Tuesday, December 26, 2006

One felt bag...

done. Or nearly so. I still have to sew a lining. I am making this bag for my friend, K. K has been my friend longer than any other- 21 years. and that is saying something. She just lost her mom a few days before Christmas and I was already in a quandry about what to give her for Christmas... There are only so many quilts you can make someone- especially when they don't live in a cold climate- I've made her 3. But I think this little handbag is a winner! I might have to fill it with some luxurious little gifts. It is all sewn by hand- I am going to have to try to make one using the sewing machine, next.

Paul's Feast...
Paul(12) is my still water... you know what they say about still waters running deep. That's Paul. He tends to be quiet and private... but sometimes he just overflows and it is amazing what is going on under the surface of his controlled veneer. He is very smart. He had a really fun feast. Have you ever read any of the Redwall novels by Brian Jacques? Paul's feast was a Redwall feast. There are pages in his books dedicated to the menus of the "folks" at Redwall Abbey. The occupants are mostly mice and small woodland creatures like badgers and squirrels, moles and such. So... think vegetarian. He had scones, sprinkled with sugar, and dried fruit for his appetizer. His main course was macaroni and cheese. He wanted to do fish, but he has several brothers who aren't the biggest fan of fish, so... He had strawberry fizz for his drink- he mixed Hawaiian punch with 7-up. And then his dessert was really spectacular. The kids were all amazed. Apparently shrews are really good cooks in Redwall Abbey. So he served not 1, but 2, shrew cakes. He fixed a yellow cake and a white cake- 3 layers each. Hollowed out the cakes and stacked them on top of each other. He filled the white cake with strawberries and strawberry glaze and the yellow cake- my favorite, with peaches and blueberries with peach glaze. The cakes he covered with cool whip. They were so pretty- these big fluffy mounds and when you cut into them- oh, the fruit! It was really very very tasty- good enough for company and an easy thing to make! The gifts- well, the 4 oldest boys got new pocket knives, and the 4 youngest got those little "break and shake" glow tubes that you can take camping. They took them to bed with them and had a fun time staying up later than they probably should have! It was a very original feast and "tasty" as Abe says.



8 comments:

Isobel said...

Sounds like a yummy feast to me. Each of your boys is just as handsome as the next.

quiltpixie said...

your bag looks wonderful -- a very thoughtful gift at such a trying time.

Lucy said...

You have lovely sons! and I wish I could come once at your diningtable!

lovely bag!

Peni said...

Paul is so handsome!! Grandfather says so...and you know he's always right! :)

The purse is lovely, Nines. Maybe I need to make a thrift run for wool...to do in the tub. My Mr. Fix-it just fixed the stove and kitchen faucet...I would want to over tax his generosity.:)

Love you so, Mom

Darcie...Quilting By Darcie said...

Paul's Feast does sound tasty...Abe's right! I especially love all of the thought that goes into your childrens' feasts...very detailed.

Oh...those brown eyes! And there's your kitchen tree! Will you leave it up all winter...it's a lovely sight.

Your wool bag looks so trendy...it will be a very nice keepsake for your friend. How thoughtful of you, Nines! I love your detail of the handle and the flower appliques.

Happy Wednesday to you, dear friend!

Dawn said...

The purse is wonderful! She will LOVE it! And I always love reading about everyone's feasts!

Angie said...

Love your bag, Nines!!! You did a fabulous job with those sweaters...LOL in spite of clogging up the washer/lines! LOL
Paul's feast sounds absolutely scrumptious...call me next time and I'll be right over! :)

Denise Wheeler said...

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