Friday, August 22, 2014

Cowboy Quilt

I've been busy with so much this summer, but I've had time to finish up a few quilts that have been sitting in the closest WAY too long! This one is made from a thrifted cowboy fabric, a few homespuns, and a couple of other stash fabrics.

The top has been finished for a few years. And I had the backing ready, along with the binding. Thank you to Terry for the long-arm quilting.

I made it with the plan of donating it, so now to find it a good home….

Make it a Wonderful Day!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Quickest Peach Cookie Crisp

 Anyone who knows me well has heard me tell about my Nana's Peach Cobbler. It's the best- a deep dish pie really, with only the top crust. She made it in a small dishpan, the fruit-to-piecrust ratio seriously favoring the fruit. It was my favorite dessert growing up.  I've posted my version of her "recipe" HERE.

I've had conversations with friends over the years about what constitutes a cobbler, a crisp, or a crumble. Generally, cobbler is sweet-biscuit topped. A crisp has a coarse topping that include oats, while a crumble is oat-free. My Nana's didn't really fit any of the definitions, with her single pie crust topping.  But she called it a cobbler, and so that's what I call it too.

A few nights ago, I was in the mood for peach cobbler, but didn't want to take the time to make it.
So I came up with a quick version of a crisp using what I had on hand. No, it wasn't just like Nana used to make. But it was pretty delicious. And quick enough to satisfy my late-night sweet tooth without staying up till two.

Quickest Peach Cookie Crisp (Serves 2) 

2 large, ripe, juicy, organic peaches
2 large, soft, oatmeal-raisin cookies
3 Tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon brown sugar

Peel and slice peaches into 2 microwavable bowls. Crumble one oatmeal cookie over each peach. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Gently stir brown sugar into sour cream. Spoon a dollop onto the warm cobbler and enjoy.

Make it a Wonderful Day!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Clay Stamp Cards

Okay, so I know it's August, not December. But maybe this is just the right time to share these with you so you'll be ready for next year! (I, on the other hand, usually wait until the cards should be in the mail to start making them…) 

I used plasticine clay to make the stamps for these. I loved using this technique with my Art Club for a collage piece they made, and decided to try it out for last year's Christmas card.

The neat thing about the clay stamps is that you can just reshape the clay as you go. For this design, I made the branch stamp (inked in dark green)  and a single leaf shape (inked in light green). I just used a pencil eraser for the red berries.

I could stamp a couple of cards before reshaping the clay a bit, but it was super easy to do. Now if I just had a plan for this year's cards….

Make it a wonderful day!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

36-Block 4 Patch, Times Two

It's been a busy few months! My daughter and her husband had twins. I spent 3 weeks with them and their big brother in NYC. And then they all came home with us for a month. And then we went back to NYC for a week.

Can I just tell you, in case you were wondering, twins are awesome!! Oh, and a ton of work. Add a just-turned-two-year-old to the mix and you know we were kept entertained.  I loved being with them.

I made the babies quilts that coordinated- two color ways of a Kaffe print and solids I had on hand.

Baby Girl's quilt is backed with the big floral, Baby Boy got polka dots.

Just wish they didn't live so far away. They're already 11 weeks old today. Time flies. Really!

Make it a Wonderful Day!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Toy Box for Peter

I found this great wooden box while thrifting. (Value Village)

I didn't measure it, but it's a good sized box, perfect for a little boy I know to store his cars and other treasures.

The top was embossed with a logo, but I figured I could work with that. I didn't have a plan when I bought it, but I wound up using a couple of the same techniques I'd used with my Art Club for this project. 

I lightly sanded the top of the box and then added some blobs of acrylic craft paint. 

I used a credit card to scrape the paint over the surface. Once the paint dried, I collaged letters cut free hand from an old street map. I also cut small squares from the map to add as a border (and to cover the logo.)  I added a couple more coats of glossy Mod Podge to make sure they were going to stay put. I gave it to him for Christmas along with some also-thrifted metal Matchbox cars.

And when we visited the grands last month, I saw that Peter was putting his box to good use, filling it with the toys and treasures a boy (who is five years old today!!) loves to keep.

Grand kids grow even faster than your own kids. Did you know that?

Make it a Wonderful Day!