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Linen and Tread 2017 SAL update

just finished the August band for the Linen and Threads 2017 SAL. For some reasons I had to do a lot stitching and then ripping them out with this band. Hopefully the September band will be much easer.5CC09CAA-1F3B-485C-ADDC-4ECA5D4A6AB8.jpeg

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December SAL update

The holiday break provided me with an opportunity to finish up a few gifts and make a nice amount of progress on the Linen and Threads 2017  SAL. Finished February, March and April this month.

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Smokey Mountain Christmas

I spent this fall and early winter working on a Christmas cross stitch project for my honey. I really, really found this project enjoyable and the color selection relaxing.  The finished piece was turned into a wall hanging using some simple log cabin blocks.


November SAL update

One month into the project and January band completed. Truly loving this project. 5C8947C2-8828-4A91-B429-816671127E8E

Lining and Threads 2017 SAL

Fell in live with the Linen and Things 2017 SAL, so I am starting my first stitch along project. I will be using 20 count fabric and Threadworx hand over dyed threads.

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Sampler progress – June

i have made a bit more progress on my garden sampler, but with the warmer weather upon us less and less time is being dedicated to stitching and more time to outdoor pursuits. Hopefully I will carve out a bit of time in July for a new row start.

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Tabbouleh Bread

Twice a month I take a Friday morning to make bread for my household. This Friday i took advantage of some early spring herbs and made a  tabbouleh bread.  The bread has a great sent, flavor and makes great sandwiches that are piled high with fresh feta or Farmer’s cheese and vegetables.

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Ingredients

2 cup water
1/2 cup bulgar
3 T olive oil
1 T yeast
1 cup warm water (additional)
2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 bunch flat leaf parsley chopped
6 green onions sliced thinly
Zest 1 lemon
5-6 cloves garlic chopped
6 cups flour (may use white or a white/whole wheat mix)

Instructions

Cook the bulgar in 2 cups of water and the olive oil. Turn pan off when it comes to a boil and cool until lukewarm.

Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water.

Mix parsley, green onions, lemon zest, chopped garlic, salt, egg, flour, bulgar mixture, and yeast mixture well.

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Allow dough to rest for fifteen minutes. Add more flour if needed to make a soft dough.The dough should be soft and slightly tacky, but not sticky.

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Knead dough for 5 to 10 minutes by hand or by machine, until a smooth ball. Place dough in a greased bowl and allow to rise for one hour or until double. Punch dough down. Rest for 10 minutes. Shape into two loaves and place into greased pans. Let rise for 45 minutes or until double. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Serving Suggestions

Bread is great served with a olive oil and lemon dipping sauce or used on a sandwich of herbed feta cheese, sliced tomatoes and sliced cucumbers.

Pillow talk

i spent the last month make some monogramed pillows for the master bedroom in preparation for the memory quilt that is being quilted for the bed. The pillows are a combination of cross stitch and blackwork. I so love hoe he blackwork makes the colors in the flowers pop that I have started a rather large sampler  for one of the bedroom walls that will use the same technique.

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New bed pillows that should pop on the richly colored quilt they will be placed with

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First anchor block of the alphabet wall hanging …. only 29 more blocks and the border to go… the next block will start to add color.

Ladybug and Daisy

Just finished a blackwork piece that I have been working on for the couple of months, just in time to start working in the gardens during my free time. I am really happy with the finished product.

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This piece and another featuring a hummingbird will be worked into a quilt top.

First project finish for 2017

Just finished my first craft project of the year. This Blackwork project is 160 x 160 on a 14 count lavender fabric. The entire project took about seven weeks to complete.

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HAPpy New Year

12 new chapters 365 new chances.

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Holiday break

We have a nice week long holiday break during which we have to do zero traveling, so I decided that it was time to attach my 8 year old fabric scrap bin. As it turned out there was enough fabric in it to make at least two king size quilts.

I sorted the larger pieces into two pile: remnants that could be turned into 1 1/2 strips for a pencil quilt, and others that could be cut into 2 1/2 inch patches for an English paper piecing project that I have been working on for the past two years.

The remnants for the paper piecing project have been put aside for now ans as the picture below shows I have cut a number of strips for the pencil quilt and have about 50 of the 120 blocks that I will need for the quilt either started or completed.

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I plan on finishing cutting and/or piecing strips and shorting the strips into color categories by the end of our holiday break. If time allows many of the blocks will also be completed and staged for pressing and trimming.

Hope that you are doing something fun for the holidays.

 

Christmas Stocking Complete

For the past few weeks it has rained almost every day which gave me all the incentive needed to finish a few works in progress. Yesterday I finished a needlepoint stocking that took almost a year to complete. Not that the project should have taken that long, but I had no pattern and was using wools leftover from other projects, so needless to say I had many false start before settling on a design and colorway.

In the end I love the pattern (now to document it before I forget what was done), and the beading adds just the right amount of bling for the holidays. Now to move on to the next project in the wings…

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Let the fun begin…

We had our first hard frost a week ago so the vegetable gardens were pulled, last of the pasta sauce made and canned, and the dehydrator loaded. Now that gardening duties are over I have some time to spend on crafts.

There are so many started but unfinished projects in my studio that I have set up a project rotation to finish some of the projects and start a new year long project. Each week I rotate a project out for one in the queue to work on. Hopefully this will help me finish some of the projects this winter…

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English paper pieced top that I have finished about 1/2 the quilting

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Needlepoint project I have been working on for the past 5 years. Finished her dress in the last rotation.

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New long term cross stitch project. When it is done it will be 25″ X 31.5″ and contain 495,000 stitches… I do like challenges.

A stack and whack project waiting patiently to be layer out and stitched.

A stack and whack project waiting patiently to be laid out and stitched.

 

Gathering season

Gathering season has started. The dehydrator is running almost daily and canning will start next week. This year between the mild winter and drought this summer, we have more wild life than I care for during growing season. The deer ate most of the low hang fruit and nuts, a variety of creatures finished off the hazelnuts, pears, carrots, and beets before they were ready to pick. The birds fought us for cherries and blueberries. We really don’t mind feeding wildlife, but we wish that they would share.

Although we lost a fair amount of fruit and nuts this season, the vegetables out did themselves. We have had several harvest of kale, summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes, green beans, kidney beans, cucumbers and herbs. The pie pumpkins came in early and large, and potatoes came in on schedule. Both are sitting in the utility room seasoning before being moved to winter storage.

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For the past week the dehydrator has been working overtime to process various vegetables and herbs for winter soups and stews.

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Yesterday I processed a large batch of kale into a dried powder for use in smoothies and soups.

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A few of the kale stems were also given to the dogs as treats…for some reason our dogs love veggies.

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Apples are also starting to mature, so the first batch of apple cider vinegar has been started in the crock.

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Do you grow your own produce? If so, how are your gardens doing and how do you process the harvest?

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