Monday, November 20, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, focusing on the stitching I've been doing for the past couple of weeks.... 

As you may remember I've been working on "A Yuletide Welcome"... well, that wasn't coming along as I had planned. After finishing up the border, I started working on the grassy area and the more I stitched the less I liked what I was stitching and how it was turning out.... until I finally just didn't want to work on it anymore. So I stopped stitching, folded it up and put it away until I can either make it work, frog what I have stitched or just toss the piece out.....

Now, with "Yule" not getting any more attention I pulled out "HEIOTS" and jumped back in on stitching the border..... 


.... sorry about the wrinkles, here's where I left off when I decided what I was going to work on........
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So, while I stitched away on HEIOTS I thought about what I wanted to work on over the next month or so.... I had already done quite a bit of looking through the "Christmas/Holiday" stash heap and kinda had an idea what I wanted to stitch so it really just came down to making a decision.... and that dear Freinds was to start on a great piece by Blackbird Designs called "Christmas Garden."  It's a really lovely piece from one of my favorite designers!!  Here's a snap of where I am at the moment...


... I am stitching this piece on 36ct Navy Bean and have converted the recommended floss to colors I like better but are still within the color palette.  I love this border as it is very much like a sampler I stitched back in 2013 called "Mary Hutton" from Scalet Letter.
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There you go sports fans thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Little Break

Gentle Friends, I'm taking a week off and will be back next Monday.

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, last Saturday we were out and about and I found a couple of really great things.....


... we hit the most of the same places we normally do and at the last "Goodwill" was this super, small ladderback child's chair.  I saw it sitting on the top of a dresser on the "on sale" side of the furniture room... so not only did I get a really wonderful early 19th-century chair - but I got it on sale.  I usually just glance at the furniture since our home is just stuffed with so much already.  However, occasionally there is that special little piece that I can "just" squeeze in.... so home it came.  I also found the pair of early and rare "Venice" transferware dessert plates. 
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.... so what to do with the little chair.  I had packed up a little doll that my Grandmother had made back in the 60's.  It was one of the things I kept after she passed.  I remember it sitting in her kitchen when they lived in Charlotte before my grandfather retired and they moved to Florida.  All the years they lived in Florida I never saw it again until we were going through things after she passed.  So I kept it and now have a cute chair for her to sit on again.
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, November 6, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I've been stitching away on the border for "Yule" and 
here's a not very exciting snap....


... and its the two colours for this border that I first changed.. they are both Classic Colorworks and are - Green "Steamed Broccoli" and Red "Cherry Cobbler" - in my opinion, they were more Christmassy than the called for NPI/DMC floss.
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, November 2, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, there's not been much out there in the thrift and consignment shops and the Estate Sales have been sparse at best... and nothing I was interested in buying...but over the past weekend, I found a few fun things...


from l to r... a nice plate from Lenox with a geat sterling rim (the rim photographed really yellow), a lovely bright cut "corset" vase, a nice vase from Denmark with seagulls and a super little Belleek cup.... not too much but some nice bits....
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Little New Stitchin'

Gentle friends, I went through some of my Christmas Stash and pulled a few things... then after some deliberation settled on this piece for my new Holiday WIP...


... once again I 've always meant to stitch this piece and now seems as good a time as ever.... and I really like this piece!!  I've tweaked some of the floss colors and reworked the bottom part of the chart - although I like the top part of the piece the large words in the grassy area have never really appealed to me so I took them all out and shortened up the entire piece.  When I get to the companion chart "Ghoultide Welcome" I'll do the same and shorten it up also.
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, October 30, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, still working on the border.......


...  I really enjoy working borders and this one does not disappoint....  I'm thinking about starting a Seasonal piece to work on over Christmas and I have so many really fun Christmassy things in my stash...now which one do I pick???....  
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, October 23, 2017

A Little Stitchin' (with a little update)

Gentle Friends, well, here's a snap of my new start.....


... it's a lovely large piece from Heartsring Samplery called "His Eye is on the Sparrow."  I left my notes at home about the specifics but here's what I remember...... I have already changed the main green vine colour from WDW Oscar to GAST Camouflage and the red flower was to be done in another red and I chose a GAST color called Old Red Paint.   The reason for the changes it two-fold - I didn't have enough of either color in my floss stash to complete the border without reordering - and then I would have the problem with different dye lots..... but I did have multiple skeins of each of these from the same dye lots..... the second reason, I really like the color Camouflage and have used it on many occasions for a dark shaded green and Old Red Paint is a great red color that works well with the green.  I forget what the linen is exactly, but it is a 36 count piece with lots of green mottling.

UPDATE: The linen is 36ct PTP Heritage
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There you go sports fans thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Friday, October 20, 2017

A Little Hallowe'en Finish

Gentle Friends, well, I've finished up TitToT and here's a snaperoo..


Prairie Moon - "Thine Is the Trick or Treat" 
September 16 - October 17, 2017
Stitched on Silkweaver 36ct Days Gone By 
I used Belle Soie throughout and here's the break down by colour:
Black - "Old Crow"
Orange - "Lasagna"
Green - "Collard greens"
I also used: 
"Tulip" for the Rat's eye 
"Her Crowne" for the crow's eye 
 "Beanstalk" for the cat's eye
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It was a great piece to work on and it stitched up really fast.  I remember when this was first released in 2010 and every year I wanted to stitch it in the Fall or around Hallowe'en it was always on the top of the "to be stitched" pile.... now it's been done....last night I pulled together my next stitching project - all the floss and linen ... I'll talk about that on Monday when I have some of it stitched and it actually looks like something!!
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That's about it for this week sports fans, thanks again for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Fun Evening

Gentle Friends, last Friday evening we met up with some friends down on Valencia Street at "West of Pecos."  It's a fun bar/restaurant and we hit at Happy Hour......




... I had a couple of their really tasty Sangria's

... they also have a full bar ...

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...  we started off with an order of Guacamole and an order of Queso with Chorizo...

... we also got an order of their really tasty Campfire-Cornbread and chili butter!!

...  then we had to have a couple of orders of Street Corn!!
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... for dinner we ordered some fish tacos.....

... some puffy tacos - these are brisket on the left and fried squash blossom on the right....

.... and some chicken fajitas....
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... and for dessert, we had a couple of orders of their "Grandmas Churros with chocolate and cajeta sauce - really delicious!!!
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It was a fun evening out and the night was still warm from the day so we walked along Valencia Street window shopping and people watching!!  This stretch of Valencia between 16th and 18th Streets is great for night walks with lots of folks out and about.  I think that's about all for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, October 16, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle friends, still working away on TitToT.... here's a shot....


Since it has stitched up so quickly I've already been thinking about what to work on next and have narrowed it down to three projects..... now to decide??
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Weekend of Fun

Gentle Friends, over the weekend we did quite a few fun things.... I took off Friday so that we could attend a friends wedding.... the wedding was over in the East Bay in a town called Pleasanton.  Actually a little outside the city at the Callippe Preserve Golf Club.  Here are some snaps....

 ... the ceremony was entirely outside and here is Gabrielle looking really lovely!!

 ... Rico and Prisma...

... following the ceremony, there were drinks and snacks out on the large patio...

 ... here's a shot over the course looking towards the west...

... we all sat down to a really nice dinner....

 ....  as the sun was setting, it turned into a lovely evening...

... here are Jefferey and Gabrielle and their first dance ...

 ....instead of a traditional cake, there were these delicious cupcakes.....
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Another high point this weekend was at the grocery store Saturday morning... as you all know I am a BIG fan of eggnog and await with great anticipation the arrival of Buds's back to the shelves every year.  Now, usually it shows up late in November but this year it has shown up really early... 

and so I bought a couple of quarts and started celebrating the season on the early side!!
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... on Saturday afternoon we headed to the Castro Theatre for another performance/spoof created by Peaches Christ.  This time she used "Hocus Pocus" and brought to the stage a really super live performance satire weaving parts of the film into the dialogue and musical numbers. 
 It was a packed house and so fun!!!  
After the performance, we wrapped up the evening with dinner at the Sausage Factory.

Here's a Poster with the original cast that included Ginger Minj, she had to drop out and was replaced by the super talented Bob the Drag Queen.
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Even Sunday was a great day as it included a late afternoon visit to our massage therapist, Andrew.



  We've been seeing him monthly for the past year or so and every time I leave I'm a limp noodle and so relaxed.... it makes me ready to face another week head on.....
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, October 9, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends,  still stitching away on TitToT and here's a snap of where I'm at....


... a little more than half way there and still lovin' it!!
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Short and sweet this cool Monday morning, thanks for stopping by do stop again!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Little Carrot Cake

Gentle Friends, yesterday was another year down and I came home to this......

.... and then after dinner...... it turned into ...

.... even after saying "don't do anything" and "it's just another day" it was a really sweet thing to do..... thank goodness there were only a few candles representing the sheaf of years I've been around ... if there were a candle per year we would have had to call out the fire brigade!!!
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There you go sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Little Baking

Gentle Friends, since it's Fall - Yea!! - my mind always turns to pumpkins..... and this past weekend was no different.  I got busy looking for something to make and landed on a recipe for "Coffee Shop Pumpkin Scones."  I found one at allrecipes and it turned out to be really easy and quite tasty!!  Here's a snaperoo...


... you can also tell its Fall around our house since Oogie Boogie is on the counter along with my Hallowe'en mug!!  As with most recipes, I made a couple of changes.  Instead of the 4 spices called for, I used my own Pumpkin Pie Spice blend of 6 spices - the recipe for that can be found HERE.  I also double the glaze and again only used my PPS blend.  These treats came together quickly and were really good - so easy and good work for me - it's a keeper!!
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, October 2, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, a little further along on TitToT.... here's a snpaeroo....


still fun and moves along a nice pace....
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Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Friday, September 29, 2017

A Little Friday Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I thought I would wrap up the week with a shot of "TitToT."  
Here's a shot of the piece at the moment...


... it's hard to see but I added a red-eye for the rat and will add a golden eye to the crow.  
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Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend, cya next week!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, out and about over the weekend and poking in those dusty shops as I do and I only found a single fun thing to bring home.....


... I'm usually not a big fan of Roseville Pottery but this console bowl in the "Florentine" pattern ca. 1924 struck a note with me.  It'll make a nice addition out on the "Veranda."
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Ther you go sports fans, short a sweet today.  Thanks again for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A Little Baking

Gentle Friends, over the weekend I got to looking around the kitchen to see what I could bake and then hit the old internet and came away with a recipe for a cake.... once again it came from Stacey's Blog Southern Bite......  Brown Sugar Pound Cake......so...I got to bakin'

... I wanted to use up some of last years pecans I still have on hand - and of course, I made some "edgar tweaks" to the final product...  instead of using vanilla I doubled up and threw in 4 teaspoons of bourbon... and I eventually went with a vanilla/bourbon flavored glaze....

... it is a nice dense tasty cake that I am sure I'll make again!!
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There you go sports fans, it's the middle of the week and a bit warm here by the bay.... but it should be cooling off by the weekend.  Thanks, for stopping by dos top again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I've been stitching away on TitToT and here's where it stood on Saturday evening....


... as I knew it would be, it is a fun piece to work on and not very taxing... I think the only issues I'm having at all are the over one stitches scattered about - I just need to pay attention as I stitch along  - other than that totally fun!!  
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Friday, September 22, 2017

A Little Autumn

Gentle Friends, this is the first day of Autumn - woohoo!! So as with other Season, I will wrap up the week and start off the season with Vivaldi's "L'Autunno" or "Autumn"...it's just beautiful...listen.......


.... I hope you enjoyed it....  now, there's only about 5 weeks until Hallowe'en, 9 weeks until Thanksgiving and about 13 weeks until Christmas.... this is my favorite time of year and it's so fleeting.  
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There you go sports fans, thanks again for stopping by dos top again!!

Take care,
edgar 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, it's been a while since I've posted any of my thrifty purchases.... there's really not been many, but I still run around looking but it's been slim pickin's lately!!  Here's a snaperoo of the some "stuff' I've picked up ...

... I found a couple of great pink transferware plates, a bunch of  fun glass drink stirrers, I found the mid 19th century brass candlestick for a $1 at a Goodwill, and the Dios de la Muerto Bowl I picked up at a consignment shop and finally found a DVD of this great little movie based on the book by Richard O'Brien, "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM." 

... here's a close up of the stirrers.... fun things but not very practicle!!
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There you go sports fans, thanks again for stopping by do stop again!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Little Fall Treat

Gentle Friends, with Fall in full swing so to speak, I got a hankering to bake something with apples.  Looking around for a recipe... I wanted to bake a little something made with things already in my cupboard.... I found the perfect fit on "Southern Bite" a great Blog written by Stacey..... I went with Brown Sugar Apple Blondies.... so easy and really tasty!!

... they came together quickly and were super with a cup of coffee late Sunday afternoon!! 
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Finish and a Little Start

Gentle friends, I worked out my camera problems... so I have some snaps today of the piece I've been working on for the past few months.... and here is the last Block or double-block from AotH...


...  for this Block, I needed to shifted most everything around to fit in the little poem I found.  Although what was charted was nice it really didn't say what I wanted to say with this piece so I went looking online and found this short poem.  I did stick with the floss group for the Block....... 

and here's the entire completed piece.....


Black Bird Designs - "Anniversaries of the Heart"
March 19 - Septemeber 16, 2017
36ct Linen - using GAST and WDW

It was a really great piece to work on and I would highly recommend this to anyone thinking about stitching it!
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After wrapping up AotH I already had a piece picked out to begin. I had the linen and the silk ready to go.... here's the little bit of a start I made yesterday...


Prairie Moon "Thine is the Trick or Treat"
Silkweaver 36ct Days Gone By
CC Belle Soie "Old Crow"

Although this is a monochromatic piece as charted... I think I will introduce some color here and there as I go along.
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by dos top again!!

Take care,
edgar