Monday, April 24, 2017

A Very Little Stitching

Gentle friends, over the past week there has been very little stitching going on, but I did take a snap...


... just stitching along on block four, month three.....
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Little Dinner

Gentle Friends, over the long weekend we met up with some friends in the Mission at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants.....

... it a family run place that's been around for decades and the food they make is really delicious...

... we started off with some of their guacamole...

... John and I both had shrimp quesadillas...

... Rico had beef flautas....

... and Mike had one of their gigantic wet burritos with some of their homemade red sauce!!  

Another delicious dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.  What is so really great about this neighborhood place is that it's run by nice people and they serve delicious food.  It's also off the beaten track and we can usually find a parking space in under 10 minutes!!
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, well, I had a good loooong weekend of doing just about nothing.... a little stitchin a little cleaning a little laundry....  a little nap..... some movies and a fun dinner out with friends......  today I wanted to post a snap of where I've gotten to on AotH...


...  I finished up the first of the two filler charts - and I've almost solidified what, who and where I'm going to start stitching in some personalized stuff..... but for now, I'll just keep plugging away.....
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That's about it for today sports fans - thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Little Baking

Gentle Friends, over the weekend I baked up a super cake from a recipe I found last week....


...from Sally's Baking Addiction came this delicious recipe....  Pineapple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.... the only changes I made were to bump up the spices a bit and shift out the walnuts for pecans ( I only had pecans) but other than that nothing more and it was really delicious.  Moist and solid like a great cake should be, thank you so much Sally another winner!!!
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That's about it for today sports, thanks for stopping by dos top again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, April 10, 2017

A Little Stitching

Gentle Friends,  still stitching away on AotH and here's a snaperoo...


... the bricks and mortar took quite a bit of time so I've not been able to finish up this square.... but I'm pretty close - then it's on to the next.
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, out and about last Saturday I found a few nice things.....

... from the top left... a super cut glass decanter that cleaned up clear and sparkly... when I spotted it sitting on a kitchen table at an estate sale it had the residue and dregs of sherry swishing around in the bottom with the insides entirely clouded over with dried on sherry, the lord knows how many years the liquor had been evaporating leaving only the sediment ...  

...I was also lucky enough to find this super 19th-century majolica figural piece for cigarettes and matches, it's unusual in that there is no damage at all... I also found a little carved frame, and great victorian papier mache tray, the last thing in the snap is a lovely, heart-shaped hand painted piece of porcelain from Dresden.... overall not many pieces in quantity but some great quality to be sure!!
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Little Glamour

Gentle Friends, one of the fun things that go on in our lives here by the Bay are the events for Rico's Softball team.  Each team in the SF Gay Softball League is sponsored by a Bar which in turn becomes the team's "Home Bar.'  The "F" Liners (named for the trolly cars that turn around on upper Market in the Castro) home bar is The Edge... at many of the fundraisers Rico and the other Cheerleaders dress up in Drag and do an over the top show which packs the Bar to overflowing and they raise quite a bit of money that go to support the "F" Liners....  so.... what today's post is all about is Rico getting made up for the first event a week ago...

... we headed over to Patrick's house, he is the Teams Coach and in real life, he's a professional makeup artist - and done lots of famous folks when they perform here in the City, the last famous person he worked on that I can think of was Cindy Wilson of the B52's....  

...the above snap is Rico getting ready for his transformation.

... Patrick applying the undercoat....

... working on the eyes...

... more application...

... with the upper lashes on...

... the lower lashes make a difference...keeping the white highlights that will pop in the spotlight...

.. with the wig, jewels, dress, and tulle the look comes together!!  As you can see he's wearing his Summer diamonds.......some are diamonds and some are not!! (stolen from Mae West)    
Mama Rico was a huge hit and made a ton a money, in fact making the most of all the "gals" performing!!
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!
Take care,
edgar

A DISCLAIMER....No synthetic animals were hurt in the making of this Drag Queen!!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends,  still working away on AiotH and here's a snap of where I have gotten to....


... as you can see I changed up and added some more colour to the first square...  and I've not started to add any personalization, I'm still working that out.
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanforfpr stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Little Gothic

Gentle Friends,  we stopped at St Dominick's on our way over to Japan Town and although I posted about this lovely church before, let's revisit.....

... the wonderful church was established in 1873...
 the present church was begun in 1923 and finished up in 1928...

 ... a snap on the nave with the single hammerbeam ceiling, such a wonderful space....

 ... another wonderful Tudor arched, with hammerbeams... this is the lovely Lady Chapel that sits to the right of the main altar...

 ... the high alter...

... this super window is of "Christ Triumphant Over Death."  It faces East and catches all the morning and early afternoon sun!!  I would highly recommend a visit to this great space if ever you get to SF.
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That's about for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar





Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Little Lunch

Gentle friends, over the weekend, while out and about running around we met up with some friends of ours for lunch.....

 ... we headed on over to japan Town, and with the Cherry Blossom Festival is in two weeks the blooms are out early in full force.....  

... we ended up at our favorite place in JT Kushi Tsuru, it's not the largest restaurant in the area, but we think it one of the best!!

 ... this is the front with all the "rubber" food displayed....

... we all started off with some miso soup....

... I had one of their delicious seaweed salads....

 ...  I had a Tuna Tango Roll and a spicy tuna hand roll....

 Rico and John both the identical bento boxes....  chicken katsu and some vegetable tempura.

... and Mike had a selection of nigiri and a tuna hand roll...  another delicious lunch and so worth a stop.  There is a large parking garage under the main shopping complex making a quick visit so much nicer!!
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There you go sports fans, I'll have a second post from Saturday tomorrow so stop back by.

Take care,
edgar

Monday, March 27, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, making a little headway with AotH, here's a snap...


.. I've been switching up floss colors as I stitch along, I'll stitch something, not like it, frog it out then restitch in another color.... it's slow going, but I'm happier with the results.....  a major change I really like is to do away with all the slight variations in white that are called for and stitch all the snow bits in GAST "Snowball"... 
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thrifty Thursday

Gentle Friends, running around Saturday turned up some things...
... I found a couple of pieces of transferware... the plate from a Goodwill and the great mug from an Antique Collective (Mall).  The plate dates to the mid-1840's and I've got lots of different plates, but this was only a couple of dollars and a nice blue...and the mug to the 1920's,   I usually don't buy green transferware but this was an exception, the large size is unusual and I can't pass on a great "farmers" cup - ever!!
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There you go sports fans, better hunting this weekend, there's a couple of estate sales that look promising!  Thanks for dropping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, March 20, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I finished up Fragments Friday evening and here's a snap....

February 20 - March 17, 2017
"Fragments in Time - Sampler Motifs" by Summer House Stitche Workes
36ct Barn Owl called for GAST

Although I used the called for GAST floss I did change up some of the charted areas for certain colours and I stitched the little bird in the M N Square in red.  It was a fun piece and a pretty quick stitch.  I did make a pretty major counting mistake early on but made do and shifted up the motifs as I went along.
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Here is the small start on my next piece.... "Anniversaries of the Heart" by BBD, I have pulled all the called for GAST and WDW floss, but have already made a major colour change in the first square.  This is a mostly white square and I stitched up the vine part in the white to start but it disappeared into the linen and looked weak.  I then looked around at some completed pieces on the Internet and found one that had a darker stitched vine which gave some visual structure to this corner.... so I went with a darker vine.  This will be a great piece to work on during the coming months.
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Little Green On a Friday

Gentle Friends, another week wraps itself up and on St Patricks Day...


... wishing you all the best and a super weekend!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle friends, it was slim pickins' out and about over the weekend.  
I found a couple of things...

...  I found a super Waterford vase and what I am thinking is a garden ornament made of a poured concrete composite of the nativity...

...  it is really heavy and has a hook set in the back to hang up on a wall.
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That's about it here by the Bay - thanks again for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar


Monday, March 13, 2017

A Little Stitching

Gentle Friends, it was a noneventful weekend - sunny and bright, a bit on the warm side yesterday... we started off Friday evening with some super pizza from haystack...

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 ...and I'm still stitching away and I've finished up another two parts of Fragments....
 here's a snaperoo...

...not a very good snap, the colour is quite a bit off, but you get the idea...
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, let's post about Estate sales and thrifting.... as you know we are usually out and about every weekend in and out of thrift and consignment shops and try and hit any Estate sales that are in the City.  

I realize that an estate sale is a clearing out of a house, but sometimes the things you see and things for sale or left behind by the family or whoever has inherited the Estate I often find very sad......  a couple of weeks back we got to a nice estate sale in Pacific Hights that had some fun things and quite a few family things for sale or left behind.  As I was checking out I asked Bill, who was running the sale and we see just about every weekend, about some pictures in a back office....  he told me that they had already tossed boxes of pictures in the dumpster and that the family had just walked away from everything. He quoted me a few dollars for the album and I snapped it up....

 What I bought was a picture album of a Silver Anniversary Party in 1955...for Lillian and Mickey Schwartz.... it is in almost pristine condition.... out of the album tumbled.....

 ... even older pictures....

 ... Lillian and Mickeys wedding portraits and one of their wedding invitations... she was a Miss Lillian Hirsch and they were married June 19th, 1930...  there were also...

younger pictues of Lillian and Mickey and what I am presuming is one of their daughters....

 ... the Album was full of super pictures..  here is Lillian and Mickey...

 .... and with a sister  ( I am guessing)

 .... and lots of party pictures,  group shots, and dancing...



...  It is a wonderful Album, and so very sad that it was left to be sold of worse thrown away.  
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That's about all sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar