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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August thoughts from Alaska....

Hi everyone - still enjoying the beauty and wonder of the 49th state. Just a brief posting as wi-fi is so iffy.

Wanted to share a very fun evening my daughter-in-law, Jena and I had last Saturday at the home of Alaska Art Experience.

Jena is 2nd from the left and I am 2nd from the right..

Photo by Dave Murrow

A group of us learned how to paint on silk scarves - Gina, our instructor, is an artist of many talents and loves to use silk as one of her mediums. We painted creekside with the sound of rushing water as our music. A perfect Alaskan evening...new friends, a lovely meal and a unique memory to bring home.

Our return journey begins next week - wish we could stay longer...

Pat in Palmer, Alaska

View from our rv


 

 

 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Recharging the batteries...

....going to take a break from blogging for awhile....

Back later...


Pat

 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy 4th of July America!

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday...


As for my week - to go with that "Relax" pillow I made recently, the intention is to continue along those same lines.. Found this little iron sign at a Herb Fest that I attended...it just had to find a spot in the garden..

To all my Canadian readers - Happy Canada Day!

Have a great week everyone!

Pat



 

 

 

 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Slow going with reverse stitching...

Just discovered Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching- how could I have missed this before? Everything lately has been slow stitching and way too much reverse sewing. Among the slow projects is this center for a quilt called Drayton Hall by Di Ford. Those 3 pieces off by themselves are little birdie parts looking for a new place to land after being "unsewn".

New to broderie perse, the number of pieces that have been appliqued and then removed or repositioned are numerous - making for very slow stitching indeed. Eventually, this will be an almost complete circle with a slight opening at the top...but in the meantime...slow and steady is the way things go at Taylorsoutback.

Thank you for dropping by!!

Pat

 

 

 

 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Relax...

....bought some craft burlap, an inexpensive set of stencils and green spray paint..

Used an old pillow for inside...some quick sewing..

And now if I can find the time, there is a comfy cushion for my tired back.

Guess I had better start making an effort to relax, with newly diagnosed elevated blood pressure (just one more pill to add to the collection - great)

Wishing each of you a relaxing weekend..

Pat

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Carpe Diem...

.....it is the beginning of summer here in Wisconsin.. June is just about the most perfect month in my humble opinion. Powder blue skies, puffy clouds...comfortable days and cool nights for sleeping. Everything is new green and the pond is high...young life abounds ...

Outdoor projects come together after a start last Fall...

My herbs are doing a happy dance because their feet are no longer in clay soil that is either hard baked or soggy following any rain...this is their new home..

Loving the blue lupines along the back - special to me - seeds were brought back from one of our Alaska trips...

A little clump of marigolds, chervil and basil seedlings by the potting shed porch...

Miss Kim lilacs in bloom...a delicate fragrance hangs in the evening air...

Somehow, I got distracted from unsewing borders (more on this another time)

...watching our family of goslings with their attentive parents.

I did manage to finish Block #6 on the Benjamin Biggs Wedding Quilt - this was an enjoyable bit of applique to do...

...so happy you stopped by to share this day in June...hoping wherever in the world you are that the day is good for you.

Pat

 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Violets in the morning.. Part 2

Okay...those violet blossoms sat all night and the liquid turned an inky, murky blue-green.

Using a strainer...drain the liquid into another glass container and discard the blossoms.

Add 4 tablespoons of pure lemon juice and look at the magic - the infusion changes into a lovely deep violet.


Have your clean jars ready...

Pour the infusion into a non-reactive kettle - enamel is always good. Slowly add 1 package of Sure-jel stirring constantly until thoroughly dissolved.

Bring to a boil. Add 4 cups of sugar - again slowly, stirring constantly. (I found this to be important in avoiding clumps of sugar in earlier batches.) Bring to another boil and cook for 1 minute - continuing to stir. Mixture will begin to thicken. Immediately ladle into the glass jars and wipe rims carefully if needed. Place lids on each jar and tighten. I let my jelly stand for a while to cool and set and then keep stored in frig.

Violet Jelly! ... Tastes like a delicate honey with a hint of the violet flowers. A jar makes a thoughtful and unique gift.

Back soon with flowers of a different kind...

Pat