Thursday, July 02, 2015

I Leave You With This...

Have a safe and very Happy 4th, dear friend...

I'm off to hang with the family, but I leave you with two treats...

The first is patriotic...

God Bless America...Land That I Love!
And...

The second is chuckle worthy...

Chuckle...
Hugs Ya'll...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Been Busy...

But not a lot to show...

Here's my progress on "Bee's Knees"...


One question, dear friend, do you think the floss I chose is too variegated? Too busy? I started having a panic attack over this one...



I seem to be moving quite slowly on this WIP, mostly because it's so intricate, but once I divided it up into four grids it is bunches easier.

I have been marking my chart with highlighter as I finish each area, which I have never done before, and that has helped...I would show you a pic of the bright yellow "Xs" but we know how some people who lurk out there can't play right with posted chart pics...so just imagine something like this...

That's it for the stitching news...

In other news...

I have been spending some really nice time with family...and I am still amazed at what a change my social schedule has undergone since moving home to CA...It's good to be wanted!

I had lunch at one of Los Angeles' oldest iconic restaurants with MeMa, my Uncle, and my 86 year old Aunt who is without a doubt the most beautiful and active Octogenarian I know...





It was so much fun to walk in and see that nothing has changed....still as kitschy as ever and the food is still beyond delicious...CA cuisine at it's finest!

I also spent a sweet day with my "baby" cousin...we started out with an amazing breakfast at one of my fave cafes...

Aroma Cafe...



It's a cute little indoor/outdoor cafe located very close to home...



It was once a typical California bungalow style house, built for the studio folk who resided in...what else, but "Studio City" where Desilu studios once called home, and CBS still does...but now it's a cozy little cafe nestled in between houses and shops, with a patio for dining outside, and a few little indoor rooms for those who prefer inside...


Which is where we chose to sit...

Oh, did I mention the food?


To die for!


It's been a nice week, dear friend, thanks for taking the time to stop by and catch up!

Hugs Ya'll

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Organized Floss

Good Afternoon, dear friend...

I have been working hard at organizing my craft space ever since our move....almost two years ago!

I went from having a very good sized craft and sewing room, to a combination guest room and craft/sewing room...now, of course I am in no way complaining as the old homestead had just become too big for us empty nesters...not to mention it was clear across country from our current home. But, that aside I found that down-sizing in general was not a bad task at all, and actually quite cathartic, it forced me to decide what is really important and what is not...until it came to my stitching stash. I just couldn't widdle that down, even after giving away a lot of stash that I knew I would never use.

I am happy with how my stash is fitting into it's new home and have come up with some really cool ways to organize it all...with a little thanks to my Internet friends...

Today I am sharing my new floss organization system...

At first glance it appears to be an ordinary plastic file bin...


But wait...open up this unassuming bin and....viola!

What lies within...Floss, floss and more floss!



I saw this idea online and thought it was brilliant! I tweaked it a bit for my own preference and it became the perfect floss system...

I started by taking unused and left over letter sized file folders and cut them straight across, then took my edge punch and punched holes along the cut edge...




I used hole reinforcement circles to add strength (this was a bit time consuming but totally worth it) so that the 1 inch rings would not tear the holes while hanging...



Next, I used my trusty label maker and added a floss name label to each hole in alphabetical order...to make it easier to find a floss at quick glance...


And hung each floss on a ring, until I was done...



Now finding just the right floss is a breeze...and they stay safe, clean and organized...and the best part is they all fit neat and today inside the closet.


Hugs Ya'll

Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer Reading

I have been reading the best book, dear friend...and the best part is that it's a trilogy!

I love finding good books that come in a series, as I am a pretty fast reader when it comes to a good tale, and can burn through a large novel in a matter of days. So, with this in mind, I was thrilled to discover the Wayward series by Blake Crouch.

Yes, I know, you are thinking to yourself..."Wait, isn't this a series on the boob tube?" Why yes, yes it is...but I do love a book much better than a series as you get so much more of the back story in a book, and this one is no exception.

I powered through books one and two and have forced myself to slow the pace on book three because I am just not ready for the ride to be finished.

Check it out for some enjoyable summer reading...and yes it is available on Kindle.

Hugs Ya'll