Week two and three
Recipe of the Month
With February being such a short month, we decided to combine two weeks again. We have a lovely grab bag to share, an easy dessert recipe, our two challenges and some progress on our SAL's. Hope you all enjoy!
Mary's Grab Bag- Adventures in Stained Glass
Has anyone tried their hand at Stained Glass? I had the opportunity a few years ago to take an adult ed class in beginner stained glass.
I was taught the copper foil method which was developed over 100 years ago by Louis Comfort Tiffany. To describe the process here would be lengthy, so I have included a link if you would be interested in learning more about the process. To read about it, go here
The first piece I designed was for RJ. She loves all things French so my designed pattern around this pretty pre-cut fleur was perfect for her. I found antique (man-made as opposed to machine made) glass from Germany and France in her favorite color combination.
Upon completion of the piece, I put it under my couch for safe keeping till I was ready to ship it. One day I was fluffing my couch pillows and heard "CRUNCH"!!! I stepped on the glass and broke a piece! It was not a piece right on the edge but on the second layer of glass. Yes, I cried, and it was over a year till I could bring myself to tackle the job of repair. It finally made its way to Florida and hangs over RJ's kitchen window.
|Fleur d' lis stained glass for RJ|
|RJ says it sparkles when the sun shines!|
|First piece I kept for myself|
|It has an Art Nouveau style|
|I made this for my friend Louise|
Have you seen sneak peeks of the Nashville Market? If not check out this site. Mary and I have already picked the patterns we like.
Our "Birthday Party" is coming up at the end of March and we hope you will all attend. Please send a photo of one of your favorite stitches by one of your favorite designers either finished or just stitched. If you don't have a favorite designer any favorite stitch or craft will be great too. A big thank you to all who have already sent a photo to us.
On a personal note, thank you so much Mary for my gorgeous stained glass. You should see it on a sunny day when the sun shines through my kitchen window. It is one of my most treasured gifts. I think of you every day when I look at it.
Last year we both stitched challenges and this year we are showing them finished.
My finished challenge is another Prairie Schooler Santa for my Santa collection. I added my favorite fabric to the bottom and cream pom pom to the middle. I had bought some really nice, dyed green, pom pom trim but it was too good of a match and it kind of faded away. The cream pom pom brought out the creamy white in the bird and the beard so I went with that. I added green check ribbon, a bow and a tree charm to the finish.
|Closeup of stitch with pom pom|
|Closeup of bow and tree charm|
|1986 Schooler Santa|
by Prairie Schooler
35 ct. Weeks Cocoa linen
Over dyed threads on hand
charm from Bohemian Findings on Etsy
Little House Needlworks Quaker Birds is my finished challenge piece. Each time I stitch one of these ornaments I think it's my favorite one! I just love all the LHN ornaments but this one really is my favorite!
|Pretty lace and a button are a simple addition to this sweet stitch.|
by Little House Needleworks
30 ct. Weeks Cocoa linen
called for threads
These are our new stitches that will be finished next year.
My stitched challenge is the bookstore from the Hometown Holiday series. I'm loving these little stitches with the great colors and cute details. I changed it up a bit to make it smaller. I left off the lantern and the small tree and rearranged the snowflakes. Once again I left off the name of the store until I come up with a great French name. I'm looking forward to finishing my French village for the holidays.
|Bookstore from the Hometown Holiday series|
by Little House Needleworks
40 ct. vintage country mocha linen
called for threads
New into my rotation of Christmas Challenges is block 10 from Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings. I won this great series of 12 different charts from Stasi at Bee-mused and Bee-stitching blog. I haven't made much progress as the adorable "frogger" RJ gifted me has been put to good use!
|Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow|
by Carriage House Samplings
36 ct. linen
called for DMC threads
Recipe of the Month
RJ's Easy Brownies
Do you need a really easy and quick dessert that everyone will love? I make these brownies all the time for tail gating, parties and to take to friends. Everyone thinks they are homemade but we will never tell!
1 box of Ghiradelli supreme brownie mix (the one with the package of chocolate syrup included)
and secret ingredient:
1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup of milk chocolate chocolate chips
Make mix according to directions on box. At the very end fold in the two different chocolate chips (this is the secret ingredient).
Bake as directed but you may need to let it bake a few minutes longer as this is a very moist mix.
If serving as a dessert put a scoop of good vanilla ice cream on top and some swirled chocolate syrup. If they have Blue Bell in your area try Homemade Vanilla for the perfect addition. Icing is optional.
You also can crumble it and stack sliced strawberries, ice cream and crumbled brownies in a parfait glass for another dessert.
|Just a scoop of good vanilla ice cream on top of the brownie is the way my family likes it!|
We are really enjoying our SAL and they are coming along nicely. We started stitching on January 20th and we follow a few rules. One hour a day is all we can stitch and we don't count our time until the needle hits the linen. If we miss a day, we can stitch two hours the next day to make up. Silk threads are being used which we both are really enjoying. Mary's stitch is on 32 ct. linen with two threads and mine is on 40 ct. linen with one thread. And to make it more fun Mary started from the bottom and I started from the top.
This is where I left off on February 14
|Deer, words, cardinals and potted plant were added. This is after 22 hours|
|It has details on all the cardinals, flowers in the flower pot, large cardinals and more of the deer. This is after 35 hours.|
|Closeup of the deer and his garland. This deer has a lot of stitches! Still need to do filling in around eye and ears.|
This is where I was on February 14th.
|Deer, basket of fruit, cardinals, tree on right and flower are new since last update. This is after 22 hours.|
This is where I am on February 28th.
|Deer is growing, cardinals, 3 more flowers and tree are new additions. This is after 35 hours.|
Thank you all for stopping by to see us. We truly appreciate every visit and love your comments. If you have a blog that we do not know about please let us know as we would love to come and visit with you too. Next post will be our Styling with Stitches projects that we are working on now. See you in about ten days!
Mary and RJ
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Henry Van Dyke