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Friday, October 30, 2009
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Thursday, October 29, 2009
Speaking of crochet, I just discovered these new additions to my friend Kim's shop Tiny Hearts. I love the large, bold feel of the neck warmers, and how they can be worn as a capelet as well!
Since I didn't have the bread ready for dinner we did a Clean Eating recipe from the newest magazine. It is whole wheat fettuccine with Chicken Italian Sausage, onions, spinach and a homemade sauce. Delicous! The soup is happening tonight, for sure.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I didn't turn the Kabocha into soup last night. Frank got home late and I didn't feel like cooking. I'm doing it tonight though, along with making homemade Ciabatta Bread! I'll let you know how both go.
Time to get to work....
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Another sign of cooler weather is Lucy cuddling again. She doesn't do much of that in the summer, but come fall she is ready and willing to cuddle up. I finished this scarf that I was working on last night. I'll take pictures soon.
Monday, October 26, 2009
I'm working on another one to test the altered pattern. It is a yellow striped cotton with gray bias tape edging. No fancy neckline on this one. I am really digging yellow and gray together right now.
I bought fabric for another Cynthia Rowley pattern, this tunic. I got navy linen half off at Joann. I am going to do teal piping around the yoke and the teal fabric is for lining the yoke. I don't know when I will tackle this one. It looks significantly more complex, and I really hope the fit doesn't need alterations.
In case you are wondering, yes I am still making jewelry. I know I haven't been talking about it much lately. I have really been enjoying sewing, crocheting and other hobbies. I will be working on my etsy shop, adding new items all this week. I am also finishing up some orders that I got last week, so will try to make time for new designs as soon as possible.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Maggie Borders! Thanks for playing everyone. Congratulations Maggie, I will email you for your address.
I will have more giveaways coming up, so please stay tuned. You can always become a follower of this blog if you please. The sign up deal is on the right side.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
One of our favorite activities here is Fort Worth is perusing the junk and searching for treasures at the Cattle Barn Flea Market. I think it is actually in the swine barn, but it is indeed in a barn. Doesn't that sound so very Texan? The booth above reminded me of my PawPaw and his rock collection, which made me really happy.
Right of the bat I found this cute little planter. It has a couple of hairline cracks, but is in pretty good shape and I couldn't pass it up. I had never seen one with polka dots! Ironically I saw another one, the same but larger, at the antique mall this weekend as well. It was 10 times what I paid for this one by the way!
I have been cleaning house a lot the past two weeks, but even with the rest of the house spotless my work area remained a mess. It does not usually look that bad, by the way.
I organized, cleaned and cleared out some stuff and am now ready to finally get back to work. I have several custom orders that I am working on this week along with photographing and listing new work. So keep an eye on the shop for new jewelry coming soon!
Monday, October 19, 2009
I'm on a Fall cleaning spree! I'm cleaning my house, my studio and even my etsy shop. These Framed Iolite Studs have to go. Lucky for you, my dear readers, one of you will soon be giving them a new home. These earrings are perfectly lovely, I am just clearing them out to make room for new designs. Earrings are handmade out of sterling silver and measure 3/8" diameter.
How to win:
Visit my etsy shop.
Pick a favorite piece of jewelry.
Post a comment here (on this blog post) telling me which piece is your favorite.
The winner will be chosen at random and announced Friday evening.
Thanks for playing along!
ETA: If you don't have a blogger account make sure to leave your email so I can get a hold of you!
I have been neglecting my zinnias for the last couple of months. I think it goes along with the whole too hot to go outside thing. They are still thriving despite my ignoring them, and have pretty much taken over the vegetable garden. In fact, I didn't plant winter veggies because I didn't want to pull out the zinnias yet, and now I fear it is too late. Maybe not though, I need to consult my books and charts.
I will most definitely grow zinnias in the vegetable garden again, however I may change a few things. I learned that thinning and pruning when the plants are young is a must. I would also stake them for sure. Right now they are laying every which way, except for one plant that I staked and it is at least six feet tall!
The ones that are my favorite are the cactus flowered zinnias. I think they were these seeds.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Frank and I celebrated our anniversary friday night with a delicious sushi dinner. We went to Piranha Killer Sushi in downtown Fort Worth. We don't go downtown much, and it always feels like we are in another city when we do. The whole meal was delicious, but the highlight for me was the Marry Me Roll with tempura shrimp, avocado, salmon and a strawberry on top. It sounds odd, but it is a luscious and delicious combination!
I feel so special and honored to be the recipient of this beautiful handmade quilt. This quilt was made for us by Sarah Schermerhorn, who is the mother of two of my closest friends. Sarah has been in my life for almost twenty years, since her daughter Gretchen and I became friends the summer of 1990. The quilt is made from batik fabrics in my favorite palette of blues and greens and is queen size. I will treasure this beautiful gift for years to come.
Thank you Sarah, I am so happy to own one of your beautiful creations.