Simplicity 1062

Simplicity 1062

I love this pattern! The top is cute, but perhaps even more importantly, this pattern did not make me cry. That seems to be the standard by which I measure sewing patterns. The neck band took me a minute to figure out, but that’s the norm for me. As you may recall, I treated myself … Continue reading

Quick Saturday Afternoon Pillows

Quick Saturday Afternoon Pillows

Since it’s still about 95 degrees in the shade here in Jacksonville, I’m spending as much time indoors as possible this weekend. This afternoon’s quick and easy (indoor) project was making pillows for the futon in our living room. I hope to replace the futon with a lovely sectional one of these days, but until … Continue reading

Robot Baby Blanket

Robot Baby Blanket

No, I did not make a quilt! I’m off quilts for a while, remember? This was a very simple baby blanket. I bought this robot print flannel the day after Thanksgiving when flannel was around $1.25 a yard at Jo-Ann Fabrics. I didn’t know what I would do with it at the time, but it was … Continue reading

4th of July Pie

4th of July Pie

Martha Stewart’s pate brisee has never let me down. The only thing I do differently is to use Earth Balance instead of butter, which works just fine. When I make pate brisee, I always make two batches so that I can keep one in the freezer (for pie emergencies, of course). It’s nice to not have … Continue reading

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Well, this is strange. This post was scheduled to appear about a month ago, but I just realized that it never did! Good grief. The following post is from the end of June: Last weekend, Chris and I visited Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville. It was a brutally hot day, but the gardens are gorgeous. … Continue reading

Recent Vintage Finds

Recent Vintage Finds

I didn’t go on a shopping spree! I’m sharing some odds and ends that I’ve bought over the last six months or so. I absolutely did NOT need another vintage purse, but I found this at a thrift store for $3. SOLD. I bought a similar bag for Mom last year, but hers is all … Continue reading

New Fabric for a New Job

New Fabric for a New Job

I haven’t bought fabric in a while, so this is a special treat. Last week, I accepted a new job teaching high school English here in Jacksonville! As many of you know, I was a teacher before, but I have been out of the classroom for a few years. Now that I’m in a new … Continue reading

I finished the end table!

I finished the end table!

As you may recall, I bought a sweet little end table at an antique store here in Jacksonville not long after we moved. Slowly but surely, I’ve been refinishing it. The sanding process is always the worst, but I finally finished that last weekend. All that was left was to stain and lacquer it. I … Continue reading

Meal Prep – Week 2

Meal Prep – Week 2

I’m planning and prepping this week’s meals again! So far, I love doing this. Here’s this week’s plan: Monday lunch says “leftover mix” because we’re in Charleston this weekend, and I have no idea what we’ll eat on Sunday night. Sometimes lunch is an assortment of odds and ends left in the fridge, and that’s … Continue reading

Mom’s Quilt

Mom’s Quilt

I’ve said it before, but I mean it this time: I really need to take a class if I’m going to keep making quilts! I have made three quilts now – four, if you count a practice duvet that I made for myself – but I still don’t feel very confident. First Second Third I … Continue reading