So, how was your Christmas?
Friday, December 30, 2011
So, how was your Christmas?
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
To be embarrassingly honest, I wasn't all that interested in the politics of the summit. I know, I was in college and I should have been more aware of world events, blah, blah, blah. What I remember about that summit was thinking, "People actually live in Iceland?! There are houses? And hotels? Who knew?" Not me, obviously.
So, ever since the fall of 1986, I've wanted to see Iceland. I want to see the geysers, the glaciers and the unpronounceable volcano, Eyjafjallajokull. Maybe someday I'll go there, although I probably won't be trying to negotiate world peace.
What places are on your bucket list?
Friday, December 9, 2011
Most of the fiber arts people I've met are online friends. They are some of the most giving, helpful and encouraging people anywhere. They never make fun of beginners (at least not to my face) and they are quick to offer advice and instruction.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I'm working on a rag quilt for my son for Christmas. I spent an afternoon or two cutting up his old blue jeans into squares as well as cutting new flannel.
A rag quilt is made by having the seams exposed on one side of the quilt. The exposed raw edges are clipped close to the stiching. Then, the whole thing is washed and dried (probably at a laundromat) to start the fraying process. The finished quilt will have one side with traditional seams, the other will have frayed edges that look a bit like chenille.
Remind me to post a picture of the finished quilt. I hope he likes it!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Our booth space was open on two sides, so we set up a bit differently. The sides were not as tall as usual and we split the framework so people could walk through from one side to the other. One of the things we've learned from doing a few craft shows is that you never know before you get there exactly what your space will be like. Always be ready to adjust.
I don't have any more shows scheduled until spring, so I'm going to enjoy my holidays and work on building up inventory in the Etsy shop. And bake Christmas cookies.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The cake was delicious! And my friend Lisa sent me a bag of treats, including special teas and her homemade marshmallows--pumpkin flavor! Yum!
Now, if I can just get over this cold...
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Our tree is in its usual spot, with it's blue ribbon and big bow on the top. The children put the decorations on it and they are nicely arranged, the decorations that is. Now that the children are a little older, the decorations manage to make it all the way up the tree. When they were smaller, there was quite a concentration of ornaments around the lower half.
I also put up a wreath in my kitchen. It's pieced, a bit like a Dresden plate quilt block, in Christmas fabrics. My mother made it many years ago and it's nice to have something of hers to keep me company this year.
This is also the one time of the year that I load up the top of the piano with decorations. I usually resist putting anything there. It's a musical instrument, not a shelf, but a few well-chosen, and padded items are allowed to rest there for a few weeks.
I'll try to get some pictures soon. It's a bit late today and the light is terrible, so you'll have to use your imagination. Actually, your imagination is probably better than the reality, so I may just let that suffice.
Have you done any decorating yet?
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
My deal is this: behave for your shot and you get a treat afterward. "Behave" is defined as holding still, not kicking the nurse and no excessive whining. A tear or two is tolerated, just no tantrums.
It helps that there's a Walmart across the road from the doctor's office.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanine Titherington
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
The Beast Who Couldn't Say Boo by Amanda Agee
And a chapter from Richard Peck's A Year Down Yonder, that tells the story of Halloween with Grandma Dowdel.
We also made cupcakes (devil's food, of course) with sprinkles.
Tonight, I'm hoping for a chance to watch Arsenic and Old Lace with my older daughter.
Any special plans at your place?
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Here's the list of winners:
Bread and Butter Pickles--1st place
Apple Jelly--2nd Place
Grape (muscadine-wild grape)--2nd Place
Strawberry Jelly--2nd Place
Blueberry Jam--2nd Place
We also had the great pleasure of meeting our state fair hero, a charming lady who enters literally dozens of categories and wins in lots of them. Miss Dorothy was there picking up her entries, an all day task for her, and we happened to see her cart and recognized some of her work. She was just as sweet and friendly as I had pictured. My son was thrilled to meet her and couldn't wait to tell his big sister about meeting Miss Dorothy.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
And sewing. Lots and lots of sewing:
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
These are my canning entries: jams, jellies and a jar of pickles. I wanted to enter some things made from pears, but I wasn't able to get pears this year.
My scarf entry is made from bamboo yarn and is super soft. The colors are purple and white.
The last two entries are a crocheted shawl (including a bit of homespun yarn) and a Thanksgiving apron.