Monday, December 11, 2017

Some Baking....

I made this "Apple of Your Eye" cheesecake twice in the past few weeks.  One, I took to Thanksgiving at my son's house and the other for the German School staff this past weekend. 

Turned out great both times with no leftovers.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Friday, December 01, 2017

November Progress, December Goals


November
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Landon’s Stocking  worked on it
Pacific Heart 
Merry Bells #1 
Gingerbread House #2 – 5  finished

Future New starts
Gingerbread House #1 – 3  finished
Gingerbread House #1 – 4  finished
Gingerbread House #1 – 5  finished
Easter House -2  finished
# 7 Halloween House  finished
# 8 Thanksgiving House  finished
# 9 Christmas House  finished
Plaid Spider #4
Plaid Light bulb ornament  finished
Candy Corn #2
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge
  
December
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 
 
In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Landon’s Stocking  
Pacific Heart 
Merry Bells #1 

Future New starts
Plaid Spider #4
Candy Corn #2
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge

 

 

 

Monday, November 27, 2017

A Christmas Ornament Finish!

Awhile back we stitched some plaid spiders on the EGA Stitch-a-long group.  I stitched mine but haven't ornamentified them yet, so I haven't posted them here.

But...someone on that group made an ornament using the same plaid technique but in Christmas colors and did a mitten cookie cutter ornament.  I found this light bulb cookie cutter and thought it would make a good ornament.  It wasn't hard to 'ornamentify' at all! 

Monday, November 20, 2017

IHSW - the Results

I did get some stitching, although it is never enough for me.....

I worked on the top part of the Santa's Train Stocking, and I started and finished the plaid light bulb ornament. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Internation Hermit and Stitch Weekend Returns!


It has been quite some time since I participated.  I hadn't seen any reminders and it just slipped my mind, but the 'challenge' has been resurrected and I am happy to participate this weekend.  I do have German School on Saturday, and a concert to attend on Sunday, but the rest of the time, I plan to stitch.....

Thursday, November 16, 2017

WIP Wednesday November 15

I haven't been posting on WIP Wednesday for awhile, but here we are:  This is the Santa Train Stocking, getting close to a finish....must be done by Christmas!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Snowman Pillow

Our gift at the retreat was the kit for this snowman pillow.  Eileen Gurak of Handblessings Designs designed it and put it together for all the attendees.  I finished it right before I left for home on Sunday afternoon.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Elegent Holiday Tree

While on the retreat I was also able to start and finish the stitching on this lovely canvas project.  I will be teaching this at one of our guild meetings next year.  I think I will finish it into a flat fold someday.....

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Ladybut, Ladybug, fly away home....

This ladybug pin was a recent EGA guild project, and while on our retreat I finally had a bit of time to sit down and stitch it.  I was able to complete it rather quickly and love the pin!

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

A Quick Get-a-Way with Stitching friends

 The last weekend of October was our annual Stitch Mania retreat, hosted by the lovely Eileen Gurak of Handblessings Designs and her side kick Bobby O'Brien. 








It was mostly gray and rainy outside, so not much walking on the beach. 

 There was a bit of sunshine, but it was still rather cold.

The venue is only about 45 minutes away from home, which in this case was good as I had to come back to Des Plaines on Saturday morning for German School, and then go back up for more stitching.  Even with that interruption, lots of stitching got done.


Thursday, November 02, 2017

October Spider Stitching

Yes, I know, they don't look like much, but they will be spiders once they are finished-finished.  I plan on doing 4 total, and three are now stitched.  The fun part about this is the plaid.  It is fun to stitch and you can change colors to suit whatever you are doing. 

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

October Progress, November Goals

October was a busy month, with some home renovation projects going on, so not much stitching time.  Hope to find more time to stitch in November.  I need to finish the stocking I am working on and the ornaments for my children and grandchildren.  I see some late nights in the coming weeks......

October
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Landon’s Stocking worked on it
Pacific Heart 
Merry Bells #1 

Future New starts
Plaid Spider #1 finished
Plaid Spider #2 finished
Plaid Spider #3 finished
Plaid Spider #4
Candy Corn #2
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Ladybug pin finished
Canvas Tree  finished
Snowman pillow  finished
Gingerbread House #1 -3  finished
Gingerbread House #2 – 3  finished
Gingerbread House #2 – 4  finished
Gingerbread House #2 – 5  worked on it
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge

November
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 
 
In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Landon’s Stocking
Pacific Heart 
Merry Bells #1 

Future New starts
Plaid Spider #4
Candy Corn #2
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Gingerbread House #2 – 5 
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge
 

 

 

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Model Stitching

 I was asked to do some model stitching for Sue Hillis Designs last month.  Now that the design has been released, I can show you what I stitched.  I was at Sue's house while she was designing these and did have some input, but she really doesn't need any help in designing, she is so talented and really knows her market.  I stitched these six witches' hats on some lovely hand dyed fabrics and then sent them off to Sue for finishing.




 She finished them on these painted sleds.   Yes, I know the sleds are meant for Christmas ornaments, but she painted them black and orange and made them Halloween ornaments.
This is the finished design and it is available at your favorite shop! 

I am not really a fan of Halloween, but this is one that I would stitch!

Sunday, October 01, 2017

September Progress, October Goals

Not as much stitching in September as I would have liked.  Travel, illness, home improvement projects and the start of German School took up way too much time and kept me from stitching.  I did make some good progress on the Santa Train Stocking, which remains my focus piece as I want it finished and gifted by Christmas (this year!).  I did have to stop and do some model stitching, and that was done and sent off to the designer. 

September
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Landon’s Stocking worked on it
Pacific Heart 
Merry Bells #1 

Future New starts
Witch hat 1 finished
Witch hat 2 finished
Witch hat 3 finished
Witch hat 4 finished
Witch hat 5 finished
Witch hat 6 finished
Candy Corn #2
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Ladybug pin
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge
 
October
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Landon’s Stocking
Pacific Heart 
Merry Bells #1 

Future New starts
Plaid Spider #1
Plaid Spider #2
Plaid Spider #3
Candy Corn #2
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Ladybug pin
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
               Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge
 

 

 

Friday, September 08, 2017

 Before leaving Ohio, I stopped at the Craft Gallery in Findley Ohio. 
 What a great shop!  Look at all the fabric!  Such a great selection!
 Lots of charts and accessories.
 It was almost overwhelming!  Unfortunately I had spent all my money at Sue's warehouse, so I couldn't make a purchase, but will be sure and stop in there when I am in the area.
My reason for stopping in was to meet Sue and pick some fabric for a some models I will be stitching for her.  Check back to see what I will be stitching!

Thursday, September 07, 2017

A Visit to Dayton, Ohio

Dayton has always been a special place for me, my oldest daughter attended the University of Dayton and I visited there often.  Some dear friends moved to Dayton a few years ago and bought a hobby farm, so I visited with them as promised.  I forgot to take pictures of their farm, but took one picture of the Carillon Brewery, where we had a yummy dinner.  Paul actually volunteers at the Brewery two days a week and was anxious to show it off. 

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

A Visit to the Fabric Shack

Sue and I also went to the Fabric Shack......

What a great quilt shop!  Remember, I don't quilt, but I managed to make a good sized purchase......

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Sew Ezy Quilt Shop

 Right next door to Keepsakes, is this charming little quilt shop.  Sue and I stopped in because she needed some fabric.

All the fabrics were yummy, but I don't quilt......













But I did find this cute fox buttons.  I bought several packages for Miss Marguerite to turn into needle minders....our Needlepoint guild is the Fox chapter of ANG so anything with foxes is very popular

Monday, September 04, 2017

A Visit with Sue

 I had the pleasure of stay with Sue Hillis and her husband while I was in Cincinnati a few weeks ago.  This is the guest room.  I needed a ladder to get into bed!
 
 



Here is Miss Lucy, one of Sue's kitties.  She kept me company while I was stitching in Sue's studi0.
Sue and her husband mentioned that they couldn't get any good German food in the area, so I went shopping
And then made them dinner!





Sunday, September 03, 2017

Labor Day Festivities

My reason for being in Cincinnati was to attend the National Donauschwaben gathering that takes place every Labor Day.  This is the first time it has ever rained on our parade! 

 Hard to get the entire group in to the picture, but there were lots of children, youth and adults in attendance.
 My favorite part is watching the children dance!

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Keepsakes Needlework Shop

 While at Sue's, we visited Keepsakes, a wonderful shop with lots and lots of models.  It was hard to take it all in!





Friday, September 01, 2017

August Progress, September Goals

Had a good amount of stitching time in August, but won't have quite as much in September, things are getting busy with the start of school.  Want to be sure and finish a stocking before Christmas, so it will remain my focus piece.


August
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Landon’s Stocking worked on it
Pacific Heart 
Merry Bells #1 

Future New starts
Candy Corn #1 finished
Candy Corn #2
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Ladybug pin
Patriotic Heart finished
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge

September
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Landon’s Stocking 
Pacific Heart 
Merry Bells #1 

Future New starts
Witch hat 1
Witch hat 2 
Witch hat 3
Witch hat 4
Witch hat 5
Witch hat 6
Candy Corn #2
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Ladybug pin
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge
 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lots and Lots of Jam

 Hello blogging buddies!  I haven't been getting as much stitching done because I have been jammin' a lot this summer.  So far I have made 368 jars of jam and 10 jars of salsa....and I am not done yet!
Thanks to my daughter-in-law's sister, Christy Schubkegel, for helping me with the labels.  They look so pretty! 

I am hoping to sell some of the jam with a portion of the proceeds going to German School.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Brunch

Sunday brunch at Casa Rill with my brother and his family and one of my sons and his family.   First on the brunch menu are Cream Cheese Lemonaide Blackberry filled crepes.  They were yummy!
 Also on the menu was a large German Apple Pancake, not much left.
 For those who wanted something plainer, Palachinka (Hungarian style crepes) just like my Oma used to make.  Only two left from a very big stack.
And for the kids (and big kids) chocolate chip waffles. 



Most of the food has been consumed, the dishwasher is running and I am going to take a nap.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

One Candy Corn Done, One More to Go!

This month, our own Miss Missy, showed us this really cute candy corn piece at our ANG guild meeting.  We were supposed to do one on the piece of canvas and trace the outlines of the sections onto the canvas.  Being the rebel that I am, I fit two (count 'em, two!) on the piece of  canvas and started stitching.  I wasn't liking the coverage on the orange section so I found some sharpies and colored the canvas.  I liked it better.  Now one is stitched and the other will be started soon.  Not sure if I will finish it as two separate pieces or both front and back on the same one.  Not sure if it will be an ornament or stand up either.  I have a bit of time before Halloween.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Patriotic Heart Finish

On Saturday, during class, while everyone was busy stitching on the Fall Heart, I had a little down time.  When I wasn't rushing from one stitcher to the next, answering questions or helping with a stitch, or setting up lunch, or cleaning up after said lunch, I found I could put in a stitch or two.....but I already stitched the fall heart....so I started the Patriotic Heart!  Finished it today after a quick trip to Welcome Stitchery for a button and some silver Kreinik #8.  It will be next year's Saturday stitching day project, and I am ahead of the game!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saturday Stitching

 This Saturday, I had the pleasure of teaching a project to a group of ladies from our EGA chapter.  There were 18 ladies in attendance to work the The Fall Heart by Sekas & Company.   I put a lot of work into this class.  Besides stitching the sample, I ordered all the supplies, edged all the fabric, put all the kits together, planned the menu for breakfast and lunch, picked up all the food, ..well you get the picture. 
 
 









The ladies all seemed to enjoy the class and we had a great time stitching together.  Lots of laughter and fun besides the instruction.
 
 
Marguerite got the most done, and she plans to have it finished to give as a gift by the end of the weekend. 
 
This is the finished piece that I stitched as a sample.  Next year we will do the Patriotic Heart!