Friday, April 11, 2014

Seven Down, Five To Go!

The last stitch has been put in Block 9 and I am officially 7/12 of the way done now! Here is what it looks like so far...

I'm thinking of taking a short break from my Village and stitching something more seasonal now that spring seems to have finally sprung 'round these parts. This weekend may just call for some stash sorting fun!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Hey It's Good To Be Back Home Again

Phil and I made the journey back to Michigan safely and, as you can see from the above photo, the ice on the lake has melted and it's looking more and more like spring here. Hooray! One of the first things we did was refill the bird feeder and put out some pecans for our "pet" squirrel, Squirkle. I checked his dish earlier and all that's left is the shells so I imagine he's happy to have us home! Groceries have been bought, mail has been picked up, the laundry is underway, and I'm hoping to settle in for some stitching as soon as it's all folded and hung. I did not finish Block 9 (quelle surprise!) but there isn't much more to go. It's just a matter of sitting down and doing it!

The dryer is beeping so I better run before the wrinkles set in! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Opening Day Stitching

Texas lost, Detroit won, and I had a simply maaaah-velous afternoon working on Block 9! The verse is complete and I finished the border! Now it's on to all the horses, bees, and townsfolk! My needle is already threaded and I'm rarin' to go!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Are You Ready For Some Baseball?

It's that time of year again! Baseball season! I have my bottom firmly planted in my chair and I'm getting ready for a stitchy marathon as I watch both the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers home openers! Woohoo! Sounds like a great afternoon to me!

Here's a 'before' picture of Block 9...

Not a whole lot of progress over the weekend but I'm getting there! I'm still hoping to get this one done before the end of the week! I'll post the 'after' picture tomorrow!

And now, after a long, cold winter, it's time to play ball! Woohoo!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Ghost Riders

I've made some significant progress on Block 9 since we last visited. We'll be staying in Florida an extra week so if I hunker down I might actually get this finished before we head back north. In fact, I think I will officially challenge myself to put the last stitch in by this time next week!

Woohoo! I better get started!

Friday, March 07, 2014

We Interrupt This Stitching

My stitching marathon didn't quite go as planned. The sun was calling my name and I decided to hit the chaise lounge and soak up some rays instead of working on VoHRH. (You'll be relieved to know I don't plan on posting progress pictures of my tan!) I did get some of the verse stitched. If you've read this blog for very long you know how impatient I get stitching letters. So let the countdown begin! I have 12 out of 56 letters completed! That leaves 44 more to stitch! Oey! That sounds like a ton!

It was "Italian Night" here at Chez Paiz last night. Along with having spaghetti and garlic bread for dinner, Phil and I watched "The Talented Mr. Ripley" on Netflix which is set mostly in Italy. We also said "ciao" a lot since it's practically the only Italian we know. If you say it the right way it can mean anything from "yes", "no" and "what?" to "can you please pause the movie while I run to the kitchen for another glass of vino?"

We're having dreary weather here today so looks like my pre-empted stitching is back on the schedule. Maybe I can get to the halfway point with those letters!

Until next time... ciao!

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Block 9

I'm going out of order with my Village and hopping down to Block 9. When this one is finished I'll be able to continue down to Block 12 and at least get a start on it. It's the cemetary block with all the black stitching and I've been warned it can be tough. If I break things up and stitch on it in between the other blocks then maybe it won't be as daunting.

Phil and I made it safely down to Florida. We'll be here through the end of March. We're hoping to catch a few spring training games while we're here, work on our tans, and just enjoy the warmer temperatures.

I'm really feeling some momentum after finishing Block 6 so I am planning a marathon stitching session for tomorrow! Wish me luck!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Six Down, Six To Go!

With Phil's encouragement I finished Block 6 last night! I am now officially at the halfway point! Woohoo!

Here is a shot of the entire Village so far...

It's nice to have it out of the Q-Snaps so it can "stretch it's legs"! I'm taking my Village with me to Florida so hopefully we'll see some more progress soon!

Back to packing! We leave bright and early tomorrow morning!


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Gangnam Style

The blacksmith shop has only been open for a short while but Mr. Huffer already has his first customer! There are three more cowboys approaching on invisible horses. I think they've been watching too many Psy videos! Either that or they're members of Monty Python's Flying Circus and will be followed by porters tapping coconuts together as they "ride"!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Grand Opening

The sign is up at the blacksmith shop and we're expecting customers to start arriving soon! Hopefully they can overlook a few gaps in the woodwork!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Old Dog, New Trick

Many of you may recognize these. For those of you who don't, they are curling stones. Phil and I enjoyed watching the Olympic curling so much that we decided to attend a "Learn To Curl" event held by a local curling club. We learned all the basics and got to play two ends against another group of beginners. I had an absolute blast despite taking one unfortunate "spill" while delivering my first stone. (My daughter was there and managed to capture the moment on her phone so I fully expect the video of me sliding down the ice on my belly while hanging onto a chunk of granite to go viral on YouTube.) 

Here we are getting ready to sweep the path of a stone. It is so much harder than it looks on TV! I used muscles I forgot I had! 

A happy curler! 

I hope everyone had a fun weekend! I plan to work on my VoHRH today so stay tuned for another progress picture!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Kale Chips: A Guest Post

I am Paisley's daughter, Sarah. I am super smart. I am going to be a med tech and cure you of your ailments from behind the scenes. You will never see me but you will know I'm there. Like Batman.

Let's make some kale chips.

Make sure your kale is really leafy and green. Inspect your leaves for debris such as bugs and bird droppings. Wash it thoroughly and use a salad spinner to spin them dry. Remove the stems. Like, all of them. Not just the part below the leaves but the part between the leaves as well. Cut or tear the leaves into bite sized pieces. I usually use about 5-6 large leaves. Throw them in a large mixing bowl and drizzle on about 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Olive oil is okay if you like the flavor. Mix thoroughly to coat the leaves. Season as you like. I use salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chili powder. I also like turmeric because it makes the kale chips taste like roasted pumpkin seeds. Mix again. Spread them onto a baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for about ten minutes. Keep an eye on them. They'll shrink a bunch and look crispy. That's how you'll know they're done. Remove from oven and serve in a bowl.


Make faces!

I eat these almost every day. Recently when I went to donate blood they told me my iron level was very good.

Eat kale chips. Donate blood. Save lives. Be like Batman.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Block 6 Continued

The fire has been built and a curl of smoke can be seen rising from the chimney! It's time for Mr. Huffer to hang out his shingle!


Harry has been keeping me company while I stitch. He found himself a nice patch of sunshine to take a bath in. If you look close you can see a tiny bit of his tongue sticking out. 

 I'm exhausted!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thursday's Progress

And now for the big reveal! Just how much did I get done yesterday?

The horse has his mane and looks a little less awkward! And the chimney and fireplace are almost completely bricked! Once I get the final four in place I will move on to the fire itself! Realllllly looking forward to getting this block finished since it will mark the halfway point in my Village!

Maybe this will be the year I can finally call it done!