Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Eiffel Tower Update

Here is how Eiffel Tower is coming now. This is after 52 hours of stitching on it. It seems to go slow yet at the end of the stitching section I can see progress. It hit a snag yesterday so I laid it down for the day and will pick it back up later this morning.

Remember when I was complaining because we didn't have snow. Well when it finally came it came with a vengence. We will have to dig ourselves out of this one. It snowed heavy yesterday and is suppose to continue through today. Although it isn't snowing yet, it might later. Not that I want it to. It's a good day just to stay inside and stitch.

January is almost over the days are getting longer. I get excited to see the daylight come earlier and last longer. Little things excite me!

Well until next time Happy Stitching!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Winnie the Pooh is Finished

I just finished it about an hour ago. This is project no. 13 for me towards the 50. It also is the 2nd piece that will go on my Great Nephew's Birth Announcement Wall Hanging. Tomorrow I'll go back to Eiffel Tower. I'm leaving for a Baby Shower in less than an hour so no use in even getting it out. I'd just get going and have to lay it back down.

I hope a lot of people come to the baby shower. It's a couple fairly new to our church, she is from the Phillipines and some ladies wanted to do it for them. They are a very quiet couple so not too many people know them. They are inviting men and the husband will be there to assist his wife with the language.

Anyone else like me. With it being so cold and so much snow I've made a lot of different homemade soups this week. It's about the only thing that sounds good and warms me up. I make the soup any way I feel like that day and usually it will turn out good. This time it was corn chowder. Not my best but it was edible the last 3 days! I'm eating the last of it as I type this.

Well until next time Happy Stitching!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

I agree with this!

Your Ideal Pet is a Cat

You're both aloof, introverted, and moody.
And your friends secretly wish that you were declawed!

Often I disagree with these little quizzes but this one is definately me! And I love cats. LOL!
Your Birthdate: August 14

You work well with others. That is, you're good at getting them to do work for you.
It's true that you get by on your charm. But so what? You make people happy!
You're dynamic, clever, and funny. And people like to have you around.
But you're so restless, they better not expect you to stay around for long.

Your strength: Your superstar charisma

Your weakness: Commitment means nothing to you

Your power color: Fuchsia

Your power symbol: Diamond

Your power month: May

Okay I'm spending too much time at the computer tonight! But I liked this one too. Think I'm quizzed out for awhile!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Winnie the Pooh start

I laid down Eiffel Tower for a few days to get this piece done. Because of the detail and the colors in Eiffel Tower I just needed to take a few days off from it and do something very easy and Winnie the Pooh is it. This is the 2nd of 4 pieces I will be doing for my great nephew. The pieces will surround his birth announcement which I also will do. I am surprised at how quick these are going so far and although so simple I really am enjoying them. I hope Tigger and Piglet are just as much fun and easy. I think Tigger has a little more detail but he'll be okay.

We still have snow falling off and on added on to what we already have. A lot of Lake Effect snow is suppose to go south of us and north of us, we are just to get a little. We'll see. Often we are in the small pocket that gets lucky, get some snow but not the storm.

This piece will be No. 13 towards the 50 challenge. It's taking me long enough to get "unlucky 13" in. I did purchase a leaflet and 2 kits today. The two kits were Norman Rockwell's I will do for my mom. The leaflet is Thomas the Tank that my sister-in-law will do for Baby John. And I'll use it for Love Quilts and Cole's quilts, so they are allowed in. Well until next time Happy Stitching!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Who sent us this snow

Yesterday we had a couple of inches on the ground when we went to church. Althouogh ist was very cold so the church bus didn't run. But by the time we got out. Because of our annual business meeting and a potluck we got out at 2:30 and it was snowing hard and the cars were basically burried in the snow! I got home stayed in and stitched for a little while.

I woke up so early this morning and couldn't get back to sleep. Of course Whiskers discovered I was awake so joined me a couple of times, then finally just said get out of bed. I got lunch in the crock pot and getting ready to clean my bathroom and then later my refrigerator. I'm on a roll this morning. I'll stitch later this afternoon.

On the stitching front because I wasn't home much yesterday I did not work on Light of Peace but will later this week. I did stitch a little on Eiffel Tower. For being so detailed it's coming good. I just don't have that much more progress on it from the other day.

Well until next time Happy Stitching!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

You Should Paint Your Room Yellow

Bright and bold, yellow is truly the color of inspiration.
Your yellow room will drive you to think clearly, develop new ideas, and be organized.
Yellow is also energizing and very powerful. So don't expect to rest in there!

I like the color yellow. I may not want to have it a bright yellow but yellow would be great.

Someone asked what was in the 7 layer bars.
Here is the recipe.
In a 9 x 11 cake pan put in following items in order

1 Stick margarine (melted)
2. 1 cup of Graham Cracker Crumbs (estimated really)
3. 6 oz. pkg. Chocolate Chips
4. 6 oz pkg. Butterscotch Chips
5. 1 cup Walnut chips
6. 1 can Eagle Brand Milk (sweetened
7. 1 cup Coconuts

Put in over at 325 degrees for 35 minutes

To be honest I just add whatever looks good of the Grahm Cracker Crumbs, Chocolate and Butterscotch Chips, Walnut Chips and Coconuts.
This is very popular at Potlucks especially with men as it is rich.

Not much stitching done since yesterday so nothing to show. Until next time Happy Stitching!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Home Coming Queen Christina

It's been a few days I know. My mom called a little while ago and said we have a Queen in our family. I thought she meant the dog as she is taking over her place in their house. But my niece was crowned Homecoming Queen of her High School last night after their Basketball Game. Congratulations Christina. Her brother was on the court last year and another niece was on the court a few years ago but she's the first that won. She's cute and personable so we figured she'd get it.
I have been watching a few DVD's and Videos since getting this DVD player. Now to build my DVD collection. Right now I have a borrowed Bill Gaither DVD in. Let Freedom Ring. Everytime I see this one I choke when they sing "A Few Good Men" and the NYC Firefighters come up on stage and get a standing ovation. This video was made shortly after 9-11.
On the stitching front, I did start the Teddy Bear got it about 3/4 of the way done and it went into the garbage! I made a mistake and it would be easier just to start over then to have frogged a whole lot. It's not due until May anyway. So I got out Tower of Eiffel and have it going good. A lot of sky in it but the tower is just coming in. I sort of like that tweeding effect in the tower.

I had to run to the store this morning. We are having a business meeting/potluck after church tomorrow. I'm bringing my 7 layer bars and thought I would make a double batch as they are so popular. Well I went to do the first batch yesterday and the grahm crackers looked very old and almost moldy so thought I better throw them away. My dad took me to the store this am. The first batch is done. I need to wash my dishes and then make the second batch. I'm not too enthused about the way the first batch turned out. Think I had the oven on too high at 375 should have been 350.

Thank you for your comments to Light of Peace. I will work on it off and on.

The snow we didn't have earlier is here now, and looks like it is here to stay. It's snowed a lot and will snow off and on the next few days. We knew winter had to come sometime. Just so it leaves by mid April is all we care.

Well, I better get going here. Until next time. Happy Stitching.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Light Of Peace

Here is my Light of Peace piece. I really need a lot of encouragement on this one. I know I'm so close to being finished and I'm actually a little further than what the picture shows but it's a difficult pattern to follow in that area. So I'll work on it 2 or 3 hours and will lay it down for a couple of days. That's the only way that section is going to be done. I don't think this picture is really good it doesn't show the beads off too well.

We woke up to snow and ice this morning. They said our area will get a lot of snow today. So far it's not as bad as first forecasted. Winter had to come sometime. I was starting to dread the spring because of allergies. Mild winters bring rough springs for those of us with allergies!

The other day my mom and I went out for lunch with a couple of my cousins. Jannette is my mom's oldest sister's daughter and Janice is my mom's middle sister's sister's daughtrer. (Our grandparents had 3 daughters). Afterwards I had them come over and select some pieces to take with them. Both chose pieces from sets of 4. And in both cases I need to do one or two more pieces to it yet. So in the spring I'll get the 3 remaining pieces. Two seasonal Welcome pieces by Brittercup and a garden set of four.

On the stitching front I have started a Teddy Bear for Love Quilts. It's from Bears Ahoy by Gloria and Pat and it's of a girl Teddy Bear and sailboat. It'll stitch up fast. Well until next time Happy Stitching!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Finish #12

Here is Our Friendship is Soda-licious. Considering the problems I had last weekend the piece was really fun to do and went well. I am glad to have it done. Unfortunately since there is no mail Monday, it will go out a day late. Now to get the floss out to finish Light of Peace.

This now brings it to 12 being done towards the 50 challenge. At this rate I should have the 50 challenge complete mid 2008. That long before I can buy any patterns.....I don't know if I can do it!Here's what is done so far towards the 50 challenge
1. Room for One More (PM)
2. Boo
3. Teddy Bear and Pumpkins
4. Serenity Heart
5. Bathing Puppy (Bessie Peaseman)
6. Perhaps I should Retire (PM)
7. Give Thanks
8. Teapot
9. Have a Merry Christmas
10. The Magic of Christmas
11. E is for Eeyore
12. Our Friendship is Soda-Licious (PM)

Ones I have on my list to do:
1. Santa I can Explain
2. Christmas angel or snowman
3. Light Of Peace (UFO)
4. Piglet
5. Tigger
6. Winnie the Pooh
7. Birth Announcement (John Jr.)
8. Lighthouse
9. Angel
10. Rhapsody in Blue (UFO)
11. . Wild Menagerie (UFO)
12. Angel for Love Quilts
13. Strawberry Shortcake piece for Cole’s Quilts)
14. The Teacher (UFO)
15. Walking on Water (UFO)

We went out for lunch with a couple of my cousins and had a nice time. It was good to see them again.

Well maybe tomorrow I'll post Light Of Peace so you can see it as it looks before I get to stitching it. It'll take 2 or 3 weeks to finish off because it's so detailed and all the beading.

Until next time Happy Stitching!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Here's Madison

Here's a picture of my brother's dog Madison. I just got to meet her today. She's such a sweetheart and has made herself right to home at my parents. She looks so much like a dog we use to have years ago. She needs a haircut and shave though.

.On the stitching front, Our Friendship is Soda-licious should be done tomorrow but maybe Sunday. I'm hoping to get it done tomorrow morning before leaving. My mom, and a couple of cousins and I are going out for lunch.

Well until next time, hopefully tomorrow but for sure Sunday. Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

PM piece is moving along

I went through high drama on this piece over the weekend, but we came up with the solution to put the lettering on top. This piece is a lot of work, now my nightmare is I'll find out this wasn't the material they sent! I'm hoping to get it done Friday, Sat. at the latest. If I have to mail it on the 15th, so be it, it'll be a couple days late then. I have the worse of the piece done now so it should be smooth sailing now. You can tell the piece really is large for the material they sent, but that was the pattern they wanted to.

My parents got a dog for my brother today. He's been ill for years and since his beloved cat died in Aug. he's been in the hospital several times. So they got a dog hoping that will help. (Plus mom really wanted one too). She's a Llapso and is 3 years old. She has already met my brother and they hit it off, he named her Madison. I'll post a picture of her when I see her.

Tomorrow is my dad's birthday so I'll get his card ready. He's going to be 78, still very active though, but needs to slow down. I say they got the dog for dad's birthday but he's not an animal lover, so he says, but the animals tell us differently!

On the stitching front, I really hope to have this PM piece done this weekend we'll see then I can go to Light of Peace and finish that off.

Well, until next time. Happy Stitching!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Finally Picture of my WIP

I finally have enough progress on my WIP to show a picture. Now that I got the heads on the rest of the piece should stitch up quickly. I'm sorry though the Soda just doesn't look good to me. I love strawberries but why contaminate them with ice cream! Yuck and nothing looks or sounds worse to me then Strawberry Ice Cream. I don't like Ice Cream. I know I know, that is unamerican to not like ice cream. My dad isn't big on it and a couple of my nepehews are like me don't like ice cream.
This piece is being done for a special quilt a group I belong to is doing. It has to be received by Jan. 15, so I have to have it in mail Jan 11 or 12 at latest to get there on time. It's going to be close.

We are going to open up our Food Pantry next week. We have plenty of food for right now and feel ready to do it. I am really happy with the way the church has come through for this project. I also am very happy with the amount of money that came in for it too. So we can do some shopping.

Oh I forgot, I found my Light Of Peace piece! I am happy so after this is done I can go finish that off, and give it to the person who has been waiting so patiently for it for at least 5 years now!

Whiskers is meowing for a treat. He had some pork chops yesterday (just a small amount and he thinks there is more in refrigerator, unfortunately the porkchops we had yesterday were left overs from a month ago (they had been in freezer) and I finished them off yesterday. I'll have to find something for him. He's not spoiled is he? Until next time Happy Stitching!

Two or 3 hours later! I want to SCREAM! I have discovered the material I was using is not the material that was sent and is not going to fit this piece. I have to start all over! I want to cry I'm so upset, it's my own carelesness! Here I had the pattern and material together, I must have separated them somehow!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

A Girly piece

Love quilts was looking for girly pieces done with pink in it for a little girl so I pulled this piece out. I had started it a few years ago and the lady I intended it for died so I put it away. Then got it out earlier this year and finished it off. It laid in the box of other pieces waiting to be framed or made into something. When I saw the post about the need I pulled this one and washed it, let it soak overnight and ironed it a few minutes ago. It does have a stain at the top so I'm hoping it will be faded enough to still use or they can cut it off. Maybe use it as a pillow if nothing else. It's so cute, I just love it so am happy it will be used enjoyed by someone.

Thank you for your comments to my pieces. I have really appreciated them. It's great to know other people enjoy them and even have been enabled by some of them.

I have seen many of you talk about the new blogger. Do you like it? Does everything transfer over? I have found sometimes it takes longer for those blogs to come up and harder to make comments on. Maybe it's because I haven't changed over.

I never thought I wanted a DVD player, but my sister and her family got me one for Christmas and I'm enjoying it. My niece got me two DVD's one was one of my favorites "You Got Mail." and the over one "Never Been Kissed" which I also really liked a lot. Plus I bought a couple of DVD's and borrowed some from my mom. I also have a lot of Gaither Videos and since this is also a Video player I have been reunited with them. I didn't think I missed the VCR player, but I guess I did.

Well, I'm going to go get ready for the day, pay some bills, do a little housework and then stitch on my PM piece. I'll post a progress in a couple of days. Until next time Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007


I went through my UFO things looking for Light of Peace and Grrrrr couldn't find it! So I pulled out Wild Menagerie to start on first. It's a beautiful piece but done on black material, which slows it down somewhat. When done it will be 4 wild cats, Tiger, Bobcat, Lion, and I forgot what the 4th one was. First I have to finish up the PM piece by Jan. 12 and get it in mail so received by the 15th. I think it'll get done. The boys head and face are in and part of his shirt. Now I'm putting in the girls head so we'll see. Once the head and faces are done the rest of piece goes great.

I also pulled out Walking on Water by Mystic Stitch but I need to find that pattern! What's wrong I have the pattern to Light of Peace but can't find the piece which was 3/4 done, and I have the piece to Walking on Water, but need to look for the pattern! Oh well.....

Today is President Ford's funeral. His death hit me as my path crossed his many times in my early years, like preschool-early 30's. He visited the Elementary and High Schools I went to was speaker at my sister's HS graduation. Then in Bible School he was there a couple of times and lived down the street from the school. Then I worked for relatives of Betty's. When I moved back to GR I moved to Heritage Hill District and it was right down street from his childhood home, and not far from the Museum. So I saw the family off and on but never really knew them personally. They were so nice though whenever I saw them they were always so friendly and pleasant to talk to. Even one day I forgot he was in town with then candidate Ronald Regan, I took some girls from Awana's there and they ran past Secret Service to shake his hand and he let them. A day the girls never forgot. That was last time I saw him except on TV.

Well, I'm going to go back to stitching on the Precious Moments piece. I need encouragement on Wild Menagerie is why I'm posting it. Until next time Happy Stitching!