the mail.

WOW! One hundred and thirty two comments! Thank you to everyone who visited my blog. I hope you will check in now and again to see what new things I might be creating.

Thank you to all of the participants for not only participating in the giveaways but also for giving me such wonderful eye candy and new blogs to visit.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Stitching


This week I ran across one of my bags of cross stitching supplies. Since we moved I am "finding" all sorts of things that I had forgotten about. I don't have enough time (or energy) to do much quilting through the week so I thought doing some stitching in the evenings would not only be relaxing but I wouldn't feel as if I was wasting so much time in front of the TV.

It has been quite some time since I did any cross stitch (early 90's?). I once did quite a bit of cross stitch and pulled thread work. I went surfing on the net to see what new things might be out there. Boy! Was I surprised. I wanted a new pattern to work with and I wanted it right then. I found this site and just loved her whimsical designs. I discovered that she sells her patterns for download and purchased this one.

While looking for the correct floss colors I found all these finished pieces you see on the left. (There are more) I really need to finish these into something to display. The top two will definitely be made into Christmas ornaments soon as I just joined an ornament swap. Still thinking on finishing ideas for the others. I have quite a few finished pieces framed, I really need to get those unpacked and hung on the walls.

What other kinds of needlework/crafts do you do?

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Apple Dumpling Gang


Do any of you remember that movie? I might be dating myself here. What you see above is my first attempt at Apple Dumplings. Yeah, don't look at that one in the upper left corner. I can't decide if it exploded, imploded, or simply lost it's oomph.

Now lemme tell you, when you see these at your local bakery and you think the price is too high - just double that price and pay that amount because they are worth it. I like to cook and I like to think I am pretty good at it. We rarely have leftovers of anything. However...........I am amazed that people actually want to do this for a living.

I got out my handy dandy cookbook and oh they make it sound so easy. "Cut the shortening into the flour until it is pea size" - what they really mean is until your hand feels like it is going to fall off. "Add milk one tsp at a time and move the moistened flour to one side of your bowl" - my bowl is round, how the heck do I keep the wet away from the dry? "Roll your dough into a 12"x18" rectangle" - okay, so what do I do about the part of the rectangle that is stuck to my rollling pin, which leaves my rectangle looking more like an egg???

Those pastry chefs deserve every penny and more.

Anyway, after tucking the apples into the squares of dough, forgetting to put a pat of butter on top of each apple, and sweeping about a pound of flour off of the floor I must say my apple dumplings were delicious. DH and I sat down to indulge and we were "mmmm, this is good, mmmm". Then we ate our way to the center of our apples where the walnuts, raisins, and honey were living and it was "wow, mmmm, this is really good!"

So if you can set aside a couple of hours (or in my case, half a day) to make some of these delights, you won't be disappointed. You might want to spread a drop cloth in the kitchen floor - you know, just in case. ;o)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Happy Fall Ya'll

Wow! Almost 50 entries in my giveaway already. Thanks to everyone who visited. It seems the majority so far enjoy the reds and oranges of fall.

We made a trip to the local orchard today and picked a few apples. Our new home is about 5 minutes away from Millstone Creek Orchards. I just love going there. The owners are so friendly and the fruit is the best! It really put me in an autumnal mood as they had a nice display of pumpkins out front. The apple cider slushies they serve are my husband's favorite.

I will leave you with one of my favorite fall poems. :o)

October's Party
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came —
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.
Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly “hands around.”
- George Cooper