Saturday, December 14, 2019

cuties ...

This time I took a photo before showing these cuties to my friend - the one who has the red mouse.  When Alice saw the bigger one she called it by name - it was sweet - she is a retired school teacher who lived on a farm and they raised sheep among other things - it went to live with her.    I got the idea for these from Ann - they are made like the wreaths in a previous post with added faces and legs - thanks Ann for sharing the idea.  

if a family has an old person in it -
it possesses a jewel
(Chinese Proverb)

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

one of those days ...

Carol asked me to share the table mat from my last post - it's one that I posted some years ago - what's old is new again - I cannot locate the original blog post and therefore cannot tell you whose design it is.  :{

Do you ever those days when you wonder if you're losing it - I seem to be having more of them than I used to - yesterday was one of them!!!!!  It began with looking for the above table mat so I could take a photo of it - hmm, not here, not there and doesn't seem to be under anything - ohh,  there it is under the basket of mini lights!  I remember where I put things when we moved in here but can't remember where I put them a month ago when I sorted through and combined  'bins'.  I was looking for the Christmas towels - they could only be in one of two places - nope, not in either - I knew I hadn't given them away -  eventually the light went on -  aha, we brought the blanket box home from the cabin for extra linens, etc.  - yessirree, that's where the Christmas towels were - and the blanket box is in a closet so it's not in plain view.  ^^  Last week I made some Christmas Crack - we ate some - the rest was stored away .... so, where is the Crack that I stored - I did eventually find it - told my fella to remember where it was.  lol   The day seemed to go from bad to worse - I haven't shared the half of it.  ^^ 

The other day I sorted through all the x-stitch pieces that I have and decided I should start doing a finish on them - some will be left for making cards - some left me wondering why I had stitched them.  Yesterday I was having a lazy day and did a finish on two of them - burnt (or is it burned?)  my thumb with the hot glue - the ornies are hanging on the tree now ...

 the fairy is from Lucie Heaton and
Snowflake Deer is from Daffycat

Today is starting out ok - first thing this morning I put on a pot of soup and made a batch of our favourite shorbread - here's the recipe:

(Food Processor) Shortbread
2 cups flour
1/2 cup fruit sugar*
1/2 pound cold butter, cut into 8 cubes

[* if you don't have fruit sugar, process granulated (white) sugar for a few seconds to make it finer]

- Put sugar and flour in food processor and pulse for a few seconds.
- Add butter and pulse for 30 seconds or till fine crumbs form (stir through to make sure no large lumps of butter remain).
- Process till mixture clumps together into a ball.
- Put into a 9x9 pan, press out evenly over bottom, prick all over with a fork.
- Bake @ 350F till firm and lightly brown (anywhere from 35-60 mins - in a pyrex pan in my current oven 35 mins. is sufficient).
- While warm cut into squares; cool in pan; keeps well in covered tin.
(This is an old recipe from Canadian Living Magazine)

This is the book I'm currently reading - and enjoying - every time I pick it up it's like putting on my favourite, comfy slippers - I really like the Rebus character - and he is a character ...

And last but not least 'book art' - I made a book tree - thanks to Maggie - how clever is this - there's a link to the instructions on her blog ...

i haven't forgot ...
i just can't remember!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

two more ...

I seem to have been doing a lot of stitching this season - good news is that the pieces actually have a finish finish ^^ 

Lizzie Kate

Whispered by the Wind

a balanced diet 
is a cookie in each hand

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

new ones ...

Just the other day I was sorting through my Christmas x-stitch pieces deciding which ones would be displayed which way - there seemed to be fewer than I thought - how could that be - then I realized that the new ones I'd stitched in the fall hadn't made it to the storage bin - here are a few of the new ones ....

F. lli Graziano

Bent Creek

from a kit

when you follow the masses
remember that sometimes the m is silent

Friday, November 29, 2019

there's a ...

I saw these cuties on the blog  - there are instructions.  Basically the body is a circle folded in half , the ears are smaller circles, and the tail is a chain - quite simple to crochet - sooo cute!  I made another one in red - shared these with a friend before taking the photo - the friend, who loves red, kept the red one.  ^^

And mail from away ....

 from Claire.  

it's not how much we give,
but how much love we put into giving

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

the last of them ...

This is the last of the cards that I needed to stitch - hmm, there's a bit of a bird theme - quite unintentional ....

And a lavender sachet for my aunt ....

Everything that has to be mailed is ready to go - whew!

Our Indian Summer ended with some rain that changed to snow as the temperature dropped - left us with treacherous driving and walking conditions but the landscape is white and bright!  ^^

may the bridges I burn,
light the way

Friday, November 22, 2019

retro Christmas ...

This one is as cute as a bug's ear (from a cross stitch magazine) ....

We've been having Indian Summer - all the snow has disappeared - yes, all of it - with no wind, no sun and lots of humidity it feels like we're on the West Coast - downright balmy!  

This made me laugh ...

i don't like to call it revenge - 
returning the favour sounds nicer