Thursday, January 7, 2010

First finish of the year

Happy snowy Thursday from northern Illinois
1st happy dance of 2010

"Evergreen" Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers #17

unknown fabric, I changed out a couple colors like pecan for palomino and evergreen for havanna.

No disrespect to Barb the designer, but the pink bird just didn't do it for me, so I ripped it out and used Soot.

Here is my Goode Huswife "Currants, Coxcomb and Rose scissor FOB. I am not real happy about the finishing, I think I could do better.

My mom is in the hospital now for a few days and will be there at least till tomorrow. She's had trouble breathing. So after umpteen test they now think it may be her lungs and not her heart.

I have a break for awhile today, it is snowing like crazy here. I am trying to catch up on laundry and cooking. I won't torture you with pics of my dirty laundry, hehe, here is what I am cooking up today

Big batch of chili Corned beef and cabbage about to be thrown in the crockpot.

o.k. so I am posting and taking pics of various things, trying to avoid putting other things off, lol

I have been stitching on My Betrothed Sampler. Thank Goodness!!!! It's a forgiving design because I am off one count and we all know sometimes that is not a good thing.

I better move on and make some good time here at home before my dad calls me to come pick him up at the hospital. He's 86 yrs old and we didn't want him driving in all the snow.

I'm surprised Kellie's school is open, lots are closed in the area.

I will leave you with a few pics I snapped from the window yesterday just before the big snow

They were sure munching on my plants, that's o.k. with me, they need food too.

Thanks for visiting my little part of the world

Until next...


AFwife99 said...

Very nice stitching! I think the chili looks yummy as well. Hope that your mother improves.

Melissa said...

Hi Ranae,

I like your floss substitution for Evergreen and will keep that in mind. I think it's very pretty. The fob is very nice and goes well with your scissors.

Yay on your starting My Betrothed again. It's a bigger stitch than it looks isn't it? As much as I'd thought I'd been done soon I think I have a long ways to go.

It looks very cozy at your house - with the stew going and snow outside. The deer look like PS deer! ;-)

Annie said...

Love your stitching and your custom-colored birdie. Your fob looks great. No finishing issues that I see.

I want some of that chili and I want to watch the deer frolic in the snow while I eat it. Although, I don't really want any snow to fall, so I'm just a mass of contradictions today!

Kim B said...

Congrats Ranae!! Great finish. I like the bird better that way too. Your stitching looks fabulous as always :)

Mylene said...

Congrats on a beautiful finish, Ranae. I so love that design!

Sending good thoughts for your Mom. Hope she'll feel better very soon.

Great snow pictures and that chili looks sooo yummy!

Valerie said...

Your "Evergreen" looks smashing! I love the colors that you used and the blackbird in soot looks great! Warm thoughts to you and your mom...

Dee said...

YUM! Can I come for dinner? I love corned beef and cabbage!

Guess what WE are getting on Saturday? Your snow!!! They are predicting snow here in Florida. Who'da thunk!

Vonna said...

Sweet finish! Love it :)
We're digging out here too...its been snowing since 4 a.m. this morning and continues...
Your deer pictures are sweet :) Ellie said the little one was Bambi...LOL!

Deb said...

Great stitching Ranae and I think that your finish is beautiful. That chili looks so good I can almost smell it over here.

We have deer come through our yard quite a bit during the year. One day someone was over and pointed out the deer statue in my neighbor's yard. Well, it wasn't a statue! LOL

I'm sending my thoughts for your mom and hoping that she feels better soon.

Myra said...

Your finish is beautiful! I like the black bird better. I think your fob looks great.

Loving the pics of the deer. We have a herd that comes to our yard and I was taking pics of them last weekend. They are beautiful creatures.

Margaret said...

Beautiful pieces and beautiful food. Yum! lol! I sure hope your mom feels better soon. And the snow stops. :D

valerie said...

Love your Evergreen sweet! I also agree that pink is not the color for a birdie. Wonderful progress on My Betrothed too!

It seems very picturesque where you are between the snow and the beautiful deer!

Carol said...

Just beautiful, Ranae! I like your sooty colored bird, too.

Stop sending that snow our way...we are due to get another 6" by Saturday morning. The deer in your yard don't seem to be bothered by it, do they?

Stay warm :)

Nancy said...

Congratulations on your beautiful finish!

Your chili looks delicious. Love the picture of the beautiful deer.

Blu said...

Love "Evergreen." It's very pretty.
I can't believe you get deer (those are deer, right?) that close! I've only ever seen them in the zoo. (Wow I sound like a city girl...)

staci said...

Wonderful finishes Ranae! Evergreen is gorgeous! Your food sure looks yummy :)

Hope your mom is feeling better and able to go home soon. Take care.

Jackie said...

Your scissor fob is fantastic! I keep falling in love with the GH OOP or hard to find charts. Go figure!

Your finishing is great and the backing fabric is perfect.

Kathy A. said...

Congratulations on your first finish of the year. Nicely done.
The deer are that close? how cool is that.
I hope that your Mom continues to improve and is home soon.

Brigitte said...

Congratulations on your first finish this year. What we finish first in a new yera is always a special piece, just as the ones we start on January 1.
Sorry to hear that your mother is in hospital. I hope she will be on the mend very soon.
Love the deer pictures. We never have deer near here but I love watching the birds in my garden.

Christine said...

Congratulations on your finish, its lovely. Gorgeous photos of the deer in the snow too. Hope your Mum feels better soon

Sally said...

Congratulations on your first finish of the year Ranae! It is gorgeous. Love the fob too.

Hope your Mum is better soon.

Cari said...

Ranae - congrats on your finish! It is a beautiful piece. Your little fob is just darling.

Oh, chili sounds wonderful -it's very cold here and I am clinging tightly to my mug of coffee. They threatend us with snow yesterday but we woke up to green grass this morning - so much for that 3-day weekend I was hoping for.

Love your new WIP - My Betrothed is a fabulous piece and I look forward to watching your progress on it.

Have a great weekend.

Charlene in SC said...

That's a lovely finish! No better stitching than in the winter, avoiding other tasks! ;-) Your food looks and sounds great, and love your peaceful snow photos!

Claire said...

Your snow photo's are great and the chilli looks yummy.

Kajsa said...

Great stitching! Congrats on the finish! Hope your mom feels better soon!

Berit said...

I think your good huswife fob looks fab!

I especially love the backing fabric you added! Congrats on your first Happy Dance of 2010!

sea gull lights said...

You are so talented! Your blog is so cute!

Annette said...

Congratz on the finish.
Yummy chili

Siobhan said...

Beautiful stitching pics! And deer pics, too. I wish I could zap your food over to my kitchen here so I wouldn't have to come up with something for dinner tonight. ;) Congratulations on the finish!! It looks great.

Lennu said...

Hi Ranae, thanks for sharing so many pictures! Your stitching is beautiful, congratulations for the first finish! I hope that your mum will be better soon.

Kim said...

Great work Renae!
Chili looks good too!

Julie said...

I hope your mom is soon home and feeling much better.

Love your new finish, what a pretty design.

Your visitors are lovely, i bet your home smells wonderful with the crock pot and stew going.

Suzanne said...

Congratulations on the beautiful BBD finish! I like the bird in soot better as well.

I hope your mum gets better soon.

Pumpkin said...

A BIG HD for you :o) Lovely finish Ranae.

Love the pictures of the deer. I know we have some here but they don't come out during the day that often.

I'm sorry to hear about your mom. I hope it's nothing too serious.