Saturday, January 5, 2013

Saturday Brings A Little Bit Of This & A Little Bit Of That!

I don't know about you but the New Year always brings with it a whole lot of renewed energy and a real desire to clean up my act...on many levels.  I know for a fact that my friend Lori doesn't have a bit of candy in her house...and I, am cooking again!

Today we start off with my latest new kitchen gadget...an OXO can opener.  Granted I don't use a lot of can goods but when I do they create lethal weapons!  I discovered this little gem in the house we rented at our last Fabric Stalker retreat...no! I did not take it home...but I did go out and buy myself one!



It clamps on perpendicular to the can, then you just turn the knob.


The lid then just lifts off!!!!  Absolutely NO sharp edges!  I am not kidding, it just lifts off...somebody's mama is proud of their offspring for designing this gem.


The result was a wonderful crockpot of 5 bean chili! This will keep us warm!


Robin and Lori stopped by to chat and stitch.  Look at this adorable wall hanging that Robin made!


I asked Robin to come over and help me tackle one of those hurdles that I wanted to jump over.  Cross stitch on linen.  I love the look of cross stitch on linen but for some weird reason could not wrap my mind around what "over 2 threads meant."  If you remember LAST year I stumbled upon a real cross stitch store in the Portland area and purchased some projects on linen (remember this is the year of the UFO).  She was able to teach me how to do it!  Did I ever tell you that when I first moved to Oregon that Robin taught me how to cross stitch...those were wonderful times.   Here is a photo of my first linen cross stitch project...so cute!


I had to show you the beautiful scarf that Lori is knitting.  The yarn is so soft and the colors spectacular.  I have no idea how she keeps track of all those threads!


Well, I am now heading to the Free BJ's Mystery BOM 2013...wish me luck, cause I don't have a clue what I have got myself into!
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