Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween book

First of all my computer has been on the blink and since it is now working I thought I'd make up for lost time. So I thought about what I've done in the last month....and could not think of a thing!
Good thing I take pictures occasionally or I wouldn't remember anything.
Last year I collected a couple of books at garage sales for future Halloween books. This year I got started on one. Looking at Pinterest I found this pinned. Kind of close to what I wanted to do. So here is my before;
A book from our shelves that was discarded at the end of Andrew's 7th grade. Flat toys purchased at the Dollar Tree.
My after:
I used black paint and then gold metallic paint...I think some brown would add some richness, but not enough to go to the store again.
I'll show you where I put it when I get the other 2 done.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More charity quilts

 Lisa's quilt as you go project to use up scrap flannel turned out great. She did 2 of these.All I did was donate scraps of batting (makes me happy to have scrap batting leave my house.)

 Then she did 3 more flannel tops that I quilted. I had a terrible time with the camera and took pictures of all of them but cannot find 1 of the others.

The missing one is also pink and green. They were all lovely to quilt; Lisa gets her quilts even and square.
 This one we worked on together; a disappearing 4-patch which turned out great. we cut it when we cut the zigzag, using the same fabrics.
We did 7 quilts this year. They were donated to 'Angels on the Ground' and a Woman's shelter.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Zigzag Charity Quilt

It is finally completely finished.
57 x 78. I blogged about the top here. The quilting got finished in July, before my surgery. Lisa got it and bound it. We did 8 quilts this year. I'll post them all eventually. My camera is giving me fits so the pictures that were taken have to be redone. The back:
The back is an all over that I saw here, Starry night. Love it.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Kitchen Island

We remodeled our kitchen in 2011.At the time I posted a picture of my dream island but never showed you it finished. We designed it with the stone top in mind but built it with butcher-block so the space is not as big as the magazine pictures.
It sits up on wheels (that way I did not have to decide exactly where to put it.) and we can move it when we have a party. The top of the cabinet is covered in cork board, I figured if cork can be used on the floor, it can be used on this protected counter. I did a google search and found a place that would custom build the butcher block so it would be wide enough to have an overhang on both sides. Then I ordered it longer so we would have enough scraps to use as the pseudo support.
It really just hides the metal supports.

The butcher block is the workhorse of the kitchen counters. The underneath part does not get used everyday but I slide in cookie sheets when the surface is covered, pies near the holidays, and occasionally it will hold junk that was on the top when I need the surface. Usually it has my big shallow salad bowl under it, but today it was bare.

I love love love my new kitchen.

If you want to do something similar, this is what I remember. The kitchen designer at Home Depot took an upper cabinet and altered it to fit our design, she said a lower cabinet couldn't be altered the way we wanted. We took a standard cabinet height of 36 inches and subtracted the counter height and the space height and then the wheel height. I would like the space to be bigger but it is 3 5/8". The cork is 1/4" thick.  I have an e-mail from that is where I purchased the maple butcher block from. They were quick and it looks great.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hat 25

I bought yarn for 3 hats to knit during my recovery...which isn't over yet. I have one finished. The pattern is from a library book; Monster knits for little Monsters. Amazon has it.
This is the first one I planned;
But I had to figure out how to change the color at the spikes, then I decided it only needed 3, which mad it easier to knit. The hats are all very similar I just turned to page to find one that was and followed that.
This is Brycen, the child I knit the hat for, unfortunately it doesn't stay on his head for long....

 Here I bribed him with smarties and we got a couple of pictures.
 His brother was happy to model the hat for me.
 Now I'd love a picture with all 3 brothers in their rooster hats!

Monday, August 25, 2014

First day of school

This is the last year of getting kids to high school for me! My baby enters the 12th grade.
He has a heavy load this year, I'm sure he will do well.

As you can imagine I'm not up to doing a lot yet so one evening while my sister and daughter was still here and I couldn't sleep I started refolding my wall of fabric. Yuk it is a tedious job but I'm not up to doing much else so here you can see some of the fabric straitened up and some not.
The pink and red are straitened the green and brown are yet to be done. I started on the blues;
 As I folded I pulled out the shirts that I'd cut up a long time ago, before I kept the shirts on a different wall... unfortunately there are so many additional shirts that I will never get them on the shirt shelves.
a solid on the left, the stripes and the plaids.I found in there a shirt that my oldest wore in jr. high. and a shirt that Brian had worn...I'm really need to use some of these.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Lemons Sauce and vegetables with Quinoa

I am still alive, July 22 I had my right hip replaced. Not fun. I'm still in a fog of pain relievers and forced rest. Although not so forced since I don't feel like doing anything yet. I lay there thinking and feeling great then I get up and have no stamina at all.  This will pass. I go to the sewing room and use my grabber tool and put a few things away. then walk back down the hall and tuck myself back into bed. I manage to drive just a bit, the last three days, which means I have to plan to have no pain killers on board when Andrew needs to go someplace. It has worked fine, I feel like I am able to do something. I haven't cooked yet but have been able to sit and supervise Laurel trying to reproduce one of my favorite dishes today. Licorice-caramels (I posted about it here.) and Almond encrusted Lemon quinoa...with spinach and vegetables. It is a dish I had at a local restaurant; Birroporetti's, Almond encrusted chicken with lemon sauce and angel hair pasta. I've had it since I've reproduced it and I prefer my version; 

 Lemon sauce
1 onion, cut up fried with 
2 Tablespoons oil (butter is great but not required)
2 Tablespoon garlic added when onion is almost done
2 T flour to thicken
2 cups chicken broth
juice of 2 lemons (our lemons were small and wimpy)
salt and pepper to taste
simmer until thickened

In a separate fry pan toast sliced almonds and set aside

Cook vegetables as desired I have used, 
bell peppers
green beans

Quinoa or rice or pasta cooked 

The fresh spinach is put on the plate first then the rest is layered on top
and finally a garnish of fresh diced tomatoes.

This is Yummy!