Friday, August 8, 2014

Harvest Angel

 I should have known that yesterday's sewing project (making a tote and some zippered pouches in fabrics in rich fall tones) would inspire me to create another fall project. I had some scraps leftover from the rust/gold fabric and I have been thinking for a couple of weeks about making an angel in autumn colors. So last night I put her together and here she is! 

   A friend of mine had given me a bag of these adorable little yellow/orange flowers  that you see tucked under the angel's halo. I           knew they would look so sweet attached to her hair.

          Here's a closeup view of her hair accessories.....

                Before I added buttons to her patched wings.....

                               After the buttons were added
and her curled wire hanger. (difficult to see above, easier to see in closeup below)

She can be hung anywhere....

                 I hung her on the door of my hutch. Isn't she cute?

She would make a sweet hostess gift at Thanksgiving, or she could be tied onto baked goods all wrapped in kraft or tissue paper and     tied up in twine. She would also add a  nice homespun touch to each place setting, or to a floral centerpiece on the Thanksgiving table.   

I am really looking forward to fall, but while summer lasts, I am taking plenty of time to smell the roses.....hope you do too!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Just a Trip to the Farmer's Market

My daughter and I made a quick trip to the local Farmer's Market on Tuesday.  Here I purchased some organic lettuce, tomatoes, garlic, bok choy and garlic. I love buying produce from local farmers!

We also picked up some blueberries and some peaches. My daughter is a "smoothy queen" and she loves to add both to her morning smoothies. I confiscated one of the peaches and it was so juicy and sweet, perfectly ripened! YUM!

I sliced up a tomato and ate it for lunch. I love tomatoes and there is nothing like a fresh one! Supermarket tomatoes pale in comparison to freshly picked!

My trip to the farmer's market was actually a mission to find some Halloumi cheese. I had been reading a post on Daphne Bryson's blog post at Ivy, Phyllis and Me:  Tomato and Pepper Salad with Halloumi cheese. Click here to view her post. I am not familiar with this particular kind of cheese. Daphne explained to me that it is a Greek cheese made from goat's milk with a firm enough texture that you can actually brown it in a frying pan. Being a cheese lover, I cannot imagine anything more delicious than a cheese, lightly browned on the outside and warm,soft and gooey on the inside.

There was no Halloumi cheese at this farmer's market although there was one lady selling some flavored goat cheese and I picked up a cranberry and a boursin flavored goat cheese spread. She gave us samples of all the various flavors! Delicious! It was hard to narrow my choices down to two.

Next place to look: our local food coop as I am sure I will find Halloumi cheese there.

Today I was craving some more fresh lettuce and tomatoes so you know what I did? I made a tomato and lettuce sandwich  You might wonder where's the beef? Well.... these tomatoes are so good on their own, topped with just a sprinkling of boursin goat cheese and some fresh ground pepper. Why make it any more complicated when it can be so simple and delicious?


Now, in addition to buying some Halloumi cheese, I need another bunch of fresh tomatoes! I cannot wait to make Daphne's Tomato and Pepper Salad. 

Do you love fresh tomatoes? What's your favorite summertime recipe using fresh tomatoes?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

New for Fall

Now, I am not wishing my summer away, as memories of a cold, snowy winter that just would not go away, still linger. Let's just say that last winter overstayed its welcome. 

But...fall is right around the corner, and it is my favorite season of all. It's no wonder, that when I saw a bundle of fat quarters in all my favorite fall colors, I snatched two bundles up and made them into a tote and pair of cosmetic cases. 

There's still some fabric left--probably enough for another set or two of zippered pouches.

I will be adding this fall bag and cosmetic case bundle soon to my newly opened Etsy shop. Yes, I finally got it up and running! See my sidebar for a link to my shop and a sneak peak of what's in there.

This is what the inside looks like. I pieced the pocket together from three vertical strips of two coordinating fabrics, added fleece interfacing and quilted it with a zigzag stitch to be a little different. The bag can be used either way.

Here is the matching cosmetic case.

Here's a peek inside. I love the fabric on the outside of the larger cosmetic case. It's on the inside of the smaller case too.

I really like the way it looks inside out!

This orange pocket on the front of the bag has flecks of gold in it.

I am still enjoying my mild summer (we have not had a heat wave in NH yet which is very unusual--but yeah!) but I am really looking forward to fall. I love everything about it except that is seems to slip away too quickly.

August is a busy month for our family and with all of the extra activity, the rest of the summer will fly. Hope you are all enjoying your summer!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Flowers and Candlesticks!

These are some shots of flowers growing in my father's back yard. They are beautiful! Today I brought home a very large bouquet of these large red lillies!

My father was cutting back the plants around this Astilbe because it was getting too crowded.

These double hollyhocks are gorgeous! I love this pale shade of pink. 

So much eye candy in this beautiful garden! I was a bit snap happy with my camera!

 Another feast for the eyes! His beautiful rose bush! Many blooms were already past their prime....I brought a couple stems of these roses home too!

Could not resist a close up of this.....

and this.......

and this.....

Last but not least, another hollyhock. This white bloom is exquisite! 


After a visit with my parents, I went home and found a package waiting for me. It was from Diane at The Checkered Apple. See post:  click here! 

As you can see from her post, I won her 4th of July Patriotic Giveaway! This sweet little pair of candlesticks that she painted arrived at my home today! I was thrilled!

They are so cute! I put them in my kitchen so I could enjoy Diane's handiwork! She is so talented!

Sitting next to my patriotic angel (now my lucky angel), they look adorable! I just love the little cherries she added.

It was fun waiting for them to arrive. Diane and I exchanged several emails over the past 4 days while the package was in transit. She was a bit concerned that the candles would melt since it has been so hot. They took a trip across the country (she lives on the west coast and I live on the east coast) and despite the many miles between us they arrived in one solid piece! No wax oozing from the package!

Thank you so much Diane! I enjoyed participating in your Patriotic Linky Party and it was exciting to be the winner of your sweet patriotic painted candlesticks. I am looking forward to next year's party already! Hope everyone will join in!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Always on My Mind, Forever in My Heart

It's been a busy few days of making angels in 3 colors, sewing (mostly ironing) bags and cosmetic cases and bagging and tagging everything in anticipation of opening my Etsy Shop. I have been listing away and hope to have it open sometime next week. It is a lot of work taking photos and writing about each item!

Trying to keep my space organized is getting difficult so I thought if I could just get everything bagged, I could easily put similar items in marked bins. At the moment my dining room looks like an angel factory and a tote bag boutique, but I hope to do a little organizing before going to bed tonight.

I mentioned in my last post that these angels would make a lovely, heartfelt expression of sympathy and in recent days I have a couple of friends who have suffered the loss of loved ones. So I decided to make a couple of special angels especially for them.

I like the look of mixed media and I would love to delve into it more. Mixing various textures of papers, fabrics, fibers, stamping, painting and stitching is very intriguing to me for sure.  I would have preferred to use stamps and ink for the words on the wings but I don't have a large supply of stamps. (Add stamps and ink to my list of things to buy) So I printed the words out in script font on linen paper and cut them individually before attaching the words to the angels wings. I really like the way it turned out.

After I placed her in a bag of shredded white paper I sprinkled some kraft paper confetti stars around the angel. I used a paper punch to make the stars.

She looks rather angelic in her little white crinkled paper and star filled cellophane bag. In a couple of days, she and another little angel will be sent off with the important task of delivering our messages of sympathy to some special people and to let them know we share in their sadness.

I hope everyone is having a nice 4th of July weekend so far. Here in NH it has been raining and cloudy all day. My husband and daughter marched in a parade a couple of towns away in their Revolutionary War Era kits. (I dare not call them costumes as I get corrected by my husband and daughter every time I slip up) Tomorrow they have a reenactment in Vermont--a busy weekend for them and a peaceful, quiet (I'm smiling) weekend for me!

Today and always, we remember those who courageously fought for our freedoms and for those still serving and in harms way--Always on our minds, forever in our hearts.

I will leave you with one of my favorite Celtic Women songs: it is just beautiful--music, lyrics and all. Enjoy! 

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Monday, June 30, 2014

A Perfect Weekend! A Little Sewing/A Little Crafting

Here is a peek at what I did this weekend (other than the 2 loads of towels I did, 3 loads of other laundry, cooking, cleaning and shopping!!

I finally tried my hand at sewing with burlap. This particular bag is made with a fuschia colored burlap that my daughter picked out. Once it was completed she wanted it. It was the bow! She is really into bows! I kinda wanted it too! 

However, making the bag was a little more difficult that I thought. It kept fraying. I zigzagged every piece of the bag that was made from burlap because I was getting really frustrated with the pieces that kept coming apart. I may have used some choice words while sewing this tote. 

Then I made another one. I mean, what was I to do? I had purchased enough burlap for two bags never imagining I would dislike sewing with it "SEW" much! I was developing a love/hate relationship with this fabric that I have loved for a long time.

I loved burlap before it was cool to love burlap. Way, way back in the late 70's I was in college (I know, I'm vintage) we were having a Halloween party and I needed a costume. So I went into town and got my hands on a large burlap bag and fashioned myself a cave woman costume. It was the perfect length for a tunic which I cut so that it only had one shoulder strap. I made some burlap shoe covers and laced them with leather shoelaces from my shit kickers. I took a baseball bat and wrapped it in a paper bag and laced that with leather laces as well. With some messed up hair and some blackened teeth, I think I really rocked that cave woman costume! AND I really had fun making it!

I wouldn't say that I really had fun making this bag. The second one went together a little easier because I zigzagged everything, sometimes twice!

My daughter saw some burlap (natural colored) but stamped with gold polka dots and now she wants a tote bag made from that. Ugh! 
We shall see if I have it in me to work with that fabric again!

Later in the weekend I had fun making some of my paper angels. I have posted these angels before. These are a little time consuming, and at times nit-pickey but they are so much fun to make. I love trying to make each one a little different or if I make one I really like I will make a couple more like it.

I used white, cream and natural paper, twine, bits of lace and bridal trim, some little pearl beads and glue. I discovered that the paper bodies can be sewn and the stitches on the sides add to the rustic, scrappy look that I was trying to create.

These angels are so cute and will be available in my Esty Shop once it is up and running. (Coming soon)

This one is really pretty. The lace is a wide piece of bridal lace with lily-of-the-valley on it. She really turned out sweet. These make cute little package tie-ons and gifts. It would also be a nice gesture of expressing sympathy or encouragement when a card just doesn't seem like enough. Tucked into a little box of shredded paper or tissue and some gold foil confetti stars makes a really nice presentation.

This is a box of bald angels. They have wings but they are not yet attached. If you hear the bells ringing  tomorrow, you will know that a bunch of angel got their wings!

These Angels are waiting for their lace at the tops of their gowns and hair and halos......

This is a stash of precut bodies and wings....I've got my work cut out for me (no pun intended) for tomorrow.

I sure had fun making these heavenly ladies today and I am looking forward to making many more tomorrow! Oh my gosh, it is already tomorrow so I need to go to bed!  Good night! 

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