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

Monday, October 20, 2014

Stitching update

First off, Nancy from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe recently posted pictures of some of her framed finished models from this year.  Among them was "Welcome Spring" that I stitched for her.  Just look at that beautiful frame she used with it!

Nancy has some beautiful sampler designs, threads, trims, buttons, fabrics, etc. for sale which can be seen here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe ebay store

Victorian Motto Sampler Shope blog

I also finished and mailed off a model for Nikki at Country Cottage Needleworks  .  In fact, I see that she's released another recent model I stitched for her called "Cookies for Santa".  I love her designs and am honored to get to do some model stitching for her.

I'm expecting another model soon but in the meantime, I'm working on the PS Santa 2014.

La D Da's Wicked Witch has been "calling" to me lately, so I ordered the fabric called for and will stitch that up, hopefully, before Halloween.  It should be a quick stitch.

Our is visiting from Denmark.  He's keeping busy trying to see as many friends as he can while he's here.  He just left with a friend to go hiking near here.  He also spent last weekend in Austin visiting with his brothers, a friend, and going to the UT football game.

On the cooking front....DH and I should probably stop watching cooking shows.  We had one on as background noise Saturday before football started and were intrigued by a recipe called "Milk Can Dinner". Apparently it started out when people with dairies stopped using the metal milk cans to get the milk from the barns to where they'd process it.  (Now they pipe it there.)  Someone got the bright idea to use them for cooking.  They'd put a layer of hot rocks on the bottom, then layer different veggies (potatoes, cabbage wedges, carrots, onions, whole garlic cloves), put in some fresh thyme sprigs and a couple of bay leaves, and top with sausage of some kind.  It was enough to feed a small army!  The recipe was adapted for use in a Dutch oven...even that recipe made a lot, so I cut it by half.  You start out by browning links of Bratwurst in a little oil in the Dutch oven.  Take the sausage out and layer your veggies in the Dutch oven.  Cut your sausages in half, then place them on top and season with a little salt and pepper.  Pour a little beer over the top, cover, and cook "slow and low" on the stove top.  I added some big chunks of green pepper about halfway through the cooking time.

It was very easy and very tasty!  We'll definitely be making it again.

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Little Like Halloween

I'm in the home stretch of another model but snuck in a couple of Halloween projects, both by Prairie Schooler.  I'm not sure yet how I'll "finish" them.

Since I love stitching Patriotic pieces, here's another recent finish by HIH:

Our DS who currently lives in Denmark is coming for a vist and we're looking forward to seeing (and feeding) him.

Happy stitching!

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Quick Finish

I stitched while watching, er listening, to college football Saturday and finished this cute little piece by Stitches of Olde, Kathleen Finn.

Thank you for the compliments on the sampler model I stitched.

I'm happy that wearing my Buckeye shirt worked on Saturday. 

Happy stitching!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Model stitching, etc.

In the last 2 weeks, I finished 2 models and they've both made it "home" to the designers.  It's always a good feeling when I find out that they made it home safely.  One hasn't been released yet but I can show you the other.

"Welcome Spring" by Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy designs some gorgeous samplers and also dyes floss, fabric, buttons, and trims.  You can find her at:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe blog or
Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe store

The other model hasn't yet been released but I'll be sure to show you when it does.

I have another model on the way.  Fun!

In the meantime, since I'm in a Halloween mood, I'm working on this little piece by Stitches of Old (Kathleen Finn).  A little big for an ornament but I think it would make a cute stand-up.

I'm a Longmire fan and was disappointed to read that the series was canceled by A+E.  The producers are "shopping it around" to other networks and I'm crossing my fingers that someone picks it up.  In the meantime, I started reading the book series by Craig Johnson...not necessarily in order yet.  I just finished Kindness Goes Unpunished and enjoyed it.  (I saw the TV's versions of the characters in my imagination while reading it.) 

I'm a college football fan and am looking forward to watching both the Ohio State and the UT (Texas) games today.  At least I think I'll be able to see both on TV here this week.  They both had disappointing losses last week so I hope today is a better day for them.  I'll help by wearing the appropriate T-shirts during the games.


Happy stitching!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I'm Still Here....

I guess it's been a while since I posted anything here.

I'm still model stitching.  I finished one (need to mail off today) and am on the home stretch of the sampler.  It's turning out to be a beautiful one.

I also stitched a pumpkin theme exchange block from one of the JCS mags.  I already forgot whether it was a normal issue or from one of their special Halloween issues.  I also left off bits of the border.

We briefly escaped the TX heat/humidity with a trip to Boston for a short course DH was taking for work.  I'd never been and really enjoyed it there.  We walked quite a bit on the Freedom Trail touring many of the historical sites along the way.

While DH was in class one morning, I walked as far as Quincy Market for lunch and to explore some of the shops near there.  I discovered the Body Works exhibit was there and, since I never got the chance to see it when it was in Houston, I toured that too.  I was reminded of anatomy practical exams from back when I was in college.  The exhibit was nicely organized into body systems and very educational for both students and adults who want to learn more about the human body.

One evening we walked up to the North End (from the Back Bay where we were staying) and had a delicious dinner in an Italian restaurant there.  We figured that day, between my walking while he was in class and then our walk to the North End, that I walked 8 miles.  I earned that big blister!

We rode "The T" one day too.

After Boston we drove to Salem, Mass for a very brief visit.  We went to a Witch Museum which, although informative, was a bit "cheesy" as the kids would say.  I wish we would have had time to walk around the old town (maybe someday we'll go back) but we were running late for our next stop in Bennington, VT where we stayed in a very nice B+B called The Eddington House Inn.

Patti, the owner, is a wonderful host.  The Inn was spotless, comfortably "appointed", her breakfasts and snacks were delicious, and she was a great tour advisor, pointing out nearby places of interest.  We'd love to go back and stay with her sometime during fall foliage time.

 We kept pretty busy touring the area including the summer home of the Robert Todd Lincoln family, Bennington Battle Monument, Robert Frost's Stone House, a little shop in Arlington, VT with a display of Norman Rockwell illustrations (he used many people he knew here as models for his illustrations), and, of course covered bridges.

Patti also told us about a wood shop in Manchester where I bought a cherry bowl that I'll use to display "smalls".

It was a nice trip.  Now I'm curious about where DH will go next for work to see if I want to go along wherever that is too.  :-)

I'm still walking in the mornings here...can't wait for cooler weather to arrive.  Here's what I saw this am while walking:

Time to get off the computer and try to get some things done around here.

Happy stitching!