Monday, April 30, 2012

A Weekend Finish

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Gentle Readers and Dear Friends another weekend come and gone - it was lovely here in the City by the Bay.  I made it to a couple of Estate sales and the regular Thrift/Consignment Shops, did some cleaning around the house, a couple of loads of laundry..... you know the usual stuff you do on the weekends.  

I also stitched/worked exclusively on Shores of Hawk Run Hollow.... and finished that sucker up!!  I was determined to get'er done and so I could move on to another project... 

Here are some snaperoos...

close up of Blocks 2 & 3

The large center Block 6/7 and a close up of Block 10


and the entire piece....


"Shores of Hawk Run Hollow" by Carriage House Samplings
August 14, 2010 - April 29, 2012
36ct Vintage Autumn Gold, NPI Silks

I stitched this in spurts and it did sit in my WIP's basket for long periods of time.  I think that's due to complete burn out at some points - where I just had to take a break from this piece.   I made two major changes from the original as charted directions.  The First change came in Block 8 - I personalized it with an ancestor from my Family Tree - and the Second change is I used NPI 928 Atlantic Blue instead of 993 Black for the Box outlines - and I am so happy I did.  The black, to my eye, did not set off all the blue's in the piece.  Even with taking breaks and a bit of gripping along the way  - it is a great stitch....  but you do need perseverance in some of the fill stitching areas!!!
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Here are my "treasures" I found out and about on Saturday....


It is really hard to tell the size from this snap..  the rolling pin is a half size one, the Longaberger Basket is small and called tan "Herb Gathering" basket... I think, and is dated 2003 (for 80 cents how could I pass it up??) The little Belleek is from the 1960's, the Icon is on a piece of turned wood the size of a goose egg - the picture is the Veil of St Veronica - it is hand painted and gilded with some Cyrillic writing on it..... and the great transfer ware bowl everything is in dates to about 1900 - not a bad haul.
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That's about it for today sports fans - don't forget to sign up for my 5th Blogaversary Drawing.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday Wrap Up

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Gentle Readers and Dear Friends it is Friday and two glorious days of "not work" time are in front of us.....  well, all the house chores are work.... and need to get done - and I started last night by getting all the laundry done - and I'll get the regular house stuff - dusting and vacuuming out of the way tonight.  We have no big plans - I know of at least one Estate Sale I want to get to and the regular consignment/thrift store places that I need to pop into - but other than that no plans!!!  WooHoo!!
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I wanted to show the little bit of stitching I have done on Shores this week... 
kind of an update shot....


... so far there is the stump and some disembodied legs .... I will continue working on this until it is finished.  I sort of scratched around in my stash a couple of times an have almost decided on a MAP instead of BAP for my next Project.  I converted the DMC colours to Belle Soie and now need to figure out a piece of linen to use and I'll be set to go.  I also worked up a conversion for May Cottage I think I will use - and - I have June Cottage on the way....  I am not sure about that white house???
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Here are a couple of snaps of the flowers on the balcony that Rico planted -they are doing really well!!




There you go sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by, do stop again!! 
 Don't forget to sign up for my 5th Blogaversary Drawing on Mondays POST.

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lovin' Prairie Schooler!!!

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Gentle Readers and Dear Friends the weather has gotten quite damp...  it rained off and on all night and now it seems to be clearing out so that we can have a dry and lovely weekend!

A while back I signed up for the HOE Ornament Exchange, this go round the theme was Prairie Schooler.  Yesterday the mail brought me a lovely ornament from Lisa, over at Lisa V's Lounge.  It is super cute......


The design is from "Button Up" and I love it!!!  The stitching and finishing are just perfect and it will look super on the tree next year!!  Thank you so much Lisa!! 
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Just a reminder about my 5th Blogaversary Drawing - don't forget to leave a comment on yesterdays post to be included.
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That's about it for today sports fans!  Thanks for stopping by - do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Celebrating my 5th Blogaversary!!!!!!

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Gentle Readers and Dear Friends thanks so much for once again stopping by my little Bit of Blogland!!  On May 9th (in two weeks) I will have been writing my little Blog for 5 years!  I really can't believe it has been that long - I still enjoy the daily interaction and commenting with everyone in the Stitching Community.  I must once again thank Carol over at Garden of Stitches a wonderful stitcher, dear friend and my Blog mentor .....and the reason I started in the first place!!
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Now, I have had lots of different Drawings and Gift-a-ways here and thought what could I do this time that would be a bit different????   Well, I have been thinking on this for a bit now and have come up with something that I hope you all will enjoy.....  a Gigantic Movie Gift-a-way!!  What brought this about was my going through and just straightening up and putting away the tons of DVD's I have.  They seem to migrate from the shelf home they have to where ever there is a Player!  While doing this I found that I have quite a few duplicates of things .....  since movies and films are a big part of my life and this Blog instead of just letting these sit around gathering dust...  I have come up with 5 different Themed Drawings  (1 for each year!!)

1. The Musicals


This collection includes: "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" - 1954, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" - 1953, "Moulin Rouge" - 2001, "Dreamgirls" - 2006 and "Till the Clouds Roll By" - 1946

2. Christmas

This collection includes: " How the Grinch Stole Christmas" - 2000, "Scrooge" - 1970, "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" - 1966 / "Horton Hears a Who" - 1970 and "White Christmas" - 1954

3. Drama Collection I

This collections includes: "Desk Set" - 1957, "LoTR - The Two Towers" 2 Disc Version - 2002, "The Corpse Bride" - 2005, "The Last Emperor" - 1987 and "Gone With the Wind" single Disc version - 1939.

4. The Barbra Collection

This collection includes:  "The Television Specials" a 5 Disc Set - 1965-1973 (technically not movies but really great!!), "Funny Girl" - 1968 and "The Sound of Music" The 5 Star Collectors Edition - 1965

5. Drama Collection II

This collection includes: "Gone With the Wind" 4 Disc Collectors Edition - 1939, "All About Eve" - 1950 and "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" - 1962

There you go - the 5 Collections.  Now, to enter this Drawing you will need to be a follower of my little Blog and leave a comment on This Post Only by May 8th at 2 pm PST.  

In the Comment you leave here please indicate the Collection or Collections you would like AND what kind of Movie Candies you enjoy !!  I'll have the Hag Claw draw the 5 Winners and Announce them on May 9th.  This Drawing is open to anyone anywhere the Mail delivers in the World.  The DVD's are all Region 1 but will play in Multi Region Players or Blu Ray Players.
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Do stop by again!!!

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Making a Cake

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Gentle Readers and Dear Friends thank you so much for all your kind comments about yesterdays post.  Although I have really enjoyed stitching Shores, I am ready to wrap that sucker up!!  I was asked if I have all the HRH charts - the answer is yes, I have already stitched up Village at HRH and this will be the second HRH for me to finish.  I think this is a great series.  Looking into the future after Autumn at HRH I think I'll probably do Christmas and then wrap up the series with Houses, but that's a long way off.....
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Last night I worked on Shores, that will be the project of choice until it is finished.....  
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Now, on to the Cream Cheese Coffee Cake.  I often catch on PBS "Americas Test Kitchen" a great show and so easy to follow - in fact of the 4 Magazines I get - 2 of them are "Cooks Illustrated" and "Cooks Country."  The recipe can be found on their Web Site - HERE - I won't re-post that, but I will show some snaps of me making it .....

One of the great things about this recipe is that for the most part the ingredients are things you would probably have in your kitchen - I had everything except a lemon!!

So get everything together first - I like to do this just to be organized.

First you make the crunchy topping.. then the batter... then the filling.... reserving 1 cup of batter...


Spread the filling around in the middle ready for that last cup of batter to cover....

After spreading that last bit of batter you swirl in figure 8's the move the filling about.... I used a long skewer....

Then you sprinkle the lemon zest/sugar/almond sliver topping over the cake, pressing slightly so that it sticks....


After about an hour  - and a toothpick comes out clean - you take the cake out, cool it in the pan for about an hour, then turn it out for another 1 1/2 hours of cooling before slicing.....


I was very happy to find this recipe as Rico really enjoys a cream cheese coffee cake - and this is a really easy and tasty one!!!  The only two changes I made were to grease and flour the cake pan (the recipe calls for just a spray of Pam) and I cooked it at about 325 degrees for a little longer than called for.  I like to cook larger cakes and bit longer on a lower temperature.
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Weekend Just Flew By....

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Gentle Readers and Dear Friends why does it seem that the weekend is so short and the weeks are soooo long???  I try not to ponder that age old question too much...  it hurts my already overtaxed brain!!

We really did absolutely nothing out of the ordinary over the weekend.... a highlight for Saturday was  running some errands.  I did drop off an older stitched finish at the framers....  that will be ready in a couple of weeks.  It will be so nice to get it framed and up on the wall - instead of rolled up and in a drawer!!
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Saturday was a really lovely day here in SF - the weather was perfect - bright sunny and in the high 70's low 80's, depending on where in the city you were.  I sort of cleaned house and watch the weather blow by - but that was fun also!!  Sunday the weather fell into the high 50's and the fog rolled in over Twin Peaks...  so everything was back to normal in about 24 hours - cool and windy!
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I worked on Shores and finished up the "Pale Grey" on Block 8 - here is a snap of both Block 8 and 12 - I got the last square going.....


As you can see I am leaving the long stitched rigging on the ship on Block 8 until I complete all the cross stitching.  Here is an over all snap of Shores...


I am totally stoked about getting to the last block... !!  I also hauled out my next Hawk Run Hollow piece to start.  I think I will go with Autumn at HRH as the next one to work on.  I went over all my NPI Silks and find that I have about 1/2 of them already in my stash so I need to collect up the rest of them and decide on the Linen - then I can get going on that one.  That may be my 2013 Start on January 1st!!
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We stopped off after breakfast yesterday at the Alamo Square farmers Market and I got some shots over there....

The tulips where really lovely....

We picked up some Iris' and Sunflowers for the house...

and here's a quick Movie Trivia Question..."The calla lilie's are in bloom again..."  who said it and in what film was it said......???  
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I'll wrap up today's post with the cake I made yesterday...

It's a Cream Cheese Coffee Cake - I'll talk about it more tomorrow.
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by - do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Friday, April 20, 2012

Winner, Winner Chiken' Dinner!!

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Gentle Readers and Dear Friends we have arrived at Friday - almost unscathed... and as I said on Monday I would announce the Winner of the Gift-a-way this morning.  I took quite a few snaps of the event - the BoD (Bowl of Destiny), some great who hound shots, and even the "Claw" drawing the winning name.......  but alas, my camera with all those pictures sits forlorn at my house as I sit here at work typing.  Soooo that means a no snap Post.  

But, that will not keep me from announcing the Winner - who is Margaret from over at "Days of a Sampler Lover."  Go check out her great Blog!!  She has done some lovely Samplers!!!!  Thank you all for entering!! 
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On Wednesday, May 9th I will be having a Drawing/Gift-a-way in honour and to celebrate my 
5th Blogaversary!!  

 
I will be getting the Prizes over the next few days...  I think I have a pretty good Idea of something a bit different but totally me and my Blog!!  

That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Last Day....

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Gentle Readers and Dear Friends thanks so much for chiming in about yesterdays post...  as many of you already know I enjoy history - all kinds (painting, architecture, biography, music.. you name it) - all the time - everyday - all day.....  I always have.  It's just what makes me so damn lovable!!  

So, I am very happy that the post about the 106th Anniversary of "the BIG One" went over well.  That little clip is actually from a much longer piece of film - I liked the shorter version since they had added some sound to it.  One of the more interesting aspects of the film is how people just walk out into traffic and in front of moving vehicles.  Nothing has changed here since then...  you see people just walking out into traffic not looking  - crossing the busiest streets -  in fact on the way home just yesterday I had the green light and some chickster walked right in front the car like I was supposed to stop for her!!!  I had some choice words for her as I drove by.....  ask Rico! 
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I have been up to absolutely nothing all week - stitching a little in the evenings on Shores - doing the Pale Pearl fill on Block 8 - so no updated snap of that.
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Today is the last day to get in on my Mini Gift-a-way Drawing - I will haul the BOD out and get the Hag Claw.......

 
...... to draw a winner and announce it in the morning.  If you would like to get your name thrown in the mix make sure to post a comment on Mondays Post no later than about 1:00 PST today - 
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That's about it for toady sports fans!!  Thanks again for stopping by, do stop again!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

106 Years Ago at 5:12 AM...................

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Gentle Readers and Dear Friends today is the 106th Anniversary of the great San Francisco Earthquake.....on April 18, 1906 at 5:12 AM the City was shaken awake by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake.  This quake shook the city for almost a minute and in that minute most of Downtown and most buildings fell apart or fell down... but it wasn't the shaking and destruction of buildings it was the fires and the firestorm that followed that laid the city in ruins...


This photo was taken from the top of Alamo Square looking towards downtown.  I lived by Alamo Square for years and the views are superb and iconic of the City - the numerous Tour Buses that unload here daily is astounding.  A Must see spot for any visitor!!

The aftermath of the fires leveled so much of the downtown area that for blocks and blocks there were only bits of buildings left standing...


I could go on and on with the information about the Quake, but, if you click HERE you can read more about it.

In all the time I have lived here, about 20 years, I have felt quite a few quakes, nothing like the '06 one - usually shallow ones that last only a few seconds.  It is very unnerving as you move or bounce with the waves of energy that wash over you during a quake.  We hear all the time that another major Quake is in our future... probably within in the next 50 or so years.  They come in cycles and we are way over due for a BIG one!!

Here is a YouTube Clip from "A Trip Down Market Street" shot from the front of a Cable Car on April 14, 1906....  4 days before most of what was you see in this film was destroyed......


That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Very Short Tuesday Post

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Gentle Readers and Dear Friends thanks so much for your great comments - I love reading them!!!

Not too much going on today - I posted the recipe for the Poppy-Seed Cake over at Blacksheep Bakes.


I included the changes I made to the original recipe.  
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I walk past this mural every day - in fact this entire ally is covered in murals. I don't think I have ever shown any of them here so I thought I would today....


Every day I see this and think to myself...  It almost looks like a quilt of a bear.  It is a very large work that you really do not get form the snap.
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Don't forget - If you want to get in on the drawing - to leave a comment on yesterdays POST.  I will take entries up until Thursday afternoon and will announce the winner on Friday Morning!!

Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, April 16, 2012

A Monday Post with a Little Gift-a-Way Drawing

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Gentle Readers and Dear Friends thanks so much for all the great comments and e-mails about Friday's post.  It is really interesting how much I have learned about where my Ancestors travelled from and what is "Right" and what is "Wrong" with all the Family stories.  I am often very frustrated with the lack of info and where some lines just sort of sputter out and end, but I guess them's the breaks!!  I should be grateful for the lines that I can trace further back than I ever thought I would be able to.  Most of my digging and Info gathering I have been doing on Ancestry.com - a very good starting point - IMHO.
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Over the weekend I finished up my Exchange Piece and it goes out in today's mail and should arrive by the end of the week.

I also worked on Shores....


I got the box for Block 12 stitched in and started on the Pale Pearl Grey fill on Block 8.
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Didn't do too much else...  whipped up this little Poppy Seed Cake yesterday....


I found the recipe on AllRecipes.com - I'll post the link in the morning with my few changes.
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We also stopped by an Estate Sale.  There weren't too many things I was interested in - except this....


I know there are quite a few JA Fans out there so I picked this wonderfully illustrated book to have a Drawing Gift-a-Way.  This will be a quick Drawing  - To enter all you need to do is be a Follower of my Blog, and Post a Comment on this Post only, that you want to be entered - Open to anyone anywhere the Mail can get this book to you.  I will draw a Winner on this Thursday evening, 4/19, and Announce the winner on Friday morning. You don't have to have a Blog, but I do need to be able to get in contact with you.
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That's about it on this cool morning in the City By the Bay!!  
Thanks for stopping by - do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Short Post

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Gentle Readers and Dear Friends so sorry to have bailed on you yesterday, but I got busy when I cam in and just never got back to writing a Post. Mea Maxima Culpa.  I am feeling all Latinized at the moment probably due to the book I picked up recently.....


I did read Harris' "Pompeii" and thoroughly enjoyed it so I thought this would be a good read... and it is turning out to be a VERY good read!!
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I have been stitching a bit on Shores and so here is an update shot of that BAP WIP - 


As you can see I have changed Block 8 quite a bit - I have used my 8th Great Grandfather and his death date.  I had to dig around quite a bit to find a Sailor on my Tree - most of my Ancestors worked in Agriculture or where Lawyers or Preachers (or all three at times!)....  I have even found a Protestant Martyr, my 12th great Grandfather, he was burned at the stake by order of Queen Mary in 1555...  it is amazing what you can find out.  

With Captain Keech, I know that he was born in Port Tobacco, Maryland in 1650, lived in Barbados, married an Elizabeth Courts in 1683, in St Marys Maryland, had some children, he owned at least two Plantations called "Good Luck" and  "Barnhill."  After his first wife died he remarried and had some more children...  and then died in St Marys Maryland in 1707....  pretty slim info.
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I was in Walgreen's and picked up some "on sale" candy so here is a last snap of Mr Bunny with some Spring treats...


Gotta love those miniature Reese's Cups!!!!!!!

There you go sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by and for your great comments!!  Do stop again!  Have a great weekend.

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A John Ford Movie Post

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Gentle Readers and Dear Friends thank you all so very much fro ALL the kind comments and emails about my Cottage SAL piece.  It is a fun piece to stitch and I think will turn out great - much like the LHN Monthly piece I did a year or so ago.
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The two movies I wanted to mention today are both directed by that great director John Ford - 1894-1973. Over the years I have really come to enjoy the many movie he made from his enormous career.

The first movie is "Fort Apache" - 1948 - starring John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond Guy Kibbee and George O'Brien.


here is the movie trailer - 


This was the first of three Calvary films that Ford made - it was followed by "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" - 1949 and then by "Rio Grande" - in 1950.  Wikipedia has a great synopsis of the film HERE.  I totally enjoyed this film and would certainly recommend it to anyone.

The second Ford film I'd like to mention is "Wagon Master" - 1950 - starring Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru, Harry Carey Jr, Ward Bond and Jane Darwell.


I couldn't find a trailer for the film but I did find the opening credits - you can get a real feel for the film from this...


This is a wonderfully shot film and a pretty good story - worth a look.  For a nice synopsis of the film you can click HERE.  This is another Ford film I would highly recommend - you can not go wrong with either film!!
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I think I'll wrap it up for today sports fans.  Thanks for dropping by - do come again!

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

CCN April Cottage Finish

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Gentle Readers and Dear Friends your kind comments and sweet words about yesterdays Post are making my morning!!!!!  Thank you all so much!  I am getting there on Shores and have so enjoyed the stitching of this piece.  Although there is quite a bit of getting bogged down with some of the fill stitching.....  it is still a great piece.
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Last night I finished up the latest instalment of the CCN's  Cottages - "April" - I always have the hardest time getting a decent shot of this piece - and the three snaps I will post this morning all are different and not one of three really give you an idea of the colours...  but what can one do?? 
 So, here goes..


Here is April Cottage - I converted most of the floss from the recommended DMC to over dyed choices from my stash - Although you might think I am stitching this piece on an old Ace Bandage (do to the photo) I am really stitching it on 36ct Vintage Butter Creme.  

Here is a list of my conversions - Left Column is the recommended and the right column is what I converted and used:

DMC 420 - Home Sweet Home Havana
DMC 422 - HSH Mulled Cider
DMC 533 - GAST Hyacinth
CC Amethyst - HSH Magic Spell
DMC 604 - GAST Old Brick
DMC 722 - WDW Pumpkin
DMC 744 - CC Finley Gold
DMC 3840 - GAST Peacock

and I stayed with GAST Chives and WDW Artichoke

Here is and overall shot of the piece as it stands....


and I already have May in waiting in the wings...  here is a shot with some of the floss pulled...


When I first saw "May" on the Internet I thought to myself "oh my, another light blue house, so soon... that I will have to change" - but after pulling the darker of the blues I find that the picture of the model is waaaay off in colour and it is a more teal/green-blue than light blue colour....  so i am thinking I will not convert the main blue colours. I do like the use of WDW "Bright Leaf" for the border colour!!
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by - do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, April 9, 2012

Three Days Off

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Gentle Readers and Dear Friends - we had 3 wonderful days off (Rico took today off also, so he has another day for napping with the who hounds!!) We really didn't do too much - in fact not much at all!!

We had breakfast out and take out or delivery for dinner - except last night....  I made ham, baked sweet potato for me and baked russet for Rico, garlic green beans and a super easy summery dessert.
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I did some stitching... finishing up Block 11..


and an overall shot...


I set my goal and actually made it!!  Shores is stitched on 36ct LL Vintage Autumn Gold using the recommended NPI Silk.  Only one more Block (sort of)  I did start the stitching on Block 8 -this is also a monster fill in Block - but instead of pale Jade it uses lots of pale Grey.
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I also worked some on an Exchange piece and my CC Cottages piece, but I don't have any photo's of them to show, yet.
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Now, back to the Summery Dessert...  all you need is....


... and Angel Cake, whipping cream and some Strawberries...  take the hulls off the starwberries and cut in half - place in a bowl and sprinkle some sugar over them..


In a little while they will start to release lots of delicious juice and soften up.  Take the whipping cream and whip to a stiff peak - add a little sugat to the cream if you would like sweet cream.  Cut a hunk of cake, ladle some strawberries and juice over the cake and plop a big old dollop of delicious cream on top et viola!!  A super easy dessert that foreshadows the oncoming summer!!


You can subsitute Pound Cake or even a short cake under the starberries.
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That's about it for today sports fans - thanks for stopping by!! Do stop by again!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Happy Easter

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Gentle Readers and Dear Friends not too much going on here - I am really looking forward to the long 3 day weekend that starts at the end of today's work day!!  I am still stitching pale jade silk water in Block 11 - kind of dull, but necessary.  I also started an exchange piece that I can't show at the moment.

These are some gorgeous Pysanka!!!

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!!! I'll be back on Monday!! 
 Thanks for stopping by, do stop again!


Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A REALLY Super Mail Day

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Gentle Readers and Dear Friends I loved all the comments about yesterdays Post - thank you all very much!!  It really warmed up this cold, drizzly morning!!!
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I am always happy about this Blog, and all the friends I have made through it.  I really enjoy the community kindness out in the Blog-o-sphere.  Although we may all be scattered across the globe this little world of Blogging brings us together with visible and invisible connections!!  I will have my 5 year Anniversary coming up on May 9th and of course I want to have a Gift-a-way Drawing... and I have some ideas percolating, so stay tuned.
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Keeping with the theme of Blog Friendships I was totally overwhelmed yesterday by the Mail Guy - as he brought me some wonderful mail!!!!  In no particular order....  my wonderful RAK's .......

British Crown Jewels - from l to r  - State Crown made for Queen Mary - 1911, Imperial State Crown designed for Queen Victoria in 1838, reset in 1937 for King George VI, The Exter Salt, given by the the city of Exter to Charles II - 1660, The Ampulla - 14th Century and Anointing Spoon - 12th Century.  In Front  - Table Fountain, given by the City of Plymouth to Charles II - 1660, St Edwards crown - made for King Charles II - 1661



Bronny from over at Bronny's Bits sent me these great post cards from Australia.  She knows how I really enjoy royalty and especially the British Royal family and all the trappings!!
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The next RAK is from Shirlee from over at The Easily Influenced Stitcher - she sent me a wonderful Kit I had seen but never got - 


- from The Primitive Needle - a great needle minder kit called "Thy Needle."  It is an all inclusive kit with a great piece of WDW "Tin Roof" linen, one of my favorite colours they do.  Designed by the late Lisa Roswell and in her great grave yard style!!  What a fun piece!
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 From my new "Quaker" Friend Loraine from over at Sew Be it! - she sent me a great package...


....with a super piece of 32ct Vintage Mocha linen, some Kodiak Silk from HDF and some really nice cream - my hands get so dry that this Udderly Fabulous stuff really did the trick last night!!

I am really blessed to have made such nice friends and there so many others out there!! 
 Thank you all so much!!!!
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My out of control stashing has hit again - once I get to looking on the evil Bay I find way too many thing I must have, need to have, can't do with out??  Oh, well, another little package came yesterday..

from l to r Merrily beams "Rules of Conduct," Hinzeit "Seasonal Birds," Sisters "Autumn Thanks" and Prairie Moon "Missing YoU"

I saw these cute charts and totally talked myself into getting them!!  I was really drawn to the "Rules of Conduct."  I have seen other versions out there, but really liked this one and the others just sort of followed.
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There you go sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar