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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Too Cold

It was too cold to walk outside this morning.  So I went to the Y.  I'm sort of planning to take Christmas off from walking.  We'll have to see what the weather is like that day.
What did I accomplish yesterday?  Well, it doesn't look like much but I am making progress.  I put in a couple more grapes and a bit of the background.  My goal for today is to finish this side of the scissors case.  Five grapes to go.

I picked up Glad Tidings and worked on it a little.  It is slow going since it is partly over-one on 40 count linen.  But it is fun and I think I can finish it before Christmas.

I made one last batch of caramel corn and fudge yesterday.  The bad part of that is I lick the pan.  Yum.
I've spent too much time looking around the internet.  I found a couple of Christmas things that I ended up ordering and they won't even be here by Christmas.  On Etsy (holidayspiritsdecor) there is this kit for little houses that you decorate.  Too cute.  Wouldn't it be fun to decorate one for Claire for (next) Christmas?

Then I found some great cookie molds at a site called cookie molds.  I love this cat/fish one.  Too cute.

You can find anything on the internet.  If you waste enough time.
A

Friday, December 19, 2014

Last Weekend Before Christmas

That's what they said on the radio as I was walking this morning, it is the last weekend before Christmas.  This month has gone so fast I can't believe it.  A couple of presents appeared under the tree last night.  Cool.  A friend sent me a couple of things that are just darling.  She knew I would love them.  I do.


Thank you Terry!
    
I've been at a loss as to what to work on.  I have so many things I would like to start or work on or finish.  I decided to go back to the Autumn Casket Keepsakes.  I am very proud of myself for getting the entire leaf done in detached buttonhole stitch.  It didn't take forever either.  Two days.

 Maybe I'm getting better at this.  So the next part to work on is the grapes.  I've got two grapes done - one in detached buttonhole stitch.  So far so good.  I'm going to keep working on this.  It has to be done by the time the Quaker Sewing bag comes in January.  But then I needed a break.  Something different.  So I picked up a small kit that I got at Haus Tyrol in Williamsburg.

It will be an easy stitch and it might even get done by Christmas.  I really like the other Barbara Jackson ornaments that I've made in past years.


They all seem to go together.  I am still working on the Shining Needle Society one but it going slowly.  I changed the writing so it wasn't up and down.


I am reminded that many people are dealing with difficult situations this time of year.  I am very grateful for all my blessings.
A

Thursday, December 18, 2014

For Aunt Mary

I have an Aunt Mary who lives in Colorado.  She wants to read my blog but has a hard time finding it and remembering what the name of it is.  So I tried putting a gadget at the top of this blog so she can sign up to have new blog posts sent to her email.  There isn't any explanation about what the box is for so I thought I should explain.  I'm hoping it works.  If you try it and it works let me know.  Thanks!

Here are some more of the kits I got at Williamsburg that I have finished.  I like them so much.  The round one is an ort container and the big paper clip can be a photo holder or hold some other paper.
I have the matching little book that was in Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly started.  Maybe this will motivate me to go back and finish it.  Jackie will have a new kit out that is a carrier that matches this set.  I want it!  This was an easy stitch.
I think I need to make one more batch of caramel corn and I am done for the year.  Maybe some more fudge too.  I confess that I found that I really like the anise flavored springerle that I got from Heidleberg Haus and I ordered some more.  My excuse is that it is only available for a limited time.  I still have some cherry springerle and I like it too but not as much as the anise.  M-m-m-m-m
I was able to get a few French magazines while I was at Williamsburg.

They were only 5 dollars each and I found something I liked in each one.


Another thing I got was this Needleprint chart.

I had been thinking about it for a long time and since it was right there, I got it.
There was an old Lauren Sauer chart that I got:

I guess I kind of collect her charts.  I've gotten many off ebay.
So many neat things!
One week until Christmas.
A



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Stash

I got some great stuff on my trip.  Here is a photo of it spread out on my hotel bed.
I got a bunch of Jackie kits.  I was able to finish a couple of them while I was there.  In the picture of our class project, September Morning, there was a darling pin holder that was shaped like a basket.

The front and the back are scrims.  It was easy to sew together.  I am not usually a scrims person but I really liked this one.  Scrims cost way too much.  So this was a splurge.

Then I saw this sweet pin disc.  I think I saw one at the class I had at Salty Yarns with Jackie in September.  I wanted it then so I was happy to get the opportunity to buy one.  It also was easy to just sew together.

The next Jackie kit was a quick easy stitch that I did in my hotel room.
 I put it together when I got home.
I got another kit done that I will show you tomorrow.  Two of the kits I got are still teaching kits and I gave them to DH to give me for Christmas.  
A lady I met at the retreat is in search of some Thread Gatherer Silk N Colors limited edition thread called Bird Brain.  If you have any that you wouldn't mind letting her have, let me know and I'll pass along the info.  She has looked high and how and can't find any.
Thanks!
A

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Home Finally

My trip really ended on Tuesday afternoon when I was finally able to get home.  Then life really got busy.  Christmas stuff needed to be taken care of.  So all of last week was getting Christmas all set.  I made three batches of caramel corn.  I made a mistake on the first batch using only one stick of butter when I was supposed to use two.  So I have a batch of low fat caramel corn.  Then I made fudge, with and without nuts.  Then I made this other candy that is just oreos, pretzels and peanuts stirred into melted white chocolate chips.  I want to make Claire an ornament every year.  Luckily I can use some things I stitched on the plane.  I stitched up two Shepherd's Bush kits.


 The kits had mats in them and are meant to be framed.  But I decided to make them into ornaments.  That's what a time crunch will do to you.  Here they are all finished:

I'll show you the stash I got on my trip tomorrow.
A

Monday, December 15, 2014

Going Home

I can't believe my Williamsburg trip is over.  Well it really wasn't completely over.  I had to fly home.  We checked out of the Kingsmill Resort and drove to Richmond.  It is about an hour drive.  It was an easy drive.  I heard that if you were going the other way to Norfolk there is a lot heavier traffic.  We found a Shell station just outside of the airport and remembered to fill up this time.  So we turned in the chocolate car and headed to the gate.  We ran into Giulia Manfredini who was with her husband.  They are taking the same plane we are to Detroit.


She is so friendly and talks to us.  What a nice person!  BFF and I eat breakfast and by the time we are done, the plane is boarding.  We get to Detroit just fine.  BFF heads off to her next flight and I head off to mine.  Mine has a slight problem.  There is no flight attendant for our flight.  She is delayed and will be here in a couple of hours.  They give us some snacks.  I just stitch and look at my Ipad, no problem.  She finally arrives and we board and are on our way.  This is just a short flight.  Not even long enough to serve drinks.  I'm sitting right next to a pilot.  He's watching some gladiator movie with Kiefer Sutherland..  This flight seems like it is taking a long time.  We get to within 20 miles of my airport and we circle a couple of times.  I find out that the visibility is very bad and we can't land.  So we are circling waiting for the visibility to improve.  It doesn't.  We don't have that much gas to keep circling so we fly back to Detroit.  ARGH.  So now everybody on the plane goes to the help center.  I scan my boarding pass and it gives me a flight at noon tomorrow!  So what do I do now?  Well, I call the place that gets you reduced prices on local hotel rooms.  I end up getting a room at a Wyndom Gardens near the airport.  Next problem:  I want my suitcase.  I go to the baggage place.  The lady there tries to discourage me by telling me it could take a couple of hours to get my suitcase.  I want my suitcase, period.  Luckily it only takes about 15 minutes.  Next problem, find the shuttle.  I manage that.  I get to the hotel at 9:30 p.m.  We started this process of going home before 8 a.m.  Oh well, that's how things go sometimes.  I have a place to sleep and I will be home tomorrow.  I have stitching.  The hotel has a free breakfast.  I even have a clean pair of undies.
A

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Williamsburg Trip Day Five - The End

How can it be our last day?  Time has gone so fast.  Last day to shop the boutique.  Last day for gifts.  This is what we got today:

In Jackie's class I work on the main box for September morning.  I try to get the backstitch around the edge of one piece all done but it isn't matching up.  The backstitching will be how the box is joined together.  It is hard stitching with thread that is the same color as the linen.  Maybe I'll switch.  I take a break from class and see Betsy Morgan stitching in the hallway.  Oh, she is stitching on a project that will be offered through the Swan Sampler Guild.  I'm a member.  I love it the design.  I'll sign up for this one when it is offered.  Betsy also tells me about a new kit from Jenny Adin-Christie called The Owl and the Pussycat.  I google it to see a picture of what it looks like.  It is a little hard to see but it is like a book cover.

 Too cute.  I send Jenny an email to see if I can get a kit.  She isn't making any more kits until next year but I get my name on the list.
We go to Subway for lunch.  I really like their breakfast sandwich with egg whites.
In the afternoon Giulia goes through the finishing instructions.  BFF and I keep stitching and are the last ones to leave the room.  We can't believe the retreat is over.
The teachers for next year's Williamsburg retreat have written a description of their projects.  Giulia is teaching a half doll and a box.  It is a very special half doll with her arms open and very detailed.  She has one to show us.  We see her drawing of the design of the dress she will wear.  She shows us a silver piece that will be part of a purse the half doll carries that holds a thimble.  BFF and I want to sign up for next year.  There is a bit of discussion as both Jackie and Giulia are planning boxes.  But they are very different kinds of boxes. The teachers don't want them to complete with each other and be offered at the same time.  The powers that be have agreed not to offer them at the same time.  There is also a discount for us if we sign up for next year this weekend.  I love the half doll.  I love Jackie's innovative designs.  I can't help it, I sign up for next year.
 This is Williamsburg's busiest day of the year, the Illumination.  There are thousands of people in town all converging on Williamsburg to see fireworks.  BFF and I aren't going.  We don't like crowds and there is no hope of parking.  We could ride the bus but we decide to skip it. We decide to have one last dinner in the hotel restaurant.  It is not busy as everyone has gone to the Illumination.  I see the dessert the people at the next table get.  I want what she is having.  There is a lot of chocolate involved.
Fabulous. I forgot to show you what we had for dessert last night.  It was a selection of house made ice creams.  Delicious.

We go back to our rooms.  I pack and stitch.  We leave in the morning.  It has been a great retreat.  I can cross another off my bucket list.
A