Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bada Bing - Bada BOOM!!

GR&DF - that was the sound of my computer not working yesterday when I got in to work. Heaven only knows what was up with this evil box of magic but I just couldn't make it open up and play nice. So I was at a loss to post any kind of anything - It just bit the big one!!! I tried off and on for a couple of hours and at about 8:30 the monster decided to work, but by that time I was not only behind in everything - I was unable to get any kind of post up - so sorry.

The weekend - or I should say the couple of days leading up to the weekend were really warm - our weather here in the City is usually very cool or comfortable, but sometimes we get the unusual heat wave and that was what was going on. Thursday and Friday, but especially Friday was the warmest of the three days - in the low 90's in some parts of the City. By Saturday morning you could tell the winds had shifted and by the afternoon our natural air-conditioning was back on and the fog was rolling in!!!

Saturday found us running around again in Dales Jeep with the top off (I wore a hat so no scalp burn) and finding quite a few treasures. Here is a snap -

Not as great a pile as some weeks but some nice pickins - I got a small planter, a tack hammer in the size I had been looking for - a great 3x5 flag, a nice old wood painted darning egg, a couple of DVD's and a sweet sterling frame with a picture of baby Freddie at 6 months old - it says so on the back of the picture - I cleaned that sucker up a little and the silver is a bright as if new it where a new frame - it was black when I bought it from the thrift store.

On Sunday we ran over to Eddies for breakfast and then stopped by the little farmers market over there. Here are a couple of nice market shots -

There where some beautiful heirloom tomatoes from Garcia Farms.....

and there was a new bakers stand at the Market - Bakers of Paris from Brisbane - their gorgeous bread was so tempting and....

so were the pastries - in fact they where so tempting we caved and got an apricot danish for Rico and I got a chocolate croissant. We also picked up a...

sweet baguette with seeds - the staff of life!! (sweet does not mean that the bread is sweet it only means that it is not made with sour dough - they have both sweet and sour breads)

Walking back to the car from the market we passed a small shop that had really interesting front windows - with a nautical theme...on the left was....

with a tiny mermaid floating in that glass ..... and on the right was this sculptural piece....

It was hard to get a decent snap but you can see how interesting she is. I enjoy just walking around different neighborhoods as you see the most interesting things in the windows.

On the stitching front I heard from Faye that the ornament I made for her had arrived. I knew that she likes Quakery things and she is from NC - so I thought why not combine the two - and I knew the perfect chart ... here is what I made for her -

It is called "Quaker Small" by Praiseworthy Stitches - two red birds and a great Quakery motif - you just can't beat that with a stick!!! I used Belle Soie silks on 32ct mystery linen. I made one of these for myself last year and just love it!! Faye says that she is very happy with the piece!!
I also finished up the stitching on Sail Away -

Here it is with only day light illumination - It is just chugging along - I loved stitching the three long bands - the repetitive in and out of the needle is so relaxing. Now on to the next part!!

Another piece I worked on was TiTD - and here is that progress....

I got the tree done and some of the fruit and leaves on - I need to get the letters and numbers on so that I can start that long and tedious filling in with the white.

I will skip the flickers today as this has gone on long enough.

Thank you for continuing to stop by read my babbling and still write nice comments!!!
I do appreciate them!!

Have a great one!

edgar

20 comments:

Sheila said...

Maybe that´s why I thought today was Monday - no posting from you yesterday :) I don´t very often comment (bad me!) but I do always read them. I see you have picked up the DVD for the tv series Pennies From Heaven - one of my very favourites :)

Margie said...

I love everything you have/are stitching on! And the bread display... I'm hungry now!

Rachel S said...

That little picture frame is beautiful. That is a treasure!

Margaret said...

What a bummer about your computer! Glad it's working again at least! That bakery stand looks soooo yummy! My husband bakes bread and just loves bakeries -- he would have gone nuts there! Sleepy Hollow (one of your DVDs) is a fun movie. Of course, I love Johnny Depp, which helps. :D I still haven't done this week's assignment on Sail Away. Have to get to that! Your TitD and the exchange are both lovely -- you're really zipping along on TitD!

Kathy A. said...

Wow, you have been busy.
Love your garage sale treasures.
Your market shots are beautiful as always. The bakery - OH MY - I would have brought home half the shop. Love that stuff.
Your stitching is beautiful as always. You always have the most interesting pieces on the go. Love the colors in Sail Away. I must try those silks.

Sharlotte said...

I can always count on you Edgar,to tempt with your pictures while I'm on this diet! :) Wonderful progress on your stitching.Love the piece you made for Faye! Also love the Sleepy Hallow movie.Great post as usual.

Julianne said...

Hi Edgar,

Oh, that bread looks so good! My DD recently went down to southern California and her biggest complaint was that the bread wasn't nearly as good as ours here in the north. We don't know how good we have it!

Are you only going to stitch the top portion of Sail Away? It looks great.

corinna said...

always fun to read your blog
see your stitchings and finds
i love that sleepy hollow version
i do not have text
what isGR &DF
i make up things for it but none satisfactory
smiles
c

Berit said...

I DID wonder where you were yesterday, lol! The exchange is, as are all of yours, quite darling. Band Samplers ARE relaxing. I've been stitching a beaded ornament, but now I think I hear that band sampler calling!!

Kielrain said...

mmmm... bread. Now I am hungry.

Love the progress on Sail Away. Such a pretty piece. You really seem to be moving fast on TitD. Lovely. And a beautiful exchange, as always. :)

Bronny said...

Your needles are smoking - great work. I'm enjoying watching it all grow. I was at our own local market yesterday and thought of you when I saw the display of fruit and vegetables - did I have a camera with me??? NO - I was racing to pick up a bag of potatoes on the way to work - I must remember to take it with me next week!
I enjoyed Pennies From Heaven - a sweet Steve Martin flick.
Thank you for the insight into your daily life - love the windows too!

Mos Los Vagabondos said...

You never babble! I so enjoy reading your blog, thanks.

Lana said...

Wow!! I love all your stitching!!! love the Ornament!!! Very pretty! And good job on finishing up Sail Away SAL. It's all beautiful!!!

Maggee said...

As always, you have done some excellent stitching! Beautiful! When I was growing up in SF, there was a bakery by my house in the sunset district on Vicente street, and they had a bread called Dutch Crunch! One of the loaves you captured with the 'cracks' across the top looks so much like it--my mouth is salivating thinking about that great bread! Thanks for the memory!

Tessa said...

I wonder what poor baby Freddie did to have his photo ditched out like that, silver frame and all!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Great job on SA and TiTD is gorgeous. I MUST do that one. Love the pics from the neighborhood and I would love to have that big wooden mermaid - gorgeous!

CindyMae said...

Great finds from Saturday! Love the pics from the Farmers Market. We decided to visit our local Farmers Market over the weekend and I about fell over at their prices. I know fresh is so much better, but geesh . . . they are almost robbing people here! Anyway, all of your stitching looks gorgeous, as always!!!

Sorry, I have not been commenting lately but been busy and then google reader deleted over half of my stuff! Grrrr!

Siobhan said...

Oh man... I love the mermaid stuff that you saw in that shop! Super cool. Great finds, too. I don't think I've seen the Johnny Depp version of Sleepy Hollow & I'd love to see it some time!

Fabulous stitching! Love the exchange piece--beautiful finishing.

Cathy B said...

Enjoy reading about your weekend treasure hunts; reminds me of when I was a little girl and would tag along with my cousin and aunt and visit estate sales!

Great stitching too! Love the ornament for Fay; Sail Away is gorgeous and you are making great progress on TitD!

Jennifer said...

I feel your computer-pain!! Luckily it was just one day and not WEEKS, like it is around here. The evil beast seems to be cooperating with me for now. Love all your stitchy pics. I need to get to photographing some stuff, although it is just tiny this-and-that.
Cute garage sale items. I could never understand how people can part with old family photos.