Monday, April 25, 2016

bits and bobs

 We finally have a contractor coming at the end of this week or the beginning of next week to start working on the tree falling repairs. There are 4 puncture wounds and some cosmetic stuff so it shouldn't take long. There were things around the house we were going to change eventually so we just left them half done - and now we have to finish that stuff. First thing was our fridge didn't fit in the fridge hole.We had a fridge when we lived in Colorado. It broke - we had someone come fix it and it broke again. After several service calls the company we bought the fridge from claimed the fridge was not fixable and we should stop trying - apparently a wire inside broke. We were a month or so outside of the warranty and they said they would do nothing to help except give us 10% off a new fridge. My husband was mad. So every ten days we had to empty the fridge - putting all the stuff in the garage fridge and turn off the fridge for a day then turn it on and move everything back. I put up with this for quite a few months and one day there was water on the floor from the fridge and I said that's it!!! We went and bought a new fridge (not the same brand - we wont buy Frigidaire for our home again)  - a few months later we moved (damn it) the people who bought the house didn't want to pay for the fridge and since we were still paying on it - we brought it to Indiana. Well it's a big one - French doors and bottom freezer. We thought one day we would remodel the kitchen and then our big fridge would fit - so it sat in an awkward spot in the kitchen.
it used to sit there on the right were the cabinet is now. It was awkward because there is a counter between it and the stove - silly.Well, that is what it looks like now - we moved the big fridge to the garage and bought a little fridge for the fridge hole (hee hee)
I also painted all the wood in the stairway - we were going to refinish the wood and put little braided rugs on the steps but it is easier to paint it.



We have taken several loads to the salvation army. We have made some other repairs - but nothing exciting to look at. Ok, enough about the house. On to stitching...
I got a new pattern - of course I needed it!
Glendon Place - Red Velvet Cake.It will go into the rotation when Glendon Place Tiramisu is done.  I even ordered the called for fabric - yikes it was expensive. I thought I needed a half a yard but I probably could have gotten away with a quarter. It would have been tight to frame but it would have saved me 26 bucks. Oh well. I stalled on my rotation for awhile so I could finish all those pillows. I am back on track. Here is where I am on the Teresa Wentzler fruit bell pull as of Sunday night
sorry about the lighting
I removed the Heaven and Earth Design from my rotation. My WIP box had four things in it. One of those Brooks books angels - which I sent to a friend. She can finish it and will enjoy it more than I would because I just don't know what to do with those angels. Two more Teresa Wentzlers - when the bell pull is done one of those will take it's place. The last WIP is an Amish thing called Pleasant Unity from Stoney Creek I started in 2003. It's cute but I am sure I only started it because of the buttons. There weren't that many patterns with embellishments at the time and I was excited to order them from the back of the magazine and get to do something different. Well, I didn't get very far
So, I added it to the rotation but I don't like the fabric I picked 13 years ago (yikes) so I picked out a new fabric. Look how cute those buttons are!!
It made me think of the first time I ever ordered embellishments from the back of a magazine - before the internet. I was sure it wouldn't work. Now I get stuff in the mail regularly! My first embellishment project was Pageant Kings by Sandy Orton

kreinik braid - I was thrilled! The picture doesn't do it justice - the detail is wonderful! In 2015 I finished Orchard Valley Quilting Bee by Little House Needleworks and Scott made me a beautiful frame. He painted it white and didn't like it - he painted it red and didn't like it - third time is a charm!!

for some weird reason the picture doesn't show the crackle except in two spots - but the whole thing has the crackle and I love it!!
Shepherd's Bush Over the River
 I have a finish!!! It got wrinkled on it's trip to the shop to pick up buttons and  haven't ironed it again.
 I bought these on Amazon - erasable highlighter pens mostly for stitching but also for school. I love the pastels.
Well, I have to go paint another thing in the kitchen - I will show you next time. Hope you are having lovely Spring weather!! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. You guys have been busy! Sorry about your refrigerator...your stitching is gorgeous.

  2. We also had a Frigidaire that died way before it should have! We had to order a new frig to fit the hole. It took 6 weeks so we had to live out of the refrigerator in the garage for 6 weeks. Quite the pain!! Like you, I would never buy a Frigidaire again. I love your Little House piece. The frame looks just great. I bet you will be happy to get all the house jobs finished!

  3. My husband and I also have a house that we're slowly making changes to. It takes time and money both but the final results always make us happy that we did it and find that the changes are such pick me ups! I love what you're doing in your home. Your stitching is beautiful and the framing perfect. Love stopping in here to visit.

  4. Frigidaires used to be their day.
    I remember my aunt & uncle had an aqua one. :)
    I hope all of your house projects go well, it's a pretty house, that's for sure.
    All of your projects, old and new are pretty.
    I bought a Frixion pen for sewing.
    It's disappearing ink with heat.
    Works great!
    Love those highliters!

  5. The updates you've done to the house look really nice. Stitching looks good... I agree with the frame. I like the brown better than the other two. Kudos on your finish!