Sunday, November 10, 2013


I've been stitching for 40+ years now. It never fails, that with all the supplies I've managed to accrue, I never have what I need. Case in point: Last night, I was just about finished with the "witch" project I've been working on. I ran out of the white I needed to finish the ghost. Since the rest was finished, I decided to move on to my next project. It's most fun to stitch a holiday project during the season of the holiday. I'm glad the witch is nearly done because I'm over Halloween. It's time to move on to Christmas. I went in to the library to find the frame I would need for the canvas. I ended up pulling out everything, only to discover that with ALL of this, I did not have what I need! The frame I need happens to still have the witch canvas on it. Aarrgh! 
 There are at least 20 frames here. You would think one of them would work. I ended up "making do" until I can get the witch finished. While I was at it, I decided to see if I had any fibers I could use for the current project. Of course, I did not have the particular white I needed to finish the ghost. 
 About a month or two ago, I gave a friend a bag full of fibers just to weed out my collection. No matter what project I'm working on, I never have what I need. I did have a little luck---I actually had one of the many fibers I need for my next project. At least I'm able to get started.
Believe it or not, these might look like a jumbled mess, but they are perfectly organized. Each fiber has it's own plastic bag. They are arranged by color and mounted on rings. I have all of them sorted by type. Even though it's easy to find what I'm looking for, I never actually have what I'm looking for! Figures.

On to something a little more positive. I made a new cake on Friday for the guys poker game. It's easy and good. A perfect combination.

Lemon Poppyseed Bundt Cake
1-pkg. lemon cake mix
1 small vanilla instant pudding
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs
1/2 cup warm water
1 T. poppyseeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray bundt pan. 
In a large bowl, mix together cake, pudding, sour cream, oil, eggs and water. Fold in poppy seeds. Pour batter in to prepared bundt pan.
Bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool for 90 minutes before inverting on to plate.
Top with lemon glaze.

Lemon Glaze*
1 cup powdered sugar
2 t. milk
1 t. lemon juice

Whisk to combine. Drizzle over cake.

*I changed this recipe as the one I used called for 2 T. milk and 2 T. lemon juice. That was way too much liquid. The glaze tasted good, but just went to the bottom of the cake plate. Still good, but didn't look as nice as it could have.

Enjoy. I hope you have a good week!


  1. I'm exactly the same with card....I have dozens of pieces of card....but never the shade I actually need!!

  2. I think your threads do look beautifully organised. They are a pleasure to own, aren't they? even if they aren't quite right!

  3. How frustrating! Hope you can find what you need.

  4. that's always the way isn't it! Those threads do look very organised!

  5. Isn't it a bummer when you don't have what you need & are ready to finish (or start) a project! It does look like you're having fun stitching though!


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