Thursday, April 29, 2021

A Little Lolly

 Gentle Friends, with all of her medications, just about finished up...

... Lolly has bounced back to almost normal, so we are again blessed with three Who Hounds running around the house!
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edgar

Monday, April 26, 2021

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, still stitching away on Paradise... here's a snap...

... it was nice to finish up the top part of this design...now I'm putting this down for a bit to stitch a piece for a Christmas Present... so there might not be a stitching snap for a while...
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Yesterday I got my second shot ...


... and Rico gets his second tomorrow... so we will be vaccinated for the time being.
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There you go sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by dos top again.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Monday, April 19, 2021

A Little Stitchin' and a Bit'o Lolly

Gentle Friends, sweet Lolly is bouncing back quickly... we can see a marked difference in her entire attitude just since Friday when we picked her up.  She's taking quite a bit of medication... pills, oral squirts... and the shots... her regime includes both morning and evening... we are getting all the medication in her that is prescribed,  she squirms and doesn't like any of them!

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On the stitching front, I finished up the blue fill stitching, and here's a snap...


... although boring to stitch it does make the sun pop.
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Ther you sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again. Stay Safe!
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edgar

Friday, April 16, 2021

A little Love!

 Gentle Friends, many know that we had to rush Lolly to the Emergency Animal Hospital on Monday afternoon as she was stricken with pyometra, an infection of the uterus... she had a major surgery Monday night and has been at the hospital all week.  many thousands of dollars later....we got to pick her up this afternoon and she came home far perkier than when we dropped her off and with a bag of medications.... including shots.  Here's a tidbit about me.... I hate needles and will not look at one when getting a shot or getting blood taken, however, my baby needs these to fight off any infection... so I'm stepping up to the plate and doing what has to be done..... we are a very happy family once again!!

Thanksgiving 2020
edgar, Rico, Smokie, Lolly and Wahumpa
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Have a super weekend.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Monday, April 12, 2021

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends,  just an update snap of Fruits of Plenty today...

... I finished up all the Morning Glory blue and really like how this is working out.  You can see that I stitched past the actual charted part for the section but that's how I roll...
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

A Little Road trip

 Gentle Friends, as things get back to the "new" normal I decided to take Monday and Tuesday off.  I have been planning to take more days and probably will later on.  After I put in for the time off I called up my LNS, Needle in a Haystack over in Alameda to get an appointment.  It's a lovely small store and I knew that Cathe, the proprietress,  had instituted a single shopper at a time so I got the 11 am spot yesterday.  I was in need of replenishing of linen etc...  I took some snaps to show the shop......

                                                 

... there is a large selection of floss...

... and here is one of the areas of new charts...

... what I came over the Bay Bridge for, the linen wall!!

.. and more lovely floss...
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Here is a snap of the linen 1/2 yards and 1/4's I selected, all 40ct.  From L to R, PTP Legacy, LL Pecan Butter, LL Vintage Buttercream, LL Vintage Navy Bean, Fabrics by Stephanie Chocolate Milk, LL Vintage Pear, and LL Vintage Autumn Gold, the phot washes them out quite a bit but the light was odd yesterday afternoon when I got home and this was the best I could get...


... and although I hadn't planned on buying charts and such, how can I resist Ann Uffindell or the only Christmas BBD design I knew I didn't have yet!!  I also picked up some needles, JJ 28 gold petit, I really like the small needles...and some floss, that the dark oliveish color (GAST Storm Clouds) is going to work out to be a Christmas present, and the super grey shade is a Limited Editon so I bought all there was, I do love me some grey color!!!  Overall it was a wonderful experience as always, super friendly, and well stocked with anything one could want!!  So, as always if you are anywhere in the Bay area and can make a run to the shop, make the time, you'll not be disappointed.
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edgar

Monday, April 5, 2021

A Few Flowers, a Little Stick'n and a Little Stitch'n

 Gentle Friends, we made it down this year to get a look at Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden in Golden Gate Park... here are some snaps...






.. although just a bit blown being so close to the ocean they are still beautiful and we so missed the garden last year it was nice to get to visit this year.
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This morning I headed down to get my first shot...

... so it's one down one to go!
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The stitching for the week... I got a bit more on Peaceful Paradise done...

...and I received the fourth part of Fruits of Plenty and so I got busy over the weekend...

... working on getting the dark blue done and this is where I left off last night.
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There you go sports fans. Thanks for stopping by do stop again! Stay Safe!

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edgar

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Happy Easter!!

 Gentle Friends, just a quick post this morning to wish everyone...

... a very Happy Easter.  I do love these Ukrainian Pysanky... 
a skill I've always wanted to learn to do, maybe someday.  Stay Safe!
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Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!

edgar

Monday, March 29, 2021

A Little Finish and a Little Start.....

 Gentle Friends, I finished up Little Birds at the end of last week... here's a snaperoo...

"Little Birds" Blackbird Designs
8/3/20 - 3/25/21
40ct PTP "Heartland" - Charted Floss

... you can see the fill between the houses is a garden of sorts.  I toggled back and forth between this idea or a bit from "Thank you, Sarah Tobias", from the needlebook bottom.  This bit I stitched is a recharting from "Their Song" Loose Feathers #24.  I only ever considered using a BBD design since I wanted to keep this totally inspired by or from BBD.  This is not "strict" stitching from "Their Song" more of inspired by, as most of the motifs are jangled about a bit and all are a recharting using the color palette from "Little Birds"  I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  I also got the date and my initials in there.  This will go into the stitched finished box as its a whopping 19 1/2 x 17 big and I've really not got that big of a space left on any wall to hang her up if I was to get her framed, but no matter I really enjoyed stitching this piece as I always do when I stitch a BBD design!!
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I was thinking about what to start next a while back and then I saw a piece started by a dear friend of mine, Vonna of Twisted Sticher, of a piece she is stitching for Lent called Peaceful Paradise from Midsummer Night Designs... and I knew I wanted to stitch this also.  It's been lurking about in my stash since it was released back in 2007 and now is a good time as ever to make a go at stitchin' it up... 
here's the start...


I'm stitching this on LL 40ct Pearled barley, it's far whiter than it looks in the snap, the picture makes it look pink and it really is not.  I'm also using the called for overdyed flosses.  I had the majority of them in the stash.  I've had to switch out some of the blacks but I'm OK with it and it'll look fine when it's done.
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edgar

Monday, March 22, 2021

A little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, here's a snap of Little Birds...


... sorry about the odd lighting, I tried to compensate for the sunlight with my Ott Lite, and this is the result...  I've stitched the bulk of the second house, that was the goal for the weekend - and -  I'm still waffling a bit about the center, but think I've landed on what I'll stitch... hope it works, it's such an odd shape... I realize now why there was the large sort of odd medalion!!
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edgar

Saturday, March 20, 2021

A little Bit of Spring

 Gentle Friends, it's the first day of Spring and I wanted to post some Vivaldi...


... just a quick BTW... Christmas is only 280 days away... Thanksgiving is only 250 days away and  Hallowe'en is 225 days away... the year is zooming by very quickly!!
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Hope all is well with everyone, thanks again for stopping by and I'll get a snap of Little Birds up Monday morning.  Stay Safe!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!
edgar

Monday, March 15, 2021

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends,  I finished up the third part of "Fruits" and here's a snaperoo...

... it's just bee-bopping along now.... after wrapping up this part I picked up Little Birds... and here's a snaperoo of what's gotten done to date... 

... one more big motif and a few smaller ones then it's the house ...and once I get the house finished up I'll make the decision about the replacement bit for the middle.  I've narrowed it down to three pieces I think might work but haven't absolutely decided and probably will not until the time I have to start stitching.  I've also landed on my next project.  Since I'm trying to stitch from stash a bit more this year I've pulled the bulk of the floss and the chart, and I'll pick out a piece of linen from the linen pile.  It's a great oldie and one I've wanted to stitch for quite a while....but you'll just have to wait and see until after this one is a "done deal"  - and -  I've made at least a little start.
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!!

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edgar

Monday, March 8, 2021

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends,  I stitched on Fruits this last week and got the dark blue done...


.. it's a bit wonky due to still being in the q-snaps, but you get the idea.  Now it's on to the lite blue.
 I'm really liking this SAL !
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That's about it for today sports fans, nothing else really going on around here.  
Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!
edgar

Monday, March 1, 2021

A Little House Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, so I finished up the left-hand side house on Little Birds... here's a snaperoo...


...it's an odd little house, I stitched it as charted with the charted floss... so there you go.  I received and printed Part 3 for the Fruits of Plenty piece so I'll be jumping in on that tonight .... expect a snap of that next week.  I had a couple of questions or I should say the same question a couple of times about the linen I'm using... it's called "Heartland" from PTP it's 40ct and it is just lovely.  It is the called for linen and I bought it the same time I acquired the chart. Things are about the same around here so not much else to talk about.  I want to thank you for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe! 

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edgar

Monday, February 22, 2021

A Little Bird Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, I picked up Little Birds to work on this week, and here a snaperoo...


... I finished up the bottom part of the border and then got to stitching on the floral motif on the lower half... there are two houses on each side of the bottom and a large medallion for my name.  I am thinking I will replace that medallion with something else but at this point, I'm not too sure what that will be ... but something.
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That's about it for today's sports fans thanks again for stopping by, do stop again.  Stay Safe!!
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edgar

Monday, February 15, 2021

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, I finished up the second section of "Fruits"....  here's a snap...

... I really like how nicely this is coming along and can't wait to get the next part!
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edgar

Sunday, February 14, 2021

A Happy Valentines Day!!

 Gentle Friends, just a quick post to wish everyone a very Happy Valentine's day.... 

... even after telling someone to not get or do anything, I was gifted these gorgeous roses.... some people just do not listen well... oh well they are beautiful and I'm a lucky guy!!
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Stay well!!
edgar 


Monday, February 8, 2021

A Little Stitchin' and a Lotta Froggin'

 Gentle Friends,  I should have had the second section wrapped up by now...here's a snaperoo..


... instead, I made a fatal stitching error and was off by a single stitch.  In my ignorance, I went along getting a huge part of this section stitched before noticing it.  Damn, damn, and double damn!!!  This piece relies on my paying attention!  It also relies on pretty strict adherence to the chart with no fudging allowed - too many straight lines and too narrow margins between bits & pieces all over the place.  I had to frog it all out - take a deep breath and restitch - hence the only bit I've "correctly" stitched this last week or so is the "wavy navy" section... on to the "morning glory" next!!  It happens and we move on!
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edgar

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, settling on two blues (CC "Wavy Navy" & GAST "Morning Glory") that I'm happy with, here's the result...

... to get the blue floss to look blue in the snap I have to give up on the linen (PTP "Moonglow" 40ct) having the yellow overcast and so it looks very dull beige/grey...I do like how this first part turned out but can't get past the idea that the bowl of fruit looks like bubbles!!
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Thanks for stopping by sports fans.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Monday, January 25, 2021

A very Little New Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I decided to jump right in with a 2021 SAL from over at Modern Folk Embroidery.  I had thought I wrapped my head around the choice of floss colours, but once I got going it was a little less clear... so here's a snaperoo of where I left off last night...


... the piece is called "The Fruits of Plenty" and each section releases on the first of the month throughout the year.  You can stitch this either monochromatically or duo-chromatically, I chose a two colour variation.  I'm stitching it on 40ct "Moonglow" from PTP and thought I was going to use "Wavy Navy" from CC and "Corn Flower" from GAST.  Well, I'm sticking to Wavy Navy (I do love this black/blue floss) but am not so hot with the "Cornflower".  I stitched a bit in the upper left corner and don't really like it too much so I pulled the other 12 shades of light blue overdyed flosses I have from stash to figure something else out.  After eliminating more than half of them for various reason I narrowed the field to "Morning Glory" from GAST.  It's a very pale blue shade that I was looking for and think it might just work... there are a couple of other choices I have on hold back but let me get in a bit of "Morning glory" to try... the little bit I have left is just enough of a taste to see it but not enough to jump in with stitching... I am very happy with the Moonglow linen, it has just enough of a yellow cast to it that sort makes the dark blue really pop, the snap above sucks but IRL it works all over the place!!
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There you go sports fans.  BTW go check out Jacob's Floss Tube it's very interesting and informative.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Monday, January 18, 2021

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, here's where I left off on Little Birds last night...

... I took this snap this morning and the light falling across the piece makes such odd shadows... BUT, I did finish out the 4th and 5th rows... I set my goal and gotter done!  Now on to the next row of larger bits OR I might start up a SAL piece for 2021 that I am seriously considering.  I'm kinda waffling about a little bit but it seems that everything's coming together so it might just happen.  We'll see!
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There you sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!
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edgar

Monday, January 11, 2021

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, slow going this week ... here's a snap...


...  usually, I stitch every evening but over the course of this week I only picked up the stitching three times so there's not too much headway to show...
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There you sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by dos top again.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Monday, January 4, 2021

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, back at the old grindstone this morning and it's a wet one here by the Bay... thank goodness we need the rain for sure... so I thought I post a snaperoo of where I am on Little Birds...

... for some reason, this picture I took really comes pretty close to the color of the linen... for a change!  As usual, I made a couple of small changes as I stitched along.  I re-charted the number "11" and added the number "12" to the end of the second line.  It looks better to my eye and I gotta look at the thing for a good long while yet... and I added a few stitches to the curly green line at the end of the top line just to even it out a bit.  I was really hoping all the things I have on order would have arrived by now so I could start my New Years' piece, but they are on the way and I'll get a'going on that when it all arrives.
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edgar

Saturday, January 2, 2021

A Little Vacuuming???

Gentle friends,  I started off this afternoon with the best intentions of vacuuming a little, dusting a lot, and changing out the flowers for the week... instead...

... I made cookies!  They are called "Darn Good Cookies" from the basic recipe I switched up the single chip with three types of chocolate chips, and instead of one nut two types of nuts...  Basically, they are a nice crispy chocolate chip cookie with a slight chew towards the middle... tasty!!  I might just get to some housework tomorrow after Mass...  maybe not!
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There you go sports fans.  Stay safe!

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edgar

Friday, January 1, 2021

A Little 2021

 Gentle Friends, just popping in to wish everyone...

A very Happy New Year!!!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!
edgar