Monday, December 5, 2011

Sharing Stitcheries and Stories

Automobiles are not ferocious.... it is man who is to be feared.
~Robbins B. Stoeckel

Wow!  I now know why I do most of my shopping online.  We had to do some actual in-store shopping on Saturday and I couldn't believe the crowds.  We ventured into Bed, Bath, and Beyond and I felt like a mouse in a maze.  Between the people and the crowded aisles, we constantly had to change direction to get where we wanted to be.  There definitely wasn't room for two carts going in opposite directions and people must have had blinders on not to see that they were blocking progress for other shoppers with their carts.  And the crazy December drivers were out in force too.  Why is it this time of year people are in such a hurry that they forget parking lot etiquette?  I really like to try to support the local shops but this time of year I will have to go back to shopping online.  Did you find the same thing happening in your area over the weekend?



Sunday, November 4, was National Dice Day.  I totally missed it.  Dice have been used to wager long before Vegas was a twinkle in a hotel magnate's eye. An archaeological dig yielded dice that were 5,000 years old, proving that even the ancients liked to gamble.  Here's a few more facts about dice:
* Traditional dies are cube-shaped, and have six sides. Each of the six sides is numbered from one to six
* The circular dots are called pips
* Early dice were made from the ankle bones of hoofed animals.  They were also referred to as "knucklebones". The statement "Roll the Bones" alludes to this.
* The Roman Goddess, Fortuna, was believed responsible for the outcome of a dice throw.  Fortuna was the god of luck in Roman Mythology. She was often referred to as "Lady Luck".



 My sewing machine has been sitting patiently waiting for me to return.  I have been busy trying to finish up the stitcheries for my Gardener's Journal quilt.  Here are some more stitcheries and their stories......

The stitchery on the left is called Birds In The Tree and will measure 3 1/2" X 7 1/2".  The stitchery on the right is called Lawn Mower and will measure 2 1/2" X 5 1/2".  Here is there story:
"Lawn Mower Man................Harold tells me he loves to mow the lawn (I've yet to see any evidence of this). He likes to get in touch with Mother -Nature and embrace the earth. He especially loves to mow a week before Christmas and the day before his mother-in-law turns up. He gets so excited it takes him six months to recover. Yet another reason why I married him."

The stitchery on the left is called Flower Basket and will measure 2 1/2" X 3 1/2".  The stitchery on the right is called weather vane and will measure the same as the Flower Basket.  The story also includes......

this stitchery called Dog House.  It will measure 3 1/2" X 4 1/2" when cut down to size.  Here is the story for these three blocks:
"The Dog House........I think we have a rabid greenie in the family. I have noticed 'Woof' has been relieving himself on every patch of flowers I have planted. I have no problems using natural organic products in my garden however I feel 'Woof' needs to have a few lessons in the correct dilution procedure in mixing his sprays. I have had to chain him up and I'm sure I saw him giving me the peace sign with his doggy paw."
The story will continue and hopefully I will have the last stitchery completed today!



A while back I won Cat Patches Fun Fact Friday Freebee.  Barbara sent me a darling fat quarter.....

Isn't it just too cute?  I foresee several hexie flowers being made from this fat quarter.  Thank you so very much, Barbara!!



Today I hope to finish up at least one of the little, tiny mini quilts I'm making for a Christmas gift.



Lisnaweary Quilts is having a giveaway.  You could win a GO! Baby Cutter and 3 dies.  This giveaway ends Sunday, December 11, at midnight GMT.

Growing Stitches is having a giveaway.  Sara is ready to send the Traveling Stash on its way again.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, December 13.

Hawthorne Threads is having a giveaway.  You could win an Echo fat quarter bundle.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, December 7.

Quilting By The River is having a giveaway.  You could win mini ruler/template board and an Easy Angle ruler.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, December 7, at midnight CST.

Cat Patches is having her weekly Fun Fact Friday Freebie giveaway.  You could win a fat quarter.  The winner will be announced Friday, December 9.

From The Blue Chair is having a giveaway.  You could win an item of your choice from Story Snuggles.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, December 7, at 8:00 am MT.

Happy Quilting is having a giveaway.  You could win an entire fat quarter bundle of Deb Strain's Coming Home from Green Fairy Quilts.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, December 7.



This was shared by my friend, Karen, via email......

Well, the Church threw my cookies out of the bake sale again.


LynCC said...

oh, my goodness!! ROFLing at the cookies :D

Cheryl said...

OK, we never make sugar cookies, but now they are on our list!

Connie said...

Neat embroidery blocks and I can see some cute hexies out of that cute fabric. Those cookies are so darn funny! Just love them!

Staci said...

Thanks for a laugh this morning.
Love the lawn mower in the stitchery! That is so cute. Have a happy mini quilt day!

Kasey said...

Those are the funniest cookies I've seen in a long time! And I even made a tree with a pee spot on it to "commemorate" what our dog did last week. Too funny!

Coloradolady said...

Just a reminder, deadline for shipping your sss package is the 10th, and please email me the delivery confirmation number!!! Have a great week!

Needled Mom said...

LOL....I have my mammogram this week and I think I need some of those cookies to take and share!!!!

That fabric is going to make adorable hexie flowers!

I refuse to go out on the weekends to shop. It is way too crazy during the holidays. I hear ya!

Your embroidery is really coming along nicely. It is going to be such a beautiful quilt when you are finished.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I actually thought our stores were kind of empty this weekend. Not the crowds I was expecting. But I'm sure it will heat up as we get closer to Christmas.

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs said...

LOL - Those cookies are awesome! They would be great for breast cancer awareness week even if the church doesn't want them :)

On another note - I only bought for three people in the stores this year. Everyone else I either sewed for or I ordered online. Too many crazies out there!

sunny said...

Love the cookies! You couldn't pay me enough to go shopping on a weekend this time of year, unless late at night! I went to a few places on Friday morning, and it wasn't too bad. Hope you're all finished up now.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the stories with the stitcheries. I don't shop stores this time of year, but we adults don't exchange - just for the little ones and only 3 of those (done). I give my adult children a gift card (groceries) which I pick up when out (done). And the cookies are a hoot!!

Annie said...

Oh, my! Thanks for sharing the pic of those cookies, got my chuckle of the day.

I don't do the stores this time of year, cannot take the crowds. Thank God for online shopping.
Wishing you all the best.

: )

Wendy said...

Love your stitcheries and I'm still waiting for the day I can get back to some of mine. I'm still a little afraid my wrists won't like it. Anyway, I did just a little shopping this weekend but somehow managed to avoid the indoor crowds. But the drivers?? Totally stressed me out!

Anne said...

Totally agree about Bed, Bath, and Beyond! Their good merchandise is located to the left and right of the aisles. They routinely place their unsold, aged, out-of-season merchandise directly in the walkway. It clutters the store and makes me want to just walk out! Instead, the company should send their last-chance sale stuff to Big Lots. You highlighted one of my pet peeves! Hubby and I shopped at BB&B Saturday. I hated walking ahead of surly customers who thought I was slowing them down!

On a more pleasant note, I love your stitched panels. Charming scenes.

rubyslipperz said...

GREAT cookies!...wish I looked that good in frosting! =P

The dice - reminds me of my dad, whose been gone many years. I remember growing up how much he luved playing "craps" in Las Vegas.

I get so grumpy when shopping during the holidays...I have to make great efforts to hold my tongue and be patient. I would much rather shop b4 Thanksgiving. But, it's like pulling teeth to get lists until after Thanksgiving.
Yep, yep, yep...would rather shop in my PJs online. =)

annie m

Christine M said...

Those cookies made me laugh! Who would ever think of decorating them like that! Very clever idea.

Barbara said...

I was in Bed, Bath & Beyond the other day too. What a madhouse!

Gene Black said...

Oh Great... I have to go to BB&B to buy a present. ((sigh)))

Hey I saw where you won a small prize in the SewCalGal quilt show.

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

I love the final comment. I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants!!

Anonymous said...

love this post Linda and how funny are those cookies,lol

Karen said...

Sweet, sweet stitchery and love the cookies! LOL.

Quiet Quilter said...

Terrific post! Am stealing the cookie idea! Bar Mitzvahs (???) and Spring Break Parties.....Oh My!!

Val said...

I like the stitchery stories. Woof is cute. Crazy cookies :)

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Woof is so cute! I got that email a while back. I thought it was hilarious. Those cookies would be perfect for a bridal shower.

Bev C said...

Hello Linda,

Stitching blocks are coming along nicely. Bit of a bummer about the cookies!!!! You made me smile.
Happy days.

Shannon said...

I love those cookies!! How funny!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Great stitchy blocks. I can't believe those cookies....grin.

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