Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas From New Orleans

"Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." Matthew 2:2
Let Us Worship The Lord!
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Finishing Up...

Since my yard looks like a mud derby race track, I decided to stay in and finish up all the unfinished projects stashed around the house. December has made history as the wettest December ever around here. It had beat the record yesterday at 21.8 inches of rain with two more weeks to go in December and more rain predicted. Today the sun peeked out a little bit, but no rain. Maybe it'll have time to drain a little....fingers crossed.

Anyway it gave me time to sew the bias tape on these cute little flannel monkeys. Two pieces of flannel back to back and edged with bias tape makes great burp cloths. I like to make them nice and large. With a baby you can find so much use for them. Especially when you're on the go. I made these to match the little monkey outfit I bought for a friend who had a baby recently.

I used some of this bias tape. A older friend of mine gave me a large bag of bias tape since she no longer sews. I had so much fun rooting through the bag. I even found a package labeled "Boiltex Seam Tape". It was marked .19 cents on the label. Not even sure how old that is. I know one of the stores "Zayre" had been out of business for many years.
I had started this purse last summer and only finished the knitted part. I knitted a tube then sewed the bottom closed with a piece of yarn. Next I used a crochet hook to attach the bamboo handles.
Then I sewed a black small corduroy liner the size of the purse. I attached the liner in the purse by hand. Next...a cute little sparkly thing scavenged from costume jewelry to finish it up.
On to those loofah sponges I've been growing. You may have noticed if you shop at Whole Foods, these little pot scrubby things made from loofahs. Of course I thought...I can make those! For a whole lot less. First peel the loofahs and remove the seeds. Next you smush the loofah and cut out the shapes you wish. I made ovals and hearts. Not too many hearts because they were more difficult to sew. Next I removed some of the inside of the shape around the edges to make it easier to sew.
Then I put my machine on the thicker material setting, smashed the edges of the loofah shapes together and sewed them tight with a zig zag pattern. I started going over the edges twice and I found they looked nicer. Then I trimmed any scraggy edges and.....
I have these extremely cute little pot scrubbies. Some of the loofahs were softer than the others. I saved them for the bath. I'm going to put a couple of scrubbies with a couple of knit dish rags together....tie them up with a raffia bow and a homemade tag....and now I have some really cute useful homemade Christmas presents to give special people that other than time literally cost pennies!
If you are one of the many individuals I gave loofah seed to last year, I'd really be interested in your success or failure...if success...what did you do with them?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I Think My Mantle Won The Gaudy Award

I think my mantle could win the gaudy award if there were one! It has all my favorite colors...
aqua, pink, green...and lots of glitter.
These are all things I have collected over the years.

I just manage to make it a little gaudier each year.
The glitter snowflakes were an impulse buy from the dollar store. O.K. pink, green and aqua snowflakes...can't help myself...I love them.
...Most of the other glittery stuff I bought years ago for literally pennies after Christmas....
...Yes, I know...not very traditional...but delightful and Christmasy to me any way....
My nephew said he liked my Mardi Gras display....Thanks Gene...See if I invite you over again.
But all the birds!!! I love birds...I need to find a glittery owl to add to the mixture....
there is an owl who lives in my side yard. Each night we hear him hooting....'s a very lonesome sound...The cardinals are back for the winter and I ofter hear them calling in the morning...
The blue flocked birds are back as well. They don't say much.
Hope your Christmas decorating makes you smile.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Pergola Progress And The Garden

The pergola's taking shape! We still have to put the large cross rafters. See the notches Byron cut out to accommodate them? Next there will be a third layer on top of smaller boards. After that we will add a decorative lattice panel to the back with a circle aperture cutout, two bench swings and a round fire pit that will double as a coffee table in summer and spring. I can just see it now....
Cabbage seedling. The cabbages are sprouting. I plant mine a little later than the farmers here. There are already huge drum head cabbages for sale in the roadside stands.
Loose leaf lettuce mixture. This will provide us withs salad until late spring when temperatures first reach the 80's.
Beets have some of the most beautiful greenery. This variety is called Bull's Blood. When the root is cut you can see darker rings within. It's very pretty. I also thin them and use the thinnings in salad or in a "greens" recipe.
Some more of the beautiful lettuce growing in my garden. I am also still harvesting wax beans, purple hulls, peppers, egg plants, celery and miscellaneous herbs and seasonings. The carrots, Swiss chard, spinach, collards, Brussels sprouts, and turnips have sprouted as well.