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Friday, October 23, 2009

My New Toy & Some Stitching

I bought myself a new toy. As most of my long time readers know, this has been an awful year for me. A huge tree limb fell on my house a week before Christmas last year and although the damage was minimal, we still had plenty of damage to deal with. I had a mental breakdown and went into a state of horrifying depression on Christmas Eve (my birthday). I had to say goodbye to my teddy bear Garfield and among other things, the current state of the economy has not been good to us.

There were months there, where I couldn't stitch or do my designing. I didn't have the energy or mental capacity to run either one of my sewing machines. I was able to make cards with my mom and I was able to bake. And bake I did! There must be something about it that has been helping me get through this awful experience. I've baked more this year than I have in the past 5 years!

Anyway, I've been wanting a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer for quite some time now. Thinking back, I remember looking into them about 8 years ago but I was very specific on the color. I wanted a Professional heavy duty mixer in Pistachio green. Well guess what? I bought one for myself:


I wanted the Professional model because I intend to make bread in it. It just arrived last night!

I haven't been able to use it yet but mom and I have been playing with hers so at least I know what to do and don't have to read the instructions. As soon as I get something made in it, I'll share some photos and more recipes.

In the meantime, I stitched up a doorhanger:

Christmas Tree Doorhanger

It looks like a pink blizzard doesn't it? Me, who loves Christmas so much! NOT! And mentally crashing on Christmas Eve last year does not help me to like it any more. But my mom gave me some suggestions to make it different this year and to keep my mind occupied with something more fun. I asked Scott if he would either take me to JoAnn Fabrics on my birthday or the Antique Mall that I love. Being the sweetie pie that he is, he told me that we may be able to do both! That should help.

So, that's my Christmas doorhanger. It'll be a gift. I'll be starting another one shortly and then I'll sew them both together at the same time.

Ok, I'm off to try my new toy out!


Magpie's Mumblings said...

That's a sweet new toy ('sweet' being the current word my kids use to describe anything rather special). Isn't it fun that appliances are now being made in such great colours? Gotta love it!

Allison Ann Aller said...

What a great new toy!
Your house is going to smell so good with that bread baking...

abigail2 said...

I LOVE the color of your new "toy"! I have one in white that very seldom gets used. We're not much for cakes, and I always mix cookies by hand.

Love your new doorknocker!

cjeddy said...

I LOVE your new doorknocker! I love the colours!!

Robin said...

You are going to love playing with your new toy! My DH got me one for Christmas a couple years ago in my fav color RED! I love using it for all my baking. I love all your crazy quilting they are great.

Charlene said...

Grand toy! I look at them often, but THE day hasn't come yet. Your pink blizzard is really pretty! Sound like a nice plan for the BD - what's better than stashing - stitching and antiques!! Have fun with the toy.

Jan Pope said...

I have one of these "toys" too. It kneads dough - two loaves of bread at a time! I affectionately call mine "cement mixer" because it would have no problem mixing cement. Check out the bread recipies at They have some of the best bread recipes and their golden pound cake is to die for. Happy baking.

Anonymous said...

I love the doorknocker. Snowflakes are a favorite of mine, so I saw those before I saw the tree. Just think of it as a winter wonderland.

Cathy K said...

Pam, you ROCK! I love the door hanger (what a great idea) and your glittered pumpkins are so simple and lovely. Can't wait to see the results of your baking frenzies, LOL. You're going to get us all baking before you know it! Hugs, Cathy

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