Saturday, October 31, 2015

Lefty the Snowman

 Picking up mistakes and failure scraps from the week, I came up with Lefty (for leftovers).  I hate wasting anything, the head was a little misshapen and the coat just didn't work for what I planned.  The little buttons I ordered for my dolls turned out to be micro-mini because I didn't check the size.  Once I found a needle that would go through the tiny holes, they worked well for his smile.  They were ordered from
The tags I ordered with Jackie in mind for her snowmen, but I tried them out on a brown paper bag cardstock.  They are from  Both these places have some interesting things to play with.

I haven't opened my Halloween candy, I don't dare.  I am hoping it doesn't rain for the kids.  Happy Halloween to y'all.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Summer Salsa and a Town Peddler Visit

 This is my friend Jackie's booth.  It looks really good, all bright with the fall colors and orange lights.  What!!! Those snowmen have sneaked in to steal attention.  The lower right corner has Stella's afgans in the chair and her picture is nearby on the window frame.
I have rearranged mine until all the dolls are very confused.  It is still in process, right now pretty bland.  The pilgrims said they hope all the fuss about them being bad goes  away because they are really good Methodists.

Thank you for your comments about the Flower House.  I still have some pictures I want to post, they will be nice to have on hand for some  bleak winter day.  Thank you Ma for being so sweet about my pictures with the scratched lens, as long as we get the idea I love everyone's pictures. 

One more thing, I am posting theSALSA RECIPE for Kynda because her friends loved the sample.  I see that the search on my blog does not bring it up,  Happy Halloween time.


8 cups peeled tomatoes (I use the food processor to chop everything.)
1 or 2 cups of seeded chopped jalepenos (use your gloves).
2 cups chopped onion (use the cheap yellow ones, about 4 or 5)
8 cloves garlic, minced (I usually add a bit more)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (just slice thinly)
1 tablespoon salt
3/4 cup cider vinegar (use the good stuff)
1/4 cup lime juice (one or two limes)

Put all together in a large pot.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes.  Pour hot salsa into pint jars and seal with two piece caps.  Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.  Makes 4 to 5 pints.

Over the years I have tweaked this recipe a bit and you may also.  I drain the tomatoes after chopping them to get a  thicker salsa.  (I made only 70 pints this year, down from 82 last year.) I hope you enjoy making Summer Salsa.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Flower House

There are so many pictures of the Flower House online,  For good ones go to #FlowerHouse.  These pictures are not recommended because my camera has a scratched lens, and the photographer (me) took a lot of pictures that included donuts, people eating donuts, people selling donuts and portapottys  in them.  .

We were taken in the house in designated time groups and had twenty minutes to tour.  You could have easily stayed several hours and twenty minutes and not be satisfied that you saw all the amazing flowers.  The event was sold out early.  I wish everyone who loves flowers could have been there.
 This was my favorite room where the artist used lots of vegetables with the flowers.  The room was filled and this is just one little section.
 I really liked all the branches and limbs in the arrangements, I guess "the wispy look".  I had a big bunch of limbs to throw out here at home, but maybe I won't.
A bad pic, but you can see the bed made from tree limbs. I have been really busy sewing this week and should have been able to come up with a better post. It was amazing.  I hope someone will do a Flower House in your city.

Monday, October 12, 2015

We drove by to see the "Flower House" yesterday.  By the end of the week this house will be in full bloom, so stay tuned to see what the florists create.

and then Oh My.....Sister Pie.  In West Village, Detroit, lemon pie to die for.  Happy Monday.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

What flower do you see?

Just a few days now and we will have so much fun together.  This will be Kynda's first visit since her retirement.  This is one of her creations sitting on an old mirror that was my Dad's.  Cockscomb, which I can never grow, coleus leaves, sedum and those beautiful zinnias. Have a wonderful Wednesday all.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Eat and Have Fun at Patti's...

If you are ever in Grand Rivers Kentucky, you have to stop at this place.
If you happen to see these beautiful children, they are my great-grandchildren!
And take home a bottle of Patti's Special Seasoning.