Monday, July 18, 2011

A Little Christmas Jig

Gentle Readers and Dear Friends another short weekend ends and a long week begins - boy do I bitch a lot about the short weekends!!  Here in Baghdad-by-the-Bay, as Herb Caen would call it, we had grey and overcast cool foggy weather - so it is summer still in SF.  I stitched, We estate saled, I  baked and did some laundry - it was a normal weekend at our house.
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Let me start off with my little finish - I started this last weekend and finished it up Friday evening - 

Blackbird Designs "Blessings be Thine" - on 32ct BoF Meadowlark - with my conversion of Belle Soie silk.  I am really pleased with the results.  It worked up very fast and I can certainly see myself stitching this up again.  Here is me on Friday evening....

....dancing a little Christmas jig.....  I really do enjoy stitching Christmas pieces and have lined up my next Holiday thing - just waiting for a couple of flosses to arrive.
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We got to a few estate sales on Saturday morning - here is the haul....


... 2 frames and a beautiful majolica mug.  The brown frame is kind beat up but easily fixed the silver one, who in their right mind spray paints a beautiful frame - it is just beyond my comprehension, but the lovely floral work is in perfect condition, I just have to fix the finish.  The mug is just great, from about 1870ish and still retains the gold highlights - it was a pretty decent day.
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I also whipped up a really great cake - another gem from "The Country Cook" - gotta love that Blog!! - I made the Honey Bun Cake.....


I am snaking away on a piece as I type - super easy and very tasty.  I made no changes to the recipe.  I will post it on the BBB tomorrow or you can click over to TCC today.
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That's about it for today sports fans.  I do thank you for stopping by
- hope your weekend was wonderful.  Do stop by agian!!

Take care,
edgar

35 comments:

Jenny said...

Oh, I love the BBD finish - yummy colors adn such a pretty design.
The silver frame is beautiful - under the spray-paint job... ;-)
Have a great week!

Joy said...

I love the Christmas piece. How will you finish it?

Sherry :o) said...

Hey Edgar, sounds like a routine weekend...but I like those kind; especially if I can get in stitching between the laundry and chores. Love the BBD finish - is that a stand-alone pattern or was it in a book? It is really pretty and does look like a quick stitch. Looking forward to see what you do to the silver frame. Your cakes (and all baked goods) look great. I have a rhubarb custard cake in the oven as I type this - first time trying the recipie but it is made with rhubarb picked minutes before baking so how can it go wrong! Have a good week.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats on your Blessings Be Thine finish. It looks fabulous.

robindefender said...

Your little Christmas piece looks simply gorgeous!

Rachel S said...

Great finish! How will you fix the frame?

Margaret said...

Your BBD finish is gorgeous! Love it! Those frames you found at the estate sales -- wow! Love that silver one. Hope you can fix the finish on it. What a shame they spray painted it.

Vonna said...

Edgar, your BDD is just gorgeous! I love that BoF meadowlark and it is stunning with your finish :)
I am in love with it totally!
and that cake...here I go again - away from your blog jealous and drooling in more ways than one ;)

Joy said...

Fantastic finish Edgar!! I have that pattern in my "to do" for September. The cake looks yummy!

Elisa said...

A fabulous finish Edgar...enjoy your jig!! That frame is super duper and the cake...mmmmmm yummy yum yum xx

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Wonderful BBD finish, Edgar! You had what sounds like a wonderful weekend! We sweltered in the 90+ degree temps! UGH!

Akila said...

Love Blessings be thine. What pretty frames, minus the spray paint of course lol.
Cake looks yumm. Do share the recipe

valerie said...

Congrats on your finish! It's gorgeous! Love the estate sale finds too!

natalyK said...

Love your BBD finish! Your color choices are beautiful

Teresa said...

Love the "Blessings" finish. Just beautiful. Looks like another delicious cake recipe, can't wait to try it.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

riona said...

he Blessings Be Thine piece and your conversion to Belle Soie is inspired.

As to the silver frame, is there anyway you could use paint remover to wipe off most of the paint just leaving tiny traces to give a "distressed" gilt look? I am not sure how that would look but it's worth a thought. Then if you didn't like the distressed look, you could go all the way, removing all the paint and restaining to your taste.

Denise said...

Love the 'Blessings Be Thine'! I stitched just the holly (with the border) for an ornament. It does
stitch up quickly.
The silver frame is really unique,
can't wait to see what ends up in it!
Still envying your temperatures....

Mama Joan said...

You beat me to the Honey Bun recipe. I just put together all the ingredients. Can't wait to make them. Although it is VERY hot here in MN and I don't like to have the oven on, so they may have to wait for a little cooler weather. Nice BBD finish.

Kathy said...

I love your Christmas finish. But then I love most Christmas finishes. :)

Love both the frames you rescued. That silver one will be gorgeous with the right finish. :)

Anonymous said...

I love your Blessings be Thine finish! Wow! You stitched that so fast! Take care, Lancy

Deb said...

OMG, you always have the best looking food on your blog. Great looking stitching too - but, oh that food.

I love your finish though. It's always been a favorite of mine and fantastic score on those frames. I especially love the silver one!

BrendaS said...

Great finish! It's always so nice to see Christmas finishes in July when we are in the middle of a heatwave:))) I'm so ready for cooler temps! SF weather sounds perfect!

Julianne said...

Edgar,

Congratulations on your BBD finish. It is really lovely on that fabric.

You really put me to shame with how fast you stitched the piece. Mine is languishing as a UFO. I bought the pattern from an online shop back in 2009 and recently discovered that it is an illegal copy of the leaflet! I feel a little guilty about stitching it although I paid for it and had no idea it was a photocopied pattern!

Stitchin' Sweet Sue said...

Really nice finish Edgar, perfect with Meadowlark! Got a big piece last summer, should really do something with it. Isn't The Country Cook great? Seems like many stitchers have recently discovered it.

Carol R said...

Beautiful Christmas finish!

Lynn said...

Your Blessings finish is gorgeous!! I did this one last year but didn't use the silks and there is definitely a difference. Your colours look much more vibrant.
That cake looks delicious. I will have to try that one whenever we return home from vacation.

Melissa said...

Wow, Christmas in July - what a gorgeous finish! I love the fibers you used!

Gabi said...

Lovely finish Edgar. Love also your color changes. And your frames.

Mouse said...

love that little finish you've done :) and I can see your happy "jig" they say time flies when you're having fun that's why the weekend goes sooo fast ..lol.... nice finds and can't wait to see what you manage to do with the silver frame ... and ooo that cake looks yummm .. save me a bit please :) love mouse xxxx

Christine said...

Wow, that BBD finish is stunning. Great haul at the estate sales too

Tracey said...

Beautiful finds! And I LOVE your finish, it's beautiful!! I know what you mean about the short weekends- Sunday night I am always wondering where the weekend went- and now that my kids are out of school I want to stay home even more!

Frances said...

I love that BBD finish! It is just beautiful and the colors are gorgeous. Next time you dance like that, you need to film it and put it on YouTube so all of us can enjoy it!

Carol said...

That is one of my favorite finishes of yours, Edgar--beautiful work!!

Pointed Stitcher said...

Blessings be Thine is beautiful. I've never stitched on BOaF linen, do you like it?

mdgtjulie said...

I somehow missed this post yesterday, but you mentioned it in today's post (or maybe yesterday's post) so here I am!! Lovely finish, and yes, I do see the hole where the initials are missing. But it's a beautiful piece. Grats on the finish (almost)! Hope you have a great day!