Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Wishes

As I sit here yawning, knowing I'm not going to be able to stay up until midnight, I have been thinking of the many reasons I have to be thankful for 2011 while looking forward to what 2012 will bring.  I have made so many new friends through this blog.  Who knew this could happen?  I've found inspiration through so many of your blogs and encouragement to pick up my needle when I'm in a stitchy slump.  I've read of the joy of new life and the sadness of a  loved ones passing.

Thank you all for sharing a bit of your lives with me and for commenting on my sometimes hum-drum posts.  Thank you to all 198 of my followers.  I smell a giveaway coming soon as I approach 200!  Be looking for it.

May your hair, your teeth, your face-lift, your abs and your stocks not fall; and may your blood pressure, your triglycerides, your cholesterol, your white blood count and your mortgage interest not rise.


A very Happy New Year to you and your loved ones...

~~Peggy Lee

Thursday, December 29, 2011

We did it! They're framed!

Masterchief and I drove to Tennessee the day after Christmas to see our friends in Franklin.  Remember back in August when we were in TN and I met Carmen and her husband Danny?  Carmen is so very gifted when it comes to all things stitchy.  She is so full of great ideas (and I am definitely NOT) and she is a gifted designer.   We toted four of my pieces with us for framing.  As you know, having our pieces framed is so very expensive to have them done professionally.  Carmen taught me how to do it myself so I can save my money for future stash enhancement more important household expenses.

Shortly after arriving at Carmen's house we headed straight to Hobby Lobby for our supplies...well after she fed us a delicious meal.  And to think she called it "leftovers".  If all my leftovers were that good there wouldn't be any left over!

My frames are ready
Carmen showed me the lacing method so we picked up some mat board. 

Carmen shows me how to measure and cut the board for each piece
She didn't warn me that my thumb would be so sore from all the pinning!  It didn't help that my right thumb was already ouchy because my hands are so dry.  

Bent Creek's Winter Row

La D Da's Praise God



Lacing the back of the La D Da piece

I needed a little help

Ok so I needed alot of help!  Carmen was so patient with me.  She is so good at this...even has taught classes on it.

I wasn't the only one receiving help....


I'm not real good with names, human or animal, so I can't tell you this sweet kitty's name but she was adorable!

Now I about lost it when I looked up at saw "kitty" licking Carmen's forehead! I think Danny must have smudged something yummy on there while she was sleeping.  She did this a couple times during our framing party.  Silly kitty!

The next morning I had to grab my camera for yet another kitty antic.   Remember folks,  I do not have any pets so I found all of this very amusing.
It seems that kitty won't drink from water that is still.  So her humans must run a thin stream every now and then.  Now who owns who?

I have a tendency to be slightly...well I don't know the word for it.  Masterchief says I'm not what he would call OCD but I can be "particular" on occasion.  So, when we were nearing the final placing of the stitched piece behind glass I became nervous.


I found a way to ease my mind.  I was so afraid of getting a cat hair stuck behind the glass.  This sticky roller did the trick.  She didn't fight it so she must have liked it.

Almost done...we cut the spacers, cut the pieces for the back of each frame and slapped them together with nary a cat hair in sight!


cutting the spacers

The two Red Border Study's and Winter Row
I could never thank Carmen enough for showing me how to do this.  She not only helped me frame these pieces but now I will be able to frame all of my future finishes.  I am forever indebted to her.  Carmen and Danny were so kind to have Masterchief and I as overnight guests and we really enjoyed our time spent with them, even though it was all too brief.  We look forward to having them both as our guests possibly this summer.  YAY!!

Here are the two Red Border Study's by Heron House Designs on the wall.  We thought this was the best place for them.

We have yet to hang the other pieces but when we do I'll be sure to take a pic for ya.

Carmen also helped me finished this little ornament I did on 50 count.

I held a ruler under it so you can see just how small this is.  It's only 2 inches wide.  Carmen stuffed it with lavender.  I have it hanging in the kitchen right now and every time I walk by I get a whiff of lavender.  Thank you Carmen!  Here is a link to her BLOG.

Thanks for hanging in there with me on this long post.  I wanted to post about all this yesterday but I have to be in the right frame of mind to sit down and do it and that doesn't happen very often.

I hope your Christmas was a very happy and memorable one.  I can honestly tell you I don't care if I eat or even see another cookie until next Christmas!

A very Happy New Year to all of you, dear friends.  Be well and be safe.....

~~Peggy Lee

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I'm in L.O.V.E

I am so in love with my new cupboard, sometimes I go in to that room and open the doors just to look at it.  I have more to put in there yet but I've already put so much in it!

I spent Saturday night putting the paper on the shelving.  There is a stand at the Peddler's Mall that sells rolls and rolls of wallpaper for $10 each.  I was looking for black and white tiole or something similar but this is the closest I could get to it.  I really like it though.





It didn't take me long to start putting things on the shelves.  I am so thrilled with this cupboard.  I didn't imagine when looking for something to store my stitchy stash in that I would find something that was so perfect. Of course I wish I had about two more of them.  There is alot of stuff that won't fit in just one.

While at that Peddler's Mall I found another pair of angels. They were only 50 cents each. They make a nice addition to my collection.



I have been looking at all your blogs with the most adorable hand made ornaments displayed and I'm really wishing I had made at least ONE ornament!  I know better than to set a goal for one ornament each month because I would be really hard on myself for not sticking to it.  I found my 2010 Christmas issue of JCS (didn't get this years) and I saw a couple ornaments in there that I thought I would like to try.  Here's a really cute and simple one I've started.

I must have had a temporary bout of insanity because this is 50 count linen.  That's right, FIFTY count!  Stitching the angel wasn't so bad but the words are going to be very difficult.

I've also started stitching on ABC Tapestry once again.  What I really need to do is devote a certain amount of time each day to this.  At this rate I will never get it done. I'm on the H block right now.


Each block is 4 1/4"  x  5 3/4".  There are 28 blocks in all.  I will be old an gray, older and grayer by the time I get this one done!

Thanks so much for stopping by and if I don't get to post again before Christmas, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.
Now go make some memories!
~~Peggy Lee

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Need A Fix?

You know those times when you just NEED chocolate?  Well have I got the recipe for you! This is the bomb of all chocolate cakes. I just had to post it here.




CHOCOLATE FUDGE BUNDT CAKE

1 Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe chocolate cake mix
1 small box instant chocolate pudding
1 - 16 oz. container sour cream
3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
2 cups (or one 12oz. bag) semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 10" bundt pan. Beat all ingredients together except for chocolate chips. Fold chocolate chips in last. Batter will be VERY thick. Spoon batter in to prepared bundt pan. Bake about an hour.  Test cake for the last 10 minutes or so with toothpick. (Mine actually took about 70 minutes)  Cool in pan for about 15 minutes then turn out on to serving plate.  Drizzle cooled cake with chocolate fudge sauce. 

CHOCOLATE FUDGE SAUCE

1/4 cup light Kayro syrup
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream

Combine syrup and chocolate chips in saucepan and heat on medium-low heat, stirring often until creamy and melted. Gradually whisk in heavy cream until smooth and well blended. Serve warm or cooled.  Drizzle over cooled cake.  You can also drizzle some over each slice when serving. Keep leftover sauce in airtight container in frig up to three weeks.  

It passed the taste test with Masterchief


BEFORE

AFTER


If you make it, let me know what you think!

Happy baking...
~~Peggy Lee








Thursday, December 15, 2011

Treasures From Tennessee

Before I show you my treasures I must thank each and every one of you who wished us a happy anniversary.  As they blinged in on my phone I read them to Masterchief while on the road to TN.  Your messages were very sweet and I appreciate you so much!

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Gatlinburg and the surrounding area was all decked out for Christmas.  The lights and displays were beautiful.  I managed to take a couple pictures with my phone but that's the kind of thing you really have to be there to fully appreciate.  

We took in some of natures beauty the next day....



 I couldn't help sneaking that one of Masterchief in there.  Such a handsome guy!

There are antique shops galore in that area.  We only stopped at a few.  I wanted to stop at more but I filled the car up with one purchase.....


We are still finding out the details about how old it is and all that but isn't she a beauty?  Someone must have refinished the cabinet because it's just gorgeous. 

This next peddler's mall find isn't from TN.  I found it right here in KY a day or so before we left.  



I've been looking for some sort of cabinet or shelving to put my stitchy things in.  I get so frustrated when I KNOW I have something and I can't find it.  I have stash from one end of the house to the other, shoved under things, baskets stuffed full, you know how it is.  This is perfect for charts, fabric etc...  It looks like there were lots of little dividers in it at one time.  It's best that they are out for what I need to use it for. 

We heard of a shop in Knoxville, TN that we knew would be on the way home.  It's called Three Sisters Antiques and Needlework.  

I snapped that one from the car as we drove away.  

I was pawing through the beautiful threads and charts while Masterchief checked out the 'antique' part of the shop.  He came in to where I was and was immediately drawn to a sampler hanging on the wall.

It's just a simple alphabet but it is so beautifully stitched.  Well when my Masterchief's eye is drawn to a sampler you just know I MUST STITCH IT!  Just as we had located the chart who should walk in the shop but the very person who designed the sampler!  It was almost eerie.  
This sampler is Eliza Evans 1831, a reproduction sampler by Darlene Lara from The Marking Sampler.  She was kind enough to sign my chart and pose for a picture...
Can you tell I'm about to burst with excitement?  Darlene was so very kind to help me find the thread she recommends for it. *just a note here - if you plan to stitch this one, there's a typo where it tells you what thread to use. The "8" is missing off the number of Weeks Dye Works.  It is 1268, which is Molasses.  

I know I have so many other things waiting to be stitched but I am so drawn to this one.  We still find it really weird, for lack of a better word, that she walked in just as we pulled her chart from the basket.

I'll leave you with my little angels I found at a Christmas shop in TN.  I love to collect angel figurines that aren't fancy.  By not fancy I mean no paint for lips or eyes, just one color.

Well that's about it my friends.  Thank you all so much once again for the warm anniversary wishes. {{HUGS}} to all of you! We look forward to many more years together.

~~Peggy Lee

Monday, December 12, 2011

Six Years Ago Today.....

....I married the one I waited all my life for.  I can't tell you what a difference my Masterchief has made in my life!  We feel as though we were led to each other.  It just feels right...ya know?

Here we are six years ago on our wedding night moments after we pledged our love......



Hope you all have a wonderful start to your week.

Thanks for your visit,
~~Peggy Lee

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

One down, two to go....

It was easier than I thought.  Those "free" boxes from the post office are the bomb!  They work perfect for magazine holders, or chart/pattern holders in this case.

I started out with with two boxes.  The one on top is medium flat rate and the bottom one is large flat rate.

They have peel off strips on each end that leaves exposed adhesive so they stay closed.  That's what you need to do first....close them up tight at each end.  The smaller box made one holder so I prefer the bigger one.  I got two out of it.

I used a ruler and marked where I would cut the box to get two out of it.



Here you can see where I only got one holder out of the medium flat rate box.....
Ok,  so back to the bigger box.....I used my craft knife to cut these....
Maybe I need a new knife....
So now I have two holders cut out.......



I wanted to cover them with something and I had just the thing....

I love toile of any color but I especially like it in blue and white.  I laid the cut out holder on the fabric and cut around it.  Then I used spray adhesive to stick it on and used double sided tape to hold the part on that folds over the edges.


 I lined it with pieces of scrap book paper I had from when I used to be in to that.
And there you have it!  I'll finish the other two tomorrow maybe.


This makes the third post in three days. I think that might set a record for me.
I hope this very amateur tutorial helps someone.  I just can't see paying what they want in the stores for these things.

Thanks for stopping by.

~~Peggy Lee

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Isn't that the cutest thing?

Today is my friend's /neighbor's birthday.  I went out on Sunday to shop for a gift (red scarf and gloves) and found this Wilton cake pan.


If you're using box cake mixes you have to use slightly over one box for this pan.  I made cupcakes with the leftover cake batter.  If I use a box mix it is always Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe.  I worked at a bakery years ago that made the best cakes.  I learned that they used Duncan Hines for all their cakes.  I tend to alter the recipe a bit though by adding a dollop of mayonnaise instead of using the recommended oil.

When turned out of the pan it looked like this.....

I trimmed just a teenie bit off the top of the bottom half and the bottom of the top half.  Confused?  I am!
Then I frosted it and added sprinkles........




The pan wasn't cheap but I will get my money's worth in no time.

No stitchy news today.  I went looked up how to make a magazine holder out of a box.  I found a tutorial using those flat rate boxes that are free at the post office.  I wonder if the postmaster will wonder why I don't return with it full of goodies to send off in the mail?  {{tee-hee}}   I want to use them to organize my charts and patterns that are presently strewn from one end of the house to the other.  Wish me luck!


Thanks for stopping by!

~~Peggy Lee