I was surprised today by a friend stopping by. She brought me a super yummy gift.
Thank you "E" for your thoughtful gift. She knows I can't have dairy. I am very appreciative of her kindness.
One of my latest projects is knitting preemie hats and booties for the local hospital. I found a group of ladies doing this and volunteered.
Still have some sewing to do...
My goal is to make one hat and bootie a day.
They are so tiny and don't take long to do!
We went to the annual Methodist garage sale on Friday. I didn't find anything I was looking for- donut cutter and mini loaf pans. I checked out the craft section and came home with a knitting basket, (I've always wanted one but all I could find were torn and broken. This one is in good shape.) two yellow skeins of cotton yarn for dishcloths, one skein of bulky yarn in a brand I've been wanting to try, four gardening pots perfect for my herbs, and best of all a needle felting kit that came with two needles, a clover needle felted tool, two ounces of wool roving and some sort of doll pin for felting. I just saw the roving and grabbed it not realizing all the treasures inside.
I got everything for $2.75!!!
I've been wanting to make felted flowers for my felted pouches. So very excited to learn how to use it.
My goal each month is to make two shawls to donate to charity. I wasn't able to start on both of them until August 17th due to an illness. I also promised another shawl out in addition to those two. I am pleased that I was able to finish all three by August 31st.
This month I got started on the first day of the month. Picture below in light green. Lacy shawl.
The dark green one has a different border.
I don't know why my pictures are getting rotated. :/
I mailed out one of the felted pouches yesterday and like how it turned out. I love how they always turn out a different size each time.
Started two more shawls this week. One is a lacy one and such a breeze. You can find it on my projects page through Ravelry. Pictures of it later.
The other is the shoulder wrap I've been making bunches of. This yarn was given to me all except the black which I bought. It's red heart soft.
I like it ok. It doesn't make my hands bleed like the super saver does. I'm halfway done with the wrap.
Sorry the pouch pic is upside down!
I had some solar hot water left over this afternoon and decided to use it for the wool pouches I made a long time ago.
I used brown sheep nature spun for the pink one and brown sheep Lamb's pride for the brown one. I had not used Lamb's pride for feel felting before and I have to say I still prefer the nature spun.
I only felt by hand so that may make a difference. All I know is that I'm wore out from those pieces!
After they dry, I'll weave in ends, attach handles and embellish. I wish I had some felting needles or a punch embroidery tool.
Oh well, I'll just hand embroider them instead. Not sure who they will go to when I'm done. Better work on just getting them done first.
I couldn't stand the suspense any longer so I opened up a jar of the cowboy candy i made last week. I tried one straight out of the jar plain and it was delicious! Now I can't wait to eat some with food. It was a bit spicy at first but didn't linger like I thought it would. I wanted to see what I thought of it before i made a dozen or more jars. :-)
Last year, we got a BBQ grill but did not use it. This week we've put it to good use eating most of our meals on it. It sure beats heating up the house!
I picked some zucchini the other day and was surprised to find a giant one hiding in the back.
I'm still amazed at how tall the plants are this year.
We enjoyed the last bit of our lettuce today on some grilled burgers and a salad the night before. The tomatoes are ripening slowly and we eat them as fast as we can.
I've enjoyed the candy onions on burgers and chili dogs. So sweet and tasty!
We grilled some zucchini, Bell peppers, and okra and boy were they delicious!
I've been very pleased with this year's garden. Soon, our beans will be ready to pick.
I'm hoping to can some salsa, diced tomatoes, and zucchini relish this year. Oh, and let's not forget zucchini bread! Yum! Yum!
Last year I had never seen a wild black cherry nor heard of a chokecherry.
But this week I learned how to identify both and now have both kinds in the freezer.
I'm grateful for the knowledge I've learned.
It seems the longer we live here the more I find edible plants and berries. I can't wait to learn more!
Last night we took our evening walk and I picked the last of the wild cherries I'd seen on a previous walk. Not very much, but I froze what I picked.
I found some more berries and started to pick them, but realized they were different.
After our walk, we took a country drive and I was able to gather some mullein flowers.
For the past few years, I've missed the harvest and have not been able to make any infused oil.
I was lucky to have tried some mullein oil years ago for some ear aches I'd been having. Just a few drops is all it took for immediate relief. I realized then I never wanted to be without this awesome oil!
So, last night I started my first batch of it.
In a few weeks, it will be ready. I may even make some salve from it.
I've got some yummy pumpkin bread in the oven right now. I had to revise one of my favorite recipes so I'm anxious to see how it tastes.
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 T. Water
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2+1/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. Baking soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
Spread into greased pan and bake at 350 degrees until done. Mine took 15-20 minutes. I always check with a toothpick.
It turned out great! In fact, I doubled the batch and made more the next day.
I've known about borax as a laundry booster for years but recently discovered it has many more uses.
First of all, I bought some Zote soap for doing laundry with. I grate what I need up and add 1/2 cup of borax to each load. It cleans our clothes well and smells nice too!
If you're the type that likes to see suds in your washing load, don't bother with this recipe. It doesn't create any suds at all. I'll tell you another time about what happens when you mix family members who like suds with someone who uses this recipe- me!
This post is about other uses for borax.
I had a stain on my carpet that other cleaners wouldn't remove. So, I grabbed a wet rag and sprinkled borax on it, then scrubbed the stain. I let it sit awhile and then rinsed and vacuumed up the excess borax. I couldn't believe it- the stain was gone!
I've also used this to clean the wall behind my stove after I've fried some eggrolls. I tried using several brands of degreaser and nothing worked as well as the borax. Sprinkled on a wet rag and scrubbed lightly. Wow! This stuff is amazing! And cheap too!
I've finally climbed my way out of the knitting/crochet rut I found myself in for the past several months.
I'm not sure why I got burned out in the first place, but I'm pleased to say that I'm enjoying knitting again.
I even started a new project last week.
Not wanting my crochet hook to feel left out, I started a prayer shawl yesterday. So far, 11 rows done and only 17 left to go before I'm done!
I'll share a picture of it later this afternoon.
I'm also glad my blogger app is working on my phone again.
Can you guess what I'm knitting?
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