Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Trying Something New

I kept trying to talk myself out of it...
but then I did it anyway!



Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Ta Da!

Well, that was about as easy as it gets! It took me about an hour to assemble but that included taking a break to go downstairs to the kitchen for sustenance. (There was a blueberry bagel calling my name and I couldn't ignore it!)

I still haven't picked up a needle (in, like, for-evah!) so I'll share some other tidbits!

First, more Ikea purchases...
(You didn't think I made it out of there with only the cart, right?) The ole Stitchy Chair needed an update so I picked up a couple of pillows. They have feather inserts so they're super soft and squishy! If and when I do decide to stitch, I will be comfy cozy!

In between trips to Ikea, we got to see a few sights while we were in Boston...
Walden Pond was at the top of my list and it was a perfect fall day when we drove out to see it. Thoreau's cabin was located just across the water. I was wearing boots that were more fashionable then functional so we didn't hike over to the site. (Please try to ignore the fellow doing the breast stroke out in the middle of the pond!)

They had a replica of his cabin set up...
Can you imagine spending two years in a place like this? I'd have to pack a lot of stitching supplies! And bagels!

After Walden we scooted down the road to Concord to see the bridge where the "shot heard round the world" was fired...
You can see it there in the distance. Things were a little rushed this trip but we're hoping to make it back to the area some day so we can spend more time exploring and soaking up the history. And I promise to wear more sensible footwear!

Yesterday was Phil's birthday so I made him his favorite dinner...
I don't know the real name of the dish because we've called it Phil's Favorite Chicken for so long. I always make him a "thriple" batch because he loves it so much! Three guesses what we're having for dinner tonight!

It's going on 2:00 now and I'm all curled up with a fire going, hoping to see some snow today! Sounds like a perfect opportunity to do some stitching!

Thanks for visiting!


Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday Fun

Still no stitching to report but look...
Phil and I were in Boston all last week helping his daughter get moved in to her new apartment and during one of our trips to Ikea I grabbed a Raskog cart for the Chicken Ottoman Empire! It came in a lot more pieces than I was anticipating but we had plenty of practice assembling furniture in Boston so this should be a breeze!

Right?

Wish me luck!



Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Little Fallifying

When last we spoke I was trying to get the house fancied up for fall, but all that really amounted to was me sitting around all day drinking Starbucks Fall Blend (one of my faves!) and reading magazines.

Not much has changed in two weeks...
 What can I say? I love a good magazine! And coffee! And, well, sitting around all day!

With as busy and lazy as I am (I know the two don't really go together but somehow I manage to pull it off!) I hopped online and filled up my cart at Target!

Isn't this the cutest pillow?
Apparently I'm all about the shiny this year!

I also got some glittery painted pumpkins to put in my lantern that sits on the fireplace hearth...
It turned out pretty cute for five minutes of effort! It would have taken me only two if I hadn't had to empty out the pine cones that were still in it from, like, five Christmases ago.

And lastly, we have my "candlescape" that sits on our coffee table...
These guys get swapped out as they burn down. The latest addition is the fancy copper one in the front. Oooooh! Shiny!

I also picked up some little plates for our B&B's wine and cheese nights but that'll be another post! (The paper ones we'd been using didn't quite have that "value added" vibe!)

Now then, there's a magazine and a cup of coffee calling so off I go!

Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Pick Four

I've been trying to do a little "Fallifying" around the house but so far all that's meant is I light a Yankee Candle and look at magazines. I seem to be perpetually in the planning stages of getting anything done!

That being said, I have picked four projects to work on over the next couple of weeks. Three are WIPs and the fourth is a new project with which I will reward myself once I've made some progress on the others! Great plan, right?

First up is Harvest Home Sampler from Heart in Hand...
I think I started this one last year thinking I'd have it done in no time. As you can see I didn't even come close. But there's always this year!

Next we have Halloween Button Pillow from Shepherd's Bush...
This is an oldie but goodie from back in the 90s. It's on a 7-ct. Heatherfield that I really love. It's big and chunky and so very Fall-ish!

Third on my list is Autumn Leaves by Prairie Schooler...
This one is obviously going to take me a little more time but I do love me some Prairie Schooler!

And last but not least is Pumpkin Fever from Lizzie Kate...
This is a limited edition kit (I think!) that I purchased on eBay way back in the day. It even came with pumpkin seeds! I might have to put them out for the critters! It's all going back in it's little envelope for now, until I make some progress on the other three pieces!

Laundry is done, kitchen is clean, Pepsi is poured... time to light that candle and get busy stitching!


Monday, October 02, 2017

LMNOP

I'm still working on Random Thoughts by Drawn Thread when I can, but I think it might be time to visit the Chicken Ottoman Empire and find some fall pieces to work on. I'm still staying busy with the B&B but the season is winding down and I should find myself with some extra time in the weeks to come.

Let's see what kind of trouble I can get myself into next!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Movin' On Up!

Try as I might I could not manage to take a decent photo of my Random Thoughts piece! We'll just have to make due with what we have!

I've been working on it almost every day since I last posted and it's now time to move the q-snaps! Woohoo! I really should have some sort of ceremony for this! Or maybe I should wait until I get past the fold in pattern? Or heck! I'll just do both!

Too bad it isn't Friday or I'd break out the boxed wine!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Chugging Along

I feel like the Little Engine Who Could every time I work on Random Thoughts! Yesterday I decided it was time to stop ignoring the more difficult parts of the sampler. There's this celtic knot looking design that's done entirely in Queen Stitches. I've never had much success with this particular stitch but seeing as how I'm not creative enough to figure out a substitute, I threaded up my needle and got to work!

I think I can! I think I can! I think I can!

Before I knew it, I was chugging along, one stitch after another, watching the design grow! I made a couple of mistakes and had to do a little ripping but once I got going I didn't want to stop! Before I knew it I had rounded the bend and was heading down hill! Chooooo choooooo!

I knew I could! I knew I could! I knew I could!

No news on the house in Florida. Neighbors have reported some damage to their own property and apparently there's a lot of debris everywhere. We'll be sitting tight until we hear something.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Cape Coral vs. Irma

This is the last view we had through one of our security cameras before we lost power at the house in Cape Coral. It might have been a blessing because I was a nervous wreck watching the trees bend in the wind and the power lines dance around. Yikes! We're still waiting to learn if we had any damage, but optimistic that everything will be okay. So many people have been impacted by Irma, and I know how fortunate we are to be warm and safe and dry here in Michigan.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Jam Session

Saturday was a perfect example of Pre-Fall here in Michigan. The sky was clear and we had just enough of a crisp breeze to keep you from getting hot, but not enough where you'd want to wear a sweater. Phil and I took advantage of the beautiful day and went to a local orchard to pick peaches. We came home with about half a bushel basket which gave us plenty for freezing, plus enough for me to try my hand at making freezer jam.

I've been making homemade biscuits and wanted something else homemade to serve with them. I'm really hoping I don't end up with twelve jars of peach soup!
Fingers crossed!


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Stitchy Stitchy Stitchy

First up is Summer by Blackbird Designs...
Slow slow progress on this one. I remember when I was working on the Autumn section I thought it was going super slow. I will try to be patient so I can get it finished this year!

Next we have my Drawn Thread SAL project, Random Thoughts...
Progress is super slow on this one as well but the specialty stitches are a lot of fun so I will keep plugging along!

Lastly, I got some fun stitchy mail from the Silver Needle in Tulsa...
This kit and all the lovely accoutrements are part of their Circle of Friends Club. I can't wait to sink my teeth (or should I say needle?!) into this one!

We're heading into the weekend and busy making plans to get out and enjoy some of what our area has to offer. We call it "market research" for the B&B but it sure seems like fun to me!

Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Busy Busy Busy

Wow! Has it really been almost a month since my last post??? It really is true what they say... time flies when you're having fun!

Our B&B is in full swing and we're absolutely loving it! There was one OMG! moment when we accepted a reservation for an empty room but thanks to two day shipping and a lot of hustle and teamwork between me and Phil, we transformed it into the cutest and coziest little retreat evah!

We were off on our own vacation last week, visiting Fallingwater near Pittsburgh (which was number one on my Bucket List!), soaking up a ton of US history in Philadelphia, and then on to Charleston, SC, for Phil's daughter's graduation. We stayed in B&B's along the way (market research, you know!) and met a lot of neat people who are doing the same thing we are. Just a great trip all around despite my putting on a few pounds from scarfing down massive amounts of pimento cheese with pork rinds, pounds of really outstanding BBQ, and (be still my heart!) the biscuits with soooo much butter! Yum yum yum! I'll even confess to ordering banana pudding even though I was positively stuffed!

In between all of this I have managed to do some stitching. I worked on my BBD Summer and have the left side border done now. I also spent a couple of Friday's working on my Drawn Thread SAL piece but it's been slow going. I'm up to letter 'I' now but I made a mistake waaaaay back on the letter 'F'. It's hardly noticeable so I decided to work around it instead of ripping a bunch of stuff out. Other than that it's just been a lot of dreaming about projects I'd like to start. After visiting so many historic sites in Philadelphia, I really want to start LHNs Early American series.

I hate to have a post without a photo so I'll end with one of the bazillion eclipse pictures I took!
It was almost spooky how traffic on the lake came to a halt with everyone staring up at the sky! You could hear people shouting "There it is! There it is!" when the clouds broke! Just a really cool experience!

Hoping to be back tomorrow with some stitching pictures!
Thanks for visiting!


Monday, July 24, 2017

Goodbye Baby B

March ??, 2008 - July 24, 2017

You were the best bunny in the world.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stitching & Reading, Reading & Stitching

Stitching...
Got a little more done on Flock Together yesterday. I love the blue and white buoy thingy. (Not really sure what they're called but I'm going with buoy!) (Life ring?) The colors are better in person... natch... but it's drizzly out so indoor lights will have to do.

And reading...
Karyn from My Stitching Nook was super duper sweet and sent me this stack of fabulous books to read! I can't wait to dive in!

Hoping for a little sun this afternoon but I don't know if I'll get it. The last few days have been spectacular and I admit to getting a little spoiled by it all! Luckily rainy days are perfect for stitching and reading and reading and stitching!