Monday, September 1, 2014

Tea Tray Cloths

I use a tray when we have tea so that I can bring everything - tea pot, cups, cookies, etc. - into the living room or wherever we want to enjoy our tea.  I would put a dishtowel on the tray to catch tea spills.  But, I got tired of trying the fold the towels to fit the tray, so I sewed 'tray liners' instead. 
I sewed two fabrics together, wrong sides together, leaving a hole in the stitching on one side for turning it right side out, then pressed and top-stitched.   One is blue check and red plaid, the other is daisy zig-zag print and wildflower botanical print.
 This way I can line my tea tray with whatever liner suits my mood, wash and repeat!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Vintage Quilt Squares





I found another set of unfinished squares!  A find at the pay-by-the-pound!  Some are just basted in place.  I'll finish appliqueing them and maybe do some embroidery...we'll see.  They're on genuine feed sack - one of the squares still had part of a paper label on the back!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Watermelon "Cake"

Mom requested a watermelon cake for her birthday - I just cut out disks of watermelon, put whipped cream between the layers (use toothpicks to keep the layers stable) and then some pretty flowers for decoration : )  It was delicious!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Perfect Moment

We've all heard, "life is made up of moments" and, "make every moment count".
This picture captures a perfect moment:  me and my boys.  It was our day at Strawberry Banke and we got the boys their own disposable cameras for the day.  It was their first experience with film/exposures/etc.  They took a lot of pictures of  random plants and architecture...fun to see what each thought important to document in film!  Then, the wait while it was sent away to be developed.  Today we picked up the prints and there we a couple at the end that Grammie took of me and the boys.  They capture the feeling of that day: happiness, love, sunshine, soda pops, and smiles.   The picture may be grainy and overexposed a bit, but somehow this old medium of film has more beauty : )  
A beautiful moment!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wildflowers - Trillium

When I was 9 I had a little wildflower garden.  My prized plant was a red trillium.  It did very well for many years and then, one spring, the slugs devoured it - there was nothing left!  I tried growing it from seed, but I haven't had any trillium grow since.
Well, this weekend we had a treasure of a find!  My boys came in to give me a seed pod they'd found (they know I love all plant and flower specimens - they collect them for me when they're playing outside).  They didn't expect me to be as excited as I got when they brought this one in ; )  They showed me where they'd found it and I dug up the parent plant and put it in my shade garden -  a trillium!  I don't know yet what color it is.  Hopefully next Spring we'll find out!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bicycle Baskets

My friend and I learned how to make these bicycle baskets from my Mom.  She came over two days to help us get them started and finished.  We learned the basics of basket making with these and the next one I want to make is a matching "saddle basket" for the back of my bike - then I'll be ready to go to the market : )


Monday, August 18, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tea Cookies


My souvenir from Strawberry Banke was a tin of tea cookies.  They're yummy and the tin is pretty - to hold many more homemade tea cookies in the years to come : )

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