Friday, February 24, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Daisy's bedroom has always been known as the Mango Lounge, but Clara and I have been re-doing it in the softest, creamiest pink. It will hereafter be known as the Ice Cream Parlor.
(Benjamin Moore. Walls: Melted Ice Cream in Pearl Finish. Floors: Pure White Latex Floor Enamel)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
For Sunday's lunch crowd I used a very large pan, and laid two whole chickens on a bed of vegetables--several pounds of chopped potatoes, and three leeks (white parts sliced thin). All of it drizzled with olive oil, salted and peppered. A celery stalk in the chicken, and the uncovered pan in the oven on 350 for three hours.
Also a side dish of green beans (from frozen, in the Crock-Pot), and a big batch of biscuits made before church, and a green salad.
Monday, February 13, 2017
I've posted eleven more paintings in my etsy shop. The pricing to some extend depends on size (there are big pieces and smaller ones) and also on how successful I think the painting was. So you will see a variety of Price Points (such a genteel phrase!).
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Last week I cracked open the two large boxes of jersey scraps to see what was going on (besides Too Much). Lots of long, skinny scraps of not-cotton: pretty much worthless for sewing. Awkward skinny shapes and mishmash of fibres.
So, jersey rug time. When I had pulled out everything I wanted to use, I had a pile that was knee-high. Fortunately Clara was on board, so for the last couple of days I've been cutting strips (free-hand, about two inches wide), and she's been crocheting.
This is clearly the right division of labor, since her stitches and rounds are far more beautiful and even than mine have ever been.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
I started this appliqued table runner almost a year ago for the sole purpose of having a hand-stitching project on a trip to New York.
It's appliqued, with each design element cut out as needed from the applique fabric. Not the best method, since it's possible to mix things up accidentally (don't ask).
Still, I love the process and the end result.
Alabama Chanin jersey in Natural, and one of the pale grays for the applique. Blanket stitching around the outside edge.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Monday, February 06, 2017
Friday, February 03, 2017
Thursday, February 02, 2017
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Monday, January 30, 2017
Felix and Molly left the stone house this weekend to get back to real life. I stopped by Sunday afternoon to air things out (they had both had the flu, so sad), collect the linens, and polish things up.
I still don't have Real Pictures of the house but here are a couple of lovely spots. Fireplace above, bedroom dressing table below.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
Two years ago we instituted Young Adults Dinner once a month after church. On this day, any young adults we can find at church, and anyone the girls have invited from their networks of school friends, are encouraged to come for Sunday dinner.
I've really grown to love this time. I gave up on trying to present Interesting and Varied meals, and instead just go for really tasty, and plenty of food. Generally featuring chicken. But the best part, of course, is the young adults gathered around our table.
You know, you could do this too. Or you could do something really small. Just once. Or more. You could, and you should.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017
School-Time Bella is different from Vacation Bella. School-Time Bella doesn't have time to cook, not with work and classes. But Vacation Bella makes us things like this salad for our Saturday lunch: grilled chicken, roasted butternut squash, feta cheese, dried cranberries, and crispy fried parsnip strips.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
I thought that since the dining table is already a mess of bubble wrap and cardboard slices I'd keep on with posting the paintings for sale in etsy. A big thank you to all who shopped! Just a reminder, these proceeds go to charity--I'm currently giving to a young family who had an unexpectedly complicated childbirth resulting in many unexpected thousands of dollars owed to the hospital.
Monday, January 09, 2017
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
A first taste of wedding photos!
The cake triumphant.
Gingerbread baked at home, iced with citrus-cream cheese buttercream, decorated on the spot with extra flowers, and consumed to the last crumb.
The men! Felix front and center.
That's right, I wore the same dress to both my boys' weddings! It's my traditional dress now. I'll wear it to the girls' weddings too, Lord willing.
I proudly lay claim to FIVE of these young women. From the left: Bella, Daisy, Tia, and Molly, then Clara second from the right.
They didn't see each other until the ceremony.
And then it snowed afterward.