September 29, 2007


Look what Tracey sent me for my Halloween Exchange gift:

Isn't it adorable?!

Tracey made this little shelf pillow out of a Prairie Schooler design, I think it's a newer one, but I can't think of the name of it.

How lucky am I?

Thanks again Tracey!

September 27, 2007

love this

Seven minutes that will make you smile. Watch it!

From the YouTube user (maximoox)that posted this video:
"For complete lyrics, audio and video clip please visit PersianDNA™ Website at

Wear Sunscreen is the common name of an essay, (actually called "Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young") written by Mary Schmich and published in the Chicago Tribune as a column in 1997.

The most popular and well-known form of the essay is the successful music single released in 1999, accredited to Baz Luhrmann".

September 25, 2007

ok, pictures!

Alright then, if it's embarrassing, so be it, just please be kind and don't tell me how awful it all looks, ha!

Here's over the entertainment cabinet. The big Mary E. print in the center will eventually be replaced with some BAP stitching projects, once they're done and framed.

(click on images to see larger)

And all of the crappy paneling, over the not so centered fireplace:

A small grouping over a shelf that a friends husband made for us years ago, this sits to the left of the kitchen entrance:

The whole thing, which shows some small seasonal things that I move around (and evidence of my crappy love seat which needs replacing after a kitty got hold of it with his claws):

To the right of the kitchen entrance, another small grouping:

That's all for now. I am getting some shelf things with pegs underneath them to put in the bedroom, my plan is to display some stitching smalls on them, mostly some of the out of season ones because it's really a shame to only get to see them for a few weeks out of the year.

too much?

My mother came up over the weekend and helped us consolidate some of my recent framed stitching all together in the living room. She's pretty good at grouping things, and that's just not my bag, so we asked her to help. I had a lot of things on easels and propped here and there, scattered about the house.

We have this "not so attractive" paneling over the fireplace (which is off center itself, and let me tell ya...whoever built this house was on crack, trust has issues), so a lot of things ended up there,
mainly because it's a large area, but also to cover the not so attractiveness.

***Edited to remove pictures.*** I decided that it probably was too embarrassing to post pics of the crappy paneling. If you're one of the hundred or so that saw it while it was posted here, my apologies! I need to rethink things!

September 16, 2007

wips and wings

Pardon the wrinkles in the following picture, but it's Sunday, which is my lazy day, which means I ain't dragging out the iron. No way. No how.

It's one of my current "works in progress", The Mermaid, an older Carriage House Samplings design, back when she was designing under the name Barrick Samplers.

It's got a lot of filling in that needs to be done on it, good mindless (don't have to count) stitching.

Just a side note...I saw this same chart recently on ebay and it sold for about $35
That's a lot, don't you think?

Even though it's "Lazy Sunday", we did do a little cooking. Not too much because we had a sandwich while we were out having retail therapy this afternoon. We made Ree's wings, along with some baked beans. We liked them, a LOT. My youngest proclaimed them the best wings she'd ever had. So I'd say they're pretty darn tasty then, we'll make them again. Very simple, easy to make.

Ree always makes it easy, doesn't she? Love the Ree, she should write a book. A cookbook!

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my silly blog. We appreciated hearing your thoughts on whether or not to neuter Astro. We're putting it off for now and just seeing how things go. He is an indoor pup and doesn't roam around outside without supervision, so he's not likely to father any babies without us knowing about it, lol.
Anyway, thanks again. Your nice comments and compliments are very heartwarming :)

September 15, 2007

a punch diversion

These days I'm finding it harder and harder to stay focused on just my cross stitch.

There are so many other projects calling my name, but I don't have time to go into it all today. Instead, I'll just share with you a quick project that was started yesterday and finished up this morning.

It's a punch needle project from Carriage House Samplings, called Angel Ornament One.
Here it is in my Morgan Lap Frame, the "back side", which is the side the project is worked from:

And here is the "front". I tend to punch pretty tightly, which can make the project curl up once it's out of the frame, but this one did ok.

The finishing for this will be super easy, just need to find a piece of heavy wool fabric for the back and make a cord.

I really loved the almost instant gratification this project gave me! Oh yes, I too swore for years that I'd never do it, but this is my third completed punch needle project and oh boy! I'm hooked!
And it's wonderful!

September 08, 2007

a little bit more

Couldn't think of a title for this post, but since that is stuck in my head from the commercial, there it is. I can't even think of what that commercial is for, but that stupid refrain gets stuck in my head for days "a little bit more, a little bit more". Geesh, stop it already. If it's not that it's the Beyonce song, Irreplaceable..."to the left, to the left...all your stuff in the box to the left"....must be pretty empty up there(in my head)to keep rolling this stuff around for hours on end, lol.

So anyway, here's the Queen Bee, finally finished the stitching on her, now to get her made into the stand-up...

This one took me a lot longer than I thought it would, but was worth it in the end.

Also picked up my Willow House from the framer this week. I picked the same moulding that we used to frame Quaker Garden in, but the different colors of linen really make each piece look unique.

And this week we had a very unhappy Pug in our house, as you can see.

This tail stayed uncurled for the whole day. Not a good thing!

On Thursday he had a bad reaction to the pre-op meds the vet gave him before he was to be neutered. So instead of "snip-snip", he got to come home but he was still mightily upset. He was mostly back to his old self the next day but Friday evening we had potty trips outside every hour and through the night, due to the intestinal upset from the stress. Poor Astro. We're pretty torn up about what to do....have him neutered or not. Vet said she would just not give him those two drugs before the surgery, the risk was less for him without them than to have them again and the bad reaction. But we're thinking, wondering...what if he has a reaction to the anesthesia too? Not sure I could live with myself if he didn't make it through surgery....but don't want him having complications later either.
What to do, what to do?

September 02, 2007

sorry, no deep fried brownies here!

One thing about my stat counter for this here blog is that I can check and see just where people who visit it are coming from, if I'm so inclined.

Which can be pretty dang funny.

One particular Google search that shows up in my stats on a regular basis is a search for a "deep fried brownie recipe". Suppose my blog shows up because of the name of it and because I had a brownie recipe not too long ago. And I suspect that with the Texas State Fair just around the corner, these kind of searches will show up more often.
The food vendors at the fair try and come up with all sorts of different deep fried things every year. The local news stations cover it on a daily basis.
Last year, "deep fried coke" was the big thing. It was all anyone could talk about in relation to the fair.
We tried it and didn't like it. All it consisted of was fried donut holes (I'm supposing with coke in the batter), piled in a cup with some coke or some kind of syrup poured over it and some cheap, canned whipped cream sprayed over....blah.
This year we've heard about deep fried Oreos, avocados and snickers bars.
Hmmm. Maybe I'm down with trying the avocado, just a bite.

Anyway...sorry to all of you peeps looking for how to deep fry a brownie. I'm sure it's delish (?) but I don't even know how to deep fry a cupcake and that's my name, so I can be of no help to you.'s something I finished in the stitching department:

It's an old Ewe & Eye & Friends called "In the Pink". Somewhere I have seen this finished up as a little bag with little white buttons along the top. It was adorable and it's how I'd like to finish this off too.

Still working on the Queen Bee and almost done. Stitching has been slow this week due to a pinched nerve in my shoulder :(
Sure don't like it when I can't stitch as much as I want, or need to, know what I mean?