Saturday Stitching: MSAL – September

It took a while, but I finally got September’s design done. The center is a pumpkin, and the two outsides are pomegranates – to me at least. I think I did a pretty good job of getting the Autumn color scheme right.

I’m now working on October’s design which goes in the little square on the right. I’m thinking of using lavender for some line work. Does that say Winter to anyone?? I’m not from an area of the United States that gets snow normally so I could use some help choosing a color. Maybe, I should use black??

I hope to have October’s design done in the next few days so I can get some smalls done: David’s biscornu and a new start using blackwork which I haven’t started yet.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

YouTube Tuesday: Stitch Man Darcy

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and I do apologize. I just don’t seem to have time to watch everyone on my list and still find new people to watch. I’ve actually had to cull a few from my list – ikr!

Stitch Man Darcy comes highly recommended from three of the people I watch on Flosstube videos featuring cross stitching and the people who love it so much so, I decided to give him a looksee.

He’s funny, he’s talented, and he doesn’t take himself very seriously. In fact, he tends to avoid being serious even when he’s showing off his beautiful work. He works primarily on full coverage projects with most being designs by Heaven and Earth Designs aka HAED, and he loves his 18ct Aida fabric. He’s also a big fan of Alice in Wonderland. That’s not to say he doesn’t work on other subjects – he’s doing a portrait of Jimmy Stewart right now.

I’m linking to his newest video below, but I do recommend watching his older videos as well -Princess with Himalayan Cat is incredible!

He does curse so fair warning!

If you like his channel, please let him know by Liking, and if you really like him, be sure to Subscribe! Let me know what you think about him in the comments below.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Dollhouse Project: Exterior Walls are Done!

I know my camera skills are not the best, but I think you can still see the progress I’ve made on the exterior walls of the house. I need to put up some fireplace stacks and chimney tops eventually but for now, this is where I’m at.

I plan to move indoors and start putting in flooring on the Ground Floor. I want to do stone in the basement and wine cellar, wooden floors in the back entrance and walk in pantry and tile in the kitchen and washroom. I’m not sure how I’m going to do the tile yet, but the other two I have seen a great many videos on how to do all of it so it’s just a matter of giving it a try myself.

Sorry about the mess. I have a small part of a room for my crafting so things get a bit cluttered and messy at times.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Saturday Stitching: An FO, a Small and the MSAL

I have one finished small project. I started it a week before my vacation started, while I was waiting for my car to be worked on. I finished it this past Thursday,

The above is what it’s supposed to look like. It’s a DMC Cross Stitch Starter Kit design. The kit came with 7 skeins of floss, each a different color, 2 pieces of 14 ct white Aida, a tapestry needle. a hoop and a book with 6 designs in it. The supplies were enough to make two of the designs.

Now me, I made some changes to the shoe. The pattern is simply named Shoe…

The original pattern was only stitched, nothing special on it. I added some bling to it. The red beads are upside down hearts. I didn’t like the hearts of the tongue of the shoe so, I left them off. I think my shoe looks more fun than the original.

I haven’t decided how I’m going to finish it completely yet. I’ll need something like a shadow box if I decide to frame it. I could give it away as is as well. I just made it because it was small, quick and fun.

What do you think?? Suggestions/comments welcome!

Then, there’s my other small which I shared with you all last month. It’s the Mill Hill beaded ornament I started.

This is what it looked like last time I talked about it. It’s being worked on 28 ct lavender even weave. I have never done so much frogging in my life!! It’s hard to see it unless I really focus, even with my magnifiers on.

I’ve discovered I don’t like working with beads this small. It’s time consuming, fiddly and annoying – to me. A friend of mine has graciously consented to take this project off my hands and finish it for herself.

I like working on even weave fabric, but I’m not a huge fan of beading something that small. I don’t see myself doing another one in the future though they are quite pretty.

I’m behind on the MSAL, but I’m working to catch up. I’ve done half of September’s design so far, and I’m trying to figure out what colors to use for October’s.

Pomegranates and pumpkins oh my! 🙂

I also wanted to show you two things I discovered on my visit to Fort Worth Texas on Thursday. We went to the Montgomery Street Antique Mall where we discovered a lovely little cafe called The Secret Garden Restaurant.

We both had the Secret Sampler and shared an order of Bread Pudding for desert.

Anyway, while in the antique store, I found these very interesting looking wall art pieces, and I took a picture of one of them:

I just noticed the price tag. OMG!!! I could make something like this for way less, even framed!

I bought a tapestry kit as well, but I don’t have a picture of it to show yet. Surprisingly, the kit is fully intact with plastic over the bottom of the box where the yarn it. It has gone into my To Do pile for next year.

That’s it for this week. I start work on Monday so, I’ll be back to having limited time for my projects. My main focus is going to be the MSAL, but I’ll also be working on some other small projects as I get the time. I haven’t forgotten the dollhouse either. I hope you like the progress I’ve made on it thus far. I’ll be writing about it soon.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Free Pattern Friday: Baby Blankets!

I have two co-workers I have promised baby blankets to. One is a brand new daddy with his first ever baby being born at the beginning of September. He’s been on paternity leave, and he’ll be back when I get back from vacation. I’m hoping the blanket is big enough since he hasn’t told anyone any details about the baby yet.

His blanket is made using Baby Bee Adore-A=Ball in Happy Face. I used 6 balls of yarn and a size M/N(9mm) hook.:

The paw belongs to my son’s orange and white tabby, Butterscotch.

My other co-worker is going to be a brand new granddad with his first grandchild expected in December. He doesn’t know the gender of the baby yet, so I went with white.

This baby blanket is also made with Baby Bee Adore-A-Ball but it’s called Angel:

I’m also using the M/N (9mm) hook for this one too.

I haven’t measured either one but when I do, I’ll update this post.

While I like how this “yarn” feels, I don’t really care for working with it. It’s like homespun only slicker. I won’t be using it for any future projects.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Vacation 2022: Day 5

Well, my plans for having a total Haunted Texas Road Trip for my entire vacation this year fell flat today.

Joe and I were on our way to Jefferson Texas to stay at the Excelsior Hotel and take one of the ghost tours being given tonight. We stopped for something to eat when we were almost an hour out of town, and it was the biggest mistake we’ve made all week.

Within twenty minutes of eating and getting back on the road, we were both very ill. We’d both had the chicken salad with tea and salads. It was a Waldorf chicken salad so I thought the taste was from the dressing they’d used. Whatever it was, we were both sick. It took longer to get home than it did to drive that far, and we were both miserable the entire way back.

In fact, I’m only now able to actually get around besides running to the bathroom. I’m glad I had this morning to work on some baby blankets for some co-workers of mine. One is completely done, and the other is still in the works. I’ll be writing a separate post about them right after this.

I am disappointed about Jefferson, but there’s always another vacation so, we’ll try this again. Of course, I may try to check out some places on my days off too – we’ll see how it goes.

Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in our little adventure, and we did have a couple of great experiences so, there’s that.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Vacation 2022: Day 3 and 4

Day 3

As soon as we got home from Huntsville the night of Day 2, Joe wanted to go to the store. The car wouldn’t start. The battery was stone dead! I had to wait until I got paid last night then when the car parts place opened to get another battery.

This means we had to stay home on Day 3. It sucked, but it couldn’t be helped. Luckily, I didn’t book the room for the Excelsior so I wasn’t out any money. Something told me not to book the room when we got back from Huntsville, and I’m glad I didn’t.

Day 4

Just got home from visiting my granddaughter in Fort Worth. We were supposed to go see her on Saturday, but baby momma decided to go on a date Saturday so, it was see her today or wait for a while to see her again. It’s already been 3 months since my son saw his daughter already. It’s a long story and not mine to tell.

Needless to say, we drove about 3 hours to Fort Worth, and we had to wait for her to get out of school so we checked out an antique store in downtown Fort Worth. I abhor driving in Fort Worth’s downtown! It’s worse than Houston! I swear the people there are absolutely nuts!! The antique store was next to the Botanical /Japanese Gardens, and there’s a lovely gem of a cafe inside! It’s called the Secret Garden Restaurant and features lovely English style tea service complete with bread pudding and scones with clotted cream!

We then met Granddaughter and baby mama at the park by their place, and we had a lovely visit. The drive back was fine as well.

I’m glad I got to see her, but I’m a bit down I didn’t get to do any ghost hunting.

Tomorrow, Joe is going to be with Em when she goes to her eye doctor’s appointment. They’ll be dilating her eyes to look at her retinas. She’s been having some serious headaches, and the doctors want to make sure there’s no swelling or anything since the headaches coincide with her eyes bothering her.

This means possibly, no checking out “haunted” places again. We’ll see how it goes.

Still, my vacation so far has been fun!. I have 3 more days before I go back to work.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Vacation 2022: Haunted Texas Roadtrip Day 2

Today, we headed down to Huntsville Texas which is about an hour and 20 minute drive from the house and then, we headed over to Bowden Road aka Demon’s Road. We got a late start so it was already dark when we got there.

The place has a serious creep factor, and that was before we got out of the car. It’s another dirt road like Bragg Road, but it’s said to have more activity than Bragg. Bragg has trees that cross over the road creating a canopy in places. We didn’t go down the road that far, but the trees didn’t come that close to the road.

I don’t have any photos of our time there. We got out of the car, got our cameras out, and I took some photos while my son started taping. We had no cell service so he couldn’t live stream just like on Bragg Road.

As soon as I started taping, my phone completely died. I mean, just dead. No battery warning or anything. My son was using a flashlight as well as his phone, and the flashlight died right after my phone did. He asked me if I saw something down the road, and I couldn’t see anything it was so dark. His phone died a second later, and he said he felt himself get shoved.

He said it wasn’t hard, more of a “get a move on” type shove. He’d walked several yards in front of the car, and I had stayed by the front of the car. As I turned to walk to the driver’s side, I heard something hit the hood of the car, like a slap. My son was too far away to have touched the car.

We got both got in the car as fast as we could, and the car didn’t want to start at first. I’d turned the car off, no headlights or anything so the battery wasn’t drained – shouldn’t have been.

Needless to say, we got out of there as fast we could. When we got home, there were no pictures or video on either phone though I’m sure the pictures I’d taken had been saved.

I have no explanation for what happened. I didn’t see anything on the photos I took, and Joe says he didn’t see anything when he was taping. I can’t say for sure the place is haunted, but it was creepy. It was also a bit unnerving. I didn’t stay long enough to be scared properly, but I’m sure it was the right thing to do.

We plan to go back again, and we hope to be able to record something when we do.

Tomorrow night, we’re planning to stay at the Excelsior Hotel in Jefferson Texas.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Vacation 2022: Haunted Texas Roadtrip Day 1

We decided not to go to El Paso this year, going northward instead. That was the plan – then I started doing some research. Several of the places that were on the list for the Haunted Texas Roadtrip weren’t available. This meant looking for other places to visit.

Our first place is Bragg Road/The Scenic Ghost Road/Ghost Road right outside Saratoga Texas. This place is about 1.5 hours southeast of us so, my son and I decided to check it out. It’s supposed to be the most haunted road in Texas.

I took some photos and some video. We got there close to sunset:

Please, remember I’m not a professional photographer or videographer. I just point and shoot, taking the best photos I can. I did try my hand at making a video and once I’m able to buy the program, I’ll reload the video without the watermark. For now, here is the video:

Yes, the video has a watermark on it. I’m trying out the program and when/if I buy it, I’ll upload the video without the watermark. As it is, I hope it doesn’t detract too much from the video. I also know the audio isn’t that great – I’m new to this whole thing remember. I’m learning a lot from just what I did today, and I hope to do better with the next video.

Personally, I was a bit disappointed by the whole thing. It was interesting to see what I’m guessing to be the so called “Saratoga Lights” or “Bragg Road Lights”, but I was never scared. I was a little creeped out, but that was about it. It could’ve been the time of day and/or the time of the month as being the reason we didn’t see any activity other than the lights – who knows right?

I think I still got some decent photos while there was still light. The light on my phone leaves much to be desired. I don’t think I’ll be making videos professionally any time soon. 🙂

Let me know what you think. 🙂

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Vacation 2022 Countdown: 7 More Days to Texas Haunted Roadtrip!

We plan to leave very early – like 3-4 am – on Monday 3 Oct. heading for El Paso Texas. Our plan is still fluid. We’re following one road down from El Paso to Galveston with stops planned on the way. We might stay 2 nights in El Paso just to look around since I haven’t been since I was a child, and Joe has never been. Same thing with San Antonio, but that’s still up in the air. We will stay one night at least.

If you live along our route or within say 25 miles from it in any direction, and you think there are places we should check out, feel free to comment below! I’m sure Joe would love new areas to stream. 🙂

El Paso will be the longest drive as we don’t plan on stopping on our way there. We have plenty to see on the way down and around.

I’m just so excited! 😀

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