Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thrifting Thursday

Gentle Friends, as usual Thursday is a show and tell day about the bits I picked up over the weekend.  Here's a snap....

..... from top L to R.... a Princess floor puzzle, a hand made brass pot/cauldron, forged arched iron handle with copper attachments, I saw this on a pile of plastic crap at the Salvation Army store and snatched it right up thinking how great it would be for Hallowe'en!! and for a couple of bucks how could I miss!!  Next,  I found this covered English butter/cheese dish dating from between the Wars, at a thrift shop, leaning against it is a great piece of Japanese export ware from the last half of the 19th century, then of course a couple of great DVD's.  Not a bad day at all!!

The floor puzzle we got for our great niece who started kindergarten this past Monday, she loves all things "princess" and this puzzle fits the bill......

.....  it originally was sold from an expensive children's store here in the City (the tags were still on it) but we picked it up at a consignment shop for a few dollars.  There are a couple of estate sales this weekend so I'm kind of stoked about that!!  
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks again for stopping by!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dinner with Friends......

Gentle Friends, last week stitching buddy Roberta was in town.  Her blog "Simply Stitching in the Garden" shows some of her super pieces that she has been working on and finishing.  One evening we all got together for dinner, Roberta, her son, his partner, Rico and me so it was a table full!! The restaurant we met at was one we had seen before but never made the time for - called "Hog and Rocks."


It is located down in the Mission District an area full of fun places to stop at and enjoy.  I am so glad we settled on this place as it was lots of fun and we had some tasty food and drinks!!  As you can see they have indoor and outdoor seating.  We sat inside but when the weather is cooperative I bet sitting out on the sidewalk would be fun!!

They are known for their Ham and Oyster selections, but we didn't try any, instead we started off with a pretzel and pimento cheese.  


I took the snap after we had mangled the pretzel, the cheese had a real bite to it - with the addition of some jalapeno pepper.

For dinner we all either had the "Hamburger special" ......  a double cheese burger and fries.......


.... this is Rico's plate with his Strawberry Balsamic Margarita in the back......

... and a couple of us had the "Fish and Chips" - light and crispy fried fish with some of their great Kennebec fries!!!

Its not a very big place, so we'll have to come early next time to make sure we get a table.  It was great fun seeing everyone again and finding a new fun place in the City!!
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Little Shakin' and a Little Stitchin'

Gentle friends, the earthquake that hit early yesterday morning, was centered about 6 miles from Napa Valley.  It felt down here in San Francisco, which is about 60 miles away.  It hit at about 3:20 am, and the only reason I was awake to feel it was the dogs were just loosing it and woke us up, so that we could all enjoy the rattling and shaking.  It lasted all of 20 seconds and then I rolled over an went back to sleep.  There was some damage nearer the actual epicenter, but none in the City or at our house.
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I got a little more stitching done on the samplers, here's some snaps......

... I finished up the flowers in the border of "Rosy Morning" and started in on one of the birds....


... and I chose another over dyed "Avocado" to finish stitching the border of "Summer Harvest." 

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

Take care,
edgar

Friday, August 22, 2014

Some Fun Friday Things

Gentle Friends,  a couple of fun things that came in the mail yesterday........

First up would have to be the tangible proof that my trip is coming up........

....  I read over and over on travel boards and postings about Paris -  how much time you could save by buying a ticket on line to visit the Louvre. Early on I thought it might be nice to spend some time walking through the wonderful galleries.  I've visited this great Museum a couple of times int he past, but not for a few years, so it is something I am looking forward to.....  and notice there is "priority access" through the Richelieu Passage for ticket holders - I love circumventing long lines!!!!!
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Last Saturday in conjunction with the St Charles Market, Beth over at Heartstring Samplerery, released her 100th chart.....


 called "His Eye is on the Sparrow."  I've been watching with great anticipation her stitching away on the wonderful sampler for the past few months, and couldn't wait to place my order on her Etsy Store!!  It's a piece I can;t wait to start!!!
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And, the puppy snaperoo for today is ........

.... Smokie chewing away on one of his Hallowe'en Toys!!  It's an epidemic at my house, this love of Fall and Hallowe'en!!!
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That wraps up the week sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by, do stop a gain.... have a super weekend!!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Little Thursday Thrifting

Gentle Friends, if there's one thing I enjoy more than Fall, and you now how I love the Fall, it would be Christmas.  The whole Christmas season, but especially the music.  This past weekend I picked up a great Christmas CD in my sifting through the shops.....

.... a collaboration between Marco Frisina and Paddy Moloney.  I also picked up this sweetgrass basket with handle, made in the low country of South Carolina.   I am pretty sure it was used as a basket for knitting, it is on the older side and was really full of dust when I got it, I brushed it off really good and the coloured accents really popped.

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

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Some Hallowe'en Treats and Fall Stitching

Gentle Friends, as nuts as I am sometimes, I knew after posting yesterday that I wasn't finished with Fall just yet..........


   On the way home from work we needed to stop at the Walgreen's and "bam" right in front they had all the Hallowe'en candy and stuff set up and looking great!!!!  I had to pick up some treats........

.... and when I got home I dug around in the boxes under the stairs where we keep all the festive decorations and things that just don't fit in other closets....  and I pulled out some of my fun Fall exchange pieces I have received over the years ....  and ...... this is the result.......

... and all I got from the "peanut gallery" was how crazy I am and did I realize it is still August????   Oh pishaw, I'm ready for Fall and having some Fallish things out is fun!!  Notice the great bronze topper on the YC, another Fall favorite, I use all year long!!
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Only 72 More days.............

Gentle Friends, my favorite season of the year has been, and probably always will be Fall.   I love everything about the few months that make up this season of leaves changing colours and dropping off the trees, cool brisk evenings, bright orange pumpkins, crisp apples and all the fun things that go along with this time of year.  I am usually push Summer aside by the middle of August, and here by the Bay with the fog an cool weather, I can pretend that Fall has arrived..........  I also enjoy all the fun decorations that go along with the two big events of Fall, the other being Thanksgiving!! 

With time mercilessly ticking away, Hallowe'en is now only 72 short days away!!  So, when I got the new Fall Yankee Candle catalogue in the mail (it seems that one comes about every 3 days anyway)  I was totally ready to get my Fall candles in the house....  they came the other day and of the 3 ordered I was most excited to get the Hallowe'en one.....

... called "Witches Brew" it is just perfect with the Hallowe'en cat topper I got a couple of years ago!!  The other two candles that came for the season were "Autumn Lodge" and "Farmers Market."  I was burning "Autumn Lodge" last night and it filled the house with a great leathery/pipe/smoky hearth scent that was just great!!!  I'm saving the "Witches Brew" for October!!
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle friends, over the weekend I did a little stitching on the samplers .....

... I finished up the Winter Wonderland border....

.... got a good running start on Rosy Morning border.....

... and I frogged a whole lot of the border on Summer Harvest.  The stitching used GAST "Avocado" and the dye lot of my skeins are really light and a sickly yellow/green -  I didn't like the way it was looking, so out it came.  I have pulled a few greens from my over dyed flosses that I think will work and will stitch some to which one I'll shift to.....
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So, what do you think of the new releases from the "Market?"  Quite a good effort for the most part, there are only two charts I'll be buying, one I've already bought and it's was from the designer, she released it Saturday morning on her Etsy Shop in conjunction with Market Releasing and I snapped one up....  and the other I'll wait to get until I'm back from my trip to add to the stash heap.  

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

Take care,
edgar

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Couple of Treats

Gentle Friends, I've not posted about any baking in a couple of weeks - for no real reason but laziness - It certainly doesn't mean that I've not been in the kitchen "rattling those pots and pans" as Rico is wont to say.  So I thought I'd wrap up the week with a couple of things that sort of popped out of the oven......

First up was something I had never heard of....  Blueberry Boy Bait Cake.... I do love blueberries and they were really nice this year so I found a great recipe on Smittin Kitchen, et voila a cake.....  the only things I changed was to add a bit of nutmeg and a big handful of extra blueberries to the batter.....


... it was a hit and so easy to pull together!!!

I also made a batch of Cowboy Cookies, this is my go to cookie, that lends itself to just about any kind of "added extra" ....  There are lots of recipes out there, but they are all about the same.  I really like dried cranberries included, but I didn't have any for this batch.  I did shift the 1 1/2 - 2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips to include some dark chips, some M&M's and some white chocolate chips, I also changed up the nuts to include almonds and walnuts, so there was a bit more going on, they are still great cookies!!


Here's a pretty good recipe, I didn't add the coconut this time, but have added it in the past and like the addition.
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!  have a great weekend!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thrifting Thursday

Gentle Friends, last weekend we were making the rounds to the usual shops and even a couple of estate sales and after all the looking and running around it was almost a bust.  When I go out to "thrift" I never have any notion I'll find something and sometimes I don't.  However, I did come away with a single fun piece.....

a great older matroyshka Santa Clause..... you pop him open and find......

... Mrs. Claus.... and, you pop her open and find....

... a Christmas tree!!  How great is this, and for only a couple of dollars at great little thing to take home.  I have always loved this great dolls, and have resisted for years collecting them - I see them quite often, usually not complete and missing parts, but such charm.  When I saw him in the case at Thrift Town (yes, that's the name of the place) I thought to myself if he's complete it's mine.....  I think I'll stick to the unusual ones......
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There you go sports fans - thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar