|a favorite in our new home town|
*Bob Evan Restaurants*
We made another trip to The Retirement Home this week -- that's the endearing term I'm giving our new house that's under construction. Now that the framing is complete and they are starting to install the mechanicals (as our Field Manager phrased it), we'll be making more frequent trips to check on things.
We also have acquired a storage locker in NewTown where we are gradually bringing down stuff we don't want to entrust to the moving company. Beloved built some frames to keep things off the floor, just in case there were to be a hard driving rain to push water under the door. Although upon closer inspection yesterday, it seems that would be unlikely due to the good lip (step) up from the pavement outside the locker.
Since we still miss the large basements we had in our Colorado houses over the last many years, we are thinking after this move is all over, we may downsize to a smaller locker to store our Christmas decoration. Thinking that over ....
|our wonderful view of Cedar trees|
This is our master bedroom with the window looking out to the back yard. I was standing in the laundry room to snap the picture. I'm not sharing a picture of the front of the house this time because the big dumpster sitting across the yard and driveway isn't very interesting. (smile)
|our front door|
But I will show you our front door, which we saw for the very first time on yesterday's trip, leaning against a wall on our back porch (for now). It will be painted red. I just love it! Although it's glass you can't see through it.
|itty bitty waffle iron by DASH|
Changing the subject now, here is a fun toy we bought earlier this week. It's a 4-inch diameter waffle iron. Since I eat gluten free most of the time, I am using this little toy to make not only a waffle for my breakfast, but also to use the waffles for my hamburger bun, or for a sandwich. I don't like store-bought gluten-free bread because it tastes like wallpaper paste, tends to get tough very easily, and just doesn't stay fresh for long at all. This little gem is helping me out with that problem.
I did the math to reduce the recipe I have used for years to make waffles in my big waffle iron so I can now make 2 very small waffles. Works great!
I had seen these before Christmas and they must have been very popular. We looked through Kohl's, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Walmart before we finally found this one at Target -- and it was the last one they had! Every place was sold out of them. The price was perfect: $9.99
|Christmas ornaments/gift tags by Vonna Pfeiffer, The Twisted Stitcher|
Something else that has intrigued me of late is this collection of cross stitch by Vonna Pfeiffer of The Twisted Stitcher. I would absolutely love to make some projects similar to these over the next year.
However, I have some things to learn before I can achieve this kind of perfection. Do you remember my problems with the Estonian Snowflake a couple of weeks ago?
I got so frustrated with it after I had to correct one mistake after another. I decided to just set it aside for a while. In the meantime, my friend Karen S. suggested I transform the design from a snowflake to more of a star, like the Christmas Star.
|transformation from snowflake to star|
Bless her creative imagination! I was thrilled. Only a few stitches added to the big mistake area and it was done! This was added to my stack of accumulated cross stitch projects that will be framed or finished in other ways later, after my new sewing room is unpacked and put in order.
|from Just Cross Stitch Magazine's 2018 Special Christmas edition|
With the snowflake-turned star done, I turned my attention to yet another pattern centered around joy. Whimsical and fun, this came together very quickly on 18 count Aida using 2 strands of floss.
|first attempt on 32 count linen|
Of course, as I listen to my 'friends' on Flosstube and blog with stitching friends, I have wanted to venture away from Aida cloth to linen, which means much tinier stitches and magnification tools.
|DMC floss, 32 count linen, and magnetic needle keep|
I wanted to try stitching on 40 count linen but all I could find was 32 count and that turned out to be small enough!! It is hand-dyed Doubloon. I was able to buy just a remnant cut to 7 inches by 18 inches for under $5. This was perfect for my first attempt, my effort to see if I could stitch on something so small and fine, AND would I enjoy it???
I chose a simple heart pattern that I designed myself, not wanting to commit myself to anything more involved because I was pretty apprehensive.
|completed design measured about 1 1/2 inches|
I am pleased to say I could do it and I like how it turned out. I used two different magnifying tools, a strong sewing lamp (Ott brand) and removed stitches several times when I realized I had gone over three threads instead of two, or sewn over just one.
With the arthritis in my neck, the intensive bending over my work to try to see has left me with a 'pain in the neck', something I feared might happen. Not to worry. A good night's sleep with my buckwheat-filled neck pillow and possibly a couple of Advil will get me back to normal by morning.
But with that said, the small linen stitching kinda took the fun out of it for me. I think I'll go back to 18 count and be content with that.
This sums up my first three days of the New Year. It's been fun thus far, but we all know both good and bad days make up the year. I pray with the Puritan, "May I view all things in the mirror of eternity."
While some are called to do mighty works that preach truth to crowds, many more of us are expected to carry on the dailyness of life with a cheerful disposition, encouraging as many along the way as we can to put their trust in God to make sense of our lives.