Thursday, September 29, 2011

The House That Mouse Built

I just found this wonderful book,
"The House That Mouse Built" by Maggie Rudy & Pam Abrams.
It is just so lovely and clever! 
This is a picture of the inside of the book cover.
Look at the hanging lamp over the table.
It is a pod with holes in it and electrified.
So many details to look at and admire. Love, love it!
Here is Maggie Rudy's website called Mouses Houses.
This is a little acorn lamp I made that is just dollhouse size.
I took one acorn cap and a slightly smaller-sized acorn turned upside down.
I glued them together to make the lamp.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Late September

A few things are still growing in the garden.
We enjoyed a small crop of snow peas and some green beans.
I love going out to the garden and seeing the cows next door
and the sunflowers dipping their heavy heads.

We've had some sun here in the afternoons.
Perfect for changing sheets, opening windows,
and reading a magazine on the porch.
The new "Mollie Makes" has a crop of peas & carrots to crochet. :-)

Saturday, September 24, 2011


I put up the wrong linked PDF.
I'm sorry.....I've fixed it and so now you can download the whole booklet.
Click HERE or on the sidebar link.

Owl Postman

So HERE is the pattern for the Owl Postman.
I made it of wool felt, handstitched. 
If I haven't made the pattern clear enough, please let me know.
Again, in printing choose the "fit to printable area" option.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Notion--Autumn 2011

Here is my little idea.
I thought that I would put together a bunch of fun things to do this fall and make a booklet out of it.
You can download the PDF on the side bar or HERE.
When you print it out, choose the setting, "fit to printable area".
There will still be a small border of white which you'll need to trim off.
Then fold in half and cut down the center line to open up the top of the paper.
Fold the paper as seen in the photos.

I hope you enjoy!
By the way--the pattern for the owl will be uploaded soon.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Approaching Autumn

The start of fall decorating.
We had corn from the garden this year and here are the remnants decorating a front tree.
I have been busy thinking up ideas to keep me busy and inspired this fall.
Look for a small booklet of ideas to print out before the week ends.
I am really loving sedum this year.
The blue you see behind is an annual salvia (victoria blue)
that was just spectacular this summer.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Time Has Told

Look who's feeling better!
He is king of his castle once more. :-)
He is off medication, show's little interest in his tail and thankfully,
sleeps through the night.
The lovely afghan is Meg's.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Doll Auction

Meg and I went to a doll auction last week--only looking!
Here are a couple of pictures. 
doll shoes,
and more accessories.
A few more pictures can be found here and here.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hiding Behind a Little Face

A small pair of scissors in a felt case I made.
I know I keep going back to the matryoshka for a design,
but in this case it really did fit the size and shape that I needed.
(and I still love the little dolls) :-) 
A little slit in the back accomodates my embroidery scissors. :-)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Late Strawberries

Mrs. Mouse is marveling over her late harvest.

The strawberry instructions were in the magazine Mollie Makes, issue two.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Eat Your Veggies!

A very proud moment for me when Em asked to take my homemade vegetable soup in her school lunch. I made up the soup recipe all on my own and da da da daaahhh----it turned out. :-) I've not tried this before so I was super pleased. It doesn't use any meat product at all. I opened up the cooled container of soup this morning and was pleasantly surprised to find no greasy sheen on the soup. Yeah!! I used a vegetable base--like boullion cubes made by Superior Touch. Above is a picture of my lunch. Last night I had it for dinner and added frozen peas--nice green touch. I meant to add some green beans from our garden, today but forgot. There is plenty left so I'll do that next time.