Sunday, January 27, 2013

It's a Great Day!

Hello, dear readers :)

Today I'm still working on my doily.  I kind of like how this one is made.  I've never made spines or blades or whatever they're called.  But it' fun!

Sorry for the blob of the flash.  :)

There are a couple of things to show you but I'm saving it for next time.  
Hope you are having a wonderful day.
Until later....Ellen

Friday, January 25, 2013

A Weekend Coming Up

Hello, dear readers :)

I've been working on a doily from a Handy Hands publication.  

I've managed to make it so far, without too much trouble.  I like how I make 16 points, each one with a cut and tie.

I suppose if I was really clever, I could figure out how NOT to cut and tie, but to use a split ring or split chain.  

I still have room for improvement.  

The thread is DMC Cebelia size 10  along with my large Airlit tatting shuttle from Handy Hands.

Hope you are all having a wonderful day!
Until later....

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Hello, dear readers :)

While still working on my blue hankie, I checked my email today and found a gal who is a tatter on

We are asking about various threads, designers, etc., and I found that there was a gentleman in Poland who makes really nice looking lace.  So off I went to visit Jan Stawasz's site.

I questioned how did he get his lace work so stiff looking.  A reply from a thread was that it was the thread, not a stiffening agent.  Sooooooo
I started a sample using a size 10 thread and my large tatting shuttle and you can see the results.
This is the second round I'm working on.
But something even more curious about this whole discussion was that the thread used was cheap, like Walmarts or Hobby Lobby, the cheaper the better.  Now don't get me wrong, I've been using various sizes of thread, different prices, most recently Lizbeth size 20.  But, then, really, who cares?  I guess it's what you like to use.  Right?
So today I'll be adding a few more ds and go from there.
Hope you are all having a wonderful day.
Until latter...

Monday, January 21, 2013


Hello, dear readers :)

I've been slowly working on a new hankie edging with Lizbeth 20 thread.  
It was rather curious that when I loaded my shuttle for the second time, the thread had a ravel in it.  The thread just clumped up and broke.  That was a first.  So then I had to cut and tie, couldn't go round the corner.
Okay, so I got rid of the nasty thread clump and continued. The directions told me to make 8 small rings for the corner.  It was really overbearing, so I kept it at 5 rings.  I'm hoping to make it to the other corner before I run out again.

Until later...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Not My Cup of Tea

Hello, dear readers :)

Well, I tried the (previous) pattern and for some reason didn't like working on it.  Oh well!

So I dug out a pale blue hankie and started an edging from a Handy Hands pattern.  
I like how the Lizbeth 20 (149) blue, shades and gives a nice contrast.

I also had the opportunity to go on Jan Stawasz's website.  It's worth the visit.  Amazing!  This man is really, really good.  Unbelieveable.  I'm going to have to get his two books for sure!

So the football games have started and I'm ready to work on this hankie.

Until later...

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A Very Lazy Saturday

Hello, dear readers!

Today is a lazy day.  I've put a nice, juicy roast beef with carrots, onions, red potatoes, celery and some spices.  It will take about 4 hours in a slow oven.  At the moment, it smells wonderful.  
We are drooling already.

So after a late start this morning, I settled in with a cup of "Dark Magic" from my Keurig (several, actually).  DH and I just love this coffee and how truly fast the Keurig brews.  By the time I get my regular coffee pot going, I could make at least 5 cups before the generic makes a full pot.  
It's amazing.  

We're hooked on Starbucks too!

So, with it being a lazy day, I haven't done too much, except for going through my tatting books.  I found a really pretty pattern called "lacy square."  

This motif is found in Rozella Linden's book, "Easy Tatting."  
I thought it might work up pretty nicely as a tablecloth.  Hmmmmmmm

Since it is a square I could join it at the corner - center picots.  I'll probably make up some samples to see if I'd like it.  My table is a little unusual, with 8 sides, so I could make it a square and drape the corners or when I get the desired top length and width maybe, maybe I could add a few rows in    the round?  I'm not too sure yet how I would do this.
Any suggestions?

Enjoy the weekend.
Until later...

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Rainbow Bridge

This is to honor my friend Rachel Colvin Jackson at the Piney Woods 
and the loss of her beloved pet, Lily Fey.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. 

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. 
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. 
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. 

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. 
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. 

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. 

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. 

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Postcards from the past

Hello, dear readers :)

Today it's sleeting outside and we have a winter advisory....brrrrr.
We aren't very good in this stuff, so we stay off the roads.

This week I've been playing with my crazy quilt, "Postcards From the Past."
You can find these wonderful squares on Janet Stauffacher's website,

I'm really a turtle at this.  It takes me quite a long time to select a stitch and to pick a thread to use.  I guess, anything goes!
I think I'm going to redo the spider web on the bottom right to try to make it a bit more even.
Hope you are having a wonderful day.
Until later...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Rainy Day

Hello, dear readers.

It's been raining cats and dogs outside.  And wouldn't you know that the heavy rain has leaked into my kitchen window, again, ack!  So, after all the work trying to find the leak and seal it, maybe we didn't seal it well enough.  
Go figure.
Today, I'm changing gears though.  I needed something mindless to do.  I found some extra wool and thought I whip up another afghan.  I finished DH's and he's using it!  Yay

So this is a very basic ripple afghan, casting on 220 stitches.  I'm using an H crochet hook.  I love the wooden ones and they're very smooth to work with.

I couldn't tell you what the wool is except the dark charcoal is a Patons wool blend and very soft to the touch.  The lighter shade is kind of a boucle that's soft as well.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Road Not Taken and...

Hello, dear readers.

Fire and Ice, are two poems by Robert Frost that I just love.
So, the road not taken would be the study of embroidery for a crazy quilt.

I used to try it every now and then.  I did okay with what I was working on, but I never really, really, LOOKED at it.

So I thought that I would read Ms. Carole Samples embroidery book, "Treasury of Crazy Quilt Stitches."  I've mentioned this book before in a previous post.

I dug out a 14 mesh cross-stitch sampler of sorts that I started in August 2012.  So, I began to test some more stitches and different threads, techniques, etc.  I have trouble making French knots, colonial knots, and lazy daisy stitches.  After I've done a certain stitch and I like it, I am putting the page number down where I found it in her book.  

There are literally "tons" of stitches and combinations, it's awesome!  I'm still waiting for the templates to go with the book, but I'm practicing, trying to keep my stitches even.  I think I'm going to use a 14 inch waste canvas when I work on my crazy quilt square.  I started this some time ago and put it away for a rainy day :)

With this in mind, hope you are having a wonderful day.
Until later ....

Thursday, January 3, 2013


Hello, dear readers.

Well, the cucumber sandwiches were out-of-this world.  Before my DH tucked in, he told me he didn't think they would be very good. 
Well, twist my lid.

He loved them!
Thank you Michelle!

I have done something similar with a loaf of unsliced bread, cutting off the crusts and slicing it lengthwise.
(Still can't find UN-sliced bread, yet)

You kind of press the slice of bread with a rolling pin.  Butter one side of the layer, put in your filling, roll like a jelly roll, put up with waxed paper then aluminum foil and put in the freezer.  They are an instant hit.  When you're ready to serve, let them thaw up a bit and then slice while still partially frozen.  Let them sit. 
Using this method of sliced bread,  I was thinking of using tuna with a pickle in the center.  That would work, okay.  So then, cream cheese with cherry or olive or nut, egg salad, ham and cheese, and/or whatever floats your boat.

So, after I experiment with this a little, I'm going to concentrate on something gooey and sweet.  I'm thinking lemon bars.
We will see what tomorrow brings.
Still haven't made it to BBandB, my list is growing.

Until later.....

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Cucumber Sandwiches

Hello, dear readers!

Sorry, no pictures today !
I didn't have time.

We finally went grocery shopping. OMG!  I had to hire a U-Haul, LOLOL and find spaces for all the loot at home.
I will not tell you how much I spent for "ingredients" for various, off the wall, different (?) foods, stuff for an English tea and the lot.

We had a lot of fun.
Who knew?
I'm not telling you this, but my DH has already gained 6 pounds!!!!  OMG!

Yet to come, to purchase a wok, a popover pan, and hunting for my crazy frog tea pot.  Still haven't made it to Bed Bath and Beyond (beyond the moon is more like it $$$.)

I'm also looking for a tiered tray to display my goodies with my English tea.  
Sandwiches and dessert.  Bring out the crocheted tablecloth and nappies.

AND my first try will be Michelle's cucumber tea sandwiches.  Her recipe (if I may use it) is in the comment section.  Let me know Michelle :)

I'd love to try an area on this blog for recipes that we can add to, but I'm not too sure how to do that.  Any suggestions?

Michelle also has a fantastic recipe for her famous "egg salad" that I'm going to make as well.  Her ingredients just scream "MAKE ME."

I'm just having a great time with food experimentation.  It's amazing.
DH is now cutting up a frosted carrot cake prior to his dinner.  I guess this could be considered his tea?  What is the normal time that the English would have their teas?  
That's a question for Michelle.

I wish everyone a happy New Year and try something different.  Experiment with food, a recipe, change something up a bit.  Get out of the box!

Scones and lemon curd?  Coming up!
Until later........

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