With thy Needle & Thread,
The Santa ornament for 2010. Design is worked on 30 count linen over 2 threads.
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With thy Needle & Thread,
A school girl named Mary Wrigley of Clearfield, PA completed this piece in 1834, she was 14 years old at the time the piece was completed. Mary was one of 11 siblings born to Robert and Mary Kay Wrigley. Mary's Sampler came complete with a full family history of her parents that immigrated to America from Lancashire, England. The piece measures 18" square with large motifs, common to PA samplers, worked in bright reds and mossy green flosses.
A SAMPLER SPEAKS
The sketch was then transferred onto weavers cloth and then it was onto color planning. TAA DAA...a new design was created on a country road, in my car, on the way home...and that is how I roll along folks!!
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With thy Needle & Thread, Brenda
Grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half,
Begin by slicing cucumbers & onions into a serving bowl. Cover cucumbers & onions with cold water and salt quite generously. Add several ice cubes. Let set for an hour or until ice melts. This step of soaking the veggies is a trick my mother has always done, it helps crisp up the cucumbers and is the key to great cucumbers, in my opinion! After soaking, drain water off of cucumbers & onions.
Add tomatoes to cucumber & onion mixture.
Apply the following vinaigrette:
1/4 cup light olive oil
2 T. white wine vinegar
1 tsp. dried dill weed
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. pepper
Pour over salad; toss lightly
You can also add kalamata olives to this salad, cut in half.
Before I begin I must tell you about my crazy momma and grandma...
It was the night before we were going to the bee and it was bath time as usual. I enjoyed a nice bubbly bath, dried off, put on some good smelling lotion and got my diaper on. Then things got a bit crazy...momma and grandma wanted me to try on these silly pants called bib overalls, in just my size. Threshing Bee attire I'm told. Well they were uncomfortable, didn't know about having buckles on my shoulders and well let's just say I was not having anything to do with those silly pants. No one at daycare wears these, I've never seen anyone at the playground or mall in these either. Momma and Grandma kept telling me how cute I was in them, that Great Grandpa would be wearing these, that all the farmers would have bibs on and yadda yadda.... I knew what they were doing. Just give me my cargo shorts & polo shirt with the collar popped!
Threshing is the process of loosening the edible part of cereal grain (or other crop) from the scaly, inedible chaff that surrounds it. It is the step in grain preparation after harvesting and before winnowing, which separates the loosened chaff from the grain.
A Threshing Bee is a festival held in communities to commemorate this process.
Here I'm explaining to momma that the sheep say baa...
Great Grandma Millie, Great Aunt Linda, Second Cousin Abby, Great Aunt Sandra, my Momma, and let me think...that would be third cousin Riley.
Well I guess momma and grandma weren't kidding...
I think I'm just going to pretend that I didn't see these guys. I couldn't help but stare at them in their silly pants...and I even know it's not polite to stare.
They look hot to me, glad I left mine at home.
More sheep & silly pants...
Momma and grandma don't even think about making me wear something like this next year.
Wait a minute, is this Santa?
Look at all these pots & pans. When I was younger I used to play with momma's pots & pans.