Feb 9, 2014


Stewey and I headed over to Aunt Chrissy's on Friday night for the opening ceremonies of Sochi, but I didn't start stitching anything for the Olympics until last night.  I suppose you could say that I was too captivated by the spectacle of it all, but the truth of the matter is that I was too busy stuffing my face with Trisha Yearwood's Charleston Cheese Dip.

(Just a word of warning, kids.  Don't do it to yourself.  Deadly, deadly stuff.)

So for the games this year, I decided to concentrate on two projects.  The first is Rosewood Manor's Winter Quakers:

The second is Laura J. Perin's Starry Nights, but done in red white and blue threads:

Now before you point out that there is NOT much progress despite the seven and a half hour marathon session of last evening, may I just point out that I had to stitch, frog, and re-stitch the darn outline on that mo-teef TWICE while trying to watch the new Slope thingie event, in which we propel ourselves off the side of a cliff with a piece of shiny wood strapped to our feet.

Holey Schmoley, those kids are nuts.

(Before I forget, can I just say a big fat BRAVO to the Canadian delegation?  I thought your outfits were really swell for the opening ceremonies, and if I wasn't so completely rotund, I would think about finding a pretty red pea coat of my very own to sport through the tundras of Michiana.)

(And THANK YOU, Mr. Lauren, for burning the United Airlines Flight Attendants' unis for our US team this time and a thumbs up on the pretty sweaters.  I'll take two, please.  Size extra, extra small for You Know Who and size semi-truck hit by a bus for Moi).

Today will find me in the Happy Chair stitching away.   I hope that you, too, get to enjoy a marvelous Sunday with those you love and a threaded needle or two for company!

Woo Hoo!

(P.S.  As for the recipe for that cheese dip, you can find it on the Food Network site, or you can just combine cream cheese, mayo, Monterrey jack cheese, cheddar cheese, green onions, bacon, and cayenne pepper in a casserole dish, top it with crushed Ritz crackers, and then bake until melty and gooey.  Dip a Frito or two in there and you're going to want to slap your mamma.  I promise.)


  1. You picked a couple of nice projects!!! Happy stitching and enjoy the games!!!!

  2. You've picked some very pretty projects - will be watching the games and your progress. As for that dip, I have made it and ate it and ate it and ate it ... and you get the picture. It should be declared a controlled substance so I can't get my hands on more of it. Happy stitching-

  3. I did Starry Night in the called for colors - but can't WAIT to see your red version!!!!

  4. Bacon AND Ritz crackers?!!! I feel my waistline expanding already. I will resist googling that recipe, but, oh boy, does it sound good. Looks like you went for the gold with those projects. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

  5. The frog came to visit my stitching project on Opening Ceremony night as well. I was NOT happy. I agree with you on the Canadians outfits. LOVED THEM! (but then I'm biased) mmmm the perfect blend of everything cheese in you dip...have to try it!

  6. OMG on the dip! I'd love my own casserole, please? Especially since I'm enjoying a Slim Fast this very moment :( Ugh...
    Anyhooo...I love, love, love Quaker Winter and it has been one design that I have held in my paws, almost purchased, then put back because I don't have Quaker Diamonds or Quaker Quilts done, all purchased and kitted, no stitching....

  7. Two beautiful projects you've selected to stitch! I love the Rosewood Manor seasonal Quaker series (did you see the new Autumn Quaker being released at Nashville!?)
    I also couldn't help noticing your little container for those Valdani thread skeins. I love that. You wouldn't happen to remember where you purchased it, or the size, etc? I'd really like to pick up some if those. Happy stitching!

    1. Hellooooo, Mr. Kevin! If memory serves, I bought that container at Erica's Craft and Sewing Center in South Bend. I believe that it's made by ArtBin, and I can confirm that it holds balls of Valdani (12 total) perfectly, as well as a pair of Ginshers and a card of needles. I bet it would hold floss bobbins pretty well too. The container measures 4X6 and is about 2 inches high.

      Hope this helps!

  8. I agree that the Canadian uniforms were fab! As a proud Canadian I stood and cheered. So glad to have you writing your blog again. I enjoy it so much!

  9. I can't wait to try the dip! It sounds wonderful!

    I haven't done much stitching during the Olympics yet, I was too busy actually watching the T-Vee! Loved Spain's uniforms, they were very classy. And then there is the rainbow uniform sported by the team from Germany, and the gloves with the rainbow fingers that were worn by the team from Greece, and how about the silver hats one of the teams wore.....can you tell I was actually watching instead of stitching?

  10. Oh my goodness! I am so glad that I dropped in. What an upbeat and pleasant post. Even with the frogging! Sorry about that, but he visits me every so often as well! Beautiful stitching by the way. Have a wonderful week, and don't forget to "feel the colors".

  11. You've picked some very pretty projects - will be watching the games and your progress. As for that dip, I have made it and ate it and ate it and ate it ... and you get the picture. It should be declared a controlled substance so I can't get my hands on more of it. Happy stitching-Top Ten Web Hosting Reviews