Sunday, October 24, 2021

I'm still here


I transplanted a boatload of cannas lillies last week. My gardening plans are, if planted and it grows, it stays. If it dies, it's fertilizer. Sometimes when planted, things takeover the area they are planted in. That is called successful gardening, right? hahaha

Last weekend we left for a long awaited camping trip. The weather looked a tad ominous.
It's not easy to see but just above the RV, to the right, is a tiny patch of pale blue sky. We took this as a sign that it would all be alright. We did hit some heavy heavy rain on the way to the park, but it cleared off afterwards and we had a great weekend!

Best of all, the hot summer weather broke and it was downright awesome sauce temperatures over the weekend!
I got lots of crocheting done, finishing a remake of a cardigan for my daughter.
Nice view out the window of the RV

We went camping this weekend too. The weather was a little warmer but still very very nice.
Meals are simple

Dogs are always ready to go for walks

I finished fixing the red hat and made the tan and orange one while camping.
I am making them to donate to a homeless shelter.

I finally decorated for Halloween too. Did you know Morning Glories are deadly? hahaha
That's all for now. Till next time, enjoy, create, and live!

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Just hooking along...

 Crocheting goes slower than quilting. I just finished this scarf for a friend.

This shows the colors a little better:

Do you think Dexter is asking ME to get him his toy? hmmmmm
Morning glories are blooming, in spite of the heat we've had:
My daughter is moving out soon. She's been with us for five years. She's doing so much better now! There were a lot of health issues she has had to work through. Now she's ready to fly again! I will miss her terribly but am also happy for her to be taking the next step towards independence again.
In the process of helping her pack, we came across an afghan that my Mom, her Grandmother, knitted over 20 years ago. It has been well loved. If you look closely you might see a hole over on the left, near my right hand:
I do not knit. I crochet. I decided to unravel this and remake it in crocheted stitches. In the process I discovered a lot of things. The biggest lesson is that crocheting is different than knitting! hahahaha I ended up and was able to save a portion of the knitted part that Mom had done and I am restitching the rest by using crochet stitches. It will be a conglomeration of the two processes as well as the two women that have shaped my daughter's life....me and her gramma. 

I am learning how to do mosaic crochet as well. I started working on this one and got lost. It is now a hot pad in the kitchen:

That's it for today. I'm just stitching away and watching bad movies. 
See you all next time!!!

Sunday, August 15, 2021

What goes around is square

  A number of years ago I made a quilt using this block design. I am presenting it to the guild as a challenge block when we next meet up. It's pretty simple but makes a nice quilt top when done.


I attempted to make meat pies the other night. I used canned roast beef, (not corned beef) hash and a slice of Swiss cheese in each. They were not too bad but I don't think I will make them again. I dunno why I like experimenting when cooking, but I do. I guess I get bored, making the same thing over and over.
  
I dug out the toy Singer that is from my husband's side of the family. I toyed with selling it. Get it? I TOYED with selling it! hahaha
With a little oil and help from The Mister, we got it running and even sewed a bit with it! I guess it will stay in the family a while longer.

I experimented in the kitchen again and made a blueberry cake with powdered sugar icing. The icing was too thick. The cake was delicious!
I am slowly sorting through all the orphan blocks I asked for, at the guild last month. I have this kit ready to go for a new challenge we are starting. 
The bowtie blocks were all hand sewn! I added some swan print green fabric and this will make a nice twin bed quilt someday.

That's all for today! Till next time, happy crafting y'all!


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

finishes and stuff

In early summer there is a crepe myrtle outside my window that blooms into wonderful flowers.
In fall and winter those blossoms have turned into food for the cardinals and blue jays.
I wonder if my houseplants are jealous?

I finished this wall hanging.
It's the first quilt that I have finished in a long long time. 

I've done more crocheting than quilting. I made this little scarf for a friend.

Dexter is ever vigilant, making sure I am doing everything the right way
. . . and probably watching for me to drop crumbs!

I actually finished a SECOND quilt! 
This one is a bed sized one.
This quilt actually sat on my quilting table, partially started, with a needle in the fabric, for months! I started it and just left it sitting there on the table, waiting for me to come back. The pattern is "Nordic Fireside" by Piecing the Past Quilts. I used a lot of colors that I normally don't work with. It wasn't a hard pattern, just the timing of the whole thing. I am happy to have it completed.

Uh-oh, I think Dexter is tired of waiting for me. 
Time to go. Until next time, happy crafting everyone!

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Playing with Fabric

I've been so busy in the studio. I asked the members of my quilt guild to donate orphan blocks. They responded with tons of blocks and odds and ends of fabrics:


I've sorted and sewn and cut and sorted some more.

I was surprised at how fun this has been for me!
I've been in a slump for over a year and working with these orphan blocks has been refreshing and inspiring. I will be making "Challenge Kits" to hand out at a future quilt guild meeting. Sadly our August meeting has just been canceled due to the uptick in Covid in our state. I guess this gives me more time to get more kits made!

I made a peach cake:
It was very easy and simple. It also was a magic cake as it disappeared quite quickly!
Peach Ricotta Cake
In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat 2 eggs and 1 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 cup ricotta cheese and mix to combine. Add dry ingredients, half at a time, and mix.
Cut 1 peach in cubes and slice 1 peach. Fold in cubed peach into the batter. Spray a 6-inch springform pan with Pam. Spoon batter into the pan and arrange sliced peach on top.
Sprinkle with a bit of granulated sugar, and bake at 325 for 60-75 minutes. Dust it with some powdered sugar before serving.

If I make this again I will put one and a half peaches in the batter and only slice half a peach for the top.
I thought it tasted better the next day after sitting in the fridge overnight.

Till next time, happy crafting y'all!