Monday, March 29, 2010

Another SF Weekend!!

GR&DF - well, another weekend quickly over and once again we sit on the precipice of the week. I am sitting here looking at only a three day week. A three day week - why that's crazy you say... ahhh, but it isn't as I have taken off Thursday and Friday and next Monday, Tuesday AND Wednesday. The reason being is that I took no time off but the few days around Christmas last year and my PTO (Personal Time Off - we don't call it Vacation any longer) is stacking up. If I don't take some of it then it will cap off and will stop accruing. So all I could think of was to wrap some "days off" around the Easter weekend - and even though I had planned to barricade the door and sit and stitch for a week the time is already getting eaten up by outside forces beyond my control!!

Over the weekend I did accomplish the finish of the Memorial sampler - I actually had to stop Friday night and put it down so that I could finish it on Saturday. Here are some snaps.....




2-4-2010 / 3-27-2010
Memorial Sampler - Midsummer Night Designs
36ct LL Vintage something - using the rec. GAST & CC Floss

Sorry about how wonky this piece is. I took these in the middle of the afternoon yesterday and still can't seem to get a decent snap!! I am also not as happy with the word spacing at the bottom - as the space is a sort of squeeze and I wish I had started two thread higher...I still may go back and frog all the words..... but then again I might just leave it - I haven't decided yet.

On Saturday we ran around to quite a few Estate/House sales - we even stopped in on some friends who where having a sale - they are moving to NY so everything was for sale!!
We picked up this -

Our friends who where selling up actually had two of these but by the time we got there one had already sold. They gave some killer parties and would serve both red and green Margarita's!! This will be a super addition to any festive occasion!! I also picked up a few other bits at other places...


Here is the haul - 3 old frames, a book I wanted to read, a nice older pamphlet about the California Missions, a nice little Italian Icon, an old tomato, a cute little china Teapot pin cushion, a Mason's "Vista" farmers cup, a great older sock egg and another super linen tea towel of the attractions in London.

Yesterday started off with breakfast at our usually GS (greasy spoon) place - Eddy's.
Outside was this sweet puppy...

This is such a dog friendly city you see this many times all over!!
This puppy was totally sweet and of the non-barky variety!

After breakfast we then ran over to the little farmers market on Grove and I got these snaps...


We picked up some of these tulips - and they are just lovely!!

here is snap of the other things we got...

The honey is really delicious and is from sage flowers around Turlock down in the Valley - it is a beautiful pale colour. We got the bread at the liberty Cafe over in Bernal Heights - I turned the cauliflower into this..

a tasty Gratin of Cauliflower - from a recipe of Julia Child's.
Over at the Liberty Cafe I got these snaps...

We parked the car and walked past this display of colour - the guy that was selling these was sitting in his van with his bong and was totally enjoying the lovely day!! Outside of the cafe is a patio area and there are these....


...beautiful wisteria everywhere - I love these flowers and even though they are a very destructive vine - the floral display is magnificent!!! I also got this snap of other goodies inside the cafe...


I'm not sure what these are but they were really great looking in the case.

Well, my dears I have droned on enough today and will let you go. Thank you so much for stopping by and do come again!!

Take care,
edgar

26 comments:

Laura said...

Edgar, the memorial sampler for your father is just lovely!

Luned said...

What a beautiful way to commemorate your father's memory. Lovely!

Glenna said...

What yummy looking pictures, especially of the bread and the cauliflower. And I hear you about outside forces preventing a massive case of stitch ass when all you want to do is relax and stitch on vacation. I keep meaning to take a stitch vacation, and something always comes up. We get PTO too, which I love.

Sharlotte said...

Oh wow Edgar! The memorial sampler turned out great! But I knew it would! Great frames, you can fill 'em fast I know! Hubby reads your posts too sometimes and he commented that you must really like margeritas! Love all the flowers, such beauties. You guys really got around! Speaking of Julia Child, I seen the movie "Julie and Julia" yesterday. Have you seen that one? So glad that you will be having some time off. Does that mean a break from blogging? Please say no! :) (begging on both knees! )

Rachel S said...

Lovely photos.

Jennifer said...

The Memorial Sampler made me a bit teary-eyed. It is such a lovely tribute to your father. I know I must make one of these soon as I really treasure my link to the past generations.

Carol R said...

The memorial sampler for your father is just beautiful!

Great SF snaps - keep 'em coming!

staci said...

Lovely sampler! Looks like you had a great weekend :) Enjoy your Easter holiday!!!

Stitcher said...

What a wonderful finish

Natasha said...

The memorial sampler turned out great. I have been tossing the idea around if I should stitch this in memory of my Mom,5/30/04 I think after seeing yours all stitched up I just may have to add this to my list.

I love your weekend adventure pics.That bread with the honey looks very tasty as does the cauliflower au grautin Mmmm. I agree wisteria, while beautiful to look at is a terrible vine to have I see alot of houses around my area covered in it, poor houses LOL PLUS the seeds and pods are poisonous if eaten

Enjoy your lovely days off :)

Sherry said...

The Memorial Sampler finish is just lovely, Edgar! I can't wait to see it framed.

Great pictures of your Saturday. I love the old tomato you found! Wisteria and Forsythia are two of my favorites to welcome Spring.

valerie said...

What a beautiful tribute to your father...congrats on your special sampler finish...it looks wonderful! Sounds like another great weekend in SF!

Kathy said...

I just love the Memorial Sampler. Love it!

And I love all your photos. Great finds at your sales. Gorgeous flowers and yummy food.

Now I am hungry. Darn it. All I have are some pretzels. :(

LOL

Margaret said...

I absolutely love your Memorial Sampler! It's so beautiful, and a lovely tribute to your father. I just got a copy of the same book that you picked up -- I've been wanting to read this book on Abigail for a while now! I bet you paid less than I did though -- I did get it at a used book store, but the prices there weren't so great. I just love all the pics of SF! We have Wisteria in our back yard and have to periodically cut it down as it tries to invade everywhere. I love the flowers, but like you said - destructive!

Kielrain said...

I should know better than to read your blog when I am hungry. You always have snaps of such yummy things.

The memorial sampler is beautiful.

Quiltsmiles said...

LOvely memorial for yoru father. Beautiful stitching as is normal. I had a thought though of the spacing and wondered...Instead of ripping out all the words and trying to get better spacing, how about eliminating the 3 trees in the bottom. The other designs are lower and you'd get more room that way.
Also, I just received my lovely package from you today. Thank you so much. I really appreciate it and I let you know when I get on e of them stitched up and finished. Lovely photos and thank you again. Happy Easter.
Jane

DonnaTN said...

The memorial sampler is a wonderful tribute to your father. Congratulations on getting it finished on the correct date. I will be jealous of you and your 3 day week! Have a great time and keep those unforeseen elements from eating up too much of YOUR time!

Maggee said...

Edgar--you did a terrific job on the memorial sampler. I have never seen it done, but I know your version ROCKS! BTW--if you ever wander down to the beach in the Sunset district and feel like taking pictures of a particular street, I would love to see what my old house looks like now... :)

Hugs.

corinna said...

the sampler is beautiful
it is one of those you could see hanging on a wall 100 years from now and think..."nice"

Myra said...

Your memorial sampler is gorgeous. What a wonderful tribute.

Karyn said...

Oh my, the sampler is beyond gorgeous, Edgar, what an awesome tribute to your father. The colors are awesome and I think the letters look perfect! Your stitches inspire me....someday ;)
I'm glad that you were able to get out and enjoy the day, my sister lives in Sebastapol and said it was a beautiful weekend! Here in CT it rained and rained and rained :)
Enjoy your time off and get some stitchy time in....and post more fabulous pictures please.
Hugs
Ma

Tracey said...

Great snaps as always!! Our wisteria hasn't blossomed here yet which is really surprising- hopefullly soon..
Your sampler is lovely!

Littlebit said...

At the risk of sounding redundant, your memorial sampler is just beautiful. I love the photographs you always share. That toile cup..love it! And the Abigail Adams book--ENVIOUS of your finds. :) Have a great day!

Berit said...

What a stately finish! Very nice way of honoring your father; incidentally, I didn't know you were "the fourth". :)

Man, now you've got me wanting a "rich" cauliflower dish. I've got two heads of it in the fridge; looks like it's going on the menu tonight! :P

P.S. the word verification is "primsman". lol!

Catherine said...

What a beautiful way to remember your father!

Thanks as always for the great photos!

J Rae said...

What a gorgeous, gorgeous memorial sampler of your father!!!

That cauliflower gratin looks yummy!