First finished project of 2016


The first finished project of 2016. I am going to call this one a cheater quilt. The grey and purple fabrics are pre-quilted, double sided pieces that I salvaged from a futon cover I attempted to make ages ago(and then we got rid of the futon). The sashing strips are a green batik fabric, and I used them on the front and back and for the binding.

It ended up being approximately full bed sized. It’s a little short on the sides due to the fabric lengths I had. I’m ridiculously happy that this project is no longer sitting in my craft room closet, and is finally ready to keep us warm this winter.

Garden update

I have tried to grow carrots several times in the past. I never had one bit of success with them. I did some research this year to see if there was a carrot I might have better luck with. One of the carrots I found was the Red Cored Chantenay carrot.

“Introduced from France in the late 1800s. Blocky, broad-shouldered variety with blunt tip, about 5-1/2″ long and 2-1/2″ at the shoulder. Deep orange interior. Adaptable to clay and a wide range of soils. A versatile, good winter keeper that is quite tasty, raw or cooked. Stores well in the ground. Becomes sweeter in storage.”

This is a shorter, stump-shaped carrot that is broad at the top, but tapers into a stump root. It is a great choice to grow in average garden soil. This carrot variety stores well and can be used in all stages.

I read that for years (not sure about now) it was used as the carrot in canned soups etc. It was the go to carrot for the processed food industry.  I thought I might have better luck with this carrot and was able to find seeds at Home Depot.  I didn’t do anything to make the garden soil more carrot friendly so I was a little concerned.

When we went out to check the corn which is planted next to it look what we saw…….orange carrot tops starting to poke out of the soil. I’m super excited about this, almost as excited as I am to see the corn ears starting to come in.



Uncle Magnifico Presto

I bought this gorgeous gentleman this afternoon when I was out running errands.  It is an antique oil painting that has seen better days. The damage isn’t quite so obvious when you look at it from a few feet away and without a light directly on it. Up close you can see the cracks and missing paint.
I decided that he looks like he could have been a Vaudeville magician, or if not an actual magician, a man who would know/enjoy parlor tricks and could keep secrets.
I can’t tell if he is a widow or was jilted by his true love. Hmmm maybe he has a frail, ailing wife who has consumption which gives him the hint of sadness he seems to have. We have named him Uncle Magnifico Presto, and he sort of makes me want a wall of portraits where each person is facing the same way.