Monday, November 14, 2011

Two Stitches, Some Books and a Cake

Gentle Readers and Dear Friends welcome back to Monday morning - another week closer to Turkey Day!!  I think our menu is set and the tables are full!!  We have both family and friends coming over so our house will be full!
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Over the weekend I caught up on some stitching - some I can show and some I can't.  I can show my progress on the ABC Noel piece...


As you can see I finished up the lettres "T" and "U."  The stocking on "T" had about all the colours that this piece uses - not that you can see them, but they are there.  Then the Goose/Duck on "U" uses only about three colours - loved that one!!  The letter "V" has a little Santa like figure so he will get done in the next day or so.

I finished up the first part of the "A La Belle Etoile" SAL - and - I changed the linen....  The piece I had intended to use had a slight, but noticeable line through the middle - it looked like it was a fade line I had not noticed earlier.  So that piece was out and I will use it for small ornaments.  I pulled piece of 32ct "Smokey Pearl" from the stash box and it works a dream.  Here is a snap of it as it stands...


It looks kind of lopsided, but there you go.  I am now waiting for the second part to move on.   The stitching piece I can't show is and exchange piece I am working on - but you will see it eventually.
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We got to a couple of estate sales on Saturday and I pick up some great older books...

From l to r - "The Verney's" and newish book about an aristocratic English family. The older books are..."Treasures from Fairyland," inscribed to Leila Christmas 1893, a leather bound "Poems of Tennyson" and a great copy of "Wuthering Heights" by Bronte. - so for less that $5 I think I did pretty well!!
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Yesterday I was in the mood for an old fashioned pound cake - so I looked through a few cookbooks and found a nice recipe in a Southern Living 1983 Annual Recipes book for this...


... "Rum Glazed Lemon Pound Cake" - pretty tasty I must say!!  I'll  get that recipe up tomorrow.
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There you go sports fans - another nice weekend doing fun stuff!!  
Thanks for stopping by, do come again!!

Take care,
edgar

30 comments:

Berit said...

Great post! My favorites are the fairyland book and rum cake (!). :)

Rachel S-H said...

What great estate finds!

Sadie said...

Love your ABC Noel piece Edgar, looks like you are on the home straight with it :-)
The first thing I look at, at any sale, is the books. You found some real treasures.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Love your ABC Noel progress. I love the fabric you picked too. It's coming along nicely!

Natasha said...

Wow your ABC Noel is really coming along...I have been on a stash diet but I think I could break it for this piece HaHa.

That cake looks scrumptious!
Have a good Monday!

Natasha said...

May I ask where you purchased ABC Noel? I did a quick search but came up with nothing.
Thanks :)

Charity C. said...

Your ABC Noel is beautiful! I can't wait to see it finished and framed! And the cake you made looks soooo delicious! And a great find of the books!

Margaret said...

That ABC piece is coming out beautifully! Love the SAL piece too -- the linen is pretty. Those books -- what a deal! I love old old books that are leather bound like that. :D A sucker for them shall we say. lol! And as usual, the cake looks delicious!

Barb said...

I think the Southern Living cook books are great!!! I have tons of good recipes from them. The ABC Noel piece is wonderful. Good for you guys and having Thanksgiving in order. I'm still working on it!

geeky Heather said...

Love the colors on "A La Belle Etoile"!! Those books are gorgeous. And so neat to have an inscription on one!

I think the cake is an acceptable reason why the rum is always gone!

Jennifer said...

Love the slideshow of your needlework in the sidebar. I do wonder though, how come it is ALWAYS snowing in your little "weather box" app?

ariadne said...

The ABC is finishing beautifully! I looooved the books!Would you consider at some point to take pictures and show us some of the inside pages and illustrations of such books?AriadnefromGreece!

MoonBeam said...

Your alphabet project looks really cute close up, and that pound cake looks heavenly!

Bobbi

Peggy Lee said...

Love the Christmas sampler. Beautiful stitching as always.
That cake looks scrumptious.

Faye said...

Nice progress...... And, that cake!! Yummo~~

Deb said...

Bronte? Did you say, "Bronte?" I'm sooo jealous! Wonderful choices, Edgar. I haven't been by for eons, but wanted to see what's been up with you. Everything's looking very good, including the cake. :]
Deborah/LavenderRose
and now TheBookishDame

Mouse said...

oooo cake hehehe .. great finds on your estate haul and the sampler is looking good, letters to motifs still not matching ..lol and your re start looks fab on that fabric you've chosen :) love mouse xxx

marly said...

How nice those crisp colors look on that shade of linen (ABC piece). I remember a real rummy cake from many many years ago and it was fabulous.

Lynn said...

Wow, ABC Noel will be finished in no time! It looks fabulous!
Great start on your SAL. I love the fabric you've gone with.
Excellent estate finds!

Kielrain said...

Can't wait to see the completed ABC piece. It is looking great.

And This Little Pig said...

Rum Glazed Lemon Pound Cake! Edgar, I think my eyes just glazed over... mmmm... lovely books and beautiful stitching :@
LiBBiE in Oz

Sherry said...

That cake looks delicious! Your Christmas stitch is coming right along and I love all the motifs attached to the letters!

Rita said...

Beautiful stitching....your Christmas alphabet is coming right along.

That pound cake looks scrumptious!

Anne said...

Gorgeous progress so far Edgar!! I am drooling over your old books! I collect them too, and actually have an old 1901 Collected Poems of Tennyson book that I adore. But to find an old Wuthering Heights book, sigh, is so lucky! (I read that book in grade 7 and my teacher thought I was odd to read such a classic!)

Your rum cake looks and probably tasted divine!!

Carol R said...

Both ABC and your C Mon Monde SAL are looking great! Adore the 'bindings' on the books - leather tooled with gold leaf always looks so beautiful. They don't make books like that any more do they?

Julie said...

Abc Noel is stunning. Yummy cake!

Shari said...

your alphabet piece is looking wonderful....getting close to finished...I emailed the company but never got a reply from them..oh well, guess I won't be stitching it, but can continue to enjoy watching yours take shape.

Catherine said...

Great progress on your ABC piece! Love the SAL start as well.

Nancy said...

I love your ABC Noel stitching Edgar! It really is a beautiful piece. I hope you enjoy your SAL as much as I am. I just finished Part 3 yesterday. Wow, that pound cake looks delicious!

Carole @ Blue Chateau Interiors said...

You had me at RUM, dear. :)