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“Amazing” Crochet Ribbed Scarf ~ Working in the BLO

“Amazing” Crochet Ribbed Scarf ~ Working in the BLO

Last fall, I got the bright idea to crochet a vest. Well, as it turned out, I was a bit over optimistic about my crocheting and pattern reading abilities.  The whole thing, from start to finish, was one big fiasco. Most of my time was spent ripping out stitches and starting over. I could only bring myself to work on the vest occasionally, because every attempt was so darn frustrating. I’m […]

By July 31, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Tucson Center for Creative Photography

Tucson Center for Creative Photography

Richard and I have been suffering with a case of the summer doldrums. Tubac, where we live, is a seasonal town. People come here in the winter to enjoy the mild climate. They depart for the summer to avoid the blazing heat. Summer here can be pretty dull. There are very few social activities. We’ve been spending most of the summer cooped up in our […]

By July 25, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Texas Rangers

Texas Rangers

I  knew it was going to be a glorious Sunday when I stepped outside for an early morning dog walk and I was  met by the stunning Texas rangers along our driveway. They were in full bloom.   I know they’re just some flowering shrubs. But, I find this rare burst of color in the desert to be overwhelmingly joyful. It’s monsoon season and we’ve been lucky to have a few really […]

By July 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Perfect Potholder ~ Thermal Crochet Stitch

The Perfect Potholder ~ Thermal Crochet Stitch

When I posted my Single Crochet Potholder, I thought I had found a really great potholder pattern. However, trying to crochet the two layers together was a pain. I thought there must be some way to create a thick stitch for a potholder. After a little searching , I discovered the thermal stitch. This stitch makes a nice thick potholder in a single layer. I now have my […]

By June 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
DIY – Nautical Knot Doormat

DIY – Nautical Knot Doormat

My friend Margie has these wonderful Nautical Knot Doormats scattered throughout her house. She makes them herself out of recycled climbing rope. Pretty ingenious! Margie and I have talked for a long time about getting together and making one. Well, we finally made it happen. This is a great project to do with a friend. Margie and I had a […]

By June 16, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Crochet ~ Fruit Hot Pads

Crochet ~ Fruit Hot Pads

Now that my job has ended for the summer,  I have time to catch up on posting some of the crochet projects that I finished over the past few months.  ~ After teaching myself how to crochet circles, I made some, fruit hot pads. They are as cute as can be! My kitchen has a fruit and veggie theme going […]

By June 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Worknight Cincinnati Chili

Worknight Cincinnati Chili

What’s Cincinnati chili, you ask. It’s a deliciously spiced chili that is served over spaghetti, then topped with shredded cheddar cheese and chopped sweet onion. Hey, it’s not that crazy. Just think of the chili as spaghetti sauce, and the cheddar cheese as Parmesan cheese. Remember that pot of Spicy Ground Beef Chili  I made a few months ago? I don’t mean to boast, […]

By April 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Antique Bird Whistles ~ The Birth of a New Collection

Antique Bird Whistles ~ The Birth of a New Collection

In the 1960’s my parents decided to add an addition onto their old house. During the demolition they found this object concealed in the old lath and plaster walls. Although no one in our family knew exactly what it was, it was treasured. It occupied a spot on my mother’s dining room what-not shelf. Sometime in the 1980’s, when Richard […]

By April 18, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Birthday Memories

Birthday Memories

  Sometimes things happen so perfectly that it’s hard to believe they are coincidental. Yesterday morning, Richard suggested we go antique shopping. His birthday is this week and he wanted to find a birthday present for himself.  We decided to go to the 22nd Street Antique Mall in Tucson. We spent hours hunting through the mall for some treasures, […]

By March 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Working Girl

Working Girl

I’ve been feeling guilty about not posting anything lately. But, I’ve been busy. I’ve taken on a temporary part-time job . My friend and neighbor, Nancy Gammon, has a fabulous shop here in Tubac called the Creative Coyote. Nancy was in a bind when one of her employees quit. I’m helping her out by working through the busy tourist season. It’s been a long time since I’ve held a real job with […]

By March 21, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Making a Beginner Quilt Runner

Making a Beginner Quilt Runner

The top of the dresser in my office is always plied high with projects, papers, and books. I’ve been protecting the top of the dresser with a simple piece of fabric. This works, but it’s not a very polished look. So, I decided to try my hand at quilting a little runner.  Not being a quilter, I thought I had better […]

By March 7, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Fried Cornmeal Mush

Fried Cornmeal Mush

Richard’s been after me to make this for a special weekend breakfast. So, here it is. Yummy, yummy, yummy, old fashioned fried mush. Just like mom used to make! Imagine soft creamy polenta, sandwiched between two really crispy, crunchy crusts, and topped with a drizzle of sweet maple syrup. That’s fried mush. Far superior to any cornmeal pancake (in my humble […]

By January 31, 2015 1 Comments Read More →