I only stitch on days that end in "y".

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Lucy Redd, Summer Baking

I'm on the home stretch of a large model (WOO HOO!) which I, of course, can't show.  I'm in the "fiddly bits" stage so I'm really looking forward to finishing and sending it off to the designer.  It's a beautiful design.

Meanwhile, during the weekends, I've been spending some time with Lucy Redd (Homespun Elegance).  I can actually see myself being on the home stretch of this one when I can spend more time with her.

I'm already itching to start another sampler...perhaps after I finish the model (and a Christmas stocking) I can put a new sampler in my rotation.

It's hotter than Hades here now.  Despite that DH has been baking.  I can't complain because he turned out a yummy peach gallette.  (Why is it that everything that tastes good is so not good for you?!)

He also made a Corn, Tomato, and Basil Tart.  (Funny thing...the recipe title includes basil but the herb used in the recipe is basil.)  The crust on this thing was exquisite!

I'm so excited that college football has started.  Even with the temperature so high here, it makes me feel a little bit like fall.  GO BUCKS!!!

Happy stitching!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Lucy Redd Sampler, Berries, and BLT

It's been really hot here in Texas.  (Go figure!  Hot in August in Texas!)

I've been spending a lot of time indoors stitching on both a model and giving my Lucy Redd sampler a little love.  It seems like I've been working on this sampler forever between stitching models and other projects but I'm thinking that I might actually finish it....someday.

We've found great deals on strawberries and blueberries lately.  DH has been making variations of strawberry sorbet:

I got into the strawberry "act" too and made some strawberry freezer jam like my mom used to make.

I braved the heat and made some blueberry muffins to take to our sons in Austin, DH asked me where ours were.  Sigh...  I made some more this am.  Making the sorbet and freezer jam was definitely a better idea than turning the oven on in this heat!

Lastly, someone on one of my FB foodie groups recently posted a tomato sandwich.  Apparently somebody rudely commented something along the lines that a "lowly tomato sandwich" wasn't good enough to post on that group.  It was immediately pointed out something like "If you don't have anything good to say, then don't say anything."  (That group is supposed to be a positive place on FB.)  In support, others started posting tomato sandwiches and then we decided that yesterday was official tomato sandwich day on the group.  Here's my "contribution" open faced BLT with cheese using 7 grain bread, mayo, romaine lettuce, cheddar cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, and some beautiful tomato slices.  It was delicious if I do say so myself!

Happy stitching (and eating)!

Monday, July 29, 2019

It's Been A While...

Aside from logging in books I've read to my book page, I haven't done an update in a while.

It's been busy...model stitching, travel, etc.

I, of course, can't show the model I'm currently working on but I can show a model that has been released.  It's "My Country" by Country Cottage Needleworks.  It's a sweet design and I really enjoyed stitching it.

As for personal stitching, I stitched a cute freebie by Hands on Designs called To The Beach.

I'm working on a stocking for our new grandson by Bent Creek called Santa's Train Stocking.

I've also been doing a good bit of traveling:

April/May we visited our daughter's family in the San Francisco Bay area for the birth of our grandson.  I was there about a month helping out with him and our 3 year old granddaughter.  Of course, our little grandson is the cutest ever baby boy and he has the best big sister!  We keep in touch almost daily via Facetime which is a great thing for distant grandparents.  I'll probably go out again for about a week when DD transitions back to work.

Next, we visited our son in CO.  He moved there last fall and we've been there once already but he wanted us to meet his girlfriend.  What a beautiful area and we almost instantly fell in love with his girlfriend.  Speaking of falling, I had a hiking boot dysfunction and tripped and fell on a hike.  I broke my arm again (the same one as last year but at a different location) but it was a much less severe break.  (I've decided there's an unfulfilled niche in the travel book industry...urgent care and doctor info.  Unfortunately I've done "research" in that area in the last couple of years.  Hopefully I don't do any more research.)

About a week after our return home from CO, I flew to HI to help my sister and BIL with entertaining, etc. their kids during part of the summer break from school.  (Both my sister and brother live on Oahu.)  I was there almost 5 weeks so consider that trip as my "living" in HI for a month.  Seeing as my trip is different than most tourists (i.e. driving the kids back and forth to the pool and their summer classes, taking them to get haircuts,  running errands to Target and Safeway, cooking, taking the car to the garage, letting the bug guy in the house, entertaining the kids), it definitely qualifies as living there.

Of course I had a lot of fun while there too spending time at the beach, swimming in the pool, paddle boarding, hiking, sailing on my brother's boat, etc.  My arm improved greatly during the trip so I went from wearing a sling to using it more and more as time went on.  (The orthopedic doc I saw here before I left told me to use it as tolerated so that's what I did.)  It was also great to be able to spend so much time with my HI family.  I am happy to report that I spent my time in HI unscathed.

My BIL is an amateur stargazer and one of my favorite things we did was to drive to the parking lot/observation area of a blowhole near "Eternity Beach" with Makapuu Lighthouse's light visible in the distance.  We set up his telescope, watched the sunset, and tried to see heavenly bodies through the telescope.  It was too cloudy to see much in the sky but we enjoyed being at the deserted area at this time of the day/night.  The waves were very high and it was fun listening to them and watching the blowhole.  The moon was full and we enjoyed watching the light reflected on the ocean as the clouds moved along.

I'd love to (be able to afford) living in HI and found a nice house near the beach.  It's listed for $3.5 million but exactly what I'd be looking for.  Dream on!!!!

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Lucy Redd Progress

Most of my stitching time is devoted to a model but I sneak in some stitches on Lucy Redd (Homespun Elegance) from time to time.  I started Lucy in 2017, put her away for a while, and then pulled her out again late in 2018.  I'm enjoying working on her better now (than when I first started her) for some reason.  She's stitched over 2 on 36 ct. Wichelt lambswool linen and I'm using one thread (DMC as called for by the designer).  I'm looking forward to working on the buildings.

I also stitched a small Valentine's Day project (even finished it on Feb. 14)...HIH Collectors' Heart 2005.

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Our Christmas, Lucy Redd and New Model

Happy New Year!

We had a wonderful Christmas with all 4 of our kids (5 counting our SIL) and our granddaughter here in our house for Christmas.  They all came and went different days so we had someone here from a few days before Christmas to Jan 2 for the last bunch to leave.

I had a good excuse to "cook big" a few times not to mention all the baking.  Besides the hundreds of cookies, I must have baked 6-7 pies.  I usually don't bake lemon meringue for Christmas but when I realized DH and the kids weren't kidding when they asked where the LM pie was, I baked one that they devoured in record time and then baked another to replace that one.  I've learned my lesson to always have a LM pie around when they're here. 

It was so fun!  Our kids live all over so we were enjoying it not knowing when this opportunity will arise again.  We even got a chance to have our granddaughter to ourselves while DD and DSIL spent a few days in Austin by themselves.

As much fun as we had, it's also nice to get back to (our version of) normal too.  Christmas decorations are all packed away and  I'm back to stitching, working on Lucy Redd sampler (Homespun Elegance)....

...and I started another model.  (I had just sent out a model I completed before the holidays too.)

My arm is still recovering (I've developed some shoulder weakness, pain (aching), and slight decrease in range of motion from it being used less when my wrist was out of commission.  I'm working on it.) but, every once in a while, I think of how much better and more functional I am than when I started this journey.  I also remember, during the worst of it, how I wondered if I'd ever be able to stitch as much as I did before the injury.  I'm thankful to be doing this well and hope to be doing even better as time goes on.

Happy stitching!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Things are certainly starting to get busy around here.  All our children and grandchild will be here for Christmas, the first time we've all been here since I can remember.  I'm really looking forward to it.

Our church choir sang our "cantata" last night.  It was themed like a Moravian Love Feast which I knew little about, so it was a learning experience.  I had the little solo as the leader of the song Morning Star.  Many of us also baked the traditional rolls that are passed out during the "feast".

Today is the first afternoon of another group's caroling tour of area nursing homes.  We do it again on Wednesday.

In between I'm trying to get things done around the house, making grocery  lists and menus, and baking cookies.  My husband is enjoying baking lately and he's already made some biscotti, pizzelles, and today, rustic nut bars.

I'm also trying to fit in a few stitches on Lucy Redd (Homespun Elegance) as I finished the model I was stitching.

I'll close with a few food, my progress on Lucy, and Christmas stitching I've done over the years.

Merry Christmas!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Model Release....Little House Needleworks Sugar and Spice

Diane (of Little House Needleworks) released a model I stitched for her.  My friend Vonna (The Twisted Stitcher) finished it into a cute pillow.

Sugar and Spice

Happy Stitching!