Thursday, July 31, 2008
I'm liking it now that it's finished. The beading was really fun to do - as usual.
I've been quilting for a little over 20 years and I've learned several tips along the way and as I was laying this quilt out yesterday...
I thought I would share this little quilty tip with you ... Next to a 1/4 inch foot for your machine, this little gadget is a must have...
It's a peep hole from the home improvement store. I don't have a design wall so I have to lay everything out on the floor. After I lay out my blocks I step back (or get on a chair) and look through the peep hole. It reduces the quilt and you can immediately see if something isn't right (like your color placement). It's cheap, it's tiny, and you need one! I have three...one in my sewing box, one in my sewing area (because much to my husbands irritation my sewing machine is never in my sewing area!), and one in my purse. Why in my purse you ask - well you never know when you might stop for some fabric shopping and when you stack up your bolts to decide what to buy for a quilt you pull out your little handy dandy peep hole and it reduces the stack so you can get a better feel for how they will work together. You would be surprised at the difference it makes when you look at the color through this thing. So anyhoo...there is my quilty tip of the day.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I'm going blind with this, I think I'll move outside before it gets too hot. I have to do school work this afternoon because class is tonight but I want to have a little beady fun first.
Monday, July 28, 2008
A book of poems from 1880...
These are just a few of the cool buttons I bought from my button lady...
These are hand made and the little one is about 1/4 inch and the big one is about a 1/2 inch! Can you imagine trying to see what you were doing to make these?! It's crazy.
Friday, July 25, 2008
These flowers and I get along very well because they seem to thrive on total neglect and I'm all about total neglect!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
So last night I decided to make some peach ice cream.
Holy Schmoly it was sooo good. I have this 2 quart Ice Cream Maker and I love it!
PEACH ICE CREAM
3 cups fresh ripe peaches peeled and chopped
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract (it tasted really good but you could taste the vanilla so I think when I make it again I'm going to use only 1 tsp of vanilla)
1 cup sweet condensed milk
1 cup half and half
1 cup (to 1 1/4 cups) whole milk (my machine only held 1 cup)
1 cup evaporated milk
puree peaches with the sugar and half and half. Pour peach mixture into ice cream maker, add remaining milks and vanilla. Turn on machine and let churn for 25 to 30 minutes. Let set in freezer for about 10 to 20 minutes before serving. Makes 2 quarts.
This recipe can be used with any fresh fruit.
I was also in the mood for some raisin bread.
This recipe is from a book, but I can't remember which one -- I think it might be from this one . It makes a 1 1/2 pound loaf in my bread machine. It's the best bread I've ever had come out of my machine! Love it! Kellie wanted me to drizzle a little vanilla icing over it, but I thought that just seemed to take away all the goodness of this bread (but I have to admit that that does sound yummy, too).
1 1/4 Cups Milk
2 Tbsp Butter
3 Tbsp Dark Brown Sugar
1 tsp Salt
3 Cups Bread Flour
2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Pinch Grated Nutmeg
1/2 Cup Raisins
1 1/2 tsp Red Star Brand Active Dry Yeast
Place all ingredients in bread machine and set for 1 - 1 1/2 pound basic (light) crust and then fruit and nut (takes 3 hours and 25 minutes in my machine) and press start. After the bake cycle ends, remove bread from the pan and place on a rack to cool for 1 hour before slicing. I forgot all about removing it so mine is a little darker that it usually is. But still really really yummy.
I had 4 peaches left and some blueberries so I was planning to make Blueberry Peach Muffins but someone ate 2 of the peaches!!!! rrrrr. I guess I'll make blueberry pancakes instead. I was really in the mood for those muffins, too! :O)
Monday, July 21, 2008
He knows I hate this shirt. Doesn't everyone hate this shirt???! He looks like some Frank Sinatra want-a-be lounge lizard guy -- And we were on our way out so I had to be seen with this getup! :O)
The pool Friday was surprisingly nice. For the first 30 minutes my little group were the only ones there! awesome. I was able to play in the pool with Kellie without any craziness going on around me!
There was a little spell of crankiness while I ate my lunch, but a snowball fixed that.
It was in the high 90's but there was a breeze so it was still nice to be outside. Nice to be relaxing at the pool all day. All around happy day.
Is this not the look of pure ecstasy?
This dog loves ice cream cones. Look at those eyes! I give him a few licks before I toss it and that seems to make him love me all the more! :O)
Friday, July 18, 2008
I used bias cut fabric for this stem, but the curves are really tight so they went down smoothly on the outside turns, but the inside are all puckered. rrrrr. and then I stitched about 8 leaves on the vine before I realized that they were just too small so I had to UN SEW!! rrrrrr.
I hate to UN SEW!!!! So I'm going to try again with some larger leaves, but this is making me not love this mini. I'll be so glad when I get to the stitching with floss and adding the beads and stuff. So on to a happier topic...
I love Hydrangea...
Too Bad! It's just too dang gooood...
And I'm going to need my energy because like a dummy I told my kids we would go to the pool for the day and guess what --- it's going to be like 100 degrees and HUMID! That means the pool will be packed and I'll be hot and every kid will be jumping in and splashing me and I'll be very very cranky! waaaaah! I don't wanna go!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
And this one with beautiful embroidered fabrics! Another favorite topic of mine.
I think he's cool and thought you might like to see him.