Sunday, October 22, 2017

I hope I'm not boring you.

I really do hope that I am not boring you because I am really spending most of my crafting time on Baker Beach right now. There has been so little crafting time and I want to finish this. I have added some more blue water.  
I am so close to only having half of a page left to stitch. 
When I feel like stitching at night I have been trying to finish this Prairie Schooler Santa. 
He is almost done. I need to stitch his beard and then complete the back-stitching.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. You know what I am working on. 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, October 15, 2017

Rainy day, visiting son, quick update

My title says is it all this week. Yesterday and today have been rainy days. I spent most of yesterday with Mom, bringing her for a medical test and then looking with her for a new front door. Our son is visiting this weekend. He and Hubby went golfing yesterday while I was busy with Mom so we were hoping to find something interesting to do today all together but it is cloudy, humid and rainy. Yuck.

Normally I would love to just sit and craft on a day like today, but that interferes with visiting with my son. He is watching soccer right now so I have time to update my blog. I did get some stitching time at the end of the week. Here is how Baker Beach looked last week.
There was a lot of confetti. Yesterday I spent stitching 1 to 4 stitches of many colors in order to fill in some of that confetti.
This is how it looks today.
I would like to finish the water that I am currently working on soon. 

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

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Weekend Stuff

I am taking it easy this long Columbus Day weekend. On Saturday, Hubby and I went to the local, well-known Hick's nursery to get some mums and pumpkins. This is not just a nursery, it is an experience. They are in the midst of their annual Fall Festival featuring Otto the Ghost. Now this is an ideal place to come with your small children, but we enjoyed going through the story of Otto as well.

 There are lots of the Halloween decorations for sale.
 Here are some old-school decorations.
 There were Christmas decorations for sale as well. I love Department 56 villages.



These beautiful Santas are all hand made.
We bought 5 mums, three pumpkins and a hay bale.


I am starting to put out my Halloween decorations. I only have half of one box to empty. The other half is Thanksgiving decor. 

I put a few stitches in on Baker Beach yesterday. More grey. I am slowly but surely approaching the finish line. This is how it looked last week.
I filled in those dots above the rock yesterday as well as some more grey/blue.
It is raining here on Long Island today. I plan to finally cut the binding for my Matthew's Maze quilt. I need to sew it into one long strip and iron it. I might even trim the quilt and sew it on so that I can sit and finish it via hand stitching. I also want to spend some more time with Baker Beach. A little shoe shopping might be in the plans also. I never did manage to do that yet. 

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, October 1, 2017

It's October!

It is the first of October and it is finally feeling like Autumn here on Long Island. It was sweater weather this morning although it got warmer as the day went on.
I found a few minutes today to add some stitches to Baker Beach. This is how it looked last weekend. 
 I have finished stitching that grey color across the rows.
It isn't much, but something is better than nothing and now I get to move on to a different shade of grey. Oh joy....

I was hoping to find time to go clothes/shoe shopping today, but I really wanted to work on Baker Beach. So I decided to do some online shopping instead. I am not a big fan of online shopping for clothes, because they aren't always what I was hoping for when they arrive. Hubby and I went to a major nearby mall last night and I came home empty handed. I wasn't in the mood to go to a nearby outlet mall today, so I sat down on the computer and found some good deals on clothing. I will not buy shoes online so that will be next weekend's chore.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. You know how much I stitched today, now go see what other bloggers are stitching. I will be joining the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape tomorrow. Be sure to visit this site also. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Fair

Hubby and I went to the Long Island Fair last weekend. It took two tries to get in. The parking lot was full on Saturday and the satellite lot had too much traffic to get to it. We went back early on Sunday and had no trouble getting in.
Here are a few pictures. I have to start with the iconic image of this fair. 
 Below is the building that houses all of the crafts, culinary and floral entries.
Floral arranging entries.
 A few more.
These are the individual flowers.

Isn't this baby blanket is adorable?
Elmo is so cute.

 Another pretty crocheted afghan with some cross-stitched flowers.
I believe this is another crocheted afghan although it could be knitted.
This is more impressive in person.
Some quilts.
This is the blue ribbon winner of the Advanced quilts.
The embroidery is so beautifully stitched.
This is the second place Advanced quilt.
Here are all of the Advanced entries.
My shawl couldn't win against these beauties.
I won a second place ribbon for my Autumn angel and an honorable mention too.
I hope you enjoyed the picture tour.

I got a little bit of stitching done on Baker Beach this past week. 
I still have to fill in those dots above the rock. It looks a little weird right now. I am enjoying working on the blue. 

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. I will try to work on Baker Beach a little bit, but I am a little down with a cold and my son is visiting. Tomorrow I will join the Stitchery Link Party. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching.

Thanks for stopping by!

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

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.

Thanks for stopping by!