Monday, September 3, 2012

Smoked Pepper Salsa

Canned 19 pints! Yes, we love this stuff.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Still Knitting of course!

Here's a jumble of what I've finished in the past several months. Even some doll clothes for Breezy's doll I plan to give her one day.


I'm going to try and play catch up! Remember last year this time I posted an old stool I planned to refinish? Took a while but it's finished and I love it. It's an old Stylaire. The original color was yellow, someone painted it red and also painted the chrome gray and even the top of the steps! Can you imagine painting chrome and the rubber on the steps? I had to be careful removing paint. Hopefully it's somewhat restored.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Charlie Brown Christmas!

A Charlie Brown tree this year. We needed a table top size due to Breezy just starting to walk! The tree topper is a Koala bear puppet we have used for years! Can't see the lights very well. It looks great, really!! Nothing like the smell of an evergreen. I was able to get some branches for the mantle too. My sister has given my kids an ornament every year from places she's traveled. 3 kids are on their own now so ornaments this year are those of the last 2 at home and a few of my own. I need to start collecting a few more or my tree will be bare when they move out!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Please be careful driving though neighborhoods!

My little Bella was hit. Fortunately she will be fine but I am so angered by the people that speed down our street and don't even live on the street. They are cutting through to someplace else.
I think I'll buy these and post them. Probably won't help though.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I see it's been a while since I've posted. Wonder if anyone missed me!  Just so you know I've been real busy with this little lady, my granddaughter, my little Breezy! No, that's not her real name.
She's almost 11 months old and beautiful!

Saturday, August 6, 2011


I got this Vintage Stylaire Step Stool on the side of the road a while back. It's been sitting on my back porch. I started stripping the paint when I first got it then never got back to it. So, here I go again. The seat, back and some trim was painted red. I've removed some of that and it's yellow. I am sure yellow is the original color so I plan to repaint it yellow. Some no brain person painted the chrome and the top of the two steps gray. It comes off the chrome well with a razor and steel wool. And it's in great shape.
Here also is a picture found online of what it probably looked like originally. Someone on Etsy is selling this for $85. I'll keep mine!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


I've refinished lots of furniture in the past but it's been a while. Now that my daughter has her own place I am making a guest room. I needed a dresser and prefer antiques since they are likely solid wood. Found this on our local Craig's List and snagged it for $30. I think it's maple. It needed light sanding and staining. It's missing the mirror but we have one that will be fine sitting on the top.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

KNITTING update.....

I should at least prove I'm still knitting. Here are some works in progress. A cardigan called, 'Bel Air' by Anne Hanson, another cardigan 'White Pines' by Amy Christoffers, socks from the book, Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush, Na Craga an Alice Starmore pattern in her Hebridean 3 ply and the back of the Kaino vest in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. Too many I know! But believe it or not for avid knitters it's not so much.

More Sewing?

I don't like to sew but it seems I need a few things so I'm at it again. My backdoor needed a new valance. My kitchen is red and green and this was the perfect fabric. Let's see who in the family will even notice!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Little Sewing

I needed curtains for a small room that happens to be the home of my desk, rocker, spinning wheel and my knitting. It's my place. I found fabric that I really love and bought all they had which was all you seen in the photos. Just enough for valances. Sewing is not my favorite thing to do although I used to quilt and sew a lot. I think you can assume knitting is my favorite.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

PYREX saved the day!

YES! Another Pyrex find today after an exhausting morning of yard sales and thrifting. Found this little pretty at the very last place.
I was searching with my daughter today as she is getting ready to move into her first apartment!
If you need a Pyrex fix yourself check this site: Pyrex Vintage Patterns

Saturday, June 18, 2011

My Pyrex Love!

This is my little collection. I use all my vintage Pyrex too.
Then today I found these little beauties at a yard sale for a grand total of 75 cents each!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Na Craga Progress...........

It's a nice change knitting with worsted weight yarn. This will go much faster. It's an easy pattern to remember.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Another Starmore .... Na Craga

Just started this sweater. Another Alice Starmore
Virtual Yarns pattern. I am using her yarn as well, Hebridean 3ply. It's a navy blue called, "Storm Petrol'. Almost finished with the ribbing. I love all the cables and I miss knitting on my Inishmore I did last year so I thought I'd start another.

I am also working on a Kaino vest (Ravelry Link) in black using Berroco Ultra Alpaca for my sister and an Ann Hanson sweater called, Bel Air using Wollmeise for me.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Rosemary Bread

Mondays are spaghetti night at our house. We typically have scout meetings so it's just easy to have a set plan. Tonight I made a quick rosemary bread and it was wonderful.
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon yeast
1 teaspoon sea salt
1-2 tablespoons sugar
chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon garlic powder
a little less than 1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup warm tap water
Mix, knead, shape, rise 45 min to 1 hour, slice across the top, brush with egg white and bake at @425 - 15 minutes turn oven down to 400 and bake 10 more minutes.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Honeybee Stole

I finally finished something I have been knitting on for a while. That's only because of other knitting. I wish I could be a one project knitter but that wouldn't be fun. This pattern is by Anne Hanson at Knitspot called the Honeybee Stole. She is an amazing knitter and designer. The yarn is Knitpicks Merino/Silk Bare in fingering weight.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Baking Scones while Baby Sleeps!

My favorite blog is Gumbo Lily. Love her pictures, the place she lives, her handwork and her cooking!! I grabbed her scone recipe yesterday and made them this morning. These are Stone Gable Scones made with sour cream and I added cranberries to some of them. These are a softer scone than I prefer but still good! Here locally there is no better scone than the cranberry/orange scone from Mill Mountain coffee and Tea and it must be from the downtown shop!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Pair

Just so you know there's a pair! Wollmeise has got to be the most fabulous yarn! Knit on a '0' it's a wonderful thick fabric. Next in this yarn a 'Pesto' green cardigan. Still trying to decide on a pattern.