When I stitch, I sit on the sofa usually covered with an electric blanket. On more than one occassion, I've temporarily stuck the needle into the blanket while I switched thread colors. On more than one occassion, I've lost said needle. Usually, I end up finding it. On more than one occassion, the BF has teased me that one of these days he's going to be the one to find it and it probably won't feel good, LOL.
Apparently, it was one of the ones I lost and never found. It survived a go-round in the washing machine when I washed the electric blanket last week. It even survived a windy day of riding the coat tails of the blanket hanging on the line to dry!
Imagine my surprise when I went outside to take the blanket off the line and I saw something tiny on the blanket. Thinking it was string, I grabbed it. Whoa, it's a needle! Now, it's back nestled safely in my needlebook.
Victorian Motto Sampler is hosting another giveway for Easter charts. Hop on over and check it out.
I hadn't been treasure hunting for quite a while, so I took a journey through the local thrift stores. A few nice things found their way into my cart. Imagine that!
First up is a stainless steel strainer. This steal-of-a-deal was only 99cents! Not a scratch on it. It's a little smaller than the 20+ year old aluminum strainer I've been using, but perfect for draining washed vegetables and smaller servings of pasta.
This is a Leisure Arts book filled with beautifully stitched Christmas stockings. It also gives alternative ideas if you don't want to stitch the entire design, which I thought was really neat. Harcover books were only 50cents. Not bad, eh?
Last, is an embroidered, pearl-embellished velvet covered journal. I was thinking this might be a neat way to chronicle my finishes. There's a price tag inside: $14.99. I picked it up for $1.99! Another awesome deal!!
Have you ever heard of Doughnut Muffins? I read about these on Evalina's blog, This and That. She read about it on Pea's blog, Pea's Corner. Pea read about it on Zoey's blog, Perrenial Passion. Zoey found the recipe on the King Arthur Flour website. How's THAT for a traveling recipe?
Since all the ladies gave it rave reviews, I had to mix up a batch and try them out! I didn't dip mine in sugar/cinnamon or glaze them. Instead, I used a crumb mix left over from a dutch apple pie.
The crumble makes a huge mess while eating, LOL. Next time I think I'll do the glaze or cinnament/sugar dip. They taste better cold than they do warm.
For our Saturday night meal, the BF and I made spaghetti and meatballs. I made the meatballs out of ground turkey. They taste just like sausage meatballs! The BF is not a fan of ground turkey, but he really likes these.
I didn't get much stitching in last week... I think I was procrastinating because I didn't want to work on the specialty stitches involved in my next UFO/WIP. Turns out it wasn't the specialty stitches that gave me nightmares, it was the regular cross stitches! I had to rip a set of leaves out THREE times. They're still not right, but I'm not about to frog them again. Can you tell which ones are messed up?
Here's what it looked like before:
(Yeah, it's been THAT long!)
Here's what it looks like now:
I worked on Forgive Quickly, too. I only have the right border to stitch up, then the final finishing. I've been struggling with how I wanted to finish it, but a light bulb came on last night... so I think I have it!
Until next time,