Sunday, April 26, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 44

Hubby's idea, my graphics.
Share as you like.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat-Week 6 Recap

A very quiet week here.

I started on some long overdue doll housekeeping.
This is Grandmother's room and the real life bed in my studio is based on this bed.
What looks like a mouse hole on the right wall was a hole for some lighting.

Battery operated indirect lighting make the room very cozy at night. Grandmother is re-tucked in bed with two teddy bears.

The kitchen emptied out.


And the kitchen with the morning sun streaming in.
Have a safe week.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 35

Claire and William

Here are four versions of Claire and William. Starting on the left are the original two figures made for the Red House. Next come the most current figures working hard to get 'Fables To Go' up and running. Then you see Claire and William on the 'Once Upon A Time' casket. 

The pair on the right have the best outfits.

I love William's jacket.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 34

Cotton applique and lots of embroidery this little wagon is ready to roll somewhere special.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 34

'Belling the Cat' is complete!

I finished the last two mice today.

And I stitched spangles on each of the bells.

Tomorrow I plan to mount it on paper and maybe even apply it to the casket.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Monday, April 13, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 32

I am back to work on casket #3, Fables To Go.
This is the front sloped panel and the fable is Belling the Cat.

The cat had purple eyes but they were too wrong. I like the green but these are too small.

Now to make the mice!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 31

For many years I baked a bunny cake for Easter. The ears were usually over cooked, the body raw and the whole thing rarely sat upright. 
Since everything about this year is different,
I wanted to introduce my family to a treat I remember my great grandmother making for us when we were kids. 

This treat goes by many names. I remember something like fonkees or fawnkees. I found faworkis, a Polish version, and then found the recipe above in a favorite cook book from the past.
I love the author's name, Draga. 

The recipe called for white wine but I had just enough plum brandy to fit the bill.

It also call for 6 eggs separated. This looked like a good distance.

Shhhh...the dough is resting.

Rolling and twisting....then frying...then

....a dusting of powdered sugar. That first bite was a startling moment of a long remembered taste!
My husband and daughter enjoyed the process and loved the product. Can't wait to share this treat with the rest of the family when we can finally all reunite.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Friday, April 10, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 29

My SAL is finished!
I finished the border with the same dark blue as the sky. I knew I wouldn't have enough to finish the border and I knew I wasn't about to run to the store to buy a skein, so I used a darker shade for 2 rows inside the edge.

This shows the two blues better.

The three green lines at the bottom of the heart looked unfinished to me so I added little red tulips to the tops of the 'stems'.

In an earlier post I said the design was straight out of my notebook. I misspoke. Here is the actual original drawing.
I don't remember when or why I made the changes. 

Here are the designs side by side.

How is you Stitch ALong coming along?
Please send photos of progress or the finished embroidery.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 28

Early versions of Once and Time

Some of my earliest attempts at stumpwork. This is the interior of the clock tower where Once and Time live.
It looks out over The Village. 

An exterior view of the clock tower.

A close-up of Once's embroidered jacket.

And here is Once in the tower.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 27

Thank goodness for sunshine!!!
Today was our second sunny day and it did wonders for lifting the spirit.

My SAL is almost done. I worked on the corners. On the lower left I added the date.

I had to adapt the little triangle at the top.
Please feel free to make any changes you want as you stitch. The pattern is just a guide. 

 You can see where I added my initials on the lower right.

Now all I need is the final outside border.
Share you SAL project anytime. I'd love to see what you're working on. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 27

Thank goodness for spring.

Our daughter Jane picked up and installed a new bee package (that means 3 lbs. of bees and a queen) on Sunday. She came back today to check on the queen.

That's the little box the queen arrived in but now she has moved into the hive.
Bee keeping is considered an essential activity. 

The magnolia is blooming.

And it got rather warm this afternoon!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 26

I worked the scalloped edge around the heart in two shades of blue. I used a blanket stitch.

I used 4 shades of red around the blue scallops. I knew this was going to interfere with my original drawing but I loved the way the colors looked. 

To accommodate my changes I drew a new border. The original border was very wonky. That is exactly the way it came out of my notebook. The two bottom corner designs I can work as drawn. The top three triangles I will have to modify.
Almost there! 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat 24

SAL Progress

Grass and Flowers.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 22

Are you stitching along?
I decided to eliminate the bushes down by the tree trunks. Too busy. 

I love the dark blue sky with the bright yellow sun!

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