Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
so how was your weekend? I can't complain about mine. It was a good one. It's always good if I get some sewing time in! I made these little pocket papers for Darcie and the girls. Gotta get them in the mail. The girls will be headed back to school in just a few weeks, I'm thinking. Some adorable notebooks will come in handy. I'll let them sort out who's who's. These are more of the paper peicing that I've been piddling with. On my "new" sewing machine. Works like a charm. John has commented that he can't even hear the thing running from his sewing station. I think I need one of those long tables like schools have - for sewing lessons! I could set up all my kids with a machine. Now that sounds like fun.
No, I don't have a shoe fetish...I think. I usually only wear my Birkenstocks. I have 5 pair. No, they aren't all frumpy- I have confessed to being "frump girl" but my Birkies are really cute. I have a leopard print one with orange roses, and a blue pair with brown roses, and even a red pair. I just want my feet to be comfy. But then my friend from Oregon spent the weekend and her shoes were just adorable and it got me to thinking... I've been wanting a pair of espedrilles... these are quite comfy, despite the 3.5" heel- and I think the trick to them being comfortable is the wedge heel- and I feel so girly!! They are a pretty peachy color and shot with gold. Very very girly. My husband did have a little panic moment when I walked out of the bedroom with them on- he didn't see them at first and he thought he'd shrunk! I'm his height with them on. I do have a thing for shorter guys. And I know you all will be commenting on my blue toenails. I love all the fun colors that are "in" today!! Purple, green, blue, chrome...I just love that! Who says you have to use red or pink?
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
she stood right by my elbow as I crossed my eyes and sewed up this little number. There are 49 teeny tiny pieces in this 3.5" block. Sandy threw down the gauntlet and challenged me to a duel. I don't think she really thought I'd do it! But I've been diggin' tedious things here lately. After one false start, it went very smooth. I also took the easy route and used solid konas- so if I sewed one upside down- who would even know? With the border, it sizes up to 4.5". Paper-pieced, of course. It's an itsy bitty wallhanging for Sandy- she has been very generous with her swimming pool.
...One of my latest doilies. It's called "bramble" and it's my new favorite. I am sending it to my sis, Laurie. Her son is getting married next week and I think the mother of the groom deserves at least one gift, don't you?
Thursday, July 24, 2008
- 1 1/2c. sugar
- 1/2c. butter
- 2 beaten eggs
Combine and beat well.
- 1 1/2c. flour
- 3/4t. salt
- 1t. baking powder
- 1/2c. buttermilk- with 1/2t. baking soda stirred in
- 2t. vanilla
- 1 1/4c. mashed banana(about 3)
- 1c. nuts- optional(my kids resist anything with nuts.)
Stir in by hand.
Grease a 9x13" pan. Place 34 large marshmellows over the bottom of the pan. (Mawmaw would space hers out perfectly so that every piece of cake had a little toasty marshmellow circle in the middle. I just dump the marshmellows in the pan. Minis work fine also.) Spread batter over marshmellows. Bake for 45 minutes at 350*. Cool and eat- warm is good, too. No need to frost it because the marshmellows have formed this wonderfully sticky, toasty top!
Thanks for walking down memory lane with me!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
My corner of the world...
welcomes you. My Mom took this picture while she was here- she bought herself a new camera. This is a very popular space for me, the corner of my couch. And yes, I am "Nines, the human pretzel." I don't know why I have the urge to wrap myself into a knot when I sit down, but that's what I do! Making a pink doily with cream trim- perfect for my friend's new bedroom. Sitting under what Flylady would call a "hot spot." I call it the flaming inferno. That pass-through is where people stash things and it is almost always piled high with...stuff. Things that don't have a home. Typical of almost every horizontal space around here. But see, if I turn my back on it, it doesn't really exist. Yes, my world is a magical place!
Speaking of doilies... Some one asked if I would sell them...hmmm.... I don't know. That might make something I do for the fun of it, more like work. Ya know? But I'm all for sharin' so if you think you need one, let me know. I'll see if I can't crank one out for you. I love making candle mats- small doilies to place under a large candle- like the Yankee ones. This might be doable gift for others. I made several for my friend, Donna- she collects Willow Tree figurines and I thought they'd be sweet under them. These I could probably get done in a timely fashion for other folks. Whatcha think?
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thought I'd show you a few more of the doilies. I have several more in the works. It's kind of fun to work on a couple at the same time- keeps it interesting. It's kinda hard to do that with quilting- makes too big of a mess. But with doilies, ya just grab another ball of thread. no mess, no fuss. Ya like my peekabo buddy up there? He's such a peanut! Has to get in the picture. Julia, that bottom doily("coriander") was made with that thread of your mom's. A brand new doily that's already vintage! See why it's my favorite doily- so far? Rather like quilts- the one you just finished gets to be favorite for a while.
I think dd, Eva, has an internal alarm clock. Goes off each morning at exactly 5:30am. Yes, I know, a perfectly respectable time, I'm just more of a 7:30am kinda girl. I took them swimming at a friend's house a couple days ago and they had a complete blast. But it was very sunny- it is July, donchaknow- and despite several coats of sunscreen, she has sore shoulders. So at 5:30 the past couple days she wakes me up to slather on a new coat of aloe. She goes right back to sleep and I am wide-awake. Well...er...not exactly wide awake, but I can't get back to sleep. No biggie, I'll just have to squeeze in a nap later in the day.
We have a two-hour-nap-break in the middle of our day, between 1:30-3:30. It is one of our most favored traditions. I can't imagine raising 8 kids without it. As they get older, than they can use that time to read. The older kids love the quiet, and the younger ones climb into bed with no fussing. It gives us all a chance to recharge our batteries so that our early evening hours are peaceful and sweet. So if ya call during our siesta, don't expect me to answer the phone. I'm very protective of nap-time!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
Saturday, July 05, 2008
- Crocheting. I've finished a doily and I am almost finished with another. Then I started a sweater- a first and with no pattern, I'm not sure it will work out wearable. The yarn is wonderfully soft and called "denim ombre" It'll look great with jeans. It's a nice change from the tiny little doily hook- i'm using a honkin' huge K hook.
- I've been acquiring red and white fabrics for a redwork quilt. Sandy has been doing the embrioidery on the machine for me and I plan on piecing little borders for the squares. Some of these fabrics came all the way from Oregon.
- My parents visited. the mower is running- along with a couple weed whackers. that's a very good thing. My dishwasher never ran so good as it does now. All thanks to my Dad. the garden is tilled and looking very healthy. New green beans are planted- for the third time. Hopefully third time is a winner. My Mom did laundry and laundry and more laundry. Welcome to my world.
- We had a 4th of July picnic at my Sis in law's. I made a cherry cobbler- big shocker, I know. But no one else made cherry anything and I was surprised by that. The cobbler was a huge hit and disappeared in no time. I also made baked beans and potato salad- 'cause it was a picnic, right? And 5 gallons of lemonade. My oldest set a big fireworks display in the front yard and we had a singing. It was a grand day.
- Today, I'm tired. Imagine that? So I crochet a little and "rest my eyes" a little. Read a little. Rest my eyes a little more. You get the picture. I might get up some gumption and go sew a little, but don't hold your breath.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Grandfather cut down the big Elm tree from the front yard. Here on the prairie, we hate to cut down a tree- there are so few that can survive the winds, but this one fell victim to a big gust of wind a few weeks ago and it was so pathetic looking... it just had to go. It'll make good firewood, this winter. John was playing among the fallen limbs and yep, he fell on his face. Kooky kid. He'll survive.