Sep 26, 2011


So here we are on a Monday and all is well. The sun is shining, the gardens have all been cleaned and tidied, and the mailbox has been replaced.

Yup. Replaced. Somebody decided to smash into the damn thing and then just keep on tooling down the street, so a lovely man named Andre was here before I knew it to put me back on the map once again. (God bless that homeowner's association!)

Between the clean and tidy gardens and the new mailbox, my neighbors are left scratching their heads wondering when I decided to get my proverbial act together, I'm sure. It's not that I'm the neighborhood nutball, per se, but I've never been able to keep up with the Joneses with respects to flowers and ponds and lush greenery and whatnot. Add that to a twitchy little dog and a propensity for organizing my recycling, and you've got one very weird little spinster here in The Forest.

Here's a little progress on the Prairie Moon piece. (And yes, in case you were wondering, I did switch out the R.I.P. for a Boo! Don't ask me to explain it, but I've got some crazypants aversion to stitching the letters R.I.P. on stuff.)

(No, I don't know why I am the way I am, so just go with it and chalk it up to an eccentric little quirk.)
(And yes, to answer your second question. This is the only thing I've been working on.) Phooey.

Aunt Chrissy and I went to the Michael's to pick up this beauty:
The wrinkles don't really show up in real life, I promise. I think it has something to do with the glass? I don't normally use glass on my stuff, but the lovely framing expert at the Michael's really insisted that I use it this time since this was on fabric and not heavier linen or canvas. I'm very happy with this and have temporarily hung it in my office, since the blue is throwing me a little bit. I don't have one spec of blue anywhere in my house, so my whole "matchy-matchy" thing has been thrown into overdrive.

Stewey is well and sends his love. He wanted me to share with you a little gift that he received from his Aunt Chrissy. He's been suffering through some issues lately, and she thought this would be the perfect little pick me up. Her name is Penelope the Piggie, and her story reads thusly:

"With her head-strong determination and good fortune, Penelope is the perfect depiction of overcoming impossible odds! Her personal waGer against anyone using the phrase "When pigs fly!" has brought much abundance and prosperity indeed!"
She sits on my stitchy table during the day, but he insists that we carry her into the bedroom and put her on the nightstand each evening so that he can keep a peep on her throughout the night. Damn dog.

So that's the report for a Monday, my dear and fabulous stitchy friends! I hope that you had a splendid weekend and that your week is off to a flying start!

Oh! and P.S.! I am very happy to report that the grilled pierogi with kielbasa and onions, the chicken stew, AND the rootbeer bundt cake all turned out very very well indeed! (A note of caution, though...although delicious, the grilled pierogi are actually little lead pillows that will make you pray for death if you eat more than ten of them.)


  1. Spinster, love the blue mat on the daisy chain alphabet. Very cheery. You'll be very glad you opted for the sunny blue when winter steals all the color from your world. :) And that's good to know about pierogis--9 is the limit.

  2. I fully understand your aversion to the "R.I.P" thing. Your "BOO!" looks fabulous & is an awesome replacement. ♥

  3. Sorry to hear about your mail around here in the country drive around and play mailbox baseball..where they literally drive passed your mb and try tio hit with an baseball bat!!! So Stupid!!! I prefer the word BOO over r.i.p. myself, it seems more halloweenish that way. Is that a word? Was glad to find that your stews turned out. And I like the flying pig and your framed alphabet chart. I finalyy finished my 1st needlepoint project (a quilt square) I think it turned out ok, but I can always improve. So I will leave you alone... your friendly blog stalker

  4. Sounds like you had an amazingly productive weekend - congratulations!

  5. We gave up on a mailbox years ago because it was constantly being hit by the guy that the township pays to mow the ditches. He wouldn't hit any of the other mailboxes, just ours. Thankfully nothing gets mailed here anymore.

    I was about to ask about the piggy when I saw it in the first picture. I absolutely love it! I don't know if it's because it's a pig with wings, or if it's because it's shiny. I think I was a dragon in another life, shiny things make me want to hoard and sit on them in a cave.

    Great progress on the stitching, too! That fabric is amazing to look at.

  6. Love the winged pig! Maybe share the rootbeer cake makings?

    Your alpha is cool - love the Boo (I think sometimes r.i.p. and sayings on samplers can sometimes can be kind of creepy...death and all.

  7. Love the piggy - all sounds pretty good in your world ATM. Great finish, too.

    Hugs, Kaye

  8. Love the littly Piggy and can't blame Stewey for wanting to keep an eye on it. It's a very fetching piece. Bravo on your stitchy pieces. I applaud as usual. TFS. :) Cathryn

  9. Just wanted to let you know that reading about your life, Stewey, pigs, stitching, your sister and all things spinster, makes me smile everytime! Thanks for sharing your beautiful stitching, but mostly your wonderful mind and writing talent. :)))

  10. Yup, RIP is creepy and Boo is better. You could always take the blue mat out; then it can go anywhere.

  11. The stitching looks great! I love that little piggy too. How cute.

  12. I like the Boo much better - you've started something there. It's looking great.