January 21, 2012

A Stitching Together of History.

Last weekend I was at Fabric Depot looking for some 
fabric to recover our overworn sofa,
and I met this woman who was shopping for a backing
to her Great Aunt's President quilt.
I believe the Great Aunt's name was Mildred 
and she had hand embroidered every single Presidents face
on this fantastic quilt.  I myself am not a big 
"President girl" but I LOVED this stitching.

Here is Woodrow Wilson,
LOVE the glasses.
Mildred was 98 years old when she stitched this,
and is now over 100.
I hope I get to live as long as Mildred,
and create up until my last breath.

January 15, 2012

Felt Garland.

At Crafty Wonderland this year Jeanie Lai from Moufelt
was there peddling her amazing felt ware.

She had this fantastic felt confetti that immdiately caught my eye.

It's so colorwonderful and I thought, 
I bet I can run those guys through my sewing machine.

I made this fun little garland.  It's so festive and full of joy.
A great color splash for a snowy winter day.

Visit Jeanie's website here and her shop here.
Someday I hope I am lucky enough to buy one of her rugs.

January 13, 2012

Can as much as you can.

Here's a little corner of our kitchen.
January makes me reconnect with home.
It makes one slow down, think deeply about hibernation,
reading, watching movies, snuggling, drinking tea.

It also makes you look back at the year.
What bounty our garden and local farmers provided for us this year.
We are canners.  We simply can't help it.
When the abundance comes in, the canning pot comes down.
This year Kris was the canning master.
Afternoons at farms up on ladders,
taking down the most gorgeous fruit.
Evenings in the kitchen, steamy windows,
music playing, in the heart of our home.

I was the helper this year and the label maker.
I carved stamps while she peeled, chopped, diced and stirred.
It's nice to have a little something to look back at
and say, "We did that together."
And canned goods are never a gift refused.  
Like they used to say,
"Can as much as you can."