Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday Afternoon

I love to relax on a Sunday, especially when the previous week has been a busy week.
Today Elizabeth and I whipped up some homemade butter; yes, making homemade butter is relaxing.
It still amazes me how simple butter is to make. 
One 16-ounce carton produces a nice amount.
We store our butter in small plastic cups with lids. These go directly in the freezer until it's time to eat some on crackers or homemade bread.

I just might have to make biscuits for supper with the leftover buttermilk!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Summer

The first harvest; small, but still exciting.
 Because everything looks better in a basket, I couldn't resist.
The potatoes are destined for the skillet, but I will save a few to add with the green beans.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Spring Recital 2016

Elizabeth played Starlight by Mary Leaf first; this song is really pretty.
The second song is Close to You by the Carpenters. 
She played this song as a surprise for Pat.
All her practice really pays off.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Vintage Clipboard

When I first spotted this vintage clipboard, buried under a pile of old notebooks, I just knew I had found a treasure.
 I love the body of the clipboard, it's solid wood.
 My plan is to hang this in the kitchen to be used for listing meal plans or to be used for my grocery list.



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Thrifty Project

With fabric going up in price, it's getting harder to sew cheaper than simply buying from the store. 
Last week I was shopping at the thrift store and found a small white cotton tablecloth for a dollar. The fabric was thick and soft and good quality; perfect for kitchen towels.
 I took time to rip out the hem; which added more than an inch to the overall size.
 Next I folded the tablecloth in half and cut; then each half section was cut into thirds. I now had 6 pieces to work with.
 My idea was to add a bit of trim to one end. I decided to use some vintage reproduction fabric cut at 2 1/2 inches wide before hemming.
 Once hemmed the trim was placed 2 inches from the edge and sewn in place.
 Each towel measures approximately 15"x25"; not as large as I prefer, but still a comfortable size.
If I don't count the cost of the trim, since I already had the fabric in my stash, these dishtowels came out to roughly 17-cents each.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Creativity

There is no doubt in my mind that my husband is one of the most creative people I know.
 
In October of last year, my beloved Chamber Stove was hauled to Ft. Worth to have a small gas leak fixed and to have the inside refurbished. 
This job took until February of this year; imagine living without a stove for 5-months.
 When the stove was delivered I began to wonder how I would keep it looking new; especially the top, which had been newly polished.
 When I use my canner, an All American brand, it sits past the burner grate and forms a brown heat ring, which I think is basically gas residue. This brown stain can only be removed with a good scrubbing; which scratches the stove top.
 In order to solve this problem my husband decided to make me a new, and bigger, burner grate.
Now my canner sits up high allowing air to flow under and around the bottom.
When I tested the new burner grate, it worked beautifully. No brown heat ring formed and my canner heated up with no problems; I was worried it might be too far from the flame to build up heat and pressure.
It feels wonder to have my stove back and it feels amazing to be canning once again!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Project Bag for Quilt Club

Each year when I attend quilt club I have used these handy plastic boxes to hold my quilt blocks.
 They are perfect for a 12-inch block.
 This year, for the first time ever, we are making 16-inch quilt blocks; which are way too large for my boxes.
So I decided to make a plastic project bag out of clear plastic used to cover furniture.
 The edges have been covered in fabric, made like bias tape only not cut on the bias.
I am very pleased with how this project bag turned out. There is plenty of room for all the blocks I will be making this year.

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