About marymargaretripley

I am a professional Bakery Manager at a privately owned grocery store. I also owned my own bakery for over four years. I have been baking for 15+ years professionally. I also teach canning and preserving classes and have been gardening since I was 5 years old. I live in Western, NY with my husband, teenage son, Bernie the Cat and Muffins the Hamster.

SAL Pretty Spring House #4

That was a fast three weeks! I have been working mostly on the white picket fence and flowers since my last update. I thought these four seasons projects would be quick but there is a lot more to these than I thought.

Here is where I left off three weeks ago:

Here is where I am now:

Lots of filling in left to do plus there is a surprise in the sky that I have yet to start.

It’s been a busy month for us. Just about three weeks ago our daughter and her husband moved to the UK for the US Airforce and it’s been fun watching her explore and get used to her new surroundings! To all of my English buddies, look out for Emili and Phil Schwan for me!

See you in another three weeks. -MM

Please go and visit the other members of our SAL to see what they are up to. Their blogs are linked below.

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SAL Pretty Spring House #3

I definitely needed a change when I selected this project for my SAL this time. I am so much more motivated to stitch this one!

Here is where I left off last update:

And here is where I am now!

Not bad huh?

Please visit the other bloggers in this group and check out their progress on their stitching projects. You will be amazed what you see. Such talented people!

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda,

Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy

Also Happy Fathers’ Day to my US friends! -MM

June Garden Update

Hi all! Just a quick garden update for you today just click on the link below.

Lots to do still but I am pretty excited about how much we have gotten done so far.

Have a great weekend and I’ll update you again soon. -MM

**June Garden Update** click on

Switching it up for the SAL. Pretty Spring House #2

I have been working on my SAL Onions and Gourds all through the fall and winter months. I have gotten a ton accomplished on it but it’s time to put it away for the spring and summer because I need something light and fun to work on.

Last time I showed you Spring House by Brooke Nolan.

Here is where I started three weeks ago:

And here is my progress after three weeks:

Not a lot done but my garden has been calling me more.

I am not alone in this SAL, not by a long shot. If you click on the below links you will see some very talented stitchers! If you are interested in joining our group please contact Avis, the first link in this group.

See you in three weeks and Happy Memorial Day to my US friends! -MM

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda,

Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy

SAL Onions and Gourds #11, WIP Spring House

It’s been another three weeks! I worked on my big project for the first half but got an itch to start a new project which I have been working on for the past week.

Onions and Gourds is coming along. I had to change the position of the fabric and I hope to get to the right side wall of the chart by the end of the next three weeks.

Here is were I ended last time:

Here is what I accomplished up to today:

I was getting sick of greens and blacks and yellows so I downloaded four free charts from brookesbooks.com. They are the four seasons house. I have started Spring House.

Adorable isn’t it?

MY SAL (stitch-a-long) group is full of very talented stitchers. Please do go and see what they are up to. If you are a stitcher and have a blog you would like to join our group with, please contact Avis, the first link below and see can fill you in on how to join us.

See you for another update in three weeks! -MM

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda,

Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy

SAL Onions and Gourds Update

We are in the middle of an ice storm today. It has been a strange Spring for sure!

I got a little bit of stitching done since the last update. Not a ton but it’s something!

Here is where I was last time,

And here is what I have gotten done,

The third gourd is starting to take shape!

I have also been working on butterfly bookmarks and have added a little photo video for you to watch.

We have added new stitchers to our group! Welcome everyone! Can’t wait to check out your projects.

Please feel free to visit the other blogs and stitchers of this fine SAL group. The links below will take you to their pages.

See you all in three weeks!

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda,

Heidi, Connie, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy