Monday, September 28, 2015

There's a Chill in the Air


When I woke up this morning, there was a bit of a chill in the house. Fall has definitely arrived! Since it is way too early to turn the heat on (I like to try to make it to October) I decided there was only one thing left to do: BAKE! So I cranked the oven up to 400 degrees.....


....and I made some Blueberry Scones before I even had one sip of coffee! That's how cold I was! They weren't homemade scones exactly but they were made at home and every bit as delicious! I used Sour Cream and Blueberry Scone Mix from King Arthur Flour. On the back of the box is a lemon glaze recipe which I also made. YUMMY! Tasted so good with my morning coffee!

Once they were done, I left the oven door open to heat up my kitchen! No sense in wasting all that warmth!

After I had my morning coffee I worked on completing some of my angels.


I worked out on my back porch because it warms up nicely with all the windows out there. It was a beautiful sunny day and I certainly welcomed the warmth!


All five of the rust colored angels are done....


Then I began working on an olive green angel prototype......




Soon enough I will begin working on Angels for Christmas! Speaking of Christmas, I was rather shocked last week when I ran into our local craft store and the Christmas "stuff" was already out. If you don't mind, I am going to take my jolly sweet time and enjoy FALL! I can't wait to make my first apple pie of the season this week! I'm really looking forward to some hot, mulled apple cider too!

The leaves are already beginning to fall but we do not have a lot of color yet. I can't wait to take a hike at peak foliage time! The woods just glow!.....and I love the smell! I LOVE FALL!  Don't you?




Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Tote and Some Tomato Soup



My latest fall tote!

I found some orange floral print fabric at the store a couple of weeks ago and I fell in love with it! I usually fall for smaller prints but this bolder, larger floral caught my eye. My thought as soon as I saw it was, "This would make such a pretty tote!" So I bought what was left on the bolt, maybe a yard-and-a-half. This fabric did not disappoint me!




I began this bag yesterday, cut out the pieces and did a little stitching but I had physical therapy yesterday and a bunch of errands to run after. So I did the bulk of the sewing today working around some typical catastrophes: the kind that happen when you have a very needy dog, (Ellie) who feels that she should be the focus of all my attention!

Besides running off with my pinking shears (cuz she knows I will come a running) and carrying a trashcan into my livingroom, she found a bee on the porch where I was sewing and thought it would make good snack food! It didn't! I had to call the vet and I was given instructions to give her some benadryl which luckily I had on hand and to keep an eye on her.

I kept a watchful eye on her for the first thirty minutes or so and then she ran into her crate on her own accord and fell promptly asleep! YES!



While she was napping, I got most of the tote bag sewn. I was really loving the way it was turning out and was anxious to get it completed. But dear Ellie woke up! My husband took her for her daily, good, long walk! YES!

I finished the bag at 2:30! I hadn't even stopped for lunch! I was starving!


Staying with the same color theme (totally coincidental) I opened a carton of my favorite tomato soup. I added a bit of grated cheddar, whole basil leaves and parsley, heated it up and tossed in a few giant, seasoned croutons!


It was so yummy! As I mentioned, it comes in a carton and it is Organic Creamy Tomato Soup by Pacific. I have always had a thing for tomato soup, though I tend to doctor it up a bit with seasonings, etc! It was a perfect, quick lunch this late in the afternoon!


So, despite some interruptions I was able to complete this pretty tote bag which was at the top of my to do list. I will be stitching up a set of zippered bags to coordinate with it before it hits my Etsy shop. I wish there had been more of this fabric on the bolt because I would have liked to made myself the same bag. I may take a peek online to see if I can find some more.


.....and now I will go give Ellie some much needed attention, although I just noticed she is resting quietly beside me after her long walk. Despite her shenanigans, especially when I am trying to accomplish something, she really is the sweetest dog and we love her so much!

HAPPY FALL! I hope you are all having a lovely day! It's cooler here and I am enjoying the first days of my favorite season of the year. The temperature is just so much more conducive to getting stuff done! Don't you agree?



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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Autumn Angels


I've been working on my inventory of angels again. I will begin my post by showing you my autumn inspired angels just so that I am seasonally correct. I am a little biased because I absolutely love everything about this time of year, especially the colors. I am, indeed, an autumn girl. So, my autumn angels are first! At the end I will post a few photos of my favorites that don't happen to be all dressed up for fall. But we won't hold that against them!

These are my Harvest Angels that I have done in the past. I am excited to begin using some other fall fabrics and lace to create some more of these for my shop. This is the kind of work that cannot be described as work because I derive way too much pleasure from creating them. They take quite a bit of time to make as you can well imagine but it is always worth it in the end.


Here you can see that the paper is stitched in a contrasting (rust/orange) color.


I have begun adding tulle bows to the curled wire hanger on all of my angel ornaments. Somehow, it just completes them plus I really love tulle. So it's a win win situation and I like their new look!


I love the metallic gold flecks in this particular fabric. It has a rich quality to it. I am happy to say that I was able to find some more fabric with the same metallic gold, though it is a larger print. I will begin using that fabric tomorrow on my new Harvest Angels.


These Harvest Angels do add a splash of fall color wherever they are hung. I have hung them on the door knob of my hutch, added them to wreaths, decorated wrapped loaves of pumpkin bread to give as gifts, etc....

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This was a custom angel that I made in a pink and white color scheme and I decided to make two of them because they were so pretty. I hope I can find more of the pink rosette vertical trim because I plan to make a few more like her. She is so sweet and delicate looking.


She has a pale pink tulle bow on her hanger but it is a little difficult to see here. I love the pink paper rose in her halo.




I love this little angel too! Her hair reminds me of my hair when I crawl out of bed in the morning. Trust me when I say that the tousled hair looks much better on her than it does on me!


She has a sparkly tulle bow on her wire hanger. Her dress is embellished with a wide piece of very beautiful bridal lace. I need to get my hands on some more of that lace. It's so, so pretty!


She has a beaded hemline too and a little white flower!



This one is very sweet too! Simple but sweet.....sometimes less really is more!


These two have gold sparkly tulle bows! They'll never lose their sparkle!


.......and last but not least, my inspirational angel. Always believe.....

I have many more angels that I am working on but this post contains a few of my favorites. Did I mention how much joy I get from making these?

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Friday, September 4, 2015

All This Talk of Pumpkins AND a Teacup & Mug Exchange



This morning I worked on an off white version of my pumpkin. (Yesterday's Pumpkin Post) I want to use pumpkins at all the place settings on Thanksgiving so I am trying to decide if I want all white or a combination of white and orange.....I think I may want to use both colors. I am trying some other colors as well. I have plenty of time to decide......

This particular pumpkin measures approximately 5.5" across at the widest point and is the perfect size to sit on a dinner plate. Including the stem it is about 4" high


I love this little pumpkin but something tells me that the male dinner guests may wonder why I have placed a white, lacy pumpkin at their place settings. My husband already questions why I make white, lacy placemats that I don't allow him to use......

I cut out the pieces for a couple more white pumpkins.


Then I decided to head out to my kitchen to bake.


All this talk about pumpkins had me obsessing about pumpkin bread. So I stopped cutting out fabric pumpkins and made some pumpkin bread! The recipe I used is the absolute best pumpkin bread recipe I have ever made and I have tried plenty, believe me!

The recipe can be found HERE in an older blog post of mine. This recipe does not call for cloves, but I usually add 1 tsp of cloves and  almost always double the measurements for the other spices. I love cinnamon and nutmeg!!! I have also added toppings, substituted olive oil for the oil (though this time I used canola), and used half brown sugar instead of all white sugar. I have even substituted whole wheat flour and it came out very good, a bit denser but still very flavorful. It seems to me that it may not have risen as high as usual but it did not affect the taste whatsoever.

Today I made it just as the recipe reads, except I added cloves. Not only did my house smell divine, it was mighty tasty too! I took a loaf out to my parents, tossed one in the freezer and the other one I cut into immediately after it had cooled. YUM!

While it was baking I played with my pumpkins.....again.




Maybe the solid orange pumpkins will be a good choice for the gentlemen at my dinner table.







Tomorrow I will stitch up some more. They are so much fun to make and embellish. They are very cute too!

Now I think I will go make myself a cup of tea and snack on a slice of pumpkin bread! I probably shouldn't snack at this hour but I'm going to anyways!

Are you doing anything special for the long holiday? Hope everyone has a nice weekend! Goodnight friends!

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