Friday, February 24, 2017

A Bright Sunset

Inside and out.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Daisy's New Ice Cream Parlor

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

What We Put Up With

This is what we have to put up with all day.

Monday, February 20, 2017

At the Greenhouse with Clara

Saturday morning errands with a little recreation thrown in.

I've been wanting a maidenhair fern--they didn't have any, but I got a little rabbit's foot fern.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Someone Else's Needlepoint

Needlepoint pillow from the thrift store, perfect condition, just a dollar. The back is velvet!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sunday Table with Tulips and a Menu

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

Eleven Paintings in the Shop

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

Crocheting: Jersey Rug

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

Jersey Table Runner + Oranges

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

Morning + Fog + Camera

This morning I ran on the road rather than driving to the trail. My cool-down was the long walk up the driveway. So foggy!

Everything misty and mysterious.

Except for Fitz. No mystery there, just affection.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Abstract: Catfish Ponds

If you've ever flown over the Mississippi delta you've seen these catfish farms from the airplane window.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

That Third Quilt Top

This wild thing is the third top Clara and I pieced in our fit of madness last week. It's the first one to be quilted. We turn the lights down so it doesn't burn our eyes.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Rara Avis

We seldom bake cakes around here anymore, but when we have a weekend houseful, we bake two.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Scenes from the Stone House

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

This Is Why We Can't Have . . .

 . . . pain-free necks. Three quilt tops in ten days.

It's out of my system now, and my neck will get back to normal.

(This one is about using up all my green scraps.)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Everyone Is Getting Bigger

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hospitality: Yes, You Should

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

New Orchid

Several of mine are coming into bloom, but they're still weeks away. So I shortcutted and brought home a new plant from Wal-Mart.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Clara Piecing

Clara and I pieced the squares this week--now she uses our super-secret algorithm to lay them out for the quilt. The boys can't believe I have an algorithm. Best thing I did with it was teach it to Clara. Now it doesn't get messed up.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The View from the Laundry Room

My laundry room is a little half-floor mezzanine above the kitchen. When I'm working in it I can see over the little half-wall into the room. Today I was liking the greens.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Needs a Dachshund

I recently made a plaid wool tote, and it looked a little plain.

"This needs a dachshund," I said to myself.

($30, send me an email if you want it.)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Winter Salads: Romaine with Chicken, Feta, Cranberries, Butternut Squash, and Crispy Fried Parsnips

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

"A World Made to Measure"

"You can't build yourself a world made to measure, but you can build a village."

--Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera, The Awakening of Miss Prim

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sorry to Keep Doing This + The Last for a While

Really, this is it for a while. My cubby at the studio is pretty much cleaned out.

Shop here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Four More Paintings

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

Oil Paintings in My Etsy Shop

The thing is, if you keep painting, the paintings stack up. Help me out! Four of last year's oil paintings freshly in my etsy shop, and more to come each week.

[Edited to add: a stuck a few more in this morning].

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

This is the Lord's Doing; It Is Marvelous in Our Eyes

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.

Breathtaking ladies.
 I proudly lay claim to FIVE of these young women. From the left: Bella, Daisy, Tia, and Molly, then Clara second from the right.

Molly's flowers.

They didn't see each other until the ceremony.

And then it snowed afterward.

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