Sunday, December 10, 2017

Decorating!

I am finally getting some of the Christmas decorating done. I put the nativity in the front window. Hubby suggested that I put up the village yesterday. I am so glad that he did! It is finished. 
 
 The night-time view when it is all lit up.
 The church got a lift this year.

It makes the house feel festive.

Speaking of festive, Hubby and I drove around our neighborhood last night to look at the houses that were all lit up after yesterday's snowfall.
Several of the houses in our neighborhood seem to compete.
 These are next door to each other.
 So many wonderful snow covered characters. Olaf seems to be enjoying himself.
Here we have a bold statement.
When we returned to our house I thought it looked quite pretty also.
 My sled full of presents and a small tree decorate our front porch.
It is definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. 

Hubby and I plan to get our tree today. I know what I will be doing for the next several evenings after work.....lights, garland, ornaments.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. I hope to find some time to work on Baker Beach. There has been no progress on that this week. 

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Finished!

 I finished Matthew's Maze with about 2 hours to spare before he drove home. It now resides with my son in Pennsylvania.
 My daughter who is all of 5'4" is holding it up for me to take a picture.
 This is the label of the wonderful women who did all of the machine quilting.
 Here are some closeups of that beautiful quilting





I am glad that Matthew's Maze is finally finished. Now I must start planning my daughter's quilt.

The weekend prior to Thanksgiving I finished some stitching on Baker Beach and sorted through which flosses I wanted to work with next. I put these flosses in the box you see below in the partition with my scissors on the left. 
The phone rang, I got up and knocked the entire box onto the floor. Floss scattered everywhere. Once my phone call ended, I just put all the floss back in number order, but I didn't go back and sort the floss to use next again.
Yesterday, I finally got back to stitching on Baker Beach and I looked at the chart and just decided that I wanted to stitch some blue. 
I know that this is not a floss that I had originially planned to use next, because I was trying not to leave too much un-stitched fabric in between colors. It made me happy to stitch this color though especially as it seemed to move me that much closer to the bottom. I have now chosen a floss that will fill in some of that open white space and I will be more careful getting up when my floss box is open.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. I think Baker Beach needs a little more love in between Christmas decorating. 

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Stitching time?

So both of my adult children are home for Thanksgiving and this weekend. We had a really nice, quiet Thanksgiving celebration. Here are my son, mother and Hubby.
 Hubby got in the picture again, this time with my daughter and myself.
I hope all of my USA readers had an enjoyable holiday too.

I have been trying to finish the binding on Matthew's Maze. I realized that I wanted to embroider a label on the blue backing fabric so that it wouldn't be extremely noticeable. Unfortunately, I do not have a marking pencil that will not only show up on the dark fabric, but stay in place while I embroider so I decided to use an archival Pigma pen that I heat set onto a lighter fabric. 
I think it came out just fine.
 My finishing has been sidelined by mending this weekend also. Matthew brought home a sweater with a hole. It didn't need to really look good, it just needed to be fixed. You can see the repair near the bottom, middle of the picture.
My daughter brought home pants to be shortened. 

Needless to say, that I have been trying to stitch whenever there is a few free minutes so that I can send this quilt home with my son. I have half of one side, a corner and about a third of another side to finish before he leaves for home early this afternoon.
All other stitching has been suspended until this quilt is finished.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. I am going to be finishing this binding no matter what. On Monday I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape. Be sure to check out one of Susan's recent posts that includes several easy ornament tutorials. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to wish all of my readers a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Canstruction LI

Hubby and I went to an interesting display at an local office building on Saturday. It is called CanstructionLI. Yes, I spelled it correctly. All of these sculptures are made with food cans with a few other food items also. You were asked to bring one can per person and use it to vote on your favorite.

This is Alice in Wonderland



This is Dinner and a Movie Night

 This character was not familiar to me, but it is supposed to be Steve the monkey from "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs".

This is supposed to represent LEGOS.

Derail Hunger

A supermarket to end hunger.
Lightning McQueen

 Bridge Over Hunger

 Knock out Hunger



 Let's Beat Hunger Like A Drum.
Hunger Heroes.


Melting Away Hunger

 I didn't get the name of this one.
 Helping Hands
This sculpture won all of the awards.

 Once again, I didn't get the name of this one.
I hope that you enjoyed this little picture tour of something somewhat unique.

 Today I am going make a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up my Thanksgiving turkey and some mushrooms so I can make my Beef Barley soup.

I hope to add a few more stitches to Baker Beach. This is where it is right now.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Tomorrow I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching.

Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, November 5, 2017

Santa's finished!

I finished stitching my Prairie Schooler Santa this week. Yay!


 Of course now I need to take this Santa and the one below (that I finished in April) and make them into flat-board ornaments.....which are really too heavy to hang on a tree.


 I think I may buy a few small display stands and include them when I gift these to my son and daughter. 

Did you remember to turn your clocks back last night? Did you get an extra hour of sleep? My internal clock woke me up at the usual 6 am.....well 5 am today. 

I am slowly stitching the binding on Matthew's Maze. I have made it around my first corner. Sorry about the poor photos, but it is a dreary day here on Long Island.

I made Apple Bars last week to use up the tasteless Macoun apples that I had. The recipe came from a Gold Medal flour Fall Baking booklet that I have had quite a while. They included apples, raisins and walnuts. I substituted craisins for half of the raisins. They were delicious. 
I had to take Halloween off in order to get Mom to a routine doctor's appointment and myself to an orthopedist. I found out that the tightness in my thigh and hip all Summer and Fall has been bursitis. A cortisone shot and starting some therapy should make it right. I can already feel the difference.

Having that day off gave me some time to add a few more stitches to Baker Beach. Here is where I am at the moment. 
I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. On Monday I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching.

Thanks for stopping by!