Sunday, October 4, 2015

a few things to share .....

It's a damp. grey day here but it's not cold.  We're just home from closing up the cabin for the winter - it was so windy there for a couple of days that all the leaves came off the trees.
Now that we're home to stay for awhile I need to start the fall cleaning .... I do it in the fall rather than the spring.  I used to do spring cleaning, too, and actually enjoyed cleaning but I smartened up.  I'm on the band wagon with de-cluttering, downsizing, etc. trying to practice minimalism.    I tell myself that if I haven't used in the last year to toss it out but it never fails that as soon as I toss it I'm looking for it for a project.  Alas, I guess that's Murphy's Law.   

I have a few things to share with you .....

These are both Buttermilk Basin designs.  The top one I made 
into a pocket and the bottom one is a mini wall hanging - the
tree that it's on is one my hubby made from weathered
wood we found at the cabin.
I appliqued onto drop cloth for both of them and
backed the wall hanging with burlap.

This is the weathered wood tree.

And for my cross stitch friends  - this is an Ursula Michael design.
I have no plans for it just yet but will likely use it
 for a card or a tag on a gift.

And just look at these beautiful sticks that Beaver left behind - they're perfect for hanging mini quilts/wall hangings! 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

autumn ....

Autumn is such a lovely season with her colour and fragrance

and beautiful bouquets ......

Here are the last of the summer flowers at the cabin ....

 this cosmos was 6" across - I've never seen one so large

my favourite Supertunia - always a beauty

my only yellow calendula with a brown centre -
 I hope I can collect the seeds from this one.

Kudos to my husband for these pix of the blue jays.  There were about a half dozen of them and they became less shy - perhaps they were enjoying the pistachios we were sharing with them.

Friday, September 18, 2015

a September finish .....

There's been frost at home but not in cottage country.  In fact, the flowers at the cabin are blooming beautiful!  I have  pix of them but forgot the camera cable so I can't share them with you.  But I do have a finish to share.  This is the Dresden Plate design from  here.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

it crossed my mind .....

This is the last long weekend of the summer and wouldn't you know it there was widespread torrential rain!  Not only did it spoil the weekend for the working folks but it  put the farmers' harvest on hold.  We came in from the cabin on Sunday; we left in a drizzle that turned into a torrential downpour.  The wipers were having no effect on the rain and we should have pulled over except that the lightening was wicked - almost simultaneous lightening and thunder so it was close and we figured we were safer as a moving target than a sitting duck.  At one point it crossed my mind that our time may have come .... imagine going out with a blast from a bolt of lightening!!  Our cabin is in the middle of nowhere and it's a 40 minute drive to the edge of nowhere before we can turn onto the road to somewhere ... and lo and behold the rain eased up and the lightening was behind us.  Off to the west we could see blue sky and we were joyful since home is to the west .... the clearing was short lived so it was just a tease.  We always stop at Corner Gas in GP to fill up the car, buy a cup of their good coffee, and use their immaculate facilities and it just happened to be in a dry spot.  When I was returning to the car an older fella (older? he was likely my age) and I exchanged 'good morning' and he said we just missed a doozie of a storm .... I smiled and said we just drove through it.  ^^  We did arrive home to sunshine - how nice!

A flock of blue jays entertained us for a few days but I wasn't able to get a photo of them - they were quite shy.  Nonetheless we were delighted to have them visit.

I'm trying to be creative with strawberries ...... there's room for improvement.  Both are made from drop cloth and one has dimples and a piece of old lace tablecloth for the hull with cotton yarn for the stem whilst the other one has a hull crocheted from the same cotton yarn and jute for the stem -  I think it looks more like an acorn  ;)

Here's the full moon in August shining through a haze of smoke from the forest fires in Washington State ....  can you see it peeking through the leaves at the top of the photo?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

something to crow about ....

We're having some wonderful weather these days  and would you believe that the smoke from the Northern Washington forest fires has landed on our doorstep!

I haven't decided how I'm going to finish this rooster  -  a fabric tray, a candle mat or ......

This little critter is a white crab spider and it's about ¼" in size - it's
amazingly small. 

Here are a couple of cozy corners at the cabin ....

Thursday, August 20, 2015

finally ...

Thankfully the heatwave is over and it's a pleasure to be outdoors again.  
I finally have a finish to share with you -  a matchbook needlecase, instead of a card,  for my sister's birthday.  Since she sews it seemed appropriate and it's more useful than a card.  ^^  It's not an original idea but one shared by Claire .
The design is from Lesley Teare.  There's an "oops" -  did you spot it?

We now have a new batch of Million Dollar Relish. 
 I've been making this one since I was a young married (and that's a
very long time).  ^^


Thursday, August 13, 2015

5 minute dill pickles ....

We're in the midst of a heatwave that's been enjoyable since the humidity is low and there haven't been any wicked storms either!  ^^

With the weekend coming up and cucumbers in the garden being plentiful here's a quick and easy recipe for dill pickles courtesy of Chatelaine .  These are delicious and don't last long in our fridge.  Best part is they can be made from the mini cucumbers that are available year round.

 5 Minute Dill Pickles
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
½ cup granulated sugar
1½ teaspoon kosher (pickling) salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
3 mini cucumbers sliced into quarters lengthwise (I use 4)

Boil vinegar with water, sugar and salt in a small saucepan.  Remove from heat.  Pour over cucumber spears and dill in a large bowl.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.