Friday, January 12, 2018

Into the Routine

It's been back to the routine this week with my ESL classes starting up again. The weather was wet and gloomy and Monday's attendance was a little low, as I expected. These classes are totally volunteer for both students and teachers and many of these refugees are from warm climates, so going out into the cold is difficult. Tack onto that cold and flu has hit our area hard and the result is low attendance, I just view it as an opportunity to give more attention to those who do come.

Then on Wednesday the sun came out! And that was the birthday shopping and lunch day with my granddaughter Ilse who turned 10. She wanted shoes and once again we had great luck finding some cute ones at Ross, She's at the difficult stage of needing a woman's size shoe, but still being a girl. Thank God for ballet flats! :)  Ilse will also be starting a beginning sewing class soon, so her mom gave her a shopping list for the class. My daughter is not a seamstress at all, her husband runs the sewing machine if needed. So we had fun looking at the fabric at Hobby Lobby, then going to Craft Warehouse for the fat quarters - they have a superior selection. We ended the morning with lunch at Red Robin where Ilse surprised me by eating her adult size hamburger, two servings of fries, and a little birthday sundae at the end. She is long and lean, and I think she's going into another growth spurt!

My stitching project, Promise of Spring, is coming along. Here's my progress as of yesterday:

If I'd been putting in the same amount of stitching time as last fall, I'd be done. It really does stitch up pretty fast. So with divisional football on this weekend, I should get pretty close to a finish.

And speaking of football - how about that college championship game between Alabama and Georgia!! Living here in the Pacific NW, I'm not a fan of the SEC, but that was a great game!

I've gone off watching much Youtube/Flosstube. It's so much to try to keep up with so I'm not even trying. Now I just watch a little bit of this and that every now and then. I do enjoy listening to Fiber Talk though. Gary and Christine put out two podcasts each week, Sunday is usually an interview and Wednesday is catch-up talk between the two of them. Really great listening!

Well, it's time to get going. Have a great weekend, my friends. And to those of you in the Midwest - stay warm!!

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

New Year, New Start

After taking the entire month of December off from stitching and blogging, it's time to start again. We had a great month of parties, baking, eating, family, gifts, Amazon Prime deliveries then ended with me catching a cold and generally feeling run down. So I spent NYE and Day at home, watching football and the Rose Parade, and starting a new stitching project.

This is Promise of Spring by Silver Creek Samplers. I think this is my first project by this designer. I like the alphabet and the sentiment to remind me that these gray days will become bright, sunny, and warm again. I've chosen to stitch with DMC rather than the GAST threads called for and am using a 32 ct Picture This Plus linen in Dapple. Promise of Spring is not a large design, so I should be able to finish it up quickly - for me.

Speaking of finishes, I had a pretty good number of them in 2017, fifteen in all.

1. A Spot of Winter - The Drawn Thread
2. Joyful World SAL, December - Snowflower Diaries
3. Blossoms and Blackbirds - LHN
4. Be Mind - Hands on Designs
5. L-O-V-E - Hands on Designs
6. Daisy Sampler - CCN
7. Springtime - Victoria Sampler by Cathy Jean
8. Hello Spring - Plum Street Samplers
9. Happy Birthday Sampler - Victoria Sampler
10. Pure Love - Snowflower Diaries
11. Spirit of Christmas #1 - Lizzie Kate
12. Spot of Autumn - The Drawn Thread
13. Peace - Blackbird Designs
14. Coffee Quaker - Heartstring Samplery
15. Spirit of Christmas #2 - Lizzie Kate

As for goals for 2018, I'll just take things as they come.

So here we go into 2018. May God grant us all health and peace.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

End of November Catchup

It seems the Thanksgiving holiday has thrown me off my blogging game, and my stitching has been mostly set aside. And with all the Christmas busyness, I foresee more of the same for December.

This year, as usual, we spent Thanksgiving weekend in Boise with family there. One of Gary's cousins lives on the way in to Boise, so we stop by to visit with that side of the family on Wednesday evening. Thursday the more immediate family gathers at his brother's house and my sister and her family join us. Friday much of the gang did some Black Friday celebrating down at Payette Brewing Company. They had a special line-up of dark beers which my family likes. I volunteered to stay home and babysit little Gideon. That night we went to a friend's home in Eagle for a gathering. Saturday we went out to the Sunnyslope area for some wine tasting at Koenig, Vizcaya, Syringa, and Indian Creek wineries, ending up in Kuna for dinner at Enrique's for great Mexican food. And Sunday we journeyed home.

Sunset at Indian Creek Winery

Thanksgiving brings in baking season and I've already baked 10 loaves of cinnamon swirl bread, plus a batch of dinner rolls and 2 loaves of sandwich bread. The next couple of weeks my Bosch mixer will really get a work out!

My Bosch mixer in kneading mode
This week I've been preparing for our company Christmas dinner which is this Sunday evening, mostly agonizing over buying gifts for the Dirty Santa part of the evening. But this year I enlisted daughter Kirsten to lend a hand and we finished up this morning!

My stitching projects haven't seen much action, but I did do a small amount that I can show you.

This is the Lizzie Kate Christmas Mystery. Perhaps after my events are over, I'll have time to get this finished before Christmas!

That's all for now, friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Blowing In the Weekend

It's another blustery day in E. Washington. The leaves in most trees are gone and are being blown into little piles all over my yard. But the sun is shining, so I'm feeling pretty good today!

This week I received the third installment of Lizzie Kate's Mystery Christmas Sampler, so that's what I'll be working on today and throughout the weekend for my November Year of Starts. While I'm eager to finish up the mystery series, I really didn't want to put Hello Fall away for awhile. The colors really are gorgeous and I'm loving how it's looking so far on the Doubloon linen.

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is next week! That means I'll have to get my Bosch mixer working again and get some baking done to take down to Boise. It's the start of cinnamon swirl bread season, better known as The Holidays. I love that Thanksgiving is a bit earlier this year giving me an extra weekend to bake for family, Confection Selection, and our employees.

I've also got a start on shopping for the gifts we give at our company Christmas dinner, but just a start. It's so hard for me to choose gifts that I think will be appealing! Somehow I'll come up with what I need.

Have a great stitchy weekend everyone!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

What's Next?

I ended my last post wondering what to work on after finishing Coffee Quaker, which was so much fun to stitch. My new project needs to be just as much fun! The answer was in my latest stash acquisition - Hello Fall by Plum Street Samplers.

There was plenty of linen waiting in my stash, but I thought I'd take a look at the called for Classic Colorworks floss in real life. That called for a trip to my LNS - Needful Needlecrafts in Richland. It's just a tiny shop, but they pack a lot of goodness into that space! Oh those fall colors are just gorgeous. And as long as I was there, I picked up the floss for Hello Summer too. And the great owner/enablers showed me Rosewood Manor's Autumn Quaker which also came home with me!

I auditioned several pieces of linen and decided on PTP Doubloon in 36 ct. stitching 1 over 2.

Here's my start after a couple days of work:

I'm starting in the middle and working out from there. It's definitely a fun design to stitch.

Over the weekend I finished the second installment of Lizzie Kate's Mystery Christmas Sampler, but forgot to get a pic of my progress. It's turning out to be a cute one. I'll be starting #3 for my Year of Starts start on the 17th.

So there's been lots of stitchy fun here the last few days. Hope you're having a great week too!