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Monday, December 27, 2010

Apple and Ginger cake









This recipe is from an old paper.


¾ cup unsalted butter
11/4 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
¾ cup buttermilk
3 tbsp molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
2 apples, peeled, cored, sliced

Butter 9-inch square baking dish.
Cream together butter and sugar until light.
Beat buttermilk with molasses:reserve
Sift flour with baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Stir well. Add alternately to batter with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Stir in apples.
Spoon batter into prepared pan.
Bake in preheated 350F oven 45 to 55 minutes or until centre springs back when gently pressed and cake comes away from sides of pan.
Serve warm or cold.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Two Wreaths

I made two more wreaths for friends.




Ornaments


I made more ornaments to make a Christmas Wreath.



Freebie from here

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

More freebies done


Designs are from Imaginating, Inc.




Dragonfly, designed by Fiona Jude, from here




Four seasons Cat, but I stitched only two, from club point de Croix

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Noel 6

updated on Dec 6


I saw a Christmas stocking ornament package, 12-pack, from a dollar store. They are cute, and look nice as a finishing touch. I stitched Noel with a small motif on vinal aida and attached them onto the ornaments. I’m going to pin them on a string to hang on a door or window, or on a frame…..several thoughts in my mind.


11th Wreath



I stitched "Joy", “NOEL”, "Love" and "Fa la la" on green aida and have made them into a wreath. Yes, it’s my 11th wreath, and I already gave it away. It’s very colourful and pretty.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rose Teapot


Design is from Cross My Heart Inc, English Country.
Designed by Melinda Blackman.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Floating above Cappadocia in Turkey


Oct 18, I went to Turkey and Greece for 10 days with members of my church. It was my first time to visit Turkey and Greece. On the third day we went to Cappadocia. The Cappadocia area has deep cavities within the volcanic rocks, and underground cities. We went on one of the hot air-balloon flights, which last about an hour and a half, early in the morning to see the sunrise. I counted 40 balloons in my view, but another person on the other side counted 60 balloons. It’s a bit pricey but worth it to fly about 1000 meters high. It was a beautiful, unforgettable experience.






Thursday, November 4, 2010

a Tisket, a Tasket



I stitched these four beautiful small squares (Garden Salad, Blueberry bucket, Vegetable stew, Fruit basket) in 2002 and left these with my web friend who does quilts. I left these with her when I visited Korea about three years ago, and I have not yet received the finished quilt project.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Pumpkin Harvest


Design is from the Holidays in Cross Stitch 1988, Vanessa-Ann Collection. I finished this in Apr/2004 but have not framed it yet. This is a companion set of The Apple Orchard.

The Apple Orchard


Design is from the Holidays in Cross Stitch 1988, Vanessa-Ann Collection. I finished this project in 2004.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Red House in Winter


Design is from Little House Needlework.
I finished it as an ornament in April 2010.
It was my first time stitching from a Little House Needlework design, and I love it.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Seasonal Scenes


Designed by Sandi Gore Evans, Four seasons from Leisure Arts Leaflet 2442. I made these for my daughter’s kitchen in 2000.







Sunday, October 3, 2010

Our Daily Bread


Designed by Phyllis Taylor. I stitched two of these for my sister and friend.

Denim Daisies



Designed by Melinda Blackburn, from an old magazine. I stitched this in 2000 for my daughter.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Freebies done years ago


EMS freebie, Breakfast




Teapot and Cup




Babychicks from DMC




Babychicks from DMC

Millenium Wishes



Free pattern by EMS. It wasn’t easy stitching black Aida with dark navy floss. I finished this in Dec/1999 for my nephew.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Ancient Wall Map



Design is from Vanessa Ann’s Holiday in Cross Stitches 1992 Collection for Columbus Day 500 Anniversary. I finished this in Sep/2000 on 16count Aida. (271x180)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Love is patient


“Love is patient, love is kind……", Designed by Lou Bouldin.
I stitch this project as a special gift for a church member, who became an elder in 2006.
I just recently received a framed picture.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Herb Garden



“Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth.” Genesis 1:29. Design is from Leisure Arts Book, “Let Us Pray” designed by Deborah Lambein. I stitched this in Sep/2000 for my kitchen.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Thread Keeper



Design is from web freebie, designed by Chez Elisa.
I made three of these thread keepers in Oct/2007, and I used Anchor 1325 & 1335.
Personally, I use them as a purse ornament.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Old Memories of Knitting and Crochet


I knitted a Cat bag in 1975, design is from an old magazine.



I crocheted a black cardigan about 20 years ago.



This lovely crochet blanket I stitched in 1972, for my first baby boy. It’s still in good condition.


White sweater, I don’t remember when I completed, was a design from an old Vogue Knit magazine.


Green and White afghan, I made 4 of these afghans for a Church bazaar mid-1980 and I kept one for myself.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Passion Flower


I saw some very interesting plants called Passion flowers, a couple weeks ago, and I bought two of them. One grows well with a few buds, but the other has no sign of flowers. Passion flowers are not only beautiful; they produce delicious fruits (passion fruits) as well. Flowers are about 4 inches in width, and so far I had three flowers and they all bloomed for only one day, each. It seems too short for such a beautiful flower, to bloom for only a day. Anyways, I hope I have a chance to see fruits growing in my balcony……


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Door Hanger


I don’t remember where I got this lovely freebie.
I stitched this on black aida and made it into a door hanger.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Emblem of Friendship

Blue, 2010

Designed by Louise Henderson of Cherished Stitched from 2006 Christmas Ornaments Issue. I stitched the Emblem of Friendship four times, all in different colours, and I made them into door hangers.
They look pretty. I love them all.


Purple, 2009

Blue, 2008


Red, 2008