You may remember a post (screed? haha) about dunnage a few posts back.  Well, I found myself without wrapping paper this weekend so I had to get creative.

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It’s amazing what can come from salvaged paper and old christmas cards.  And, it was fun!  I have so missed doing stuff like this.

Just wanted to share.


Idle Hands

IMG_0754My friend says my quilting always seems to precede large life changes.  Maybe it’s my way of processing things I know are coming but am unready to face.  I don’t know, she’s much wiser than me.




Lately though, I feel as if idle hands are a sin.  Recently while puttering in the garden I had the thought that I should occupy my hands as much as possible with work that adds to my household.



Since then I’ve kept a stash of scrap material, scissors, needle, and thread in a drawer in the end table next to the love seat where I sit to watch television.  This quilt is paper-pieced in the English tradition.  It’s very easy but very time consuming.



Each little hexagon is a small piece of fabric folded over a paper template and basted in place.





Then each of the hexagons are whip stitched together.



It’s a lot of small steps but not complicated.





I don’t know what the future holds for me or what it is that I am working through but at least I know that I will have a quilt (something beautiful?) at the end.

Happy Steps

DSCN0007Hung some more hydrangea to dry.  I feel for any visitor who happens to step in here without first knowing what to expect.







DSCN0002Also brushed off some volunteer garlic we harvested several weeks ago.  We let it sit outside to toughen and dry.  Now it’s ready to be stored away for winter.  It’s actually time to plant next year’s garlic.  Also time for carrots, broccoli, beets, and spinach.  I could plant kale as well but I can’t stand that stuff.

Labor Day Morning

Went to bed early last night and woke early this morning.  It feels good.

IMG_0579Decided this morning that the hydrangea flowers had dried enough.  The ones that turned out well will soon be on their way to San Angelo, TX and the rest… I will find some way to turn them in an arrangement so they are pretty.  The brown tips are not from the drying process, they’re the result of heat and the touchy-feely way you have to decide if the bloom is ready to pick.  If you pick hydrangea blooms too early they contain too much moisture and will not dry.  If you pick them too late (like some in this picture) they will have brown spots.  Like most of life it’s trial and error.

There are a plethora of late fall blooms on the plant now that I’m going to harvest today and hang to dry.  We’ll see what happens to the purple and 

IMG_0582lavender colors they have now.


I also took down the basil that was drying and packed it away in a jar.  Such a delicious smell in the kitchen this morning and it was so easy.  I don’t know exactly how long this batch of basil will last us but the effort

IMG_0589was so small I can’t see purchasing basil in the store anymore.