Monday, September 26, 2011


I hope everyone had a great weekend! First, I want to say thanks for all the kind comments I have received. Since I am a new blogger, I am always excited when I get comments and new followers.

This past week I worked on a birth record for my new niece. It is Patchwork Baby Birth Record kit by Dimensions. I changed out the aida for 28 count antique white jobelan-I'm not an aida fan. I love the colors in the kite. They are so bright and cheerful (especially in person), and I look forward to stitching the other cute baby motifs.

My favorite time of the year is fall, and I love working on halloween/fall/thanksgiving cross-stitch. So, I stitched the next Halloween Rule by Lizzie Kate-Eat Candy-a great rule! The little candy corns in the pattern are adorable, and I am one of those people that actually likes candy corn. I am always excited when I see it hit the grocery store shelves.

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Monday, September 19, 2011


I decided to join in the fun for my first IHSW. I worked mainly on Halloween Rules and a little bit on Japanese Garden. I absolutely love Japanese Garden and look forward to stitching many more Chatelaines-Chinese Garden and Victorian Garden are at the top of my list. Unfortunately, I will not be able to work on Japanese Garden as much as I would like in the upcoming months. Instead,  I need to work on a baby announcement for my new niece (she is due in January).

3 o'clock rock garden

Friday, September 16, 2011


I went to Chicago in July for my bachelorette party. Jenny, now my sister-in-law, bought gluten free bread (I believe it is from Rose's bakery, but I'm not sure) that we were supposed to have with hamburgers. Well, we didn't eat the bread then, and I brought it home and put it in the freezer. Fast-forward to last weekend when we took it out to make french toast (turned out ok, could have been better). We didn't eat the whole loaf, so I decided to bake a bread pudding. Originally I wanted to make a pumpkin bread pudding, but I couldn't find any canned pumpkin! After checking my baking books, I decided to adapt Southern Living's Chocolate Biscuit Bread Pudding recipe. I added chocolate chips to the recipe and it turned out great. I can't wait to have more this weekend, especially now that the weather has cooled down some.

I found a picture (it's not the best) of the kitchen curtains I made for my parents. I thought they turned out well.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My First Post

My very first post. I am still trying to figure everything out. I love reading other people's blogs and finally thought I should get my own started to share some of my work. I will add more stuff/pictures later once I figure out how I want to set everything up.

A little bit about me: I spend a lot of my free time cross-stitching and a little sewing on the side. I just finished curtains for my mom's kitchen and she loved them.  I also love to peruse cookbooks/dessert books to find new recipes. We have way too many cookbooks at our place, but we use most of them! I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease almost two years ago, and it took awhile to learn the ways of gluten free baking. Prior to my diagnosis, I was an avid bread baker and made the best homemade sandwich bread (I thought it was great and so did hubby-much better than the store-bought stuff). I don't miss flour at all now, but occasionally a blueberry cake doughnut would hit the spot. I enjoy gardening, and love to grow cherry tomatoes, Japanese eggplant, and jalapenos. My favorite cherry tomatoes are Sweet Baby Girl and Black Cherry. One day when we have a house, I will have a huge flower/vegetable garden. Although, I am not looking forward to all the insects.

My violas that I started from seeds that I collected in Spring 2010. I am glad they still germinated.

My most recent cross-stitch finish is Poppy by Nora Corbett on PTP fresco linen.


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