Monday, March 2, 2009

A fun and rainy weekend....

The fun was Saturday and the rain was Sunday - not really but that is what it seemed like. Today and for the next few days it is supposed to rain and rain and more rain - and boy, can we use it!! I know that other areas of the country are just dry as a bone - talking to my Mom last Thursday she told me that the fires in Florida have got a jump on the year and have started up already - talk about dry as a bone!!

Lets get to the weekend - Dale and I (HI Dale - he is now a lurker out there reading this blog so I can't say anything too mean) took off on our weekly hunt for the wonderful and found quite a few things. Here is a snap of my treasures....

Isn't this an odd group of things?? I found the Ecko spoon and picture at the same place - each for a $1. The picture I really love as it has a name and date on the back - 1935. As you can see I have another Christmas plate.... now I have two - so what's up with that?? Just something else to collect dust but isn't it sweet?? I am a sucker for blue and white anyway and being a Christmas thing just makes it that much nicer!!!

On Sunday Rico and I got over to Eddie's - our breakfast joint and found that the little farmers market has started back up... we got.... strawberries...


these lovelies are from Gilroy - the Garlic capital of the world.... and....

these from Garcia's Farms outside of Merced. We also picked up some onions, bear claws and some tulips - that really brighten up the house. It is just getting going again after being closed for a couple of months so I expect there will be way more people there as the weeks go on. After we left the farmers market we headed over to the Antique Collective (Mall) and did some browsing. I found this...

A lovely copy of an early Sieanese(?) triptych of a Madonna with saints. Rico bought this for me - wasn't that sweet of him!!!!! I love it!!! and have it hanging up already!!

On the stitching front I know that Carol S received the ornament I made for her. She is the recipient for February for our Group Ornie Exchange. Here is a snap -


I also did up part 4 of the Grand ABECEDAIRE piece....

and I finished an exchange piece that will get mailed tomorrow.

That's about it for today - this has gone on far too long!!!

I did want to answer a question from Friday - for craft-i-leigh - I also started off learning and working on Aida cloth - and when I got back into cross stitching a few years ago I found out about linen and was totally intimidated by the stuff!! I eased into it by working a couple of printed on linen pieces then jumped in with 28 ct - now I really only work on 32 or 36 count splotchy hand dyed stuff - I don't use any company exclusively but use different ones depending on the actual fabric - now I wouldn't go back to Aida cloth as linen has such a nice feel to work with and the finished product is so very nice - hope that helps.

Thank you all for stopping by!!

Take care,
edgar

14 comments:

Margie said...

Your Grand ABECEDAIRE is looking great! So far all I have done is collected the four sections. But seeing yours is giving me ideas. :-)

Carol R said...

Sprouts - yuk - but the strawberries look delicious!

Grand ABC is looking great - I have downloaded the parts but not made a start on this one - yet!

Love the ornie you made for Carol!

Hi to Dale! You could start your own blog and we could then read about you!

Dianne said...

Beautiful!!! You're stitching these parts so quick as they come out! Wonderful finds at the market...and your gift from Rico is lovely, too!

gazette94 said...

You are a fast stitcher ! Your squirrel look so nice in his real colors !
Sorry you have to wait now for the 5th section ! Some people told me the time is too long between each part, I need to make an opinion poll on my blog..

Yoyo said...

Boy I love ya 2 death Edgar but if Claire starts putting out ABC any faster I may bang you on the head with that new Ecko spoon of yours! I barely got part 3 completed this weekend and out comes part 4. Your squirrel does look particularly good in these colors. Inge also got her's done already (blues). Your new tripytch is marvelous!!!!!!!

Maren said...

Yummy sprouts and strawberries! Yay for your farmers' market!

That was a lovely find at the flea market, too. Kudos to Rico!

Grand ABC is really coming along. It looks so good!

doris said...

Your picture of brussel sprouts almost makes me wanna try to like them.

Pretty ornament and beautiful Grand ABC.

Margaret said...

Yummy things! Have you ever roasted brussel sprouts? My favorite way to eat them! Just cut off the stem end and take off the tough leaves. Cut the big ones in half. Toss with a lovely olive oil, salt and pepper then put on a cookie sheet and roast them in the oven at 375 for about 30 minutes, shaking them periodically. The leaves that fall off and get super crispy brown are better than any chip you've ever had! You'll love it this way. I do asparagus the same way too!

Chiasmata said...

Hi Edgar,

It's Kate, I'm stitching a needleroll for you for the Make A Wish exchange forum. It's all done! I was wondering if I could grab your address? Thanks. :)

Sherry said...

Those strawberries look delicious! I almost licked my monitor! Hope they taste as good as they look.

celaine53f@comcast.net said...

Edgar, you made quite a find over the weekend! Could be worth a lot of $$$. Email me.

Erica said...

I can't believe how lucky you are to keep finding those plates. The one you found is Bing and Grondahl and while it isn't quite as valuable as the other plate you found, it is still worth about $30. Juleaften really translates to Christmas Eve.

Great stitching too. :-)

Von said...

Love Margaret's brussel sprouts idea. I'm just now at age 51 getting over my supposed hatred of the sprouts after tasting fresh ones prepared properly. My mom always bought those awful frozen things and cooked them to death. :D

I sometimes roast my asparagus, now I'll do the same with the b. sprouts! Yum!

Love those farmers' markets. :)

Michele said...

I just love Farmer's Markets! Can't wait till they start up again here :)

lol about the brussel sprouts .. I hate them, but my boys all love them. For St. Patty's day we do corned beef and brussel sprouts!

I'm going to have to try your way of preparing them (and Margaret's way too) :)