Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thrifty Thursday

Gentle Friends, not much at all going on around here.... some silly football game, but other than that nothing, nada, zilch......my stitching is slow and not much to show - we did however get out last weekend to the shops and a couple of Estate Sales......

... I found a few things..  a book about the Regent and regency of Louis XV, a great, brilliant cut shot glass, a cute porcelain Woodstock, a Cornishware honey/jam jar in the rare yellow colour - from the mark stamped on the bottom I think it dates to the mid 1960's, I've always loved Cornishware and you never and I mean never see it over here in America very much, a 1967 Christmas Plate, 1st year of issue from the Bareuther, a sweet hand painted Nippon Nappie, and a painted Chicken.....

..... not just any painted chicken, when I picked her up it rattled and then I popped the bottom off and out fell 5 golden eggs....

.... and in each golden egg was a baby chick....  it was a great matryoshka and on the bottom is some Russian writing, that I've no clue what it says, but I am presuming the date it was made is 2000???  Any translators out there????  For some reason I am getting quite a collection of these wonderful things.......

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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, February 1, 2016

1925 at the Abbey Comes and Goes

Gentle Friends, I had pre-ordered the Blu-Ray of the Final Season of Downton Abbey, it arrived and we spent the weekend watching show after show with it wrapping up last night....

Downton Abbey Getting Ready for Another Wedding
A shot of the Cast from the Christmas Show Season 6

...  yes, I am sad to see it end and I could have gone on watching Season after Season, but I guess it is better to wrap up a good thing than wait for it to "jump the Shark" as they say.   I'm not sure about the negative things I've read about the 6th Season or what was so very bad about it - and  I'll not break any spoilers here, but I will say we thoroughly enjoyed each show with all the twist, turns and little intrigues and we will certainly go back ad re-watch all the Seasons.
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!

Take care,
edgar

Friday, January 29, 2016

Walking on the Beach

Gentle Friends, last weekend I headed to the beach for a quick walk about - and took the camera....  it was a brisk 50'ish and the wind was whipping about, but still a lovely day.......


.... that wraps up this week sports fans!!  
Thanks again for stopping by, have a super weekend and see ya' next week!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thrifty Thursday

Gentle Friends, once again we were out and about "thrifting" over the weekend.  I found a few fun things and something I've looked for on and off for a long time.....


... here's a snap of the haul... from the top... a fun little toy from "Nightmare Before Christmas" of Lock, Shock and Barrel in their tub going after Sandy Claws - I do love that film...  it is sitting on a super redware plate with some great slipware flowers, and although its really not me, I think this is a great plate... now what to do with it???....  We got to a couple of Estate Sales and I found a hanging cast iron receipt holder - and the prize of the day was a nice miniature portrait - and although it was broken in two (being painted on white glass), it was the frame I was after.......  and here's the story...


.....  I've had two of these miniatures since we broke up my mom's house a few years ago.  The one of my mother in the "new" frame I've had since we broke up my grand parents house over a decade ago, it was in a less than attractive leather frame and I've been looking for years for one that - 1) fit and 2) I liked and 3) could afford.....  it all came together on Saturday in this frame.... so now I have out the set of three, my mom, my grandmother and great grandmother......
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

260 Years Ago Today..........

Gentle Friends, on this day Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born -
He was a genius who gave the world such lovely music.  

One of things I really enjoy in life is opera, and one of my favorite "fun" arias comes from an opera by Mozart, Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) - the aria is sung by the Queen of the Night and is only a few minutes long, here is the majestic Diana Damrau of the Bavarian State Opera totally inhabiting the role...


...... here's another gorgeous piece of music written in 1787...the first movement of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Allegro... enjoy....


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If you get the chance you should give "Amadeus" - 1984 - a look   It's a film version of a play about told in flashback of the later life of Mozart at the Hapsburg Court in Vienna.  Beautifully filmed in Prague it took home 8 of the 11 Oscars that it was nominated for.....the 8 Oscars Wins were... Best Picture (Producer Saul Zaentz), Best Actor (F Murray Abraham), Best Adapted Screenplay (Peter Shaffer), Best Art Direction (Karel Cerny and Patrizia von Brandenstein), Best Costume Design (Theodor Pistek) , Best Director (Milos Forman), Best Makeup (Dick and Paul LeBlanc)  and Best Sound Mixing (Mark Bergerm Thomas Scott, Todd Boekelheide and Christopher Newman) - so it  was a Winner film then and it still is a winner film now - on both DVD and Blu Ray!! 
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by dos top again!!
Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Little Bakin'

Gentle Friends, I was in the mood for coffee cake and found one at The Pioneer Woman, called "The Best ever Coffee Cake."  Now, I'm not too sure if it's "the best ever" but it was pretty dang good.  It needs to be eaten while warm or warmed up, as it was on the dry side when cold or room temperature.

The recipe is HERE and calls for things you would probably already have as they are basic ingredients.  The only thing I added was a couple of teaspoons of vanilla to the batter.  I also whipped up the egg whites before I started in on the batter so they were ready to go when needed.  Overall a pretty tasty cake!!
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I finished up "Christmas Tree Farm" over the weekend... here's a snap...


... a change I made was to go back and took out the middle band of "Jolly Holly" I had stitched in the trees and restitched using the called for DMC green...  and went back to the first house and un-stitched the called for dark green DMC from the top and bottom and restitched with CC's Steamed Broccoli, the floss I am using for the pine bough decoration under each house.  There is only a single tree left on the bottom row which I will stitch CC/DMC/CC so there is continuity.  I kept looking at the "Jolly Holly" and it just didn't sit right - the colour was on the blue side and all the greens in this piece are on the yellow side..... I have looked ahead and see some other changes I am going to make, but will talk about them as I get to each house.
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A Little Touch of Spring

Gentle Friends, on our one foray out of the house Saturday to get some hound chow we 
picked these up.....


.... they were all buds in the evening and by late Sunday afternoon they had all popped open... so nice and bright, while out side it was gray and rainy!
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Short and sweet today sports fans, it's a dry one today after all the rain yesterday..... but there's more coming!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, January 18, 2016

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, for the first time in a very ling time we stayed in almost the entire weekend.  we stepped out twice once for a run to the store for some Hound Chow Saturday, and then yesterday to Mass and a quick breakfast then home again.  No Thrifting, no running around no9 nothing - just hanging about around the house.  In all the hanging out I got a little stitching done....... here's where Santa's Villages stands.....

... I can;t get over how much this house reminds me of the Alamo at this point....  I changed up the floss on the pine trees to reflect the pine change I made at the beginning from a DMC dark green to CC "Steamed Spinach."  The lighter green floss is also a CC, "Jolly Holly." 
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Friday, January 15, 2016

AHS - Another Season Over......

Gentle Friends, last night we watched the Finale of American Horror Story - Hotel.  It was the last episode this Season and it wrapped up many of the lingering story lines and opened the way for season 6.... which I read than Ryan Murphy has already started talks with the actors about upcoming characters... now, Horror, is a genre I steer clear of on most occasions, but for some reason I am totally obsessed with this show.  I especially enjoyed this season, and Lady Gaga's performance along with her costuming couldn't have been more over the top and flawless!!  Angle Bassett also brought it every second she was on screen and her final warning to "Billie Dean" was over the top!!!  

I found this little teaser video of Lady Gaga for AHS on YouTube...it was a foreshadowing of her superlative acting and Golden Globe win the other night!!!!

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I can't wait for this to come out on BluRay and re-watch the season from start to finish without adverts!  Thanks for stopping by, have a super weekend!!!  It's going to be a wet and cold here by the Bay!

Take care,
edgar