Nov 30, 2013

Finally finishing

Hiya. I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. We didn't have turkey yet. My sister's driveway is like a luge track and without a sled, she can't get down and we can't get up. So the FRESH turkey breast that I ordered, which was ice cold and rock hard (but "fresh" before they froze it), was thawed and is now back in the freezer pretending to be fresh for the second time.  I checked the Butterball hot line and it's OK as long as the meat was thawed in the fridge the first time and not on the counter. We thought we would have it today (Saturday) but the fricking snow and ice is not budging. Ridiculous. It was a wet heavy snow which melted beneath and then froze so no matter how it is plowed and salted, it's still ice. The first part of the downhill luge ride has large trees to bump which keeps you on the drive, but the right angle curve that you hit after picking up unbrakeable speed is a steep nose dive straight down an eight foot cliff.   Several times when cars went over, the tow truck had no way to hook them for removal because they were literally grill in the ground and trunk in the air. Eventually, sometime in June, I'll thaw the fresh turkey breast.  When we went to the cemetery today to place the 7 day candle on mom's grave (anniversary of her passing on December 1), the lane wasn't plowed and we were lucky to get out.
Ed hasn't shown up in weeks and I was planning on the trim being finished before Thanksgiving. Crown moulding miter cuts are not something we want to attempt. I brought a few small Christmas trees from the attic, walked past a dark room, and almost dropped when I thought I saw a four foot apparition. The outside light shone on the translucent bag over the tree and scared the heck out of me.

But I did make some progress on the last Santa pieces.

Interfacing is fused (and also to 4 different pressing cloths, now discarded) and the fabrics chosen. I've never used denim as a backing but think I may for the starry Santa. Tomorrow I will sew them on the machine. I happened to find the last three tiny samplers so they will be completed also.





 



















 I started using this to clean the clipped tails off the back of the linen instead of tape like I used to.
   I never thought to use this before and it cleaned my ironing board cover of all those stray threads so much easier than my other brushes.  There are several around the house and I really like them, as long as I pay attention to the arrow on the handle.  So glad it was in my pile of fat quarters





My poor Squeaky sits outside in the evening while the others are looking out at him.  He eats a LOT, cries and cries, and peeks inside when I open the door, but won't come in.  I still haven't touched him and he is very aware when I am near.  I've been torn up by these three other brats enough to know that wild cats may look like they want petted, but don't force it.  Nitzy still draws blood when I try to remove him from a chair to go outside to his condo.  Bud is the only one that allows my husband near.  Eventually, Squeak will come around and hopefully they will all get along.  He's really grown and is getting larger than big man Bud.  He has his own padded house but stays in the open "lounge" area.
Enjoy what's left of the weekend and Random and I will return tomorrow for the drawing.  Stay safe and warm! 
Thanks for visiting.



16 comments:

Kaisievic said...

ooohh, Marly, I do not think that you can safely refreeze and then thaw again food that has already been frozen and thawed - especially poultry. I would think twice about eating that Turkey now. Not trying to be a killjoy but you need to be careful.
hugs, Kaye

Vickie said...

Um, yep. I was thinking the same thing as Kaye!
Poor, poor Squeaky. I hope he finds a warmer spot out there. I can see he has really thickened.
The colors seem adventurous for you. Like 'em!

Terry N said...

What a clever idea to use denim as ornament backing! I must try this also.

Jacqueline said...

Your sense of humor just cracks me up.

I think your friend Kaye is right about the freezing and re-freezing. I would check into that.

Your Father Christmas blocks are simply beautiful.

Shirlee said...

You know I'm envying you with all that snow! Yes, the ice too, since I am content to just sit inside with nowhere to go : ) The ornaments & samplers look great!

Margaret said...

Ooooh, look at your header pic! So pretty! What a bummer about the turkey and the driveway and UGH. So sorry. Love all your Santas. Poor kitty too.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Hi Marly, your Santa ornaments are wonderful. Thanks so much for the update on poor Squeaky. Maybe the colder weather will bring him around sooner than later. Son Jeff had us all over for TG with one oven roasted and one smoked turkey. Naturally there was more than enough for all 22 of us.
I do miss the snow...I grew up playing in it and did not like driving in it as I got older. It is so peaceful and magically beautiful when it is snowing. We are expecting snow in the higher elevations here in the Mojave Desert. Surrounded by mountains and on rare occasion get a few inches of the stuff which then melts within hours, usually.

Peace and Blessings to all,
Barb

Chouette said...

I like your Santa pieces - they are beautiful.

Chris said...

Sorry to hear that your turkey plans were ruined due to the ice.
You have a lovely bunch of things ready to be finished. I can't wait to see them all displayed :)
Squeaky :)

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Looking forward to seeing your finishes!

Melody said...

Your sister's driveway sounds awful. I hate trying to negotiate ice. Snow, ok, but not ice.

Your santas are wonderful! I'm looking forward to seeing your finish.

Kevin said...

Wow!!! Your SANTA'S are incredible. Can't wait to see them all finished as ornaments. I'm sure they'll be beautiful. Hope you all can enjoy that turkey soon! Be careful on that ice!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Awesome Santas, Marly! Gosh, I just love that guy! I'm anxious to see how everything looks when you're done working your magic!

Pam in IL said...

I've used denim on a couple of my ornaments and thought it really worked well. Hope you find the same with your finishing. I like your lint brush--wonder if it works as well on removing dog fur.

Carol said...

Hmmm... I never thought of using denim either, Marly, but I think it will look great on the blue Santa! Your finishing will be just great, I'm sure :)

Sorry for the delay in your Thanksgiving--we were up in Poland, OH for ours and were shocked at how much more snow and ice they had there (you probably have the same) than we have in the Pittsburgh suburbs... Hope it thaws out soon--midweek looks like a heatwave will be moving through :)

Simply Victoria said...

Your Santas look great. Are you doing a quilt? Sorry I don't remember how you are finishing them...

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