Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, a few fun things I picked up this weekend...

...a great mid century sterling bowl, a  nice little piece of transfer ware, a vintage "Miami" plate made exclusively for Burdines c. 1950, which was a Florida department store that was bought by Macys, a great little film about a Hollywood murder in the 1920's, and a great little Indian painting with some silver leaf decoration.....

... here's a better snap of the painting of a god and consort??  not too sure.
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Little Wintery RAK

Gentle Friends, the mail over the weekend brought a sweet gift from a dear friend....

...  and it's because of this Blog that I met and have gotten to know her over the past 10 or so years... we all know her as The Twisted Stitcher and I know as Sweet Vonna.  I was lucky enough this Fall to meet up with her and her family here in the City for lunch and what a fun afternoon that was!! 
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There you go sports fans a lovely token of frinedship from a really lovley stitcher!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, still plugging away at Sarah.....

... I have finished up the line of over one and am now stitching on the little farm scene on the bottom of the piece. I spent a good portion of my "thinking about stitcing " time this weekend thinking about what I want to work on next......and I have some ideas brewing up....
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!
Take care,
edgar

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Freinds, we made it to some of the shops and an estate sale, even with all the weather blowing about....  nothing keeps me down when there could be fun stuff out there!!  Here's a snap...

... I found some fun DVD's to add the collection, the little cross is a small copy of the St Damiano Cross which is a Romanesque rood cross found in the Basilica of St Clare in Assisi, Italy.  The super framed photo I found in a pile of framed things at a Goodwill....


......if you remember my sordid past, I was once a curator in a museum in Florida and when I worked there we had an exhibition of fine art photo's by Clyde Butcher, so I knew right away - what - who and where this photo came from, I immediately picked it up for purchase.  

Back then, when I was curating the show I really wanted one of his photos but at the time just couldn't afford one.  There is a label on the back identifying that this particular framed photo came from Clyde's "Big Cypress Gallery" in Ochopee, Florida - it is signed on the front and dated on the back "2/22/97" and is titled "Kissimmee River #5 - 1995."  Now, you know if you've been reading this blog that I am really not a fan of Florida, too hot, too buggy, too sunny the list goes on and on.......... however, the natural beauty of the state is spectacular and this picture really epitomises what that beauty is like  (my photo of the photo is bad, sorry), when I lived in Florida near the Tomoka River at that time had large stretches of area that looked very much like this, and natural areas like this are quickly disappearing under the developers shovel!!

 Now, flash forward to this past weekend...when I went to buy it I had know idea that it was actually on sale so I paid an even smaller fraction of the original price - so woohoo for me and the bargain of the week!!!
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, January 9, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, well, it's Monday morning again and we've come through a very wet, windy and a bit wild weekend and it's only the second week of the new year.  We did make it out to the stores Saturday and made it through the rain to 8 am Mass, aside from that we stayed in most of Sunday and I got a bit more done on Sarah....  here's a snap...

... there is just one more alphabet to stitch, an over one lower case that fits in the space between the box and cursive alphabets.
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Last Christmas Libation...

Gentle Friends, Christmas is still lingering about here by the bay.... a few days ago Mitchells Ice Cream posted on their facebook page about putting the reminder of their Egg Nog at 1/2 price.... well, knowing that this delicious handmade nectar is on the expensive side normally and they only make it for a very short time over Christmas... I knew I needed to stop on the way home  (it's sort of in our neighborhood) and pick some up.....

... and we've have been enjoying it every evening!!!  I do love me some egg nog - and know that not everyone likes it...  sometimes I "nog" it with rum, sometimes whiskey,  and sometimes I use both whiskey and rum.... I always grate lots of nutmeg into the glass, stir in the "nog" and then pour the creamy egg nog over it all. delicious!!  I think what makes this brand different it how extremely thick it is, almost too thick, but really just right!!
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, over the long weekend I stitched some on Sarah, here's a snaperoo....

... I'm really enjoying the different stitches used for different parts of the alphabets, regular cross, double cross, oblong cross,  rice stitch, and block.....  it's nice to have some variation!!  I'm also adjusting as I stitch along bits and pieces to even things up or where I think it looks better.
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It's a wet Tuesday, and we're expecting lots more rain all week.  It's nice to have so much rain again after so many dry years....  That's about if for today sports fans, not much going on around the old homestead - we did take down and toss out all the dry Christmas greenry yesterday so the house is much less festive....  

Take care,
edgar

Saturday, December 31, 2016

.... as another year ends........

....... I hope for everyone....... a wonderful and happy........
......and an open champagne bottle with clover leaves don't hurt either!!
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Have a super evening see you next week!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Little More Christmas....

Gentle Friends, our Christmas started off with a visit to the Flower Market Christmas Eve morning so that Rico could pull together one of his table arrangments for Dinner on Christmas Day.... 
here's the result....

... I failed to get a better picture before dinner so here's the best shot I have.... made up of roses, lilies, nandina berries, pine, juniper, laurel leaves, and some super variegated cabbages, it was another tour-de-force al la Rico!!  and the table was all the better for it!!
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We attended Midnight Mass (at 10 pm) and it was a lovely, we got home around 11:30 pm and it was off to bed.... the next morning we had a sour cream coffee cake and some sausage pinwheels... we had some friends coming over for Christmas Dinner so I got moving on that meal mid morning.....

Here's the table before we sat down.....

...  to eat at around 4....  the menu was...
Baked ham
Dinner rolls
cranberry /dried cherry sauce
green beans with toasted almonds
mashed potatoes 
Melon Pickle

... and as the tradition in my family I had made a Birthday cake for baby Jesus...  this year it was...

... my take on a traditional Sugar Plum Cake with a cream cheese frosting, 
which we served with a nice champagne....

... the cake was deliciously moist if a bit crumbly, but everyone enjoyed it and was a total winner!!
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There you go sports fans, some highlights from our Christmas by the Bay. 
Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends,  just a quick post today with a snap of where I am with 
Sarah after the long weekend....

... I finished up the vine, berry and grape border and have started to stitch away on one of the alphabets...  
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar