Archive for August, 2006
Our bathroom was in severe need of a pickmeup. It’s not cute. In fact, it’s pretty dingy. So, I made a flower arrangement to match the new rug I made, which says Go-Fight-Win. I thought it would be nice to see a cheer as I step out of the shower before beginning the day. Did you see that Starbucks commercial where the band “Survivor” sings to the man on his way to work? For a while, Ryan and I would sing that to whomever managed to get out of the house first, our voices echoing down the stairwell. I made this rug in the same spirit.
August 29th, 2006
I snapped these buzzing bees exchanging pollen(?) on a sunflower outside the house this weekend. I love sunflowers, although this variety doesn’t seem to move much–not like the fields of sunflowers in Kansas. It’s amazing, really. I have striking recollections of driving to grandmas house in the morning and seeing the large heads staring at me when coming from both directions, morning and evening. They are such lovely flowers.
August 24th, 2006
This is a diaper bag for a cousin of mine who is a teacher with a big, beautiful family that has a new addition. After all was cut, pocketed, and hemmed, I started thinking that maybe the bag was too big. Can a diaper bag be too big? I’m not sure; I don’t have little ones. I’m very proud of this creation. I took very special care with straight cutting, straight seams, finished pockets, meticulously stitched appliques, and a perfect binding. It took forever! But, the finished product looks very professional and this sweet mom deserves something extra nice.
The inside has seven clear pockets and one non-clear for personal affects.
The backside of the bag has one large pocket for all her school papers. I used a beautiful whale trim from Les Bons Ribbons.
August 21st, 2006
This lovely package was received some time ago, but I’m a bad swap partner and am just now posting it. (Sorry MB!) The delightful Marybeth is my year-long swap partner and she sent me a truckload of her fantastic thrift store finds. My favorite is the package of vintage needles with a picture of Sewing Susan and her two closest friends. Cute! She’s even got a new thrifting blog, Thrift Barter Buy. Thanks so much!
August 18th, 2006
This is my work-in-progress, or WIP as everyone seems to be calling them. I’ve mentioned before my cat’s addiction to anything living–or recently living or having the appearance of life. Now I’ve caught her vice on film. This project will hopefully be a bouquet of fabric flowers for the bathroom. I’m trying to vamp up our sad little bathroom, and I say sad because it’s a small little thing whose shower has a 45-degree angle for a ceiling. This proves problematic for my husband who is very tall when he stands.
August 16th, 2006
I made this fruit tart and four tartlettes for some friends last weekend. It was delicious!
Makes 8 servings
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened and sliced
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Kiwi slices, blueberries, any other berries on hand
3 oz. frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
3 tbsp. sugar
Crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine ingredients in large bowl and cut with a pastry knife until crumbly. This may also be done in a food processor. With your fingers, press dough into a 12-inch tart or pie pan. Pat until the crust is even. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until very lightly browned. Set aside to cool.
Filling: Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Spread over the cooled crust. Top with sliced fruit.
Glaze: Combine the limeade, cornstarch, lime juice, and sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until clear and thick, about 2 minutes. Let cool. With a pastry brush, glaze the entire tart.
August 13th, 2006