I have several interests to share through this blog including my love of needlework, quilting, cooking, and my pets, Molly and Butterscotch. Hopefully I will be able to keep up with adding to most of these areas over time. I hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Staycation - Vacation!

Today is the first day of my Staycation/Vacation.  It is nice to just kick back for a week and do whatever I want to do.  I have no real definite plans except for a couple of planned outings.  Today was a nice holiday gathering at my friend Laura's house with some of her good friends and family.  I made my homemade macaroni salad that is different from others that I have seen, so I will post the recipe here:

1 1/2 cups dry macaroni cooked to al dente
4 ounces of ham - diced small (I buy the pre-packaged diced ham with pieces diced @ about 1/4")
1/2  of a 10 ounce package of frozen peas - thawed
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/8 to 1/4 cup onion - diced very small
Mayonnaise (I prefer Hellman's low fat)

Mix everything together, then add mayonnaise to desired consistency - this is an individual preference.  I used low fat Hellman's mayonnaise in the squeeze bottle - add some, stir, then add some more as needed to desired consistency.  I also add a little milk to thin out the mayo a bit at the end, especially if I prepare it the night before.  

The end of the week I plan to attend the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo here in Indy.  One of my favorite quilt designers, Lisa Bongean from Primitive Gatherings, will have a booth there.  That is the big draw for me.   Here is the link to her blog:  http://lisabongean.com/

The other special event this week is the opening of Stacy Nash's studio in Fortville, IN - just a 30 minute drive southeast of where I live.  She is having a special Sneak Peek Party on Friday evening.  I am so looking forward to what she has put together with her many months of hard work!  http://stacynashprimitivedesigns.blogspot.com/

Speaking of quilting, I got my first Civil War Reproductions Club package from the Country Sampler.  I became aware of their free quilt patterns when I saw the Sampler Quilt from 2013 (http://www.countrythreads.com/free-quilt-pattern/) at a recent Second Saturday Block of the Month gathering at Quilts Plus.  I told my friend Laura about it who then preceded to find their club offerings.  Today's delivery was befitting Memorial Day as the fabrics were all Red, White and Blue and the quilt selected was a star quilt.  They included a book with this offering has many other quilts, so it was a VERY nice surprise.  

Other that that I am planning on a week of stitching, quilting, yard work, home projects and some general R&R.  

Happy Memorial Day!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Some Finishes

I've had a busy few weeks getting some projects done so I could send them off to be finished.  I've also been to one of my favorite antique malls to get another REALLY good deal...so I'll get started.

A couple of months ago, I ventured down to the Shadeland Antinue Mall and got a really good deal on some Fostoria at 40% off as well as a vintage Strommen Bruk Hamar sewing chest.  These typically go for $100 and more with shipping on eBay.  This one had a price of $35 and was in excellent condition...so it found a new home here.  

While I was there, I spotted a couple of maple side chairs that caught my eye, but with the sewing chest and a few choice Fostoria pieces in hand, I decided to pass.   They have stayed on my mind these last couple of months, so I ventured down there this past weekend.  They were still there and the booth owner happened to be there while I was looking one of them over.  They are Tell City Hard Rock Maple side chairs that I was able to make a little bit of a deal for the pair at $27 apiece.  They were well cared for and a steal at that price.  Again a new home and a very happy lady I am.

As far a needlework, I follow Faye Riggsbee's blog as well as on Facebook.  She is also known as the Carolina Stitcher.  One day while surfing her blog, one of her recently finished pieces caught my eye.  I immediately ordered the pattern (Frakture Angel) rom Lori Brechlin's Etsy shop (aka Notforgotten Farms) and contacted Faye to save me some of the fabric she used for the piece.  I stitched up as fast as I could so I could send it off to be finished.  Being the economical person that I am figured, while I'm paying for shipping, I might as well send 2 projects.  So I finished up Cinnamon Heart from Threadwork Primitives and sent that along as well.  Normally, I do my own finishing, but I do know my limits and zippers and hearts are not among them.  Here are the finished pieces.

Cinnamon Heart (left), Frakture Angel (right)

I love the fabric used for the lining of the project bag

I love how this looks on my antique dish cupboard

I also received another piece in the mail from another finisher that is a drum.  I saw the model at the Inspired Needle and had to do it just like the one at the shop.  Her finisher did such a perfect job at finishing it that I decided it was well worth the $$ to have it done.  

Facebook also gets me into a bit of trouble and I succumb far too often.  Recently I joined along with a new club from Notforgotten Farms called the Little Stitches Handwork Club.  Here is a sneak peek of the first piece I received.  It will be finished into a little ditty bag.  This one I will do myself and will post a picture once I am done.  

Best Stitches,