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Today I baked

As I've said in previous posts, we mostly eat gluten free in our house.  My husband has no choice because even the tiniest big of gluten makes him sick, but I don't restrict what the kids eat.  Gluten free baking can be a depressing thing and I love to bake.  For a long time, I stopped baking much but I missed it, especially after watching the "Great British Baking Show"!    

Lately I've started making things again, inspired by two books, one that focuses on the flavors of alternative flours and the other that tackles the thorny issue of gluten free bread.  A really good loaf of bread is the Holy Grail of the gluten free world!  



I came upon this book on Amazon and after spending a bit of time on the website that works alongside the book, I purchased it.  I've only made the basic bread recipe because I feel like I'm still getting used to making it.  The basic dough recipe makes either freeform loaves or sandwich bread in a pan and I've done both.  The b…

More felt cacti

The last time I was up in the mountains I worked on some more felt cacti.  The hardest part of making these is picking the colors and making the flowers!  While we were there it snowed really hard (in June!!) and so it was really nice to be working on something really brightly colored while the wood stove kept us cozy.  



I was able to get them all stitched and the flowers added and then I "potted" them when I got home.  This involves very carefully hot gluing them into their little pots.  I'm really happy with how this batch turned out, my favorite one is the very pale green cactus with the pink flowers. 









Barn Owl Pincushion

One of my very first pincushions had an owl on it and I haven't made any other owl ones since but recently I decided to work on another one in a different design.  I did my drawings as usual using my bird book for reference.  This is a barred owl which seems to me to be the owl shape that everyone thinks of when you say "owl".  

I cut out all the felt pieces and stitched the branch and then put it down and left it because it just didn't feel right.  When I came back to it a few days later I realized that it was the owl that was bothering me and I went back to the bird book and found myself drawn to the barn owl.  
I see barn owls sometimes.  I live in a town but there are hills, farmland and wild open spaces all around the town.  I've even seen barn owls late at night flying across the road near a piece of open land in the middle of town.  It is pretty startling to catch one in your headlights.  My daughter works at a horse barn out in the countryside and in the Fa…

Sequins

I order most of the sequins I use from an Etsy shop in Australia called Pretty Craft Things.  That makes it sound like I use sequins all the time, I don't, but I do like them on special Christmas and Thanksgiving items, like the felt pumpkins below.  Look at that gorgeous sparkle!  Some are a solid color and others like these little cup shaped flowers are iridescent. 




It has been really hot here this week so I am trying to ignore that by making these little felt pumpkins.  These can be hung on a cupboard door knob (I hang one on my china cabinet door in the Fall), draped on the neck of a bottle of wine as a hostess gift, or used as napkin rings.  I also hang several on some tall sticks that I cut from a tree in the garden once the leaves have fallen and put in a wooden vase on the mantel.  

I've also made a few as custom items with a child's name on who has a Fall birthday.  They then become special personalized Christmas ornaments.  I use hand dyed wool felt for the pumpkin…

Pretty crocheted doilies and vintage style pinucushions

I recently purchased this bundle of little crocheted doilies in various shades of cream and white.  They range in size from about 2.5inches to 4inches and are really pretty.  The second I saw them in another Etsy shop, my brain was playing with all kinds of ideas for using them.  Search on Pinterest for doily craft ideas and you'll see lots of cool things people are making with doilies.  


I wanted to use them for making needle books and pincushions.  Part of the fun of making a new design is auditioning felt colors.  I really liked the combination below but in the end I didn't end up using the orange flowers.  They just seemed a bit too loud for this project.  

Once I made my color choices, I cut out flowers and leaves and started stitching.  


Below are the almost finished pincushions waiting for stuffing.  I usually try and save up a bunch and then find something good on Netflix and sit and stuff them and finish stitching the openings closed.


As I was choosing the color palettes …