Thursday, September 29, 2011

Long Time No See….

Hi there! I’ve been rather busy these past 2-3 weeks: one of the guacamoles has temporarily returned, my hours at work got cut back by one day (YIKES!), but I’ve been able to scrape some side job work to help make up the difference and I’ve been riding 2-3 days each week (fun!), plus walking weekdays at 5:30 am for 2 miles. I had my best friend’s husband’s 50th birthday party one Saturday, then a town group had a reunion of sorts the next.

Plus here in SE Massachusetts, it’s been as humid as I don’t-know-what, for what seems like weeks. I’m thinking we should be calling ourselves the Northern Bayou. Really- my salt jar has water in it, and all my envelopes are stuck closed!

Here’s my progress on Beacon House as of this morning:


That tree is all Algerian Eyelets, but they’re not too difficult or time consuming to do.  I stitched more this evening at Jeanne’s, but it’s so dark by the time I got home I’ll have to take a picture another day.

I took today as my day off, because Axe was having her shoes done today. Later, at my side job, my boss called with the news that one of the smaller big jobs we were waiting on was finally given the go-ahead-YAY! They want their plans in a month, so hopefully I’ll be back to my full hours soon, and this means the banks are lending again, and our big big jobs will be starting soon too.

Two Saturdays ago, we had our first reunion of my Rabble-Rowser group and I made these 2 desserts:

cappucino cheesecake1

A Cappuccino Fudge Cheesecake and

Lemon lime cake

A Lemon Buttermilk Cake with Lime Cream cheese frosting-Yum!

I also made a pan of Chorizo/Rice Casserole- very easy but so delicious I made another pan later in the week for myself. I’ll try to post that recipe soon. If anyone wants either cake recipe just leave a comment and I’ll post those too.

I haven’t even been turning my computer on some days- it’s back in my living room again, and I’m spent by the time I can sit down in the evening, and usually I opt for the couch.

Back to work tomorrow- it doesn’t take much of a disruption to my schedule to make me forget which day it is!

Friday, September 16, 2011

It’s Not Much…..

but it’s some progress:


On Beacon House. One little man done.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Never Forget…


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

And more…

Another project bag:


This will fit my Beacon House scroll frame which is about 20” wide, as well as the set I did Quaker Halloween on, which was 28”.

Here’s the inside, showing the pocket to hold my chart/flosses, etc.:


Here’s Delilah kitty, checking that bag of floss out for any escapees:

delilah kitty

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

All sorts of things…

My first stitches in ”Winter at Beacon House”:


Some quilt-piecing:


This will be a pillow top for Emily. I just noticed a mistake on the lower right- I must have reversed a row.


This is a pin cushion. The stuffing was difficult to insert evenly, but I put it together in about 1/2 an hour. The pattern was on Moda Bake Shop. I still need to put pom-poms on the tips.

Lastly, a new neighbor outside my (very dirty window screen):


A little closer:


I was prompted to look out by the nibbling noises I was hearing- he’s a very noisy eater!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Various & Sundry...

Bear with me: I'm trying the new blogger interface.
Here is, or actually, ARE, update photos of "Hilltop Seasons". I found a progress picture I never posted:

I also kitted up and mounted my fabric for "Winter at Beacon House":
You'll notice all the floss. I just bought the 2 baggies of threads, having forgotten the previously-purchased threads. Well, I kind of remembered them, but when I couldn't locate them in my completely disorganized house, I assumed I had thought about, but never bought them. And you know what they say about "assume". I'm going to blame my now-departed roommates, seeing as they aren't here to defend themselves.
So I am sitting here, inside, because i am procrastinating about finishing tidying up my yard. I have the pile of branches near my horse trailer still to pick up, and then I have to mow. 
I did, however, make it outside. I brought 3 huge bags of old clothes to the recycling bins, stuff that had been sitting in my bedroom for literally years (because I knew if I actually got rid of them, someone would decide they absolutely needed something from those bags.) The recycling center has a wasp problem in one of the bins: I got a sting on my forearm. I'm sure I made quite the spectacle of myself in front of all my fellow townies with my hopping around and flailing of arms. But, that's what I'm here on this earth for: to make the rest of you all seem normal in comparison!
So let's see if blogger has fixed it's pitiful spell checker.....
Why yes! How delightful! It highlights, then offers suggestions! I'm impressed! Now where are the tags...