Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Scrub-A-Dub Wednesday

I love washing dishes by hand... and this has little to do with the fact they we don't own a dishwasher. There's just something soothing about the water, the repetition, the bubbles.... and the scrubbies!!!!!
I used to buy the best sink scrubbies from an Amish shop when we lived in Ohio. They lasted forever and even withstood a run in or two with the sink disposal while it was turned on.
But then we moved away and my last scrubbie wore out and fell apart in an ugly mess. One blog page with a link to another and I found myself here with a replacement for the world's best scrubbie.
Great tutorial and the scrubbies have been sink tested and they are FANTASTIC and can be thrown into the washing machine when I think they need it. For cutting the tulle strips, I used my rotary cutter, my longest ruler and a book to keep the tulle under control. I would recommend cutting two strips at a time...knotting the ends together...rolling them onto a cardboard tube and then cutting one strip at a time and tying a knot and rolling it onto your cardboard holder. DO NOT cut all 15 strips and throw them into a pile thinking that you will knot and roll them later....terrible, terrible mess.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

those are silver, these are gold

I first saw this tiny salt and pepper shaker set in an antique shop the week before Mother's Day. When my husband went back to the shop on his own looking to buy them as a surprise gift, he was unable to find them in the shop. I have passed by the shop numerous times since then, and each time I approached the shop hoping they would be open so that I could by them for myself, they were.... CLOSED....CLOSED....CLOSED! I have driven by dozens of times on different days of the week and different times of the days and thought for sure they couldn't be still sitting on the shelf. Yesterday as I approached the shop I thought, "How perfect this little golden set would be to send to a sweet friend." And to my surprise the shop was OPEN! I will enjoy them sitting on my shelf while I wait for the perfect time to send them along as a surprise, but they were never meant to be mine. NEW FRIENDS AND OLD FRIENDS Make new friends, but keep the old; Those are silver, these are gold. New-made friendships, like new wine, Age will mellow and refine. Friendships that have stood the test - Time and change - are surely best; Brow may wrinkle, hair grow gray, Friendship never knows decay. For 'mid old friends, tried and true, Once more we our youth renew. But old friends, alas! may die, New friends must their place supply. Cherish friendship in your breast- New is good, but old is best; Make new friends, but keep the old; Those are silver, these are gold. Joseph Parry

Saturday, July 25, 2009

home again, home again ......

jiggety jog...
back from a road trip to Ohio for a five day hockey camp, and an award of the captain's "C" after the first day on ice... during the time I watched and waited in the stands, I was able to start a smallish piece of stitching for a certain girl who will be going to school this Fall... I wanted her to have something as a keepsake from her first day of school, so I've decided on a sampler with the alphabet stitched in her favorite color. and while I was away...my dear husband thought he would help around the house and wash the quilt we bought from an Amish farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.... "@!$@%#^#&$*$!#@$"
The thread cards that I ordered from Sajou arrived while I was away ...
I am smitten with these little cards and think that they are far too pretty to be wrapped up in thread. I may weave a ribbon through the tops and hang them where I can see them... or find a special box to display them in.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

the ides of july

Another part of the stitching for Christmas gifts, but not a Christmas stitchery. Does that make sense? Can't show the entire piece because that would just ruin the surprise.
I have become horribly addicted to making these knitted cloths from Messy Karen and I absolutely blame Lindsey for hooking me. I promise it takes NO time to whip these up. They finish at 4" x 5" and are cute tied with a bar of special soap.
I can't resist this Blackbird Design pincushion I just need to figure out who I can stitch it for as a Christmas gift so I can keep my word to work only on Christmas gifts after the 1st of July. Do you need a pincushion?
This stitching is one strand over one thread... not to be confused with my two strand over two threads project. I can't work them on the same day or my eyes go loopy.
Some day I may crochet something other than these crocheted bandages....maybe...if I can find the time to learn a new stitch! It doesn't help that I visit this blog and find myself green with envy. Maybe making that afghan will be on my New Year's resolution list.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

simply summer

what was to be a pond...
tis no more....60 dump truck loads of dirt was a cheaper option than finishing what the seller had begun.
a washcloth for scout camp...because this year pink is out!
just kill me one more time before you leave for camp ...a sister's simple request of her brother, knight, enemy, and best friend.
perhaps he's watched Monty Python one too many times as he's got the taunting French soldier down perfectly... the cleanest baby in this neck of the woods sorry it's blurry...was able to sneak the photo through the door without her seeing me.
the Sajou catalogue....best piece of mail in the letter box, at least until the order I placed arrives... my effort to help boost the world's economy one package at a time.
love, love, love these leaves and could while away the hours just staring up at them on a summer's day
Christmas stitching... a record of days and thoughts and hopes and dreams

Sunday, July 5, 2009

keeping a new year's promise

Each year with good intentions, I make a list of handmade gifts that
I plan on finishing in time to put under the tree on Christmas morning. Last Christmas found me closer to finishing my gifts than I have been in the past and when Christmas morning arrived all that was left to finish was one sock. On New Year's Day I made a promise to myself that on July 1st I would lay aside whatever quilt or stitching I was working on and begin working on Christmas gifts. Today the calendar reads July 5th....promise kept.

Friday, July 3, 2009

and the winner is.....

The less bloggers who know about a giveaway, the better your chances to win, which is why I don't announce that one post or another is a giveaway.
Each person who left a comment on my last post was entered into a drawing marking my two year's of blogging.
The winner is Judy! I've already begun to fill the box with goodies and will get the box into the mail next week. Please email me with your address and let me know if you will be home to receive a package. Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave a comment and mention their favorite picnic food...we will be trying many over the next few weeks.