Thursday, June 18, 2015

it's magic .....

Thanks to Jackie I learned how to make hexies from circles and it's magic!!!!  Now I'm hooked on making them and I've even come up with a few ideas for using them.^^

Here's a bird house that my fella made - he started fiddling in his shop one day and this was the result.  It has logs on two sides and shake shingles.  ^^

It's been very dry and quite windy and sometimes the smoke from the forest fires that are northwest of us is heavy.  When I had to take refuge from the wind whilst at the cabin this book was a delightful companion - it was such a good read that I may have taken refuge more often than necessary.   ^^

I found this tin at the landfill when I was dropping off a bag of garbage - there it was right at my feet. ^^  I took it home and gave it a good scrubbing; my fella took care of a dent in it; then I cleaned up some of the rust and sealed it.  A 500 ml water bottle, with the top cut off, fits quite nicely inside so that I can use it as a vase.  A E McKenzie has been a seed company in Manitoba for over a century and this can was one they offered to celebrate their 100th birthday in 1996.  I've learned to live with the dandelions this year ....don't they look pretty with the irises.

Monday, June 8, 2015

dandelion jelly

For ages I've had a recipe for dandelion blossom jelly.  With beautiful big blossoms on the dandelions this year and knowing they hadn't been sprayed I set about picking them.  It didn't take long to pick the blossoms but it was tedious to remove any green parts that came with them.  I was quite expecting the juice from boiling them to be the beautiful yellow of the blossoms - wrong .... it was more greenish.  I was somewhat skeptical but carried on and made the jelly with the addition of pectin and lots of sugar and a wee bit of yellow food colouring. ^^  Much to my surprise and delight the jelly is absolutely delicious!!  The recipe suggested it would be good with chicken but after sampling it we know it's good with and on many things including toast.  If you'd like the recipe just let me know. 

And last but not least - a hearty thank you to my new followers.

Monday, June 1, 2015

thinking Summer ....

This is my newest table mat, candle mat, wall hanging mini quilt ......  ^^

This one is now living at at the cabin.  Since I'm not sure if I want to hang it or use it as table mat I added triangles at the back for hanging. I think it would look nice on the verandah. The stitching design was one I found on Pinterest and I don't  know who is the designer.