22 Sep

A Little Progress

Based in no small part on my frustration the other day, I was desperate to finish a project. So, when I made my weekly trip to check our mail box on post and found that the white fabric-covered wire I finally broke down and ordered had arrived, I dropped everything to make button flowers:

Felt Vase with Button Flowers

My little felt vase has been sadly empty since I made it last winter in a frenzy of felting. I always envisioned a simple, graphic arrangement like this in it, but didn’t want green wire. I haven’t been able to find any around here, so I finally ordered it. I hate leaving my little town since it has almost everything I need within walking distance (my needs are pretty simple, especially since I don’t need a fabric store soooo much anymore), so internet shopping fills in the blanks well for me.

On the quilt front, I finished the hand stitching on “Raps” and started machine quilting the log cabins that weren’t seed-stitched. I wasn’t satisfied with how it was going and spent the afternoon yesterday picking out the stitching. Yes, there seems to be a theme here. But, after the kids went to bed, I sat back down at the machine, slowed it’s speed down and mine, and finished off the quilting! I plan on binding it at Craft Day tomorow and checking that quilt off my To Do list!

Speaking of stuff arriving in the mail, this neat birthday gift arrived from a way-cool auntie:

Guess what this is!

What, you don’t recognize this? It’s a high tech ant farm and it was the huge hit of the week. We filled it with ants from our front walkway as soon as it arrived and they quickly went to work enlarging a starter tunnel. But, they are small ants and they seem to have escaped out the small air holes. By today we were down to about 6 ants from 20. (I don’t want to know where the others are in our house!) Our task now is to find a colony of larger ants somewhere to re-populate the farm.

5 thoughts on “A Little Progress

  1. Magical ants — so very cool!

    I find humor in your sewing and ripping. What’s worth doing is worth doing right — and worth doing a couple of time, apparently! When do we all get to see photos of it?

    And the “flowers” — very nice. Did you get any help in making them, either from small people or a furry friend?

  2. Nice flowers – I´m glad to see your vase happy finally 😀
    Why don´t you go to the forest to get a couple of ants from one of the enormous ant hills they have in the coniferous forest up there around the mountains? They are pretty big and veeery busy right now getting everything ready for winter. Can´t wait to see Raps later on today!!

  3. I love your button flowers. So cute. We have lots of large ants that make huge anthills here on our property. You are welcome to as many as you want as long as you come and get them. The post office might not look kindly on sending them through the mail, esp if it involves crossing borders!

  4. I have perfected the technique of unsewing. I ususally get in a rush and put the pedal to the metal and lose control! Love the button flowers. Steph, M & M and I are going to the Flock and Fiber show today. I will come home with roving and some felting tools!

  5. Love your button flowers; and I enjoy your realistic sense of humor…thanks—As we have not perfected reality food a la computer valet, I leave you with Jeanne’s recipe from http://spiralj.blogspot.com/
    You have made my day…..

    9″ deep dish pie shell, baked and cooled
    8 oz. fontina cheese, cubed (OK to substitute Gruyere, etc.)
    1 1/2 cups seedless red grapes
    1/2 cup milk
    6 Tbl flour
    4 Tbl brown sugar
    2 Tbl yellow cornmeal
    2 eggs
    Rosemary sprigs if desired

    Sprinkle half the cheese cubes in the bottom of the crust.
    Arrange grapes over cheese.
    Top with reamining cheese cubes.
    In a mixing bowl, whisk together milk, flour, 2 Tbl brown sugar, cornmeal, and eggs.
    Pour mixture over cheese and grapes.
    Sprinkle with remaining 2 Tbl brown sugar.
    Bake at 375* about 50 minutes, until filling is set.
    Remove from oven and top with rosemary sprigs while tart is still warm.
    Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

    6 – 8 servings

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