A lovely cool day today!!!
Only a heavy snowfall would've made it better : )
I had to venture forth into the devil's playground to run a few errands which included a stop at the grocery store. I think I've got all the staples covered for a couple days.
Note what's there on the right corner in front. I stopped by the drug store thinking maybe they'd have the Peeps ghosts on sale but there were none to be found. (They did have the Peeps orange pumpkins but they don't taste the same.) I was, however, thrilled to discover that the Peeps snowmen had made their appearance : )
Peeps white peeps at Easter time were always the best but the Peeps company no longer makes the white ones so I have to suffer : ( My only chance of capturing even a bit of the white peep goodness is with the white ghosts or the white snowmen. While standing at the checkout counter the salesclerk said to me "The Halloween pumpkin Peeps are on sale." I didn't want to go into a long dissertation about how the colors affect the taste so I just said "the snowmen taste better" & she laughed! Poor thing didn't have a clue.
After taking the above photo I prepared the Peeps snowmen for future eating. First I took off the plastic covering. (I don't know how those bananas got in my cart.)
Then I placed the open packages on top of the refrigerator to age for a few days.
Peeps are NOT good fresh from the package. They must age on top of a refrigerator first in order for them to dry up a bit on the outside & be chewy on the inside. Any Peeps gourmet will tell you this.
At this point I heard the UPS truck coming up the driveway ... always a wonderful anticipatory event! What was he bringing me? More stash perhaps? I sent John out to get the package ... quite a large box which I began to open immediately.
Let's take a closer look!
What could it be?!?!?
Why it's my order of 2 boxes of flying saucers!!! Joy! Rapture! I will try not to overdose on them tonight.
Sophie passed out from the sheer excitement of it all.
On to the cross stitch portion of today's post. Two days ago, after taking a heavy dose of antiemetics (barf prevention medicines) I stuffed 2 pinkeeps, stitched up the openings, & attempted to "prim them up." Last year a product called Distress It was highly recommended to me. I found it to be a strange product. I had to spray my pinkeeps time & time again ... & again & again & again ... to finally get them to look even remotely distressed. I knew when I fetched the bottle yesterday that I was facing more stress to my spray pump finger. Interesting thing about Distress It ... at least the bottle I have in my possession. I could tell there was plenty of the solution remaining in the bottle but after a very brief period of time nothing was spraying out no matter how I positioned it. I unscrewed the sprayer & that's when I discovered that the bottom of the sprayer did not reach the bottom of the bottle. It was a good 1-1/2 inches too short! What's up with that? I didn't know what else to do so I dumped some of the solution onto my fingers & sort of patted it on the pinkeeps. I don't recommend doing this. It's messy & it doesn't provide you with any better staining results than if you sprinkled water from the faucet onto it. With all the hype I read last year about Distress It I can't help but wonder if my bottle had been watered down although surely it had been sealed in some way when I bought it? Anyway, the point is that the results of using the Distress It were again, well, distressing. I then decided to try tea staining. I did not want to try coffee staining because in the past my things have always ended up with an orange tint for some reason. I boiled a cup of water & plunged in 6 tea bags, letting them soak overnight. I anticipated amazing staining results but that was not the case. I even took the wet tea bags & pounced them onto the fabric. I've got a bit of light brown color here & there & that's it. What in the world am I doing wrong? My pinkeeps now scream "Not only is Shirlee a failure at finishing, she's also a failure at staining!" (No, I'm not going to share a photo. Just picture a little pillow with some light brown shading here & there.)
I know a lot of people swear by walnut crystals. I invested in some of them last year & the results were as if I held them up for Inky the Octopus to have a shot at. Black splotches here & there.