Sunday, July 23, 2017

Glitter, Sewing, and Baking

It's that time of year again. Time to start planning and decorating for Festival of Trees. I've come home many days now, covered in glitter. But the shop is ready for us to start designing tree themes now.

I'm almost done with the little pillow for my sister's impending grandson. Just need to cut the back sections and put everything together.

And finally, I tried out a new recipe last night for cream cheese brownies. It's from America's Test Kitchen, we have the giant recipe book, and... WOW! So good! Someone (not me) couldn't wait for them to cool all the way before he stole a wee bit off a corner.

That's all for this week. How everyone is staying cool in the heat!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Bubble Bubble

We've got 10 gallons of hard cider in carboys now. Half is a straight hard apple cider, the other is an apple-cherry cider experiment. The plain apple belongs to one of the guys at our local Makerspace. FuzzyHusband has been teaching members how to brew.


Plain apple

That's all for this week. FH and I need to clean up the kitchen now. ;-)

Sunday, July 2, 2017


As far as my writing goes, I'm being encouraged on multiple fronts to consider publishing a book of my poetry. So I'm slowly figuring out what pieces would be good enough, which need polishing, what are "good examples of practice" (aka rubbish), and pondering thoughts for new poems.

I did make a lovely salted caramel sauce last Sunday. It was perfect on top of the chocolate cheesecake... and on fresh fruit, potato chips, pretzels... ;-)

Pixel found Artie's hiding spot and claimed it for her own.

I've finally started in on a little pillow my sister asked me to make for her impending grandson. It's 5" x 6", sized for a wee rocking chair she's refinished for the nursery. I found the font I chose somewhere online.

Now I need to make piping, cut out the letter appliques, and put it all together.

See you next weekend!

Sunday, June 25, 2017


I swear I've been doing some creative things for the past couple of weeks. But I've been writing, which means I don't have anything public or share-able at the moment.

Some other highlights from the week include: spending a day shopping for quilt patterns with a friend, getting a really bad sunburn on just part of my collarbone... thanks, seatbelt, for making that uneven, eating some yummy danishes, finding Artie in an odd place, and watching a darling family of 6 rescue cats get adopted after 2+ months of watching the 5 kittens grow up.

Here's Artie in the "odd place."

I posted that photo on Instagram and the best, also only, comment was, "Dark brooding kitteh kat laying by rainbows." This is particularly funny because the commenter in question is a friend who likely (and purposefully) choose his words to match the cadence and meter of, "pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows." If you choose to poke that link, be warned that there be earworms!

Now I need to go reapply some aloe to the rather tiny blisters all over my collarbone and then make caramel sauce and a cheesecake. See you next week!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Artie says, "dis mah daddie. Find ur own." 


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pixel says...

Mama let another D.O.G. into MY house! It was only for one sleep, but come on! Bad Mama! I had to hide the whole time!

And all the toys were everywhere! Nothing was where it was supposed to be. Maybe I should have stayed and snoopervised.

My dog apparently had fun, for whatever that's worth.

And Mama made muffins things that she wouldn't share.

Horrible days!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Mercedes says...

Please save me from that noisy thing that Mom's pushing around the house! It's loud and makes things disappear! All my fluffs, and the leaves that stick to my coat, and the fuzz from the kitties! It's scary! I'm hiding outside until Mom and Daddy aren't playing with that thing!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

In Flanders Fields...

Stay safe and enjoy the holiday weekend!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Making Plans

I've got fabrics for two new quilt tops and a matching pillow ready to go. But first the house needs deep cleaning. *sigh*

Also Mercedes keeps proving to be the most tolerant dog ever. When she gets tired of children, she gets up and runs away.

She rescued herself after this photo and we put her outside for a while to escape himself's love and adoration.

Now it's time to clean!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Pixel Says...

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Whoops, forgot a title! Oh well!

Well I finally finished the binding on this baby quilt. Now to get it delivered.

Pixel was very helpful in making sure I stayed seated to work.

Mercedes made sure I celebrated May the Fourth. I think she just wanted the cookies I was giving her for wearing the BB-8 head boppy thing.

In other news, our area is experiencing a bit of flooding. Nothing horrifying, just the sidewalks and parking areas down by the riverfront. I took these photos as they were closing the sidewalks in preparation for the high water.

So I've had to find temporary haunts for playing Pokemon GO for the time being. But better than getting wet feet.

That's all for now. I have to figure out what the next UFO I tackle will be. And the parts I had to order for the crochet project I started a while back have gotten here, so I might dig that back out. We'll see what sounds good as the week progresses. See you next time!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Artan Says...

Mom's not feeling to well, so I'm keeping her from doing any work. I decided she was working to hard the other day and took the liberty of laying on her project and not letting her have it back. I'll maybe met her do her own typing next time.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Can you guess what it might be?

Spring cleaning has hit the house... or at least when I'm not resting an inflamed tendon in my right foot. I do as much as I can, sit for a while, and get up and try a little something else. Time consuming, but so far effective.

That's all that's been happening around here. How are things in your part of the world?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Finally Finished!

There were mistakes in the pattern. I made mistakes as I worked and had to correct them. I ran out of yarn, despite the pattern requirements showing me that I had more than enough, and had to find a coordinating yarn to finish with. But it's done.

Now I need to find a pattern to use up the use up the remaining brown yarn. Oh darn! ;-)

Happy Easter, for those who celebrate. See you next weekend!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017

WIPs and Chains

I've been sick and in pain all week. I can testify that crocheting while fevered is hard. Currently I'm working on row 8 for the third time. But it's looking gorgeous. I've found two mistakes in the pattern and noted them on Ravelry.

Until we get test results back, we won't know for sure what's going on. I do know that the fevers are due to internal silliness and not a virus or bacteria that can spread. Various test start happening this week. This is what happens when you can't see your doctor until a Friday. Better than not seeing one at all.

I'm going to go curl up and watch a movie or something. Maybe try finishing row 8 or maybe not.

See you next week!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Running Behind, But Yarn!

FuzzyHusband and I took a trip south this weekend to see "the wee nephew and co." We're just getting back, and since I forgot to prep a filler post for this morning, I'm running late.

These towels have been lingering in my stash for a while. I needed to find the correct colors of cotton.

Then I made a second purple newsboy hat for our favorite bartender. The look on her face when I "magically" pulled out of my bag was priceless. She'd been admiring my hair for weeks and I had another skein of the yarn left.

Another towel set that had been waiting for the right yarn to be found. Love the colors on these.

And now for the current WIP:

This will be a bed jacket for Grandma. I found the pattern on Ravelry and the yarn's been moving around with me for over a decade. It's 50/50 wool and mohair. 

Now for something fun and different! I finally got the chance to catch up with my hairdresser. We did something fun and crazy with my hair on Friday!

That's all for this weekend. It's getting late and I still have things to do before bed. See you next weekend!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

And Now For Something Completely Different

No crochet happened this week. None. Because I spent 63 hours working on this:

So pleased with how this turned out, despite being a rush job!

The pattern is McCall's M7339. My client chose that metallic silver fabric, which happened to be a knit. So I interfaced all the body pieces as well as the lining pieces. The first 8 hours was pattern piece alteration. Once the muslin mock up fit, I cut the lining, the corset body fabrics, and lots of interfacing. So much interfacing.

The black fabric is actually the "wrong" side of the silver fabric. Little glimmers of the silver peek through, for a fun contrast. The black roses are actually a sequin netting fabric that I overlaid on top of the silver.

FuzzyHusband's leatherworking tools came in handy when it came time for the grommets. Made that process so much easier. Also thankful for the twin needle on my sewing machine and the invisible thread from my quilting stash. Adding the trim was so easy thanks to them!

My client wore this last night on stage during a burlesque show. She was a lot of fun to so for. I look forward to working with her again.... with more time allotted for me to sew in. 63 hours in 6 days was not fun. ;-)

I'm going to relax for a few days and get back to crocheting once my hands forgive my for the abuses heaped upon them. See you next weekend!