Wednesday, April 17, 2013

TUSAL April 2013

Here is my TUSAL (Totally Useless Stitch-a-Long) for April...better late than never!
In jar, you will find bits from these current projects...
...The Primitive Hare's "Red Riding Hood"

...Affinity's Riverbank Cottage...

...and Carriage House Samplings, "Enchanted"....

If you want to participate in this fun TUSAL, just click your way over to It's Daffycat!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Carriage House Samplings "Enchanted"

What a quick little project!  
This is Carriage House Samplings, "Enchanted".
I have stitched several Carriage House Samplings projects in the past, including...1814 Butterfly Collection, Sarah Hook, Halfpenny Pasture...and have several more patterns in my stash...(Wow...I didn't realize how attracted I am to  the Carriage House designs!)...and of the bunch, this little pattern has been the quickest stitch, taking about 3 weeks start to finish.  (I am not a rapid needle!)
It was a very pleasant project, which I stitched on Lakeside Linen in "Dill", 40 count.

I changed the the original pattern, as you can see, replacing the date with a Bible verse that kept running through my head as I stitched, Psalms 42:1.  How lucky to be able to use the same numbers as in the pattern!  I just had to figure out a way to fit 'Psalms' into the small space.  Abbreviating worked.

Then I added my initials...
...and was happily finished.

If you want a project you don't have to think about much and is completely relaxing, this is the pattern for you.

Pattern (at time of my purchase): $10.00
11.5" x 12" piece of Lakeside Linen, 40 ct.:  $6.38
Regular ol' DMC called for in the pattern: under $2.00

If you have any Carriage House Samplings recommendations, I'd love to hear about them and see links to your posts!  

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

All I See Are Ingredients!

I knew that my Millennial Generation kids had grown up without the wisdom of "The Andy Griffith Show", "Wild Kingdom", "The Wonderful World of Disney", "The Merv Griffin Show"...."Gilligan's Island" ...but I assumed the difference was technological. (They watch everything online!)

The other day my youngest daughter opened the pantry door and exclaimed, "There is nothing to eat!  All I see are ingredients!"  (Granted, she is a college senior and that phase of life is notoriously fast food heavy.)  At first I had a pretty good laugh, but then I was a little disturbed.
Maybe I should have brought them into the kitchen to help more often?  At this point in the game, they should be getting in there and using those "ingredients" to make some pretty yummy stuff! (My sister and I used to make cookies all the time!  Not the healthiest, but at that age...I suppose it's not to be expected.)

Anyway...I thought I'd share my "pantry of ingredients" with you today...and maybe you'll see more...or not?...

Top shelf...
 ...paper towels, sweeteners, miscellaneous box goods.

Second shelf...

...nuts and seeds (some soaked and some in waiting), steel cut oats, grits, other cereals, nutritional yeast, cacao and miscellany.

Third shelf...
.. here I keep tomato products, coconut milk, home dehydrated items, home canned goods, and in the bin are assorted dried fruits and pastas.

Fourth shelf...
...this is where you'll find mostly store bought canned goods, along with "Rice-a-Roni"-type box rice.

Fifth shelf...
...rice, oatmeal, and mainly condiments.

Ground floor...
...oils, wine, juices, some snacks, wheat berries, potatoes, etc...!

I keep a pretty well stocked pantry.  Along with what's in my fridge, freezer, and on my spice shelf, there isn't much I couldn't tackle, if I wanted.  

I have been trying to transition over to a more traditional diet, having been inspired by Sally Fallon's "Nourishing Traditions" and Wardeh Harmon's site at, so there is quite a mash up on my shelves yet.

I guess I feel better.  
I think I'll be asking for "help" in the kitchen more will be good for all of us...resistance is anticipated.  I think I've messed up on those teachable moments in this department.  Although, to be fair, daughter number 3 is my adventurous one in the kitchen...she does like to try new things and loves my spice rack.
It's never too late...right?!