Friday, December 19, 2014

Some More Exchange Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, a couple of days ago I showed you the wonderful exchange things I received.... and today I'm going to show you the things I stitched and sent.......

....  For the HOS Christmas Ornament Exchange I made Kathy this piece, from PS Book #191 "Nordic Holiday" - using a mystery piece of 36ct linen, and the called for DMC red and green.  I finished it as a Pyn Keepe, using a cream braid, then laid a red and green wired ribbon with gilt edges and green Pyns.  I totally love the way this turned out, even the Hag Claw liked it, I may have to whip up a few of these for our tree, as all the patterns in Book 191 are great.

For the Private Exchange that I did with Shirlee, I stitched up Jenny Bean's Christmas Ornament 2010, from Shakespeare's Peddler.  I used mostly the called for Belle Soie silks, I changed a couple, because they didn't look very nice on the 36ct piece of linen I was using. 

I chose this chart because I knew that Shirlee likes carols, houses and samplers, and this sort of said all those things to me.  Another thing I changed in the chart a bit is I left off the large letter "J" that was at the bottom.  I tried stitching an "S" instead, but I couldn't make it look right.  I also changed the date  - on the chart it had a date of 1824, which meant nothing, but is the date on most of the Jenny Bean charts - so I found that "Silent Night " was composed in 1818, and that does mean something.


There you go sports fans, another week down and only a few short days until Christmas.  It's pouring again here, and has been all day........  It may be a KFC night.........  Have a super weekend!!

Take care,

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It Was Cold and Rainy

Gentle Friends, last night by the time I finally made it home through the traffic and idiot drivers  - who BTW - get more idiotic the wetter the roads become - (ever heard of a turn signal???) I was in no mood to make dinner - and nothing we could order sounded very appealing......  so after we dealt with the Who hounds we then got back in the car and back on the road again......... our destination was.......

... we're only about a 10 minute drive from this, our favorite Mexican restaurant, we got there quickly and found parking in under 5 minutes ( a Christmas miracle if there ever was one!!!)  

The place was virtually empty, who else is crazy enough to go out in a storm??? - so we had our pick of tables.  The waitress brought out some warm chips and salsa - and menus, but I knew it was Albondigas night and that was what I braved the storm to get!!- every Tuesday they make this soup.  There is a different soup each evening.

This soup - is a hearty vegetable and spicy meatball soup.  When it is brought to the table they also bring a small plate with chopped onions and cilantro and cold rice to add to the soup.  It is really delicious....

.... what's a Mexican meal without a nice cold beer to wash it down with!!  Rico had Chicken Flautas....

........ by the time we finished up dinner the rain had slaked off to a mere dripping drizzle, so the restaurant started to fill up.  It was a warm, delicious and filling meal - and I'd fight another stormy night to get me some more of this soup!!!

That about does it for today (or I should say tonight) sports fans.  
Thanks again for stopping by - do stop again!!

Take care,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Little Baking

Gentle Friends, I found a really nice recipe Cranberry Bread - called "Christmas Cranberry Coconut Christmas Bread" - from over at Mennonite Girls Can Cook.......

.... easily gotten ingredients, and full, and I mean full of flavour!!!  I am loving this bread, and it will become a staple on our Christmas Morning Breakfast Buffet.

......  It was moist and just delicious - if you like a little sour and little sweet then this is the bread for you.

That's about it for today sports fans - thanks for stopping by, do stop again.

Take care,

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Some Wonderful Exchange Pieces Arrived.......

Gentle Friends I thought today I would catch you up on some of the really spectacular stitched lovelies I've received in the past few days.......  starting with an Exchange piece that was Angel Stitched by Terri over at Dixie Sampler.  She hosted a Haunted Harvest Exchange this Fall, and my partner had some serious family health issues so couldn't fulfill her obligation  - and - Terri jumped right in and a wonderful box arrived a few days ago.....  with this....

.... great Pyn Tray.....and also she also included with the Tray.....

........ some fun goodies......

I did a Private Ornament Exchange with Shirlee fromover at The Easily Influenced Stitcher....  she sent a super box of Christmas Cheer........

 .....  the box held a load of wrapped gifts, that went under the tree, and the ornament she stitched in our exchange this year for our tree......  we did it last year and I was so happy to do it again......  and planning for next year......   :)

.... and the last Exchange piece arrived yesterday..... I took part in the HOE Christmas Ornament Exchange and received from Jayne, from over at  Jayne's Stitching Tales, this super ornament....

.... along with Shirlee's lovely ornament it now graces the tree and they look wonderful!!!

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Friday, December 12, 2014

Castro Christmas Lights


Gentle Friends, here in the City, as with many cities, there are some really fun and lovely decorations for Christmas.......  here's a snap of the annual Christmas Tree on Castro Street.....

...... we were down there for dinner last week when I got the snap.....

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thrifty Thursday

Gentle Friends, I thought I should get a post up about some things I picked up last weekend........

....From l to r........   a little dish from Gray's Pottery, in pink lustre ware and art deco pattern with a ship, another small dish, unmarked but this time with shamrocks in each corner, a little trinket box from Wedgwood, and some DVD's....  I also found a great two handled Bunnykins cup with a Winter scene........

....... and this is the back side of the cup....

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again.

Take care,

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tree Decorating in Silver and Stitches

Gentle Friends, so today is my tree day posting..... as you recall I hauled out the silver ornaments and gave them a good polish so that they would be nice, shiny and reflective......

.... here they are after being dried off..... and here's our tree....

... we waffled back and forth as to using a real tree or our stand by artificial tree....... all afternoon..... by the time we finally decided to put up a tree at all, it was far too late to go get one, so out of storage and up went the stand by tree.  We got all the silver ornaments on and it looked nice, but then Rico suggested I get out the stitched ornaments and put them on also.... and now I really like the tree, seeing all lovely pieces I've been gifted over the years makes me feel all warm and fuzzy about Christmas....... and such they conjure such wonderful memories....... here's a few close ups.....

...... I am really blessed to have so many friends in the stitching world stitch such wonderful pieces for me to put on my tree.  It's one of the great things about Exchanges, being able to sit back and see all the warm hugs these great little Christmas treats represent!!!

That about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again.

Take care,

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tree Decorating

Gentle Friends, over the weekend we decided that yes, we were putting up a tree.  For a little while it looked like neither of us could had the gumption or enthusiasm to get a tree up, lit and decorated.  

Once we got going it went up fast and the light got put on - Rico had an idea about this years tree -  to only use my silver ornaments with a few special others mixed in.......  so I hauled out the box of silver snowflakes and medallions and got to polishing  Now they are sparkly clean and up on the tree......  after tonight with the addition of a few other ornaments it will be a done deal.... and maybe I'll remember the camera....

Thanks fro stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lest we Forget

Gentle Friends, "a date that will live in infamy"........  December 7th 1941........


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."    George Santayana


Just some thoughts for the day.........

Friday, December 5, 2014

Visiting Country Cousins

Gentle Friends, over the weekend we had other visitors from the south..... Fresno to be precise.... my Dad would say "It was Grab-Ass heaven " for the who hounds!! 
 Here's a snap of a worn out Lolly and a super sweet Ju-ju  Bee.....  

.... and here are Nietzsche and Shunka.....  ready to "Not be left behind"  it seemed that anytime any one went near the front door every hound in the house would look to see if it was a chance to make a break and run down the hall barking.........  I know the neighbors loved it immensely!!

... and after all the excitement even the "Mokie" Dog needed a rest on a "Warm from the dryer" sheet!!!

That's about it for today sports fans - have a wonderful weekend.  We are expecting more rain WOOHOO!!!!!  It's been nice and damp for the last couple of weeks and I love it - we need every drop we can get!!!

Take care,