Sunday, September 25, 2016

Halloween Supplies

Have you seen the Halloween Haul videos on YouTube?  I discovered them last week and I'm absolutely fascinated.  What struck me most is the difference between those videos and my own trip to the Dollar Tree for seasonal supplies. None of my stuff looks like Halloween -- yet.

It's easier for me to justify the purchase when I'm making something, not just hanging something ready made on the wall.

The bigger part of the haul, which I didn't take a picture of, was the supplies for baking. I've got a working oven this year, cranberries are back on the menu, and I'm determined to bake all of the wonderful yummy things, starting with Homemade Maple Pecan Cranberry Granola.

My boys love granola for breakfast (we get ours from the bulk section at Winco), but I've never tried making it. This is definitely a recipe we'll use again.

Weekly Stash Report

Fabric used this week: 0 yards
Fabric used year to date: 6 1/2 yards
Fabric added this week:  0 yards
Fabric added year  to date: 29 1/4 yards (+2 sheets)
Net added for 2016: 22 3/4 yards

Yarn used this Week: 0  yards
Yarn used year to Date: 5500 yards
Yarn added this Week: 0 yards
Yarn added Year to Date: 9118 yards
Net added for 2016: 3618 yards

This post is linked to Patchwork Times.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Messy Fun With the Boys

The plan was to make Galaxy Playdough, but after I tracked down the glitter and the black food coloring and read the instructions again, I realized that I do not have the patience to go back to the store for cream of tartar or to cook playdough on the we used our usual glue/water/borax mix and added the food coloring and glitter to that.

I do the measuring, the boys do the mixing, and I don't get bluish green hands. And once the slime is mixed it's an outdoor experience to keep it far away from quilts and carpet and couches. We're all happier with that system!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Let's Make Baby Quilts! {9/23/16}

Let's Make Baby Quilts Linky Party Rules: 
Link directly to your post or specific Flickr photo. Your post can be about a baby quilt that's finished, or in progress, or you can be writing about what you have planned,  as long as it's about baby quilts. You're welcome to link to baby quilt posts that aren't brand new, but please don't submit the same post or picture more than once. I'd love it if you linked back to my site, either with a text link or the Let's Make Baby Quilts! button.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Triangle Bag

I'm not sure what I'll keep in this oddly shaped little bag, but I love the way it turned out! 

The pattern is Triangle Bag, a free tutorial from Elm Creek Quilts and the fabric is from a black and white scrap bag I bought while we were doing the Row by Row experience. (The original plan was to make a Zentangle quilt, but I've got more than enough fabric to do both.)

Instead of the 2 1/2" squares the pattern calls for, I used 1 3/4" strips. I also adjusted the construction a bit because I was feeling too lazy to try something new.

This post is linked to Elm Street Quilts,  Crazy Mom Quilts , Wrap up Friday

{Thrift Store Temptations} Stuff and Mayonnaise

I've bee wanting to stop at the new thrift shop in town for a while now, but the timing is always wrong. The actual name of the store is Stuff and Nonsense, but Teenage Son read it wrong out of the corner of his eye and his version makes a much better post title.

Yesterday I left the house a bit early. I was hoping to find a scrap of doily to make that spider pincushion, but this isn't that kind of thrift shop. They didn't have a lot of inventory, but what they did have was pretty neat. 

I can't tell you how badly I want a sink like this. I know there's a bathtub out by the barn...maybe it's time to explore a bit and see if we have any other interesting old plumbing fixtures.

This old bookstore sign was neat -- and probably worth what they were asking -- but it was too rich for my blood and I'm not courageous enough to hang a glass sign in my house at this point in our lives.

We had identical gold chairs in our living room through my entire childhood. I love that feeling of coming face to face with something you'd completely forgotten.

Someday, maybe this particular table will fall into that category. Grandma bought us a set just like it when we were first married and, nineteen years later when the top separated from its base, she managed to replace it with its less attractive twin. Same table, same company, different finish.

I am so ready for a different table and chairs!

I was tempted by the ottoman, but it wouldn't go with anything else we own. Hopefully someone with an appreciation for mid century furniture in great condition will find and treasure it.


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