Oct 12, 2015

What I've been up to

Hello people.  Last night was the first time in weeks that I picked up the needle.  If I start a little Christmas project I will never finish Sally so I will try my best to continue.  Then have a little party when it's done.
 
I've had quite a few appointments lately and we've been working on the kitchen cupboards that Dominic will never get to.
 
This is the time of year that Mark ventures into the woods to pick mushrooms, as his grandfather and father taught him.  His grandfather was from Czechoslovakia and his grandmother would string the mushrooms to dry for soups and dishes throughout winter.  He has his favorite types but enjoys the tradition of that walk in the woods to find the reward.  Coming across a hunter is always a concern.  He went on Sunday to avoid that encounter and brought back some bags for me.  Black walnuts for making another batch of dye.  I have since moved them to a large box since they are starting to rot, ready for the pot.
 
I've had this chair in my garage for a few years and love the colors of paint showing.  It makes a mess with flaking off, even after wire brushing, so I sprayed with a matte acrylic sealer.  Never did this before and I'd like to bring it in the house so I'm hoping the sealer stops the flaking.
 
My sister is finally getting rid of some things and she came across a set of pillowcases that she received as a wedding gift 45 years ago.  Beautifully hand embroidered, still in the original box with label from Madeira.  I need to check EBay and see if anything like this is being purchased. 
 
As for the cupboards, I painted and we used the originals, adding the bottom area for microwave and open storage.  This is similar to what we drew for Dominic and it would have been one large unit instead of pieces.  A strip of moulding was to cover the seam between the top cabinets and the bottom area we added but I didn't like it so I'm using one-part Bondo (for cars) to fill and level the joints.  Hopefully, you won't be able to tell at all that they were joined.  If not, the moulding will go back on.  You notice the right side is not the same backing as the left.  That's because we cut into the wall and boxed it to add a few inches of depth for the microwave.  This allows it to be flush with the top cabinets.
 
Mammogram at 7:30 am tomorrow so I'll miss the Golden Girl reruns tonight and am already dreading Hallmark's program change to 24/7 movies for two months.  Still having major problems with the computer(s) browser and now Firefox won't open items when I click them either.  Disgusted enough to be missing a lot of posts and updates.  That's not helping my disconnect to stitching at all.
 
It's late and I have to color my very noticeable 2" gray at the roots.  I hope all is well with everyone.  I feel like I'm slipping further away since the tech troubles, kind of like a kid who is changing schools.  I'll do my best to get back to stitching and call the computer guru back to help me again.
 
Take care!  Thanks for visiting.
 
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13 comments:

Three Sheep Studio said...

I remember going into the woods to pick mushrooms with my Ompa (German grandfather). Great memories !
Great stash of black walnuts !
Rose

C. M. Designs said...

I have a friend whose Grandmother used to put black walnuts in chocolate chip cookies. They are her favorites so I try to make them for her at Christmas time.
Would love to know that you're stitching Santas again. I have quite a few to finish that I have stitched over the summer.
Carole's pillowcases are gorgeous.
Charlotte in Va.

The Eveningstitcher said...

OH I love the Golden Girls!!! They are good, laugh out loud comedy! I never watched the show when it actually aired....but so enjoy the reruns! The pillowcases are so pretty...good luck selling them!

Margaret said...

Oh gosh, I'd be so worried about running into hunters no matter what! How do you know the mushrooms you pick are ok to eat?? I'm paranoid in every way. lol!

Vickie said...

What a neat thing for Mark to have learned from his Dad and Grandpa.

laceystitcher said...

I am also a lover of the Golden Girls; so much so that I bought all of the seasons on DVD so I can watch them over at any time - love it! I hope all of your projects come out like you want them. Keep on stitching; it is worth it! Have a good day!

Theresa Laboda said...

The mushrooms gave me a taste for mushroom soup. We have a polish restaurant by us and they have delicious mushroom soup on Fridays. My Grandma used to make mushroom Pierogi.
The pillowcases are such a treasure, they are beautiful. Hope your stitching bug comes back. Maybe stitching a little Santa for Christmas will bring it back.

Theresa Laboda said...

The mushrooms gave me a taste for mushroom soup. We have a polish restaurant by us and they have delicious mushroom soup on Fridays. My Grandma used to make mushroom Pierogi.
The pillowcases are such a treasure, they are beautiful. Hope your stitching bug comes back. Maybe stitching a little Santa for Christmas will bring it back.

Jacqueline said...

Glad to "hear" from you whenever you can manage. Good luck with the mammogram. I go the end of the month.

diamondc said...

Marly: Love the idea of the chair, I am like you, I like to keep it the way I find it, I have a childs chair that has original paint and falling off, I shall try the sealer method.
I look forward to seeing your cabinets finished.
I have had bouts of no stitching, and then all of a sudden my fingers do not want to stop stitching.
I love mushrooms cooked raw in salads in everything yummy.
Good luck on your as my Mother calls them mammyiogram.

Blessings
Catherine

Sandra Sullivan said...

I love your posts about your kitchen. Cannot wait to see it in all it's finished glory!

Karen Martinsen said...

Good morning Marly
I go through times when there is just NO creative juices in me for a few days - it doesn't worry me though because I know I'll snap out of it just as quickly as the other set in.
What a beautiful set of pillow cases - these need to be on top of the bed to enjoy the stitching/design. I love them.
And the chair....awesome! We found an old farm chair years ago that did the flaking but for some reason it got to a point where it just stopped....and it's a black chair like your style.
Oh my - we have been collecting black walnuts as well. We have 3 large window screens in the basement holding them to air dry so we can string them next year. Some get moldy though.
And I have a huge bucket full of black walnut dye from last year....I need to get some fabrics dyed this winter.
Blessings
Karen

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love the idea of gathering mushrooms....sounds like a fun day to me. And I love your chair. I stained the "wicker" back of two chairs I recently was given - did that on Tuesday - and the backs are still tacky. I have no idea why it's not dry after 48 hours but I'm not a happy camper! blessings, marlene

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