Drying Flowers from the Garden

I have a couple of projects that will require some dried flowers, so I've been working on this for a few months.  Drying hydrangea stems is pretty easy, and as you can see, I have a lot to choose from this year.  I cut some while they were still mostly blue, and others after they …

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Tissue Covers and a note about Safelight

When we did the latest Safelight Project, wonderful reader Betty Giacomino sent 70 tissue covers to go with the cases made by readers.  It was delightful to see how many there were that went together well.  The last 15 or so didn't really match (I mean, how much can one expect, LOL!!), but at that …

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Stamping Thank You Cards

Stamping is just so much fun, and even better when I have a challenge.  Did you know that Impression Obsession has a challenge every month?  You can win gift certificates to their store just by showing your cards made with their stamps.  This month the challenge is Moody Blues.   Not the band, LOL, the color.  …

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Finishing Scrap Dance Minuet

Finishing the quilting on Scrap Dance Minuet was days more after finishing the custom quilted center with the two medallions.  The fun thing is that the two designs together made a circular secondary design that I didn't know was going to appear. I have to admit, I was pretty pleased with it overall, but saw …

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August Tablescape

Time for a new August tablescape, once again using the placemats I made last year for my Colors of August post.   Since August doesn't have any sort of holiday to build around, I looked to nature for inspiration.  The colors remind me of summer green and sunshine yellow mixed with the beginning harvest of orange …

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Thrifting Scores and Bargain Shopping

Thrifting scores were good in July.  I made it to several estate sales too, picking up a bargain or two.  This haul was found on a thrift store hop with a thrift junkie friend.  We found the relocated Salvation Army store, and I got the pumpkin plates, the Tommy Hilfiger purse and the Coach shoes …

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Carole’s Tomato Pie (Finally!!)

August means the harvest of yummy tomatoes kicks into high gear.  For those who were reading my blog last summer, you know that DH finally asked me to stop making tomato pies for a while as I was making so many of them.  I just couldn't get the recipe the way I wanted it. Paula …

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Quilting Minuet

Quilting my mystery quilt, Scrap Dance Minuet, was the most difficult and time consuming project I have ever attempted.  I really wanted to do a custom job on this one, with emphasis on the on-point tesselation between the blocks.  So, last time I had finished taking out the ditch stitching and began drawing out patterns …

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Safelight Project Delivery

Yesterday was a fun day as we packed up the goodie bags and made the delivery to Safelight.  For those new to the project, Safelight incorporates many services for domestic violence victims and sexual assault victims providing counseling, case management, court advocacy, support groups and job training under one umbrella organization.  These bags provide much …

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Carolina Panthers Training Camp

It is getting close to football season with the Hall of Fame game last Thursday night.  Once again this year, DH took me to Spartanburg to the Panthers Training Camp for a first look at the new rookies, and some veteran players injured last year.    This time I took my good camera, and had a …

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Safelight Project Update, Something Amazing and Winners!

This past week has been like Christmas with every trip to the post office.   More and more cases and cards have come in, so much that the project has way more than it can use for this delivery!  So, once again, I'll be doing more bags in a couple of months with the items left …

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Teacups Quilt Along – Block 13 Mug

It's the first Friday of August, and time for the next teacup block for our quilt along. It is getting more difficult to find the right thing for the next blocks.  EQ8 isn't making it easy either, insisting on only printing one page for two page patterns.  So I have had to mess with it …

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Late July in the Garden

Cool temperatures last week made sitting on the veranda a daily ritual in the morning and evening. More flowers are blooming and the landscape changes almost daily.  The camera was at the ready as pollinators made some appearances on the flowers, like this little guy on one of the geranium blooms.  I think it is …

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