Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Ohhhhh.... Rabbit

My daughter has a wonderful dog that has a very short attention span...  On the way inside to be fed she says......."food--food---food" but then a rabbit runs by and she says "rabbit" and takes off to follow....

I seem to suffer from the same thing.....

A friend asked me to stitch a few little things for her and of course I did.......  It excited that stitching gene and now I am off and running ..........

I pulled this one out.........  I bought the kit just after the flood of Noah and even began it....  I have three rows of six complete..........




Then I checked a hanging organizer behind the door and found these all ready to make.........



Next I went online to find a pattern for a wee knitted pumpkin.........



Not to mention a few Halloween stitcheries.....







A friend gave me this pattern a few years ago..............


Two done and seven to go.....

I have no idea how long this muse will stay with me but I will stitch till the next muse steps in to take her place.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

On the Needles Friday


I have finished quite a few things but they have already been given to the recipient of those gifts....

Here are the seven scarves I have finished for Kate.......  Now to get them in the mail.............

Life has been busy with Dr appointments and such....  Perhaps this week I will get back to my list....  It is growing faster than I am marking things off.

Check out Patchwork Times for more pictures of ideas.....HERE

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Turkey Bone Gumbo


Last Thanksgiving I saved my turkey carcass.........  My sister had given me a recipe for Turkey Bone Gumbo..............

At long last I found time to make the soup.......


Easy....Easy.....Easy.........

You don't even have to chop much.........  Just cut the onions in half, add carrots and celery including the tops.........Simmer for 2-3 hours while you do something else.......

Strain the whole thing, remove the turkey from the bones and mash the carrots..........

Add a few other ingredients (it did not call for okra but I added okra to mine, after all is is my soup)....

Three quarts in the freezer waiting for winter.........

Since I got the food saver I find it is so easy to cook ahead..........  I watch the sales on meats then come home and do a lot of cooking.......  Put it in food saver bags and I have excellent meals ready to eat.........



Monday, August 11, 2014

Design Wall Monday Diversion

I have been thinking about this magazine for several years.........  I try not to subscribe to magazines because they seem to collect unread till I give them away........  There are a few exceptions.........

I decided that this would be one of them..........

First issue arrived last week and of course there was a project in it that caught my eye........



Here it is............  Doesn't that look like fall?



Reading the directions I found that it was for a king sized pillow........  Too big for what I had planned...



So I made mine smaller................  It is 18 x 22 and will be a small pillow for a chair in the family room.......


Hopefully by next week I can show the finished product............  It has been a most pleasant diversion.

For more ideas on diversions for yourself check Patchwork Times to see what others have on their design wall............HERE


Friday, August 08, 2014

Off the Needles Friday

Hurray..........  A finish..........  Thank you Judy for having "On the Needles Friday"........  That was the encouragement needed to keep working on this sweater till it was finished.........  Now I have a lovely top to add to my wardrobe........



I like the detail around the neckline....


And it is repeated around the sleeves................


The next knitting project is Jean Mello's socks.........   I will try to get some knitting done on them this coming week..........

Go HERE and see what others are doing.........

Friday, August 01, 2014

On the Needles

This project has been on the needles way too long............... I was nearing the end of the body of the sweater........  I did not like the way it looked at all.......  In order to get gauge I needed to go to a larger needle and the weave was too open to look the way I wanted it to look.


Ripped it out and began again on Saturday night............ This color is closer to the true color......  The one above was taken late Saturday night under artificial light........

I also altered the instructions a bit to suit myself......  After all it is my sweater.......... 

See what others have going on at Patchwork Times...HERE

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Diligence


A few more finishes....... So maybe the holiday has passed but there will be another one next year and I will be ready................

A couple of small wall hangings from The Olde World Quilt Shop........  On May first they began a stitch a long for this little wall hanging........  You can find them HERE


Temecula Quilt Company did a tutorial for a flag pincushion..............  HERE

A few for Rebekah ............


And a few for me...........






The most fun was selecting the buttons..........



 Everything cut and ready and another project to enjoy in the evening is set to be finished........







Monday, July 28, 2014

A New Beginning


This morning I started on my quilt using the ruler that Jean loaned to me...........  The strips are matched up, some are sewn and pressed......  Some just sewn.......  The rest are starched and ready to stitch.........

Perhaps I will make some progress on this project this week..........

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Just So You Know


We are the yard in the neighborhood that our neighbors point to and say, "At least my lawn looks better than that one."  I do what I can to make others smile....

We are approaching August, the month when the Bahia starts to re-seed..... Did I mention that we have had lots of rainfall alternating with hot steamy days...........  The Grass Is Growing..........

Tomorrow is Sunday and I don't mow grass on Sunday........  I am going to be busy as it is on Judgement Day.......  My mother told me that every stitch I put in on Sunday I would have to take out with my nose on Judgement Day.......  I don't need to add any grass mowing problems to the one I already have........

The lawnmower battery  was dead......Looks like I am getting a new battery for my lawnmower for my birthday......Got it charged........ First time I had ever done anything but observe when a battery was jumped but I must have been paying attention because Lem and I got it done.......

Then when 3/4 finished I ran out of gas...........  Off to get fuel and home again.......  As I am putting the gas in the lawnmower I realize that it probably won't start............  It didn't........  God gives us blessings all the time and this blessing was a neighbor that I could see working in his yard......  One phone call to him and he comes to my rescue...........

THE GRASS IS CUT...........

Now later today I hope to get it swept........  Yes.........  It is that time of year that you have to sweep the yard after you mow it.......

On to the good news...........  Gift for Chris and Rose is off in the mail...........I sure hope they like them......


And Kate's bag is on the way too........  Glad to have two things off the list........  Now back to the old grind.........

Monday, July 14, 2014

No Pictures Yet

Starting the week off with a BANG.........

First hour spent reading my Sunday School Lesson.......  Seems I will be teaching this coming Sunday......

Headed to the kitchen to bag up some meals that were cooked earlier.......  Three bags of Chipolte Pork Loin, one bag of Beef and Broccoli, two bags of baked chicken.......  When I put the in the freezer I found that most of the items in there are also already cooked........  Looks like I can skate through this month just making sides........

There are two packages of Brats to be cooked on the grill tonight....  One for tonight and one for the freezer.  I cook as much as the grill will hold when I use it.....  Saves on the gas for the grill and my time too.

Swept the garage a bit and put a few things away.......
Then Lem and I bailed the water out of the boat and towed it back to the storage area.............

Then we mixed up a gallon of ant food and drove around the yard on the golf cart (Wade sure enjoyed that) and fed the mounds we could find......  I know there are more but it is HOT out there.......

Sheets are washed, dried and on the bed.............

Now back to the kitchen for round two..........

I had boiled a dozen eggs earlier and now they were cool enough to turn into deviled eggs.. 

Lunch was crab salad sandwiches....... Yum.........

Then off for my wee toes up...........

In the afternoon I do hand work and watch TV with Lem.....  Finished the quilting on my mini wall hanging and put it back into the studio to wait till the time I can stitch the binding on it........ After that it will become hand work again..........

Mended a pair of shorts for Lem.......  pressed napkin 2 of 8 and got it ready to hem........

Fleming stopped by with Georgina and we sat on the golf cart while she let her dogs exercise.........That was a pleasant interlude.........

Got things together to cook on the grill only to discover that we are out of propane.........  Called Jason and he will come by tomorrow to help me take the tank off so that I can get it refilled..........

Pulled a package of BBQ pork chops from the freezer and heated them in a pot of boiling water.... opened a can of green beans and heated the leftover scalloped potatoes........

Dinner was excellent..........  Watched Judge Judy and a few other programs and now ready for a good nights rest.......

Wonder what tomorrow will bring............

The Thread and I

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, Do it with thy might.

Ecclesiastes 9:10