"There shall be eternal summer in the
grateful heart"

Monday, September 1, 2014

September 1st


"By all these lovely tokens, September days are here. 
With summer's best of weather and autumn's best of cheer."
- author unknown









Saturday, August 30, 2014

Garden Week 25: Waltham Butternut Squash

A quick post



Hubby and I picked 5 butternut squashes.

We did weight them and they ranged starting with the smallest 1-1/4 pounds to the largest 2 -3/4 pounds.  
There was another one  that did not make it into the photo.  It is in the refrigerator  due to it splitting while it was on the vine.  It was fine one morning and later that afternoon I notice one  had split. My mistake, I feed the vines too much (read on line).  Once they start to turn color, no more feeding.  Just make sure they get enough water.  Also, not enough or too much water will make them split but I am pretty sure it was the over feeding.
A lesson learned.  

Hubby and I decided to take the ones that looked and felt ripe. We did not want to risk the others splitting. 

For now, I will use them as Fall decor around the house.  I will be cooking the split one soon and I will let you know how it turned out.
It was the first time growing them so I hope they are good.  They look beautiful.

Total weight of the 5 plus the one in the refrigerator totals:  11- 3/4 pounds.  


There are three more left on the last vine to ripen.  

I started them from seed. The first day I sowed them into large peat pots was April 28th.
I transferred them into the garden June 3rd.

About 18 weeks in total.


Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
Blessings





Friday, August 22, 2014

Cupcake Fabric Banner


This is a project that I have been wanting to do for a long while.
While looking thru my project file I came across a project that I have been wanting to do for a while.  It was from:


I love the way the banner came out.
I did some adjusting to the pattern

I made the pennants a bit larger and the cupcakes would fit better on the pennants.
I added 1/2" to the pattern


The pattern called for a single layer (with raw edges).  I wanted the banner to be  sturdier.  Cutting the two layers of muslin fabric and sewing them together using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Turn the pennant right side out, press and topstitch using a 1/4".

I used Pellon "wonder under" #805R for my appliqué pieces.
A zig zag stitch with contrasting thread colors. 
I added jumbo rick rack and used pre-made bias tape extra wide double fold, 1/2" wide


I made one for my kitchen shelf that I showed on my last post, here.



I made this one using left over fabric from the pillow I made my Daughter, here
and purchased polkadot fabric from Jo-anns.
Added rickrack at the top.
These are fun to make and the possibilities  are endless.
I will be making more.
It's the weekend and hope you have a great one.

Blessings


Monday, August 18, 2014

Fruit and Fall Themed Cards

What do I do when it is too hot to be outdoors?  Make some card. : )


The papers came from  DCWV's paper stack called "Four Seasons"
This is an old collection, 2012.  
Here is a YouTube Video from CHA showing the papers
 click HERE

You can see in the video the papers are very busy but beautiful.
I try to let the papers do all the work
I do not want to add too many embellishments and have them take over the beautiful images on the papers.

Here is a small piece left.
I can see this as wall paper in my kitchen.


I  purchase from Hobby Lobby some extra sheets of paper in solid  green and a fun gingham print from their Paper Studio line. 




I used Spellbinder circle and square dies to do some fussy cutting.

The fall sentiments came from an old clear stamp set by TPC studio called "Autumn Harvest"  I have used this set many times.

I do not know the company name for the tiny label die but it is a thin die

The embossing folder that I  used on the solid green paper is called "Twizzle" #656799 by Sizzix


You can see but I added some glitter to the eggs and leaves.  I added a three maple paper punch leaves.



I cut out the pear image and popped it up on foam squares.
I had a left over Anna Griffin tag that had some ribbon on it and used it as a template to make this tag.


 Sentiments on these cards came from Hero Arts Clear set "all occasion messages"

I found some left over papers to use for the layering.  


I think I'm set for fall cards now.


Well, It is a start of a new week.
Hope yours is a great one.
Thanks for the visit.
Take care
Blessings to you.









Friday, August 15, 2014

Garden and In the Kitchen at Week 23



My summer garden is coming to an end.



The last of the San Marzano tomatoes, I roasted them using olive oil, salt, pepper and sprinkled with oregano. I put them in the freezer for later use.  
They make great toppings to a salad, add them to a sandwich.  I can't wait to use them on my pizza.  


These "celebrity" tomatoes were put into  a tart


 One of the large ones almost weight a pound.



Here is the the tomato tart.
This is a Martha Stewart recipe that I had saved from an old magazine.
I finally got to make it once again.

I did find it on goggle HERE

I did add some fresh rosemary and thyme to the pate brisee





Yellow finches love the seeds from the sunflower and cosmos.



More of the butternut squashes are starting to turn color.
Hubby had to make some mesh hangers to help support them.
They are very heavy. He also had to add more support to the fence.  





They are so pretty.
I can't wait to cook with them.


Cocozelle squash.



Monarch butterfly enjoying the lantana bush.



 I made a banner for my kitchen self.






I used one of my bird dies for an appliqué.
Yo-yo's were made with leftover scraps and heart buttons were used for the centers.
The "rework romance" was part of the salvage.

Lace at the top


 I really like the way it came out.
I want to make more.



Have a wonderful day.
Blessings!



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dried Lavender and Roses


I'm trying to savor the my summer garden by drying some of my roses, lavender and a few hygrangas.







I think this is a simple way to dry a few bundles of lavender.












At Target a few month ago I picked up  in there $1 or $2 dollar spots a couple of these jars with cork tops. I did not know what I was going to do with them at first, but they are perfect for keeping my dried lavender and  roses.
I just added ribbon and sewed on a charm from my stash.

I hope to fill the jar a bit more.


thank you for your visit.
and have a wonderful day.
Blessings.

Friday, August 8, 2014

In The Garden At Week 23

This week 

 Ms. Yves Piaget is blooming once again. Cosmos Brights in the background

 The containers near the breezeway

I need more shades of green around the sitting area.


 Crassula flower
Container geranium

container mini roses
Sowing some carrots in containers.
Carnival Blend
and 
Tonda di Parigi (round type)

 A couple more Elves blend sunflowers



I love the striped look on the backside of the sunflower. 





This week, the weather was much cooler.  A very nice change. It was nice being out in the garden for a lot longer time.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by.
Blessings