Saturday, November 22, 2008

Grandmother's Flower Garden Fabrics

I'm planning to make a small quiltlet based on the Grandmother's Flower Garden pattern, the one based on hexagons.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

This and That No. 2

I started working on T&T altered embroidery no. 2 last night. I managed to get the gingham on backwards after getting all of the stitching to look the way I wanted to ;-(

Christmas Decorations

I was going to hang some decorations up for xmas and lo' if I can even find them! I have a lot of greenery for porch rails etc., it was supposed to be in the attic and granted we haven't drug it out in some five years or so but who knows where it's at? I found one tiny bit of greenery, not near enough to do the porch.

Off to search some more.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Vintage Pine Cone

My mom spray painted this rather large pine cone with silver paint over 30 years ago, I found it in her xmas stash I brought back in 2005

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Prairie Potholes No. 15

At this point in time it's finished, I might work a bit more on the edging and take better photos of this piece but it's definately done for now!

Friday, November 14, 2008

This weekends canning short list

First up can the remaining unsalted butter and then start in on the salted butter - in half pints.
I have five heads of green cabbage that need to be canned up as cole slaw and then if I have any time or energy left I'm going to try my hand at canning a batch of carmalized onions.

A picture of the neighbors crabapple tree, the squirrels like this tree better than ours, the neighbors crabapples are sweeter.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Pepper in a Box

I couldn't resist taking this picture of Pepper.

Studio Helpers


Life is in the details, here's a close up of one of the ballisters on our front porch.

Cinnamon Rolls

I made homemade cinnamon rolls last night, from fresh ground wheat berries, that was half the dough batch. I also make a loaf of bread the oven decided to cooperate which is good because I've given up on my bread machine! The rolls were yummy even if I did screw up the recipe, apparently your supposed to use brown sugar with the cinnamon and butter, I used white! They still tasted heavenly.

Cranberry Applesauce

Or saucy applesauce as we like to call it, unforutnately it didn't come out nearly as chunky as we like it, frustrated with the sauce sticking to the bottom of the pan I buckled under and used the stick blender to break the sauce down even further. Well... you know what they say about good intentions right. So it's mostly very creamy sauce, it tastes wonderful and looks beautiful but...

I also fell short on the cranberries, the sauce really needed about four more pounds of cranberries to give it that tart flavor we like and so well. I have one jar that didn't seal for some reason I guess we will have to make the ultimate sacrifice and eat that jar of sauce now!!! As you can see I enjoyed a cinnamon roll with some sauce.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Lentil Chili

Lentil Chili

3/4 cup dry lentils, cleaned
2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth or beef broth
1 (16 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 (16 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 cups whole kernel corn

Combine everything (except tomato sauce and corn) in 2 1/2 quart pot and boil over high heat. Reduce to low, cover, and simmer for 25- 30 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce and corn. Simmer for 10- 15 minutes. Serve hot! Great garnished with lowfat sour cream.

Salt Water Taffy Treasury

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Vintage Crochet Rose

On aqua terry bath towel, I plan to disassemble the roses and use them in my altered embroidery pieces.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Prairie Potholes

I've been working on producing 1 piece at least every other day, the goal is to create a line of progression and wrap a gallery with them, in a single line. Clear as mud??? The smaller pieces go quicker and utilize scraps better than the larger pieces do. I keep coming back to the simple dot design which I find frustrating as I'm really wanting to push the surface especially by mixing my materials, yet I keep coming back to this design - which looks rather cartoonish from my vantage point. Maybe tomorrow right???

Prairie Pothole No. 18

2008 Prairie Pothole No. 18 5 x 7 inches

Prairie Potholes No. 16 & 17

I'm not sure which orientation I like best for these. The goal is to make one every other day and to line the whole gallery with them.