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

Friday, December 12, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

I worked on decorating 3 Christmas trees this week.  (Well, if you don't count the little ceramic tree, the already decorated tabletop tree in the main bathroom, and the little wire tree.)  I added the third tree this year that I bought on sale after Christmas last year for the entry.  I had so many snowmen ornaments that I decided to theme that one:

I thought I might have to go out to buy more snowman ornaments but, as it turns out, I already had plenty.  The topper is a snowman made from plant pots.  I also added some crochet snowflakes made by my late Grandma.  She was so talented!

I also found a little snowman to hang off the front door's doorknob and today while at the thrift shop, I found a wooden snowman bowl to add to the snowman "collection":

Dining room tree:

The angel on this one was made by my sister-in-law for my first baby.  I put it on each of my kids' cribs so I think of it as their "guardian angel".  The tree skirt is a latch hook one that I did many years ago.  It's all bunched up because our dog likes to mess with it.

Living room tree (a 9-footer this year):

The crochet angel on top was another of my late Grandma's creations.

Of course, one can never have enough ornaments so I vow next year to "finish" some of the many cross stitch ornaments I have done or received over the years.

I finished and mailed off the model so I was able to stitch and finish a little freebie from Lori Brechlin for the Prim Stitchers Society Facebook group.  It's called "Sleighbells":

Our church choir's cantata is this Sunday.  We've had 3 rehearsals for that in addition to the little Faith band rehearsal.  I've been drinking a lot of tea to take care of my throat.

I'm still doing some shopping but almost finished.  On to cookie baking!  It seems I work off a daily list these days.

Happy stitching!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Trip to Chicago and Playing Catch-Up

I accompanied DH to Chicago where he was attending the annual RSNA meeting.

RSNA 2014 Annual meeting

He'd eaten at an Italian restaurant on an earlier trip and thought I'd like it too.  I did.  Good food, interesting ambiance, and a waiter who was very friendly and funny.


I also got to have lunch with one of my (axe murderer) friends, Pam.  (DH calls my internet buddies "axe murderer friends).  We enjoyed a great lunch at Park Grill right under The Bean. (I had no idea what The Bean was until I looked it up.)  I don't know if the food tasted so good because it was or if it tasted even better because I got to eat with my friend that I hadn't seen in WAY too long.  (Please forgive my "hat hair".)

Park Grill

Here are a few pictures I took:

The Bean

There's an outdoor ice skating rink just under The Bean.  For some reason, I didn't snap a picture of it with the skaters.  Maybe I was too cold.  ;-)

I've not mastered the art of selfies but here's my reflection in The Bean:

Some cityscape:

Did I mention that it was cold?!  The day we left Texas, it was in the 70's.  We arrived to the 40's in Chicago but the temps plunged down to the low 20's one day and then warmed up to the 30's.  I actually enjoyed walking around in the brisk temps.  Probably knowing that I'd warm up in a few days helped.  (It's in the mid 70's here in Texas now.)

On the stitching front....I'd intended to finish up the model and send it out before we left but I discovered I was one stitch off so had to do some frogging and restitching.  I'm really down to the last little details now and hope to send it out Monday.  THAT will teach me not to push through and stitch when I'm too was a rookie mistake.  But....I love the design and you will too when it's released.

I worked a bit on a little Christmas piece for myself while in Chicago but haven't taken a picture yet.  Hopefully next time I post here, I'll have a finish pic to share.

I was the lucky winner of one of Nancy's (Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe) recent contests...I won the entire 1795 floss collection.  WOO HOO!!!  I was going to take a picture but Nancy's is all arranged beautifully so I'll borrow it to post here.  Isn't it gorgeous?!

The trip caused me to be late preparing for Christmas so we're hoping to put up the tree and some decorations today.

Happy stitching!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Another Thanksgiving for the record books

This year there were only 3 of us for Thanksgiving dinner.  Since I don't know how to "cook small" for holidays (and since I promised leftovers to go back to Austin), I made a ton of food.

For the first time this year, I made homemade cranberry sauce.  I don't usually eat the stuff, but after tasting this, I decided I like it now.  (My cranberry sauce aficionado says it's way better than the canned stuff.)

I can't believe how easy it is to make!

I made 4 pies and a pumpkin cake this year.  I had to laugh after putting them in the fridge:

It was great to get to talk to our son in Denmark.  We texted with our daughter and other son.  Our other son was working and our daughter and her fiance spent their Thanksgiving serving Tgiving dinner at a food kitchen.

She sent pictures of their pre-Thanksgiving dinner from the night before:

(She's getting to be like me...not taking pictures of herself, lol!)

I haven't yet decided what I'll do today but whatever it is will not include standing for hours cooking like I did the past couple of days.  Stitching, perhaps?

Happy stitching!

Day 24 of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe's 25 Days of Christmas

Nancy's giving the lucky winner a $25 gift certificate to her shop or the winner can choose a surprise package.

Read all about it here:

Day 25 Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe's 25 Days of Christmas

Good luck and

Happy stitching!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Day 23 of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe's 25 Days of Christmas

For Day 23, Nancy is giving the lucky winner a choice from a number of possibilities.  Read all about it here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe 23rd Day of Christmas

Good luck and

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to anyone who reads my blog.  I hope you have a wonderful day filled with family and/or friends and may all the food magically not contain too many calories, sugar, and fat.  Yeah, right!  ;-)

Happy stitching!

Day 22 of Victorian Motto 25 Days of Christmas drawings

For day 22, Nancy will be giving 2 lucky winners their choice of her Christmas or Quaker charts.

Read all about it here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Day 22

Good luck and

Happy stitching!