Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tomatoes, strawberries and bears..oh my!

Each summer instead of canning our tomatoes, we freeze them.
I have found that the secret to freezing tomatoes is to remove the seeds and leave the flesh with as little juice as possible. What's left behind is usually a few cups of pure tomato juice. Or as my son named it last year ....... Liquid Sunshine. A few shakes of salt and pepper and there is nothing that tastes more like a summer day.
I have spent the day trying to get this strawberry...
and this little bear to work together for a pincushion that I had flailing about in my mind. They both turned out just as I had pictured. It's the making them work together that is giving me a bit of a headache. It may take a day or two more to work out the final details, but it will give me plenty to think about while I am stitching on my flower garden pincushion. After Post: Sorry I should have mentioned that the bear was pirated from my craft supplies leftover from when my mother and I did craft shows decades ago. I changed the ribbon from a chocolate brown to a pink silk ribbon around her neck and added the button and bow to the top of her head to give her a bit of character after seeing a similar bear by Emily Farmer's Miniature Bear website. I used a pink batik, wool felt and a button for the strawberry. The strawberry is filled with emery sand from a leftover chicken pincushion project that ended up on the cutting room floor. But if you want to see what I have in mind for my next project it will be something bearish, go here and see if you can't find a friend or two! Charley Boy will soon be heading to my mailbox and maybe another bear or two for a surprise in Christmas stokcings!