Sunday, November 5, 2017

crocheted bag

This is a bag I made to replace the one I haul my kindle and charging cord around in on occasion. I made the basic rectangle, then a second free-standing rectangle and hooked it across to make a pocket.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

German apple cake

I bought a spring form pan just to bake this. It was ok - pretty easy to make, rather like a pound cake with apple on top. It's even better with tons of whipped cream dumped on it. Otherwise it's a bit dry for my tastes.

Peach cobbler

This was a recipe for crispy peach cobbler. I think it would have gone better if I'd had a broader pan. However, it was easy and the staff liked it.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Overnight blueberry french toast

I used this recipe (cut in half). Sort of. I didn't do the sauce (seriously? I'm not making a compote or whatever it is!) and I used frozen blueberries. I think I possibly had too much bread and didn't distribute the egg mixture evenly enough over it. and it could have used more blueberries. I just put a little butter on top in the last few minutes. It was actually quite edible though. I think I might use this again but tweak it a little more next time.

Thursday, September 21, 2017


I made this buttermilk chicken recipe from TND. It tasted ok. It was easy. But I realized I...don't think I've ever actually roasted chicken before, so I have nothing to compare it to.

Apple cake take 2

I tried again, this time with all the ingredients, and it's really, really good. Moist and appley. Sort of like apple pie filling with a little moist cake. Not remotely healthy, except for the apples, but yummy.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Crazy quilt

Finally finished one top. I've been sewing bits on this for YEARS. I think I'm just going to sew a plain muslin border and back to it.

Quilted pillow

I was making a small quilted square for a pocket for a skirt and decided it didn't look right. So I added a little more border and made it into a little pillow. It's about 10x4 inches. Just right for a doll or a little accent or something.

Apple cake

It was good, but not as moist as I'd expected. This was explained by me finding the melted butter that I thought I'd added in the microwave the following morning... I guess I'll have to try it again, with all the ingredients this time!

I used this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I have an old tube pan, which is small and deep, so mine doesn't look quite the same. It certainly smells good though. I probably cooked it about an hour and 30-40 minutes. When I dumped it out it split in half - I maybe should have used more grease on the pan. I used melted butter instead of oil. Because, you know, butter. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Finished quilt

This has been around for a loooong time. I last worked on it in 2015! I still had a lot of strips left (I got rid of the extra squares long ago) and decided to let those go as well. I just did a plain muslin back for the quilt top and zigzag stitched the edges. I will NOT be quilting with this again - the fabric is so thin it stretches and wiggles all over the place, sheds threads, and generally drives me crazy!

Recycled skirt for Sara the Librarian

Sara had a dress that she wanted to be a skirt and I agreed to try. The first snag I ran into was that while the skirt was cotton, the top was stretchier. I chopped off a sleeve and tested it - seemed to sew ok.

Then I cut off the bodice

I tacked the top to keep it from fraying then folded it over and sewed it along the seam

A little tricky, but I think it worked 

There's a space left to put in an elastic waistband and/or drawstring as desired.

Skirts are finished!

My skirts were done except for pockets and final edging. This main part of this skirt is made out of an odd fabric I've had for years - it's almost stiff and it broke my sewing machine needle! I added a pocket with zigzag stitching.

I was thinking of doing a quilted pocket for this skirt and even got a fair way into it before actually laying it against the skirt and realizing it didn't look right at all. I'll save it for a mini quilt. I made the skirt pocket out of the same patterned white on the yoke and added lace (hand stitched the rough edges at the back)

Just simple red pockets worked nicely for both of these, and I finished hemming them since the edges were just tacked down.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Skirts part 2

They still need to be pinned and hemmed, but they won't look any different (except the green and silver one at the end - that's going to have a lace edging). The only other thing to do is the pockets, which I'll get to later.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


I cut this one down - I didn't do a very good job, but Sara pinned the hem so it's mostly straight.

This came out better, I cut it shorter before I started

It's hard to see the pocket, but it's a butterfly

Gingerbread people