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Hi there sweet friends, nice of you to stop by!

Prim and folkart needlework designs of drab reds, browns, golds and greens are what I fancy.

Let's share stitchin, sewin, nestin, cookin, collectin, prims, critters and a lovin' mishmash of sweet life...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Saving A Few Greenbacks

Hi Sweet Friends!

Sometimes life is not all about stitching, sometimes it's about saving.

I like to shop at BJ's Wholesale Club.  But, it's just the two of us, so paying an annual membership fee is something I avoid as we don't shop for an army and don't realize much saving after paying a membership fee:)

Did you know BJ'S offers FREE 60 DAY TRIAL MEMBERSHIP PASSES on the web several times a year?  You just have to remember to check the web from time to time, or make a reminder on your calender a couple times a year.  The most popular time they offer free trial memberships is a few weeks before Thanksgiving, but they offer throughout the year as well.  And you can take advantage over and over and over again.

They've now offered their Spring 2012 free pass.  If interested, print the pass to paper and trot it over to the customer service counter.  They'll take your pic and issue you a FREE 60 DAY TRIAL MEMBERSHIP card.  Thx BJ's, you're swell!  Not a paid endorsement, no affiliation.

If you fancy this kind of money saving blog post, plz consider leaving a quick comment with the word *YES*, and I'll watch for more dollar saving offers:)

Get your pass HERE

Tootles, Sue

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Funny Funny Funny...

Some days start out a little backwards, check out Bonnie's blog for a great giggle One Lump Or Two.

Tootles, Sue

Friday, March 16, 2012

A barn, a finish and stuff...

Hi there Sweet Friends, hope you're all prepping for a glorious weekend, Happy Friday!  Our NYS Finger Lakes weather has been s t e l l a r (singing), hard to imagine for March, we could easily be knee deep in snow storms, or at least being threatened by them.  Winter here never really happened, many cold and bitter days, but little snow, very weird.  Spring seems to have sprung early here, the birds~a~chirpin are such a welcome treat:)

COLLECTING...  Late last summer part of DFIL's barn tangled with a wind storm and started to come down, then a little more, and then even more, you know how it goes.  She's about 180 yrs old, has worked hard and is just plain worn out.  Seems Old Man Mighty Wind always prevails.

 A slow and painful fare thee well to another NYS barn...
And so the scavenging begins with trailer loads 'o junk to the dump and trips home with old, very old and even older treasures.  Maybe I can share some more found treasures in the future, but I don't wanna bore you all.  There's so much stuff making it's way into our house, garage, basement ~ someone puhleeeze make it stop!!!  Ok, I'll admit... this nice old rusty scale is really handy.
Cooking...  If you've followed here for a while (and I thank you!), you know there's bound to be food stuff going on, so thanks for your indulgence, here we gooooooo!  If you're not into it, please move along, no harm done:)

Came across a new blog today called *Food In Jars*, these Sweet and Sour Pickled Red Onions will be my first concoction. 

Asparagus will be first up this year, prob earlier than usual.  I'll try this recipe for Pickled Asparagus.

Summer garden/farmers market will be quite a while, so I'll do these Pickled Dilly Carrots with store bought carrots. 

Stitching... For those of you who didn't yet see this ~ YAY ~ finished my first piece on 40 ct. linen.  Our dear friend Barbara over at To Stitch or Not to Stitch is celebrating a birthday so I surprised her with this lavender sachet on 40 ct.  This was a joy to stitch and finish, I enjoyed picking out the linen, floss color and wool backing just for Barbara:)
La D Da ~ 'Tis Green
JCS August 2010 Christmas preview issue
Floss ~ HDF Raisin Wine, one strand over 2 threads
Linen ~ Lakeside Linens, Palomino 40 ct.
Backside ~ overdyed wool
Filling ~ dried lavender
Started/Finished ~ March 2012

Guess I'm off to set up the crockpot with corned beef, it'll start at 11:00 (p.m.) and cook overnight.  Gonna cook the devil out of it... with hopes that it'll be fork tender. 

Thanks for your visit dear friends, Happy St. Patty's Day to all!

Tootles, Sue

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Just Hi...

Hey all!  Can I wish a couple new followers a sweet welcome ~ nice of you to give my silly blog~a~roonie a try:)

Stitching...  Been stitching some smalls just for fun, nothing to share just yet.  I've been wanting to try 40 ct. linen so I got my rear-gear over to my LNS and picked up a small piece.  I chose Lakeside Linens 40 ct. Palomino, and found it easy to work with, really quite nice.  If you're also wondering about 40 ct., go ahead and try it ~ don't fear the linen lol!

Cooking...  Tried a new pot roast recipe in the crockpot, this is now my go~to recipe, dump-it easy, pantry friendly, wonderful flavor, f.a.b.u.l.o.u.s.  I've been known to crockpot overnight while we sleep and then set it to warm the next morning, works well when you want to have a mid-day early dinner.  Seriously, is there anything better on a lazy day or chilly night than pot roast?  Here's leftovers from the microwave. 
 I skipped browning the meat and thickening the gravy, go figure:)
Note:  My 4 lb. roast took a full 9 hours to become fork tender, so let 'er cook a good long while if ya try it!

Critters...  What I thought was a hail storm hitting the house at 2 a.m. was a huge raccoon perched on the skinny minny handrail at the front steps, clawing away on the cedar siding.  Very weird to see him (or her) up there digging for gold, I mean what was the point exactly?  We've lavished him and his furry friends with a very long and cozy woodpile, he's gotta dig on the house to thank us?  He (or she) fled the scene when the porch light came on, good thing cause I was about to begin a very loud and serious tongue lashing!  More than once I've been in the driveway at 3 a.m., in my bare feet, in my jammies, screaming at the retarded crowing rooster next door, so my middle of the night shenanigans wouldn't really surprise the neighbors.  Noah's Ark meets Green Acres, you get the idea:)

Thx again for visiting, as always I've been enjoying following your blogs, see ya next time!
Tootles, Sue