Friday, October 31, 2014

A New Camera, Some Stitchin' and Some Hound Snaps

Gentle Friends, my camera arrived last night at 6:11 pm and I tore into the box like some maniacal crazy person.  I knew the first thing I had to do was get the battery charged and that's what I did, plugged that sucker in......  the camera I chose this time was a larger version of the Elph, a Cannon SX510 PowerShot.  It has many of the same functions and abilities of my last cameras, the main difference is that I can tke much closer shots of things with a lot less trouble.  Here's a snap from the web....

... so I'm basically back up and running.....

I finished up "Winter Wonderland this week and here's a snap...  as you can see I changed the fenestration and the roof lines, I made them all even and more in keeping with the Georgian architecture.....
 "Winter Wonderland" Loose feathers # 39 - Blackbird Designs
Mystery 36ct piece of Linen from stash, and mostly the called for over dyed floss
August 8 - October 28, 2014

The mail brought the linen I had ordered from PTP, and they are just lovely and so worth the wait.  Next year (and I'll buy again, I love their linen!!)  I'll just know that it can take a very looong time to arrive....  here they are..
   from l to r - Wren, Relic and Eek!  I already have plans for Eek! next year, and the other two pieces go into the stash heap.

It wouldn't be a Friday if I didn't try and get a snap or two of the hounds......

 .... here's Miss Peach..... and....

... the hounds that rule at my sister's house.... Samson and Lila, two of the sweetest Boxers ever!!

That's about it for today  Sports fans.  Have a wonderful Hallowe'en, and a safe weekend!!

Take care,

Thursday, October 30, 2014

2014 Champions!!!

Gentle Friends, the Giants did it again, they won the 2014 World Series last night.... 
and the city went crazy!!!!

... there will be a parade tomorrow.........  lots of ticket tape and about a bazillion fans..... 
......I'll be avoiding Market Street the entire day!!

Have a great one!!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

****UPDATE***Here's a Question......

Gentle Friends, still waiting on the new camera - it should be here in a day or two.  I feel so out of touch without it nestled in my murse......

The question I have is - How long should I wait to see if the linen I ordered on July 25th from the "Christmas in July Sale" at PTP  is ever going to arrive.  I know they can take a really long time to fill orders and the sale inundated them with a lot of work - but it is the end of October and not a peep about my order.  Is anyone else waiting for their order???  Just thought I'd throw it out there, as I had been wondering about it for a little while now.

I just got an e-mail about 12 minutes ago that my order has been shipped!!!  I knew if I put it out there something would good happen!!!  WOOHOO!!

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

Take care,

Monday, October 27, 2014

.... and the Winner is.....

Gentle Friends, a couple of things today..... first up, the Winner drawn from the BoD by the Hag Claw and Who Hounds (for those that don't regularly read this Blog let me translate....  I had Rico, my partner, and the herd of Chihuahua's that rule my roost, draw a winner from the "Bowl of Destiny" )  now we're all caught up and on the same page..... the Winner is..... drum role...... Joy from over at "Gadget's Joyful Page."   Thank you all for entering my Gift-a-Way and thank you Heather so much for letting me talk about and Gift a copy of the book!!

The second thing is - you will notice I have no cute snaperoo of the hag claw, bowl, or hounds..... my camera, the one I bought less than a year ago is jacked to the max and basically unusable!!  The screen for some unknown reason has stopped working and I am without photographing abilities - I have another camera on order but it will be a few days for it to arrive so until then no snaps.....

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

Take care,

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Little Thursday Thrifting....

Gentle Friends over the weekend I ran around to the different thrift/consignment shops I frequent - looking for the elusive diamond in the rough......  I also hit up two estate sales.......  it was slim pickins' for sure.....  and that's how it is sometimes.  But, I was not discouraged and did find a few things.....

.... from left to right.... a super, gossip Movie rag from September 1960 - just filled with innuendo, lies and 1/2 truths....... gotta love that!!!!!  I found a really nice copy of MacArthur on DVD and a great piece of cut glass - that was such a total bargain I almost felt guilty about the low price - but bought it anyway!!

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

Take care,

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More Fall Stuff.....

Gentle Friends, I thought I would share some more of the Fall decorating that we do around the old homestead.....

.... we usually pick up flowers for the house every week, these came from Trader Joe's - and couldn't be nicer - I usually use this cut glass vase - one of my Mom's favorites - it was a wedding present to my grandparents in 1916 and now it's nice to see it and think of her...... you know I have to light my Hallowe'en candles ......

...... since we live in an apartment building we don't have the luxury of an elegant front porch or lovely doorway....... what we do have is - we're at the end of the hall  - a blank wall and corner to decorate..... so Rico sets to work with real and artificial stuff and the scarecrows his mom has given us over the years et voila - it's Fall in the Hall.  I think we are really the only ones in the building that decorate at all for any Holiday......

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

Take care,

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Little Baking and Pumpkin "Pie Spice"

Gentle Friends, over the weekend I finalized some baking I;'ll be doing for Rico's work this week.  They are having their annual Fall Bake Sale - to raise money for the Foundation at his Company.  I also wanted to send him to work with a baked treat for Monday Morning.  I have gotten into the habit and they have come to expect a little something.  So, I found an easy recipe at AllRecipes for "Applesauce Bars." 

These come together easily and really baked up quick - in about 23 minutes -  with a sweet vanilla glaze - you can click HERE to get the recipe.  The only change I made, and you knew there would be one, was I doubled the PPSpice amount to 2 teaspoons - I thought 1 teas. wouldn't be enough and after trying the bars I'm glad I put in two, but they are on the gingerbread side all full of spice.  I like that - but others might not so 1 1/2 teaspoons might fit the bill.  

When I went to the spice cabinet I found I was out of  Pumpkin Pie Spice - I like to make my own blend - for a few of reasons......1) it is super easy to make.....2) you can tweak it to your taste..... and 3) most PPS Blends that are ready made consist of mostly cinnamon - and a PPS Blend should have real depth of flavour and be "spicy!!!"

... so I gathered up the spices and set to work.......  the Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend I make consists of:

2 Tbls. Cinnamon
2 teas Ginger
1 teas Allspice
1 teas Clove
1/2 Mace
1 1/2 teas Nutmeg (I grate my own)

... put all the above spices into a small bowl.....

.... and stir until everything is WELL blended - it takes a few minutes to get it all blended....

... I bake quite a bit so I already had a few of the little empty plastic "jars", the amount of PPS this recipe makes will fill one of the small "jars."  I like this blend, but there are lots of variations out there so try your hand at making your very own PPS Blend!!

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

Take care,

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Little Stitching Post

Gentle Friends, I haven't posted any stitching in the longest time.  Not that I have been stitching - a little here and a little there, but I wanted to finish up the trip report first.  The two pieces I've been working on the most - outside of a couple of Exchange Pieces - are.......

........."Winter Wonderland" and......

"Rosy Morning" - both of these pieces were designed by Blackbird Designs....   with Rosy Morning, I really liked the idea of personalizing it with a family member, so I dug a bit on the old family tree and found Miss Martha Adelaide Hickox and the year of her birth - she is one of my Maternal G-G-Grandmothers and was from upstate New York.

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

Take care,

Friday, October 17, 2014

It's a Sweet Peach Friday

Gentle Friends, how about a Friday Who Hound snap......

.....  it's  Peaches, and yes, also a Smokie butt photobomb.......

have a super weekend!!

and the Hounds

How About a little Thrifting......

Gentle Friends, I thought I would catch you up on some of the things I have been finding at the thrift shops and estate sales.....  a couple of weeks ago I found.....
... some fun stuff... a nice older silver tray and a really nice Victorian silver crumber, a couple of DVD's and a copy of Esther Williams biography..... last weekend I found a few things.....
.......a "life story" of Mary Stuart, a pair of 19th century reticulated Blue Willow trays, a super small Dresden plate, an old green handled 1/4 cup scoop and a really printing of Tennessee Williams, "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone."  

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by have a super weekend!!!

Take care,