Sunday, January 31, 2016

January Smalls SAL and the story of a morning, well, evening too, to be honest!

This is the third year that Heather of Stitching Lotus has kindly hosted the Smalls SAL and as she mentioned in her first post, numbers definitely went down as the year progressed and sadly, I was an early offender.......but.......we pick ourselves up and keep going!  I was really hoping to impress Jo by being on time again for a SAL but alas, forgot and went to bed.  Well, it's close (ish) to the full moon so I give you........again, lol.......Sing Noel!

You were all very kind about it in my last post, so thank you!  Click on the link in my sidebar for more information about the SAL. story.......are you sitting comfortably?  Good.......then I'll begin :)

Our church congregation has an informal partnership with a local elementary school and every month a couple of people volunteer to take in baked goods for the staff.  I usually choose January, and cutting it very fine, Friday 29th was the day that Trudy and I chose.  I planned on muffins and cookies/biscuits.  New recipe for the muffins (mistake) but I made them, stuck them in the oven, cr*p, left out the butter.  The pinger went, tried one and, dears, there is a reason you use butter in baking.......that's all I'm going to say!

Meanwhile, I'd mixed up a batch of molasses cookies which were to be put in fridge for a couple of hours before baking.  Went off to evening of stitching with friends, having decided to bite the bullet and whispering here, buy a couple of packets of Mrs. Crocker's finest products on my way home......don't tell, okay?
Got home, nice evening, bit tired, chatted to Baltimore Girl, who mentioned that parents were always bringing treats into THEIR staff room and they were always devoured with something of regret next morning on the went to bed vowing to bake in the morning, how difficult could it be?  Well apart from the fact that all three items were baked at different temperatures......not at all.

Got everything into containers, the lemon bars were too hot to sprinkle icing sugar on so took along a spoon, sieve and packet of sugar.  Picked up Trudy's cookies and drove to the school to be greeted by this sign.......

Back to the church, deposited all the cookies in the freezer, a second attempt will be made tomorrow. I'd also made a slight detour on the way to pick these absolute beauties up, aren't they gorgeous? 

From my lovely sister and family for my birthday to remind me of England.......oh dear, had a bit of a teary moment there.  The tea cosy was part of my present from Pittsburgh Girl, very posh, look at the label. 

Sadly, I am pretty sure she didn't get a trip to Harrods, she has an unerring instinct for finding British things over here, I keep my cutting mats for quilting in a big bag from Libertys that she found.

So the flowers were put on the floor of the (warm) car and taken to our local Bernina quilt shop where we were doing a EGA outreach project making angel gowns for out local neo natal unit and nicely graced the classroom for the day.

The WT kindly popped back for a couple of days, lol, he's off to Eastbourne in the morning!

Time I went and sorted the laundry to send with the WT on his merry way.  Have a lovely week, smile often, work hard and kinder than you need to be.

Remembering another good man......Sir Terry, RIP.

and not a quote this time but something to make you smile.........

Friday, January 15, 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness or how one small ornament stretched across three SALs!

Well.........!  Tail end Charlie am I?  I'll show 'er!  I'll have you know I was up at 5am this morning, Miss J. finishing off my wee ornament, so there!  And it's very wee!

Sing Noel
Primrose Needleworks
The Gift of Stitching
Issue 35 December 2008

I used a much more traditional colour than the ones called for in the pattern because I wanted to use a skein of Threadworx Christmas Time given to me by my dear friend in Yorkshire, Frances (no blog) as part of an exchange last year.  I added a little snowflake charm from my stash and gold beads.
I stitched the pattern a few years ago but sent it off in an exchange so this one I'm keeping, my third finish of the year.......quite overcome!

Progress (quite a lot!) on Her Sampler
Carriage House Samplings
kindly lent by Lynda
Her Sampler is really a joy to stitch, I love the colours, the fabric and above all the pattern!  Thank you, Lynda!

I'll leave you with a picture from the deck earlier in the week after the winter storm passed through, sadly looks nothing like this now, the temperature has risen and it's dripping with the odd icy patch to catch you unawares!

Took me ages to make those scallops!
To get the most mileage from this post, besides Gifted Gorgeousness, I am also linking up with Kitten Stitching at her Christmas Ornie SAL.  the January theme is music so pretty darn perfect, don't you think?  Click on the links in the sidebar to find out about both SALs.

Our Badge
And since today is Friday......there's a bit of a frolic going on, as I busily continue on Her Sampler.  Every Friday, Kaye invites you to show what you are stitching that evening.  I think this is the first time I've linked up,  See?  The new improved me!

And Noel will probably appear down the road in the Smalls SAL too!

Well, it's been a long week, the WT has already retired, still jet lagged, poor chap so think I will join him.  I'll leave you with this quote.....

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Fifteen of those days we will never get back........

love, Gillie x

Sunday, January 10, 2016

C'est Fini!

It seemed appropriate to write the title in French.......the first of many finishes for 2016, God willing and the creek don't's a French chart and the WT was last heard of in Montpellier, France, drinking something red in a glass........where it was 60 F or 15 C.........

Here, on the other hand, in south west Michigan, the wind is gusting to 31 mph, the wind chill is 4F or -16C and the temperature is 19F or -7C......

......but are we downhearted?  Nope, because I really do have a finish........this is where I started......

when it was returned to me after crossing the UK and the States a few times in an RR.  And this is where I finished.....

Jardin Prive
Lettre S comme Soie
Threadworx overdyed thread
I wrote down 11011 but not sure that's right - Hydrangea
Chart bought at the Inspired Needle, Lemont IL 

....and yes, I cheated, added two buttons as had had enough of the motifs, lol and the S of Sourire will be getting two tiny buttons when I find what I want.....but the stitching is finished.

I'm really proud of myself because I am a stitching (and everything else) butterfly usually, flitting from project to project but not this week....because I listed four goals at the beginning of the week.......comme  ci...... and I stuck to them.......

RR stitched on and mailed - did it arrive?
JP piece finished
and quite a bit done on Her Sampler, look, here's the start on Monday

and this was where I arrived today.....

so we might have something to show on Gifted Gorgeousness on Friday!  Don't hold your breath though, this is me we are talking about.

Sadly, #4 got not one bit of attention but I have meetings on Wednesday and Thursday so might be able to rectify matters.

Well, I'm not going to list the goals for next week right now, I'm just going to sit in a glow of satisfaction!

I hope, wherever you are, cool or warm, you are well and happy.

Gillie x

PS I'm quite giddy, 10:30 pm......another finish!  Nature's Alphabet by Elizabeth's Designs, so silly, all I had to do was sew on the charm (which I had) and stitch the year.  I'm not sure when I bought the chart but in February 2014 (almost two years ago) Julie and I began a SAL on a Tuesday, I fell by the wayside fairly soon, but Julie, being of a more determined nature, finished hers in record time AND brought it to show me when we met in the autumn of that year.  Dear Julie, I hope it's not too much of a shock!

Instead of the black work trellis between the squares I chose to stitch Rhodes stitches at the intersections.

NOW I'm off to bed, three finishes would just be too much!

Sleep well!