Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving 2009.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Well, I see that I have published the photo of the recipe card too large and some of the wording was cut off.  Here is a smaller version of the recipe.  If there is a way to edit a post after finalizing it, I haven't figured that out yet!

Rose shared her recipe for Cranberry Relish with me...and I am sharing it with you.  She gave me some grief for never having gone past opening a can of Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, and slicing it on a plate.  Well, this will be the year that we try an updated cranberry side dish on Thanksgiving!

I am slightly embarrassed (but only slightly) to say that I have ordered a pre-cooked Thanksgiving dinner this year.  Early on it was just too confusing about how many were actually going to show up for dinner, so I just opted for the easy way out.  I plan to supplement the dinner with some home made trimmings, however.  One of which will be this relish.  I have also printed out a couple of recipes for stuffing cooked inside a hollowed out pumpkin.  I might give this a try.  It looks really festive.

Does anyone have any fun and maybe a little unusual side dish recipes they would like to share?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Blog Eye Candy

Be sure to check out the updated posts on the two Blackbird blogs listed in the left margin of this one...lots of new pix of projects finished sent in by gals out there.  Eye candy!

Also, I've added a new blog to the list at the bottom of this blog...Chocolates 4 Breakfast.  This woman has posted some beautiful photos taken at the recent BBD appreciation day at Kindred Spirits.  Really fun to look at.  Now, how can I find more hours in the day to complete some of my own projects?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Flea Market Souvenir

Yet another beautiful finish to show you...Ginny's Flea Market Souvenir.  Really cute.  I hope to stitch this one day...probably without the challenge of using three different fabrics, however.  Ginny did a great job on piecing these together.  Hey, Rose...once your grandson's stocking is finished, maybe you could do the little bit of work left on yours. 

BBD has so many fun little projects and ideas. 

Beautiful BBD House Finishes

This is Joan's Merry Christmas Ella Vaughn from BBD, which was the fourth chart in the Remember Me series of designs.  A beautiful holiday stitch beautifully framed.  It's not too late to finish this one before Christmas!

This is Joan's Where my Heart Blooms from BBD (LF 29).  I love this one.  Although it isn't a holiday piece, to me it can look like Christmas or Valentine's Day.  Mmmmmm...might have to start this one soon. 

Also beautifully stitched and framed, Joan.

By the way, all of us at Rose's weekend discovered what an infectious and contageous hearty laugh Joan has.  She had all of us in stitches!  Thanks, "Giggles"!

Debbie's BBD Christmas Quilt Blocks

Here are Debbie's blocks for her BBD Christmas quilt, which is in progress.  I forgot to ask the name of the quilt and the book that the pattern is in.  I know she has the blocks sewn together now.  She showed her quilt top at last weekend's get together at Kindred Spirits.  There are a ton of hours of applique here!  I don't think I could do, I know I could NOT do this!  Nice work Debbie. 

I can hardly wait to see this project finished.  It almost gets me in the mood to do a little quilt making, which I haven't done for a long time.  Anyone else getting the bug? 

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

BBD Project Photos...I Will Post Soon!

More pictures of BBD from the get-together at Rose's and the Kindred Spirits event last weekend coming soon, I promise! 
Holidays are coming quickly now.  I like this drawing of early Pilgrims. It helps me to stop and think about what Thanksgiving means instead of all the things I have to do.  

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Loose Feathers 33

Two photos of Linda's Loose Feathers 33 -
Keepsake Box & Pinkeep.  These turned out beautiful.  Nice job as always, Linda.  BTW, she gave these as a gift. 

I am currently working on this.  I just have the two bottom flowers and the vase to stitch.  It will take a miracle for mine to turn out as nice as Linda's, but will give it my best shot!  Don't you love the paper she choose for the inside of the box?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Too Much Fun !

We just had a three day "weekend" that was one of my most fun times in recent memory! 

Rose's Halloween stitching weekend was filled with fun, laughter, stitching, show and tell, food, sharing, laughter, ideas, creativity, food, giggles, fun, fun, and more fun!  Yes, I know I repeated some of those words, but they needed to be repeated!  So many wonderful stitched finishes and WIPs to check out. Lots of ideas shared by those with more stitch knowledge and experience than I have.  Mulling things over and coming up with new ideas together.  I just can't express how much fun I have had over the past three days.  Can you ever have too much fun?  I must admit it feels good to be back to something close to  "normal" this morning...even to face some of the must-do responsibilities that have to be seen to today.  A good balance for now.

I have so many photos to put on this blog...many brought BBD projects for show and tell...and other projects, as well.  I will be putting photos and stories on here throughout the week. 

I'll be back here after taking care of more pressing things.  For now I want to thank everyone who made this such a fun time...and especially to Rose who opens her home to a dozen or two stitch-happy women every couple of months...and kudos to David who not only so graciously tolerates his home being taken over by giggling women, but assists in quiet little ways.

Since we were talking about quotes from Shakespeare yesterday (many of which I can't say I fully understand!) I will end for now with this one:

I can no other answer make but thanks.  And thanks!
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night