Monday, October 31, 2011

Popcorn and a Christmas Gift

Some of you know, I tried growing my own popcorn this year. Well, it grew, but I learned something new during the growing process. I have never had 'critters' in my garden in the past.....mind you, we live in the middle of a corn field or bean field, depending on the year....
Well, for the first time ever, we had critters visit the garden & guess what they liked.....yup..you guessed it...my popcorn...As soon as the ears started growing, they started 'disappearing'.. I found tracks to two different critters around the stalks.....we had raccoons loving  my popcorn & also deer.....
They missed 2 ears, so I did get to at least try my popcorn....ha!!!! You can see in the pictures the ears, the amount unpopped & then the end result, which tasted WONDERFUL last night!!!!
Stitching this weekend was a lot of fun.....I had 2 of my stitching friends over for the day on Sat...we had our own private little Stitch In.. One gal almost finished what she was working on. I got word later that evening that she had finished... The other gal did a little stocking border...those premade stockings that you add stitching to the band around the top. She started & finished it while here. I worked on an ornament for my nephew & his wife. They are expecting baby #2 in Feb. I thought this ornament would be a perfect gift. They know the baby is a girl, so I changed the one color to pink. This ornament was done with a variety of flosses. I didn't have the called for flosses, so I went on a hunt thru my hand dyed flosses. I used some dmc (310) some Carries, some Dye is Cast & some San Man Strands... The fabric is Sassy's Crocus..the picture does not do the fabric or the flosses justice..that is what I get for taking a picture while it is still dark out..bad lighting!
today I need to find a Disney themed pattern for an ornament for an exchange....may be harder than I thought!
Sam Sarahs JCS 2011 ornament issue

My two lone ears of popcorn

The popcorn ready to be popped

The results of my new test!!
I hope everyone had a great weekend & has a great week....it is Monday....start fresh & enjoy!

22 comments:

WendyCarole said...

love the snowfolk.

Congratulations on getting some corn to try out

CalamityJr said...

Wow - a great finish and home grown popcorn! Good for you (just sorry you didn't get to "keep" more of your popcorn!)

Lesleyanne said...

A gorgeous finish. Lovely popcorn.

Carol said...

I had no idea that popcorn was made from different corn that regular corn... at least you got to try a bit of it. Maybe a fence next year?

Your stitch-in day sounds like fun--it's always nice to see what others are working on. And your ornament for your nephew and his wife is perfect!

Jodie said...

Whoa, so cool! I didn't realize that you had to grow different corn for popcorn! That's so cool. Your Christmas stitch looks fantastic, super-cute! Can't wait to see what you dig up for a Disney themed xstitch!

Mouse said...

ooo at least you got some to try .... do you prefer it sweet or salty ??? and lovely finish :).. glad you got a stitchy day in ... they are soo much fun with like minded friends:) love mouse xxxx

Hazel said...

Yay you made popcorn! Lovely snowmen too. x

Julie said...

Great ornament for you nephew and his wife, how lovely.

The popcorn looks lovley, shame your visitors enjoyed it so much

Michele said...

Sounds like a fun stitching weekend :) Love the ornament you finished .. very cute!

I bet the critters really enjoyed you planting for them :)

Carolyn NC said...

Lovely finish - and the popcorn looks very tasty!

Terri said...

That ornament is too cute!

Popcorn is my favorite snack too! I hope you have better luck next year!

Ranae said...

Very cute snow couple finish
I guess 2 cobs are better then none
Those little critters must have filled their little bellies
Can you blame them??!! lol

Denise said...

Two ears! Poor you - at least the critters saved you a taste!

Cute finish! Glad you got to hang out with your friends and stitch a bit!

Mary said...

Sorry to hear about the popcorn Shari....at least they left some for you. Nothing seems to be "critter-safe" anymore, does it?

The ornie is adorable and will be a treasure for your nephew and his wife. The colors are perfect for a little girl.

I'm glad to hear that you had some stitching fun with your pals. That's always a treat.

Happy Halloween with HUGS to you :)

Wayne said...

That ornament really is adorable. It turned out real well. I know they will love it.

Sally said...

Love your ornament Shari. It's so sweet.

Your popcorn looks delicious.

Lizy said...

Hi,
What intersting article you wrote about the corn!!!! I enjoy eating popcorn too!!!! Well that cross xmas gift is so pretty!!!!!

Lois said...

What an adorable finish! Glad you managed to get one bowl of popcorn. It looks delicious!

Brigitte said...

So nice to read that you were having a great time at your little GTG with your stitching friends. I love the ornament you finished, particularly the fabric colour you used for it. Fantastic!

Lizzy said...

Beautiful snowfolk ornament, Shari and what a sweet gift for your nephew and his wife!

Your popcorn looks delicious ~ maybe the critters had a movie night~ hope you have better luck with it next year ~ Blessings always in stitches...

Nancy M said...

Very cute ornie/gift! Too bad the popcorn wasn't terrible, then you wouldn't feel so bad that you only got 2 ears of it! Glad your get together was fun.

Vickie said...

You need to find a Disney ornament and you haven't contacted me? I am so offend.....I may mot help you out when you finally come to your senses!