Monday, February 6, 2012

Weekend Things!!

Gentle Readers and Dear Friends thank you so much for the kind comments about "Tis the Season" - it's a fun piece to work on.

Our weekend started off with a lovely evening - we decided to drive across town a find parking on our own and stop for some dinner first.  Driving up Grove Street we found a very convenient Parking lot and stopped there instead of the big Performance Parking Garage a block closer to the Davies Symphony Hall - we thought - or I thought - it would be so much easier to get the car out after the performance.  We walked down to Jardiniere for supper - it a really nice restaurant and they know that most of the patrons are stopping there on the way to Davies SH.  After finishing we walked the block on over and had plenty of time to spare.  We found our seats and settled in for a great performance.  I got off a couple of snaps at the intermission - although pictures and recording devices are strictly prohibited - here is a snap from out vantage point...

The seats we had were super - right on the front row center on the 2nd Tier - my only issue with being right on the front means that there was the obvious heights issue - I do not do well with heights of any kind at all - but I sucked it up and enjoyed the performance.

Saturday we got up early went out breakfast and did our weekly grocery shopping - and then off to estate/junque saleing -  not very much at all out there, but I found a couple of pieces...

The great platter is only marked "forget-me-nots"  - which has to be the name of the pattern.  The vase at about 9" tall, I think is from the 1930's and from Japan?? - inside I found a receipt inside from a now defunct department store here in SF called "Willoh's."  I have found a few references on line but no real info about this store, but the receipt is dated December 20, 1946 and is for 2 blue gown at $2.98 each and 1 green gown at $2.98. 
On the stitching front I worked a little on an exchange piece and I started a new piece....  I just couldn't resist...  here is a snap - 

I pulled the floss and picked out a piece of linen and got a tiny start - This is "On the Oregon Trail" from Heartstring Samplery.  I am using the called for floss and stitching it on a piece og LL 36ct Vintage Light Examplar.  I got this chart when it first came out and have been wanting to get a start ever since.  it is a band sampler telling the story of the an imaginary family's journey  from Illinois to Oregon City.- the only change I have made is to stitch it not as charted but flip the bands to start the story at the top and not at the bottom.  You can click HERE to see the completed piece on Beth's Etsy shop.

I also worked a bit on "Tis the Season"......

I am taking my time with this piece as it is on the small side so I can savour the stitching....  this will be put away for a bit while I finish up the exchanges and stitch up the March Cottage.  I got "March" the other day and have pulled the floss, now to stitch it up.

and yesterday I baked up a coffee cake....'s a "Chocolate Streusel-Ribboned Cake" and is pretty tasty.  I'll post the recipe in the morning.

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

Take care,


  1. Your seats at the symphony were indeed fantastic! I have an issue with heights as well but think I could've handled the seating positions as well : ) Great stitchings & good looking coffee cake! Blessings, Shirlee

  2. I love the colors in your new start! I know what you mean about wanting to savor the stitching in your cardinal. I'm the same way with "I Sigh Not for Beauty." I'm going to miss spending time with that one.

  3. Your Tis the Season is beautiful and colors are luscious for your new start.

  4. Oh that's so cool about that vase you bought!!!! Why is that just so neat to find a receipt for the vase and other items from 1946? It is though. Oooooh, love it!

    Glad the symphony was fun. I dont' do well with heights either, but it looks like a good view. Bet the music was wonderful! Love your Tis the Season. And the new start -- oh those colors! Yum! Beautiful piece!

  5. Oh oh oh - Edgar - I MUST buy "On the Oregon Trail" - my people came from Iowa to Oregon and settle in Clackamas County in 1852(the designer lives in that county in Sandy, OR) - I am terrible with BAPs, but this one, this one I think ahs my name written all over it - thanks for sharing!

  6. Edgar, you must have had an amazing evening, what a treat. But what happened to your car, I get the impression you parked in the wrong place? Love the floss pic for Oregon, looking forward to seeing it progress.


  7. The new start looks great.
    Nice cake!

  8. Sounds like a great weekend...and that coffee cake looks divine!

  9. Sounds like a fun weekend! The stitching is gorgeous and the cake looks delicious! :)

  10. Edgar I love your blog :@ enjoy hearing about and seeing SF, one day... maybe. Beautiful stitching, off to look at band sampler, and of course you cooked again. Divine coffee cake and in the now immortal words of Homer Simpson... "Mmmm Chocolate."

    LiBBiE in Oz

  11. ooo fab view of the orchestra .. i find if you look across is isn't sooo bad ... just don't look down
    love the new start too and tis the season is look gorgeous ... and cooooo that cake looks very yummy :)
    nice finds and what a cute receipt to find as well :)
    hope you have a fab day .. love mouse xxxxx

  12. Love the floss toss on the new start. Beautiful! And you're making me want to stitch that cardinal. When the dude and I went to see the orchestra we were in similar seats. The dude made us move back because he just couldn't sit that close to the "edge." Poor boy.

  13. Wow, the colors on that new start are gorgeous!
    It looks like you had a lovely evening out :)

  14. Great idea Edgar. I like the plan of reversing top/bottom. Beautiful colors.

  15. I have never seen 'Oregon Trail' before... kinda cute. Colors are perfect! Tis the Season is coming along nicely. You had great seats at the Symphony! Hugs!

  16. Your evening out reminds me of going to the Fox in Atlanta. I know you had a great time.
    I agree with you about reversing 'On the Oregon Trail'. Seems to be logical to start at the top...
    Love your estate sale finds - that is always interesting to me, as we don't have the quality of sales that you have.
    Best always....

  17. Wow a wonderfully packed post, sounds like you both had a fabulous weekend. Great stitching and cake as always x

  18. Sounds like a great weekend. Love the plate and the vase. Quite a deal
    Your new start as well as Season looks absolutely gorgeous. How do you manage so many projects at a time?!?!
    The cake looks absolutely divine. Did you do any "marbling"?

  19. Sounds like a great (and busy!) weekend.

    As always, your stitching is beautiful.

    I'll have a slice of that coffee cake please.

  20. I'm so glad you enjoyed your evening at the symphony. It sounded wonderful!
    I love your new start and I continue to admire Season.
    Both are great designs.
    I adore coffee cake of any kind and this one looks awesome!

  21. Sounds like you had a wonderful evening. Great seats - despite the height issue. The new start looks great and I love the colors. Tis the Season is making mine call all the louder from the stash box! And love the finds - it's so neat when you find connections to the past like that. The coffee cake looks delicious - if you ever feel the urge to take your baking on the road, let me know, I have a very nice extra room and light and airy kitchen!! 8-)