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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Fast Forward to February

Usually I am bored out of my gourd during January...but, this year has been running full speed ahead since day one. Plenty of work to do at the job...gobs of fun stuff to do around the house...quite a few appointments to get to...and a crazy amount of creative ideas sprouting in my head...

It is evident one should "never say never"! When I first heard of Flosstube, I laughed. I said to myself "What? Folks are complaining about how much time it takes to write a blog post...yet now they are making 60 to 90 minute videos about cross stitch? How could anyone talk to much about something as simple as cross stitch?"

Well...all it takes is simply finding the Flosstubers that are stitching the same designers you are...and then learn about a few MORE similar designers...and BLAMMO! You are sucked into that computer screen for HOURS! Cuz, you know Youtube likes to keep those videos lined up and autoplaying... lol!

Then, I found I did not have any "me time" to actually get to stitching...grrrrrr...and the stash began to accumulate (again). Well. Today I discovered that it makes for a perfectly loverly day to have the flosstube play WHILE you are stitching...what a concept, huh? ;-)

Some quick progress was made on Victorian House #9...

The aida is quite stiff and the project is kinda small. So, I started stitching this "in hand". Which became cumbersome after I decided I did not want to roll up (and hold) the parts that I had stitched. So, I remembered I had purchased some stretcher bars and tacks for my needlepoint adventure...and decided to give it a try with the cross stitch. Well...it works wonderfully! Nice and lightweight...and the set I have has multiple sizes, so I can make a frame to be the same size as my background fabric.

I've made quite a few batches of cookies during the past month...mostly peanut butter! I started with the basic recipe from my Betty Crocker Cookie Book...and have been tweaking some ingredients here and there. I thought they needed to be a bit softer (added an extra egg) and then thought they needed more peanut butter flavor. So, I've nearly doubled the amount of peanut butter of the original recipe...but think it finally "works for us"! lol!

Today was another "box experiment"! :-) King Arthur Flour Company's Cinnamon Buns! Once again, the instructions were easy to follow and the end result was quite tasty! The only thing that I would change is the length of time for baking...I think these would have been perfect if they were taken out of the oven 5 minutes sooner. So. Next time! :-)

I was in the mood to start quilting the Summer Breeze quilt....and last weekend I finally got out the backing fabric... pieced it together, ironed it all nice-nice and masking taped it to the floor. Then I went to the closet and discovered that I did not have batting big enough? Ugh! So. I untaped the backing from the floor, put it away...and went to the computer to order the batting. It arrived late yesterday. But, I was making such good progress on the cross stitch, that I decided to stick with that for the remainder of the weekend.

We've got a three day weekend coming up...that is when I plan to start quilting the Summer Breeze quilt...and hopefully get closer to finishing that Victorian House #9.

Of course...if the weather is sunny and warmer...you might just find me out in the yard digging and dreaming of some Summer sun ripened tomatoes!!! ;-)

Thanks for visiting...I'll be back again real soon!



  1. I've heard flosstube is wonderful. I only watched one video and it was a bust. I just don't want to get sucked in...lol :)

  2. You have been busy. I did cinnamon rolls from King Arthur flour's recipes and the results were wonderful

  3. Definitely not a dull January or the beginning of February. It's amazing how many wonderful things there are to do that want our time. Enjoy your upcoming three day weekend. Now after reading your post I want to bake.

  4. I don't even do cross stitch anymore and have been sucked into watching those videos--lol!

  5. I don't get bored in January, I just try to recover from the holiday season and I'll take all the downtime I can get to read/sew or bake. :)
    Your Victorian House is really coming along.
    Oh, to have a good cinnamon roll again. I used to love making big ones, but gluten free just doesn't measure up where yeast breads are concerned.
    Don't you hate that when you are all ready to move forward on a project and then discover you don't have what you need?
    After similar experiences to yours I have started to keep a couple of king size battings on hand. I can always cut them down for a smaller project, if needed, but they are ready for a big one if I actually have such a finish.

  6. You've been busy.

  7. Lol....I couldn’t even comprehend this flosstubes craze...until I got hooked. Love your cross stitch project. And isn’t it fun to stitch and watch flosstubes simultaneously!

  8. I guess the week kept you busy!!! Time, months, years fly by but Grace of God to face each day. I too tried cinnamon rolls from King Arthur flour's recipe last week for my cousins wedding party and the result came out amazing!!! �� Love your cross-stitch project Sharon. Blessed months ahead!!! Hugs. Do check out some amazing wedding photographs at http://www.bloghasting.com


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