Monday, December 28, 2009

The Aftermath

It's hard to believe that another Christmas has come and gone. We have all this anticipation pent up for the big day and when it arrives, the day is over...just like that. But I have to say, even though we were not surrounded by family this year, DH and I still had a lovely day :o)

We were up around 7 am. Quite impressive for me considering that my feet don't hit the bedroom floor before 9 am. Deep, deep down, I'm still a kid at heart. LOL! I was stunned to find some extra boxes under the tree though. I thought DH and I had agreed to stockings only >:o( Now don't get me wrong! Surprises are always nice ;o)


It seems that I was a good girl this year because I got two pairs of new pyjamas, the new Harry Potter Bluray DVD, a gorgeous Bombay jewellery box (DH has told me for the past 15 years that he was going to make me one...), the new Matt Dusk CD, fuzzy socks, a Bamboo tablet for my computer, pink ribbon items (USB drive, scissors, pen and Sharpies) plus my favourite -


Duncan had a ball opening his two new rawhide bones that he got from Santa :o) Then he felt the need to help us unwrap our gifts. In the end, we had torn paper everywhere. This is the result of all his work -


LOL! He was one tired puppy. Of course it took a lot of effort trying to 'hide' his new bones. You see, Duncan doesn't like to chew his bones; he loves to bury them, wait until they're nice and soft and then dig them up again so that he can eat them. DH and I haven't let him take these bones out so he's been going around the house, 'trying' to hide them. Duncan doesn't like to exert too much energy so he just places the bones 'beside' the couch or china cabinet and figures we can't see them ;o)

DH made a wonderful Christmas meal! We had a stuffed Butterball turkey (10-12 pounds) and we only paid $13.00 for it. Super deal! He roasted up some potatoes, butternut squash and turnip and made cranberry sauce from scratch. Delicious :o) What a guy and he's something else that I'm truly blessed about.

I've been reading some Blogs and I see that others have had a wonderful Christmas as well and I'm glad to hear that :o) So what is everyone up to on New Year's Eve? DH and I have been invited to a friend's house to play their new Wii. I've discovered that I'm a pretty good bowler and an excellent marksman so I'm ready to kick some butt ;o)

Friday, December 25, 2009

Tis The Day!

I hope this post finds everyone sitting back and enjoying their labours of opening gifts and/or cooking the Christmas feast :o) Embrace the day with the people you love.

I want to wish all my family, friends and readers a very...


And before I go, I want to share with you a picture from the past -


Yes, this is a VERY young Pumpkin on Christmas day. One of my favourite pictures, brown shag carpet and all :o)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Thirteenth Finish For 2009

And it's completely finished finished to boot! This is 2004 Snowman Ornament by Mount Forest FrameWorks -


Of course I had to change the date to 2009. No brainer there ;o) And I used 32 count Santa Suit by R&R Reproductions instead of the recommended 28 count so the flakes are a little more crowded than they're supposed to be.


I wasn't really happy with this one at first but now I really like him. He came with the hanger so it was a pretty quick finish once he was stitched up. Those are the projects I like ;o)


Will he be my last finish for 2009? I'm not sure. I've got two more small projects kitted up and I've already started one. I guess you'll just have to wait and see...

Yesterday and today I did a quick clean through of the house while listening to Christmas music. Yes, I was singing along but you don't want to hear me sing. Even DH will back me up on that one ;o) Some of the songs brought back some great memories though. I love Snoopy's Christmas (Snoopy vs. The Red Baron).


What are some of your favourites?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Truly Blessed

During the holiday season, I always take the time to reflect on the past year. When I see all the changes that DH and I have been through and think of all the people that have been there for us, I realize just how truly blessed we really are :o) Family, friends AND neighbours.

Yesterday we finally got some snow that looks like it will stay for some time. DH went out this morning and shovelled the walkways and driveway. After he left for work, the plow came by and filled the end of the driveway with snow. Hours later I looked out and it was gone and there was a little package on our front step. Our neighbour had done it for us and left their Christmas card plus a handmade toy for Duncan :o) They're an older couple but so sweet and generous. I had to deliver their Christmas card so I wrapped up a freshly baked lemon bread to go with it :oP

Last week a package arrived in the mail from my wonderful friend Judy. I knew she was sending me a pattern by Mirabilia but she was sneaky and included quite a few other goodies as well -


I didn't even make it out of the parking lot before everything was unwrapped. I was so excited and oh so bad ;o) Do you see the adorable Doxie hand towels? And I LOVE my snowmen socks! Perfect for Christmas day. Thank you so much Judy, you are TOO generous! Keep an eye on your mailbox...

It seems that my Secret Santa has returned again for a second year. I thought it was a onetime occurrence so I was pleasantly surprised when an email from Mary Kathryn arrived letting me know that I have a $25 gift certificate from her store :o) WHO is this phantom???? I'm completely perplexed. Mary Kathryn won't give up this person's identity! So all I can do is publicly thank my Secret Santa. I don't know who you are but you've made this Pumpkin one happy stitcher :o) I wish I could thank you personally, I really do, so because I can't I will wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

I'm also very blessed to have such amazing Blogger Buddies :o) Each and every comment you write leaves me with a smile on my face. I love visiting your Blogs as well and when I read about your stories of generosity, whether it be your own or someone else's, it reminds me that there are still some good people left in this world and that gives me hope.

There may be times when DH and I get off track and wish we had this toy or that vacation, this new car or that expansive wardrobe. But it doesn't take us long to correct and remind ourselves that we don't need material things to be happy and that we are lucky to have what we have. We are truly blessed and we are very thankful for that :o)

Friday, December 18, 2009

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like...

Christmas :o)

Last Sunday, DH and I went out to a tree farm and chopped down our tree. This is always quite an event in our household and this year did not disappoint! I thought we were well on our way when we found our tree shortly after we got there. We should have known it was too good to be true because once the guy started tying the tree up, he said he couldn't sell us that tree. Huh? He said he wasn't happy with the amount of needles coming off of it. we went in search of another tree. Since we only had one spot to put the tree, we were limited in the size we could bring home. Needless to say, I'm sure the guy got a good laugh watching us :o)

After a few hours of decision making, this is the one we brought home with us -


I'm pretty happy with it but DH says it's still too big. I love a big tree though and he should count himself lucky that I didn't pick a larger one ;o)

There are a number of things that a wife and husband should NEVER do together and one of them is putting up the Christmas tree. It's always been an ordeal for us but for some reason, it went without a hitch this year! Even the lights (once we bought the 'right' ones) went on in a timely manner. LOL! Here's our tree all lit up -


I love sitting on the sofa and just looking at the lights. That's one of my favourite things to do at this time of year :o)

The rest of the house is decorated as well. Since it's been two years that I've had my decorations out, I was surprised at the amount of snowman ornaments that I have! I love my snowmen though because they can be left out a little longer :o) Here's a few of them on the dining room hutch -


I also picked up these neat snowflakes that I have hanging from the dining room lights -


For about a month now, I've been in search of a small artificial tree for our front entry way. We have SO many ornaments and I have enough horse ornaments that I could fill a single tree. But alas, no luck but I was quite pleased with myself when I brought out this little gold tree and got to hang some of my favourite horse ornaments on it -


This was my 10 pm inspiration one night ;o) Not too bad if I say so myself! This is what it looks like in the entry way -


I got DH to put up my Perfect Snowman piece and we lined the stairs with mini lights. Yes, I still have my pumpkins up from Halloween. LOL! What do you think?


For the small space at the top of the stairs, I bought a stunning poinsettia -


Finally, in the living room, I was able to add a bit more color by bringing out my Christmas Panda afghan -


And this piece by JBW Designs that I completely forgot about -


So there you have it! As simple as it is this year, I like how the house turned out. At least DH doesn't think that Santa threw up in every room but then, that's DH for you ;o) LOL!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

PB And...

"I was momentarily speechless. That wasn't the evening I had planned out in my mind. I was going to stand in a scalding hot shower until I was wrinkly. Then I was going to make myself a peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff sandwich. I like peanut butter and Fluff because it combines the main course with the desert and it doesn't involve pots." ~ From Visions Of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich.

When I think of comfort food, a peanut butter and Fluff sandwich is one thing that immediately comes to mind. I loved eating that as a kid and I still do today :o) For those of you who aren't familiar with Fluff, it's basically a liquefied marshmallow spread. Yum! I'm not sure whoever came up with this combination, but it's almost as brilliant as PB and chocolate.

Yes, who doesn't love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups; the hard chocolate exterior with the creamy peanut butter interior. Drool :oP And have you seen the oversized version of them that they have out now? Oh boy! That's almost a meal in itself but won't hear me complain. LOL!

Normally when you think of peanut butter, Kraft or Skippy usually come to mind. DH and I ate Kraft for years. I hate to tell you this...but it's really not that good for you :o( Since we changed our eating habits years back, we did a major switch on the PB front as well and went to the real thing. No hydrogenated oils and less sugar = better for you. We find that if we have to settle for Kraft in certain situations, it's much too sweet. Funny how your taste buds can change.

If you want to go for the typical classic, that would have to be peanut butter and jam. But PB doesn't deserve just any jam though! If it's PB & J in this house, it's got to be a jar of Mom's homemade raspberry or strawberry freezer jam. DH seems to be stingy with the jam but I load it right on there until it drips down the sides of the bread.

There is a dark side to peanut butter combinations though and I never knew this until I met DH. His quirk? PB and bacon on toast! Bleck! Definitely not a combination I would consider but apparently it is quite popular. Who would have thunk? But since learning of this unusual pairing, I've been introduced to other not-so-appealing combinations... How about PB and olives? Ewwww! PB and pickles? Yuck! PB and hot dogs? Hurl!

So what's your deep dark peanut butter favourite? Are you a traditional PB and honey person or are you a PB and onion freak? Share your special combinations. Come on, don't be shy ;o)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Twelfth Finish For 2009

She's done! DONE, DONE, DONE! FINI! Here is My Lady's Quaker by Jardin Prive -


I'm a dancing machine :o) WOOHOO! Rock it baby! Cha-cha-cha...


I just LOVE her. I'm so happy with this finish and I can't wait to pair her up with the Gentleman Quaker. What a handsome couple they will be :o)


Funny thing is, I feel so lost at this moment :o( This is how I usually feel after finishing a project and I don't know why. I know most people are really happy to see the end coming but not me. Yes, I'm a weird duck. LOL!

I really do want to dive into the Gentleman Quaker BUT...I have yet to stitch anything Christmassy and I wouldn't mind doing a few of those things first. Goodness knows I have a list a couple of countries long of projects I want to do.

But then I look at my WIP pile and wonder if I should bring one or two of them out to work on. I mean, we're in the last month of the year so maybe that's what I should concentrate on. Ugh! What to do, what to do...

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Hocus Pocus

Do you want to see a trick? Well say "Yes!" because I know deep down you really want to ;o)

Okay, here's 'The Magic Box' -


Looks pretty innocent right? Now watch as The Great Pumpkin waves her magic wand's a snowman -


Isn't he just THE most adorable thing you've ever seen? I love, love, love him :o) This was the snowman I was talking about in my November 27 post. But...when I went back this past Wednesday, they didn't have any and I kicked myself all the way home for not buying him when I had the chance. So when I got in the door, I immediately called their other store and she had three left. Whew! DH even sweet talked the saleslady and got a $2 discount :oP

Yesterday I placed my Snowman In A Box on our front porch and I think that got DH in the Christmas mood because the next thing I knew, he was getting out the lights and then took off to get some boughs. We placed the boughs along the railing going up the stairs and wrapped the lights around them to hold them in place. Then we continued with the lights and wound them around the posts and up along the top of the porch. We added more boughs to cover up the wires along the top and then placed a wreath in the peak of the porch roof. Finally, DH made some pine boughs to hang on the ends of the railings and I supplied the bows :o) We're not completely done so I don't have any pictures yet. I promise I'll post some later on.

Thank you SO much for all the wonderful comments on my Mini Me pumpkin :o) I really appreciate them. Needle-felting isn't really that hard. It's like sculpting but with wool. The only hazard is the 'really' sharp needle.

My Lady's Quaker is online again but you'll have to wait for another progress picture ;o) Thankfully the thread dye lots matched!

Before I end this post, I'm putting up this picture for Irene -


She wanted to see Duncan on (one of) his new beds so there he is. Surprisingly, he was quite happy to have his picture taken. LOL!

Friday, December 04, 2009

Mini Me

When I thought about making a smaller version of myself, I never thought it would turn out like this -


LOL! This was one of the projects I was working on while My Lady's Quaker has been on hiatus. Isn't he/she cute?


This has been my second attempt at needle-felting and I really love it! Of course I wasn't too pleased when DH said it looked like an orange apple >:o( Granted that was before I added the finishing touches...but still. I've got enough orange wool to do two or three more pumpkins but I'm going to put that aside for now.

I've been playing with my Blog background, trying to find something festive for the holiday season. What do you think of this one? I don't know about you, but I find it so frustrating trying to find something that appeals and feels like me. I've been so bummed out since I lost my pumpkin background and I haven't been able to find another one since. They either have Happy Halloween or Happy Fall and I want something for The Patch that I can keep up year round. Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas?

SQUEAL!!!! I just got back from getting the mail and guess what was waiting for me? My Chimney Dust thread! Anita is a life SA-VOUR! From what I can tell, the dye lots look pretty similar so hopefully once I start stitching again, it will be close enough that you can't tell. Fingers crossed :o)

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Run Run Rudolph

Guess who showed up at my house today :o)


This has got to be one of the cutest ornament designs by Ink Circles. If you haven't heard of it yet, it's called Reindeer Games: The Huddle and Rudolph is right there in the middle of things. What's even better are Carrie's Creation hand-dyed silks that come with the pattern. Yummy! The colours are delicious :oP

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!! I'm am NOT a Happy Camper at the moment :o( I've gone as far as I can with My Lady's Quaker -


It's going to be agony waiting for more Chimney Dust to arrive. Argh! There are a few more small motifs that I could stitch but I want to wait and determine colours after the grey has been put in.


I could start Gentleman Quaker but I think I'll wait until My Lady's Quaker is completed, plus there are a few other projects I want to get done first. I started one of them today so hopefully I'll have pictures by tomorrow or Thursday :o) I'm quite pleased with the results so far.

Mom and Dad left yesterday :o( I hope to see them before they leave for Florida in January. I think it might be a long winter. Dad did a few electrical jobs around the house and I'm happy to have my new Ott-Lite table stand put together :o) The light is much better for stitching now. Mom brought lots of baking :oD Meat pies, squares, pumpkin pie, mincemeat pie (for DH because I hate the stuff), shortbread cookies and chocolate covered peanut butter balls. Are you drooling? I may have to do some extra walking at this rate...

In case you're wondering why you haven't heard from me, I'm a bit behind on my Blog reading and WAY behind on my emails :oS I hope to catch up in the next few days. As always, I LOVE reading your comments and thanks for taking the time to leave them. They really make my day :o)