Sunday, September 17, 2017

Brown and Black and Blue

I'm talking floss colors. I managed a couple of hours of stitching on Baker Beach this week. Lots of brown, black and blue/grey floss. 
I can see the light at the end of the Beach! This is the 10th and final page. Now I am really excited to get at least a few stitches done each week on this project.

Hubby and I visited Saratoga again near the end of the racing meet. This time I went to the local yarn shop, Common Thread Saratoga. I had a couple of patterns with me that I am interested in making so I thought that I would buy some pretty yarn. Here is what I found.

I want to make this Three-Season Cowl with it.

Hubby and I are planning on going to the Long Island Fair today. We tried to go yesterday, but the main parking lot was full and traffic was all backed up to get into the remote parking lot that was being serviced by shuttle buses. We are going to go back first thing this morning. I will share pics later this week.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. I hope to fill in that area above the black rock on Baker Beach. 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. I just made a pot of tea to enjoy while I am reading some favorite blogs. Why don't you do the same.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

First week of school

 The first week back to school is done and dusted. I am bushed. There wasn't a whole lot of crafting completed this week. I have been crocheting some more flowers at night and today I added a few more stitches to Baker Beach.
It is the only stitching that I have managed to complete all week. I wish that I had the time energy to finish that little corner, but it is not happening today.
Today was my day to get some dinners ready for the week. Hubby and I work until 8:30pm on Monday and Wednesday so dinner is late. I cooked 3 stuffed pepper meals (no picture) and assembled 4 meat loaves (these three are for Mom....all she has to do is bake them).
I also made two plum cakes. It is made with the small Italian plums. Or at least, that is what they are usually called around here. 
 This is a recipe that came from my Aunt Alice. It can also be made with peaches. I needed to make these today, because the plums were going bad. I usually pack them in closer together, but I was a few shy.

Do you see what I got in the mail this week!
Donna at Brynwood Needleworks had a contest to name her new sewing machine. All who entered received one of these beautiful handmade bookmarks. I love this!

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. I hope to link to the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape tomorrow, but as I said it is a late day. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Labor Day Weekend

My daughter and her boyfriend are visiting for the weekend. Here they are trying to get a wild bunny to eat some carrot.
Bunny was enjoying the special treat.
Hubby and boyfriend played nine holes of golf while daughter and I looked at quilt patterns. I think that I finally have a handle on the types of patterns and colors that she would like in a quilt. I'm not sure when I will get to this, but I will probably wait until next summer before I start. That gives me plenty of time to pick the pattern and find and buy all of the fabric.
I managed to work on Baker Beach a little bit this week. This is where it was last week:
You can see that I have now added about 200 stitches of brown.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. I hope to add another 100 stitches to Baker Beach, but with company here today I may have to wait for some Monday Stitching. Speaking of Monday, I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape tomorrow. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching.

I have managed to crochet some more roses.
 I just have to make 6 more in this lavender color and then add leaves and background to the last 30 roses. Then I can start crocheting together all 110 Granny Rose Squares. I am really looking forward to finally finishing this afghan.

I hope everyone enjoys this holiday weekend!

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Getting ready for the Fair

I have decided to enter some of my hand-made items into the Long Island Fair this year. I haven't done so in a few years so I have several items that can be entered. I am going to enter my Fans and Feathers Shawl,
the Fresh Till Cowl,
Autumn Angel, 

and the crocheted Christmas Tree that I made for my son. 

The first three have been completed for some time, but last Saturday, I finally got around to assembling the Christmas Tree. 

Each layer is stacked on a size 10 knitting needle that is pushed through a foam circle.
 Layer by layer is added and glued.
All the way up until....
the spire is on the top.
It was a slow progress waiting for the craft glue to dry, but I prefer it to the glue gun when working with yarn.
You may recall that I already made one of these for my daughter. The only change is in the skirt. I had a wee bit of variegated Christmas yarn that I decided to use to in place of some of the white on the skirt before the red edging.
The day after I glued the tree together, I glued on almost 80 small pom-poms.
I love it. Now my son will have some Christmas decor for his new apartment. But first it has to go to the Fair.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Only one more week of Summer

Alas, Summer vacation is almost over here on Long Island. This will be my last week off, then I will be getting more than a little busy. Although I have to go to Superintendent meetings on Tuesday, September 5th, both my full-time Math Center teaching job and my adjunct university position start on Wednesday. Mondays and Wednesdays will be long 13 hour days this semester. I have almost finished all of my lecture notes, assignments and tests for my university Precalculus class. 

I have finally started on the final page of Baker Beach. Whew! 
The color that I am currently working on finishes the 9th page and starts the 10th page. As you can see on the left that I just started this dark brown color. I am trying to get as much of this stitched as I can before school starts. 

I did some more stitching on my PS Santa at my last stitching Meetup. His face and his hat are started. Santa's arms are finished.
Unfortunately, I don't think I will be able to get to the meetings more than once a month, but I want to keep in touch with these ladies. 

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. I will be stitching in the car as we make a second trip to Saratoga Springs, NY.  I hope to join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape on Monday, but that will depend on when we get home. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are up to.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Great Gadget

I finally got around to ordering a Hang it Dang it quilt hanger. I love it! For many years I have wanted to hang this quilt on the wall of my second floor landing that has a cathedral ceiling.
Another blogger (I forget who) recommended this gadget. It is a lightweight rod that I hung with a Command Sticky Nail Sawtooth hanger. Look how wonderfully my quilt hangs on my wall.
Yes, it hangs next to my kid's former bathroom. There is room next to it for another quilt.
Look how flat it is against the wall. I will be buying another Hang it Dang it for me and one for my mother. I bought it direct from the manufacturer where it was the cheapest. It came within a couple of days. It is so very easy to hang. I strongly recommend it.
I have been working on my Prairie Schooler Santa at my stitching group. 
His coat is done and he has boots! I will be working on this again Monday night at our next meeting.
I finally finished stitching that orange color on Baker Beach.
Now I have a bunch of different shades of brown to stitch. Can you see the lowest brown stitch? One row below it is the end of the 9th page. It is so close. I wanted it done by the end of July, but I hope now to at least start the last page by the end of this month.
I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. I want to get at least an hour of stitching done on Baker Beach. 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.

Look at this pretty lily. This is a plant that we received this Easter and planted.
 We were really surprised when it bloomed again this summer.
I love when the garden surprises you. I made sure to spray it with the bunny repellent that I bought so that they wouldn't eat the flower and all the leaves. As you can see, they have been leaving it alone. I love watching the bunnies in my yard, but I don't like them eating my flowers.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Slow Weekly Stitching

A friend of mine asked if I would like to join a crafty Meetup group with her. It meets once a week at a local Panera Bread restaurant. I have attended the first 3 meetings and hope to be able to attend somewhat regularly once work starts up again. Going to these meetings helped me finish Peace, Love, Coexist which you can see here

This week I asked the other women who are attending whether I could take photos of what they are working on and share them on my blog. I did not include photos of the stitchers themselves as we are just getting to know each other. I hope you enjoy looking at a variety of Slow Stitching.

My friend Randi is making this pretty shawl. She recently used this same yarn to make a tank top for herself without using any pattern.
The woman who has organized this Meetup group is also named Randi. This is the needlepoint that she is currently working on. 
This vase of flowers is being stitched by Susan. Click on the photo and you can see the incredible beading that she is doing.
 Wendy is stitching these cats. Look at the variety of stitching in the frame. 
This piece by Harriet is almost finished. It is so pretty.
This is being made by Helene for a little boy. I love the checkerboard border.
This beautifully shaded Stargazer Lily is going to become a two-sided pillow. Dianne has already finished the other side.
As you can tell, many of the members of this group are needlepoint stitchers, but there are some more knitters also.
Deb is making this pretty striped baby blanket.
Judy is making this absolutely gorgeous shawl with "yarn" that looks like film. She says that it is no longer made. What a shame.
 Those of you who have followed my blog for a while, know that this pretty purple Two Harbors Poncho is being made in my favorite color. This is being knitted by Karen.
There are a few cross-stitchers also. This pretty table runner was made by Kat. She was working on a matching napkin during our meetup. 
 So what was I working on you ask? Well, Baker Beach is too big to bring with me, so I am trying to finish my 2015 Prairie Schooler Santa. 

It would be nice to have an ornament for each of my children this Christmas.

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 up to. My son is visiting this weekend, but I will try to find some time to work on Baker Beach. 

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Friday, August 11, 2017


I have finished the stitching of my Summer of Love Challenge piece. I have called it Peace, Love, Coexist. Gee, I wonder why?
Here are some close-ups.
 I tried several new stitches.
 I am pretty pleased with the result.
I submitted these pictures only as I do not have the time to finish this into a pillow (or something else) before the submission deadline of August 15th.

I was originally going to finish this as a tote bag, but I am afraid that the embroidery would be ruined. I am debating making this into a pillow.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Little Bits

I have only stitched a little bit since my Midweek Post, mainly because Hubby and I made a two day trip to Saratoga, NY. As I have stated before, Hubby is a big horse-racing fan. I thought I would get some stitching done in the car, but I got engrossed in Nora Roberts' Key of Knowledge and couldn't put it down. 
Besides that I found the road to be too bumpy for accurate stitching. While we were in Saratoga, I did find the Gloversville Sewing Center nearby. This is a small quilt shop, but I did manage to find some items to purchase.
The beige fabric is for a future quilt. I just fell in love with the swirls on it. The Journey Bag pattern looks easy...I hope so. The fat quarters are to complement my Summer of Love piece in a tote.

I am almost done with my Summer of Love Challenge. I just need to fill in the yin yang symbol and add a few French knots. Maybe a flower between Peace and Love and near the heart.
 I hope to finish it today.

Baker Beach is giving me fits. Something about the way I am currently stitching is making my right shoulder ache. I had worked on it for about an hour last Wednesday and it was aching slightly all day Thursday at Saratoga. I woke up in the hotel Friday morning with my shoulder absolutely screaming. Thankfully, an dose of Aleve calmed it down enough to be bearable and as the day wore on it felt much better. Yesterday, I sat down with Baker Beach again for only a little while and this morning that shoulder is twinging. I really want to finish this soon. This is where it is as of Saturday.
I am still working on that orange color. There is a whole lot of it.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Summer of Love is on the top of my to-do list today. 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. 

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Midweek Post

Just because I am in the mood, I thought I would post a midweek update on some projects. First, I finally got around to blocking the shawl that I made several months ago. 
That isn't sun fade on the picture. That part of the shawl is white.
You should take note that I still haven't woven in the ends. I should have done that before blocking, but I didn't have a tapestry needle near me and was too lazy to find one. 

I didn't finish the 9th page of Baker Beach in July as I planned. I have been trying to finish my Summer of Love piece by the submission date so Baker Beach has been neglected. The orange color that I am working on has a whole lot of stitches.
Summer of Love is almost done. I worked on it over the weekend on my front porch.
I got some more stitched last night at a new stitching group that I am going to.
I am debating whether to just send a photo or to actually finish this as a tote bag as planned and send the whole thing to the exhibit. 

Can you see that we had three bunnies at once in our back yard this week? There are two near the fence and one right in the middle of the grass.
This one was relaxed enough to get some grooming done.
I had to buy some bunny repellent for a new rose bush that I planted as they were eating the leaves. I hope it works.

That's all for now. 
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