Friday, January 31, 2014

Feline Friday

Wait, I will find that fabric for you!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

In my kitchen

Making yogurt cheese for St. Brigid's Day. (You might notice the white coffee maker in the background. Our pretty red one called it quits and we needed a quick and cheap replacement. I view it as a temporary solution.)

Dinner preparations. Thursday/Friday dinner is usually soup and something baked, today it is onion soup and cheddar cheese and mustard muffins.

The kitchen sink faucet has been on a slow drip since it got so cold. The collected water goes into our water filtering containers. Nothing is wasted.

My constant companions - Jackie and MamaCat -, complete with favorite felt mousie, just in case I have a hand free to toss it for him.

A huge hawk on a tree across the way. It was later chased off by a Squirrel! I tried to take a quick picture through the kitchen window. If you click on it you should be able to see the bird, it is above the text.

And meanwhile on the pantry window this guy is trying to butter me up for more treats. This is his 'purr-face'.
(Yes, he was successful.)

What I am not going to show you is what happened when the butter, instead of melting nicely, exploded in the microwave.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What I am working on

I paper pieced the border for the February wall hanging today and although I was worried it might overwhelm the heart I am quite pleased with it.

And I am working on the second sock of the pea green pair.

Snow, Snow, Snow

Here are some photos from yesterday afternoon and this morning. It is very cold again, I guess this will stay around for a while.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


I am determined to make all the things this year that fell by the wayside last year. These are two of them, a dish mat and new oven mitts.The oven mitts were a new experience for both me and the sewing machine, I have never worked with that insulation material before. I used a jeans needle and Lily did just fine. I need to work a bit more on getting the thumbs a little bigger and the top not at quite such a sharp angle. But for now they will do.

Both are free patterns/tutorials and can be found here:   Dish Mat  Oven Mitt

Monday, January 27, 2014


Monday is usually my housekeeping day. So today I changed the bed linens, washed and hung a load of laundry, folded another one, flushed the kitchen sink and cleaned the bath room. Thanks to warm temperatures and sunshine I was able to let the cats into the porch for a while and air out the front room that has been closed off since the cold snap. It really helps keeping the rest of the house warm. The weather is nuts, we are at 58 degrees at the moment and expect 17 tonight. No wonder people feel exhausted and get sick easily, the body does not have a chance to adjust to these temperature changes. We might even get snow.

After all the chores were done I tackled a small cross stitch project while watching "Cranford". I plan to frame it with fabric and quilt it. The pattern is a freebie and can be found here.

And just after I finished my post yesterday I decided that it would not do that I don't get anything crafty done on weekends and cast on a new pair of socks.

Now it is time to bring in the laundry and start dinner. It was a good day.

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Another weekend has come and gone and it was a good one. We slept in, celebrated Burns Night and Australia Day with some special treats, enjoyed some sunshine on Sunday, watched movies and did a bit of reading. And once again, all my creative energy was used in the kitchen. I don't know what it is about weekends that keeps me away from my crafty projects.

I made a pavlova for dessert in honor of Australia Day.

We had some freshly baked shortbread and a wee dram in honor of Robert Burns' birthday and 'mock' haggis for Sunday lunch, I don't care much for haggis from a can, so I made a meatloaf look like the real thing and served it with mashed potatoes and turnips.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Robert Burns

It is the birthday of Robert Burns today, the great Scottish poet. We will honor him with a wee dram later in the day (it might be five o'clock somewhere but here it is only 9 am). Here is one of his lovely poems.

A Red, Red Rose

O my Luve's like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June:
O my Luve's like the melodie,
That's sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.

Tilla' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve!
And fare-thee-weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile!

More Socks

The second pair from the fall colored yarn is finished. I think I might have enough yarn left over for a third one. As you can see, I had a photo assistant who insisted on being in the picture.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Feline Friday

Sewing is not the only thing that gets interrupted around here.

Thursday, January 23, 2014


My "Halloween" socks are finished. That was the thinnest yarn I have ever worked with.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Festive Flock

These pretty birds have been languishing in my UFO stash long enough. They are meant to be Christmas decorations but I think they make lovely Winter decorations as well.

Sunday, January 19, 2014


Saturday was grocery shopping day, not too bad, got everything I needed and stayed within my budget. We spent the rest of Saturday and most of Sunday doing stuff around the house, watching movies and eating cake.

I made lasagna for lunch on Sunday, only the second time ever and it turned out pretty good. Sometime in the middle of putting it together I decided that it is my lasagna and I can make it any way I want to and so I did. It does not look picture perfect but tasted really good.

I seem to do most of my creative work in the kitchen on weekends, did not get anything crafty done. Del has tomorrow off so we get another day of weekend, sleeping in, weather should be nice and we might even do some stuff around the garden, like picking up all the fallen branches and cleaning up around the beds.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Chocolate Cobbler

A lot of recipes that are floating around on Facebook could kill you just reading them, but every so often one shows up that uses real ingredients. We found our new favorite soup this way and the latest such recipe is this: Chocolate Cobbler. I made it this week and it is delicious, not as sweet as I expected it to be, nice and gooey and very chocolatey and really easy and quick to put together and it tastes even better the next day.

Friday, January 17, 2014