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Aug 24, 2016

Mini Wednesday

Hi there! It seems I'm only able to post mid week these days.
First, desertskyquilts helped me name this mini. Many thanks to my wonderful blogger friend!!
Meet "Green Pastures"

Here's the latest creation.
 & a bit of the process.
I'm so happy to be using even the smallest scraps.

I've used a sky background & fussy cut clouds from another scrap.

Finally, and you really have to squint, I added tiny birds to make things a bit more interesting.
I'm naming this one "Long Journey Home."





Aug 16, 2016

Trouble In The Meadow & Peach Fuzz Jelly

Just when it seems life slows down around the farm something always happens.
 The neighbor's cows got into Mr. Cowboy's hay meadow & he needed help shooing them back toward the dry creek bed they came through. He had some choice words that don't bare repeating as I put me boots, gloves, hat and any other protective gear I could think of to wear. 
We commenced to shooing them home with a stray here and there attempting to grab a bite before they had to go home. That wasn't too terribly bad but mending that gap was no fun for this old girl. Barbed wire is strong, sharp & tricky to handle. Neither one of us enjoyed the process or the heat but we got it done.

Then it was onto the peach fuzz jelly. Yep, you heard correctly. At least that's what I've named my jars. 
I found the recipe via Blind Pig & The Acorn, which lead me to Raising Homemakers by Carmen (Sorry, I don't have the link to that blog but I wanted to give full credit to her and Blind Pig. I was so happy to find this great recipe which allows you to use ever bit of the peach. I printed off the recipe and am providing it below.


Peach Jelly by Carmen
  • 4 cups peach juice (see below)
  • 1 package of pectin (I really like Kroger brand!)
  • 1/2 tsp. butter
  • canning jars, bands and lids (new lids!)
  • 5 1/2 cups sugar

To make peach juice place the peach pits and skins in a pot and cover with water.  (I had about 15-20 peaches so this batch of juice made enough for two batches of jelly and then some.) Turn the burner on high.  Once it starts boiling, turn it down to medium/low and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.  Let it cool a bit.  (I had to wait for hubby to get back from running errands, one of which was buying more sugar for me, so my juice sat a few hours.)  Then strain the juice.  You’ll need 4 cups of juice for a batch of jelly. (If you have less than 4 cups of juice…like 3 or so, it will work if you add water to it to make 4 cups, but I wouldn’t use more that one cup of water.)
Place the juice, butter (keeps the jelly from foaming), and pectin powder in the pan. See how big of a pan I use? It’s a must or you are going to get splattered with very hot jelly later in the process.  Stir it on high heat until it boils.  A full rolling boil.
Add the sugar all at once and stir.  Keep stirring until it gets to a full rolling boil like in the picture above.  You want it to boil like that for 1 minute. (Keep stirring…you don’t want the bottom to scorch.)  Then take it off the heat and set a timer for 5 minutes. During that time I take all my jars very carefully out of the water.  I use a long skinny wooden spoon and pair of hefty tongs to do this.  I set them on a towel on the counter upside down.  Then I set the pan of jelly on a hot pad right next to them on the counter.  I also set the lids and bands next to those.
When the five minute timer is up I skim the top of the jelly.  There will be a bit of foam, but not nearly as much as if you hadn’t put the butter in.  Set a jar next to the pot, put the funnel on, and funnel jelly into the jar leaving 1/4 – 1/2 inch head space.  Move on to the next jar until all are full.  
Once the jars are all full I wipe the rims of the jars with a hot damp dishrag.  You may need more than one, depends on how messy you were filling the jars.  *smile*  Next take a lid out of the water and dry it off with a clean towel, set it on the jar, take out a band, dry it off, then screw it on the jar.  Make sure it’s tight.  Set jars upside down on a clean towel. Repeat until all jars are tended to.  Place the jars 1 inch apart. Once the last jar is flipped upside down set the timer for 5 minutes. (This helps seal the lids.) After 5 minutes flip them right side up and in an hour or so you’ll hear little pops.  Check all the lids in a few hours to make sure the lids are sealed. If you can press on the lid gently and there’s some give then you need to pop that one in fridge and use within a few weeks.  There’s no need to process the jelly/jam if your jars, lids and band are sterile and hot and your jelly/jam is hot.  I know what some people say.  I have done this for a few years now and never had a problem with my jelly/jam.
Note: I did not follow all the directions to Carmen's recipe. I went with my old way to place jars in hot bath for 10 to 12 minutes but the results were great.
Many thanks to Blind Pig and Carmen for this fantastic recipe!!



Aug 10, 2016

Mini Wednesday, Late In The Day

I came back to my favorite thing...fence building. Not the actual process which is back breaking, sweaty & totally Mr. Cowboy's thing!!

Allowing some of the rails to lean adds interest & the knowledge that this fence hasn't been tended in some time.


The old wagon wheel kicks this mini ups notch. I haven't named this one. Any ideas??

Stain Glass caught my eye again so I played around a bit.

I decided on the above background then started placement.

I added a bit of greenery & titled this one "Peace."
I really need to get quilting...eeeeeeek!






Aug 9, 2016

Placed!

I received a 3rd place ribbon for my "E Pluribus Unum" quilt. I was so happy because there were loads of gorgeous quilts.

Aug 4, 2016

Mini Woos on a Monday No Less

I've been in a strange place when it comes to my latest mini. So much so that I pulled out half of my landscaping stash just to do auditions.


I liked the way things were going at this point.


This was where things started to go way wrong.

I like this one but Mr. Cowboy didn't.

This was interesting but a bit busy.

I made a choice & stuck with it before I got buried under the entire stash!

Final outcome...."Wood & Stone," is its title. Sigh!!







Aug 3, 2016

Heipful?

The other day I was watching the News when  the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, said that the Zika carrying misquito only travels 164 yards in its lifetime. Is that helpful? I guess so but I'm praying that folks in Florida & wherever the Zika misquito is found are getting the help they need.

Mini Wednesday

I've been busy making minis!!
I love the sky background and have used it often.

I've titled it "Swan Lake"
 
Something for summer and hot weather is a beach scene.
It took awhile to choose fabric for the table.

Here's my refreshing drink idea.

I've named this one "Relaxing at the Beach"
Now I'm off to a beef cattle short course at a local college with Mr. Cowboy!






Jul 19, 2016

Mini Wednesday, Finally!

Greetings everyone!!!
 It's been awhile since I've posted anything with sewing ideas but today I finally get to show what I had a bit of time to accomplish between baling hay and cooking for Mr. Cowboy and his hands.
Warning.....this post is photo heavy.
Imagine me with a skillet in one hand and fabrics in another and an idea in my head. It was madness, I tell you. I'd been surfing the Net the other day and daydreaming about my new book, Landscaping Art Quilts, Step-by-Step" by Ann Loveless.

 For some reason, I've been into old trucks. I found a clipart truck that caught my eye and my head nearly exploded with a notion.
I'm using a brown grunge fabric and some old landscaping fabrics from my stash.

As always, I love to take photos when developing a project.

Watching the progress inspires me to do the best I can.

Mr. Cowboy came in from the fields and caught me playing....oh dear. He just laughed and told me to continue after I fed me, of course.

Back from feeding the masses, now I get to play with the background.

I'm not certain about that brown strip or the dotted green fabric.


I'm still not happy with the church area. Time for some sort of change.

Better!!

I decided to add my signature "fence" to the scene.


I've added and blended the wild flowers around the truck. Believe it or not, Mr. Cowboy had that idea.


Close-up of the church roof. I used a black marker along with a silver one.
I don't know if you can see the head-lights but I used a fine marker to draw in the cracks.
Of course I'll have to find the time to get this all stitched down and quilted one of these days but I was so glad to get to create something.


Jul 14, 2016

Belly of the Beast

That's Mr. Cowboy working on something inside one of his balers while I stand back chewing on my nails ready to pounce & grab him in case he gets stuck. I've watched TV shows where that sort of thing happened & no one was around to help. Luckily, all went well & the baler is up & running. Hay season is hard work with long hours. I've been busy in the kitchen cooking meals for the workers. No wonder sewing isn't in my near future.
What is everyone else up to??

Jul 11, 2016

So Soothing

I don't know what's wrong with me these days but sewing is the last thing on my mind. It's not like me one bit. Even mom is a little concerned but I'm just not interested. The other day Mr. Cowboy and I were near our pond. He was cutting a hay field so I wondered off to a nearby tributary to a creek and videoed  the following. I could have listened it that for hours.
I suppose I'm reflecting about my life and family or I'm just being lazy. Whatever, I'm enjoying these wonderful July days. Remarkable, the temperature is about 88 degrees. Unheard of in Texas in July.

Jul 6, 2016

It's Been Awhile

Greetings blogger friends! It's been awhile since I've posted. I've been very busy working on my family's history, developing the family tree and looking thru photos. It's time consuming but I've learned a lot. Mom's memory is great for her age of 82. She only need a magnifying glass to see some of the older photos. We laughed a great deal as the stories pour out.

That's me at ten near our two room school. I have fond memories of those days.

Jun 22, 2016

Mini Wednesday

So, I'll still here but doing very little sewing. However, I am getting some time in the old sewing room.
Again, I was surfing the Net the other day and ran across an interesting clip-art of the earth. The following is my interpretation of said clip-art.

I chose one of my favorite green fabrics to do the greenery.

A brown for the trunk and branches of the tree was next.

I have been waiting to use this blue fabric for some time and this project was perfect for it.
 
Now for the really fun part; cutting out, placing and moving things around.

Things are looking good. Can you spot and recognize the land masses?

I added land for the tree to rest upon. And once again, I have not stitched or quilted yet. Maybe after the Fourth of July things will settle down when family goes back home and I have time to myself.
 
 

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Don't count the days, make the days count!

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