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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Canning, Stitching, and A Winner

Whew! I have been busy today. Well, this evening anyway. I pulled the last of 7 half pints of salsa out of the canner at 9:30 tonight. Did you know that salsa is the #1 condiment in America? I didn't either but I read that somewhere recently, forgive me but I can't remember where.

I hope to put the finishing stitches in Wash Day before I head off to bed tonight so no picture until it is done. It really is turning out to be a pretty piece and will look great framed and on the wall.

And now the winner of my Christmas in July package is Deborah of Cranberry Samplings! There were 21 entries in this drawing and the random number generator chose #12. Thank you to everyone who visited and entered. I enjoy reading your comments and visiting your blogs. I wish I could send each and every one of you a prize but I haven't won the lottery...yet. :o)

I hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

July

It seems everyone in blogland as well as many of the online stores is celebrating Christmas in July. Since I love Christmas and celebrating I decided a little giveaway is in order.
The winner will receive the following: A medium size zipper bag complete with jingle bell on the zipper tab, and a peppermint twist pincushion stuffed with crushed walnut shells both made by my own two hands. :o) I am also including a couple of varigated DMC flosses in Christmas colors, a Charles Craft towel with evenweave insert, and one of the Mill Hill ornament kits I thrifted.

To enter the drawing for these Christmas goodies just leave a comment on this post saying you would like to win. I will draw a name sometime late Saturday, July 31st.

Thank you for visiting my blog and good luck in the drawing!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

In The Kitchen

I spent a lot of time in the kitchen this weekend. After working until 1 on Saturday I finally got around to trying my luck at canning. First up was this Zesty Salsa from the Ball Canning Blue Book. I had plenty of tomatoes and green peppers from the garden and the Blue Book in hand. I was so excited when within 5 minutes of removing my jars from the boiling water I heard 3 distinct "pings" - the music of the lids sealing. I had some left over which we ate right away with some chips and it was very good. I imagine the canned salsa will be even better after the flavors have time to meld.
After all that chopping and boiling I decided I needed a treat. Peach Cobbler was my weapon of choice. :o)
My success with the salsa along with inspiration from Edgar gave me the courage to start making Peach Jam today. I managed to make ten 4-oz jars and every one of those sealed too. I also froze six 2 cup containers of peaches for making more cobbler this winter. Peach cobbler has to be my favorite.
Between boiling water baths I managed to take a progress pic of Wash Day. I originally thought to change up the colors and have blue birds or red birds but after a floss toss I decided I liked the original colors. I am using the DMC as listed in the chart and 30 ct Baby's Breath linen. The linen is actually a little yellower than this picture shows.
So, what did you do this weekend? :o)



Friday, July 23, 2010

Just Riding Around...

...get in! Whewie! And turn up the A/C, would ya? Is it hot or what? It was 100 degrees on my ride home from work today and I think I melted. :o)

Please don't forget the furbabies that stay outside. Make sure they have plenty of shade and fresh water and if they aren't accustomed to being outside all the time, don't let them stay out there very long. Today we had a dog come in with heatstroke that had only been outside for an hour. Such a sad sight and I am still praying it comes out of it. I immediately called my son and told him not to let Lola outside unless he went with her and to bring her back inside when he came in. (It really made me think because sometimes we do forget she is out and she doesn't bark or scratch to come back in.)
On a happier note - Berit and I did a little floss trade last week. I added a couple of silks for her to my HDF order and she picked up a couple of WDW that I wanted. She put a couple of extra goodies in my package that I absolutely love. Look at those wonderful thread drops she made. That little black kitty just makes me smile. I don't own any thread drops and am itching to use these. She also sent a bar of natural soap that I am reserving for my next long bubble bath. Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn't mention her elegant penmanship. Her handwriting is beautiful and I felt special just reading it. Thank you so much Berit for the little extras - they made my week!

Take a look at what I have planned for the weekend after I finish with work tomorrow. Yep, 22 pounds of the best peaches ever! I am going to try my hand at making some jam and freezing some. Wish me luck!

I have been stitching on Wash Day and hope to have a progress picture to show you tomorrow. It is such a cute design and I am enjoying every minute of it.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. Stay inside and stitch where it is nice and cool. :o)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Did the ground shake?

Did the ground shake at your house last night? Around 10:30 pm EST? Mine did. Nearly scared Lola and Glitter to death.

"Where My Heart Blooms"
Blackbird Designs

The ground was shaking because I was happy dancing about this! LOL

I put in the final stitches around 10:30 last night. Since I started it in January it is about time it was finished doncha think? Now I just have to find the perfect frame as I want to hang it over my mantle in the living room.

I have been pawing through my new stash this morning trying to decide what I want to start next. I am waffling between Halloween Revelry and Wash Day but first I have to head to the orchard this morning because the peaches are ripe.

Anyone have a good recipe for peach jam/jelly/preserves???

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

On The Home Stretch

Hello dear friends. I am coming down the home stretch on WMHB and wanted to share a progress picture with you. Since finishing my August sampler and the little sewing room piece I have devoted all of my stitching time to this. I am hoping to have a finish this weekend. :o)
Aren't floss photos the best? I treated myself to a little bit of stash this past week. The background is a big chunk of HDF 32 ct linen that I plan to use for Shores of Hawk Run Hollow. Can anyone tell me if this looks close to the Vintage Autumn Gold used for the model? I don't have a LNS and really can't compare other than pictures on the web. I "think" this is a little lighter but within the same color family.
I saw on Kathy Barrick's blog that she was offering this chart on her Etsy site. I had seen it earlier on Deb's blog and fell in love with it but I didn't think there was any hope of getting it. My fingers couldn't move fast enough to place it in my shopping cart. LOL I just love almost anything with birds and with birds around a birdbath and letters I was doomed. The little prim scissors came from Anita's too. You can't have too many scissors, can you?
All of my orders arrived in record time and were just as I expected. It is wonderful to have received such great service from Anita, Vikki @ Hand Dyed Fibers, and Kathy.
I am off to do more stitching on WMHB. I hope you have some time today to add a stitch to something. :o)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Fruits Of Our Labor

Happy Sunday dear friends! I hope you are enjoying a fabulous weekend. Our temps have finally cooled a bit and we got some much needed rain Thursday night. This made our garden very happy.Last night we had Pesto Pizza using Roma tomatoes and Basil from the garden. It was yummy! I served it with marinated cucumbers. It just doesn't get much better (or fresher) than that!

Check out this cucumber I picked this morning. These things seem to grow overnight. I will go out and walk around the garden in the evening and see a few small cukes only to go out the next morning and find a couple this size. They do tend to "hide" from me under the leaves but still...

A visit to the Goodwill last week yielded these finds for .69 cents each. Even though I don't do a lot of beading I just couldn't pass them up.
The plethora of beads and the buttons alone were worth far more than I paid for them. I will probably keep the snowman one (it has a cardinal) but look for the Santa to be offered as part of a Christmas in July giveaway coming soon.

I have been stitching away on Where My Heart Blooms and am coming down the home stretch with only the borders left to do. I have really enjoyed stitching this piece but am itching to move on to some Halloween/Autumn things.

That's it for now. Enjoy what's left of the weekend.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Framed!

Here is my little sewing sampler framed and hanging on the wall in my sewing room. I painted the frame black and after mounting the sampler decided it need a little sumthin', sumthin'. I added the black dotted ribbon around the edges for the finishing touch. I really like how this looks and will have to file the ribbon matting idea away to use again in the future.
Check out these visitors to our yard yesterday. (Much prettier than the bug doncha think?) You can just see the momma's rear as she was going into the blackberry thicket with her little fawn following close behind. This picture was taken through our window. You should be able to click on it to see it a little larger. We are always just fascinated with the wildlife that strolls through our yard. We are only 2 - 3 minutes from the center of our little town!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Weekend Update

While putzing around in the kitchen last night, freezing another round of blackberries, I decided to do a little dye experiment. I boiled and crushed some of the berries, strained them, and then put a piece of linen in the juice for the night. Above is the result. The square in the corner is a piece of the original linen. It didn't turn out as purple as I had hoped - it is more of a purpley grey color but I really like it for a Halloween sky background. It is nice and mottled, almost speckled with color. I am thinking I will stitch "Halloween Revelry" by the Primitive Needle on it. I will need to do a floss toss first to be sure but I am hoping it will work.
I finished this little stitch last week. It is part of a bit larger pattern that I found on this site with my own addition of the signature. I used 36 ct linen and HDF Old Maid of the Aubergine. I decided after stitching this that I will not be stitching Shores of Hawk Run Hollow on 36 ct, I am going to stay with 32 ct linen. I picked up a little square frame at Goodwill for .69 cents and spray painted it black today so this will live in it and go on the wall in my sewing room.

I hope all of you in the states had an enjoyable Independence Day and everyone else had a wonderful Sunday. I will leave you with a picture of my little "familiar" surveying the garden. :o)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Stars and Stripes

Happy Friday dear friends! This evening I feel truly blessed to have met so many wonderful friends and bloggers through the magic of the internet. After having one of the toughest weeks at work I have endured in a long time I discovered this in my mailbox this evening.


It was a random act of kindness from Carol of Stitching Dreams. I have admired Carol's intricate stitching and finishing for a long time and feel so proud and fortunate to have one of her pieces for my very own. I love everything about this little pillow from the tiny little sheep and flag to the gorgeous fabric and finishing. Please pop over to Carol's blog and take a look at some of her wonderful creations. The things she stitches over one are amazing! This is another one I will treasure forever. (Mini Ziggy says it make a fabulous addition to his display.) :o)


The backing fabric just finishes it perfectly.


On my way outside to take the pictures of Carol's pillow, I was greeted by this little visitor. I think he is a sign of a fabulous 4th of July weekend.

Thank you all for taking the time to visit my blog. I appreciate each and every one of you and hope you enjoy some time with family and friends this weekend. My husband and son have to work all weekend and I have to work tomorrow so no family time for us but I hope to get lots of stitch therapy in on Sunday and Monday. :o)