Sunday, July 28, 2013

I just finished sewing the cutest Halloween Apron and matching oven mitts

 I was so excited I could hardly contain myself while my husband took photos for me.  I purchased the pattern  - "My Little Apron" by Whimsicals. And the mitt pattern is "Rick Rack Oven Mitt" by Red Maple Quilt Co. The fabric designer is called RileyBlakeDesigns.

See? Sew cute right? These oven mitts are made from scraps.

This is the inside - a layer of muslin, 1 layer of unbleached cotton batting, 1 layer of insul-batting - the best price is at JoAnn's armed with a great coupon, and then the last is the layer of beautiful fun fabric. You'll need a little extra for a tab and to bind the edge. One side is plain and the other side I added the spider web fabric and some green ric-rac ribbon.

See, one side is plain. And you see the other side before I added the ric-rac. 

And I was just getting ready to add the ric-rac and start sewing all the pieces together. 

This is of course the front of the apron and this side has pockets and the lovely spiderweb trim.  I purchased my fabric at My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe in Logan.

You can see the bib better in this photo.  And those of you who know me, know its a big deal for my hair to be wavy.  This is the longest it's been in over 7 years thanks to going bald with cancer treatment.  

This apron is reversible and so this is the other side.  No cute spider web trim at the bottom and no pockets.  You really could get creative and make this other side something completely different. 

I think I may have to be a Kitchen Witch for Halloween this year.  I have my hat and a black dress but that is it. I think I need to sew a great 50's inspired dress to go with this.

What's growing in my garden right now?

 my asiatic lilies

  baby pumpkin

  day lily
 asiatic lily


day lily

day lily



Some grapes- yay!

Why are most of my grape plants dying off?

green beans

tomato plants


asiatic lilies


purple day lilies

red asiatic lilies

Friday, July 26, 2013

Parrots and the pea patch

 Instead of heading into town to watch the big fireworks display, we sat on the slope in our backyard and shelled peas until it was too dark and then we watched the display from the comfort our quilts.

Kiwi helped eat peas while I picked peas and ripped out the remaining plants.

Mambo sat nearby and watched.

But the temptation was too much and Mambo wanted some peas too. 

The celery is doing well, even since I cut back on the watering.

And the broccoli was delicious.

We had several stacks this big.  We shelled and shelled peas.

I had some great little helpers! 

Mambo loves riding on Dad's shoulder, especially when he has on this red shirt.  

And maybe you can tell from this photo but we added a second propane tank and had it filled.  It was about a dollar a gallon and we figure with prices lower than they've been in a couple of years, it would be a great idea to have enough to keep us from having to buy it when the prices are really high.

The summertime lettuce is doing well.  It can handle the heat of the summer.  In fact, I need to go pick some for a picnic dinner - we've been asked to bring the salad.