Felted Pillow Top

I don't know if I'm more excited that I have a new pillow or the fact that I've finished a project I started last September. This was my second attempt to knit something. The first was a scarf and both were done with the basic knit stitch. Very easy. Can't remember how many stitches were cast on -a lot. I used black wool yarn and a thin one that had flecks of color every few inches. It was enormous before I washed it about five times. Good thing it didn't have to be a certain size because it didn't come out square like I thought it would.
Here's a close up - lots of fun colors.
I made a custom pillow form since it was such an unusual size. Instead of using fabric, I made it out of batting and stuffed it. Came out very smooth, not lumpy.
Maybe now I can justify starting a new project. Let me see....


Do you have Mike's number?

I'm thinking he's my only hope to get rid of something I planted about three years ago.
This is Oriental Limelight Artemisia. Memorize it. NEVER plant this, unless you have about 37 acres, or have a nice big pot. The first couple of years it looked nice - really full. The third year I started ripping it out. I'll never be OLA free. It's popping up over five feet from the original spot.
Lesson learned: Read pot labels carefully, and believe it.


Happy Birthday Pa!

My father-in-law turns 80 today. We were fortunate to have all twelve children in attendance for his celebration recently. He's as active, funny, loving, and generous as ever. This picture is a bit small to see him clearly, but many have said over the years that he strongly resembles Paul Newman. All kids take after their father, in more ways than one. Quite an attractive bunch, wouldn't you say?
Left to right: Steve, Sandy, Larry, Patti, Randy, Tim, Tom, KK, Bobby, Barbie, David, Brian. Center front: Birthday Boy


Counting down...

Only 184 crafting days 'til Christmas. Looking at this tree skirt would appear that I'm really together, right? Wrong. Started this last fall and just finished it. It was simple to make, just a little time consuming. (Not to mention the fact that I forgot about it.)

  • plain felt tree skirt - I got mine from Ben Franklin. It may have had some trim on it that I removed.
  • green ribbon - enough to go around the circumference - Attach with glue gun or fabric glue.
  • gold sequin trim - same amount as the ribbon - Glue on top the ribbon.
  • gold beads - round ones for the center of the star shape and long ones for the other part. These were sewn one. You could try gluing them - I was afraid too much would ooze out and show.


Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

If you like the cilantro/lime duo, you'll most likely go for this. I kinda tried to recreate what I had recently while dining out. Not quite as good, but still yummy. Along with all the salad fixings, I added some shredded pork roast that I cooked in the crock pot with lots of garlic and lime.Ingredients for dressing:
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 T Dijon mustard
1- 1/2 cups fresh cilantro
juice of one lime
2 T white balsamic vinegar
1/4 t fresh ground black pepper
Combine everything in food processor until well blended. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Serves 4.


What Lulu wants...

Lulu gets. After she saw what Dash and Fabio were sporting, she felt she simply must have a jacket of her own. I was more than happy to oblige.Note: Lulu was not tortured in any way, in fact it's usually the other way around. She's a Jack Russell Terrier, for pity sake.


Feathered Friends

They snubbed my offer of tract housing and extra spending money.A room with a view was preferred.
Five wee ones grew up and flew the coop.

*Note: The plant survived. The jury is still out on what type of birds they were.


Garden Favorite

This lovely shrub is called Lavatera or Tree mallow. I like that the flowers resemble a hollyhock, but the blooms last longer and doesn't need support like they do. They come in at least two colors that I've seen - this rose shade and also light pink. My garden book says they are difficult to transplant; untrue. Many of my plants have been moved numerous times, before finding their 'home'. Does best in full sun and the deer weren't too interested in them when they were outside the garden fence.



It appears my mom's been holding out on me. After scouring local thrift stores for sewing goodies, I stopped by to pick up her old computer scanner. Once she heard what I'd been doing, she quickly started pulling fabric out and offering it to me. I couldn't decline -that would be rude. After digging for a bit, she hit the mother lode. Check these out:
Both of these are a small portions of three 3'x4' pieces. A friend of my dad's mom, Effie Dean, made these 50 years ago and passed them to my mom. She had ideas for them when my sisters and I were young, but she also suffers from 'What was I doing?'. We both had smiles on our faces when I left - hers for giving, mine for receiving.


Greek Frittata

My friend, Carol K, made a version of this while we were camping a few years ago. If you are serving a bunch of dainty eaters, this could feed four. I just ate half and might go back for more. Good with toast or placed on top a toasted bagel. Sometimes I use different veggies -depends what's on hand. It's also good with pesto, lightly spread on after the eggs are cooked.

Saute over medium heat in olive oil:
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced red or green bell pepper
1 zucchini - sliced
handful of pine nuts

Reduce heat and add:
3 cloves of garlic - pressed
1 cup chopped spinach
Cook until spinach is wilty.

Lightly whip 2 eggs in bowl and add a splash of water. Pour over veggies. Sprinkle with feta cheese and sliced kalamata olives. Cover and cook 10-12 minutes.



I love to sew things. For those of you that don't know how, I'll let you in on a little secret. Doing alterations on pre-made clothing does not fit into that category. I've discovered something I'd rather be doing than fixing a garment.


You say potato...

Here's a potato that was left behind in my garden last fall.

Compare it to this one that's flourishing in my compost pile.

I either need to stop trying so hard or fertilize more often. Using the compost isn't an option as animals frequent the bin. There's always the produce aisle .


Welcome Invader

This sweet little flower is Blue Star Creeper. It was originally planted in two different borders around my lawn. I now have large covered areas in the grass that I couldn't get out, even if I wanted to. I used to sit, carefully digging out the wayward violets, dandelions, and the small chunks of this guy. Too bad it can't choke out the ever-pushy crabgrass.