Baby Girl Princess Cross Stitch

I finished the cross stitch for Brett yesterday and took it in for framing. I was told 2 weeks (sad) because they order frames on Wednesdays only. So me being slow didn’t finish until a Thursday.

Now it’s time to start birth sampler No. 3. As of yet there hasn’t been an announcement for baby 4. But I’m not ruling anything out at this point. Baby No. 3 was born at the end of January this year! So maybe she’ll have hers in a more timely manner.

I started this the evening of 5/11/17. (Yay documentation!) Usually I don’t start posting until I’m months in (and have no idea when I started), but I have vowed to be better about keeping up this blog, and with the Side Projects Club meetup I have motivation to work on these projects and *gasp* finish them. So if you want to follow the progress of this cross stitch from start to finish, just bookmark this blog, or maybe RSS it? I have no idea, but be sure to check back. It will be updated every 4 weeks (Goal Days at SPC).

Next goal day is July 29. I haven’t been able to work on this much, so progress has been slow. I have also found another Meetup dedicated to working on projects like this, maybe I’ll be joining up there too…

Let the stitching begin!

Puzzles – a way to relax

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Back in 2015 I was given a not so great health news. Part of the cause could be from extra stress. With my health problems, and those of my parents it’s been a rough couple of years.

I decided that I needed to expand my puzzle collection from 1 to a few more. I reached out to the good people of Freecycle and got a couple of responses. Two women had some puzzles they wanted to get off their hands. After collecting these I realized I needed to get a bit more organized. We happened to have 2 bookshelves that weren’t really getting used, so I re-purposed them for games and puzzles.

I have completed a few of the puzzles so far, which is why I have a the before/after style photo above. I have even added a few. My brother’s kids were over last summer (2016) and while looking for games found my puzzles and had their parents get me a couple more for my birthday. I have also picked up a couple at the store. Of course being a glass half empty person I feel like I’m almost out and keep contemplating if asking on Freecycle again is a good idea.

After I did some of the puzzles on a card table in our new cat’s room. (Yes she has a room, the cats don’t like each other, so Pumpkin has a safe place to go.) I decided to work on a really large puzzle that needed to be done on the kitchen table. After that it’s where I’ve been working on all my puzzles, and taking a photo of them upon completion. I use a super cheap clear table topper to keep everything protected when I’m not working on the puzzle, and since it’s clear I still see it and be reminded to work on it.

Here is my collection of completed puzzles that I have documented so far. Once I finish they are either donated or given to a co-worker who said they would be something fun for the winter. The latest one I did I think is a keeper though, so maybe I won’t be emptying my shelves after all.

Pecan Tassies

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Another recipe from the family cookbook. This one is from my aunt’s kitchen and will use a little cream cheese, your mini muffin tin, and of course those pecans that are just sitting around.

Pecan Tassies

1 (3 oz) pkg cream cheese
½ c butter
1 c sifted flour

Filling:
1 egg
¾ c brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp butter softened
Dash of salt
⅔ c pecans

Blend cream cheese and butter. Add flour. Chill 1 hr. form into small balls and shape into muffin pans. Beat together egg, brown sugar, 1 Tbsp butter, vanilla and salt until blended. Divide pecans among pastry-lined pans. Add egg mixture. Bake at 325° for about 25 min. or until filling is set.

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