Saturday, April 30, 2011

Spotted on the Street

We left the house for a walk with Mattie, and this car was parked across the street.  It's an old Ford Taunus.  Yes, Taunus, not Taurus.  This looks to be a late 1960's model with a weird Barracuda back thing going.  Evidently they were made in Germany.  One's still running around here.

Still on Six

I got the second and third parts of this log done.  It's complicated!  There's satin stitching to do, then it'll be complete.  This time, I wrapped metallic thread around all the back stitching and filled in the small spaces.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Easter Bounty

A large percentage of each grocery store was stocked with Easter eggs and bunnies and such for most of April.  Here's a picture of some of the pretty eggs.  


I successfully resisted starting the fourth rectangle until the third one's done.  It's completed now, so I just have to work on this last part and the stitching will be done.  Yay!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dinner at Umaga

A couple of weeks ago, we went to Umaga for dinner.  Umaga is one of the newer restaurants in the neighborhood, and is only open Thursday through Sunday.  On the other nights, they have cooking lessons.  One thing Umaga is known for is mojitos.  Unfortunately, we only had one round.  They were out of mint.
The bread couse.
Their version of bruschetta.  Bread is on the side.

Andreas' main course - pasta.

Melina's main course, salmon, on a huuuge plate.

I had duck in a wine reduction.  All were excellent, although, according to Andreas, the pasta wasn't anything special.

By the time we were ready for dessert, Marlena joined us.  She had the rest of my duck and Melina's salmon.  Melina and Marlena split a cheesecake slice.  This is half.

Andreas had a passionfruit thing.

I had apple crumble.  Umaga's a pretty expensive restaurant, but the wait staff is friendly, the menu (on iPads) is in Spanish and English, and the portions are, to say the least, generous.

One Last English Garden

Arlene's is the last of the English Garden blocks for me to work on.  She wanted pastels, and I picked this fan.  You can see what I did in the photo below.  It's been on its way to her for over a week now.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mattie's Friend

This is Casio the Pomeranian.  He is owned by Leo, who has him stuffed in his shirt.  Casio is Mattie's bestest friend (Mattie's blog:  They get along famously despite the extreme size difference.  Casio loves riding on the motorcycle, so I thought I'd share these pictures so you can see how he does it.

Fourth Bulb Outlined

The last set of acanthus leaves is outlined in gold.  Last step on that part is Rhodes stitches in the lines.  On the following part, I'm done with the upper left top.  I guess that means I'm a quarter of the way through part five.


Bunnies are almost done.  This means the top part of the heart is almost done.  Yay!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

More Jewelry Holders

I've dedicated a drawer in my dresser for jewelry and got the idea from Martha Stewart to use unique little china pieces to organize it.  Picked up two more of them the other week at Plaza Matriz.  Aren't they cute?

Traveling Steampunk Style

One more steampunk block done, one last to go.  This one's Kathi's, and her theme was Time and Travel.  Well... someone else had spelled out Paris on the block, so I -had- to put on an Eiffel Tower.  I also added a few more things and sent it on its way.

A Few Lines Here...

and a few lines there and soon you have real progress.  I'm fairly far down the second page now, and the salamander (dragon) is getting down to the lower part.  Maybe it'll get done some day.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Saturday Afternoon Stash

Last Saturday when we bought the ammonite, bracelet, and purse, we also bought some stash.  There are a bunch of tables to browse, and shopping around definitely helps you get the best deal.


One more building done.  

New Phase Started

I feel like I'm really making progress!  I started the bottom banner this stitching session.  Beginning this area makes me feel like I'm finally getting out of the skirt bog.

A Purse Find

Last week's trip to the outdoor market netted me this pretty vintage purse.  Not even much damage on the inside, and the outsid'es about perfect.

A Few More Tentacles

It doesn't look like I did much this week, but I did add tentacles to the far right jellyfish.  Not pictured here, I started working on the bell for the second from the left.  I'll show a picture of this next time I work on this.

Sunday, April 24, 2011


Bought this bracelet at Plaza Matriz last week.  It was made in the 1970's here in Uruguay and kept in mint condition by the artisan.  He sold off his collection last year and now the person he sold it to is selling everything at the market.  It's a very nice piece of work.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Under Three

Less than four squares to go.  Yay!  I'll be so happy when this is done.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Darlene's Winter Block

I picked this square to work on for Darlene.  It's got a puppy in the middle and I hope she likes what I did to it.  End picture below.

Sky and Sidewalk

Minor progress on the actual building this week, but I did get some sky and sidewalk stitched.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Down to the Last

I'm on the last band now!  It's coming along pretty well, and if I spend any time at all on it, I'll finish it.

Beautiful Fossil

This fossil is a bit bigger than an old Kennedy half dollar, but it's very beautiful.  The ammonite was cut in half and polished brilliantly.  We picked it up at the market on Saturday.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Heart Start

It's a bunny heart from Gazette 94.  I'm working it with one strand of floss over two on 40 count Legacy Linen.  Wish me luck!

Silky Kimonos!

 Andreas found a kimono fabric seller on ebay, and the prices were very reasonable.  I picked these two.  They came a couple of weeks ago.  Aren't they pretty?  The pieces are approximately five feet long.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Five Left

Only five more squares left to go, all border ones.  The big central heart is complete!