Saturday, August 13, 2011


I have a conflicted relationship with stitching and reading.

 You see, I love both. I'm torn between two lovers!

Recently, I read The Stolen Life, by Jaycee L. Duggard. It was intense, sad, emotional but I think everybody should read it, including cops, nurses, advocates, parole officers, and survivors of abuse.
It was a quick read and Jaycee is the bravest woman I've ever met. You can tell the book is from her heart.

I've also been reading Killing Frost by E. Don Harpe.

His can be found on Amazon as well. He is a great writer.

Tonight I started reading

Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

inspired by Oprah's website. This one will have to reach my kindle real soon.

and more to come this week. So whatcha been reading lately?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Wooden Tool Added to My Stitching Basket

 About 3 weeks ago, I ordered from Amy Mitten's website Amy Mitten Designs and Fibers to Dye For, a wooden tool and I don't think I've shown you but the tool will come to great use to me when I EVER get settled enough to sit still for minute and stitch!

Here it is.

 It's a nice size, not to big, not to small. It basically functions for the reason of tucking in those hanging threads in the back of your work. I'm so glad you don't see the back of mine as it's not real pretty :o

However, I used to use the Star Detailer ( from any LNS) and it did the work great if I needed to pull threads through to snip. However it's so small, I keep losing mine. So, when I saw this little goodie, I got one.

It looks like a miniture crochet needle. The end is as small as a needle so one could loop those hanging threads in and under to snip if needed.

Another tool added to my sewing basket by the chair.

Now if only I could so easily fix all the things hanging around like this little tool in life then maybe I could make sense of things.

Hanging by threads,

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Winner of the Gingher Ella give-a-way for Caylee and other stuff

First, I want to thank each of you for participating in the give-a-way. I do this from time to time in order to pay if forward to the sweetest stitching friends all over the world.

 Way back, when the Caylee Anthony case was going to trial, I thought how ironic that her birthday was August 6th and she would have been 6. How ironic that her birthday is 10 days different from a child I lost, Aaron, who this year (can't believe it) would have been 26 years old. So much in the news about Casey and not many focusing on Caylee. Nothing will bring Caylee back but I hope that she will be remembered every year on her birthday by those who remember and loved her. In rememberence this year of her, I drew the winner of the 195 comments left on the July 6th posting!

The winner is Loraine from Utah!!!!  She also has a beautiful  blog to enjoy as well.

Yep, I had to look twice when I put in the numbers through the Random Computer Generator as it picked number 195, the last person. Most of the time hardly ever does it pick first or last numbers, so Loraine enjoy and send me your email so I can get your snail mail address. Congrads!

Tonight I finally cooked after a long time of eating whatever. I decided and thankfully had the ingredients perfect for a pumpkin pie. If anything, it made the place smell pretty good while it was cooking and there for a minute, I turned up the AC and pretended it was Fall :O

The crust may look weird. I usually use the frozen kind but instead I tried the rolled up Pillsbury ones and the only pie pan I had was perfect for it. I crimped the edges in any kind of way and poured in a mixture of:

Pumpkin , 15 oz can
2 eggs
1 tablespoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 tablespoon of cinnamon (optional, I love cinnamon)
1--14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
and a slow handheld mixer from Walmart that has only one speed---High--spattered remains on the refrigerator afterward but doggone good.

Combine all from what was not spattered on the refrigerator during mixing at high speed into a pie crust and cook at 425 for, I don't know, I just watch it. Probably about 30 minutes.
I almost cooked it too long but still was really good. Just missed the cool whip or ice cream part!

Hope your weekend went well. Mine was full of reading and watching a couple of free movies.
 With the exception of a LDS prophet at the doorstep banging on it to convert me to this religion, it was pretty quiet. It didn't set well with me as I had just watched the news about Warren Jeff and pedophiles are one of my pet peeves. No, I didn't answer the door.
 Everybody has their own religion, but by age 48 I think I'm comfortable with mine and I hope the brave man does not come back or Annie Oakley will show her belief system at the door, pamphlet or no pamphlet this time. ;)

 Keep calm and carry on......