Nov 18, 2011

Fingers and food

Hello everyone!  Hope there is sunshine in your day.   It finally broke through the clouds today after days of wind and rain and it is cold!  The sun makes it a little easier to tolerate, but I still hate it. 
First of all, thank you thank you thank you to my followers.   I know I don't always show enough stitching and usually get off track, so I appreciate your sticking with me.   So what have I been up to?  Not much.  I tried fully opening a pair scissors to use one blade as a scraper, and it sliced right into my right thumb.   The slightest pressure caused it to bleed so I used surgical strips to keep it closed.  Trying to grab the needle was difficult to say the least, especially with a bandage.  In another brainless move, I removed the protection and although extremely sore, I managed to grab the needle, until the eye hit exactly in the cut and sunk in.  Yikes.  It is finally better and not throbbing so I started a small project.
I plan on doing both of these small samplers and trying to frame them myself.   Lydia is first, and I only made one color change.  The linen I chose is the SL 25 count that I bleached, dyed, and dried on high heat.  Here is the comparison of the before and after.  Look how that weave tightened.  It's very soft in hand but substantial and I like the results.   After starting the project, I checked stitch count and here it is - looks like it is now 28 which is great.

 So now, for the first time, I have three projects in the works.  Lucy, Red Santa, and Lydia.  It's not as bad as I thought it would be considering my difficulties with decisions. 

Next, I want to mention that I posted several new recipes.  Two are Thanksgiving standards that can be made ahead.  The first one is a better green bean casserole.  The second is sweet potato pie casserole.  Our other favorite for turkey day is the cranberry walnut salad.  I also added an odd sounding dish but believe me -it is good - corned beef with peaches.  I know - doesn't sound even remotely compatible but you'll be surprised.  And finally, a few new purchases.
I love drawers and purchased this locally with a 20% off coupon.  I hated to pay that much but it is really necessary to keep me organized with receipts.  How does that sound?   Justified?         It's on the kitchen counter and on top of it rests my new little tree...




It's 18" tall and in the crock, perfect for the kitchen.  I am getting away from the big trees and prefer something smaller but it's not easy finding one that I like.  Very few shops around here carry something different. 
And finally....are you ready for this?  I think I may trying dyeing/staining my sofa.  WHAT?  Woman are you crazy?  Of course. 

The sofa is like new (but too large) and I know I wouldn't get enough $$$ selling it, so I thought before I have it recovered, why not try changing it a little first.  The fabric is Waverly's cotton and has sizing or protection because water is beading up.  So I sprayed it with water that had a touch of Dawn in it and let it dry.  Then - black walnut stain.  Here's the sample of fabric I worked on.  Next will be the back of the piece to test a large area.  If it works, I have a matching wing chair so I better stock up on the walnut juice.  Wish me luck! 

Final note, to those of you who emailed about the Postman Santa - the wonderful people at Leisure Arts located the chart.  That design is from Christmas Portraits, a hardcover book from the Christmas Remembered series, published in 1991. It is discontinued and no longer available but EBay and Amazon have the book.  The little chubby guy on the box from my prior post is Mosey 'n Me's Hanging by a Star #34.
So ladies and gents, thank you for visiting with me, and I hope you have a great weekend.  Can you believe how late in the year it is already?  Closer to next summer is the way I look at it!  

16 comments:

Joy said...

Sorry to hear about your thumb...although, it doesn't appear you've slowed down too much;) Love that your stitching more than one project...see, it doesn't hurt a thing. Gosh, the tree is great! It is so hard to find those kind...lucky I've held on to my real feather tree all these years. Let me know if you find a great tree to hang antique ornaments on. And oh you...go for that sofa dyeing girl!!

I'll check out the recipes later...sound yummy.

Shirlee said...

An interesting visit, as always : ) It would be great if you could tea-dye your sofa & chair! Love your kitchen tree : ) Blessings, Shirlee

Margaret said...

Eek! I hate cuts of any kind, but especially that sort. Glad it's better. Love your new stitching project. Your sofa should look nice too -- good luck with that! Love your new purchases as well.

Kaisievic said...

Bad luck about cutting your thumb - annoying when one does something like that - interferes with stitching too much! Love your post - really interesting.

Hugs, Kaye xoxox

http://kittenstitching.blogspot.com

Mindi said...

OMG, your poor thumb! I hope its finally healing and not giving you so much pain. I love that you're going to experiment and try to salvage a large piece of furniture, or at least make it more to your taste.

Love the little Christmas tree, it looks perfect.

Carla said...

So sorry about your thumb! Love your new drawer cubby and sounds justifiable to me! The tree is awesome! I'd love some like it. Do you mind telling me where you found it? Probably in some store that we don't have around here. Have a great weekend!

Interior Design said...

Christmas is just around the corner. Nice post!

Bertie said...

Your mini sampler project looks great, I do admire you dying linen, and it looks antique, lovely.
The drawers are fabulous!! Love the fabric you dyed for the sofa looks very good. Good luck with the thumb:)

Mouse said...

ouchie ... and been there seen and done that so now exactly how it hurts too ... love the dying result ... and the stitching looks lovely on it .... and way to go hope the experiment works on the sofa etc :) love those drawers too :) love mouse xxxx

cucki said...

oh dear so sorry to hear about your thumb..
i love your stitching so much..love the sweet christmas tree..so sweet..
and i am sure sofa will looks nice..lovely new stash..hugs and love for you xx

Vickie Niggemann said...

Closer to next summer! HA HA I like that, hilarious. Sorry about your thumb. Glad it's on the mend.

Sherry said...

I hope your finger is better. How brave you are to dye your sofa! I love that tree. I prefer smaller trees. Those drawers are wonderful. A gal never has too many drawers (or closets).

Carol said...

Wow! Dyeing your sofa! You amaze me, Marly--good luck on that. It sure will save you money if it turns out.

I love your new little chest of drawers and that charming Christmas tree on top as well.

Thanks for the yummy sounding recipes, too. I'm not hosting Thanksgiving this year (for a change!!), but I'll keep them in mind for next year...

Wishing you and your family a lovely Thanksgiving day!

Joy said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I LOVE it!! I look forward to seeing more of your stitching and projects with the details. When you get a chance, I would like to know more about your linen bleaching and dyeing process. Thanks!!

Penny said...

It made me hurt just to read about your thumb. Hope it heals quickly! I love how you push forward though ~ your new stitching project is looking great! Love the drawers and your little tree too. I love the fact that you are dyeing your sofa and I hope you like the results. :) I thank you again for your help on the Christmas Portraits book, I received mine and am so happy! :)

Suzanne said...

Sorry about your thumb. I did the same thing when I cut my stitching finger, I removed the bandaid and the needle stuck me right in the cut. I had some choice words to say, but only in my head as the children were watching.

Nice new project you are working on.

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