Monday, October 27, 2014

I just need a little more time!!

There are not enough hours in a day for me!


I am not getting everything done that I would like to in one day!  But I do make a good effort so I should at least get credit for that.  I want credit for trying!

Yea ... I never heard an instructor say yes to that either.  ;)

Today ... I begin a week of really tough teaching.  OK ... not tough because it is difficult.  It's not tough because I LOVE the subjects.

It is tough because I am teaching 4 classes this week.

Next week, it could be five!

This week .... I am teaching two beginning sewing classes .... one class has 10 students!  Tonight ... I start a six-week series on Interior Design and your home.  And Wednesday, I teach a soup class that the last time I checked had 17 students.... which is really close to a sardine-packed class.

So who and why was there a crazy woman in my house that insisted on saying yes?


Pure and simple greed.

OK ... maybe not greed.  But I want this ceiling.

And this sink.

And maybe this dishwasher.

And since the kitchen fairy hasn't fluttered by my house and dropped off loads of cash ......... I need to work.

And work harder.

And teach.  And teach some more.

And sell this cute little tea towel.

The Summer Kitchen .... open every Friday from 9 to 3.  Other times, by appointment!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Boot Scootin'

I love a good pair of boots.

I love cowboy boots, dress boots, shiny rain boots and even, muck boots! 

I love the "click, click, click" sound that high heeled boots make on a hard surface. 

And the power walk that can only come from an awesome pair of cowboy boots!!  Yea ... don't mess with a gal in cowboy boots!  (Hey!  I grew up in New Windsor! We can wear cowboy boots with the best of them!)

So its just natural that I would fall in love with boot cuffs.


They are just soooo cute. 

Colorful ribbed wool with a great picot cast-off to give them a ruffled edge when they are folded over the boots.

So I have been knitting like a mad woman.  (Not a far stretch at all, is it??)

Here are a couple of pairs that I have gotten done for the Summer Kitchen.

This is a pair of rustically spun Corridale wool ... nice thick, chunky cables to peak from the boot tops.   

This dark mossy green is a fairly long pair.  It does not turn down over the top of the boot .... but the cable-rib pattern is fabulous and may be perfect when paired with something dressier.  Like a skirt or dress pants.

100% Merino Super Wash wool for easy care

And finally .... these might be my favorite.


Until I knit another pair.   ;)

I love the reversible nature of these blue chunky wool boot cuffs.

100% wool ..... chunky knit.

You can turn the seed stitch side down .... like I did in this photo.  Or you can turn down the ribbed side.  It is seed stitch rib called the farrow stitch. 

I can just see these with a pair of jeans and dark brown leather riding boots.

There will be more heading to the Summer Kitchen .....

Or my closet.  

I'm not sure which.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


They say it is cold and flu season.  They being the media .... and the drugstores that advertise flu shots.

It is pretty rare that Honey or I have a cold.  Basically .... our un-heated upstairs scares the bejezzes out of germs so they don't seem to bother us. 


I don't think the germs like the cold.

But I do occasionally sneeze uncontrollably .... so I reach for my wadded tissue in the bottom of my purse.

Well .... I used to.

Now I reach for this ...........

 Or this ...

 Or this ...

Or this ....

Or maybe .........

I had waaaaaayyyy too much fun sewing these. 

Seam binding ... baby rick rack ... tatted edging.  These are lined ... sometimes with contrasting fabric.

Oh .... yea!!!  I had fun.

So much fun .... I just might want to catch a cold.

OK .... maybe not!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Happy Happy Day!!!

Honey took the day off from work today!

I love having him here during the day.  We work extremely well together and we are looking forward to his retirement .... in the next few years.

He is finishing the sidewalk project.

You know the one .... the one we planned to start in June and had the pavers delivered only to have life in the form of an F1 tornado or straight line winds spin things around a bit!

But the now the trees are down, wood split and stacked, new trees planted.  So now it is on to the sidewalk.


Sidewalk is installed up to the old existing concrete which will be removed next year with the step project.


The new light is installed.  In the mulch space .... I will plant Munstead lavender border next spring.  


The reason for this part of the project was to expand our porch.  Due to the roof line ... we could not expand the porch physically.  But we could expand it visually.

In the future .... the patio will extend to the left .... making an entertainment area just for us.

But today's project is to build the step on to the porch and get the railing back in place.  

Then there are doors to be stained and lights to be put on the porch.

Cuz ya know ..................

The List NEVER ends.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Tricks ....

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks!!

Boo on them, I say!!!

I love trying out something new.  Particularly when it comes to knitting or embroidering or spinning or sewing.  Or ....... you can fill in the fiber-y blank! 

Actually, there is so much in the world I want to learn ... it is truly a problem.  I keep saying .... that I need to narrow my focus!  

But obviously self-restraint is difficult for me.  

When I go shopping in a yarn shop, quilt store, fabric store .... there is stuff every where shouting, "Try me!!  Try me!  I look like fun!!"

Yea, there are squirrels in every corner of those quilt shops.  ;)

So I was in a quilt shop last spring and I found a pattern.  Applique, hand-embroidery, scrap-busting tea towels.  It easily had me.  One quick glance and it was in my hands!

And finally today .... I started it.  Grabbed some scraps ..... learned some applique stitches on my sewing machine ....played with two-sided fusibles.

It's not done yet.  I still have some applique to do .... and I haven't started the embroidery yet.

I am certain there will be more of these to come.

What do you think???

Friday, October 10, 2014

I'm here! I'm here!!

Seriously, I am alive and well and living under a sewing machine in Donahue!!

Whoa, what a week! 

OK ... for most of you, my week might have seemed ....well,  relaxing.  Calm.  Diva-like.  The ultimate kept-woman.  I was in my jeans, yoga pants, sweats............. just hanging around home. No classes.  No punching a time card.  Just casually sewing and knitting and embroidering. 


I have decided to host a Christmas Bazaar on the farm on December 6th.  (Mark it on your calendar NOW)

And the Summer Kitchen is empty.  Really empty.

Flower-picking season has been berry-berry goood to the Summer Kitchen but it is time to get it re-stocked.  And since I am the re-stocker, it means I have to get to work.

So two aprons are done and in the Summer Kitchen........... including this adorable Church Lady apron.

Which is just ducky.  (Yea ... I had to go there!)

Then I worked on tea towels ..... four of them this week.  I'll show you a couple or so.

 And I'm only giving you a sneak peak at this one!

It is soooooo adorable, you will have to drive out to see it!  


And I did this in honor of one of my friends .......... cuz I know how very much she enjoys her Crowsline!

Wink! Wink!

The knitting needles have been smoking with the addition of 4 dishcloths, a hat and new-for-the-Summer-Kitchen............... footies.

Everything in the Summer Kitchen is hand-made.  And that means I may only make one.  These are cute and cuddly but there is some serious time in these.  And gorgeous cables!  

So I have had this incredibly productive week.  I should sit back, relax and enjoy my accomplishments.

Except .............

I bought this fabric!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I can not wait to see what it will become!!!