Saturday, October 13, 2012

Weekly Thrift Finds and Progress on Quaker freebie

Thursday thrifting was fun! I found a new thrift store and one treasure in it. I went to look at junk frames because I needed a 6 x6 or so square frame. I came home with this instead!!!!

A brand new Sudberry Oak box for 3 bucks. If you order online or buy it's about 45.00.
What a deal!
I stained it and it's still wet in this pic but I wanted a more distressed darker wood.
And boy, what a mess I made in the kitchen with this. I first applied with a rag then when I started using a sponge applicator, it was way too much dripping it everywhere. I burned the corn on the cob in the process as I was cooking supper at the time, BUT, I think it will dry out well and our dinner turned out to be fine.
Abbie was glad as she got her own grilled salmon, taters, and beans in a chi size serving! :P
The heavy metal (sounds like music) copper distressed frame was another find at the thrift store.
I went to a second thrift shop and got this for 3.00. I may try to redo the pattern for this old, old motif.
I found this frame for 3 bucks there of which I plan to take apart and frame the sampler I am working now, Doing Right Quaker freebie by Liberty House Primitives.
My progress is here:
I know it's a slow-goer for me but at least I'm moving forward. :)
The above frame will be the one I use and after I take out those lovely cross stiched hearts, I will use that to make a needlebook most likely.
I got this piece of wool at a local quilt shop. It's a fat quarter. I have in mind to use for some Christmas ornies.
Well, Fall is certainly here. The leaves are changing if ever so slightly and the peak should be next weekend here.
The colors are definitely inspiring and the cooler weather is helping me get in the Christmas ornie stitching mode.
I still have these to read through as well. Historical patterns are very intriguing to me as it seems that the motifs symbolize whatever the stitcher was experiencing at that time or her hopes and dreams.
A sampler design certainly is a symbolic story-teller.
On the designing front, I'm still working on a Downton Abbey, rather large sampler, that you will like if you are a DA fan like me and Mr. Darcy. We are still catching up on episodes and into the mid of the second season now. We for sure, will be ready for that January 6th new season!!!
Happy Saturday and Happy Fall to all,

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sour Cream Blueberry Pound Cake

At the homestead for supper dessert tonight, I cooked a Sour Cream Blueberry Pound Cake. It was delish! I had to share it with you.

Sour Cream Blueberry Pound Cake
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
makes 10 servings
1/2 cup sweetened butter (1 stick)
3 eggs
1/2 dairy sour cream
1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 cup of sugar
1-2 tsp of vanilla
1/2 -1 cup of drained blueberries
Allow butter, eggs, and sour cream to stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Grease and lightly flour a coffee cake pan or loaf pan; set pan aside. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
Gradually add sugar, beating about 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating 1 minute after each addition and scraping bowl frequently. Alternately, add flour mixture and sour cream to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined.
Fold in by spoon thawed out blueberries, about 1/2 -1 cup in batter.
Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for 60 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan and put on a cake plate.
Serve with whipping cream or vanilla bean ice cream.
Well, off now to watch an episode or two of Season 2 Downton Abbey then to catch some ZZzzzzzz's.
Hope your evening was sweet too.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Mondays and Mr. Darcy

It's Monday again....and almost gone!

~~the alarm clock at 6am
~~the commute to work
~~hot, decaf coffee with Hazelnut creamer
~~honey and cheese toast
~~2 more episodes of Downton Abby with Mr. Darcy
~~crock pot homemade vegetable beef soup
~~laughing with friends

 Hope your Monday is filled with love.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Progress on a Quaker freebie

Good Sunday afternoon!
Mr. Darcy and I are going to watch Season 1 episodes 3 and 4 soon from the CD collection.
We had a great dinner. Last night I thought I would post my progress on this Quaker sampler.

Vicki was right on her guess! This one is on Liberty House Primitives freebie, Doing Right quaker sampler.  I love all her freebies. If you haven't checked her blog out, hurry over!
Previous photo is:
Abbie is chowing down on her "snack mat" a bone and enjoying every bit of it.
We had a good dinner of roast beef, rice and gravy, pinto beans, green beans and dessert in the frig.
Chocolate pudding with whipped cream.
While it's chilling nicely, we are going to chill with a few more episodes of Downton Abbey!
It's just one of those days to chill. :P
Cloudy, but still moderatatley cool temps and falling tonight to the 40's.
Bring it on Fall!!!!
Till later,


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