a grown up size for a dear friend's birthday. i put 2 pieces together (wrong sides facing) and joined them by sewing a quarter inch in from the edge all the way round - i hope they will develop a lovely shaggy edge.
the pumpkin we planted a little while back is humming along. i was struck by the green this morning and ran for the camera. the fruit are a bit bigger than a tennis ball and oval. i think they might be buttercups - i hope so!
next on the party list. the bottom of the fabric samples had stickers that didn't come off easily leaving that part of the piece unusable. but no - there was enough to make some little pennants. so todays efforts have been 22 lengths of bunting - 37" long with little pennants that are 3" deep. i used chintz which was easy to cut with the scallop edge scissors and again i was surprised at how quick it was to make them. okay so my house is in a little bit of a jumble!
we decided this year for prairie's party we wouldn't have an activity. i don't want the girls to arrive and think 'oh not again, not more crafting' - then again being the creatures of habit that children are they are probably expecting it! - i know that they are already asking p about her party this year. we have all the girls - they have (mostly) gone through school together from kindergarten and are like a big family. there are 21 on the guest list including the birthday girl!!
we are going to have an outdoor movie with lots of throws, beanbags and hay bales. the brazier will be lit for those who fancy toasting a marshmallow and if they are lucky tommy might pick up the guitar though at this stage i think he is planning to get as far away as possible!
i am making every guest a small tote out of furnishing fabric samples a dear friend gave me (x) and we will pop in some homemade caramels and maybe a little something else.
so, i have cut 22 bags - thats 44 milk carton corners and thanks to the fabulous poochi bag tutorial, they were a breeze! thank you monica!
prairie helped me with the serging/overlocking and they have come together faster than i thought.
or reine claude as these plums are known in france. i had heard of them but never really knew what they were - and then, there they were at our local fruit store calling our to me in a sweet syrupy tune - can us, can us.
love the label bit (i may have said this before!) yay for prairie's sticker maker!
today i have canned 13 quart sized mason jars of sweet yellow flesh peaches. haven't taken a photo of those yet - they are standing upside down on the dresser sealing themselves - pop pop pop!
the weather is turning ever so slightly steering us towards the cooler times. prairie's birthday is coming up so there are things starting to bubble away on that front. she will be 13. thirt- teen. teen. that'll be two teens in the house. humming stevie nicks - landslide!
were michael's words this morning when he spied my crate of mice patiently awaiting their shoes.
on the market theme we decided to head out early to a well known market here - 'the avondale market'. we hadn't been for a long time as it is on the other side of town these days and were pleasantly surprised. being the end of summer here the bounty was plentiful and everything was piled high. it was mainly chinese, thai and indian - there were some wild looking greens for sale! these were melon vines that have the most beautiful curly bits - i decided they could be my valentines flowers!
we were on a ratatouille mission hence the peppers and eggplants. also a kilo/2lbs of spinach much to the kids horror - they know i sneak it in wherever i can!
still life with pears
i realise i have started with mice and ended with rat - which the french dish is referred to around here!
when we went to get the plums i took with me something i had started knitting before christmas. susie is having a baby in july - i couldn't wait to start knitting little things!
i made this out of the book 'one skein' that i got at purl. (i see there is a 2nd one - one more skein) i think i bought the book because of this but didn't have anyone to knit it for. and we are so lucky to have south seas knitting down here where we can get the specified yarn and not have to try and find an alternative. the blue sky alpaca was so beautiful and soft to use. it didn't use the whole skein either so there might be enough left for a pixie hat!
and because i couldn't resist!
i have another little thing on the needles but this time using what i have. its nice to be knitting again and these small items are so gratifying because they are quick to knit - i think the last thing i knitted was prairie's afghan - oh and my winter greens! speaking of - i hope those of you in the snow are tucked up warm and cozy!