Thursday, February 15, 2018

February 2018 TUSAL Update

Baby it's COLD outside right now only about 18 degrees F and we got between 10-12 inches of that fluffy white crap dumped on us over night, but it sure does have a calm beauty about it. Still can't wait until it melts though.💙

Taken from my front porch at 8 something A.M. 

Now, on to the TUSAL Update. I didn't have quite as many orts this time around. 
I still did my fair share of stitchin' and froggin', there's always froggin' when I work on one of my own designs until I get the colors right.

Floss wrappers and ORT's. 

Lettin' the ORT's out of the jar. 
My little octagon jelly jar is 2 7/8" wide by 3 7/8 inches tall.

Two months worth of ORT's.
Paula Dean candle jar cleaned out and put to use. I think it's way to pretty not to save.
If you want to join in on the fun, click the 2018 TUSAL link in my sidebar.

Well, that's it for today's post, so until next time .......

Thanks for stoppin' by everyone.
Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day !!


I got an early Valentines Day gift on Saturday.

A new Brother 1634D Serger and ....

a bunch of threads to use with it. 
He joins my Singer Heritage and my Brother XL-5340.

I have wanted a Serger for years and now I finally have one. Love that now I can serge the edges of my cross stitch fabric and not have it ravel. I tried zigzagging the edges before, but unless I got a real tight zigzag the edges still frayed. 
This one can use 3 or 4 threads and came with a Blind Hem foot (don't see me using that one very often) and a Gathering foot which will be nice for making gathered trim. Lots of things for me to learn after I get comfortable with the basics of the machine.

Well that's it for this post, so until next time .......

Take Care & Happy Sewing/Stitching Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

Monday, February 12, 2018

A Bit More Canning

Got to stock my pantry shelves with a bit more home made goodness on Sunday.
I discovered last month that I love Pickled Garlic and Pickled Carrots, couldn't find either one in Costco or Walmart, just mixes that also came with pickle chips. So what's a girl to do when she already has over 30 quarts of different pickles in the basement pantry ? She makes the yummyness herself, that's what she does.

7 Pints of Pickled Carrots & Garlic with 7 half pints of Pickled Garlic
Now I just have to have patients and wait a couple of months for them to cure up before I start snacking.
The Garlic is so good for the immune system and your heart, so a win win situation, health benefits and just plain yummy.

If you like to can as well, here's the recipe ....

Pickled Garlic
2 1/4 cups Vinegar
2 1/4 cups Water
1/4 cup Canning Salt
1 Tablespoon Pickling Spice (can sub Red Pepper Flakes for Spicy)
2 pounds Peeled Garlic (bought a 3 pound bag at Costco)

Mix vinegar, water, canning salt, and pickling spice in sauce pan and heat on medium heat until simmering, stir until salted is melted.
Wash garlic before packing jars.
Pack hot half pint jars with garlic and add pickling liquid to 1 inch head-space.
Clean rims of jars and top with hot lids, screw on rings until finger tight and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. After turning off heat let jars sit for five minutes before removing from water bath.
Let jars set for 12 hours before testing seal.

For the pints of carrots & garlic I upped the vinegar and water to 2 3/4 cups each and mixed about 2-3 pounds of carrots with the extra pound of garlic in a colander and packed jars from there. I didn't count or weigh just grabbed handfuls and added to jars. I processed in a boiling water bath canner for 15 minutes and let sit for 5 minutes.

Well that's it for today, so until next post .......

Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Quaker Snowflake Gift

It's cold and windy here today so I thought I would share a pattern with you all.
Here is the chart for my "Quaker Snowflake" design. 
It only uses one color so is a quick stitch even for beginner stitcher's.

"Quaker Snowflake"
By Sandra Longan Designs
Stitch Count - 57x57 

When I stitched this piece I used:
28 count white Monaco from Charles Craft and 
DMC Color Variations 4025. 
As always, if you stitch one of my designs I would love to see a picture of your finished piece, it may well be posted on my blog for everyone to see. 
Well that's it for today, so until next post .......

Take Care & Happy Stitchin' Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

Monday, January 29, 2018

A Little Canning

It was cold this weekend so the hubs and I did a bit of canning to stock the shelves and clean out the freezer.

First I made some homemade bread crumbs. Both of us dislike the heels of bread so I dried them and stored them until I had a good supply then I put them in the food processor and pulsed until I got the crumb size I wanted then vacuum sealed them with my Food Saver and the regular mouth jar sealer attachment.

Two Quarts of Bread Crumbs, cost $0 since they would have been thrown out or given to the birds. 
I never bought bread crumbs from the store for recipes and would have to improvise by toasting bread now I always have them on hand.
Next I made Brown Sugar.

Just 5 cups of white sugar and Molasses to taste. Into the Kitchen Aid it goes and just let it go adding molasses until well mixed. Takes about 15 to 20 minutes and your done. More cost effective than the store especially if you already buy your sugar by the 25 pound bag.  

 I store mine in a vintage Ball canning jar.

We finished the evening by getting all the frozen tomatoes we had juiced in 2016, 5 gallon zip locks worth, along with onion, bell pepper and celery plus two #10 cans of tomato sauce and one #10 can of tomato paste and made ......

21 quarts of Spaghetti Sauce. In our opinion, so much better than store bought.
The Bell Pepper, Tomatoes, Parsley and Oregano we used all came from our garden, I'll have to start more herbs this year to keep up our supply.

That's it for now, so until next post .......

Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

Friday, January 26, 2018

2018 Smalls SAL Update

Here are the two finishes I have for the 2018 Smalls SAL
If you want to join in you can click the highlighted link above or click the link on my sidebar, either one will get you there and have all the information you need to get started.

First up .......

"January Snows"
Designed by: Me
Stitched: 10 January 2018 Finished: 26 January 2018
Stitched on Charles Craft 28 count Monaco using DMC threads, Mill Hill Petite Seed Beads and a plastic crystal snowflake. Handmade cording for the edges and a ribbon attached to the back so it can be tied on to a basket or small wreath finish it off. 
I'm going to try and do one for each month and fill a basket with items that represent that month and it's holidays or just the theme of the stitched piece. May have to do some shopping to pull it off though.

Next finish .......

 "Winter Soltice"
Designed by: Me
Stitched: 10 January 2018 Finished: 24 January 2018
Stitched on Charles Craft 28 count Monaco in white using DMC threads and Needle Necessities 150 and Mill Hill Petite Seed Beads. Hand Made cording from DMC threads and a Snowflake Button. The snowflakes stand out more up close and personal, but I wanted them to be subtle. This will count as my Christmas ornament for 2017.
This is the piece that caused me to have so many orts on my January 17th post, I stitched and then frogged the boarder twice before I found the colors that "spoke to me". Tried the blues that I designed it with in the freebie I posted here then I tried dusty purples and neither one worked for me, but Christmas colors won the day. I guess the saying "Third times the charm" was true for this piece. 
Of course I reworked the design removing the back stitched inner boarders and bringing in the cross stitched boarder with two solid colored bands of DMC 500 and 814 and the center band in Needle Necessities.
Tomorrow is "supply the cabin" day or more commonly grocery shopping, think I'll try and talk the hubs into Hardee's so I don't have to cook. 
Well, that's it for today all, so until next post .......

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy