Monday, December 05, 2016

A Finish!

Over the Thanksgiving weekend I put the final stitches into A Moment in Chalk by Hands On Designs!

It  was stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30 ct linen Gunmetal with the called for WDW overdyed floss. Next I will sew on the JABC buttons that came with the design, then I'll have to find a frame. Craft Warehouse had something interesting that might be perfect. I'll just have to take in some measurements to be sure.

The Confection Selection that our church hosted was another great success. Not only did we raise funds for the Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network, but the leftover goodies will go out to the Sacred Road Ministries on the Yakama Reservation for some of their Christmas celebrations this month. Here's a pic of grandson Isaac with his gingerbread cookie!

He's growing so fast!

They say that snow is coming later today. Ready or not, winter is here!

Friday, December 02, 2016

Baking Week

I've not been online much this week, nor have I put in a single stitch in any project. This week is Baking Week! My church holds an annual fundraiser called the Confection Selection for the Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network where we bake all manner of Christmas goodies and have some craft items for sale as well. The line forms and we help our patrons fill boxes of goodies. The box is weighed at the end of the line and the price depends on the weight.  Last year we raised $10,000! That's a lot of baked goods!

We are always encouraged to bake more every year, so this week I've been a slave to my kitchen - escaping for a couple hours mid-day to go to the office to prep the bank deposit and get payroll done.

Here is the state of my kitchen last night:

So far I've baked 8 dozen cookies, made 8 batches of gingerbread dough for a friend to roll into gingerbread men, made 3 pounds of fudge and 250 cake balls, and 25 loaves of cinnamon swirl bread. Some of the smaller loaves of bread don't make the cut for the sale and end up in my freezer for our own Christmas morning.

Next week should be almost back to normal considering it's December and there's so much Christmas stuff to do! But I do have a wonderful finish to share, so stay tuned!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Holiday Start Up

The whirlwind holiday season began for me this weekend, kicking off with a choir workshop Saturday and my church's annual Thanksgiving dinner Sunday evening for which I prepared a turkey, gravy, and stuffing/dressing. The turkey was roasted on Saturday afternoon so Sunday afternoon wasn't a total rush to get all that prepared, lol!

But with all that cooking, I didn't get in a whole lot of stitching, and my kitchen is a wreck! And I have more baking to do before leaving for Boise Wednesday and some early preparations for the Confection Selection bake sale the church has on Dec. 3. So there's not much hope for my stitching or my kitchen until after the 3rd.

There has been a little progress to share with you though. First up is December of the Joyful World SAL.

After pulling several alternate colors for the reindeer, I finally decided on DMC 680, which so far I think is just right. This morning I pulled a couple alternatives for the gray that is called for and I'll make up my mind when I get to the ground portion of the design, but I'm thinking of something around 926 or maybe 3752. Anyway, I am enjoying this design and it's perfect to work on in the morning for a few minutes to start my day.

The other piece I've had out is A Moment in Chalk.

Look - I just have the border to finish up!!

It's frustrating to be this close to a finish, but have other things to do first, lol!

Hope you have a wonderful stitchy day!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

WIP Wednesday

Hello friends! I hope you've been having a good week. It's been a pretty good one for me. This morning I took 3 of my grandkids out for the morning. We started off taking our schnauzer, Fritz, to the groomer, then hit McDonalds for a mid-morning snack and playtime. Afterwards, we stopped at the grocery store for some supplies, then to my house to unload, watch a couple of cartoons, then return to the kids to their home. It was fun taking some little ones out on errands like the old days!

On the stitching front I've made some nice progress on my little farm:

Babe's Honey Farm - Victoria Sampler
I bought the accessory pack from VS for this design which is very convenient when kitting up a project! Of course, VS uses quite a bit of silk threads in the designs. It's been awhile since I've used it and my love of silk has been renewed. It's such a soft, luxurious fiber!

A Moment in Chalk also came out for a little bit more progress.

A Moment in Chalk - Hands On Designs
You can see I'm almost finished with the word beauty. And beauty is an appropriate word for this design!

Unfortunately I waited until late in the day, after dark, to take these pictures so the quality is even lower than usual. Sorry about that!

The air today had a definite chill to it. I think we may get some more appropriate November weather here soon.

Keep on stitching!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Weekend Start

It was a good weekend at the Paulson house. Our football teams won their games, Gary returned safely from his business trip, and I got a nice start on Joyful World SAL December.

So far I like the color choices, but I'm beginning to wonder about the main color for the deer - DMC 833. In some light during the day, it has a decided green cast to it, so I'm considering 782 which is a bit browner. I'll probably give each a test and decide then. :)

I did get the front yard raked of leaves Saturday morning before the rain came. Gotta give myself a little pat on the back. :D  And our littlest grandson came to visit Saturday evening and he had quite a little "talk" with his Nana! His mom and dad say he's usually "talkative" in the morning and they've never seen him like that in the evening. Glad he saved some stories for me!

Well, better get back to work. Hope you get your stitches in today!