I baked a half ham today. But I ate pepperoni and saltines for supper. LOL
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
These are gifts from my Secret Santa on a prim quilting grou. I love the pillow/doorstop. My first beaded item. So detailed in wool and homespuns. I also received a rotary/scissor holder, a machine stitched hand towel, a crochet dishcloth and a bag of Lindor truffles. Dont notice these do ya? Well after a quick treat and sharing a couple with Heather, these got stashed. Saving them for a need a sweet day and from the Mister. LOL
I love the rosemary tree. Mark aka The Mister, got me 2 of these this spring. I decorated this one with tiny ruby glass balls and 2 velteen bows. I love brushing it and getting the yummy smell through the house. Have been pruning it often to share with the family. The other was isnt so lush. Just wasnt happy in my playhouse. Probably lonely since I havent been out there much! So they will be trading sunshine spots for a bit to perk it up.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Played in my dollhouse a bit last night. My finlaw gave me a box of brand new goodies he purchased at an auction. The only item I have added to my dollhouse so far is the piano. I love it. The girls had wanted for so so long and this one is a music box also. So that is even better! I need to make rugs and pictures for my dollhouse. Just cannot decide on what. The cupboard in the bathroom will hold towels and bath goodies soon. Here and there you can see the lil bits of yellow tickytacky I have to use to keep small items in place. The Big People seem to rattle the rafters too much! And if you are wondering where the girls are, well they are out in my playhouse working on Christmas gifts. Told me to stay out, so I just dont know WHAT mischief they are up to. This year my dollys did not gussie up their house for the holidays. Just too much happening. But they do have some ideas for Valentine's Day and upcoming birthdays. Will have to see what they come up with!
Friday, December 14, 2007
And the winner of The Country Cellar patterns ('cause I love to draw names) is Beth and Cheryl.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Michelle stitched and punchneedled this for me. I love it. Her first punchneedle project too I think.
This is a counter in my kitchen we do not use. It is a hodge podge of red/white granite ware, old utensils and jars, bears and baskets. The gingerbread men are there year round. I painted the snowmen faces on the muffin tin. I rusted the tin a bit by washing it in vinegar water. Then took it outside and sprinkled salt on the wet tin. A couple of days and we had rust. Flipped it over and repeated the water/salt on the other side.
Happy Sunday everyone.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
FYI-After I posted and was looking it over, I noticed the flower looked really offcenter. It isnt, I measured it to double check. LOL Just the way it squished in the scanner I guess.
Here is a pic of the small clutch I crochet/felted. It started out 10 x 8-inches and shrank to 8 x 6-inches. These are addictive to make. Mindless. My new "doily therapy". LOL Cause I have gifted out all the doilies anyone is ever going to need. I also started another smallish tote like the blue one, this version is in red. Ran out of yarn at the handle! But the order should be in soon. It is a bit rustish in color. I wanted RED red. Hmmm? Am wondering if it will darken a bit in the felting. Does anyone else do this? If so, do you add the baking soda to the water? What does it really do??? I havent done it without it, but curious.
I was gifted with this book today. I LOVE it and highly recommend it. A great hardcover book filled with blocks and ideas on what to do with them. Applique, patch and paper (foundation) piecing.
We were at 14 degrees at 5:30am. Brrrrrr! Stay warm everyone.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Since I have been so picture poor on the blog lately, I thought to share this one. This is a 6ft shelf in my playhouse. It hangs above my sewing table and is filled with favorite things and tools of the trade.
I need to go close up all the blinds, it is definitely winter now. Last night it was down to 23 degrees!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Can you say WOW on how much it shrank? It started out 18" wide and ended up 12". I didnt measure the strap length. I love it! The texture came out just as I wanted it to. Nice and thick! There is a large pocket inside. The tote was done entirely in half double crochet with a H hook. One row of single crochet along the top edge. I like that the handles are felted into the bag. They will not come off! It becomes one piece of wool. Now I am working on a red bag. Well it was called firecracker, but is more rusty red. :o( I am hoping in the felting it will darken a bit. The blue tote is not as bright as it photographed. The felting process I used was simple. Hot wash/cold rinse, full cycle, 2 tablespoons of baking soda in wash water and added in a pair of jeans. Put it in the dryer until the squish was out of it. Laid it flat to complete drying. But another WOW on it stinking!! Like a nasty dirty ole wet dog. Well in this case, sheep. Until it was totallllllly dry, it smelt. I ended up leaving it outside a couple of days in the sun with dryer fabric sheets inside it. It was really bad! Now it is fine. Thank goodness!
This is a crazy week for us. Heather has her second hand surgery on Wednesday. Then the next 2 days of very intensive therapy. We will be staying in Indianapolis thru Friday evening. This is a very needful surgery to clean up scar tissue and release tendons and ligiments. But I hate for her to go through all this. Her incision they said will be about 8-9 inches long. Please pray for her. They have to start the therapy the next day to stop the scar tissue from reoccurring. It is going to be extremely painful for her. I know she is strong and can do it. She has proved that already. :o)
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I saw this book and thought it looked fun. You can read about it HERE. Quilts and pincushions!
Friday, November 09, 2007
I posted a few finished goodies on my website. Take a looky if you like Raggedies and pincushions please.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
The chair was being thrown away after my granparent's estate sale and someone snagged it for me. It hung in my shop for years, then my playhouse and now in the house. The quilt is another quilt of love made for me by online quilting friends. The black doll's story is she was made on my trip to Michelle's in Victoria BC. We each made one. Her face is there. Just doesnt show up well in the dark corner. I made Miss Scary Hands. Shayla calls her that. LOL Heather did the turning and stuffing. I think we made 3 of them. She said no more! Hated the stuffing of the toes and fingers. Oops about missed one! And Michelle made me the sheepie for Easter a couple years ago.
It is gorgeous here! The sun has shown all week and the temps are perfect for autumn. I have a couple windows up and am loving it!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Mark refinished this cabinet about 12 years ago. The one and only refinishing project he has done. It is our memory cabinet. Filled with gifts, family heirlooms and favorites. The quilt is a gift from my Backporch Friends group early on in my cancer adventure. I love it! It has signature blocks and the Raggedy Ann is hand embroideried. The doll on top is by Sue Sizemore. My daddy made me the wooden tray. The gourd is painted by me.
The second shelf... Mark made these funny lil cows from sculpey and I painted them for him. Oh my, about 14 years ago. The bunnies peeping out are the first gift he ever gave me. They were an Easter present. The tiny tea cup is from Michelle. The dried roses are saved from a sweet gift from Penny. They dried so perfect. A angel is nestled in them and was a gift of encouragement from my Aunt Betty. The coffee pot is the first thing his mom bought with her first paycheck. When you pick it up it play music. The bottom shelf holds a bunny I painted for Mark's grandma and a ceramic duck dish I painted for mine. We received these back after their passing. Mark painted the Garfield banks in 4-H as a wee lad. The bread dishes were his mother's. She passed away when he was 15. The ceramic angel actually belongs to Heather and was a birthday pressie.
And doing this backwards as usual...the top shelf holds my Raggedies, thimbles from Heather's travels, Anne of Green Gables doll I bought when I went to see Mich in Victoria Bc and my Mary Engelbreit doll from my mom. Before I even knew who she was! LOL
This is my current hand work project. I am crocheting a bag to felt. Using a size H hook. My first time at felting, so we will see. It seems so huge! But I know it will not end that way. The yarn is Wool of the Andes (100% Peruvian High Wool), Sapphire Heather, from Knit Picks. Actually it is much more "heathered" than it looks. Has a navyish color in it.
Now I challenge you to show the corners of YOUR house. If you do, please let me know so I can go have a lookyloo. Have a great day.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Here we are holding the quilt our "other"sister Michelle made and her picture. It is adorable. She does amazing work! And it is soooo pink. Yikes! I looked like I have been dragged through the bushes backwards. Ignore me and look at Hillary and the sweet blankie! I was just about "done" here. LOL
This is the diaper cake I made her. I had so much fun shopping for it. Goodies are all the way around it. The bottle of M 'n M's was a guessing game.
This is the quilt I made Baby Lyssi. It is pretty big so she can get lots of use out of it. All in 30's reproduction fabric. With a scrappy binding. Love you HillaryNoelle. Hope you use this quilt! Do not save it! :o) It is to wrap your lil' one up in love.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
And here are my baby girls. Lydia is so not happy because Gracie is on her perch at the window.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Debbie and Kaye England. They were both having a great time. Deb helped fold her quilts after her lecture and got to really talk to her more then.