Monday, February 28, 2011

Sewing at Last

This is the fabric I selected for the Mug Mats I want to make..............


I thought this might be a good layout.............



And then I tried this one........... I really like it best.......


I cut the hexagons I needed for the number of mug mats I wanted to make and have them ready to make..........


Then it was time to come downstairs and finish cooking supper..... The Chicken Pastry was excellent............. Lem and I both ate too much last night....... Thank you Kim for your help in getting it right this time.............

After dinner I finished another pair of socks.......... That is the third pair I have completed for Lem in the past few weeks. I am still using the first cone of yarn. It looks like I might get four pairs of socks from one cone.......... That brings the price down to $9.00 per pair of wool socks. And I still have another cone........... I will have enough socks to keep Lem's tootsies warm all next winter....................




Sunday, February 27, 2011

Where Did the Day Go?

I had great plans for Saturday. Do a few kitchen chores and then go upstairs to sew all the rest of the day.................

The only problem is that I tend to move slowly these days.......... Since I can I don't rush through things as I did in the past........... Part of the is due to my nemesis...... That also takes hours from me each day.


I did get the bread baked............


and a batch of cookies................


Then off to the grocery store and home in time to cook supper............ Oh well, one day gone. I will sew tomorrow..........

This morning I rolled out pastry. Old North Carolina recipe......... Flour, water and one egg. Roll it out till you can read through it (I keep rolling till I can see the red marking lines for pie crust on my mat). Then place it on the counter to dry................

The chicken is in the crock pot and later I will take all of the meat off the chicken and add it back to the broth. Put it all in a pot on the stove and bring it to a rolling boil. Then cut the pastry in strips and drop it in one at a time.......... DO NOT STIR......... Lem just loves chicken pastry and I rarely cook it.............


I also whipped up a batch of sour dough bread................


Can I go upstairs and sew now?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Well That Didn't Take Long

I was amazed at how fast I got that job done........... All vacuumed and the spider webs are removed.............

So are the pictures of my STASH.................... This is not to be confused with what is on the second floor in the studio... Most things are in containers are quilts planned and ready to be made.................



More quilts waiting to be made and three totes of flimsies waiting to be quilted.........


The boxes contain my quilting books and such.








This is my knitting stash................


And this is my beading stash..............


Lots of projects all waiting for retirement....... Maybe soon.
No pictures yet today.......... It is raining here and quite dreary. The perfect day to go downstairs to the basement and sweep away the spider webs and get things a bit neater in the nether regions. If possible I will take a few snaps of my snaps..................

Thursday, February 24, 2011

One Flower Wednesday/Thursday

Here I am again............a day late.............. I do hope you will think "Better late than never"......

Somehow I managed to finish four hexagons this week.......... It was not easy. Lots going on around here.


Monday was a holiday and some schools were out for the whole week. We have had lots of extra people on the Cape looking for a place to rent in the summer and some folks wanting to buy a house.

We have had eight couples looking at our house this past week............... Whew........ I would get up every morning and make sure all was neat as a pin........... Put out the show towels and put the show bedspread on our bed........ Then we would wait for the time to leave so they could come to look...............

One time we got home and I went to take the show bedspread off the bed and Wade Hamilton followed me. He stopped at the door and stared at the corner where his crate usually sits. ( It had been folded up and put away for the showing.) He then walked over to the spot where it should have been and looked all around......... Poor baby. He thought his home was gone for good but his daddy came in and got it out for him.

We put his basket of toys out of sight for each showing and when we get it out again he carefully checks to make sure that it is all there.


We did get to sit Skaket beach and have lunch a couple of days............. Time will tell. Maybe someone will purchase our home and we can spend the rest of the year in North Carolina.












Monday, February 21, 2011

I wanted to bake cookies before the showing on Sunday but discovered that I was out of brown sugar.... Lem said he would make a run to the store and look what else he returned with........ Just the promise of spring that we needed................


I got the butterscotch nut cookies made and they are the greatest................


I also got the sour dough bread wrapped up and ready to give to a friend on Tuesday. I really liked making the sour dough bread......... Of course there will be no more till Saturday when it is time to feed the dough again.......... It was delicious with the soup I made Sunday night.......





When I went to the store on Saturday there was a manager special by the door. The unsold Valentine bouquets were marked down to $5.00.......... I was pleased to bring them home with me............




While strangers were looking at our house we rode to Rock Harbor to wait........
It has been cold here and the harbor is frozen over. That might look like waves but the surface is solid ice....



This is looking across the harbor toward Eastham.



And this is looking out toward the ocean. In the summer there are fishing boats moored between each of those post on the left............


The ocean was not frozen though I have seen that happen in really cold winters. Sunday it was just the harbor............. And to think in just a few weeks it will warm and the boats will return...









Friday, February 18, 2011

I discovered on Wednesday that I was almost out of yeast.......... I had been wanting the container and measuring spoon from King Arthur Flour for some time and after checking the budget I found that I could order it this week. SAF yeast is the best........ It rises so much better and is so much easier to use...... The measuring spoon is 2 1/2 teaspoons which is one packet of yeast......... Now to find time to make some bread or rolls this weekend.


I also got the sour dough starter (over 250 years old).............. Can you imagine keeping something alive that long?........... I got the crock to keep it in.......... Since Robert and Rebekah got me the Italian Bread pan I can now try a few loaves of that and also make some sourdough bread..........


Someone is looking at the house today and someone else is coming on Sunday. We had the house all clean and shiny from the people that looked at it on Wednesday. That is why I made the bread............ It makes the house smell so good.

This morning I baked some cookies to make it smell inviting. Perhaps this is the year we will sell and move..........Prayers appreciated...............

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

More About Socks

Every evening Lem and I sit with the TV on.......... Yes, I confess, I do watch television. It is a background for knitting.............. I make socks..........And sometimes mittens.......

I usually make them for myself but lately I have given away a pair or two.......

The weather in NC where my son lives has been colder than usual these past two winters. I decided that he needed some wool socks to keep his feet warm. I remembered hearing about someone in Brewster that raised sheep for the wool and thought it would be fun to make the socks from that yarn......... A little Google search and I found Heather Mangelincx . You can read an article about her here.

After talking with her I found that she did not have any sock yarn and that is really what I wanted. But she sold her yarn to Bartlett Mills in Maine....You can read more about Bartlett Mills here

I ordered two cones of yarn............. One Navy and one called Scotia. Each cone is one pound and cost $35.00................ So far I have made two pairs of socks from one cone and I have started the third pair. One pair is in the picture but Lem is wearing the other pair. I have found this to be a good utility yarn for socks and I see many more pairs in my future.



I started a pair of socks for Kim in 2009. Something came along to take its place before the last three inches were done. Why do I let that happen. Now I have gone back to them and managed to drop a few stitches. Just enough to make me put them down again. After I finish my third pair of mens socks I plan to revive my interest in these socks.



I also made a pair of socks for Rebekah. Nice soft wool socks from The Wooly West. She too has some great yarns and lovely sock patterns not to mention shawls. You can find her here. The red was added to the toe of the socks to remind the owner that these socks are hand wash only.


Occasionally the mind wearies of the same old thing so Sunday I got a small ball of left over yarn from making hats and made a pair of mittens. I can finish the second pair tonight and give them to Joanie tomorrow. She knows someone here that provides mittens and hats to children that need them.

Now I am off to do a wee bit of organizing...........

Monday, February 14, 2011

Design Wall Monday

Judy at Patchwork Times hosts Design Wall Monday giving us an opportunity to see what others are working on and sharing our latest project. You can go here to them all.

I have a shawl on my design wall today. I made it over three years ago but I kept putting off blocking it. It was to be a gift for a friend of mine that loves shawls as much as I do.

Yesterday I realized that the design wall was big enough to block the shawl so I got out my blocking wires and proceeded.


Here are a couple of up close shots of the shawl. It is a lovely pattern and as I remember it was easy to do. I think I did another one in aqua in this pattern. I will have to look for it as it has never been blocked either.




My bag is ready and all packed to go to Vickie......... She is going to baste it for me.....


The only other finish I have is a little sachet. I can include it with the shawl. It contains a mixture of spices that repel moths..........

Maybe after work today I can finish something.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Day Got Away From Me

I started off by filling one sachet.......... Now I need to add the bow to the top........


Then I started getting the backing ready for the GFG quilt so that it could be basted. Didn't take long to realize that I needed to take it downstairs where the floor is bigger and I could spread it out to make sure it was the right size.....


As I walked through the kitchen I remembered that I wanted to make some Valentine cookies for a few friends.............



And while doing that why not make a batch of butterscotch macadamia nut cookies for Lem.





I found the heart shaped cookie cutters at the Christmas Tree ship for $1.00..... They also look decorative lined up on the window sill beside the Primrose.



I think I baked the Butterscotch Macadamia nut cookies a bit too long... I will bake the next ones a bit less.


Put the cookies in the cute little bags and headed off to see my favorite butcher and cashier. I came home with hamburger patties for dinner one night next week. I sure wish I could take the butcher with me to NC........ If not I hope I can find one near where we are going to be living. How nice to have hamburger that does not melt away into grease and chicken breast that are already trimmed and ready to cook........... Or to have him pound them for me for recipes that require it...............


It only seemed right to end the day in the kitchen so I made pizza for supper. My first attempt. Not bad.......... There are some things I would change but I was pleased with the outcome.

Maybe today I will get something accomplished................

The Thread and I

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, Do it with thy might.

Ecclesiastes 9:10