Monday, September 21, 2015



This completely beautiful red enameled cast iron 5 quart Dutch oven.  It's the most beautiful shade of red--a true red, not too blue (which would start to look burgundy) or too yellow (which would start to look orange).  I'm not really sure that it's the most practical item for my lifestyle, however.  In a 2-person household that follows a low-carb lifestyle, and limited storage space is it the most practical kitchen tool?  Throw in the weight (as heavy as the Lodge 5 quart Dutch oven, far heavier than the Le Creuset 5.5 quart Dutch oven) and I really need to think about this one before I purchase it.

The price is right:  it's in the $50 range, compared to $299 for a similar Le Creuset.  I also like the color more than I do any of the Le Creuset colors.  I don't care for the Le Creuset red at all, so if I decided to splurge on one of their Dutch Ovens it would either be the Flame, the Soleil or the Palm enamel.

Enough about kitchen quandaries!  It's time to get back to stitching.  I've only got until October 15th to design, stitch and finish my entry into the creative contest over at the LHN Facebook group so I've got to get busy!  I think tonight I will figure out what my finished design size will be and I'll start graphing.  It should be fairly quick to stitch once the graphing is done.  I've never done anything like this before so it will be a challenge...and one I'm looking forward to! 

Happy Monday, everyone!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Pioneer Woman Collection frenzy

OK, I'm not that different from anyone else out there.  I'm in love with the whole Pioneer Woman experience.  I know that much of her carefully crafted image is about as real as any other reality-based TV show or blog, but I have always enjoyed looking at the photos she posts--especially those of the wide-open spaces of the prairie land.

So when I saw that she was launching a collection of kitchen and dining gear at Walmart I was curious, to say the least.

As soon as I landed on the Pioneer Woman page over at I was hooked.  I loved almost everything I saw.  I was ready to order one of EVERYTHING--in every color!

One advantage of my advanced age is that I am finally learning the difference between "need" and "want".  I have very few needs where kitchen and dining gear are concerned.  I've got 8+ place settings of Noritake's Colorwave Green and 12 place settings of Noritake's Barrymore bone china. Add in 12 place settings of Gorham's Fairfax sterling flatware and 8 place settings of Gorham's Studio stainless...well, I hardly need any dishes, now do I?

Where cookware is concerned I need even less.  I've got the full set of the Pampered Chef's stainless steel cookware, the 1 quart sauce and an 8 inch skillet in their Executive non-stick cookware line, 3 slow cookers, a George Foreman grill, an 8 inch cast iron skillet, non-stick skillets (in good shape) in sizes from 8-12 inches, and a non-stick, flat-bottomed wok.  What more do I need?

Well, I did need glasses.  Drinking glasses.  I hadn't gotten any when we got married, and the 2 sets I have bought over the past 10+ years have broken.  This is what our everyday drinking glass collection looked like just 2 weeks ago:

(my hopeless drinking glass collection)

Pretty pathetic, if you ask me.  We're a middle-aged couple, no children or grandchildren to break anything, and this is what gets put on the table when we eat breakfast and dinner.

So when I saw the Adeline goblets in the Pioneer Woman collection I got excited.  I loved the shape, loved the design.  The only thing I couldn't determine from the website was the weight and heft of each goblet.  But I took a chance and ordered 2 sets from, in clear.

When they arrived I fell in love with them.  The shape, the pattern, the weight, the heft--all of it is just as I wanted it to be!  I loved them so much, in fact, that I decided to take my set up to 12 goblets, rather than just 8.

(my beautiful new goblets)

I mean, what's not to love about these goblets?  In fact, I loved them so much that I decided to order some of the Adeline tumblers, also.  Just in case I want a larger glass sometime.  I like the tumblers, but not as much as I love the goblets.  I think that I just like goblets more than tumblers in general!

(Adeline tumblers)

One of the things that I really love about the Adeline collection is that it reminds me of home.  Growing up my mother had a huge collection of the Anchor Hocking Wexford glassware.  Goblets, tumblers, cups, dessert plates, pitchers, footed bowls, and platters.  About 20 years ago she packed it all up and gave it to me.  It wasn't to my taste then (and to be honest, it still isn't) so I ended up giving most of it away.  A few pieces escaped the trip to St. Vincent de Paul, and today I cherish those pieces.  You may have spied these among my drinking glass collection:

(some precious Wexford pieces that escaped the give-a-way)

These are the only Wexford glasses I have left from all the pieces my mother gave me.  They still aren't to my taste--I prefer the Adeline pieces.  But I cherish them, and the Wexford platter that I have.  They will always remind me of my mother.

The Adeline goblets and tumblers come in two beautiful colors, in addition to the clear glass.  A very pretty amethyst color (unceremoniously called purple on the site) and a to-die-for turquoise.  (I love turquoise, more about that another day...)  As you can see in the photos I live in a house with Country Goose Blue laminate countertops.  Those countertops aren't going anywhere anytime soon.  And my everyday china is Noritake's Colorwave Green.  So the clear glassware was the best choice for me. 

I'm really looking forward to the day that I've got this shelf (and the one above it) filled with the rest of my pretty glasses!

And yes, I've purchased a few other pieces from the Pioneer Woman's collection--more about those in another post.

Now it's time to get back to the domestic tasks of the day.  Here's hoping you and yours are enjoying a beautiful day!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday finish!

All done!  I finished stitching this one last night and woke up early to frame it. I love the way it turned out!


Now I'm working on finishing this WIP from the "long-lost WIP" pile!

I hope everyone has a happy weekend!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Weekend stitching

I wanted to spend Sunday working on Serenity Harbor (By the Bay Needleart) but life interfered. We ended up at my father-in-law's house for lunch and to watch the CWS game. His living room just does not have the lighting I need to be able to work on this linen with these colors, so after struggling for an hour--with very little to show for it-- I reluctantly put Serenity Harbor away. 

I decided to go back to working on Americana Samplings (Little House Needlewoks). I'm getting so close to the end on this one!  It should be finished and on display by July 4th. 

Once I finish Americana Samplings I'll pull out an old WIP to work on until the LHN/CCN Summer SAL gets started over on the LHN/CCN Stitchers Facebook page. I'll be stitching CCN's Summer Joy for that SAL, again using fabric and Ross from my stash. 

I hope you all have a wonderful creative week!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Patriotic Stitching

I didn't see the Americana Samplings kit when Little House Needleworks released it back in 2005. Once I saw the design it was too late to get my hands on a copy. Eventually I was able to get the chart from a stitcher who had already stitched up the kit. I'm having a great time working on this during the week. The fabric and floss are from my stash. 


The chart has been re-released, so if you want to stitch this little beauty just contact your  local Needleworks store and ask them to order it for you. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

A new project!

I wasn't going to start any new BIG projects, I have too many WIPs in general, and 2 large ones I am currently stitching.  But then I saw the beautiful Serenity Harbor design (By the Bay Needleart) and I knew I had to stitch it.

I went searching in my stash for some appropriate linen and found this.  It's just right--and the loose weave will work well for a design with so much solid stitching.

The design colors are beautiful as charted (for DMC--yes!) but I wanted something more "me" for the roses in the border.  I'm not really a pink girl, but these three corals caught my eye, so they will be the colors I use for my roses.

Here are the colors I'll be using to start.  This will get the sun and the rose border stitched. 

I'm really excited about this piece.  It will be big, and a real focal point of the room it will one day adorn!