Saturday, August 29, 2015

celebrating green juice

I would like to say that it is the hustle-bustle of the new school year but the truth is, I have not been eating well for months.  I had a week here and there but not much consistency.  This morning I pulled out my juicer and some greens (I buy them, I just don't eat them) and made a large batch of apple, kale, and fennel juice.  I put two jars in the freezer and have one to drink today.
This afternoon I will sit down and get some meal planning done BEFORE we go to the grocery store (such a concept!).  Next week I have some long days with in-service and meetings so it is time to get back on track and feed my body well.

Today the juice is green, tomorrow will be a batch of lovely orange juice (apple, carrot, celery, and ginger).

Feed you body well and visit Ruth to see what others are celebrating this weekend.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

slow stitching - hand work

About 25 years ago I took a quilt sampler class and we pieced every block by hand.  I almost dropped out after the first session but the people in the class were really fun so I stuck with it.  We made tumbling blocks,  hexagons, baskets with many little triangles, and fan blocks.  I learned a lot but once the sampler was done, I went back to machine piecing.  When I applique, it is always by hand but I have avoided quilts that have too many fussy seams.  Enter the Jen Kingwell quilt along.  I heard Jen on a podcast and she talked about hand piecing her blocks.  It was one way to bring her piecing to family gatherings.  I decided that I would try hand piecing the center block of Midnight.  Each large triangle is composed of 16 smaller triangles.  I began by cutting freezer paper but quickly realized this was going to bog me down.  So, I pulled out my sheet of templete acrylic and made a template - first one in a very long time.  I traced around the template on the back of each fabric and then rotary cut the 1/4" seam.  Then I took my triangles downstairs and stitched away as we watched evening TV.  I only did one triangle but I think it went well.  I hand stitched each row and then machine stitched the rows together, a nice compromise.  Now I just need to get 48 little triangles marked and cut and I am on my way.  I know that Jessica has been stitching on this block. Any other Kingwell Quilt alongers started yet?
And be sure to visit Kathy to see what others are slowly stitching today.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

celebrating great ideas!

These first weeks back to school (before the children come and all the summer work has yet to be completed) are always filled with so many things to do and I am easily distracted.  So a list is the only way I can keep on track.  This week I was given a brilliant idea for tracking tasks and I am so excited to use it.  I wrote each task on a post it note and lined them up on my desk.  Each note contains the task and a step or two needed to make it happen.  When I am finished with the task, I get to crumple it up and toss it in the garbage - sounds very rewarding.  I hope to have my desk cleared by the middle of next week.
Be sure to celebrate the simple and ordinary each week and visit Ruth to see what others are celebrating.

Friday, August 21, 2015

a handmade wardrobe - part one

I learned how to sew when I was about 7.  My first real sewing project was a red corduroy dress.  I made many of my own clothes throughout my high school and college years, even my wedding dress.  I sewed for my girls until they didn't want to wear dresses anymore (but I still have a suitcase filled with those sweet little dresses).  Then it became hard to find a fabric store that had good fabric to make clothes and I moved away from sewing clothes to sewing quilts.
Over the last year, I have been working on simplifying my wardrobe options.  I know many are tired of the terms for this so I won't mention them (email if you are interested).  What is exciting is that there is a handmade wardrobe challenge going on in the yarn world.  Many dresses, tunics, skirts, and tops are being planned and sewn.  Lovely items to compliment beautiful sweaters and shawls.  This morning I dug out some patterns and found one that I have made a number of times.  I think it is a great project for my week-end. 
Check back to see what fabric I find to go with a sweater I have on the needles.
You can read more about one handmade wardrobe challenge on Helen's blog.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

books, coffee, and yarn - brilliant!

In my attempt to fit a bit of creativity into each day, I have been working on two knitting projects.  The first is a lovely grey wrap by Jared Flood.
It is interesting enough to keep my attention yet simple enough to work on while we watch TV. 
I have a few books going but this one is really wonderful.  It reads like poetry.  I am going to hear the author speak in October.  I am also listening to The Sparrow in my car.  I got to hear Mary Doria Russell talk about her newest book this summer and it made me want to revisit her first book.
And of course there is coffee, always coffee!
What are you reading, drinking, knitting or stitching?
Be sure to visit Ginny for more great books and knitting!