Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Girly Tote

For my niece........

She picked out the fabrics herself. A little Nicey Jane from Heather Bailey and a bright polka dot that I can't remember the name of. The tote is reversible with the inside having the dots on the top and the print on the bottom. I also made 2 fluffy flowers with a jewel button center. It turned out pretty well and I think my niece will get a lot of use out of it.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Home Improvement

We've been working on a few smallish projects here and there around our property. Evidently, we needed an outdoor kitchen too.

And not just any outdoor kitchen..... has a Traeger Wood Pellet Grill, a fridge and a nice bar for visiting with the grill master.

It's the end of the BBQ buying season, so we got a great deal on this set up. Luckily, the weather here lets us grill/BBQ nearly year round.

My first attempt at Beer Can Chicken was interesting. Nathan was pretty freaked out when he saw these two hanging out on the grill!

The chickens came out beautifully. The meat was very moist and tasty.

Hubby did a smoked Brisket last weekend and it was SO good. We'll definitely be doing that again.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

My first pillow

Several weeks ago, my Mom gave me a tee shirt that she purchased in Japan many years ago and asked if I could do anything with it.

I thought the graphic on it would be nice as the center of a pillow. This is what I came up with:

I added interfacing to the tee shirt to limit stretching, then fussy cut the part of the shirt that I wanted. I added quilter's linen in pink for the inner border. The outer border is called "Tweedy", but I can't remember who makes it. I forgot to take a photo of the back. The back is more Tweedy, with an edge of the pink quilter's linen along the overlapping closure.

My Mom loves the pillow and it goes very well with her black and white decor.