Sewing a Rayon Challis Top – Making pattern adjustments and fixing fitting

What is it with fashion designers these days?  Go into the stores looking for a pretty spring print and all you find are ugly prints and the ever present solid colors.  Is the concept of florals for spring so clichéd that no one will do them?  But, but... that is what I want now, planting …

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Azalea Walk

The azalea island is in full bloom now, and those flowers are bringing out the pollinators in droves.  I promised a walk around the azaleas on our property, and here are the pictures. I know I have mentioned this before, white flowers are my favorites. The white azaleas on two bushes did beautifully. The third …

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Quilted Art Project – Update 5

It has been another month, and I just cannot find the time to get back to this project.  I did do a little on it, but not much.  The lure of warmer days and digging in the dirt is too strong right now, LOL!  But a rainy day on Friday kept me inside, and I …

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Planting for the Veranda

Lots of plants came home with me over the past week, and this past weekend some of them did get planted. I brought home a flat of torenias, 12 purple and 3 yellow. The purple ones go into the hanging pots for the hummingbirds to enjoy.  I did see a hummingbird this week at one …

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Introducing “The Charleston”! A Quilted Beaded Handbag

Announcing my new purse pattern!  Since I seem to be following a dance theme with the Scrap Dance Mystery quilts, the title for this purse continues in that light.  The Charleston Bag works as a shoulder bag or a handbag with swinging beads that evoke the image of a flapper dancer in the 1920s.  I …

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Lemon Donuts with Lemon Glaze

Springtime and lemons just seem to go together.  I picked up a lovely lemon at the store, knowing I wanted to do something lemony, but not knowing what.  I thought about a pound cake, then remembered the donut pans.  Ah, ha!  Lemon Donuts! Oh yum, did these ever hit the spot!  And how can you …

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Mid-April in the Garden

Yesterday was a very busy day for me with a meeting in the morning, and a bunch of errands to do including picking up my torenias from the garden center, checking out the humane society thrift store, and hitting Pier One's sale.  Of course, while I was there, I had to get a few more …

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Cute Fabric Bowl

Sometimes I run across something that just strikes my fancy, and I have to try making it.  Such was the case with this cute little gathered fabric bowl.  I found the tutorial on a blog called A Spoonful of Sugar, and you can get the full tutorial HERE. Lisa and Sarah show their version with …

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The Cookbook Collector – Book Review

I read this novel some time ago, and  posted a short review on a Goodreads. I had mixed feelings about this book, so here is an expanded review.   The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman was billed as "a delicious novel about appetite, temptation, and fulfillment" yet I did not find it so.  Isn't it …

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