Stitching updates

15-02-24 temari aSorry about last week but the week got away from me and before I knew it this week is almost halfway over too.

15-02-24 temari bI have been trying to finish up a heart and move on to St Pat and Easter and poor Mardi Gras just blew by like a cold breeze (hummm it was cold.)  But I did make two Temari for the occasion,  just didn’t get them posted.  Used Kreinik blending filament in purple gold and green togive color to base of ball and stitched with #5 DMC Perle in Green Gold and 15-02-24 temari cPurple and a Kreinik braid. Simple 6 division but the Obi bands are different.

My creative juices are keeping me awake; I even got up one night to stitch…What can I say…didn’t have a pencil and I was awake so it seemed logical to me. I don’t think dog and DH had the same thoughts… and 15-02-24 heartsall I did was play with the Kreinik wire braid for a few minutes, okay maybe 30 but in an eight to ten hour night that’s only a few minutes. Didn’t even stitch it down during that time…and the light was only on my stitching.

15-02-24 stitches aAnd then Jane at Chilly Hollow (http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2015/02/lets-make-ribbon-flower.html)  posted this new type of knot that was taught at TNNA winter show (https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=656298941158846&set=o.108537025890131&type=2&theater ) and I had to try it, seemed perfect for this design. Colonial Knot, French Knot and Ruching. Plus the flowers are another decision I haven’t decided on yet either: Ribbon flowers, beads…decisions decisions!?!?!?!?!

15-02-24 stitches bAnd before I stitched the leaves on the heart I wanted to play with stitching picots. Needed to decide whether I wanted to use wired braid or just braid; whether I wanted two, three or four legged picots;  would one work better than another and did I want more than one style? You get the idea questions, questions and more questions.

But last week I did get this playing accomplished and this week I am really putting effort into finishing up the heart. Should get some great stitching time in as it is supposed to be cold, cold, cold and only have only a couple outings planned.

Thank you for stopping by to visit, I hope you find time to stitch today or do whatever helps you be creative!

ttfn…sue

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Mardi Gras

The week-end was COLD and not so snowy. We were supposed to get 8-10 inches but it passed us by and left us with 2-3 inches of snow combined with some sleet. It just got bitter, bitter cold; so I stitched under my heating blanket. Today were are having a heat wave of sorts up to freezing and headed for the spring temps next week…AND none too soon I might add.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut today is Mardi Gras, “Laissez les bons temps!”  New Orleans is one of my favorite places, they know how to party, eat and eat…and if I were young again I would be there. But every Fat Tuesday and  fix a pot of Gumbo…one of my favorite foods. I have two well used cookbooks from New Orleans Recipes and Reminiscences of New Orleans Vol 1 & 2. (hum wonder if there is a third will have to look later)  I love these cookbooks and use them often. The gumbo recipe is from these cookbooks.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEver hear of a Roux spoon? My niece brought this back to me from Polly’s Island three or four years ago and I love it. It has a flat side is wonderful when making roux or any type of thickened sauce. I use it all the time when making creamed soups and sauces. Don’t know how I lived without this spoon for so many years.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere is my gumbo…will wait until this afternoon to add the shrimp. Since my shrimp don’t come with their heads on I have to improvise. I wait and add at last minute so they don’t get tough. Now before all you New Orleans purists start complaining…please remember I am a Midwest girl trying to cook Cajun food. I can’t make pralines or beignets because I am not at sea level and I know that has something to do with making them so yummy. Mirleton do not grow wild here so I haven’t had a seafood stuffed Mirleton in years. And my French bread is not as good as yours either…So if any of you wonderful Southern people would like to send me pralines, beignets and stuffed Mirleton …I promise to eat them all by myself and not share with any other Midwesterner who doesn’t know what they are missing.

My Mardi Gras display is not much, guess I’ll have to add a mask to my to-do list. Like I have time for this…well a girl can dream.

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Val the Valentine girl (https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/first-entry-of-2014-playing-catch-up-already/ ) would not get in her box when she saw Nick the Mardi Gras man (https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/laissez-les-bons-temps-roule/) so they are partying hardy in the collections case until the rabbits arrive next week for the Easter holidays.

So I since dinner is ready I see a nap, stitching and a good movie in my future today. I am still working on the Mom and Me border but will have something to share later this week…I hope (depends on how much nap I get)

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today and Laissez les bons temps! ttfn…sue

Changing the header

Yesterday, I decided to change the header of my blog.

The train did have significance and sentiment but only to me and did not reflect this blog. My youngest son had set this blog up for me and this was his choice of a picture. His brother, my second son also works for the railroad that sponsors this train so it had significance but mostly sentiment. I always intended to change it but it was another one of those “to-its”. So I put it on my list and now I can cross it off…maybe this list thing isn’t to bad.

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Yesterday I was taking the Christmas things hanging on my hall wall and that’s where this picture hangs. I love this needlepoint and the attachments; The attachments were a bracelet that became to fragile to wear from a special friend. I also like it because it was quick and easy to stitch; it is a combination of 6 inchies to make an ATC (Artist Trading Card).

 

 

 

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My hall connects the front of the house to the back of the house. I love this wall, it has a lot of things that I love to look at…it is my eclectic wall and has so many family memories.

 

 

 

calendarThis is “Master Calendar for 112 years”. from 1844 to 1956.It was my father’s and he kept it on his desk at work even after 1956. I keep it accurate only the year is 1909.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A glove stretcher (it was used to dry those cotton gloves we all wore in the 40-50’s)

Antique keys (don’t you wonder what secrets they hold?) and a brass stencil of a tulip, our last name means tuilip.

A zodiac plate from Brazil, and abacus, and my Grandmother’s tea strainer that I still grab to use.

A Mari plate that has so many cracks is looks like a mosaic, but my favorite aunt loved it and I just could not bear to see it thrown away. I hung it up close to ceiling and you would be surprised at the number of people who comment on how pretty it is. Some I show it’s faults, others I just smile to myself and say thanks.

The tree I made in the 80’s during my wood cutting days…there is a walnut angel and pineapple hanging also. We hung the ribbons from the tree during the 1st and 2nd gulf wars. Look at the beads to the left of tree, they were my baby toys. One set is wood and the other the Bakelite, but what is most interesting is both are strung on string and the pieces are small.  Boy what a hazard these are by today’s standards…not to mention that the paint could have lead… and yes they were chewed on.

And the last plate was from my Great Aunt Rose and Aunt Hazels kitchen. These two favorite aunts could make shoe leather taste good. They loved to cook and Thanksgiving at their house was a feast…and meal at their house was a feast. Whenever we have family “get-to-geters”, I look at this plate and know that traditions continue.

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And this is my mystery antique. It is metal, the thing on the end is like a spring over the end. It does not bend. It is 3 inches long and 3/4 inch wide at the bow underneath the spring. 

 Anyone know what it is? I’ll tell you Friday. This is a conversation piece when people see it…

 

 

 

 

 

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 I love my street sign. We were in New Orleans for Carnival (Mardi Gras is only Fat Tuesday) in 1986. We saw 9 parades in three days, it was quite an experience. These signs hang all over the city, each parish had their own sign. This one is from Jefferson Parrish. I wanted one, so I asked the Commander of County Sheriff’s Department how to get one. He looked at me like I was nuts, but gave me his card and told me to write after Carnival was over. I did and he sent this to me..no charge! I can’t believe they didn’t sell them. What a great fund raiser.

I love greeting cards and some are too cool. I frame many greeting cards to hang, it is great inexpensive artwork. If I ever get tired of them I can replace them, so far that has never happened.  These are from Mary Engelbreit, she autographed one for me too. I have three sets of these: this one books, the “good to be the Queen” pair and “Grow old with me” pair.

And of course needlework.

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mountain-star1The sunflowers are one of about 12 of these I did for a ANG certification piece I was doing. I stitched them to see which color combinations worked well, and which stitch combinations I liked best. I gave most of them away as Christmas gifts the year I made them.

The gray piece is Mountain Star. I taught this as part of my ANG certification in Denver. I only taught it in pinks or blues but my husband wanted this color for his office.

There’s a lot more hanging there: Family pictures, Pat Buckley Moss prints, Charlie Harper postcards, some original art work, stained glass pieces, my uncle’s horse and camel crop (complete with poker), brass knuckles that belonged to my husbands grandfather. My mother’s last Fuller Brush vegetable brush…she loved these things and we found boxes of them. We just used them up last year except for this one that we hung.  Like I said this is a fun hallway, full of memories and reminders of many generations who made us who we are.

This post got carried away down memory lane, but I can now mark dusting all the pictures and wall off my list. 🙂

ttfn…sue