Sunday, November 30, 2008


Thanksgiving was a smashing success. Best turkey we've made yet. We dry-brined it for 2 days, and basted it every 30 minutes in a wine and butter mixture. The sides turned out great and there was an immense amount of food even without the brioche rolls I got too tired to make. And with all the food, family, friends, and games I managed to forget to pick-up my camera for even one photo.

Luke's parents stayed with us for the first half of their trip to the States and now are on to his brother and sister-in-law's. We had a blast with them, and I think they enjoyed their first American Thanksgiving.

Last night I started on our Christmas cards, or rather postcards. Yes, I've immortalized our doggy Clementine in a block print. I'm a nerd, I know, you don't have to say it. She's just so cute. They are simple, but different. I'm pretty happy with the results, but they may need a splash of glitter before they leave our domain.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Continuing in my belated fall fever, these leaves will serve as napkin rings for Thanksgiving this year.
I've also been obsessed with creating drawn-thread cloths. Besides a table runner I completed these dishcloths over the last week. There is something so entertaining in sitting there picking away at threads with a happy result instead of an unraveled mess. I keep getting a bit bolder with each in how many threads I pull out and replace. You really must try this. Any loosely woven fabric such as a linen or cotton work well.

Monday, November 3, 2008


I was at the fabric store yesterday looking at buttons, and well, they sure don't make 'em like they used to. I picked up these vintage buttons a while back at an antique store. The packaging just makes you want to buy them...

Sunday, November 2, 2008


For the last two years Thanksgiving has taken place at our home. Each year the headcount changes a bit depending on who is around, but this year will be a biggie with 12 adults and 2 kiddies. Luke's parents will be flying in, which is lovely considering the Thanksgiving season passed by in October for Canadians. I am starting to fill our place with Autumn/Thanksgiving themed crafts...
These bowls, a pattern from the last issue of MSL, were simple to make and turned out wonderful. I used linen and wool felt and stitched them by hand despite directions to uses a zigzag stitch on a machine.
They are perfect for holding thread.And the flowers I made last weekend.