Friday, October 20, 2017

A Little Hallowe'en Finish

Gentle Friends, well, I've finished up TitToT and here's a snaperoo..


Prairie Moon - "Thine Is the Trick or Treat" 
September 16 - October 17, 2017
Stitched on Silkweaver 36ct Days Gone By 
I used Belle Soie throughout and here's the break down by colour:
Black - "Old Crow"
Orange - "Lasagna"
Green - "Collard greens"
I also used: 
"Tulip" for the Rat's eye 
"Her Crowne" for the crow's eye 
 "Beanstalk" for the cat's eye
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It was a great piece to work on and it stitched up really fast.  I remember when this was first released in 2010 and every year I wanted to stitch it in the Fall or around Hallowe'en it was always on the top of the "to be stitched" pile.... now it's been done....last night I pulled together my next stitching project - all the floss and linen ... I'll talk about that on Monday when I have some of it stitched and it actually looks like something!!
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That's about it for this week sports fans, thanks again for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Fun Evening

Gentle Friends, last Friday evening we met up with some friends down on Valencia Street at "West of Pecos."  It's a fun bar/restaurant and we hit at Happy Hour......




... I had a couple of their really tasty Sangria's

... they also have a full bar ...

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...  we started off with an order of Guacamole and an order of Queso with Chorizo...

... we also got an order of their really tasty Campfire-Cornbread and chili butter!!

...  then we had to have a couple of orders of Street Corn!!
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... for dinner we ordered some fish tacos.....

... some puffy tacos - these are brisket on the left and fried squash blossom on the right....

.... and some chicken fajitas....
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... and for dessert, we had a couple of orders of their "Grandmas Churros with chocolate and cajeta sauce - really delicious!!!
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It was a fun evening out and the night was still warm from the day so we walked along Valencia Street window shopping and people watching!!  This stretch of Valencia between 16th and 18th Streets is great for night walks with lots of folks out and about.  I think that's about all for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, October 16, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle friends, still working away on TitToT.... here's a shot....


Since it has stitched up so quickly I've already been thinking about what to work on next and have narrowed it down to three projects..... now to decide??
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Weekend of Fun

Gentle Friends, over the weekend we did quite a few fun things.... I took off Friday so that we could attend a friends wedding.... the wedding was over in the East Bay in a town called Pleasanton.  Actually a little outside the city at the Callippe Preserve Golf Club.  Here are some snaps....

 ... the ceremony was entirely outside and here is Gabrielle looking really lovely!!

 ... Rico and Prisma...

... following the ceremony, there were drinks and snacks out on the large patio...

 ... here's a shot over the course looking towards the west...

... we all sat down to a really nice dinner....

 ....  as the sun was setting, it turned into a lovely evening...

... here are Jefferey and Gabrielle and their first dance ...

 ....instead of a traditional cake, there were these delicious cupcakes.....
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Another high point this weekend was at the grocery store Saturday morning... as you all know I am a BIG fan of eggnog and await with great anticipation the arrival of Buds's back to the shelves every year.  Now, usually it shows up late in November but this year it has shown up really early... 

and so I bought a couple of quarts and started celebrating the season on the early side!!
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... on Saturday afternoon we headed to the Castro Theatre for another performance/spoof created by Peaches Christ.  This time she used "Hocus Pocus" and brought to the stage a really super live performance satire weaving parts of the film into the dialogue and musical numbers. 
 It was a packed house and so fun!!!  
After the performance, we wrapped up the evening with dinner at the Sausage Factory.

Here's a Poster with the original cast that included Ginger Minj, she had to drop out and was replaced by the super talented Bob the Drag Queen.
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Even Sunday was a great day as it included a late afternoon visit to our massage therapist, Andrew.



  We've been seeing him monthly for the past year or so and every time I leave I'm a limp noodle and so relaxed.... it makes me ready to face another week head on.....
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, October 9, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends,  still stitching away on TitToT and here's a snap of where I'm at....


... a little more than half way there and still lovin' it!!
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Short and sweet this cool Monday morning, thanks for stopping by do stop again!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Little Carrot Cake

Gentle Friends, yesterday was another year down and I came home to this......

.... and then after dinner...... it turned into ...

.... even after saying "don't do anything" and "it's just another day" it was a really sweet thing to do..... thank goodness there were only a few candles representing the sheaf of years I've been around ... if there were a candle per year we would have had to call out the fire brigade!!!
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There you go sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Little Baking

Gentle Friends, since it's Fall - Yea!! - my mind always turns to pumpkins..... and this past weekend was no different.  I got busy looking for something to make and landed on a recipe for "Coffee Shop Pumpkin Scones."  I found one at allrecipes and it turned out to be really easy and quite tasty!!  Here's a snaperoo...


... you can also tell its Fall around our house since Oogie Boogie is on the counter along with my Hallowe'en mug!!  As with most recipes, I made a couple of changes.  Instead of the 4 spices called for, I used my own Pumpkin Pie Spice blend of 6 spices - the recipe for that can be found HERE.  I also double the glaze and again only used my PPS blend.  These treats came together quickly and were really good - so easy and good work for me - it's a keeper!!
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, October 2, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, a little further along on TitToT.... here's a snpaeroo....


still fun and moves along a nice pace....
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Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Friday, September 29, 2017

A Little Friday Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I thought I would wrap up the week with a shot of "TitToT."  
Here's a shot of the piece at the moment...


... it's hard to see but I added a red-eye for the rat and will add a golden eye to the crow.  
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Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend, cya next week!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, out and about over the weekend and poking in those dusty shops as I do and I only found a single fun thing to bring home.....


... I'm usually not a big fan of Roseville Pottery but this console bowl in the "Florentine" pattern ca. 1924 struck a note with me.  It'll make a nice addition out on the "Veranda."
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Ther you go sports fans, short a sweet today.  Thanks again for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A Little Baking

Gentle Friends, over the weekend I got to looking around the kitchen to see what I could bake and then hit the old internet and came away with a recipe for a cake.... once again it came from Stacey's Blog Southern Bite......  Brown Sugar Pound Cake......so...I got to bakin'

... I wanted to use up some of last years pecans I still have on hand - and of course, I made some "edgar tweaks" to the final product...  instead of using vanilla I doubled up and threw in 4 teaspoons of bourbon... and I eventually went with a vanilla/bourbon flavored glaze....

... it is a nice dense tasty cake that I am sure I'll make again!!
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There you go sports fans, it's the middle of the week and a bit warm here by the bay.... but it should be cooling off by the weekend.  Thanks, for stopping by dos top again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I've been stitching away on TitToT and here's where it stood on Saturday evening....


... as I knew it would be, it is a fun piece to work on and not very taxing... I think the only issues I'm having at all are the over one stitches scattered about - I just need to pay attention as I stitch along  - other than that totally fun!!  
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Friday, September 22, 2017

A Little Autumn

Gentle Friends, this is the first day of Autumn - woohoo!! So as with other Season, I will wrap up the week and start off the season with Vivaldi's "L'Autunno" or "Autumn"...it's just beautiful...listen.......


.... I hope you enjoyed it....  now, there's only about 5 weeks until Hallowe'en, 9 weeks until Thanksgiving and about 13 weeks until Christmas.... this is my favorite time of year and it's so fleeting.  
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There you go sports fans, thanks again for stopping by dos top again!!

Take care,
edgar 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, it's been a while since I've posted any of my thrifty purchases.... there's really not been many, but I still run around looking but it's been slim pickin's lately!!  Here's a snaperoo of the some "stuff' I've picked up ...

... I found a couple of great pink transferware plates, a bunch of  fun glass drink stirrers, I found the mid 19th century brass candlestick for a $1 at a Goodwill, and the Dios de la Muerto Bowl I picked up at a consignment shop and finally found a DVD of this great little movie based on the book by Richard O'Brien, "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM." 

... here's a close up of the stirrers.... fun things but not very practicle!!
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There you go sports fans, thanks again for stopping by do stop again!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Little Fall Treat

Gentle Friends, with Fall in full swing so to speak, I got a hankering to bake something with apples.  Looking around for a recipe... I wanted to bake a little something made with things already in my cupboard.... I found the perfect fit on "Southern Bite" a great Blog written by Stacey..... I went with Brown Sugar Apple Blondies.... so easy and really tasty!!

... they came together quickly and were super with a cup of coffee late Sunday afternoon!! 
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Finish and a Little Start

Gentle friends, I worked out my camera problems... so I have some snaps today of the piece I've been working on for the past few months.... and here is the last Block or double-block from AotH...


...  for this Block, I needed to shifted most everything around to fit in the little poem I found.  Although what was charted was nice it really didn't say what I wanted to say with this piece so I went looking online and found this short poem.  I did stick with the floss group for the Block....... 

and here's the entire completed piece.....


Black Bird Designs - "Anniversaries of the Heart"
March 19 - Septemeber 16, 2017
36ct Linen - using GAST and WDW

It was a really great piece to work on and I would highly recommend this to anyone thinking about stitching it!
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After wrapping up AotH I already had a piece picked out to begin. I had the linen and the silk ready to go.... here's the little bit of a start I made yesterday...


Prairie Moon "Thine is the Trick or Treat"
Silkweaver 36ct Days Gone By
CC Belle Soie "Old Crow"

Although this is a monochromatic piece as charted... I think I will introduce some color here and there as I go along.
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by dos top again!!

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Little Hoarding

Gentle Friends, I am still stitching away on AotH, but my camera is not cooperating at the moment so I am unable to post an updated shot of the changes I've made and the bits I've frogged.... oh well. 
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I did have an idea for a post last week and took some snaps so here goes....  I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned how much I really enjoy Yankee candles.  I've been buying them for years and usually stock up in the Fall with the lovley autumnal offerings to carry me over the Spring and Summer months.  About 4 or 5  years ago I was introduced to "Autumn Lodge" a really wonderful fireplace/cherry tobacco smelling candle.  I think I bought 3 or 4 of them that year.   I burned them frequently over the Spring and Summer months, lighting my last AL candle sparingly....my plan was to get more of them in the Fall since it was a Seasonal candle it was only available during the Fall months.  You can see where this is going, Fall came and went and no Autumn Lodge!!  To say I was disappointed would be kind, at that point I started to look on line and found out that this candle also goes by the name "Santas Pipe" and is a red color - but the few of them that I could find out there were horrendously expensive.... like $75 to $100+ per candle, when I could find them..... and yes, I like this candle a lot but I'm certainly not going to spend that kind of money for one!!
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This year the early catalog of the Fall releases came out and there it was "Autumn Lodge"... I ordered one immediately just to see if it was the same candle as before - I still had some of the very last of the AL candles that I saved.  So, I knew that when it came I had a "control candle" to see if they were going to be the same as before.  Well, it came and "oh happy day" they were exactly the same....  so I ordered 9 more of them that evening....


... and since that 2nd order, I've placed a 3rd order..... you can tell it is my very favourite candle ever and I will stockpile them .... now where to store them???  

I've gotten some looks from Rico about this little bit of crazy on my part, but that's how it is in my little corner of the world!!  So, if you like a fireplace and the smell of cherry tobacco this is a candle you might want to try.  
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There you sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Little Hallowe'en Wonderfulness

Gentle Friends, as I sit here eating lunch I usually read Blog Posts or find something fun on the computer.. today while reading through some Posts I  hit on a new release from Kathy Barrick......

Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow
Stitched on 40 count "Legacy" from PTP using DMC

... now, I have loved the Hawk Run Series for years.  I've stitched a few,  have a couple in the stash pile and even have one as a WIP... this one is hitting all the right notes and is a MUST STITCH..... for me anyway....  the colours are right, the images are right - and the size is right - woo hoo!!!    There are other designs that will release at the same time - if you'd like to see all the new releases you can click HERE to go to Kathy's  Blog Post.
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A little Stitchin' and a-lotta Hot!!

Gentle Friends, well, summer has finally hit us full force here by the Bay.  Last Friday we hit a record high of 106 in the City, then Saturday another record high at 102.... Sunday the temps dropped about 30 degrees and have held in the low 70's through the night and are hovering at about 71 right now.  Typically we shouldn't get any heat until October since that is our warm month.... so who knows whats a-coming weather wise for us......
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With all the heat and absolutely no air conditioning in our house, we had the fans going full blast - so very little stitching for a few days, but here's a snap of the little bit I've gotten done...


... and here's how the piece looked at that point...  as you can see I've gone back and personalized all the Blocks with family members. For each month I tried to find a family member or ancestor who was married in that month - usually.... I think the Block that gave me the most trouble was the Block for March.  I waffled back and forth with a few ancestors and finally settled on a Revolutionary ancestor who was a 1st Luietent in a regiment of Minute-Men from Dutchess County New York.

... and here is an overall shot of the piece... since this snap, I've frogged and removed some of the stitching from Block 12 and made some changes to the final double block.  I have an idea that I'm running with at the moment to tie the piece together - so fingers crossed!!
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again.

Take care,
edgar

Monday, August 28, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I finished up the "December" Block over the weekend.... here's a snap...


... this Block seemed to stitch up quickly - I made very few changes... one major change was to use GAST "Forest Glade" for the tree, I did change up the colour of the birds and added the extra hearts.  This block references my 3rd Great Grand parents marriage - they were from New York state...

... and here's how it stands .....  coming along nicely!!
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Friday, August 25, 2017

A Little Friday Stitchin'

Gentle friends,  I thought I'd catch you up a bit on where I am on AotH...

.. so far I'm sticking closely to the recommended floss.....  this is Block 12, once this is finished then all I'll have left is to personalize some of the blocks and to stitch up the last double sized block.....
the end is nigh.
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Have a super weekend, do stop back next week!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, August 24, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, here are some things I found over the weekend....

 ... a transferware plate, a cream soup, and liner from Minton c. 1940 and a little hand colored transferware plate showing the Washington Memorial at Valley Forge....

... here's a better snap of the Napoleon Battle plate....
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There you go sports fans, thanks again for stopping by!!

Take care,
edgar