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Yellow Soup

February 20, 2009

I’m not officially part of the House On Hill Road yellow week, but how about this buttery cream of potato soup (homemade, of course, <sniff>)?



Relaxing February Evening

February 17, 2009

relaxingAfter a busy weekend and a hectic Monday, I’m glad the temperature is chilly enough for a fire.  I’m an experienced beginner knitter (many scarves) and am tackling this top in 100% cotton (raveled from a thrifted sweater:  see the balls of yarn in the header photo).

Skirt to Shirt

February 16, 2009

Before (thrifted skirt, “on sale,”  buck-fifty)…


After (not very flattering, but I love working with border prints and I like the colors)…


Yet another creative outlet

January 27, 2009

Sometimes I’m here:


Recently some other musicians and I played and sang this song , written by Charles Wesley.  To my mind, it is a perfect combination of clear theology and heart-felt passion:

And can it be that I should gain 
An interest in the Savior’s blood!
Died he for me? who caused his pain!
For me? who him to death pursued? 

Amazing love! How can it be 
That thou, my God, shouldst die for me? 

He left his Father’s throne above
(So free, so infinite his grace!), 
Emptied himself of all but love, 
And bled for Adam’s helpless race.

 ‘Tis mercy all, immense and free, 
For O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay, 
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night; 
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; 

 My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed thee. 

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him, is mine; 
Alive in him, my living Head, 
And clothed in righteousness divine,

Bold I approach th’ eternal throne, 
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Dressed up for church

January 27, 2009

Here is the project which, partly due to its improvisational nature, gave me lots of practice ripping, straightening, trimming and re-sewing.



This is a casserole cozy-caddy.  It is custom-made to carry and insulate a 9×14 glass casserole dish with a thick, sturdy lid.  It’s all dressed up for church, which is where its recipient often totes such dishes.  The outer fabric is from the Michael Miller Farmers’ Market collection, designed by Sandi Henderson.  When you open the handles, you find this:caddy2The caddy is padded with both cotton batting and Insul-Bright, to keep those baked beans warm for a long time.  Here’s a close-up of the button, which is really a light green stacked on a dark green one:caddy11And when you unbutton it, you find … caddy4a red thick sturdy plastic casserole lid that clashes awfully with those cute apple-green prints!

It Works!

January 16, 2009

This is my first try at free motion quilting!  It works!  (Of course, I still need to practice.)


And the reason it works is because of these:


A free-motion embroidery/quilting foot and a cover plate for the feed dogs!  (Can you see them, even though they are clear plastic?)  My wonderful husband gave them to me for Christmas.  How could he know that my email with the very specific Web link to those two machine attachments would lead him to exactly what I wanted?