Sunday, March 10, 2013

Monogram Mondays - a day early!

I guess you're wondering why I am sharing Monogram Monday on a Sunday?
Well, my dearly beloved Mr E has to go to Cairns for a few days with his job, and he's taking me with him! \o/
 The photo above is the Cairns Marina at night, and our motel is right in the middle of it, overlooking the water. 
We can take lovely moonlight strolls along the boardwalk after dinner, and while he is working each day I can stitch in the comfy surrounds of our motel apartment.
So, rather than share it late, I am sharing this weeks letter today.

 My words for F are fun, friends, flowers, and faith.
What are yours?
My Sampler is coming along nicely...
...have you started one too?
 After I stitched F, I thought I'd stitch one more to give you an idea on other ways to use the monograms...
With this one I chain stitched the roses with one strand of thread, and stem stitched the F outline.
Then I made it into a heart...
The heart will become a part of another project, but as I won't be home for a few days you'll have to wait until I return to see what it becomes. Mmm...maybe you have some ideas? I wonder if you're right?!

Before going away I usually try and empty the fridge of perishables. This morning I poached our remaining fresh plums  in a vanilla syrup.
You will need ~
* 3 or 4 large plums
* One split vanilla bean
* 2 tablespoons fine sugar
* 2 tablespoons water

Bring the ingredients to the boil in a small saucepan, and immediately simmer with the lid on, for about 8-10 minutes.
I served ours over fresh buttermilk pancakes...

...with sweet cappuccinos on the side.

 Have a lovely week!
I'll have some sweet Christmas stitching to show you when I return. Little sneak peek...



quiltygal said...

Have a lovely " mini holiday" enjoy your stitching xx

Vickie said...

what alovely post Jenny..I could hear your smile right to the end..Have a lovely together time in Cairns you deserve it,cheers Vickie

Melody said...

Fresh plums + vanilla bean = YUM sauce!

CalamityJr said...

What a lovely getaway! Enjoy every moment! Oh - and I added family to your list for this week.

sandi s said...

I hope you have a great time together!

Fiona said...

Thanks Jenny, I'm sure I will find a use for 'F'???? these are all lovely letters... have fun in Cairns..

Jeito Mineiro de Ser said...

Boa viagem! Aproveite bastante!
Um abraço!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely site for a mini-vacation. Wish I could go there! How do you manage to get all that stitching done...and so Beautiful! Your sneak-peak of the Christmas project looks very intriguing-anxious to see the result.


RoRo said...

One of the nicest trips I remember was going with my husband to Newark NJ and while he was at work I embroidered...away from home, away from nice for me to have nothing to do except s-t-i-t-c-h !!!

daisydilly (vicki) said...

Thanks for the "F". Hope you had a grand time in Cairns despite the rain. And the plums look yummy!!