Friday, September 01, 2017

August Progress, September Goals

Had a good amount of stitching time in August, but won't have quite as much in September, things are getting busy with the start of school.  Want to be sure and finish a stocking before Christmas, so it will remain my focus piece.


August
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Landon’s Stocking worked on it
Pacific Heart 
Merry Bells #1 

Future New starts
Candy Corn #1 finished
Candy Corn #2
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Ladybug pin
Patriotic Heart finished
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge

September
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Landon’s Stocking 
Pacific Heart 
Merry Bells #1 

Future New starts
Witch hat 1
Witch hat 2 
Witch hat 3
Witch hat 4
Witch hat 5
Witch hat 6
Candy Corn #2
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Ladybug pin
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge
 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lots and Lots of Jam

 Hello blogging buddies!  I haven't been getting as much stitching done because I have been jammin' a lot this summer.  So far I have made 368 jars of jam and 10 jars of salsa....and I am not done yet!
Thanks to my daughter-in-law's sister, Christy Schubkegel, for helping me with the labels.  They look so pretty! 

I am hoping to sell some of the jam with a portion of the proceeds going to German School.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Brunch

Sunday brunch at Casa Rill with my brother and his family and one of my sons and his family.   First on the brunch menu are Cream Cheese Lemonaide Blackberry filled crepes.  They were yummy!
 Also on the menu was a large German Apple Pancake, not much left.
 For those who wanted something plainer, Palachinka (Hungarian style crepes) just like my Oma used to make.  Only two left from a very big stack.
And for the kids (and big kids) chocolate chip waffles. 



Most of the food has been consumed, the dishwasher is running and I am going to take a nap.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

One Candy Corn Done, One More to Go!

This month, our own Miss Missy, showed us this really cute candy corn piece at our ANG guild meeting.  We were supposed to do one on the piece of canvas and trace the outlines of the sections onto the canvas.  Being the rebel that I am, I fit two (count 'em, two!) on the piece of  canvas and started stitching.  I wasn't liking the coverage on the orange section so I found some sharpies and colored the canvas.  I liked it better.  Now one is stitched and the other will be started soon.  Not sure if I will finish it as two separate pieces or both front and back on the same one.  Not sure if it will be an ornament or stand up either.  I have a bit of time before Halloween.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Patriotic Heart Finish

On Saturday, during class, while everyone was busy stitching on the Fall Heart, I had a little down time.  When I wasn't rushing from one stitcher to the next, answering questions or helping with a stitch, or setting up lunch, or cleaning up after said lunch, I found I could put in a stitch or two.....but I already stitched the fall heart....so I started the Patriotic Heart!  Finished it today after a quick trip to Welcome Stitchery for a button and some silver Kreinik #8.  It will be next year's Saturday stitching day project, and I am ahead of the game!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saturday Stitching

 This Saturday, I had the pleasure of teaching a project to a group of ladies from our EGA chapter.  There were 18 ladies in attendance to work the The Fall Heart by Sekas & Company.   I put a lot of work into this class.  Besides stitching the sample, I ordered all the supplies, edged all the fabric, put all the kits together, planned the menu for breakfast and lunch, picked up all the food, ..well you get the picture. 
 
 









The ladies all seemed to enjoy the class and we had a great time stitching together.  Lots of laughter and fun besides the instruction.
 
 
Marguerite got the most done, and she plans to have it finished to give as a gift by the end of the weekend. 
 
This is the finished piece that I stitched as a sample.  Next year we will do the Patriotic Heart!





Sunday, August 06, 2017

Back to Baking

I haven't baked in forever!  So, this weekend, I decided to bake.  Boy was I out of practice.  My trusty Kitchenaide Mixer and I forgot how to get along, and I ended up with batter all over the kitchen and me, in my hair,....well, it wasn't pretty.

But, I did manage to make this strawberry cake with strawberry sauce.  Took it over to John's Saturday to have after dinner.  He loved it!  This recipe (found in facebook - Easy Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Sauce) is a keeper!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

WIP Wednesday, 8-2-2017

I have been steadily working on the Santa Train Stocking by Stoney Creek all week, and will continue for awhile.  It may not look like much progress since last Wednesday, but with all the color changes and details and metalics, I really did get a lot stitched. 

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Now that the Jars are here.....

...I made more jam!  I made a batch of plain peach, because it has always been my favorite.  Then I made two batches of apricot.  I forgot how much I like apricot jam, and the homemade is sooooo much better than store bought!  It is my new favorite.  (Okay, every time I make a new jam, it becomes my new favorite..)  I still want to make watermelon jam, and then I need to figure out what variety of plum is best for plum jam.....

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

July Progress and August Goals

Lots of stitching time in July, and in addition, I made a lot of jam!  Additionally, whittling the list of WIPs down, not as any now, and hopefully even fewer next month

July
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Landon’s Stocking worked on it
Pacific Heart 
A Present for Sewing Well finished

Maynia Starts
Spring Banner  finished
Afternoon in London  finished
Perpetual Calendar
       #4 School Daze  finished

Future New starts
#1 Easter House  finished
#2 Blossom House finished  
#3 Quilt House  finished
Merry Bells #1  worked on it
#4 Liberty House finished
#5 School House  finished
#6 Apple House finished
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Ladybug pin
Patriotic Heart
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge
 
August
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Landon’s Stocking 
Pacific Heart 
Merry Bells #1 

Future New starts
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Ladybug pin
Patriotic Heart
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge
 

 

 

 

Monday, July 31, 2017

A Jam Session Dilema


At the beginning of the weekend, I realized that I have used up all the fresh fruit that I had in the house, but I still had empty jars.....so .....I went out and bought more fruit and got busy making more jam.  I made a bunch of Cherry Vanilla, some plain Strawberry and some Blueberry Lemon.   I still have more fruit, but now I ran out of jars!  I ordered some more (they are on sale on the Ball site, sale ends today, and I got free shipping).  Jars should be here tomorrow.
I also ran out of labels.  I could have picked up some more, but I wanted some prettier labels.  I found the right size and shape and ordered them from Wal-Mart on line, and will be picking the up today.  A friend is helping me design some pretty labels so my jars of jam will be very well dressed soon!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Another Jam Session

More Jam......Lots of Christmas Jam (Strawberry and Cranberry) and some Orange Marmalade.  I still want to make some Watermelon Jam and want to try Pepper Jam, too!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WIP Wednesday 7-26

Well, here it is Wednesday again, and I am stitching on another project in my screaming rotation.  This is the Santa Train Stocking by Stoney Creek. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Afternoon in London Finish

I finished Afternoon in London in the wee hours of the morning.  I stitched it to remember the time I spent in London......a very long layover at the airport in a terminal that was under construction and populated with the great unwashed.  There was a brand new TGIFridays that had just opened that day in the terminal, and two of my children and I were lucky enough to get a table there.  We just kept ordering food and drink that we really didn't want just so we could keep the table as long as possible.  Someday I hope to go back and actually see London and not just the airport.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Weekend Jam Session

This weekend's jam session yielded Cherry Vanilla Jam and Blueberry Lemon Jam.  Both are new to me recipes and turned out really, really yummy!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Jammin' Again on Thursday

Thursday's Jam session yielded 6 jars of plain Peach (I know, boring, but I like peach!) 8 jars of Fresh Peach Amaretto, and 13 jars of Raspberry Nectarine with Drambuie and Cointreau. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Wednesday's Jam Session

Wednesday's Jam session yielded more Strawberry Rhubarb and some plain strawberry.  Boring, I know, but some people prefer it!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

WIP Wednesday 7-19

 Howdy, blog buddies!  It's been awhile since I posted a WIP Wednesday!  I will have to make a point to do it more regularly.  The WIP I was working on this Wednesday is Afternoon in London by Country Cottage Needleworks.  I am stitching it on the recommended fabric with the recommended fibres.  I have already done Paris and Rome, and have New York all ready to go when London is done. 


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Short Jam Session this Past Weekend

This past weekend, I made Nectarine Mango Jam and Raspberry Nectarine with Drambuie and Cointreau.  They both turned out yummy.  I didn't think I would like the Nectarine Mango, but it is really good.  The Raspberry Nectarine is even better with the booze in it!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A New Start on the 17th

One of the facebook groups that I frequent has an event, where you start something new on the 17th of each month.   So.....on the 17th (Monday) I started (and finished) the Liberty House (the one at the bottom)  and on Tuesday, and did the other two houses.

These are the free Gingerbread Houses from Handblessings Designs.  Eileen Gurak releases three new ones every three months, and I am all caught up until the next release which is scheduled for Septeber.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Super Saturday!

Saturday began quite early (for me anyway).  I actually had to set my alarm!  After a quick shower, I sped off to Crystal Lake to take a class.  The class was "Merry Bells" and all the other participants had done the first day in May, which I couldn't attend.  I just got my class kit a short time ago, and although I tried to catch up, I just wasn't able to. 

The rest of the stitchers had already completed most of the stitching and were just finishing up the stitching and attaching beads, but I diligently worked on my Jessica stitches ( and there are many versions of that stitch on this piece!)  It was an enjoyable morning, and I am happy to report that my Jessica stitches were looking great!  (after many attempts)

After the class ended, I stopped in at Welcome Stitchery for just a few things.....   A friend was there and we went and had what was planned as a quick lunch.  Lots of great conversation turned it into a 'not so quick' lunch.

Then I drove over to the UFO stitching group (meets every 3rd Saturday of the month in Crystal Lake) which was already in progress.  More time to stitch on my Merry Bells and conversation with friends.

After a quick stop at Hobby Lobby for some beads and crystals (they were 50% off) a headed home. 

Dinner was an unexpected yummy deep dish pizza Lou Malnati's with John and a bottle of wine......

It was great day!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Spring Banner Fin-eee!

Just finished up the stitching on Nancy Cucci's Spring Banner.  I will be teaching this project at our Needlepoint Guild in the spring, so I wanted to get it stitched ahead of time.  I am way ahead! 

It was an enjoyable stitch, once I learned how to count, that is.....can't even begin to tell you how many times I had to rip out the borders before I get it right.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

And More Jam....

Today's Jam session yielded 14 jars of Tripleberry Jam (Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackberry) and 19 jars of Strawberry Margarita Jam.  I must add that the Strawberry Margarita is my new favorite!

Another Jam Session

This time I made 6 jars of Blackberry, 6 jars of Strawberry Rhubarb, and 8 jars of Strawberry Lemon.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Three Gingerbread Houses

Over the past few days, I stitched these three cute little gingerbread houses.  They are free designs from Handblessings designs.  The second set of three has now been released and I will get those next time I am at Welcome Stitchery.  There will be 12 in all, and I plan to stitch them all!  There is a pack of charms for these cute little houses, but I won't add the charms until all 12 are stitched.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

A Present for Sewing Well

I have wanted to stitch this one for a long time, but the chart is out of print and when it does come up on the bay of evil, it is very, very pricey, so I have just lusted after it for some time.

One of the stitchers that attends our get together in LaPorte each year had the chart and each year, those interested can put their name in a hat, for custody of the chart for one year.  This year I was the lucky winner of the draw! 

It really was very enjoyable to stitch!  I used 27 count pyramid banding, and stitched it over 2 fabric threads with 2 strands of Waterlilies Oasis.  I need about 2 1/2 skeins, and the stitched part is 36 inches long. 

Sunday, July 02, 2017

It's Time to Jam Again!

Spent Friday afternoon making jam, the yield was 6 jars of raspberry jam and 11 jars of salted cantaloupe jam.  I had made some raspberry and tart cherry a little while ago, so that makes 30 jars so far this year.  I am not looking to repeat or exceed last year's 237 jars......

Saturday, July 01, 2017

June Progress, July Goals

June is over far too quickly!  The year is half over!  It seems like it was just January yesterday.  I managed to have 8 finishes in June, and worked on a number of other pieces too.  Never enough time to stitch!

June
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Mini Embellishment Project  finshed
French Alphabet Sampler page 3  finished
April flower of the month  finished
Landon’s Stocking
Pacific Heart  worked on it
Mini Embellishment 2  finished

Maynia Starts
December Joyful World  finished
Border Joyful World finished
Spring Banner  worked on it
Afternoon in London  worked on it
Perpetual Calendar
      #2 Sunny Day  finished
      #3 Happy Anniverary  finished
      #4 School Daze
 
Future New starts
A Present for Sewing Well worked on it
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
    #5
    #6
    #7
    #8
    #9
Ladybug pin
Patriotic Heart
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge

July
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Landon’s Stocking
Pacific Heart  
A Present for Sewing Well

Maynia Starts
Spring Banner  
Afternoon in London 
Perpetual Calendar
      #4 School Daze

Future New starts
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
       #5
       #6
       #7
       #8
       #9
Ladybug pin
Patriotic Heart
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
               Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge


 

 

Monday, June 26, 2017

3rd Panel Finished

The 3rd Panel out of 9 that need to be stitch to finish the SamSarah Designs Perpetual Calendar is done!

These little suckers take more time to stitch than you think!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

April Flowers.......

 This is the April Flower - Sweet Pea - from Ellen Maurer-Stroh's free monthly stitch a long a few years ago.  I started stitching it in January of 2016, and intended to stitch one flower each month.  That didn't quite work out for me.......but I finished the April flower today.
...that makes 4 done and 8 to go......

It really is a joy to stitch.  Very little backstitching, and the colors blend so beautifully!  I hope to get on with the May flower soon.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Page 3 is Finished!

 I started La grill mystere du Gand Marquoir at the beginning of last year.  I love stitching on it, but so many other things have needed my attention.  I pulled it out again and finished page three today. 

This is being stitched on 25 count antique white Lugana, over one fabric thread with one strand of Gloriana. 
I am now officially half done!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?

Stopped in at JoAnn Fabrics because I had heard a rumor that they got in lots of new buttons. 

There were wonderful new buttons!  Mickey and Minnie, Winnie the Pooh, Beauty and the Beast, and many, many more......I wanted them all, but then wondered what I would do with them.

I just couldn't resist the gnome buttons!  They are too cute.  Don't know what I will do with them, but they followed me home.............  The only problem is the shank in the back of the button.  I will need to find  way to take that off and then perhaps I will find a use for the buttons.

The fox buttons are for Miss Marguerite who will make needleminders out of them once I pick up the rare earth magnets for her. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Joyfull World Stitch-a-long Fin-ee!



Just a few months late, but it is finished!  That border just about did me in....but it is done.  How will I finish it?  I will probably turn it into a wall hanging and hang it in my office or a classroom at German School.  (after I get my sewing machine serviced)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A New Start

A challenge on one of my facebook stitching groups calls for a new start on the 17th of each month.  So I started this......

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Wedding Gift Stitched by Me!

I can finally show you this finish!  It is Bent Creek's Wedding Row.  I stitched this as a wedding gift for a young lady that was one of my students and also worked for me for a few years.  I changed the colors a bit, and picked it up from the framer's just in time to present to the happy couple at their wedding this past Saturday.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Mini Embelishments 1 Completely Finished!

 I started this Nancy Cucci piece over a year ago, and finished the stitching and beading rather quickly.  The finishing on the other hand, just didn't happen!  I took it along on the retreat and made a point of working on it. 
I got it all done and ornamentified!  I am rather happy with the results!

Friday, June 09, 2017

Mini Embelishments 2 Finished

I have been wanting to finish stitching this fun piece for a long time, but the chart and the beads were MIA.  I tore my stitching room apart, and searched all over the house but couldn't find it.  A few weeks ago, my daughter found it!  It had slid down between the cushions of her chair while I was visiting.  She mailed it back to me, but the mail from Carbondale is incredibly slow.  It took over a week to get to me.  Only one long twisted bugle bead was broken, but it was an extra one, so all was good.  I need to order more beads so that I can make more of this ornament. 

Ornamentation will happen on a future date.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Another Wonderful Weekend in Galena





It is time for the annual needlepoint retreat in Galena Illinois! 
















We always hold it at the De Soto House Hotel right in downtown Galena.  Although others go out to various restaurants and shop up and down the street, I never leave the hotel.  Lots of stitching and
laughter! 

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Joyful World Finish

I finished stitching the last square of the Joyful World Stitch-a-long. 

I have started on the border so I will show you the entire piece when that is done.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Two Down, Seven to go....

Finished up Sunny Day from the SamSarah perpetual calendar yesterday.  These pieces take longer than I thought, but I will get them all done!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Biscornu Finish, Finished!

This cute biscornu was one of our EGA Guild projects.  It is the Valentine Biscornu by Cindy Valentine, and can be found under petite projects on the EGA webside. 

It is listed as a beginning hardanger project, but I would argue that it is not for beginners, but probably should be listed as an intermediate or at least advanced beginner. 

Nevertheless, I stitched it (with a few minor changes) and then did the finishing yesterday.