Monday, August 29, 2011

Sewing In The Great Outdoors

I probably never would have thought of this on my own… While we were camping at my parents’ creek property, my sister’s and I had a sewing day at my aunt and uncle’s house right next door. Since she was watching the grandkids, she put us out on a big table on the deck. It was so peaceful and inspiring to sew while watching the river flow by and hear the wind in the trees!

Then I thought, “I have a deck. Why don’t I ever sew out on my deck?”

Saturday was one of the few hot sunny days we’ve had all summer but I really wanted and needed to do a bit of sewing. So I drug all my sewing stuff up to the deck and set myself up on the patio table. It was lovely, and much cooler than in the house! The breeze was lightly blew, the birds were singing in the trees… I should always sew outside in the summer!

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My outdoor sewing set-up

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The view from my Elna

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The daunting pile of already-cut-out cozies to be sewn

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The first of three cozies I finished!

I’m so looking forward to my next free sunny day to do some more sewing on the deck! Having all those pins and needles out of doors must have attracted this big guy to our yard, because he showed up later that evening… ;o)

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Our first porcupine!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Paper Plate Baskets

I still had berries coming out my ears and picked two ginormous bowls of peas AGAIN today (I just picked two huge bowls on Friday) and was wondering what to do with them all… I should have been thinking of ways to preserve or prepare them but instead I thought of the cute craft I found on Pinterest (where else???)! And instead of getting to doing something with my bountiful produce right away, I instead set out to make a set of these darling baskets to display it in for a picture for my blog…

The original idea and directions are from and you can click HERE to see them. The only thing I want to add is how to draw your grid on the plate.

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First trim your edge.

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Then line up the edge of your ruler to the edge of the inner circle and draw your line. Do that on all four sides and you have your box drawn right in the middle (or really darn close)!

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Cut on every other line just to the square in the middle.

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Fold in the sides, secure with paper clips and then wrap it with decorative tape to hold it all together.

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They look so darling with fresh produce but would look equally sweet with homemade cookies or candies or any other thing you can imagine…