Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Twas the Night Before

I'm not sure if my favorite part of this menu I created in 1977 is that the beverages list includes 'booze' or that the above is "served with gravy if desired." There are no italics but you can tell. (I still don't eat gravy.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thursday to my non-American friends!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

Five Pinterest Crafts I Hope to Do This Weekend

I'm so looking forward to the Thanksgiving Break. I know...I had a three day week last week, but when all you can do is sit on the couch while you hack up a lung...not the same. This is what I hope to accomplish/start.

Now don't rush out and buy up all the vintage Santa head mugs! I saw this cute idea in Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts. (The one with a felted snowman in a bell jar on the cover; I tried to find the issue on their website for you but, why would they sell that on their site? Here, get it on Zinio.) I may not do much more than start to gather the items. Depends on how gung-ho I am to get out to the vintage shops in the inevitable traffic.

On Friday, I plan to make cards. Two of the ideas I have are pictured here. The first example is the non-specific holiday card for my friends who do not necessarily celebrate Christmas. I am going to use a cool blue instead of the spring-y gold to make something generally winter-y. (Find this card at Magical Scrapworld.)

I'm also going to use Warm Wishes stamp set that I love to make this sled. The original idea came from Stampin by the Sea. I might have to wait to finish these until I go to my Friday night stamping party again. I can't remember if I have the embossing folder for the background or not. (You know you have too many crafting supplies when...)

On Saturday, I plan to shop small at the Bead Garden. I am thinking about making two necklaces, pictured here. Tassels are all the rage, and I know how to make them! (Finally, a reason for that useless skill!) The pink and green necklace would be a perfect gift for a certain aunt. I would link you to the origin, but it is a piece that was sold on etsy, by a seller that didn't make sure a permanent link went back to their store. The item is unavailable--that's all I know.

Finally, that same aunt would love this daisy necklace. I think it will also be pleasingly complicated--not too easy, but not too difficult either. You can find the instructions for this piece at Pandahall Tutorial.

What are your plans?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Keeping It Real

Stella has started reverse sneezing. If you've ever heard it, you'll know my pain. The best way to help the dog is to stay calm. That's hard.

I've picked out the holiday cards I'm going to make and set up a little Christmas-is-in-a-month schedule. I'm still in the delusional phase where I'll get it all done.

I made an apple crisp to take to a potluck but the desserts got hidden away so only two people had taken any when it was time for us to leave. The dude is happy; he enjoys it for breakfast. (He made pull apart rolls.)

The potluck was the high point of my day which also included folding a ton of laundry and picking up clutter.

I've decided my contribution to Thanksgiving is going to be beets and pumpkin. Can't decide if I should just roast both to act as a balance to the richer dishes. Or if I should make a beet tartin that no one will appreciate.

Even though I took out and planned to stitch June Morning, I didn't get to it. Sometime this week.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

So Square

Last night I went stamping so I have no stitching to show. I don't have cards either because I helped my friend stamp cards that she uses as a fundraiser to help some of the kids in her school take their senior trip to Disney World. I think it's wonderful that she's been a high school guidance counselor for so long and still cares so much about the students. Every year she stamps cards to sell to raise money to help low income (or severely neglected) kids take the trip. (The stories she tells about the abuse and neglect some of her students face are heartbreaking.) So I stamped a dozen cards and wrote a check. I hope all the seniors can enjoy the trip.

Instead, Amy Bruecken's St. Nick's Noel stitched with the called-for colors on WDW guacamole. The title draws attention to the three green squares I stitched on a Saturday night, encompassing both meanings of the word.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Autumn in Vermont

I brought out Autumn in Vermont while I was convalescing on the couch. I watched NCIS I finished the leaf I had started and then I realized this would be a good project to bring on a trip, big blocks of color that can be easily outlined, so I did the outlining. I am ready to go somewhere!

(Note: I am not going anywhere.)

(Note 2: Except to bed.)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mermaid (I Got Nothing.)

Whatever the dog has I've got it too. I was home yesterday (and today) trying not to cough. And sleeping. I am so exhausted. All I can manage is to stitch and watch tv. (And, apparently, let the dog out 100 times. What does she do when no one is here to let her out? Why can't she do that when I'm home?)

I picked up Off the Deep End by Raise the Roof Designs. I am stitching it on (I think) Gunmetal WDW fabric probably 28 ct. I am stitching with the prescribed colors. I worked on this the last time I did a project a day in November. This time I finished the orange flower, added the goldfish (it's probably supposed to be a saltwater fish, but it is stitched with Crescent Colors goldfish so it will be a goldfish to me forever), did the lower ribbon, and started the seaweed. It feels like a great accomplishment.

In fact, writing this feels like an accomplishment. I have to go back to sleep!