Thursday, August 31, 2017

August Roundup

My birthday month. πŸ˜„

I decided to go ahead & turn 31 on the 15th rather than counting back down to 29 as so many women are prone to do. πŸ˜‰

For the 1st time in my life I spent my bday away from home. 

These chicken jammies {a gift from my sister Beth} came along.

To beautiful Washington state.
We visited Mt. Rainier 

Mt. Saint Helens 

Pike Place Market

We were out there for a wedding. It was my first flight & i loved it! As fun & beautiful as the trip was there is truly no place like home. πŸ’•πŸ‘πŸ’• The weather back in my neck of the woods is unseasonably cool & has me looking forward to Autumn.

I'm excitedly planning colorful wooly makes. I want to make my first crocheted cardigan out of these Cath Kidston colors.

But first I need to make a lil something for my cousin's baby boy who is due any minute.

I'd had a dream of cubbies for all my yarn & some of my tchotchkes too. It's finally come true & it's just as cute as I imagined. {They're only about half filled here.}

Seeing all the colors is really going to spark inspiration I think.

How was your August?
Any big plans for September? 

Michelle πŸ“ 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Timmy Willie's GF Country Berry Scones

My sister Beth is one of the many people that benefits greatly from a Gluten Free diet so I had to be sure to have something yummy at the Beatrix Potter party for her to enjoy. I decided on scones since it was a tea party & I'd been wanting to try my hand at GF scones for a while now. We all loved them, even the gluten eaters, so I'd like to share my recipe with you. 

From Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse"

 1 {16oz} box of GF baking mix 
{I used Aldi's pancakes kind.}

1/4c. Sugar

1/2c. Butter {chilled}

1 {3.5oz} pkg. Dried Blueberries 

1c. Fresh Strawberries  
{cut into bite sized pieces}

3/4c. Milk

3 Eggs

1/2tsp. Vanilla Extract 


Mix together baking mix & sugar in a large bowl. Cut in butter using a pastry blender. Add berries & toss until evenly distributed & strawberries are coated. Mix milk, eggs. & vanilla in a separate bowl very well. Now add this to the flour & berry mixture. Stir with a rubber spatula until well incorporated. Drop by rounded 1/2 cupsful onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 425° F for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown & baked through. This makes about 8 large scones. You could also make them smaller & adjust cooking times accordingly. 

From Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse"

Perhaps you could serve them the next time a friend from the town comes to visit?


Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy 151st Birthday, Beatrix!

Last year on Beatrix Potter's 150th birthday we had an impromptu painting party. It was so much fun that I decided to actually plan one this year! It was so much fun. I think my six wee leetle rabbits enjoyed it very much! I know I did. 

I found a few fun ideas on Pinterest. The little cabbages are oreo truffles in ruffled circles of tissue paper. So easy but so cute! The garden boxes are made from wafer cookies & frosting.

I asked the kids to wear an outfit inspired by their favorite Beatrix Potter character. 

Joel is Tom Kitten

Annelise is Moffat
{Tom's sister}

Jack is Tommy Brock the Badger
{Note his badger shoes}

James is Mr. Tod the Fox

Abbey is Cottontail
 one of Peter's sisters 

Wes is a foxy-whiskered-gentleman too
{And at the age where he gets easily embarrassed by Auntie.}

Oh, & I was Beatrix herself,  of course.


It really was a wonderful party! I'm so glad it worked out. I think we'll do it again next year!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Gone too soon June.

Well, this month just zipped on by!
'Twas a busy month...
All in all a good month.

Made some new cushion designs.

Sewed a strawberry dress with Astrid  {the aqua sewing machine} for...

The vintage sale at which my friend Lily {Mode de Lis} & I shared a booth!

It was so much fun & such a great experience! I would definitely do it again.

Did a bit of thrifting with Momma & found some fun strawberry themed items. πŸ“πŸ˜„

My grandpa had a surgery & a few of us took turns staying overnight there to take care of him & grandma. There's nothing like being away from home to make you appreciate your little dwelling on this earth more. As Miss Read said in Village Diary: 

"With all the windows in the house opened, I sat down with my tea tray and thought how lovely it was to be back. I feel like a sword in a scabbard, I told myself, and instantly decided that a sword was much too dashing. Perhaps a cup, hanging again on its accustomed hook on the kitchen dresser, would be a better simile."

Some happy mail came all the way from England! I ordered a backpack for an upcoming trip out West to Seattle for a wedding in August! Somehow a meter of London print duck cloth found its way into my online shopping bag as well. πŸ˜‰

The 1st Friday of Summer meant the local Old Settlers carnival! Homemade ice cream from a retro looking food truck was a must. I call this one the pb&j: peanut butter ice cream on the bottom & strawberry on the top. πŸ¦πŸ˜‹

Oh, how I love the view from the top of the ferris wheel. 

The brick streets in our little town's square are so charming. 

I love how retro some of the rides are.

I've been working away on two major custom orders. These daisy grannies are for a queen sized bedspread. I'm beginning to see them when I close my eyes. I've never made a blankie this big before. {Good thing I love making these, right?}

And also I'm copying a beloved lacy shrug for a lovely gal I met at the vintage sale! This is the first time I've copied a garment & it's coming along nicely. Lots of counting & recounting stitches & scribbling down notes. I'm rather enjoying the almost magical way simple stitches become something beautiful.


How has your June been?
Do you have any big plans for the Summer?

Hope you're enjoying the long days!
Michelle πŸ“ 

{Ps cushions are available for custom order. $35 + shipping 
And the watermelon version is currently listed in my Etsy shop & ready to ship!}

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pastel Pixies

For the local sale coming up this Saturday I've made some cute granny square pixie bonnets. It's totally the wrong season for them so they very well may not sell well at all, but I thought I'd better strike while the iron of inspiration was hot.

My adorable niece Annelise was an unwilling model. πŸ˜‰

She proved nearly as elusive to photograph as real pixies! 

In fact she outright refused to wear one until her big brother wanted to wear one. James is always a good sport. πŸ˜‚ {Of course I'm saving these pics for blackmail purposes when he's older.}

In any case I managed to get a few cute albeit blurry {from running} pics of the lil stinker.

I'm offering these cuties for custom order.
$20 + $5 shipping within the US
{Contact me for international shipping quote}
Available in Regular, Rose, & Daisy Granny Squares with main color of choice. 
{Daisies not pictured}

Email me at to order.

πŸ’• Michelle πŸ“