Monday, May 23, 2016

I hear....

grumbling in the distance - by the end of this post - you will too! Hello.... hope you are having a good week - wait, it's only Monday.... Yeah, staying home does tend to make you confused as to what day it is. I should have remembered since it was just the weekend. We took Ryder out to dinner at the Oceannaire for his 23rd birthday.
The food was good - the first time Scott and I ate there the food was amazing - this time it was just "good". We heard Mario Andretti was there too - 100th anniversary of the Indy 500 is this year - the city is very busy!! He could have danced on my table and I wouldn't have known who he was though. You know your kid is growing up when he asks for clothes for his birthday - so we bought him some shirts and boots. We also took him with us to see Captain America. The movie was good - 3D is always fun.We even went to the mall - it was a good weekend!! I don't have much to post about this time. I thought a shorter post would be good. I do have a finish - Brenda Gervais - One Starry Christmas Eve

I didn't put the pots or the reindeer. I think the Santa is adorable alone. I did use different colors - as usual I used what I have instead of buying. The belle soie silks are $7.29 a skein and there are 13 of them on this project - ouch. There is a DMC alternative list but I like the variegated look so I used the Classic Colorworks that I have on hand - of course if you want to know what colors I used just email me and I will tell you. My red fabric isn't the called for count because when I bought it 123Stitch only had 36 and 40. So 36 was the winner. I love it - So very cute! I am working on another Brenda Gervais in Santa's spot in the rotation. I got quite a bit done.The white of the sheep isn't showing very well - I always have that problem.  
Boo and Baa-bbie

 I love the felt she added to the flowers - love Brenda Gervais designs!!! I'm pretty sure she is annoyed with me though - I've emailed her several times - yeah I'm that person.  Anyway, I rotate on Sunday so I am actually back to the Teresa Wentzler Fruit bell pull as of last night. Oooh the popcorn stitching - ahhhhh.   Here is the grumbling you heard like thunder in the distance- and up on my soapbox - today's rant is about ebay and other places that sell "used" patterns. I love to acquire patterns - I think we all do. Which is why most of us have SABLE (stash amassed beyond life expectancy). when I sell my patterns on ebay or the other place,  I look up the lowest price on the internet (usually 123 stitch)  and put my starting price at half of that. I am completely irritated that on ebay - and another facebook pattern selling spot that I frequent - people list prices at the highest price - or the price they paid. Yes, we make working copies so our patterns are basically brand new but still. So, I look at what is for sale - I see the price they want and then I find it on the internet - all the patterns I wanted so I don't have to buy one from here and one from there and pay extra shipping. I then buy them all at once - for cheaper - brand new - from a shop.I am basically using the facebook pattern group to see all the different patterns because I certainly can't buy them from there - far too expensive. I feel like my patterns are special and wonderful too - I still sell them for cheap. Ok Mabel - get off the soapbox the quarter is for the beer (that was for my husband - he will appreciate the mix up)  Our house has been on the market 4 days and no showings - Scott says I'm impatient. (he actually said impossible - I am both *shrug* whaddya gonna do?) Oh I almost forgot to talk about the yogurt mom and I made when she was here!! She gave a yogurt incubator last time I was at her house. We were supposed to make some and never got around to it. I used THIS recipe. As usual I was yakking (you think my posts are long you should be here with me -yak yak yak sheesh. My grandmother used to pay me to be quiet. I told my husband he should try it) I used a half a gallon of whole milk and one container of plain Oikos yogurt. I went to put it in the little containers that come with the incubator and I had a half a pot left over. I used a regular stainless steel sauce pan. So I put a lid on the rest - turned on the oven light and put it in the oven for 12 hours - poured off the whey and refrigerated it - it was fantastic!! Both the pan and the incubator yogurts turned out the same! Good to know. I'm adding pictures of the flowers that I planted - and the rose bush. Well, I better get out of here before this gets any longer. Hope you have a great week - thanks for stopping by.      


  1. It was "Get off the Table, Mabel." I still enjoyed it.

  2. Your Santa is gorgeous! I like your thread choice. And I love your post.

  3. Your Santa is perfect. I mean, PERFECT.

  4. Your Santa is definitely a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e! Nice start on the other projects.

    I don't know about where you live, but where I'm at the housing market is pretty bad. Good luck on selling yours.

    As for pattern selling... I usually go to 123 to see what charts are selling for and then lower my selling price by a few bucks. A lot of my charts are new and unused so that's my justification. LOL

  5. First, I am always so surprised that people pay way too much on ebay when the pattern is still available in shops. Go figure!!!! I love your Santa. He looks just wonderful. I love her patterns too. What is it with the price of silks?!! I am working on that huge Ghoultide Welcome. it called for silks too. that would have broken the bank!!! Good luck with the house.

  6. Love your santa finish! Wishing you good luck on selling your house.

  7. Your Santa turned out nice, great colors.
    Sometimes less is better.
    What a pretty rose and cute kitty.
    I'm sure you will get some showings soon.