Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Perfect summer day and a cold glass of iced tea!

I took time out for tea earlier today. However, I had a number of things to do and I'm only now sitting down to type. Yes, I am sitting down and I am not in too much pain!! Gotta take advantage of it!!
I went to the doctor early this morning and he was amazed at how well I was doing. And he was right as I am doing really well considering where I was a few days ago. But long story short, and if you want the details go here, I will be going for a cortisone shot next week and perhaps that really will give me complete relief from pain.
Actually, I was feeling almost no pain at all about 4:00 this afternoon when I took to the front porch and my favorite plastic lawn chair. Instead of hot tea, I chose iced tea today and I enjoyed it with cookies, not the "Chocolate Goop" that I promised. I'll share that concoction in August when I am sure I will be doing a lot better.

That cheap plastic lawn chair is so comfortable that I have thought of bringing it into the house! Instead, since it was a beautiful summer day, although pretty windy, I gathered up my basket of sewing, a glass of cold iced tea and some strawberries and a couple of cookies. They were yummy. The local grocery store carries this macaroon sandwich cookie that is really good and I dressed it up a bit like this.................

Warm left-over chocolate frosting in the microwave and dip macaroons in the frosting and place on waxed paper or parchment paper.

There was no leftover vanilla frosting in the fridge, so I opened a new container and put some in a bowl, warmed it up and drizzled it across the cookies. Let set until frosting hardens. Wash the strawberries while you wait. :-)
Soak up the sun while you enjoy the iced tea and every last bite of the cookies and strawberries!
Kaiser got a crumb or two and he enjoyed watching some guys working at the house "kitty-corner" from us. I wish he was always this mellow. Anyway, I'll keep some of the cookies and some are going across the street to my neighbor.
I started feeling pretty good yesterday and just had to do some sewing. Check out my recipe for a "Cinderella Tea Towel" that follows. Plus, you'll want to watch my pincushion blog for a little tutorial on that pincushion with attached needlecase that is shown in the photo with my iced tea and cookies. I'll get that posted shortly. When you're laying around in pain, sometimes the mind saves you by thinking up things you can do when you get better. :-)
Hope you all had a great day!

Recipe for a "Cinderella Tea Towel"

The "Cinderella Tea Towel" starts with a bargain-priced fabric panel (with a flaw), that is combined with a bargain-priced dishtowel (from the dollar store, of course) and it becomes a cute and sassy dishtowel that adds class to your kitchen!! The fabric panel is shown on the right. There's a flaw in the printing on the other half of this panel and so it was only $1.00. :-) I loved the cherries. They made me think of Erma Bombeck as I think she's the one who authored the phrase...."if life is bowl of cherries, why am I in the pits". Correct me, if I am wrong. Either way, they seemed an appropriate theme for me as I have felt like my life is in the pits with this annoying leg and back pain.
This idea came to me pre-pain and so a few weeks ago, I picked up (yes, I paid for them) several dishtowels at the Dollar Tree store.

As some of you who may be reading this already know, I proposed a "Tea Towel" challenge on my SeasonsBOM Yahoo group. I wanted to make a sample to encourage members to make a tea towel and get their name in the drawing for a bag full of goodies. I didn't get a sample done but Anett from HouseOfMouse stepped up to the challenge and not only made tea towels to inspire members of the Seasons group, but she also made potholders to inspire members of my Wooly Buddies group (yep, there's a potholder challenge going on in that group). She saved the day, make that - the month - for me!! Many thanks to Anett! And also, to Pat, my Wooly Buddies moderator who keeps the "flock" connected! :-)

SO, to make a not-so-great towel into a cute and sassy towel, you'll need one dishtowel and one fabric panel (any will do), or any favorite fabric that might have borders on it. I forgot to take a picture of the step where I cut out the strip of unwanted vegetables you see in the photo above, so imagine now that you are seeing the towel minus that border. :-)

Cut two pieces of border print that are one inch wider than the width of the dishtowel. You'll use one on the front and one on the back.

In the photo above, I have pinned the two border strips to the larger section of the dishtowel. Stitch along this edge following any border line that is a straight edge and preferrably gives you at least a 1/4" seam. When stitching is complete, remove pins and fold fabric over for the front of the dishtowel and press.

In this photo, you will see that I have sewn the bottom section of the dishtowel to the border piece used on the front of the towel, plus I have pressed the back border piece down. Remove your pins and press.

Your towel should look like the one above except in different fabrics. On the back border piece, turn under the bottom edge and press. You will stitch this down later on.

Time to pin the side seams.........above is front view........and below is back view.

Handstitch the side seams on the dishtowel, then pin along the bottom edge. On the front of the dishtowel, topstitch along the border piece on the upper and
lower edges and you are done. Just press it up and hang it on your stove or a decorative towel rack and a plain old dishtowel is now fit for Cinderella's kitchen!
I realize that I missed taking a photo or two that might have made this easier to explain. I stitched this up yesterday and did it in a hurry while I was feeling good. Took me less than an hour to do. I want a pretty towel for each season or holiday so I will be sure to post what I do with the rest of those towels. :-)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A change in time for Tea

Due to my back and leg pain problems (I've had the MRI and await results), I am going to postpone my monthly Teatime to next Wednesday, July 15th. I have a special treat I want to share called "Chocolate Goop" and I don't have the energy yet to prepare it, my tea and a stitching project. It's summer, anyway, so iced tea is probably more the "drink of the day" than a cup of hot tea. Hope you are having a good day wherever you are!

A little stitching poem.........

This little poem was written for one of my beginning quilting students - only 8 years old but her stitches were those of a natural seamstress!

For Bailey Anne . . . .
When this you see, think of me.
Sit down and have a cup of tea.
Then place your quilt upon your lap,
begin to stitch . . . no time to nap!
Stitch patiently and you will see . . .

how fine a quilter you can be!

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