Saturday, December 19, 2015

New Scissors

They are not as perfect as the first pair, but they will do until I find the perfect pair..
see how small and sleek the broken pair is.... perfect for cutting threads in Hardanger. The new pair I bought at the Viking Sewing Center at Jo Ann's this morning. I tried them and they do work.... I really like the original pair. I checked on line and also Nordic Needle and I really do not want to pay $60+ for a replacement. The little pair did cost a fair amount, but at the time of purchase I was given a very nice discount. These cost $29.00 and then a 20% discount. So, for now these will do. I still have not started my baking...what am I waiting for? I really do like to bake at night or very early in the morning...tomorrow is football day so that may be a good day. Remember the socks that I just knit...sent them off to my mom, EvaP for Christmas. What did she say? She carried on about how talented I am and that her friends love them but that she doesn't know if she should wear them. She does not want to spoil them! What! My response is that if she does not wear them I want them back. They are made to be worn. EvaP just celebrated her 89th birthday and is " I should save this/that/these mind set. Really.... Anyway, that's my tale for the day. Happy to have you visit with me. Thank you for your kind words and your wonderful friendship. Enjoy your day.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Chestnuts found!

There are certain foods that I can not find here in Arizona that I really miss Rhode Island for. One is chestnuts when in season. Some years they are here and affordable some not. This year my dear cousin Janice sent me some ...but I needed more. We did find them but even the grocery store had to toss out their supply after we bought some and they were all moldy inside. Then I found them but they were $14.99 a pound! Finally I found them at Sprouts yesterday...for $4.99 a pound
so now I will have them for Christmas....just a tradition to have chestnuts roasted for Christmas. It does not take much too much to make me happy. So many of you did just that yesterday with all the birthday wishes for my guy....he thanks you very much. The doctor removed the staples on Tuesday afternoon..he did wince a bit...I could not look.  He had therapy yesterday and they increased his time to 1 hour and he is doing very well with it. Mr H is walking much better and hopefully the thigh pain will subside. We did not have a birthday cake...
instead we enjoyed pastry; Lobster tail filled with whipped cream and custard filled cream puff. I figured it was a special day...cake just does not mark the 70th like pastry does. It was good to see that he is up to going shopping with me.... I am not used to doing lots of things let alone by myself...very spoiled am I. Today I hope to spend time starting my baking and working on my new project....
I am starting on band 5 and forgot just how much I enjoy this type of project. I just needed a break from regular cross stitch. I do find that I need to stop after each band to rest my hand, but that is just fine. There are 2 more projects in this book but I am not sure if I will do them or look to another book. I do have several in the bookcase.The one thing I need to do is get another scissor for thread cutting...like in Hardanger. My wonderful scissor broke and I have yet to buy another. I will probably look to Nordic Needle for one. Just need a tiny and sharp point. Right now, I need a cup of coffee while I wait for the laundry to finish. I thank you for the birthday wishes for Mr H and for your wonderful friendship. Your kind words make a wonderful day for me. Hope you enjoy your day.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

My guy

Today we celebrate Dennis' 70th birthday.....I am so very lucky to have this man in my life. What would I do without him? He is a good cook, he keeps our garden in bloom, he keeps the gas in our car above the 3rd line, he makes me laugh, he makes me happy, he shares my tears and still holds my hand. I love him so......

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Making a list...

I make a list constantly...list of to do, list of to get list for this and that....The list I just made was for baking supplies. I have never been as organized for event baking as many of you are...baking ahead. I like to do the baking just before. First of all, when I have baked before, the goodies were eaten rather quickly. Even with just the two of us they would not be around for long. Mr H has a very sweet tooth.... okay, I do too. Speaking of Mr H, today is the day for the staples to be removed..and there are a lot of them. I am hoping we get a good report from the doctor. Yesterday they really worked him long and hard at PT.  I just wish he would not do a few of the not to do things right yet. I, by the way, have been busy...
First, have you ever visited Todolwen's blog? Her creations are divine. Anyway, she recently posted about Drop Cloth Christmas Tree ornaments.....so although I do not have drop cloth, I did make one, my version.
I had a print of strings of lights and thought why not...and then I saw paper snowflakes so of course Iwanted to try them too...
I liked making them using card stock. I prefer the smaller size so I will make a few more even though we do not get snow in The Valley...and I do not miss it. These will be the only snowflakes I will have around me! They will be up and around for January.Then I decided to make
place card angels for me and Mr H for Christmas dinner. I have some old sheet music and thought why not. I used a metallic gold pen for the outline...hard to tell, but it does look nice. I like playing with paper in between stitching. I think these angels will make nice ornaments for the tree too. Finally I gathered my next project and it did not come out of the craft closet...but from the bookcase....
I have the fabric measured, basted, and now on stretcher bars ready to go......a bell pull from this book. It has been some time since I have done a project like this, but I am sure once I get going it will come back to me. This book has excellent directions.All the packages that I mailed out have arrived, with the exception of one   as it was not delivered yet yesterday when I checked. So I will be off to check on it now. Glad you stopped by today. Thank you for your wonderful friendship and you kind words for me and Mr H too. Have a great day.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Getting a bit more festive

I looked around this morning at 4AM and needed to see a bit more Christmas.....
so....out to the garage to see what I could find and this is what I found. The ballerinas were already swaying across the mantel. I think when nighttime falls I will get a better look at how it looks.



a few mason jars filled with lights and giant and small ornaments and of course a bow and it pleases me. As I said, I can tell better tonight as the light dims around the room. I guess I am still not resigned to the limited Christmas decor. Had I known how well Mr H would be doing with ambulation and such, I would have put up the bigger tree. Yes there is still time, but for this year  is what it is. I will get over it. Maybe it is why I am not stitching...no motivation....I spent one hour putting about the craft closet trying to find something to interest me to no avail. I suppose I will try again today.....
Today, well now, it is the 25th birthday of my 2 great nephews...cousins. My Nephew's son Joseph was born in the morning and my niece gave birth to Nico in the evening...same day 2 different hospitals. So hard to say it has been 25 years. I think I need a cup of coffee to sit and remember all the years in between. Good memories of these 2 grown men. So nice to have you stop by for a visit...thank you for your friendship and your kind words....have a great day.