When I worked I longed to be retired because I pictured it as such a restful time...full of days where I lounged around reading a good book, eating chocolate. I don't know about you but it doesn't happen at my house! I've been busy the last week or so but I'm not sure exactly what I've done. I finished another pillow - are you getting sick of these yet?
I think this might be my favorite - the antlers and sash are a deep brown narrow wale corduroy. I confess I saw a similar pillow at a local department store one day and refused to pay the steep price tag for it. I came home, searched Google Images and found similar antlers, and made my own pattern. It works beautifully in our "boys bedroom."
Several weeks ago I finished a cross stitch piece from Just CrossStitch magazine - a cup with an herb in it. There was a series of four and I planned to do all four and hang them in my kitchen. Until I remembered I have no spare walls in my kitchen. So I made this one into a cover for my box of essential oils. I love the way it turned out!
and got this one out to prep next.
I think my favorite thing I've stitched this week wasn't a UFO at all. I bought this kit last week at The Shepherd's Needle in Little Rock and couldn't wait to make it. It is a Shepherd's Bush design and is the perfect size for holding a couple of pens, a kleenex or two and even some note cards with my Bible and journal beside my chair.
It would also be a good size for scissors, needles and thimble so I think I'll consider making some for gifts - I love making zipper bags and they stitch up quickly.
I made a big pot of soup this week too - one of the best I've made in a long time. I love homemade vegetable soup that starts with a beef roast as the base. I cooked mine in the electric pressure cooker for an hour and a half with a jar of home canned tomatoes and a can of beef broth. It was falling apart when I added the onions, celery and carrots and let it simmer for a while.
When those vegetable were done I added some potatoes, corn, okra and black eyed peas left from New Year's. Yes, it was a huge pot but I shared some with one of our daughters and her family so we've only a tiny bowl left now.
I also made some cinnamon raising bread that was so wonderful - I use a sourdough starter and it's fast, easy, and delicious. Isn't this loaf pretty?
The bowl it's in was my grandmother's. I carried it in my lap on the plane home from California after she died. Here's the finished product....
It was scrumptious! I only make bread about every 10 days because I have no will power when hot bread comes out of the oven. I'm on Weight Watchers and while I can have this it's more points than I want to indulge in very often. We keep one loaf and I give the other two away.
Anybody else lost time lately?