Thursday, November 12, 2015

What I Did On The First Half of My Vacation....

Good morning, peeps and peepettes!!  Happy Thursday!

Though my vacation is only half over, I thought I'd give a quick update.

Last weekend, hubby and I headed up to Alameda to visit Needle In a Haystack.  The store has recently moved and I was a little disappointed in the new layout.  It was hard to find patterns, but I persevered and managed to find a few things.  LOL.  They still have an amazing thread selection and lots and lots of fabric.  I picked up Olga from Plum Street Samplers (one of my favorite designers) and Peace on Earth from La D Da (another favorite).  The skeins are beautiful silk and the fabric is Pampas from Picture This Plus.  I don't have any plans for the fabric, but it was just too pretty to leave alone on that shelf!   LOL

Since my baby sister had volunteered to stay overnight with Dad, hubby and I headed over to Dublin to spend the night.  Next morning, stopped in at a Bass Pro Shop.  All I can say, this store is a tourist destination.  LOL  I didn't find a single thing to buy, but had fun checking out the fish and watching the people!

It seems that every day has been filled with "stuff to do".  I've had lunch with a friend, shopped for quilt fabric (just because, LOL), did a little de-cluttering.  Then last night, I made scones.  I am almost 55 years old and never, ever, made scones.  I always thought there was some secret until I read a recipe from Jocelyn over at  It didn't seem too hard and Jocelyn said they were very tasty.  English scones, from a Canadian blog, made by an American. 
LOL  Here is the result...

Not too bad, a little dry, but add a giant cup of coffee and JUST RIGHT!  I think I will get better with practice.  LOL

I've kept up on my giant granny square...

I've got 5 more skeins to use.  I don't think it is going to be enough, but maybe I'm just overthinking it. Worst case scenario, I finish up with black yarn in the same brand.  I've been looking at some "straight granny stitching". Maybe my next project?  Once again, I'm planning more projects and I haven't finished the first. Sigh.

Off to get my day started.  I've got care for Dad today, so I will get a bit of housework done and then work on some projects.  I am looking forward to the down-time.  

Have a great day and be kind to one another.


  1. So you decided on Needle In A Haystack, good for you! Nice stash.
    The granny square is looking great!

    1. Thank you, just keeps getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger. LOL I have to say, when I learn a stitch, I use it a lot!

  2. I just love your new stitching choices Angela and it must have been hard to settle on just a couple. We have no such stores around here which is probably a good thing;I'd go nuts! Your square is growing and I hope you are finding it relaxing to crochet. Glad you tried the scones too, you busy thing. Mine were dry too; I wonder why. I thought I overbaked mine. Maybe someone out there will know the reason why. Happy stitching/hooking!

    1. Hi, Jocelyn. I don't mind shopping on line, but I love to touch and admire a pattern or piece of fabric before I buy! It's a good thing that the closest LNS is 200 miles away, otherwise, I'd live there! LOL

      Both hubby and I liked the scones, a lot. I added dried apricots and cranberries. I did use the non-fat milk, but I don't think that changed it much since I used the 1/2 cup of butter. Maybe cut a minute or two off the baking time? Honestly, doesn't matter much...I'll eat them! LOL The process was much easier than I thought it would be. Your recipe was perfect. Oh, I got to use the baking stone! I've had it for 10 years, it's about time. LOL

    2. Angela,I thought those stones were just for pizzas, no come to think of it, I've seen pictures of shortbread baked on them. Yes, what an easy, quick recipe, heh, and you know what you're eating. I mean no additives like store bought. Hubby has all his gone now.
      I think of you these's been raining for three days straight and very, very dreary but no drought.

    3. I found some really cool fruit mix at Trader Joe's that has three types of raisins and cherries!! A bag flew into my cart...I'll be trying them out tomorrow.

      There is a rumor that we will get rain tomorrow. Ha ha ha. The weatherman is such a funny man. LOL

  3. Oh you scored some really nice charts. :) I've got my eye on that cat sampler one. Too cute. Love your crochet blanket. There is just something so comforting about a crocheted blanket. :) The scones look yummy. I am not allowed in our kitchen since I require instructions to boil water. but the scones look very tasty indeed! :) Blessings always

  4. Thank you! I love Plum Street Samplers. I've got most of the Hare patterns....just too cute! My blanket is getting bigger and bigger. It is heavier than I anticipated, so I guess it will be my "winter only" blanket. I've wanted to learn how to crochet for such a long time, I don't even care. LOL

    I am going to try another scone recipe, this time with dried cherries...since I make my living by "food and cooking" I have no excuse for failure. LOL

    Have a wonderful evening!

  5. I love all of your stash! So great to get to a store! I enjoy it when I finally find one somewhere!
    Your granny square is getting big! I know that's a fun project!
    I love scones, and I've never made any. Maybe it's time I tried!! ha

  6. So great for you to visit the store and you've got some nice new stash there, Angela. And also some new fabric stash is always in order, particularly when there is a sale. Enjoy playing with your stash :)