Sunday, August 17, 2014

Last flowers of summer

 With the temperature in the mid to upper 90's it is definitely still summer here in Atlanta. but my flowers are starting to fade in anticipation of fall. These are the last of my cone flowers and they are sorta of sad looking.
Last of the sunflowers, these are my favorite summer flowers.

With the dog days of summer comes thoughts of winter or at least fall.  At stitch in this summer, my friend, Sarah, shared her Midi bag made from wool.  I knew after seeing hers that I had to make one.  I started it today, lots of 2 1/2 inch squares in my future.  Cant' wait to get more of this done, and I would have but fate intervened today and I had to go shopping for a new refrigerator.  When I woke up Saturday morning I noticed that water was dripping out of the freezer part of the refrigerator, that is never a good thing.  As the day went on I noticed that the entire refrigerator was really not working the way that it should.  my DH always takes care of things like this, but DH was out of town this weekend so it was up to me to take care of it, not that I mind, but it did cut into my sewing time.  Thankfully the new fridge will be delivered on Wednesday, now there are several coolers full of ice and things out of the fridge all over the kitchen.  Can't wait for the new one to be delivered.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fig Preserves

Yesterday you saw the figs being washed, today they have been turned into jam.  I added raspberry jello to make them fig/raspberry jam this is DH's favorite.  This is just the first batch of many to come.  What is your favorite jam/jelly?

Monday, August 11, 2014

This was my summer

 Although I am back at work I am still doing all of those typically "summer" things.  DH went to our garden tonight bringing back okra, tomatoes, figs, and peppers.  I love all of those things except okra, for a Mississippi Girl I never developed a taste for okra either fried or boiled.  Figs I absolutely love, these will become fig preserves tomorrow after school.  I discovered a great pretzel dip this summer using fig preserves, mix very coarse ground mustard with fig preserves to your taste.  I usually do about half and half, this is great with pretzel sticks.  Yesterday I canned tomatoes, put okra in the freezer, canned peppers, and put peppers in the freezer.  I love having a garden but am looking forward to the end of it.
I have also done lots and I mean lots of wool dyeing this summer.  I have recently started dying some yarn and love the way that it is turning out.  (The yarn is just for me)  This is in addition to all of the wool fabric that I have been dyeing.  I am really excited I have my first show coming in October where I will be a vendor.  Watch for more about that.

Friday, August 8, 2014

I Survived

Somehow I managed to survive the first week of school.  It was not easy.  In addition to my duties as a media specialist, I was also teaching 6 different classes a day, not an easy thing to do and make all of the teachers happy.  One bright spot in my week was getting a quilt back from Leisa, my quilter.  She did a most awesome  job on this quilt.

This was a pattern I found in Fonds and Porter magazine a couple of years ago.  I found the fabric online and put it together.  I absolutely love this quilt, there are only 9 blocks, really big blocks.  Leisa did a great job quilting it, now I just need to put the border on it.  Maybe this weekend.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


I can't believe that it has been almost a month since I made a blog post, the time has just gotten away from me.  A few weeks ago, I went to Mississippi to spend a week with my mom, saw my aunt and her grandson, I guess that makes him my second cousin.  He is so cute, but spoiled rotten  The first thing he asked me was, "Did you  bring me a present"  boy was I in trouble.  I explained to him that I didn't know I was going to see him that day I would have him something later, he didn't forget.  I saw him a couple of days later and he wanted to know where his present was, luckily I had him a bubble gun and some "bubble stuff".  That made him happy!!!  This is him and my aunt, she is much more like a sister than an aunt.  She is 20 years younger than my mom and I love her so much.

Right before school started last week I had a  marathon wool dyeing day.   Did lots of different colors, blue, green, gold and red.  Still have more too do.  Too bad that school is absolutely kicking my butt!!!

 After coming back from Mississippi we spent a few days at the cabin.  Lots of work involved there, we  built a fence by the driveway leading up to the cabin, I love the way that it looks.  We should  have done this a long time ago.vsiti

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A day of firsts!!

 This summer is just zooming on by and I haven't done all of the things that I wanted to, as usual.  DH and I have been doing some traveling.  Last week he took the week off and we spent it at the cabin.  In all of the years we have had the cabin we have never taken a week off in the summer to go up there.  It was great.  One day we went on the Hiwassee Railway Loop trip, it was a nice relaxing trip, unfortunately about a third of the way into the trip it started raining really hard, that made it  almost impossible to see any thing out of the windows. We are thinking about going back this fall, it would be beautiful then.  Two days we spent working around the cabin getting some things done that we keep putting off.  I did a lot of cleaning, all of the closets, cabinets, even moved all of the furniture and cleaned under and behind it.  We spent one day hiking in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.  If you have never been there you should definitely try to visit it.  The trees there are huge!  There are two trails there both are relatively short and very easy to walk on.  We took a picnic lunch and made a day out of it.

This week it has been back to the real world, DH is back at work and I am trying to cram in all of the things that I said I was going to do this summer.  One project was to dye the wool yarn that I bought a couple of months ago at the Mother Earth Fair.  I read different directions online and decided that it wouldn't be that hard to do.  I used three colors, magenta, sangria, and seabreeze, overall I like the way it turned out.  I would like the blue to show up a little more, but I'm happy with it.  Now just to find the perfect pattern.

Since I had all of the dyeing materials out, I decided to try dyeing some of the cotton velvet that I purchased.  I tried dyeing some silk velvet a couple of weeks ago and didn't really like the way that it came out.  Luckily I found some white cotton velvet at a local fabric shop, Gail K's.  I found out that I couldn't use the same dyes that I use on my wool, so before our vacation I ordered the correct dye and put it to the test today.  I tried three different colors, yellow, purple and red.  I am very pleased with the yellow and purple, the red isn't bad, but it could be a little darker.  Can't wait to should it to Pat and Leisa.

My last "new" project for the day was these cute little coin purses.  They are made completely from my hand dyed wools, velvets and silk.  They are so easy to make. I already have two more cut out and plan on making them for Christmas gifts.  I have to make one for myself, and will have to put a pig on it, of course.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sewing day

Finally, did some sewing today.  I started collecting fabrics for this quilt last year, it is a pattern I found on someones blog.  Sorry I don't remember which one.  The name of the pattern is Nottingham Star, the quilt on the cover of the pattern is in blues, creams, and browns.  I decided to switch out the blue for red keeping the creams and the browns.  It is a huge star with lots of little star blocks and solid blocks inside.  DH even gave the stamp of approval today when he saw it on the design wall.  I am just excited to have something on the design wall.