Knitting aspirations.

Monica asked yesterday if I could post a photo of the slippers from Knit 2 Together, a great new(ish) knitting book by comedian Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark. I thought I’d post a few of my other favorite projects at the same time.These are the slippers. They are just too cute for words! I loveRead more

All sewn up.

We had a nice, relatively quiet weekend (our weekend is Sunday/Monday), puttering and getting a few things done around the house. I pruned the fruit trees that needed pruning (we put in one each of apple, apricot, pear, cherry, peach, plum and fig trees last year), made a batch of Honey Whole Wheat bread, pickedRead more

Things I Love – My Quilt

My mother-in-law made this quilt for us last year. It’s hard to believe that it was one of the first quilting projects she ever did. You can’t see it, but all of our names (including the pets) are sewn into the fabric as part of the quilting. It’s a treasure that I hope to passRead more

Cigar box ideas.

I got a great collection of (mostly) wooden cigar boxes off of Freecycle the other day, and I thought I’d pick your brains for some brilliant ideas of what I can do with them.Bee promptly turned one into a bejewelled keepsake box as a gift for one of her friends. My main reason for rescuingRead more

Candle Making

I bought about 10 pounds of beeswax earlier this fall, but haven’t had time to make anything with it until now. Last night, the kids and I made some votive candles for the teachers of their various activities, and I decided to melt some extra and make myself a pillar candle while we were atRead more

Local Lovelies – Pottery

Food isn’t the only thing that I like to buy local. There’s a great potter’s club at one of our city’s community centers, and every 6 months they hold a sale where the members sell their gorgeous creations for very reasonable prices. Yesterday was the day of their annual Christmas sale. It’s always a bitRead more

Calendula Salve

I made a batch of calendula salve recently with some of the flowers from my garden. It’s a wonderful thing to have around the house – helps to heal cuts, sun and windburn, eczema, fungal infections, and many other types of owies. The flowers look so pretty that I hate to do it… …but inRead more

Candle Making?

I’m going to order some beeswax to make candles, and I’m wondering if there are any candle making experts out there. I can’t decide between dipped tapers or pillars with multiple wicks. Is one more efficient than the other (as far as burning slower and giving more hours of light)? It would be fun forRead more

Poppy heads and ladybugs.

I finally got around to clearing all of the dead poppies out of my garden today. While I love the way they look bundled together in a vase, I’m wondering if I maybe should have left them where they were. Closer inspection revealed masses of ladybugs in various stages of development all over them. ThereRead more