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!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

This and that......

I have moved my office from the second floor to the downstairs guest room and the guest room to the upstairs. A little vertigo and some balance issues have slowed me down a bit. The sewing room is still upstairs and quilting and machine embroidery still live there. I am apt to spend a longer time there so the constant up and down are not as troublesome. My quilting is more for my granddaughter Olivia and my sons. Over the years I have made at least 80 some quilts. No more room in this house....

The photo colors are not too accurate. It has a pale aqua background and lots of Tula Pink fabrics.

Every office should have a hobby center! So I have a little Featherweight sewing machine next to my desk.

I shall piece Olivia’s quilt here!

I am trying to figure out how to get photos to this blog and shall publish this to see how it looks and then try to work on Photo Issue!!!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

My Happy Place

I hear this phrase used often and tried to think about where mine might be. The last couple of years have been quite stressful but we have managed and are now quite settled. When we decided to move, we wanted the convenience of one floor but I needed a sewing/studio that could house my machines and "stuff". I needed it to be out of sight as the area gets quite disorganized while a project is underway. A loft was the answer and after much procrastination and mild despair, the studio is operating. I cannot do projects when things are not in order. Things are pretty settled now. I try to spend 2-3 hours a day up there and it is paying off.

This Ribbon Star is almost done! I will finish it Thursday - taking a break today and tomorrow.

I shall make this quilt for Olivia and have already started to cut it out.

Afternoons are for needlepoint or knitting. 

The bottom picture is a evening pocketbook.

Below is a metal dollhouse like one I had as a child. I am known for leaving the vacuum in the middle of the floor. Jack does not like that. I have left it in the dollhouse living room. Someone puts it pack in the kitchen. Hmmmmm.

The above pictures are my work areas with machines. So many projects..... But my happy place is here and making "stuff" makes me happy.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

And I think we are settled....

The weather has been chilly but nothing compared to the weather up north. The new house doesn't need as much of our attention and we have a very organized schedule - sort of! My eyes are recovering nicely from cataract surgery. I can see much more clearly now and am not overly thrilled with the reality of my wrinkles.

As I sit and stitch, this is my view in the den. Jack's Code Talker quilt I made last year shares the room with some art and my collection of Hull's Blossom Flight.

Needlepoint in the studio or the den. Movies and cocoa in the afternoon. I have way too many projects and more hidden away in the sewing closet. Learning to work on a frame is not something I am not comfortable with yet.

I am working on next Christmas!

And then there are the quilts. And then the new grandchild coming any moment. So, of course, there was some knitting. 

Experimenting with recipes is something we both enjoy.

And at the end of the day relaxing as the light comes into the living room.

I hope to spend a little more time on the blog this coming year. Facebook is so much easier but I miss the journaling part of blogging.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


I have had this silk arrangement for almost 20 years. I find the color calming and the flowers engaging. Right now it is living on my coffee table and will probably stay until it is time for the holidays (which will be here before we know it ). This year has been difficult. Moving is stressful and at our ages even more so I think. Now almost a year from the purchase date and 4 months of residency, I am calming down. I think we found the last of the missing items (my pepper mill!) this afternoon.

Daffodils in the market are cheerful and comforting. I miss the spring flowers from New England.

Needlepoint is my current obsession and I am determined to finish this Paris street scene by Sally Corey. Trying to work 2-3 hours a day. I am about half way now.

I walk in the morning. We do our errands and chores and then the Lazy Boy recliner calls my name. I cannot bear the news so cooking shows are usually my choice for company while I stitch. I don't pay attention to the majority of the food but occasionally a recipe or two catches my fancy. Our favorite lunch (this month!) is a slice of a baguette spread with goat cheese and topped with tomato and a poached egg. Wonderful and healthy. This came from Bobby Flay.

I reduce the amount of goat cheese and use the whole grain baguette from Trader Joe's.

I also been experimenting with a Spiralizer. Zucchini pasta will be on the menu this week. 

My other find for a quick dessert is from the cooking show Sweet Julia. Frozen cherries are topped with a white chocolate sauce "enhanced" with some cherry brandy. Very elegant and a small portion is ample.

So, soon we will head back north. I feel like I just got here. I will be glad to see my family and friends. 
 I am so glad that this sense of contentment has reappeared in my life. I have missed the feeling.  

Have a wonderful week!


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