Monday, October 25, 2010

CHANDELIER....NUMBER?

Chandelier number 5 wins....only because it is the only one I wanted to afford. It was on sale...and free shipping.....I couldn't justify spending 2-3 times that amount just for a chandelier in my sewing room.
And since I don't know much about photography and lights....you have to see it like this. It looks very bright and sparkly in my room....so cheerful!
I am happy. A bit of sparkle goes a long way!
Now.....what about sewing? I am working very slowly on that darn dot quilt....I ran into a snag with the little center dots.
I ran out of the yellow green...and added two rows to the quilt. So, I must decide how many I want to unpick and what to add that will somewhat match. The nice thing about not having a current deadline for quilts is I am not forced to sew...the bad thing about not having a deadline, is I am not forced to sew. However, the quilt is now on th sewing room floor so I can make a decision....hopefully soon it will be off to the quilter.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

RED--FARM COUNTRY QUILTS?

When I was "OUT AND ABOUT" looking for interesting things in my farm area, I noticed I was drawn to things that were red....you know me and red....well you know I wouldn't find much pink out in the farm lands! I thought this sign would make the beginning of a great applique quilt.
For your city folks, this is an old planter of some kind.

These are grain silos....where the farmer stores his grain (wheat, barley) until he sells it. The red ones are old and made of logs...the grey ones are the newer kind...you have probably seen them if you have been, "OUT AND ABOUT"
Isn't this tractor the best? I can see it as the center block of the quilt.
Okay, I know this isn't farm equipment....except if you are a farmer and have to have water for an emergency...plus it is red...standing all alone, along the rural road next to the grain field.

And then of course, the little brick house with the red door must be in the quilt. Interestingly enough, all these places are within a few miles of each other. You have heard the term, "quilting in the country?" The whole world is a quilt!

Monday, October 18, 2010

COLOR BLOG

I know, I know, everyone thinks I am obsessed with aqua/turquoise...well for the moment I really like it.....I have always liked it....it just wasn't always in fashion! You might really enjoy this blog....choose whatever is your favorite color and find 1000's of pretty things to look at. I thought this pillow was so sweet.... I think I posted about it before.
I thought these rain boots were the greatest! Of course I would show you things from every color; I just happened to click on the aqua box today.
Loved these beads....you could wear them with all kinds of things.
And, if anyone knows me, you know I love pretty shoes....even though I could never wear these now, they would KILL my feet. I still love them....oh what the heck....a few hours of pain for beauty right? LOVED THEM! They also come in black and fuchsia!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

CHANDELIERS AND MORE CHANDELIERS

Chandeliers...what is it about them that is so appealing? This is my personal favorite.
ONE
I don't know, but I really like them. I saw one of the latest House Beautiful Magazines, the article was about a small apartment that had a chandelier in every room...so fun. I have been thinking about them for sometime.

TWO
The article mentioned Lamps Plus as the source for one of the chandeliers, wouldn't this be fun somewhere?
THREE
And don't you like this lovely one? Lamps Plus did NOT disappoint. They have hundreds of lamps and for a great price....many free shipping!

FOUR
Which one is your favorite? I am getting myself one...for my sewing room. I just can't decide which one!

FIVE

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

DOTS IN PROGRESS

Remember these dots....it is turning into a never ending project.
This is how it is progressing.
I love this yellow/green-salmon combination. I had just enough yellow/green to set these squares together.
This is the cover of Quilt that inspired me.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE CAKE

Two years ago, (just about this time of year) I posted about 5 minute chocolate cake. I could not find my recipe, thank goodness for my post. It is so yummy and so FAST. Perfect for this fall type weather.

5MINUTE CHOCOLATE CAKE
4 TB. flour
4 TB. sugar
2 TB. cocoa
1 egg
3 TB. milk
3TB. oil
3 TB. chocolate chips,
optional splash of vanilla
1 large coffee mug
Mix dry ingredients well in mug
Add egg and mix well
Add milk and oil, mix well
Add chocolate chips and vanilla, mix once more
Put cake in microwave for 3 min on high (1000 watts)
Cake will rise up over top of mug, this is okay
Allow the cake to cool a little
Tip cake out onto a plate,
add ice cream and
EAT!



I think you could make this without the cocoa. Add a few spices and some butterscotch or white chocolate chips and have a spice cake....perhaps I will try it. Only 3 minutes of my time.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

CUDDLE SOFT FABRICS

As the sun was going down....earlier now that it is fall....I was thinking about making my living room "cozy" for the winter. So, I decided I want some soft fluffy pillows for my couch.

Maybe a little faux fur.....
LOVE THIS WHITE ONE! Get one here.
Not, faux, but isn't he so cute!
Then I remembered Cuddle Soft by Shannon Fabrics....some call it minki, but Cuddle Soft is one of the biggest brands and has some of the biggest selections. This is a really small picture, but check here for WONDERFUL kits, pre-cut! And videos for instructions. I am off to the store to look for something COZY AND SOFT!

Monday, October 4, 2010

PIONEER APPLE CAKE

Since it is apple season, I wanted to share the recipe for the Ohio Pioneer Apple Cake from my book, Not Your Grandmother's Quilt. The cake is SO delicious and moist, I know you will love it!
This is the Ohio Candy Rose quilt which goes with the recipe. I loved the red and yellow together.
A special THANK-YOU to everyone for being so supportive of my work and my new book, it has been very well received. It has been fun to hear which quilts have been your favorites. Let's all eat CAKE!