Sunday, September 5, 2021

Staying Home

We are home and have been since the end of March. It would appear that we shall be for a bit longer. I don't really mind but I miss my family and friends and the hugs and laughter. I really thought we would take this time to purge "stuff". However, nothing has been open and consignment shops for some good things are not open and those that are would not have the buyers I would want. The bed in the guest room is covered and I have stopped trying. And of course, there are the projects... I have tried to make a dent but have actually started some new ones. The old ones seem stale to me. I wish for something new and fresh.
I have been quite taken with an Australian designer Jen Kingwell and signed up for a Block of the Month called Psyehedelia. I am piecing it all by hand. Another Jen quilt design called Glitter is probably one of my absolute favorites.

Knitting was my first love and my mother and I spent many hours knitting together. Needlepoint came along and is still a favorite. Then came quilting. Years ago I had seen a scrappy vintage quilt at antique show. $250! I thought I could make it! Thousands of dollars later for sewing machines, fabrics, notions $250 would have been a bargain. However, I have made at least 86 quilts plus smaller projects. I have a few big ones to finish and then I shall only do smaller ones.

Greek Isle by Colors of Praise. I love the colors 


Then along came Sue Spargo and wool embroidery. I like the hand sewing. I have set myself up in the den. I don't really watch tv - I listen. So Jack and I are recliner potatoes in the afternoon and I sew.

I have even made a few pot holders.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Saturday, September 4, 2021

At Home

 We are still at home. I am okay with it because Covid would not be a good experience for either of us. I am so grateful that my home meets my needs with amenities and my sewing stuff. The politics of masking and vaccinations is too much for me to deal with. I no longer have the ability or the stamina for the debate. We are vaccinated and we wear masks we stay home. Social distancing is not practiced and therefore we don't socialize.

We miss the little cottage on the lake but we have wonderful memories of summers past. We miss our families and our friends but again wonderful memories. And lobster! I miss lobster more than Jack and tomatoes and corn from Sherman Farm.

Shopping online has been fun and balance issues impede my leisurely browsing. I try to order from small shops when possible and I am very impressed with their pandemic adaptions. Classes and group meetings on Zoom.

September 18 will be our 17th anniversary. The years have been good. We are lucky.

I am going to try to write this blog again with positive thougths in these tough times. I have so many pictures, recipes and ideas to share.

Be safe and well.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Tapas on Sunday

Sunday brunch has replaced the Sunday dinners of yesterday. We are now experimenting with tapas, the delightful Spanish appetizer. We both love anchovies and these are imported from Spain and served atop a fire roasted tomato. We were gifted a loaf of homemade peasant bread which is a perfect base. We also used pesto and crumbled chèvre. This Sunday I shall add another with manchego sliced very thin and bresaola.

We brushed the bread with olive oil and grilled.

Pot Holders were a fun project and a reminder of some of my first crafts.

A class at the Modern Sewist in Sarasota.

Needlepoint and Quilting make the days go faster!

Thursday, May 16, 2019


Moving the office downstairs has been an adventure to say the least. I reorganized paper work and refiled and Jack became the keeper of the shredder. I cannot believe the "stuff" I accumulated. I have one more pile and then must force myself to file or shred.

The cubbies in the desk have been cleaned and organized and the desk shelf holds some favorite little things.

There is actually a clear place to work!

This vintage Hermes typewriter makes a lovely vignette on the desk. To my right is a featherweight sewing center. I have pieced a couple of small quilts.

I am working on my studio and hopefully I shall post more regularly now that I have a "sign" for my office. This needlepoint canvas spoke my name when I saw it and reminded me how much I had enjoyed my blog. 

The canvas is designed by Madeleine Elizabeth of Oasis Needlepoint,

Hope to see you all soon.

Now if I can just remember how to edit the side bar!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Brass Bowl and other ramblings

A few of my favorite things!

I find myself being sentimental these days. Silly me. But that is the way I can be. I called my sister to ask about the brass bowl that mother had. She kept mail in it and Christmas cards. I was positive she kept Halloween candy in it as well. Jean said no but I told her that I needed it to be true because I had planned to write about it.

I will have candy in this bowl next Halloween but it will be of the needlepoint variety. We stay away from the real stuff. I have finished 5 - 4 more to go.

Jack and I have a routine. The morning is for errands and chores and the afternoon we watch reruns of shows that we never saw. I needlepoint. We have watched House of Cards, News Room, The West Wing and  Grey's Anatomy. Blue Bloods and NCIS were favorites. That is a lot of tv and a lot of finished projects. Now we watch British detective shows which I really like!

I miss sitting with my friends at knitting and needlepoint. I have had some vision issues so I no longer drive any distance. And then there is the vertigo. 

One of my "resolutions" for the new year was to resume blogging. I now have my office downstairs and it has become easy again with a desk and a comfy chair.

I am a lover of pottery. My bookcases hold vintage and Italian pieces

I think I have rambled enough. I will close this post with my needlepoint ornaments and the needlepoint box. It is almost time for Midsomer Murders. Jack's chili is simmering on the stove and Olivia's quilt is almost cut out!


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