Thursday, September 19, 2019

A Little Thursday Thrifting

Gentle Friends, we were out and about as usual over the weekend and I found a piece of silver that  I am still kind of amazed that was out there to be found... here some snaps...

... I found this in a Salvation Army Thrift Store.  I think because of the odd way it had tarnished and the details that were filled with dried-on silver polish that they thought it was a silver-plated piece.  I even though that for a few minutes, until I started to really look at it and fell its heft.  I've dealt with lots of silver in my life and after a while, you get to know what an older piece feels like and what it should look like underneath.  The marks on the bottom of one of the feet are odd and illegible so that was no real help, but I am sure it's eastern European and probably 800/850 parts silver which is typical of the silver content for the time and area.  English and American are usually the 925 parts of silver.

... a closeup of the decorative masks and garlands...

... and the anthemions on the feet make me believe it dates to the 1870s or so...  when I was checking out I asked if there was another stick somewhere in the store... they said there was only the one that came in, but I'm keeping my eye out for the second one.... as I am sure it was a pair or maybe a set of four or six.... now wouldn't that be wonderful!!

... it's a really big piece of silver and so here's a second shot giving a better idea of the size... the hunt continues!

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A Little Fall Decorating

Gentle Friends, here are a couple of shots of our Fallish hallway... 

... looking down the hall towards our front door...

... and the little sign we've been hanging up for years.  It wouldn't be Fall without this !!  Rico made all the wreaths - he's so talented!!  The damn hall light makes everything a bit yellow!!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!

Monday, September 16, 2019

A Little Stitcin'

Gentle Friends, just a quick update on the BBD Fall stitching...

... still on the bird..... it's a weird snap and makes the fabric look all stripped and odd... 
 I think the lighting was just way off.

It was a lovely and cool weekend after our 85 and 90 degree days last week.  The fog rolled in Saturday morning and reminded all of us why we live here by the Bay!!  On the way to work this morning, it was even drizzling a bit so I think our rainy season has begun.  Rico decorated a bit for Fall yesterday so I'll get some snaps of what he accomplished up tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!

Monday, September 9, 2019

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I finished up Summer and have moved on to Autumn on the BBD seasonal stitch...  here's a snap...

... I did make a change to the large flower in the upper left corner.  I changed out the recommended floss for floss that actually showed up against my linen.  I am pretty happy with the result... now it's on to Autumn.

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

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

A Little Stitchin' During the Long Weekend....

Gentle Friends, thank you so much for the kind words about Peaches passing.  It's been a few hard days, but every day we move forward and it eases a bit... 

Just getting back into the swing of things after being away for a few days.  
I did do a bit of stitching and hers's a snaperoo...

... not the best snap, but you get the idea.  This is turning out to be a really fun piece to work on.  I always like BBD but am really enjoying this piece.  I do wonder why they decided to make this a three-season piece and not a full four-season piece???  Oh well, it is what it is.

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

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Our Hearts are Broken.....

Gentle Friends, as you may remember our Miss Peaches was getting on and has been living with congestive heart failure for the past 4 years, 3 different pills twice a day and all that.  But, she's been a trooper and running with the pack of Who Hounds... even as her hearing and eyesight worsen nothing seemed to slow the old girl down.  Up to the last couple of days.  We could see she was really fading quickly and then last night she passed from this existence at 4:05.  She went to join Hunny and Pete over the Rainbow bridge....

2002 - 2019

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

A Little More Stitchin' and a Christmas Card

Gentle Friends, so I'm still working on BBD Seasons and here's a snap...

... it seems to be coming along...

On Saturday I was surprised to find in the mail a card from my brother and sister-in-law.  I wasn't sure what it could have been for it's not my birthday nor is it Christmas (it's just 120 days away)...I opened it up and it was a Christmas card.  So I looked at the cancelled stamp...

... check out the date on that sucker... it only took a mere 3 years to get from South Carolina to Califonia...I guess it came via slow boat around the Cape of Good Hope then across the Pacific ocean... you know, the short route! So a very Happy Christmas just a bit early.  I texted my brother and we had a little laugh!

There you go sports fan, thanks for stopping by do stop again!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!

Monday, August 19, 2019

A Little Stitchin' Start

Gentle Friends, so, I got it together to make a new start and pulled together a 3 part Blackbird Designs mystery sampler from 2011 - they are the Loose Feathers "Summer Autumn Winter."  I pulled a piece of 40 count vintage Pecan Butter, and some of the overdyed flosses and hers my start......

... it's not much but it's a start.  I have tons of the BBD charts and love stitching them!!

We also made a run out to a wholesale fabric warehouse here in the City to choose some upholstery fabric.  We have needed to have a couple of pieces of furniture reupholstered for years and have finally made the jump to "get er' done"!!  I replaced our sofa a couple of weeks ago - that sucker has needed replacing for a long time, and now it's on to the other pieces in the living room!!  

I'll tackle the dining room chairs once I get the newly upholstered pieces back....  the dining room chairs are slip seats so I can do that myself.  We'll also be painting - hopefully - while the furniture is out getting done.  Just trying to get the house in shape for the Holidays..... which are fast approaching!!

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

Good Thoughts1  Good Words!  Good Deeds!!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A Little Brunchin'

Gentle Friends, sorry to have not posted yesterday but I left my camera at home so there would have been no snaperoos.... and who wants a post without a picture??  

So, I've not touched a needle or stitched a stitch in over a week... I am just not motivated in the least... what's up with that... so Instead of beating myself up for not stitching, I think I'll just start something new.  I dug around last night in the old stash pile and think I've landed on a fun piece ... I'll see just how much I have or can pull together and get a'move on with that!! 

Over the weekend we headed down to China Basin on the far south side of the Emabrcadero for brunch with friends at a new to us place called "Mission Rock Resort"...

... it's right on the water and has great views out over the Bay towards Oakland and Alameda...

... here's a snap of the menu...

... and what's brunch without a libation...

... we ordered and here's some foodie porn.....

... and order Corn Beef Hash and eggs...

... Rico had a Burger and fries...

.... French Toast and Bacon...

... and I had Eggs Benedict with Dungeness Crab and a Bloody Mary!!  Delicious!!!  
We'll be back for sure!


Walking back to the where the car was parked we passed the construction site of the new Arena


That's about it for today sports fans, thanks again for stopping by dos top again!!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!!

Monday, August 5, 2019

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, just a quick post about my non-stitching.... here's a sad little snap...

.. still plugging away on my Alphabet Book.  This is a great colour I working with now... 

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Good Thoughts!  Good Words!  Good Deeds!