Sunday, September 25, 2016

Autumn is Here!

Autumn is here, but Autumn Angel is not yet finished. She is well on her way though. I worked on her for about an hour on Friday after I got home from work. Hubby and I had to stay at home so that we could pick up his car from the repair shop. The radiator blew....ugh! 

Saturday finally felt like Autumn here on Long Island. I was up early and I put a few more stitches on Autumn Angel.
Here is where she is as of Saturday afternoon. Although they are hard to see, she has her face and her hands and her dress is done.

I plan on working solely on her when I am cross-stitching so I can get her on display. Of course there are other crafts that are also keeping me busy, but that will be another post.
I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. On Monday I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to their sites and see what other bloggers are stitching. I will be enjoying my Autumn weather and stitching. 

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Blog Win and a Hand injury

Okay, so what I haven't mentioned in recent posts is that another one of the reasons my crafting has slowed is that I have had pain in my right hand. I am basically ambidextrous, although I write left-handed, but really and truly when you cross-stitch, crochet or knit you use both hands. I had 2 surgeries on my left hand many years ago and aggravated one of them a couple of years ago as some of you may remember. I was quite surprised this August when my right hand started really aching and I found a small ball in my palm. Now that I have slowed my crafting due to that discomfort and working full-time, my hand has been feeling somewhat better, but I still made a visit to the hand specialist. He told me I have "trigger finger" in my right pinky finger. I have always known this. I have it in other fingers also. It runs in my family. It was the reason for one of the surgeries in my left hand. So I got a steroid shot in my palm.....not fun at all....and a follow-up in a month if it is no better. Surprisingly, doctor said not to stop crafting unless I am in pain. Whew! That is a relief. 

Now to the better news. I won a blog giveaway! Zenia Rene over at A Quilted Passion was celebrating her 3 year blogiversary and sponsored a wonderful giveaway.  I won on what would have been my dad's 91st birthday. 
Look at this absolutely fabulous gift. Wow! Two jelly rolls and border fabric to make a Reflections Quilt whose pattern was included. You can see a picture of this modern quilt here.
 Isn't that fabric absolutely fantastic! And look at the gorgeous variegated thread.
I am in heaven. Zena also included a cute charm and That Purple Thang which I believe will really come in handy. Please pop over to her site and see the gorgeous work that she does.

I have managed to do some stitching this week on Autumn Angel. The gold has been added to her dress and part of her halo has been completed.
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 I will work be working on Autumn Angel as I would like to finish her at the beginning of that season so that I can put her on display.

I thought I would leave you today with a cute photo of two bunny visitors to our yard. They usually only come one at a time so this was a treat.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

School has started!

One week down and I don't want to think about how many more there are. My school week was quite interesting. I started the week in a new room. It is small, with three large desks that allow 5 people to sit at them and one table for six. I was sharing this with the teacher who conducts Math Research classes in this same room. The problem with this is I am the Math Center teacher and it is supposed to be open every period for children to come and get homework help or review prior to a quiz or test. This wouldn't have been possible with a research class in the room at the same time. After two days I was assigned to the same room that the Math Center has been in for several years. Now though I had to get desks, a file cabinet and a bookcase returned to that room in order to have the set-up that I need. I am all settled now. I am just missing a pencil sharpener. 

Needless to say, I have been quite tired upon returning home each afternoon. I did have an hour or so to stitch on Baker Beach yesterday. More blue, but at least there was a good deal of progress. Here is last week. 

This is how it looks this morning. The next color is a grey. I may be able to work on that today.
A close-up

Or I may try to finish Autumn Angel's hair. I may even stitch her halo. Her wings are outlined but I will leave the white stitches that fill them in until last.
I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. You know what I will be working on. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching.

Being a New Yorker I have to include this:
May we never forget.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

September is Here

September is here and that means back to work for me. I will be returning to my Teaching Assistant position in the Math Center of the high school where I work. I basically tutor students who come to the center during their free periods or lunch in everything from Algebra to Calculus.

I will also be returning to work as an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at Hofstra University. Yes, that is where the first presidential debate will be happening. It is exciting, but I won't be anywhere close to it as all classes have been cancelled for that day. I am teaching a course that I have taught previously so there is not all that much prep needed just some updating and making new exams. Of course there is a new edition of the textbook so I have to update my assignments as the pages and problem numbers have changed. 

What I am basically telling all of my blog followers is that my posts will be slowing down once again just like my crafting. I love summer, because I can get so much crafting completed. That being said, here is a update on two of my projects. 

First, Autumn Angel is slowly growing. I have filled in most of her dress and her wings are being outlined.

I have been giving Baker Beach a lot of attention. On my last update it looked like this:

Here is where I am now:
I am moving into the greys from the blues, but it is still large swaths of color which I am really enjoying stitching.

Look who visited our deck the other day.
Bunny was enjoying the view of our back yard.
I will be joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. 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.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Blueberry Crumb Cake

I got the itch to bake the other day even in this hot and humid weather. Thank goodness for AC. I had bought a pint of blueberries and thought that I would make some muffins to share and freeze. For some reason, I decided not to use one of my go-to recipes and try something new. I broke out a couple of my small local PTA and church cookbooks to find a recipe. 
Lo and behold there was a recipe for Blueberry Crumb Cake in the cookbook from the church where Hubby and I were wed. One problem.... the ingredients sounded yummy, but there was no oven temp or cooking time listed. This is a common problem with these types of home-town cookbooks. This recipe really sounded delicious though. Lots of butter and sugar...okay so not very healthy but yummy.

 So I searched through some of the cookbooks and came up with 350 degrees for 30 minutes. The crumb cake came out perfectly and it is so very delicious. I have added this to my recipe box to make again in the future. It even looks good.

Here is the recipe for Blueberry Crumb Cake:

1/2 cup butter or margarine 
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tsp. baking powder
2/3 cup milk
2 cups blueberries
1 Tbsp. lemon juice 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter, add sugar, beat until creamy. Add egg and beat until light. Combine flour, salt and baking powder, add to first mixture alternately with milk. Put into a greased 13x2x2 inch pan. Mix blueberries with lemon juice and sprinkle on top of dough. 

Prepare topping by combining
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Cut in 1/2 cup slightly softened butter or margarine with pastry blender until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of blueberries. 

Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1/2 hour. 


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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Mom's UFOs

So I spent a few hours at Mom's house the other day. I was planning on washing her windows, but she didn't want me to. Since I had planned on being at her home for a couple of hours I suggested we make room in a drawer for all of her quilting UFOs as they were currently residing in the middle of the bed in the guest room. 

So after cleaning out a drawer full of old greeting cards (she is still sorting through them), we sorted these UFOs that Mom no longer wants to work on. You need to know that Mom does not use a sewing machine. Each of these have been hand-stitched. She joined a quilt group at our church when she was in her late 70s. She had never quilted prior to that.
This is a baby quilt that she began at the quilt group that used to meet at our church. Mom started quilting it, but for some reason she really doesn't like it. I happen to think it is quite pretty so I took it home to finish quilting.
Mom actually likes this, but is no longer in the mood to quilt. She is 89 and her hands are quite arthritic. I took this top, the backing fabric and the batting home. It isn't large so perhaps I can quilt it this winter while watching TV. Mom usually quilts with embroidery floss so I may just follow her lead.
Mom has the pattern, but she doesn't remember what she planned to do with these blocks. She has enough fabric to make at least one more so I think this must have been destined for a wall quilt or a table runner. Guess what?! I took all the fabric home and may work on it someday. Those baskets don't thrill me, so they may stay stored for quite some time.
Lastly, we came across this little table topper. How sad that all it needs is the binding to be sewn on those two sides. I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching and this will be my Sunday stitching project. It may end up staying at my house, because Mom only has one room with blue and doesn't know where she would put it.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Baker Beach Update

I have been working on Baker Beach a little bit here and a little bit there now that the Olympics are over. Here is where I was prior to the Olympics:

I had just started the first blue color of the sky.
Here is where I am as of 10 minutes ago.
I finished the first blue...even went into the next page to the left. I also filled in the darker blue speckles along the top edge. I have now started on the next lighter blue stitching from the left-hand edge of this page inward. I am really enjoying not having to constantly change colors. It seems to go much quicker.

It is hot and humid once again here on Long Island. On another recent hot and sticky night I gave in to Hubby's suggestion and we shared a meat and cheese plate for dinner. No cooking! 
The little pieces of cut up fruit that you see in between the sausages are Red Velvet Apricots. Oh how sweet and flavorful they are. I recently found them at a local supermarket that has an amazing produce section. They are new to me and are oh so delicious.

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