Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Christmas Napkins

The Nesting Place  is a hard act to follow.  So starting a Christmas gift project seemed the best choice. It's an old idea. Making napkins out of half circles instead of squares. I needed to use up some of my fabric stash, so I pulled out all my vintage Christmas prints. Vintage as in 1985, mixed with some newer fabrics from 1995. That doesn't seem very old to me, but to the kids it is ancient!

Pretty simple, cut out half circles, place them right side tog and sew the curve. Turn them right side out and press. Turn the straight edge inside a quarter inch and top stitch near the edge. I used red top thread and green bobbin thread.
Then comes the really fun part. Embellish it. For this first one I used chain stitch to sew on a gold trim.
Folding it to make it table ready is fun too!
Now you can recognize what it is! Let your imagination run; crochet edges, trims, embroidery. Check Mary Corbet's Needle 'N Thread for embroidery ideas and and how to videos for various  stitches. 

Enjoy your creativity and let me know what you come up with!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sun Fudge !

You have heard of sun tea surely. Have you ever made sun-fudge?  Place 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips (Guittard) and one cube of organic butter in a half gallon glass jar. Put it in the window or another sunny place for a couple hours.
When the butter and chips are melted stir them until smooth. Add four cups powdered sugar ( cane, or maple or raw), two very  fresh organic eggs, and a tsp. of vanilla.
Stir until very smooth and the fudge comes away from the glass. Don't over-stir or it may separate.
Poor out into a small 9" cake pan, let it set up. Or you can refrigerate it. Better yet grab a spoon and dig in!

Ingredient list
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
2 very fresh eggs
4 cups powdered sugar ( cane, raw, or maple)
1 tsp. vanilla (or almond)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Florence Nightingale 1860

" Diseases are not individuals arranged in classes, like cats and dogs, but conditions, growing out of one another. 
"  Is it not living in a continual mistake to look upon diseases as we do now, as seperate entities, which must exist, like cats and dogs, instead of looking upon them as conditions, like dirty and clean condition, and just as much under our control; or rather as the reactions of kindly nature, against the conditions in which we have placed ourselves?
"  I was brought up to believe that smallpox for instance, was a thing of which there was once a first specimen in the world, which went on propagating itself, in a perpetual chain of descent, just as there was a first dog, or first pair of dogs, and that smallpox would not begin itself, any more than a new dog would begin without there having been a parent dog.
"  Since then I have seen with my own eyes and smelled with my own nose smallpox growing up in first specimens, either in closed rooms or in overcrowded wards, where it could not by any possibility have been "caught", but must have begun.
"  I have seen diseases begin, grow up, and turn into one another. Now , dogs do not turn into cats.
"  I have seen, for instance, with a little overcrowding, continued fever grow up; and with a little more, typhoid fever; and with a little more, typhus, and all in the same ward or hut.
"  Would it not be far better, truer, and more practical, if we looked upon disease in this light (for diseases, as all experience shows, are adjectives, not noun-substantives):
     -True nursing ignores infection, except to prevent it. 
Cleanliness and fresh air from open windows, with          
unremitting attention to the patient, are the only defense
 a true nurse either asks or needs.
     -Wise and humane management of the patient is the
 best safegard against infection. The greater part of       
 nursing consists of preserving cleanliness.
     -The specific disease doctrine is the grand refuge of
 weak, uncultured, unstable minds, such as now rule       
 in the medical profession. There are no specific diseases;
 there are specific disease conditions."

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bechamp or Pasteur ?

"Bechamp's deep insight had taught him the connection between science and religion - the one a search after truth, and the other the effort to live up to individual belief. His faith had widened to a breadth incomprehensible to those who even suggested the appointment of a commission to recommend the placing on the Roman Index of his book Les Mycrozymas, which culminates in the acclamation of God as the Supreme Source. Bechamps teachings are in direct opposition to materialistic views. But his opponents had not the insight to see that the Creator is best demonstrated by understanding the marvels of [His] Creation."

So then, the materialistic view  - the Germ Theory - of Pasteur wins,      
 for a time, over the Truth found by Bechamp and discussed in
 Les Mycrozymas 

Therefore, in these modern times we still lift up the materialistic
 view and fight against God by pasteurizing our food - milk,
 meat, vegetable, et. all.

We are so blind. God help us to see. 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Quote From "Ideas Have Consequences"

" The decision of modern man to live in the here and now is reflected in the neglect of aging parents, whom proper sentiment once kept in positions of honor and authority. There was a time when the elder generation was cherished because it represented the past; now it is avoided and thrust out of sight for the same reason. Children are a liability. As man becomes more immersed in time and material gratifications, belief in the continuum of the race fades, and not all the tinkering of sociologists can put homes together again. "

Written in 1948 it is a good description of today 2011. Christians have let go of their inheritance, and sold it for a here and now porridge.

It's never to late for redemption.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wonky Pomegranate Corner Bread Cloth

Finished the bread cloth pomegranate corners  It was done for relaxation and fun. So the wonkiness is part of the fun. I concentrated on beginning and ending my threads neatly and relaxed about everything else. 
Thank you to Mary Corbet for the free design and a hint on where to get flour sack towels.

The reverse of work.

Friday, June 10, 2011

New projects

A Tea cloth with a pomegranate designed by Mary Corbet and another needle painting designed by Trish Burr .

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wedding Embroidery Gift Finito

Adapted from  Trish Burr's  "Red Poppy" design. I added Pussy Willow made from granitos stitch, rose buds , orange calendula made with lazy daisy stitch, a yellow blossom, and a rose bud. 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Poppy Floral

Another picture of the floral spray I'm working on for a wedding gift to a friend.  The design is from Trish Burr's book Crewel & Surface Embroidery. Lots of work lots of fun. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Something Worth Thinking About

Autism or Vaccine Encephalopathy ?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Newest Project

Adapted from a Trish Burr design. Changed the colors to work with what I had on hand and added another flower ( not shown).

Finished Crewel Wool project

That was a fun learning experience. Stitches went in, stitches plucked  out, color changes, technique changes and lots of learning. There are still several mistakes , visible to me I decided to leave so as to not stress the fabric out. I know how to do thing better the next time.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

There Is No Alternative

"We must not focus our attention exclusively on the material, because though important it is not the main issue. The economic success of the western world is a product of its moral philosophy and practice. The economic results are better because the moral philosophy is superior. It is superior because it starts with individuals. " Margaret Thatcher

The moral philosophy she spoke of is none other than Christendom.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

An almost done floral embroidery from Trish Burr's  'Crewel and Surface Embroidery' book. Very fun. Very relaxing. I'm using Appleton wool and DMC cotton floss and pearl. I have been allergic to every other wool I've touched however,  Appleton is an exception. It stitches up beautifully slightly fuzzy, which adds dimension. If you make a mistake, like I did it comes out easily enough. I stitched in the pale peacock blue on the leaf where I wanted pale green. It came out just fine.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Grandson's Cloth Book - Stump, Bees, Snail, Butterflies, caterpillars

My daughter went from making a Spot Sample from ideas we got from Mary Corbett's  Needle N Thread to making pages for her nephew's book. Her favorite stitches are turkey work, button hole and couching. She also used a bit of lazy daisy, satin, padded satin, french knots and a few others.

Grandson's Cloth Book - Spiders & Butterflies

A pocket of netting for the little guy to 'keep' his butterflies in. I made a pocket for ladybirds, bees and dragonflies too. He can take them out and his mommy can put them back in :)
 The spider is a Crusader made of almost all backstitch, same for the web using DMC floss and gray rayon embroidery thread. 

Grandson's Cloth Book- Ladybirds

Simple applique, stuffed ladybirds, and turkey work catapillar.

Grandson's Cloth Book - Grasshopper

A three dimensional grasshopper idea from jane Nicholas Stumpwork Medieval Flora. On a budget so there are no fancy materials. It's worked on osnaburg with DMC floss and organza ribbon from one of my daughters wedding gift packages.  Stitches are; applique, satin, buttonhole, padded satin then couched.

Grandson's Cloth Book - Hidden Caterpiller

A padded and embroidered oak leaf that can be lifted for a peek-a-boo effect.

Cloth Book for a Toddler

A cloth quiet book for my grandson. The idea was to create a book for him to play with and practice as many embroidery and sewing stitches as I could work in. On this page: applique, reverse applique, and ruching.