Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!


Wishing you all a wonderful 2009!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New furniture

We have been talking about getting a new sofa for a while now. We have a few good reasons for doing this:
  • We now have Kate's old futon in our TV room...not very comfortable for sitting on for any length of time. It does function as a double bed, but again, not very comfortable.
  • Our old sofa(bed) in the living room is still in pretty good shape despite being at least 15 years old, but the burgundy/navy/forest green plaid upholstery is very 90's. It is a Berne, well constructed and we did pay a good amount for it. We could just have it reupholstered (which we may well do), but we would like to put it in the TV room (which is really a bedroom) so when we have more guests than the guest room can accommodate (which does happen) they can have some privacy.
  • If we put it in the TV room, we will have a more comfortable place to watch our weekly one hour of TV and will be able to update our 90's looking living room.
I have seen several ads in the newspaper for The Amish Craftsman. I love craftsman style...I am always oohing and aahing over the latest edition of American Bungalow. If I could have any house I wanted, it would probably be a craftsman style bungalow. We have a few vintage craftsman pieces, and almost all of our other furniture is oak. And after almost 18 years of marriage I know Mike well enough to know that if I get him to go and look at something, we are probably going to buy something. This is what we bought.
It will be crafted by an Amish furniture builder from Indiana or Ohio and delivered to us in 2-4 months. And this is the leather upholstery.

We decided on leather and I think that this is the color we chose...not brown, not burgundy...something in between that will hopefully go with the rest of the room, although I do foresee a new rug in the future. It was rather costly, but I do feel good about supporting domestic craftsmen who use domestic products. Now all we have to do is get the old sofa bed into the TV room...hopefully it will fit!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A little bit of Christmas...

We got our second meat delivery last Sunday. I decided that it would be a good idea to date the packages, since some are duplicates from last month that we haven't used yet. I think there may be a meatloaf in our foreseeable future, what with ground beef and pork and all. We also have a package of veal liver. I don't remember the last time I cooked liver, but I think it involves bacon and onions. This is what we received:
NY strip 8 oz.
Pork shoulder roast 2#
Whole chicken 2#
Ground beef 2#
Pork cutlet 8 oz.
Bratwurst 1½ #
Pork sausage 1#
Ground pork 1#
Boneless pork chop 8 oz.
Hot dogs 8 oz.
Veal liver 1#

Mike and I opened our presents on Christmas Eve, because we left Christmas morning to drive up to Mansfield to spend the holiday with my family. My stepsons came as well, which was great, but I was really sad not to be with Kate and Kyle. I'm so glad I had last week with them, even if being gone the week before Christmas put me way behind schedule.

Purrkins wanted to help with the opening of gifts.

Although I should have known that he had an ulterior motive...

After Mike went to bed, I finished binding this quilt, which obviously did make it back from the quilter's. I gave it to my sister for Christmas. Mike had drawn her name, but we all know how that works! (I recommend clicking on the picture for a close-up :-)

Happy Christmas to all...

...and to all a good night!

Friday, December 19, 2008

I <3 the internet!

Well, of course, we all do, but I just wanted to share with you the most recent reason for my love affair with cyberspace. For the last 18 years we have sent out Christmas cards with a family photo taken during the previous year. It is fun to look back at them and see how the kids have changed over the years (Mike and I still look the same, of course :-). Last year we used this one from Kate and Kyle's wedding. This year, unfortunately, there was no picture to use. The only time during the year that we were all together was for my dad's memorial service, and somehow it never occurred to me to get a photo then. And yes, they are all grown and have lives of their own, so I guess I could have just used a photo of Mike and me and maybe the cats, but that just seems kind of weird. This was my solution. I uploaded some photos taken throughout the year to Flickr. Then when I got to Minneapolis earlier this week, we took a picture of Kate and Kyle and me (and their cats). Kate, a semi-professional photographer, Photoshopped them into a collage for me, which I then uploaded to Walgreen's. I am picking up prints tonight from my local Walgreen's in Bellaire, after I fly back to Houston this afternooon. The internet is truly a wonderous thing!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Vintage Christmas

Just wanted to share some vintage Christmas items we have. This Santa planter belonged to Mike's mother.
As did this kind of scary looking wind-up Santa.
This nativity scene is from my childhood, purchased at the "dime store" (remember those?) We were so poor we could only afford one wise man. I seem to recall a shepherd, but don't know what became of him.

This is a wreath I made of old glass ornaments, Shiny Brites and others. The rubber reindeer is from my first Christmas in 1951. The "elf on the shelf" figure was given to me by my friend belonged to her mother-in-law.


This crewel embroidery was done by Mike's mother...a lot of work for something that is just displayed for one month out of the year, but I do treasure it.


I love all these old things from Christmases past. The memories are what make this time of year so special.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Too busy to blog...again

Gosh, I don't even know what happened to November and here we are two weeks from Christmas. I'd like to say that I have lots in the works to give as gifts, but that's just not the case. I have a couple of small (machine) embroidery items in mind and I am holding out hope that my last quilt will come back from the quilter, but other than that, no Christmas projects. Today is my mother's birthday and I did make this jacket for her. It has been a long time in the making. A few years ago her cousin was taking a trip to China and asked her what she would like him to bring her. She, being a long time seamstess (remember the doll clothes she made?), said "Oh, maybe some silk." So he obliged and brought her this lovely silk brocade, which she then asked me to make into a jacket for her. I used to do a lot of garment construction, but hadn't done any for a long time. I told her that I wanted to make a muslin first before cutting into this gorgeous silk, just to make sure that it fit. Well, to make a long story short, after several illnesses, a huge weight loss, and two muslins, I finally felt confident that I could make a jacket that would fit her. And it does. I finished it Sunday night, she received it today and loves it...says it fits like it was made for her (it was!) This picture doesn't really do it justice...maybe at Christmas I will be able to take a picture of her wearing it and will share it then. I was just happy that I was still able to do a set-in sleeve.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Salty blog

It occurs to me that posting this here will actually reduce my chance of winning the $120 worth of salt,
but hey, it's the Christmas season!