Saturday, November 30, 2019

NaBloPoMo Day #30

 This is the last day for NaBloPoMo for 2019 and then tomorrow starts the countdown to Christmas!  I'll be having Christmas tidbits from tomorrow until Christmas.  I was really tired with eating way too much and then laying around.  It's fun at first but then I just have to get moving!  So, it's been laundry and cleaning and then a little Christmas making. Today was supposed to be sunny and warm but instead it is rainy and foggy and warm.
Yesterday I got a lovely Thanksgiving card from Far Side of Fifty.....thank you, Connie!  She makes the most beautiful cards...........and the sentiment was greatly don't know how uplifting it is to get your notes of caring and encouragement.
I also got my xs supplies in the mail and I ordered some of those "Floss Away" bags for holding my floss instead of the cards you wrap the floss around.  The bags are wonderful!  So easy and the floss doesn't get kinky as it does on the cards.  The bags have a space for writing the number of the floss and also a hole for putting the bags on a ring for a particular project.  I'll never go back to those little cards!
Remember Sue, the book fairy?  Well, she is now Sue, the floss fairy!  She showed up at my door with a bag of floss.  She doesn't use it and it came with some yarn she got from someone so she gifted it to me!  Thank you, Sue!
Then, the 'feast de resistance' friend Joanie, in New York sent me a whole bunch of cross stitch  stuff!  Just look at all this!  I have wanted one of these cross stitch journals as I tried putting it in with my regular journal and it just wasn't working ...............

Then a pattern and 2 issues of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher.  I had heard of this magazine but it was the first time I ever saw one...they are really nice magazines!
and more patterns galore!  I love Hands on Design and Lizzie cute!
She sent me the entire set of Hands On design Christmas ornaments..............L O V E!
and more................

and more!
 Joanie, I cannot tell you how grateful I am for your generosity.......I'm almost embarrassed accepting it all.  It was definitely Christmas here!  Thanks to everyone!
Happy Trails!!!

Friday, November 29, 2019

NaBloPoMo Day #29

I hope you all  had a great Thanksgiving those that celebrate here in the states.  I had a good one...I even surprised myself!  I thought it would be difficult being the first Holiday without Jim but since I have spent most of my holidays alone it wasn't bad.  I watched the parade and a Bear's game and they won!  I cooked the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato casserole and had a feast!
Today I had some calls to make and some bills to pay.  I got my treasures finally!  I need those supplies for Christmas 'making'! 
I was very tired today so I cross stitched and listened to the last Iowa game which they won in the last few seconds!  They'll be in a bowl game but I'm not sure which one.
 Here's the best pumpkin pie I've ever made............really.....

The weather has been cold. dreary and rainy..........I have to have lamps on all day.......
I worked on Christmas presents today but also my Fall Friday cross stitch............
what did you do?  Black Friday?  Christmas Decorating?
Happy Trails!!!


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

NaBloPoMo Day #27 Thanksgiving Eve!

 I had the "Best Breakfast Casserole" this morning but it's not.  I thought it was very bland.  I know my taste buds aren't what they used to be but this seriously needed a flavor injector!  But I have the whole thing to eat for days now so I'll be dashing some flavor enhancers on it for sure!
I made the 24 hour salad and it is in the frig....for 24 hours! LOL!  I also made the piecrust and the pumpkin and it is in the oven right now!
It was a nice sunny day today and I wanted to go for a walk but I just had too much to do...oh well....rain comes tonight and tomorrow and Friday and more.  My other treasures from 123 Stitch did not come today....maybe it's the snow they got in Utah?  But I ordered it last week before the snow and Fat Quarter Shop had no problem.....I was hoping to have it for Thanksgiving Day.  But never fear I have plenty to keep me busy!
I got a teeny bit of handwork in today but not much!  The beginning of the Hydrangea square for the Blaithin CAL which is probably over by now! LOL!

Here are your Thanksgiving Tidbits for today........I think this would be good any day!
Who knew you could turn your fancy glassware upside down and do this?

This is sick, I know,
but I'm running low on material! LOL!

I hope you have all your chores done for the big day tomorrow and are able to put your feet up tonight!
Happy Trails!!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

NaBloPoMo Day #26

I'm glad I got outside yesterday because today was 'gloomy doomy'.  It's still pretty warm 63 F but rainy.  There are supposed to be more storms tonight with high winds.  I 'created' just about all day long.  I made a breakfast casserole that needs to be refrigerated overnight.  I made apple cranberry cider in the crockpot...........

and then I made Greek 7 Layer Dip which I have already tasted and it is REALLY good!  Here's the recipe
I worked on some Christmas presents which I cannot talk about as Santa swore me to secrecy!  But I did finally get my printer working again....did I mention it was not printing?  So, I was able to print out the next Blaithin flower (for me anyway).............
 I'm going to kick back tonight and enjoy a cozy evening of cider, dip, rain, handwork and t.v.!
But before I's your Thanksgiving Tidbits for today.................
I thought these were beautiful!
Here's a whole bunch of good food...............I don't know for sure as I haven't tried them but I do love appetizers....I could make a meal out of them and forget the turkey! LOL!

This had me laughing!

Have a safe and cozy evening and I pray you are not stuck somewhere in an airport or a ditch!
Happy Trails!!!

Monday, November 25, 2019

NaBloPoMo Day #25

 Today was GORGEOUS......69 F sunny skies and perfect!  But the next 3 or 4 days are going to be rainy so you bet I got out there today!  I went out to the highway and filled my tank and then stopped by the Dollar General and the grocery store for a few things.  I'm set for the holiday now!
Here's my menu for Thanksgiving and the days leading up to it because I can't be making all this stuff in one day! 

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider
7 Layer Greek Dip
Turkey breast (bone in)
Mashed Potatoes and gravy
Sweet Potato Casserole
Scalloped Corn (I may replace this with green beans)
24 Hour Salad
Pumpkin Pie and whipped cream

After I got home I burned some more papers and sat outside in the sun. Then I took a was just too nice out to waste any part of this day........the lake across the street..........
 the trees reflected in the water............
 a few leaves still hanging on...........
 some beautiful weeds................
Look what I got in the mail today!!!  I couldn't believe it!  I ordered it on the 23rd and today is the must have been in transit on Sunday but that is still darn fast!  The Fat Quarter Shop is in Texas which is our neighbor but still that is so awesome!  I ordered from 123 Stitch the same day....although they are in Utah so we'll see when that exciting!  I love my treasures!
 I worked on Santa Sunday today because I never got to it yesterday........
and now tonight I'll stitch on Monthly Monday!
Here are your Thanksgiving tidbits for today!
You've probably seen these before but I thought this was genius and a good way to hide those spare rolls!   No, not THOSE spare rolls.....toilet paper rolls! LOL!
Okay, this is why you need those 'fat pants' I am not making this but I want to.........

That's all for today folks......I hope you have nice weather where ever you are because from the sounds of it Thanksgiving is going to be stormy in lots of places including here.
Happy Trails!!!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

YOP Week #21

Busy but not all that crafty.....I worked some more on the Blaithin CAL.................these are all the cosmos squares with ends woven in too.........
and the last 2 of the solid squares of 4 which I evidently did not put the first 2 in the week
Cross stitch was done this week with 2 new kits "kitted up" and started..............moving along on Monthly Monday
Started a new Witchy Wednesday on some nice big xs fabric!  Yah!  That's what I'm talking about!  18 count!

and new Fall ornaments.............starting with the barn in the middle of the left hand picture..........for Fall Friday........

Then there was Stars and Stripes Saturday where I ran out of the red floss and it was a kit!  Arg!  And it's a fancy floss....
I forgot to photograph Santa Sunday as I haven't gotten it out yet today............
 I worked on my sock while listening to the radio and messed up the heel flap...I say how can you mess it up it's not that hard......and you are right but evidently I can only focus on one thing at a's in timeout until I have the patience to try and deal with it................
I did order some supplies yesterday!  Christmas is taking over my regular projects now so some of them won't see daylight until after Christmas..............
The 2019 annual ornaments will be some of these............aren't they darling?  They are over at Fat Quarter Shop and for the price of one pattern I am getting 12 ornaments!  Score!  Plus, these are by Lori Holt and she has a You Tube tutorial on how to make little envelope pillows out of them so there's no hand sewing the one end closed etc.  I ordered all the floss required and some for the Fall ornies too.  I also ordered xs needles in 3 different sizes and some needle holders.  I'm excited and these are cross stitched on 10 count fabric....nice and big! 
 I still need to finalize "the list" for Christmas gifts but I am also planning ahead for my Holiday cast ons!
And now for your Thanksgiving tidbits for today..........

   This looks tasty and pretty too.............

I think we could all use this handy gadget......where has it been for all those Thanksgivings past?
I hope you all had a good week and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates!
Happy Trails!!!