Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sewing a New Hat from an Old Sweater

I picked up this hat at. The craft show yesterday.  The seller let me in on her pattern and sewing directions and I was able to replicate it using sweater scraps from my old mittens. 

The top is made from a tear drop shape.  The brim can be from a pike shaped rectangle where the concave side matches up with the corvette of the drop shaped top.  The pont is then sewn down near the brom and may be embellished with a button or layered flower.

Set of my new hat and previously made mittens

Not much left for scraps!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

On theGhost Trolley Tour

Framing shop and art gallery at the winery

Sunset in Door county

Last trolley of the evening for the ghost tour.

Little Hughey's house.

Please do not sit on this crazy quilt.

Crazy quilt on the bed.

The Noble House Museum

Scenes from the Hollyhock Cottage

R & R in Door County Wisconsin!

Friday, August 9, 2013

University of Wisconsin testGarden

Somewhere near UW-Stevens Point there is a remote test garden.   We took time to stop and have a walk around.  Since all other times we just have to glance at it from the road while going 65 mph. 

As you can tell from the photos, it's quite lovely.  They had an alley of stargazer lilies companion planted with liatris that what just at its prime.  I took my time on that path.

Next I saw a cute planting that was inspired by a quilt!

Kale and coleus were used to make this annual planting that they had designed in a quilt like pattern.  It may need just a few more weeks to grow in, but I imagine it will be very eye catching with the purples reds and golds for the autumn.

Shown in the next photo is a butterfly garden.

I am standing on the mosaic pathway that is shaped like a butterfly body.  The wings are planted with bee balm, purple coneflower, salvia, and other summer blooming perennials.  It was completed with some wrought iron antennae to add a bit of whimsy.. 

Saturday, July 6, 2013


A few months ago I used some red, blue, and turquoise fabrics to sew up a baby quilt and a matching mini to go with it.


I put it together using the jelly roll race method.

The smaller one has the light blue flannel backing and the larger crib sized one has. The red backing.

There are also some fabrics that have a strawberry motif on them. These were made to go with some red and white gingham crib bumpers.

Hopefully baby Mara Jade is getting along well and getting her sleeping schedule in order.

Her mom is an art teacher friend of mine.  It worked out nicely that she has the whole summer vacation for her maternity leave.  

Friday, April 5, 2013

Lemon Harvest Soon

The lemon tree has had fruit growing on it since September. The tree itself looks pretty rough, in that it lost a lot of it's leaves since bringing it indoors. However,the lemon were ripe for the picking in time for an Easter dessert recipe.