Saturday, January 29, 2011

Weekend Wonders- Nifty Fifty #2

Hubby and I are spending the weekend at Disney World! Be back on Tuesday!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Fifty - Nifty 50 #1

Throughout my journey to turning 50 I want to share observations on every day events that make me giggle or make me contemplate getting older.

Nifty #50 #1
Last night I was having dinner with Mr. E and his daddy, DS #1. DS #1 was telling me about a conversation he had with DS #2 where they discussing Mr. E being a teenager and not knowing what a video store, like Blockbuster, is because such a place won't exist in 15 years.

That got me thinking, "What was around when I was a young parent that is no longer around?" Mmmmmm . . . I'll have to spend the day thinking about it . . . I'll get back to you.

Any ideas?

Sweet P

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fourth Day Food - The Potato

It all started with this potato. Isn't it the cutest potato ever? I found it at the grocery store on Monday.

The potato joined beef, carrots, onions, celery, garlic and beef stock in the crock pot. They hung out all day Tuesday during a snow storm. By the time the snow turned to rain, the potato and it's friends became a steamy bowl of soup. Perfect for a winter day.

The potato and his buddies were joined at the stove by a pot of All Day Spaghetti Sauce.

Now I have plenty of food to get me through to next week. Yummy!

Sweet P

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wednesday Works - Pink and White

It's a pink and white and red all-over week here at Coffee Time. On Monday I started on a pair of booties for me. Isn't the yarn yummy? It's called Flamingo Pink and I bought it from Sunflower Yarns.

Last week I finished this self designed scarf. We had a few skeins of Red Heart's Holiday Shimmer yarn and a few skeins jumped into my hands. I only used a half skein of each color for the scarf. I have enough leftover for a hat or a pair of mittens.

Do you have any pink and white and red projects to share?

Sweet P

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Weekend Wonders - Looking for Sleep

Have I mentioned that not only am I turning 50 this year, but I'm also going through the 'change'? You know what I'm talking about.

Here's me weekend wonder for this week: how do you get a good night's sleep with night sweats? Most nights I don't mind waking up a few times during the night only to throw off the covers and wait until I cool down to get back to sleep. However, I would love to have at least one full solid night' sleep at least once a week.

Do you have any tips or tricks to share?

A somewhat sleepy Sweet P

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wednesday Works - Snow Day

I had my first official snow day today. My OTL called mt at 5:15 am to tell me the store wasn't opening today and I could go back to sleep! Woohoo! So, what did I do on my snow day? After I made a pot of coffee and a batch of Apple Muffins I meandered into my studio and played.

Trying to think ahead I made a small Valentine's bag. I have three more cut out, but I'm disappointed in my ability to make the bottom even.
Then I moved onto finishing my snowflake embroidery. I added sequins and beads. I couldn't get a good photo of them, but trust me it's gorgeous. I think I'm going to leave it in a hoop and hang it that way for next Christmas.
About the time the wind shifted direction and the snow was really blowing, I felt a trip to Tahiti was in order so I worked my Tahiti needlepoint project.
Mommy, daddy and Mr. E came over about 3:30 so we went outside to play.
Yes, there is a car under that snow pile.
Mr. E helped me find the car.
He loves playing in the snow.
That's how the front of our house looked like then. We have cleaned off the car. The plows have come through the lot again and the pile is even larger!
Do you get the snow storm this week? What did you do on your snow day?

Sweet P

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Toddler Tuesday

I moved Mr. E's desk next to mine so he could work while I worked.
First he had to take out his crayons.
Then he had to every crayon out of the box.
He even held a web ex meeting just like his Grampa Boo.
And here is his work for the day.
What did you today?

Sweet P

Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday Musings

Do you like butterflies?

I do and I found this one at Joann's and couldn't resist. It's hanging on my dining room wall now.

Sweet P

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Weekend Wonders - Looking for a BOM

Update: Thanks Chookyblue and Allie. It is Dawn's and Vicki's Outof the Box BOM I was looking for. I lost Dawn's blog link when I had to move my subscriptions from Bloglines to Google. I have the link back and have downloaded the first blocks.

Prior to Bloglines moving to Merchant Circle I marked a BOM where you will use bits and bobs from around your sewing room. I think there was some embroidery, some piecing and maybe some crazy quilting. I also want to say it was being hosted by an Australian designer or blogger.

Now I can't find it and it's driving me crazy!! Can you help me find it?

Thanks so much!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. My "weekend" is Monday and Tuesday so I have one more day of work before I get my time off.

Sweet P

Friday, January 07, 2011

Friday Fifty - Thanks Robin!

Around the time of my 49th birthday I was blase about turning 50. No big deal, I thought. It's just a number. Then I watched Good Morning America's short series about Robin Roberts turning 50. Listening to her talk about turning 50 and listening to the other stories they did that week changed my mind about turning 50.

I said to myself, "Self, there is nothing wrong with reaching 50 years. You need to celebrate. You need to show people being 50 is fun."

There is at least one other goal I want to accomplish in the next year or so. I want to travel to a few of my favorite childhood places. One of those places is the Minnesota State Fair. When I was growing up my oldest took me to the fair. We would be dropped at around 7 am and start the day walking through all the farm exhibits, then it was on to the exhibition buildings, a picnic lunch by the milk stand (where for 25 cents you could drink all the milk you wanted), a few more buildings to walk through before I could go on any rides. At the end of the day we went to the grand stand show. I remember seeing the Osmonds perform twice. Oh Donny . . . I think I still have a crush on you.

Do you have any special childhood adventures you would like to repeat?

Sweet P

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Fourth Day Food - Cookbooks and Recipes

I used to be a cookbook-aholic, especially the Betty Crocker and Pillsbury cookbooks that are in the grocery checkout lines. A few years ago I decided it was time to purge my cookbooks and keep only those I often use or have true sentimental value. Today my cookbook collection lives on a bookshelf on the back side of my kitchen island.
How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman is my first go-to book when I want to know how to cook something. Another book of Mark's, How to Cook Everything: The Basics is another stand-by book.
With my recent interest in making cupcakes, my MIL gave me The Cake Doctor Returns for Christmas. The recipes look and sound yummy, but I'd rather bake from scratch than start with a cake mix and doctor it up.

I also have a small group of cookbooks with recipes and meal plans for one or two. I haven't tried many of the recipes although I'm planning on trying more of them this year.
I have the 1997 version of The Joy of Cooking and it contains my all-time favorite recipe: Butternut Squash Stuffed with Sausage and Apples comes from this book.
I used to set up my weekly menus in Excel and create my grocery list by hand from the menu. Earlier this year I discovered The Recipe Manager program. For $30 this program does more than I need and I love it. I can enter in my recipes, create a menu and a create a shopping list customized for my grocery store. I can display the recipe on my monitor and make it large enough that I can see it across the room while cooking.
What kind of cookbooks do you have? What's your favorite cookbook? What about recipe software? Use Mr. Linky and tell me about your cookbooks and recipes.

Sweet P

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Wednesday Works

2010 Review

In my former career I was a data geek.  In 2007 I started keeping an Excel workbook for tracking my time spent creating and the money spent on creating.  Here are my stats for 2010.

From January 1 - December 31 I spent 556.50 hours creating.  That translates into these data bytes:
  • 46.38 hours per month
  • 1.52 hours per day
  • August was my most productive month with 58.5 hours, most of it making this shawl
  • February was my least productive month with only 25 hours
  • On average my busiest day of the month is the 21st where I spent a total of 33 hours creating, or an average of 2.75 hours per month
  • My least busiest day of the month is the 3rd where I spent only 9.25 hours or an average 0.77 hours per month
  • My most productive day of the year was March 22 where I created for 7.75 hours.
On the money side:
  • I spent $1,444.64 on creating tools (fabric, yarn, etc.)
  • That's an average of $120.39 a month
  • Or an average of $3.96 a day
  • Or an average of $2.60 an hour.  Much cheaper than therapy, huh?

Monday, January 03, 2011

Monday Musings

A belated Happy New Year to you!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and am looking forward to 2011.

I am going to enjoy 2011. Why?  In October of this year I will be 50 years old and I plan on celebrating being 50 from now until my birthday and then right through my 50th year.

The celebration starts with changes in my blog.  I will be having themed posts throughout the week around different parts of like around Coffee Time Stitches.  I won't be posting every day, but I do hope to get into a more consistent posting schedule than I have been.  The posts will be:
  • Monday Musings - A collection of thoughts about life around Coffee Time
  • Toddler Tuesdays - Highlights of Mr. E and the smiles he shares with us
  • Wednesday Works - Highlights of projects in the Coffee Time studio
  • Fourth Day Food - What's cooking in the Coffee Time kitchen  (I tried and tried to come up with a food-related word that begins with TH but had no luck.  Do you know one?)
  • Friday Fifty - What I'm doing to celebrate turning 50
  • Weekend Wonders - The place for any topic that doesn't fit into one of the above.
I have set two goals to accomplish this year:
  1. I will finish at least 25 projects.  These can be current UFOs or new projects.  They can be sewn, crocheted, embroidered or a paper craft project.
  2. I will try at least 25 new recipes.  A new cupcake recipe, a new main course or maybe a new dessert recipe.
I have a few other plans for celebrating being 50 and I'll share them throughout the year.

I hope you continue to read Coffee Time Stitches and comment from time to time.  I love to hear from my readers.

Sweet P

    SSCS Presents

    I am finally getting around to posting photos of my wonderful SSCS goodies from Dawn of As Sweet As Cinnamon.

    She made this cool round table mat.
    Here is an up close view of the stitching
    A gorgeous table runner (do you notice the coffee theme she followed?)
    And a few extra goodies.  I haven't tried all of them yet, but will be shortly.
    Here the gifts I sent to Fiona at Peaceful Threads by Fiona.  I made her a project bag, a matching tool case and a crocheted mitten ornament.  I filled the tool case with a pattern, hand-dyed threads, pens and a notepad.
    I love Chookyblue's SSCS swap.  It's my favorite swap of the year.

    Sweet P