I'm back! I didn't fall off the earth, I didn't die, I didn't even stop stitching! The trip to Texas to spend Christmas with 2 of our daughters and their families was very long and quite eventful.
I didn't die, but there were a few moments when I wasn't sure about that. We brought back a little extra holiday giftee from the grands - The NoroVirus (stomach flu)! It has taken a lot out of both G and I, so I must confess I've been a tad slow getting back to my normal routine. I have been needing a whole lot more sleep the past week or so.
The picture here is of a pillow that was my major stitching push for Christmas this year. It was a gift for my 2 daughters' mother-in-law. Two of my girls married brothers and their mil, Sylvia, did us an enormous favor early last year and so I made this as an extra special Thank You Christmas Gift.
I've posted close up pictures in my Flickr album which you can access by clicking on this picture. There you will see Sylvia herself with the pillow and also some examples of Sharon B's first two weeks of the TAST challenge she is running on her blog "In a Minute Ago".
The Herringbone is sort of hidden along one seam and disguised by beads & added stitches. The very simple version of Buttonhole is on the peach seam on the lower left of the pillow.
I need to play catch up with the TAST stitches at some point so my "book" will be complete. I know what I'm going to do; the problem is having the energy to do it. This virus takes a lot out of you when you're not a kid.
A lot of you know me as a fiber artist of sorts. I have been teaching crazy quilting and embroidery for years now, but I also love good food. I have collected and experimented with recipes for over 45 years. I have even edited a cookbook for our local garden club. I also am happy to say that I own my Mum's handwritten recipe book which contains recipes from my grandmother and recipes Mum collected since she and my Dad wed in 1925. When I was searching for a name for my recipe blog where I will be sharing a lot of Mum's recipes this blog name just popped into my head. When I was a child I used to hear ladies at church functions like weddings, potlucks & picnics ask "who is that little girl sitting over there all by herself?" Someone else would always answer "Oh, that's Lulu's Girl; she is very shy!" Some of you know that I've overcome the shyness, but, believe me, it took a very long time!