Cooking, Sewing, Working, Traveling, Gardening and Pondering

Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.

~Winston Churchill~

Monday, March 26, 2012

Rainy Weekends

I'm very grateful that last weekend I planted my garden.  This weekend it rained and rained.

I've been working on a few little projects...some for fun and some for a swap I'm doing.  Both have required some stitching.


In this little bugger, I see one wayward square I need to fix and line up, but the stitching is coming along.



Yesterday while the hubs was at the gun show, I scurried down to the farmers market to see what could be had for some canning before the rain started.  I found tomatoes for $1/lb.  Granted these were the ugly ones, but still good and fresh and not bruised.  I brought home 10 pounds.  I decided I'd give my hand a try at making homemade pizza sauce.  We eat a lot of homemade pizza at home. Figured I could make them that much better.

Ten pounds of tomatoes takes a bit to blanch, peal and puree.




But in the end I got 12 jars ready to go into stock for pizza making.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Looky what the mail man brought me!

Two new stitching patterns from one of my favorite stores - Bird Brain Designs!

I can't wait to start on them.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Friday Night Sew In

Friday Night Sew In

 So last night I was to actually sit down at my sewing machine and do a little bit of sewing.  I don't know if you remember, but a while back my friend Karen at SewMuch2Luv and I went to the quilt show and we both bought a 6" Dresden pattern.  Well, I got to cutting and sewing with it last night.  Boy is it fun! These little Dresden plates are so dang cute!

Here the blades are all tucked in the their box.



Here is a blade on the cutting mat so you can see how small it is.


The first finished Dresden. (hey where did that wayward thread come from?)


And here at the 3 I was able to finish last night.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Precious babies

They get me through the tough times and the happy times with a steady tale thumping and puppy kisses.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Long Time, No Peeky

Sorry for the long posting pause folks.  I've been one uber busy peep.  Since my father's funeral, I've been to Ft Worth for ODI, Ohio for Work, San Jose for work and tomorrow a little down time in Palm Springs. 

However, I somehow found time to squeeze in these two little projects.

My hubs had a friend,at work, that recently had a baby girl and he asked me to make them a baby blanket.  So here it is.  I used organic cotton fleece for one side and Riley Blake's Cathedral Window fabric for the other.  Of course I had to add some pink ric rac and a Sweetwater Label.





Then on President's Day, I found 5 pounds of organic carrots for $3.99 at Whole Foods and decided I'd make some spicy pickled carrots. They did turn out pretty yummy too.  The hubs wanted some super spicy, so his have a whole habanaro in them, whereas the others just have a half of jalapeno.