Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
We see the squeaky toy turkey leg, the other is the Ham! I didn't have ham for Thanksgiving, I had a delicious turkey and all the trimmings at my Mom's! My girlz had a lot to be thankful for, I gave them an extra beating, yes 4 beatings instead of the usual daily 3! Everyone needs to have an extra serving of whatever they love, and my girlz love their beatings.
Yesterday I make turkey and noodle soup with the turkey carcass that I brought home with my mother's blessing. I also watched 2 movies, "All That Heaven Allows" from 1955 with Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson AND "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull". I really enjoyed the former and the latter was okay but predictable.
Well Wednesday I spent a great deal of the day putting together my wish list blog. I also went thru all my fabric and over-dyed flosses picking which I wanted to use for the Prairie Schooler "When Witches Go Riding". I didn't want to have to purchase anything to stitch this and I really like my choices. I am stitching it on a 28 count Cashel linen in "Taupe". I chose 5 Olde Willow colors, 1 GAST and 1 Dye Is Cast color. Dye is Cast is no longer available but Brenda had great colors. Here is what I chose and for what:
American Quaker Gold (DMC 420)--leaves on tree
Society of Friends Gold (DMC 898)--Grass and pumpkin stems
Octagon Blue (DMC 898)--Most of the words in the verse
Black Cat (DMC 3371)--Silhouettes of moon, owl, cat & pumpkin in top banner, border, witch, fence, stars, fence
18th Century Rose (DMC 3826)--Inside top banner, pumpkins in grass
Gentle Arts Sampler Threads
Butternut Squash (DMC 422)--Moon, pumpkins in grass, windows in house
Dye is Cast
Hearth (DMC 3857)--House, words in verse
Of course everything is subject to change but I really like the way the colors are laying down on the taupe fabric. I have a bit stitched and what is there looks great. I do need bigger Q-Snaps though, the ones I have are about 4 inches to short both ways. When I get a bit more stitched I will take a picture and post it. I have to thank Shepherd's Bush for inspiring me to change it.
I don't have much else to gab about. I am NOT shopping for Christmas. I hate what this society has done to Christmas. I am enraged that a Wal-Mart worker was killed by idiots trying to be the first to get a "bargain" and I am furious that Wal-Mart did not take the safety of it's employees seriously. I am not a litigious person but I hope this young man whose life was stolen from him has family that sue, sue, sue Wal-Mart!! I hope that security camera's capture this incident on camera and that a lot of Wal-Mart murder shoppers go to prison. Shame on us!!!!
Well until later this Lilac Thicket resident will get back to work.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
I am feeling down in the dumps today. I was paid and it is a blessing all bills are paid however I am broke. Oh well, I have a roof over my head and food in the cupboard, gas in the car and my girls have kibble.
I watched 3 Netflix movies. I really enjoy Kung Fu Panda and the message it had. Kit Kittridge, An American Girl was inspiring too! A great movie for young girls and since I am 51 going on 6 I enjoyed it. My Man Godfrey was good. Carole Lombard and William Powell starred in this 1936 movie. That was fun too!
I haven't been feeling up to snuff the past few days. I feel like I could lay down and sleep forever. No stitching has been done, shame on me. Back to work tomorrow. Can I curl up in a ball in the corner?
Since I am really gab-less I will sign off from the Lilac Thicket for now!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I have done a bit of stitching on my Bootscornu but that was Sunday. I meant to pick it up yesterday when I got home from work but due to issues at work I was to agitated to concentrate. I watch a silly Eddie Murphy movie called Norbit. What a talented man he is, playing 3 different characters!
Sunday I finally watched the 3 Netflix movies I had received over a month ago. I watched Journey to 10,000 B.C., Tortilla Heaven and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Tortilla Heaven was cute and the villain turned out to be working for Jesus, not Satan, like I surmised. Forgetting Sarah Marshall might have been okay it it wasn't for all the sexual innuendo and the male frontal nudity. The premise was good but it could have been better without all the sex stuff. Journey to 10,000 B.C. had been a documentary on A&E and it was interesting.
The next 3 movies I should be getting are Kung Fu Panda, My Man Godfrey and Kit Kittredge, American Girl. I hear Kung Fu Panda is cute. My Man Godfrey is the 1936 version with Carole Lombard and William Powell. It was on TMC one evening and I fell asleep at the beginning so I want to see it all!
Well, not much stitchy poo stuff today at the Lilac Thicket but maybe tomorrow. Have a God Sunday!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
$5.00 purchased all the above designs! What a great deal if you like Helga Mandl and Barbara Ana's designs. They are having a Christmas SAL and it is open to everyone! All you have to do is:
1. Email Helga at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and email address
2. All payments will be done through PayPal. Use email@example.com with Christmas SAL in the subject line
3. Your book will be delivered via email as a pdf file attachement. Be sure your email accept attachements.
I have my favorites picked out to stitch! I look forward to starting one after I finish my Bootscornu. Oh by the way I got my e-mail from them quite quickly after sending my payment. These 2 ladies are such a joy to deal with. Helga had a cute Christmas ornament in the on-line stitching magazine " The Gift of Stitching" this month. Here are their web sites so you can enjoy their talents.
Helga Mandl-- http://free-pu.t-com.hr/hmdesigns/
The sun has been peeking in and out today. It is a fairly warmish day outside. I have been stitching, suduku'ing and talking with Mom!
No real news from my Lilac Thicket today. I really was so excited about the Christmas SAL designs I had to share. Happy Stitching!!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Good EARLY Morning! I woke up and visited the little stitchers room and the girls thought it was time to get up and go outside and visit the little puppies facilities. I was wide awake and so I thought I would blog.
I took Monday off because it was my Mother's 72nd birthday. Since my mother doesn't want anything but time with her children I spent the day with her. I got there at 9:30a.m and stitched on Bootscornu while Mom and Auntie Sue kabitzed over the latest card making project they are working on. About 11:30 I began mixing the pumpkin dump cake (recipe follows) and Auntie Sue left at noon. I had taken deli meat and cheese over with her favorite bread, sour dough, and we had a sandwich and talked. While the pumpkin dump cake cooled she dragged out all her wonderful Tuesday Morning bargains she had found for her cardmaking and we properly oh-h-h'ed and ah-h-h'ed over them. We then had a piece of the most wonderful dump cake and then moved to the front room to watch the redecorating programs on HGTV and kabitz about what we liked and didn't like about the projects. At 4p.m. I gathered my stuff and buzzed home. I really enjoyed my time with my Mom and she enjoyed her gift of ME!
Pumpkin Dump Cake –TF
1 (29 oz.) can pumpkin
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
1 package yellow cake mix or spice cake mix
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9”x13” baking pan. In a bowl, mix everything except last 3 ingredients. Pour in pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix over top of pumpkin, then sprinkle nuts over mix. Drizzle butter all over nut & mixture. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Edges will be light brown. Good served warm or cold with Cool Whip or Whipped Cream. Note: I prefer it warm. Just zap in the microwave. I used 3 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice instead of the cinnamon/ginger/cloves. I used a spice cake mix instead of the yellow.
I found a really neat website called The Cutest Blog on the Block. http://thecutestblogontheblock.com/ They offer 288 different backgrounds for your blog and they are really easy to use. They remind me of scrapebook page backgrounds. I really had fun looking at all of them and trying to decide which to use. My monitor at work is much bigger than my monitor at home so if you have a smaller monitor you won't see as much of the background on your blog.
I will sign off for now here at the Lilac Thicket and maybe try to fall back asleep. Sweet Dreams!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I am tired of the regurgitation of the same old designs, they get done to death until you want to spew on them. Examples: "Sprinkle (vomit)", "(Vomit) Row", "Snow(vomit) of the Month", "(Vomit) Double Flip-It", "(Vomit) Tree Ornament"-you know the one-vomit written out with it's mirror image to form a tree. Designers do the same thing over and over until they lose their novelty and delight. I suppose when your creativity begins to wane you re-hash old designs and freshen them up to create "Vomit". I suppose they think stitchers everywhere will flock to their designs and overlook the fact that it is a old stale idea with a different color or motif. No wonder the interest in cross stitch is lessening. Perhaps a refreshening in creativity is needed, take a look at the innovative French stitchers. All I have to say is WOW!!! When some American designer divas freshen up than maybe interest will be invigorated or perhaps they need to get out of the business all together.
Designers whom I love Barbara Ana, Helga Mandle, love the Sweetheart Tree, The Cricket Collection, Prairie Schooler even Monsterbubbles, the Haberdashery! I could go on with fresh and novel ideas!
I did stitch a bit on my Bootscornu last night. I also went out to a site called "findagrave.com". Okay I am not a ghoul but I did at one time work my family tree. This is a cool site with 27 million grave sites. Sometimes there are pics of the headstone and cemetary. You can volunter in your zip code to go out to cemetaries and take pics and upload them onto the web site when someone requests a pic.
Well here I am at work and I am not in the mood for attitudes today. People really get their shorts in a wad about the silliest of things. Let's save that attitude for really important things in life. Well enough from the Lilac Thicket for today.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I worked a few stitches in my Bootscornu while I watched Gwenyth in Jane Austen's "Emma". It was only the 27th time I have seen it. Gosh I love Miss Jane's stories!
Well I still have a yen for fried potatoes. I went home last night and didn't eat a thing. I was up at 4 this morning, dressed and ready to go to work by 4:30. By 4:45 I was wandering around Quik Trip. By 5:15 I was at work, I don't start until 6:00. Darn time change.
Gosh I went to Patterns On-Line.com and really stuffed my wish list. They are now carrying San-Man Originals. The newsletter said they are adding more of her designs each day. I don't think she is designing anymore and maybe all of her designs will be available there. I love being able to print off designs without traveling to my LNS. I have 57 designs in my library there and 17 designs on my Wish List.
All the talk here is about the Chiefs, "What's the score?" Well right now they are ahead but I am pretty confident they will find a new way to lose before it is all over and done. Now I do care about our Kansas City football team but I am tired of them losing all the time.
It looks beautiful outside. On the smoke deck we have a herd of house sparrows who live in the bushes and everytime someone goes out there they are there looking for hand outs. I have seen them land on the table and hop over to a person and squawk at them and wave their wings. It is so funny.
I have decided I love shawls, I remember them from the 70's but all the women in Jane Austens stories on the big screen have the most beautiful shawls. I have a shawl which I haven't worked on in a year sitting at home in a bag. I need to finish it so I can waltz around my life with a wonderful shaw. I also put some knitted shawl patterns on my wish list at Patterns on Line. I noticed some of the shawls are rectangular, triangular and square which are folded over to make a triangle. I want a shawl, I already have the pearl earrings which I have had a while. When I first saw the mini series "Clarrisa" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101066/plotsummary) I had to buy some. I am such a copy cat.
Yesterday I was going thru the Simplicity patterns site on line (http://www.simplicity.com/) looking at the new patterns. I have lots but have purchased them all when Hobby Lobby has them on sale for 99¢. I really like the styles which are right out of my high school days, bell sleeves, tunic tops, empire waists, jumpers. I even saw a pair of fringed moccasins in a catalog. Love it!
Well I think this is enough for one day. I can't believe any readers could stand anymore titilation from my jet setting life! God Bless from my Lilac Thicket
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Woke up to a thick fog which probably would have been more appropriate last night! So far the work day has gone quite quickly. I have been thru my e-mails and checked out new needlework stash. Most conversations here at work bore me. There are a couple of people who I enjoy talking with. I don't like to talk about other people or partying or shopping (unless it has to do with needlework or thrift shops).
I have decided who I am going to vote for president.......Harry Truman! Yes, we need his straight forward talk and action! I wonder what he would think of our political leadership today?
Gasoline is really down. I saw it for 1.87/per gallon yesterday in Independence. I never thought it would come down that low again. I heard someone on the radio this morning saying we only have enough oil in the ground for 10 more years. I wondered how this person could say that. Scientists have no idea where oil comes from, if it regenerates or is finite, so how could anyone with any intelligence say there is only 10 years of oil left on this planet? One of the outer planets (I don't remember which) has a sea of oil on it, so, with so much unknown about this petroleum product you would have to be a fool to predict when it will run out.
I really want to fry up some potatoes and onions tonight. Doesn't that sound good? I love fried pototoes, well potatoes anyway they can be fixed. I look like a potato.
I added some Sue Hillis pirate designs to my wish list. Gosh I adore the pirate Santa. I would really like to stitch up "Pillage & Plunder" for my brother Rick!
Some really yummy sounding muffins at http://quietrest.blogspot.com/ . The recipe is entered on October 31st and it is called "Muffins That Taste Like Donuts". Doesn't that sound good! I want to try those along with a recipe for Chocolate Cream Cheese Muffins which is notated below. A team mate at work made them and said they are a big hit at her house.
Chocolate Cream Cheese Muffins
Combine and beat:
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1/3 cup sugar
Beat in separate bowl:
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp. vinegar
1/3 cup oil
1 cup water
1 tsp. baking sodaFill tins 1/3 full of chocolate. Drop large spoonful of cream cheese filling in each. Cook 20 minutes at 325 degrees F. Makes 12 delicious muffins!
So I think that is all for today. I wish I was home at the Lilac Thicket but I am here at work. God Bless! Happy Stitching and baking!