Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Puzzling Wednesday

This week I started and finished another Clue Mystery Puzzle.  It is my second one and as this one was a bit more enjoyable than the first!

In this one Mr. Black (who I never heard of in the game Clue) loaned out money to each of the other six people and it was the day for payback! They all gathered at his home to see a special rare rainbow. Before the rainbow though they were having drinks and playing croquet on the lawn and Mr. Black excuses himself to record his observations about the rainbow.

The Color of Murder
Clue, A Mystery Puzzle
Milton Bradley

This first picture is the picture of the box top 

and this is the solution which reveals the murderer
Piece Count - 500
Size 14 x 20
Used Puzzle
First Piece - 09/14/17
Last Piece - 09/17/17

Well there you go...almost clear as mud right! Ha ha I thought it might be Professor Plum because of all the purple things on the desk and he is the murderer but they solved it by looking at the croquet balls on the desk. The red ball and the blue ball mixed together make purple which is how they arrived at Professor Plum.

It was quick to put together and now on to another!

Thanks for stopping by,
see ya next time!

And remember these words:
kindness is the greatest beauty that you
can have, so take some time to be kind!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

My Sunday Stitchy Update 09/17/17

Oh my how could I have ever forgotten an Etegami I received from my friend, Meari!

She recently learned how to draw these postcards and I was the lucky recipient of one!

The Japanese writing says
"Different is Beautiful"
and the saying and colors fit me perfectly!! 

Thank you once again Meari,
I love it!!

And then I had a surprise on Friday when I was reading Blogs. I always enjoy reading the Blogger of the Week which is one of Jo's (Serendipitous Stitching) creations. She recently ran a contest which I entered and the random number generator picked me as the winner of a gift certificate to an online stitchy store of my choice! I am still kitting up the Halloween piece from Stoney Creek that I spoke of a couple of weeks ago, so I asked for it to go there. Now I will be able to kit it up a bit sooner and get started stitching on it faster (ha ha ha). 

Thank you Jo!

Then came Saturday... and it was a happy mail day! Yay! I received another order of needle minder's from the Facebook store The Everyday Stitcher. A while ago I won a $25 gift card so I "had" to place another order! LOL 

These are the ones I received:

I even got one to stick to my ceramic tea cup that I recently purchased to use while I am stitching. I put the magnet on the inside of the cup and the minder on the outside. I am always misplacing things while I am stitching and thought that this might be a way to keep everything together.  You can see in the picture that in the cup part I keep my scissors (I am going to have to put a piece of material in the bottom), my 'get rid of that piece of dog hair' tweezers, my must have magnifying glass and what ever bobbin of floss I am using. In the teabag part I keep my needle threaders and thimble; makes it easy to find stuff. So far it is working perfectly and it takes up little space on my table, but time will tell.

Now for the stitching...

If they gave awards for the most stitching, ripping out, stitching, ripping out...again and again on one piece then surely I would win first place. I must have stitched the blue for the ballet slippers 5 times (please don't look to closely - LOL) but I think I finally have it! I feel like I am NEVER going to finish this ornament! 

12 Days of Christmas
Day 9
Nine Ladies Dancing
Designer - Margaret Sherry
Progress as of 09/17/17

As I close out this week I would like to add a quote of kindness as fellow blogger Brigitte has done. She had a bad week with a couple of unpleasant people and wanted to remind people to be kind and I think that is a great idea. There is never to much kindness in the world and we can all use a reminder of that from time to time. 

Thanks for taking a peek at my stitching
see ya next week with another faithful update!

And remember these words:
kindness is the greatest beauty that you
can have, so take some time to be kind!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Krypt

This is my first spiral puzzle and I really enjoyed it!

This is the box top - 
and once I saw it I knew I had to have it!

and here is the finished product!

Piece Count - 654
Size - 20 x 27
First Piece - 09/02/17
Last Piece - 09/13/17

And I thought it would fun to
record the adventure along the way.

As you will see I started this puzzle in the
middle and worked my way out to the border.

Click on the picture for the slide show!! 

And now on to the next pile of pieces!

Thanks for stopping by,
see ya next time!

Monday, September 11, 2017

My Sunday Stitchy Update 09/11/17

Well make that Monday rather than Sunday.

Sunday we went to see the movie IT and when I got home I was kinda to tired to blog. The movie was pretty good though and now to wait, wait, wait for the second part of it to come out! If you have seen the original or read the book than you know what the "Losers Club" is; either way this is not really a spoiler...this part only dealt with the "Losers Club" as children and the next will be them as the adults.

As for stitching...

My friend Deb Haggerton gifted me with a belated birthday present! Whohooo I was so excited to receive it. It has been on my HaED wish list for a while and I was debating over it during the Labor Day Sale but decided I don't "need" another chart in my stash when I have so many already. Well it turns out that I did NEED another chart in my stash and she sent me this!

Artist - Lisa Parker
Now I just NEED to shop thru my fabric so I can kit up some of these HaED charts AND get them started!!

Thank you Deb! I love it very much!!!

Now do you remember last week when I said that I thought I spotted a mistake? Well I did, so I had to end up frogging all the white that I stitched. Why does taking it out take so much longer than stitching it up? Well I finally got it all out and started over. Can't say I was excited about it one bit so I decided to change colors from the white to a pink and then back to the white and here is where I am at now.

12 Days of Christmas
Day 9
Nine Ladies Dancing
Designer - Margaret Sherry
Progress as of 09/11/17

I think Margaret Sherry has a great imagination and that you will love which animal the Lady is!

Nine Ladies Dancing is being stitched as part of the

Continued prayers and good thoughts for all those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Thanks for taking a peek at my stitching
see ya next week with another faithful update!

Sunday, September 03, 2017

My Sunday Stitchy Update 09/03/17

Well lookie there...

It seems that I had another birthday and my family has once again spoiled me - a lot!

I got a ton of stuff! I asked for and received some shelves for my bedroom so I can display all my pretty things! They are not up yet, so no picture of them. I also asked for some more puzzles and they did not disappoint in that department.
I think that 3,000 piece one may keep me busy for a LONG while.

An old friend of mine sent me some beautiful flowers to celebrate the day too.

The family also took me out to dinner. Birthday person picks and I chose a place called Serial Grillers. We are still trying out new (to us) restaurants here in Tucson and this one has been on my list and with IT coming out next weekend (I can't wait) I thought meals named after serial killers seemed appropriate. These were some of our dinner companions.

The food was good and I ordered the Red Dragon
calzone and it was bigger than humongous! 
It was very good and now I have leftovers to enjoy too!

Then over to the best ice cream place ever, Cold Stone Creamery to pick up ice cream for (much) later!! Sometimes I believe that Jacob (my grandson) enjoys the birthdays more than the person of honor! He loves the whole wrapping of the presents, then the unwrapping, dinner, dessert and everything else in between - he even likes doing the shopping for presents.

Then I thought, what the cross stitch stuff?  So I bought some as a gift for myself!  I always, well almost always get the current Free Pattern of the Month series over at Stoney Creek. There were a few (very few) that didn't "speak" to me so I skipped them. I usually just file them away with the million other things to stitch...someday in the future but the current one keeps saying "STITCH ME" so who am I not to listen? So I went ahead and purchased the fabric, fabric holder, and a couple of the button packs needed.
I still need a few more button packs and I need to look thru my Kreinik to see what colors I need and I will be all set. Oh yeah, I need to start it and then finish it too! ha ha I am SURE it won't be ready this Halloween but there is always another!

It was a great birthday weekend all-in-all!

But I guess you guys came here to see stitching and not my birthday!

I started another for the Christmas Ornament SAL. Haven't gotten very far yet but here it it...

12 Days of Christmas
Day 9
Nine Ladies Dancing
Designer - Margaret Sherry
Progress as of  09/03/17

But now that I am looking at it
I think there is a mistake in there,
oh well...that is what is tomorrow is for!

Thanks for bearing with me through this
long post and for taking a peek at my stitching
see ya next week with another faithful update!