Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dyeing for Strawberries

As I was walking through my kitchen a couple of days ago and admiring the strawberries sitting atop my shortcake I had a thought. (I know thoughts are sometimes dangerous for me, but trust me on this one). I started thinking about the pioneers and how they used roots and berries to dye fabric. Next thing I knew I had a couple of plump strawberries on a plate, a fork in my hand, and mashing on my mind. I squished all the juice I could possibly manage out of 2 large strawberries, added a cup of steaming hot water, and plunked a small piece of linen into the brew. I let it sit for 4 hours. I washed it twice with Synthrapol, ironed it while wet on a white towel
and had absolutely no bleed through. The piece I dyed is in the center of a piece of the original fabric. I couldn't get a great picture, but it is really a pretty pink/berry color. I think it will make a pretty background for a Valentine's Day ornament or even a Christmas ornament.

I started stitching on Bushel and a Peck and ran out of the floss I need to finish it. I pulled out this little Prairie Schooler design I had started and finished the stitching on it. I plan to finish it as a little pillow ornament. Aren't those little baby Robins in the nest cute?

Since I haven't been to Hobby Lobby to pick up the floss I need I had to start something new. I had previously purchased a strand of silk floss to make these witches boots and decided to

work on it. This is a La-D-Da design from the Just Cross Stitch Halloween ornament issue 2008.

We are supposed to have beautiful weather here this weekend so I will probably be outside in the yard a lot. I planted a small vegetable garden last week and added a few more plants last night. I really need to put some sort of fence around it as Lola just loves to walk right through it.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and find a little time just for yourself!

Monday, May 25, 2009


... those who have served our country and fought to keep us safe. Happy Memorial Day!

We hit the strawberry farm wide open at 7:30 am. Twenty minutes later we had 2 gallons/10 pounds of strawberries. Our pockets were only $9.90 lighter and these are sooooo much better than those in the grocery store.

Gotta run, Strawberry Shortcake is calling my name. (the food not the character )

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Two weeks!

Time flies when you are having fun, right? That is what I keep telling myself anyway.

I managed to finish this biscornu and just love the colors. It is stitched on 32 count opalescent raw linen with DMC threads. The pattern is by Cross Stitch Happy. I like the dragonfly biscornu I made for an exchange so much I just had to give this one a go. I think the green flower button I used on the bottom suits it quite well.

A lot has happened here in the past two weeks. I had a toothache Mother's Day weekend and went to the dentist first thing Monday morning. I had an infection at the root of a molar I had crowned 4 years ago. An appointment was scheduled for Tuesday for a root canal.

When I arrived home from the dentist Ziggy was limping around and his paw was swollen. Off to the vet we go. He had to be sedated because he
wouldn't let us touch that paw. We discovered
he had been bitten by a snake. Antibiotics, pain meds, and a draining of the abscess and the Assassin is as good as new.
This past Tuesday, my son came home from work to witness Ziggy tangling with a raccoon on our front porch. The racoon was trying to steal Ziggy's food. Thankfully, the racoon ran off and we now bring all of Ziggy's bowls in at night.
I am still stitching on Bushel and a Peck and trying to decide on another small project to work on as well. Perhaps a scissor fob to match the biscornu? I have my floss tag for the Tiny Treasures exchange ready to mail - it will go out on Tuesday.

I will leave you with a picture of the newest member of the Doggie NBA. LOL I love how I captured her ears flopping up as she was running in for a slam dunk!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there. We are planning a nice relaxing cook out later this evening. I am going to sit my butt on the sofa and watch Pride and Prejudice and then tune in to the Deadliest Catch marathon on the Discovery channel this afternoon. My kind of Mother's Day! LOL

Here is a snap of my progress on La-D-Da's Bushel and a Peck. I have finished all the flowers and the inner border. All that is left is the scroll work and the outer border. I am a bit bored with this piece as the colors are somewhat drab so I started stitching on this. Bright and happy colors - just what the doctor ordered. LOL I will stitch on this for about a week and then rotate between the two. I finished my floss tag for the Tiny Treasures Exchange but can't show a pic of it yet.

And last but not least, I found this wonderful wood box at Bed Bath and Beyond on the clearance table. It was marked $4.98 and I had a 20% off coupon so I got it for $3.98. Deal! I am always marvelling at the bargains some folks get so I was excited to find one of my own. I would like to find a pretty sampler to stitch that would fit the top which measures 7-1/2 x 11 inches. Anyone have any ideas for patterns?

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Ahhhh, Spring!