The other positive (from the shelter in place order) I've noticed is the air quality where I live. The sky is a clear blue....with very little haze along the horizon... the air is fresh and clean! When I go outdoors, I actually look forward to taking long, deep breaths! All that lovely oxygen just wakes up the brain and livens the spirit! If there is any good to come from this horrible coronavirus... I'm going to guess it's the appreciation of a simpler, slower, old fashioned living.
Our grocery store shelves are slowly starting to get back to "normal". Toilet paper, bathroom cleaner, Tylenol and bottled water are available again (though purchase limits have been set). Some sections of the meat department are limited... and stuff like eggs have been priced quite a bit higher than they used to be.
The goofiest thing I have witnessed in our area (Central NJ)... was on our way to Costco earlier this week. We passed a Starbucks. I could not believe my eyes when I counted THIRTY cars in line for the drive thru! And yes, there were two guys directing traffic, so that the line did not block the flow of traffic on the highway. C'mon people... seriously (necessary)?
You might think me and King Arthur have a thing going on... but we don't! No monetary affiliation with them whatsoever. But, I did bake a Chocolate Babka using their box mix. And it was YUM!
Then today I made their Peanut Butter cookies. Recipe from the King Arthur website recipe section.
Earlier in the week was two loaves of Banana Pineapple bread. A 37 year old recipe from a friend of mine whom I met in Maine!
Looks like Sunday will be back to King Arthur. Found a recipe that sounds intriguing... Doughnut Muffins! Yep....looks like a muffin, but supposed to taste like a plain donut! Resistance is futile!
I remember telling myself I'd NEVER try a Mill Hill cross stitch kit. Why? Because they are stitched on perforated paper and I always questioned the durability of the paper. Well... thanks to YouTube, I was talked into giving one a try. It's not "paper" as you may think it. It looks like it has been painted with an enamel type paint. And feels a little like "plastic index card paper". So, I'm hoping the finished piece will last a long time. Mill Hill has so many designs available... and I could not resist this one... "Moonlit Treaters".
Stitching on perforated paper is very easy. The holes are large (similar to 14ct), so that it "feels like" your stitching on needlepoint canvas. I have most of the stitches completed... next comes the beads! Learning how to add beads was one of the main reasons for trying this Mill Hill kit. You see... I have about five Mirabilia's "in the stitching que"... and ALL of them have a good amount of beading in them. Will I stitch another Mill Hill kit? Not for awhile. While this one is only 5 1/2" square, it is full coverage stitching, and it is taking waaaay longer to complete than I had anticipated. My next Mill Hill will probably be a smaller, ornament type design. They do have some nice Jim Shore Christmas ornament designs... and Halloween ornaments designs... and... lol!
Anybody notice that strange look on the hare's face from my last post? That look that said "You baby chicks (on the left) had better not wander off?".... Well... I did... I was off a few rows in my stitching. So, I frogged 'em out and put them back in the tidy spot they were supposed to be! That's right....no more watching Flosstube while stitching for me... I've done more frogging in the past month than I have in my entire 10 years of stitching...lol!
Well. It's May. And, I'll be stitching on stuff. Not going to follow the traditional "Maynia" of it all though. I guess may "plan" for the month will be to stitch on what I already have kitted. I'll start with some smalls and then carry the leftover flosses onto the bigger projects... I'll refer to those bigger projects as "Sanity Samplers"... lol!
Happy mail is always welcome! I was the lucky winner of a giveaway over at Nanaland! Arlene had stitched Farmyard Parade from Brenda Gervais... and decided to pass along the pattern to a fellow stitcher! Thank you again, Arlene... I'm looking forward to stitching this one for this Summer!
That's the best word I could think of to describe the amount of stitchy stash that has arrived on my doorstep since Nashville Needlework Market. One day it was practically a blizzard with whiteout conditions! :-) I'm so grateful that needlework shops are still mailing orders (and USPS is still delivering)... the time I spend cross stitching has been so peaceful... and peace is definitely something we can all use during this pandemic...
While this post has been rather wordy...with few pics... I'll leave you with a promise to have more pics than words in the next post! But no pic will be cuter than Berwyn... reminding you to...
Wash your paws! lol!