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On My Worktable Today

My Etsy shop has been really busy and I need to make more hedgehog pincushions, antique clock face pincushions and magical fairy door pincushions.  Instead, I find myself drawn helplessly to this gorgeous purple felt and the idea of little white bunny surrounded by flowers....

I'm making the sideband of this pincushion using a buttercream yellow which tones really nicely with all those warm coral and orange flower colors.  I thought I'd make the base of the pincushion from the darker coral felt.  Hopefully tomorrow I can get one all finished up.  These little bunnies are really sweet!

New Pincushion Design

What with adopting our greyhound, preparing for the holiday season, a new part time teaching job and generally keeping things ticking over at home, I haven't done a whole lot of sewing lately and I miss it.  This afternoon I've been sketching a design for new pincushion with a rabbit and flowers.  I'm going to go and choose felt now, while the sun is still shining and I can see the true colors!

It's Been Quite The Few Days......

Yesterday was Thanksgiving.  We have adopted this holiday because, really, what's not to love?  It is a celebration of good things, family and food.  We have a lot to be thankful for. 

The day was crisp, making sweaters necessary (yay!) and actually when we went out for a walk, the wind was biting.  We should have put a sweater on the dog too.  I haven't altered these photos.  The sky was that blue, the leaves that vibrant.  

Later my daughter made these name tags for our Thanksgiving Table.  I am a collector and hoarder of craft materials and I have had these cherry veneer leaves in a drawer for a least three years.  The designs she chose were inspired by chalkboard art on Pinterest.  They are really cute, I love how they turned out.  
If you are familiar with them, you will spot the Christmas Crackers on each plate.  I know red isn't a traditional Thanksgiving color, but it's my favorite color and so that is why our table had a red theme this year!  These particular Chr…

Happy Thanksgiving

This will be our first Thanksgiving as American Citizens although it doesn't feel any different!  We had already adopted Thanksgiving as a day for family and we have much to be thankful for.  If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope your day is full of good things.  If you don't, I wish you a great November Thursday!  

Friday Morning In The Garden

It's a beautiful Friday here in California.  We have had all kinds of weather this week.  It was rainy and extremely windy at the beginning of the week, the kind of weather that makes me want to drink tea and sit with a blanket and a good book or some sewing.  We've had some frost and in the mountains there has been a good amount of snow. The last couple of days here have been clear and sunny.  The light is golden and this morning Tia and I sat outside and had our elevenses.  

My oranges are almost ripe and the lemons are ready.  One of the lemon trees has flowers and fruit at the same time!  These are meyer lemons, a cross between a lemon and a tangerine.  The skin is thin and delicate and they have a lovely fragrance and sweeter flavor.    They stay perfectly ripe on the tree for weeks so I just pick them as I need them.  What luxury!  I have three grapefruit trees in pots too, all have fruit that is nearly ready.  

Tia loves to sleep in the warm sun and gets out on her lounge…

A Very Quick Dog Blanket

We've had our greyhound, Tia for almost two weeks now and it's been a steep learning curve!  Greyhounds have very little body fat and a very thin coat so they feel the cold and then in warm weather, become overheated quickly.  Because of the way their back legs are put together, they also can't really sit in the traditional way we think of dogs sitting!  Instead of sitting Tia will lean against us or lay down.  With such a lean body though, laying on hard floors or the gravel in our garden can be painful so she needs blankets and good dog beds.  

I got a couple of good fleece blankets at Target but I wanted something smaller that we can take out and about with us so that she has somewhere comfy to rest.  

Yesterday I bought some fleece (I think I must have been subconsciously influenced by it being Veteran's Day hence the red, white and blue!) and this morning quickly made a thick blanket.  There is layer of cotton quilt batting sandwiched between two layers of thick fle…

Finished Quilted Table Runner

I'm almost embarrassed to admit I finally finished this quilted table runner recently!  I like to have these cheery pops of color on the tables in my family room and dining room.  They are practical too, and take a lot of abuse in the form of hot dishes.  If they get spilled on, they go right in the washing machine and dryer.  These are table runners for real life!

The dimensions are 12.5inches by 54 inches and I used "Warm And Natural" batting.  As you can see, I quilted simple straight lines.  This quilt will get washed a lot and this kind of quilting holds up well to that.  The design is a small improvised log cabin block and a project like this uses up lots of odd bits of fabric.  I didn't buy much for this, just the wood grain backing fabric which I love and think would make good napkins.....

I know a lot of quilters machine sew their quilt bindings but I still prefer to hand finish mine. 

My Favorite Season

I LOVE Fall.  I love the colors, the light, the relief of cooler days and nights.   This morning was foggy with soft layers of grey landscape, everything damp from the overnight rain.  I walked the dog who was happy to be out, and the beauty of the changing leaves, a dewy cobweb and cheerful pumpkins on doorsteps made me feel deeply content.  

Fall brings bowls of oatmeal with local apples and raisins stirred in, fragrant with cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices.  Fall brings warm golden sunlight, soft misty mornings and rain, such a relief for my parched garden.  In the mountains we celebrate the first snow.  In my kitchen I'm thinking about soups and stews.  I can sit, curled up on the sofa with a colorful quilt, a cup of tea and a new book and not feel like I should be doing something else.  My dog is curled up beneath her own blankets.  If we don't cover her, she'll bury herself in them anyway!

I've just finished reading "When I Found You"  It's our book …

The Three Musketeers

Last night was Opening Night and it was a swashbuckling adventure.  The play is full of funny moments and twists and turns.  I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that I haven't read the book (I must!) but it didn't prevent me from following the plot.  

The students have been rehearsing for twelve weeks.  They have had tuition in stage sword fighting from a Fencing Master and it paid off!  The sword fighting scenes, some of them with about ten kids with swords at once were fabulous and they looked like they were having a barrel load of fun - which they were.  Sword fighting has been on my daughters bucket list for a long time so for her, this was the realization of a dream.  

Photos are not permitted during the show so these were taken during rehearsal.  It's so hard to get good photos in this kind of lighting but hopefully these few will give you a taste of the show.  Below are the inebriated Musketeers.  

In the above photo, the King is wearing these gold trousers.  I made …