Monday, September 12, 2016

Thank you...

Thank you everyone who went and took a look at my "Fall Stars" bears and friends!!!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Pumpkin season??

I really enjoy making pumpkins this time of the year... usually as an accessory for my bears or bear friends. But these two are on etsy by themselves.... etsyshop  .

These are made from a vintage Malden Mills long pile fabric.... bought I bought an interesting piece of mohair upholstery fabric with woven in stripes and texture. I dyed some of it... orangey of course... and will be turning out several more pumpkins shortly.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fall Stars show creeping closer...

Arthur Mouse is my lead "bear" ... lol.   Here is the link  

Friday, August 5, 2016

Oscar's tiny house

Oscar the Mouse has joined the tiny house craze, with the help of the resident male big person.....Oscar will not be making his debut for awhile, but his house will be showing up to show off its changes!!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Canning... spicey tomato chutney

My son and I spent the weekend canning tomatoes at his house... plain sauces and two spaghetti sauces.... but we ran out of time. So I did the tomato chutney at my house on Monday.  I ddn't end up with lots... too much cooking down to a thick saucy consistency... but it is good. I think it will make a great condiment or with cheese and crackers!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Restored qult

Thirty plus years ago my Mother-in-law made my youngest a tied quilt using redwork squares I bought at an estate sale in Rochester, NY.   When I washed it ( the last time) the batting became all matted and nasty. I put it away and we forgot about it for  YEARS!!  At least 20 years.  I came across it earlier this year and decided to take it apart and see what could be done with it.   Then I washed the fabric... ironed it etc..... and took it to a friend who quilts for a living. 
Denise and I saw that there wasn't enough backing fabric for a standard quilt so she sewed the backing to light blue fabric... added new batting... machine quilted the whole thing and added binding in the same fabric as she used on the backing....
So now my daughter has her Grandmother's present back.... Can't wait to give it to her.... she had no idea this was in the works!!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

stripping wallpaper

My son has plans for his kitchen/ dining  area.... He wants to add a combination of cupboards and serving buffet... but first the wallpaper and chair rails have to go. So that's what we did this afternoon. There have been times when stripping wallpaper was the chore from hell... but not this time!! The surface layer came off easily and with a little spraying with water the bottom layer is gone too!  He will get some wallpaper glue remover and fill  any holes . Then prime and paint.  He wants to add two sconces above the serving buffet. So adding electricity will be next weekends task!! Good thing  they know how!!