Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sewing + Baking = Pretty + Yummy = Pretty Yummy!


Just when you thought you were finally free from mathematical equations and reducing equations to simplest form.....right? Well, throw everything you knew about math away because this is new math! It's easy, it's pretty and it's yummy!

It all started with two vintage lace placemats that I picked up in a bag of linens at a local antique shop.


They were not perfect but that is OK! (I will be stitching through the imperfections and the broken stitches will not show when they are done.)

 I took both of them and cut them the long way right down the middle. That's 2 pieces cut in half which gives me 4 pieces. (more math)


I then cut out 2 sets of rectangles from painter's dropcloth. You can choose the length and width of your choice or go with standard sizes. Because I was working around the length of the lace, I measured accordingly.

I then placed the lace on both sides of the front of my placemat and pinned in place.  I zig zagged the entire perimeter of the placemat because I wanted to prevent fraying. This type of fabric has a loose weave and can be a raveling nightmare so I always take the extra step and zig zag the edges.


Here you can see why I like to stitch around the edges.....BEFORE.....


And AFTER.........so much easier to work with.


I placed the back of the placemat on top, right sides together and stitched all the way around except I left an opening at the bottom for turning it right side out. I trimmed the corners.


Next, I turned it right side out and prepared to top-stitch it. This is where ironing is very important!


Here we have a pair of completed placemats.


Look how pretty they look with a vintage napkin.......


or on a linen tablecloth!


With a plate of cookies! 

I actually stitched up the first placemat a few days ago. I sat down to stitch up the second one yesterday but I was fighting a severe craving for peanut butter cookies. Earlier in the morning I had seen peanut butter recipes all over the internet.  There was a recipe for buckeyes, buckeye brownies and buckeye cheesecake, and a peanut butter dip, etc....So what was I to do?


.......bake a batch of peanut butter cookies, of course! I melted some Baker's chocolate with some butter and drizzled a nice, chocolate glaze on top. Boy, were they good!

Now that's math I can live with! ....and my final answer is: PRETTY YUMMY!


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

While I was Away


Good morning friends! I have missed so many of you over the past couple of weeks. Next week I should be back on track.

We enjoyed an unexpected additional week with our daughter who returns to college this weekend. We have been very busy in a pleasant way; taking day trips, a weekend trip and visits with grandparents, lunches with mutual friends, lots of shopping, hikes etc. So I have not had much time to blog. So while my husband is off on a hiking trip, and my daughter is off at the gym, I am taking some time to say good morning! I have missed my friends here in blogland! I hope you are all well!


I didn't stop sewing/crafting the entire three weeks. I managed to come up with a lacey version of my angel ornament but it took me most of the day putting her together and completing her. I don't know if it was the heat and/or humidity but I was toast by the time she was done. These ornaments are somewhat labor intensive anyways as there are so many steps. By labor intensive I mean that it generally takes me about an hour to complete one angel ornament. This one took me the better part of a day and of course by adding a layer of lace on the dress and wings and hand stamped words, well, it added more steps!


Here she is! Once all the steps were completed I decided one more step was called for.... a tulle blow.


The bow adds a soft, sweet finish to my angel ornament! I like the lace too!


Here is a close up of the lace overlay! I machine stitched it onto the top layer of paper before she was stuffed and embellished. I also stitched a layer to the top wing. It gives it a much richer appearance.


Overall I am pleased with the way she turned out. I have others cut and ready to go.....I also have some pillows and other items that I am anxious to stitch up and share with you.

This is what I have been up too over the last couple of weeks. My usual "stuff" has been a bit on hold as we spend some time with our daughter. Once she heads back to school we probably will not see her again until Thanksgiving. It has been a lovely visit and I will miss her when she leaves this weekend.

Hope you are staying cool! It's been hot with very high humidity here in NH so I am looking forward to some cooler, dryer weather and of course fall:  my very favorite season!

See you all next week!

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Love and Lace--Some Tidbits From the Past


Yesterday afternoon I stopped by an antique shop searching for small vintage doilies. I didn't find any doilies but I did score a beautiful, in new condition, crisp, white vintage sheet that was included in a bag of vintage pillowcases. It has a sweet crocheted edging at the top. Ironically I have been looking for a set of sheets and watching for them online but they have been pretty pricey. Considering I thought I paid $10 for a bag of 5 or 6 pillowcases but ended up with a sheet, I think I made out on the deal.

I also purchased 4 antique postcards, two of which were postmarked 1910. Their beauty attracted me to pick them up but the sentiments in the words written on the back sealed the deal. How could I leave such lovingly written words behind? The answer is quite simple. I couldn't! So they are now mine to treasure! Let's take a closer look.....


This was the first one I picked up. It was love at first sight! 


This one is also beautiful! There is rose colored fabric (maybe silk? I'm not sure) under the rose.


So sweet....


Very cute!


Postmarked Pennsylvania, 1910.


Postmarked Cambridge, MA 1910.


With best love....sigh....


My sheets and pillowcases with assorted lovely edgings, (sheets are 180 ct combed cotton) 


Let's take a better look at the edgings. These were just freshly washed and folded but not yet ironed so I apologize for the wrinkles.


The photo above is a full sized bed sheet! Lovely, crisp and bright white!





I am so happy with my latest purchase of vintage/antique treasures. I am so charmed by these little tidbits from the past.


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Friday, July 31, 2015

Veggie Delight!


If you read yesterday's post, you know that I have been busy. This is what kept me busy yesterday afternoon. I went to a local farm about 20 minutes from my house and picked up a farm share that a very kind friend gave to me to use while she is on vacation. She will be gone for two weeks so I will go to pick up vegetables again next week and I cannot wait! Let me tell you why!

I LOVE VEGETABLES! It would be difficult to come up with a vegetable that I do not like. I guess eggplant would be my least favorite although I will eat it.... and it's a good thing because I have some in this pile of organic vegetables that took up 4 feet of counter space while I was washing them up. I could not believe how much stuff was packed into one box.


I immediately had my eye on that chard. I love greens and I knew that was destined for my dinner plate when I was done washing and scrubbing. Here you can also see pattypan squash, eggplant and peppers. there's more,......way more!


Yummy! Local, fresh carrots, leeks and more chard!


Red leaf lettuce, kale and parsley! Yes, there were some herbs!


As soon as the box was place in the car, I could smell basil and dill. It smelled so good driving home!


I haven't cooked kohlrabi before either but I have eaten it and it is very good!



All washed up and ready to use are  purple and yellow onion, tomatoes, cukes and peppers. I knew one of those tomatoes would be on my dinner plate too! There is nothing like a garden fresh tomato!


Leeks and potatoes, zucchini, patty pans, broccoli and green beans. I may be making some potato leek soup tonight! YUM!

My husband asked me what we were having for dinner. My suggestion was to have a completely vegetarian meal but that idea did not float his boat one little bit so we compromised and he cooked burgers on the grill and I cooked chad and cut up some veggies to go with my burger. I skipped the bun! Note the fresh basil on the fresh tomato! It was delicious.....so was the cuke and the chad was out of this world. I drizzled some apple cider vinegar on it. I ate the leftover chard for lunch today!


YUMMY SUPPER!


I don't have any experience cooking eggplants but I think I may make up a batch of eggplant lasagna and freeze it. I should research it first and make sure it's ok to freeze eggplant. Note the purple pepper at the top. I have never seen this variety of pepper before but my daughter assures me they are sweet and will turn green when cooked.


See that zucchini? there were 3 or 4 of them.....

...and since I have so many veggies to use up or store and very limited space, I decided at almost 8:00 pm last night to make a couple loaves of zucchini bread to use up some squash. It came out of the oven at 9:00 pm! I wrapped up a loaf and tossed it in the freezer and we cut into the other loaf! It was delicious! I had it with coffee this morning! YUM!


So yesterday was a rather long but productive day and it took two posts to tell you about it!

Are you a veggie lover? Do you purchase a farm share from a local farm? I am definitely purchasing a farm share from this organic farm next year! There is an option of purchasing a family share or half share. The box was all packed up for me when I arrived and a very nice young lady carried it out to the car for me. It was heavy!

So now I cannot wait to go again next Thursday! But until then, I have some food prep to do! I don't want to waste one little morsel of this veggie goodness!

PS Thank you Joanne!