Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas With a Capital "C"

This is not my usual style of music...and for me the video is so so. BUT-
I AGREE WITH THE MESSAGE. It may be Black Friday and the target is the monetary
goal and such. But the reason for the season is Christ. He is the gift to us all.

The little Sewing Shoppe says: "Merry Christmas!!"

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Getting ready and memories

It begins like this, a very damp clean pile. 

and like this-puckered wrinkled threads.

Then you work in sections to get to this:

and more

Workinng from center out.

and wind up like this

Not fully set or  ready, but close! Have to work on the center some more.

The tablecloth and napkins were purchased by my Air Pilot Father, years ago maybe around 1960's when he traveled to wonderful places like the Azores and Maderia Spain.  And thanks to my friend and mentor Lillie I have verified that it is hand embroidered. Not Margab embroidery, but Maderia done. 

My memories are many Sunday and Holiday dinners using this table cloth.  Stains and ONE small hole attest to that. Certain napkins are more marked than others...meaning they were top used and not rotated as they should have been. [And who was supposed to take from the bottom? not me!]  Now that I have learned to iron  it from damp to dry, no starch I spent Wednesday redampining the cloth and napkins with fond sweet tears as I prepared for my family Thanksgiving this year.  I miss my parents and others at the holidays, but as part of being thankful, I am happy they are in a much better place.  

My thanks to Jan of Bessiemary for the link to the little gobblers sitting mascots! Our best bites actually gave the directions and fun comments for the Oreo Turkeys and Pilgrim Hats on their site. My efforts are not as neat as theirs, but so far, a big hit...especially with the hubby!  

May you all have a wonderful, happy Holidy with your family and friends. I am thankful for so many things that I will save that litany for another time.  Later tonight or tomorrow I will share the days photos of what I am NOT stitching but cooking!  We will be 15 today, all my little turkeys and grand turkeys!


Monday, November 22, 2010

My biggest or smallest excuse

Not blogging , stitching, cooking, shopping or anything else keeps me more involved than Mr. JJ!! I spend my Mondays and Tuesdays with this wonderful little date and that's my story and I am sticking to it! Now 4 months old and really becoming his own little person. I have to remind myself that these days only come once, and no matter the end result=tired, cranky, happy, sad= they will not return. A lesson that only comes with growing older and gaining vision. As whoever said: YOUTH is wasted on the young. I am thankful this Holiday for my life, health and for stopping along the way to enjoy MR. JJ!!
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ornament Swap

Finished ! Pleated lime green stripe fabric with a mix of smocking patterns from different Australian Smocking projects. Mill Hill Antique Beads, Silk Splendor threads. Ball is 2 1/2 inch size.
This ornament will go to a Delphi Heirloom Sewing n Smocking member as part of our ornament swap. Great challenge and now I will make another one like it for myself!

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Rainy Days

It's raining...I have two friends traveling distances today in this weather.  I hope they both have good trips and arrive safe and dry!

It is November! I can not believe it.  Where does time fly by?? My dear young grandson will be 4 months old in another cute he is and how happy his parents are. Love them all.

My fingers have been fiddlin with some stitching..nothing spectactular...but stitchin.  This is the time of year when I think about all of the 'going to make....for .....' as gifts and of course...they aren't done, started or supplies ready.  Just not my style to be early or done with anything before the last possible minute.  Not the best way to run a business of course, but my own life...keeps me sane!

Maxine/my philosophy:
" I consider myself liberal about some things;
Conservative about some things;
And I don't give a rat's ass about most things! "
[sorry the photo is so blurry...transfer??]

I voted...did you??  There is no room on a 'sewing' blog for political commentary [in my mind]. All I will say is that I voted, that then allows me to complain or argue with other votees. The non voter shall keep his/her mouth shut have the total priviledge of voting or not voting...your choice...but please do not comment on this wonderful country's state of affairs if you choose not to vote.  The coming days will be interesting to say the least.  God Bless and Keep the USA!!