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!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Quick Update

There's much to do today, but I wanted to quickly share my exciting finish! I just put the final stitches into Coffee Quaker. It's been such a fun design to play with and stitch.

My Coffee Quaker is stitched on 32 ct. Vintage Country Mocha using most of the charted flosses, but with some changes that I made along the way, the blue is WDW Jaybird.

Now, the question is, what do I start now?

Hope you all are having a great stitchy weekend!

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Getting to the Bottom of It

The bottom of Coffee Quaker, that is.
Over the weekend I brought CQ out to work on and got to where the very bottom motifs are coming up next. With a finish in view (perhaps not this rotation, but soon), I've kept it out to continue working on.

I did run out of GA Picnic Basket that the lettering is stitched in, among other motifs. Luckily, the DMC equivalent, 839, does not look drastically different. Maybe you can see that "things" is in the DMC and the other words are in Picnic Basket?

I've also run out of GA Apple Cider, but my plan is just to use other GA flosses in the pattern that aren't used as often. For instance the flower motif under "do the" was not charted for Hazelnut, but that's what I decided to use.

Saturday was the big day - the State XCountry meet and our Kamiakin HS boys team (that my twins help coach) won the state 3A title as a team! It's a first for the school and the head coach, Matt Rexus, has deserved this win for a long time. This year the boys were healthy (illness plagued the team other years) and our main rival, North Central in Spokane, did not have as many outstanding runners this year.

Matt Rexus (center), my twins on either side, plus 2 more coaches
The weather held out pretty well for the races, while all the rest of the state was getting rain and snow, which is one reason they hold the state races here. Congratulations to everyone on both the girls and boys teams. The girls did well too, finishing in 5th place!

This coming weekend the boys are heading to Boise to run in Nike's regional qualifying race. Then the Nike National race will take place in Portland, OR, in early December.

OK - that's my update! Have a great week!