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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!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Day 21

Nancy will be giving the lucky winner a surprise for the 21st Day of Christmas drawing.
Read all about it here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Day 21

Good luck and

Happy stitching!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Day 20 of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe's 25 Days of Christmas drawings

Nancy's giving the lucky winner his/her choice of linen, aida, or floss.  Read all about it here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Day 20

Good luck and...

Happy stitching!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Victorian Mott Sampler Shoppe's 19th Day of Christmas contest

On the 19th Day of Christmas, Nancy's giving away...

30 skeins of floss from her 1840 Sampler Floss Collection.

(I'm humming the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas as I write this.)

Read all about it here:

19th Day of Christmas at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Good luck and happy stitching!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe's 18th Day of Christmas drawing

On the 18th day of Christmas, Santa Nancy's giving the lucky winner a $25 gift certificate  for her ebay shop.  Read all about it here:

Victorian Motto 18th Day of Christmas

Good luck and....

Happy Stitching!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Snowing!

Well, not real snow here in Texas. 

I'm still model stitching (on the home stretch now) but last night (while watching Scandal and How to Host a Murder) worked a bit on my little Christmas piece.  I found a couple of mistakes so frogged a bit and then started some snow.






Happy stitching!

Days 16 and 17 of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe's 25 Days of Christmas contests

Day 16...Your choice of any of her charts.

Day 17... sewing necessaire filled with sewing goodies!  Your choice from a variety of fabrics.

Read all about it here:

Victorian Motto 16th and 17th Days of Christmas

Good luck!

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Day 15 of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe's 25 Days of Christmas contest

A surprise for the 15th day!

Read all about it here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe 15th Day

Good luck!

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppes 14th day contest

Santa Nancy will give 40 skeins of her beautiful floss to the winner of her 14th Day drawing.  Read all about it here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe 14th Day

Good luck!

Happy stitching!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Brrrr!!

After living in Gulf Coast Texas for 13 years, I've officially become a winter wimp.  I know from living all those years in OH and MI that temperatures in the high 30's aren't really cold but.....it's very humid here so my story (and I'm sticking to it) is that it feels colder in this humidity.  So there!  ;-)

I braved the "frigid" temps today for my 3 mile walk and discovered that the winds last night that brought the current cold front here blew down a big tree near the jogging path.  It's no wonder it blew down--you might be able to see from the photo that it's almost hollow.





There are a lot of pecan trees around the path and also in the field in the middle.  I saw several people out picking up pecans that the wind had blown down.  One woman had 2 Walmart bags full!

It was a dreary, drizzly weekend here, perfect for hanging around the house watching football, stitching, and reading.  I worked a bit on a freebie of Barbara Ana's called Silent Night:

It has 2 color options for some of it and I haven't yet decided so I'm stitching the parts where there's just one color choice before deciding on the rest.  I'll get back to model stitching during the week days this week.  I'm almost on the home stretch of the model.  I'm enjoying stitching it.

I won a contest from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe for some of her beautiful floss.  What a treat!  As you can see from my other recent blog entries, she's running a series of contests for the 25 Days of Christmas.  She has lots of beautiful designs, floss, fabric, and other hand dyed goodies.

Yesterday afternoon, I intended to read about an hour and then do other things but I got so into the book (Gone Girl) that I read all afternoon and most of the evening. I should be able to finish it soon. Wow!  I'd like to see the movie but wanted to read the book first.

Happy stitching!!




Day 13 of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe's 25 Days of Christmas contest

Your choice of fabric or floss.

Read all about it here:

Day 13 or Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe's 25 Days of Christmas

Good luck!

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe 12th Day contest

For Nancy's 12th Day of Christmas contest, she's giving a lucky winner a $25 gift certificate.  Read all about it here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe 12th Day

Good luck!

Happy stitching!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nancy's 9th Day of Christmas contest

Today's drawing is for a surprise from Nancy.  Read all about it here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe 9th Day

Good luck!

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe 8th Day of Christmas drawing

Today's contest is for a free sampler pattern for the winner and another free sampler pattern for a friend of the winner.

Read all about it here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe 8th Day

Good luck!

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Day 7 of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppes 25 Days of Christmas contest

On Day 7, Nancy's hosting a drawing for a $25 gift certificate for her ebay store.  Read all about it here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Day 7

Good luck!

Happy stitching!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Nice weekend

We don't go out a whole lot but the stars must have alligned for the past weekend.  (I DID notice a full moon, lol!)

Friday night we played cards with some friends. DH made a new, to him, treat to take along to share...Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos.  The urge to learn to make them came after a friend gave us some of his home-grown jalapenos. 


When we arrived, we saw that at least one other person brought some (apparently jalapenos are in season now) but by the end of the evening, they'd all been consumed.

Saturday we drove to Austin to watch the UT (Texas) game.  Our friends who are in a group with a block of tickets on the 50 yd. line (2 rows from the field) offered to sell us a couple of tickets from a couple who weren't going to be able to make it.  It was a splurge but so much fun!  The weather was perfect, there were some military who skydived onto the field, and UT won.  We then had some pizza and watched the first half of the OSU (Ohio State) game at a sports bar and then checked into our room to watch the rest of the game.  My Buckeyes won their game too!


Not ONE stitch last weekend but I'll get back to working on a model today or tonight.

Happy stitching!

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe's 6th Day of Christmas drawing

For Nancy's 6th Day of Christmas drawing, she's giving away a trims bag with her goodies.

Read all about it here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe's 6th Day

Good luck!!



Saturday, November 8, 2014

4th Day of Christmas contest at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Todays contest at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is for a handmade sewing necessaire filled with some of her goodies.

Read about it here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe 4th Day of Christmas

Good luck!

Happy stitching!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Day 3 of Santa Nancy's (Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe) 25 Days of Christmas contest

This drawing is for 20 skeins (400 yds) of her beautiful, hand-dyed floss.

Read all about it here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe contest Day 3

Good luck!

Happy stitching!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Finish and Some Progress

This is one of Redbird Designs' Monthly Minis that I stitched for a Winter-themed exchange block.  It's the second time I've stitched it and yet I haven't stitched one for myself.  lol!  I'll have to fix that soon.  I used the tiny horseshoe charm for the first one I gave away.  I couldn't find another charm (and the star button I have in my stash is too big) but I think he looks good the way he is.


I also made a little progress on La D Da's Wicked Witch.  I'm back to model stitching now so I set this one aside until I finish the model (or take a little break from it).  I hope to finish it in plenty of time to display it for next Halloween.




Happy stitching!

Nancy's Second Day of Christmas contest

Read about it here.  Nancy has designed some beautiful samplers.  Good luck!

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe 2nd Day of Christmas contest

Happy stitching!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe contest

Nancy's hosting 25 Days of Christmas contest.  You can read all about it here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe contest

Nancy dyes beautiful floss, fabric, trim, buttons, etc. and designs beautiful samplers.

Good luck if you decide to enter.

Happy Stitching!