Wednesday, January 18, 2017


(Sweet Treats #5)
Country Cottage Needleworks

I had to look back in my blog to see what fabric I'm using for these but looks like I neglected to mention it. It's kind of a blush color and super floppy if that helps. And likely 28-count. The fibers are the Crescent Colours that came with the patterns. Oh, and there will be a purple flower button sewn in that blank space above the pie and a couple more at the bottom. I'll wait and take care of that little task just before I finish finish these.

And how am I planning to finish them you may ask? The original plan was to make them into little pillows to hang as ornaments from a white "tree thingy" I have. Turns out the white tree thingy is actually brown so that idea has been scrapped. Now I'm thinking if I can find some white frames, I might just frame them all separately and do a little grouping.

I think today I will work on the Sweet Treats block. It's mostly buttons so I should be able to get it finished lickedy split.

We'll see if I can keep up this pace and get the others finished before the end of the week, but I am sooooo ready to start something new!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tap Tap Tap...

 Is this thing still on??

It's been a while since my last post, mainly due to a major stitchy drought. Phil and I are down in Florida for the winter and before heading south I grabbed a bunch of random projects and charts from my stash. I can't emphasize enough how little thought went into my selections. Moral of the story is don't wait until the last second to pack your stitching and (seriously) don't expect to find everything you'd like to pack all neatly kitted up and ready to go into your
Traveling Box o' Stash.

As luck (or laziness) should have it, I still had a few things packed from our last trip down here. Inside a fat project bag I found the charts and threads for the Sweet Treats series from Country Cottage Needleworks. Now, I had started these waaaaaay back in 2011 during the Crazy January Challenge. I made a second attempt at finishing them during the WIPocolypse of 2012. After that they were left forgotten in a basket on a shelf of the TV armoire. This cozy basket became a favorite of one of the cats so I've been doing quite a bit of de-furring with a lint roller.

Which brings me to this happy revelation...
I finally finished one!

Here are the rest of them, all set to go...  
I have been working on Pie and hope to finish it today. They really go fast once you sit down and actually work on them. After six years, who knew!

Unfortunately, Ice Cream missed the bus so I will either have to send someone over to the house in MI on a covert op to find it and stick it in the mail for me, or it will have to wait for my return in April.

I've promised myself if I finish all of these I can start on something new!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

National Coffee Day

In celebration National Coffee Day I thought I would post a photo of some of the Starbucks mugs Phil and I have collected over the years. One of the first things we do when traveling to a new place is to check to see whether or not there is a mug we can pick up. I reckon every one of these mugs has a story behind it. I'm pretty sure I screamed in excitement when we found the Hamptons mug while sightseeing in New York City. We drove an hour out of our way to pick up Philadelphia and Pittsburgh at a rest stop. When our flight from Ft. Meyers was cancelled and Phil had to drive like mad in the wee hours of the morning so we could catch another flight home, I was happy to score another mug at the Orlando airport. There were the looooong lines for the Disney World mugs and an even longer uphill hike for Niagra Falls. Some are vacation souvenirs and sometimes we were just passing through a "mug city". But from Alaska to Vegas, it's been a lot of fun!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fall Stitching Basket

Okay... yeah...

I might need to narrow it down a bit...

Monday, September 26, 2016


Well, I didn't get my September Prairie Year finished in two days, but I did finish it in three! Woohoo! Go me! I seem to be on a roll!

Here's what the entire piece looks like so far...
It's looking pretty darn good! Only three more months to go!

Phil and I have been doing a lot of work out back on the bluff since the wall and stairs are finished. Okay, it's mostly Phil doing the work but I try to find ways to contribute. We pulled up all the volunteer squash plants (yes, we had more this year!) and we're getting ivy planted with the hopes it will take off and cover the whole bluff.

We've been having ducks visit every day and I try to have a treat for them if we're outside...
They are getting tamer and tamer and will come up and take the food right out of your hand. I have a feeling these might be the babies I watched grow up all summer because there are eight in the group. Happy to see they all made it to

Friday, September 23, 2016

Hooray! It's Fall!

It's time to embrace all things Fall! I'm jumping right in with my Starbucks Fall Blend, a delicious gas station apple pie, and a fresh Yankee Candle! This afternoon I plan to put together my Fall Stitching Basket!

No stitching to report. Phil and I made a trip to Las Vegas last week and I'm still in vacation mode. We had a fabulous time and I was pampered to the extreme with fresh coffee and pastries delivered to my door every morning and poolside Bellinis in the afternoon. I went for the spa treatment one day and was exfoliated, moisturized, buffed, and polished just like in the merry old land of Oz! I'm in desperate need of a reality check after a vacation like that!

I'm hoping to settle in for some stitching and maybe a chick flick or two later! I'm close to finishing my Autumn Prairie Season if I could just make myself sit down and work on what I refer to as the "fussy bits". I'd also like to start on September for my Prairie Year piece but I'm feeling the pressure to finish it in two days like I did August. It's that and my usual struggle with getting the q-snaps just right that keeps me from picking it up. Boy, does that make me sound like I need a stitchy therapist!

Have a great weekend!!!

Friday, September 09, 2016

PS I Love You

Prairie Schooler sure makes it easy to transition into fall stitching! I started this last week and have loved every minute of stitching it! We have all the elements of fall here! A scarecrow, pumpkins, a squirrel with an acorn, corn stalks, crows, and a cornucopia! I'll be adding the falling leaves shortly!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Let's Dance

A Prairie Year - August
by Prairie Schooler

Can you believe it? I finished the August block in two days! Amazing but true! This has to be some sort of record for me! I don't exactly have a history of getting things done in a timely manner!

Here's a piccy of the whole piece thus far...
I might actually get them all finished this year! Hooray!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Prairie Year Continues

I finished my Little House sampler with a few days left to go in August so I thought I better press on with my Prairie Year piece and see just how much I could get done on the August block.
Look at that! Would you ever believe I could get that much stitching done in one day? I am now super motivated to get this finished in the next couple of days! Go me!

Monday, August 29, 2016

ABC Sampler

ABC Sampler No. 1
Little House Needleworks
stitched on 28-ct. Light Mocha linen
with Classic Colorworks, GAST, and DMC

Not the best photo but I wanted to start the week off with a finish!


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Summer Returns

Yes, I realize in my last post I had switched gears and decided it was officially time to begin my fall stitching. Then I found a ready-made frame in my stitching room and decided that I might try my hand at finishing off a bigger piece. And I don't mean pizza! I found my PS July sampler in Ye Olde Box o' Fups and thought it would be a perfect fit. What do you think?
I admit that it's a bit wonky. Trying to get those side borders perfectly straight just wasn't happening. This is one of those rare times when I decided to just let it go.

(And now I'll have that song from Frozen stuck in my head for the rest of the day.)

Another true confession... the sampler is in no way, shape, or form affixed permanently in the frame. The idea is to swap it out for other PS seasonal samplers of the same size during the year. It also means at some point in time I will probably take the whole thing apart and sit there with a ruler making sure those borders are perfectly straight.

Now it's time for some stitching! Just as soon as I finish this pizza...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Sheep of a Different Color

So yesterday I decided it was high time I got my head out of the bag of Fritos, switched off Flip or Flop, and did some stitching. I picked up my Little House ABC Sampler and before I knew it I had finished the house and started on the area just below it. I figured I'd stitch the tiny girl first and then start on the sheep. Only when I checked to see what color I needed for them it wasn't white. Or ecru or beige or any other sheepish color. It was Golden Brown. Golden brown sheep? What the heck? So I flip to the photo of the sampler and see that the sheep are instead pumpkins. Pumpkins. As in Fall. I have inadvertently stomped on the brakes of any summer stitching I thought I might still do and have plopped down behind the wheel of a whole 'nother vehicle.
And see the name of the thread I'm substituting for the golden brown DMC? Pumpkin Pie! If I'm not ready for fall then I better get ready!

Excuse me ladies...
I'm off to browse crock pot recipes and shop for the perfect pair of leggings online!

Monday, August 22, 2016


Phil and I have returned from our vacation to Charleston, SC! It was very hot and humid but we still had a lovely visit with his kids and managed to see some sights and eat ourselves silly. One item that kept turning up on the local menus was pimento cheese. Served as an appetizer with pita chips or added to a hamburger, I did my best to sample as many variations as I could. Now that we're home I decided I better make a batch to keep in the fridge for pre-dinner nibbles. Or late night snacks. Or noontime I-can't-decide-what-I-want-for-lunch-so-I'll-just-eat-something-until-I-make-up-my-mind. 

Paula Deen's recipe has always been my go-to for homemade pimento cheese. Of course, I throw a little Paisley into it as well (which generally means I don't measure anything!).
Sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, half a block of cream cheese, the last of the mayo plus a little salad dressing, a blob of pimentos, a dash of garlic powder, and a few twists of the pepper grinder. And voila!
Just like Mom used to make!

(Actually, Mom bought Price's which will always be my fave!)

If you want to make your own and are feeling adventurous I'd suggest adding some chopped jalapeƱos. I would have done it myself but, alas, my insides just can't handle the spicy food these days. 

The sun is shining after a rather rainy/cloudy weekend so I am planning to take a book outside and enjoy a bit of deck time! I joined Once Upon a Book Club and have started reading this month's selection, The Gilded Years. They send a few little wrapped goodies to accompany the book and you open them at specific points as you read. It's a lot of fun and really brings the book to life. I highly recommend it to any readers out there!


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Just Keep Swimming

 I decided to take Dori's advice and just keep swimming. Or stitching, rather. With supplies gathered and a fresh Pepsi by my side, I sat with my nose to the grindstone and finished up my PS July square!

Here's what the whole piece looks like so far...
I did a whole-stash search for any more DMC 520 that will match the color I started with and came up with a skein from a kit that could possibly work. We'll just have to see. I still have most of my last skein left and I'm past the halfway point so I may be able to squeak by.

Phil and I are heading to Charleston, SC bright and early tomorrow morning for a vacation. It's a blast living on a lake in the summer but it'll be nice to get away for a change of scenery.