Saturday, September 13, 2014

Another Neighborhood Yard Sale Done!


Quite a sight, right?
Where's our pretty porch???


Generally, we set up our yard sale on the driveway
and while Nancy is busy selling all day Friday,
I am setting up the Bistro on the Porch for 
all day Saturday.



This year the weather predictions were dire,
with severe thunderstorms expected for Friday.


So, we set up and sold on the porch on Friday.


We also offered a small selection of goodies
and reminded everyone of what was to come
on Saturday.


This time the weatherman was right on point
and we had a terrific thunderstorm in the afternoon.
We were SO glad we were on the porch and not 
out on the driveway.


Talk about making lemonade 
when you have lemons...
We are experts.
We rested and caught our breath 
during the storms.
Once they were over, 
everything dried up quickly
and we moved everything out to the driveway.


We actually had a bit of a surge
 of shoppers Friday evening
and Nancy continued to sell,
while I prepared the porch
for Saturday's Bistro.


Here are some of our goodies
waiting on the kitchen table to be moved
onto the porch Saturday morning.


Saturday morning arrived with no rain in sight!


And we were ready with good food
and freshly brewed coffee!


While Nancy continued selling on the driveway,
I was waiting for our "guests" on the porch.


The weekend was a great success!


Two of our happy and satisfied customers.

This event is always fun to do,
but the amount of work and effort
Nancy and I put into it 
makes us quite happy it only
occurs once a year!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

On My Needles Today...


It's been a very busy week here.
We made it through the yard sale and Bistro
last weekend.
I'll tell you all about it on Saturday.
Since then I have felt exhausted and
have been very happy to spend 
a little time getting back into my zen 
with a little knitting!
Today I am working on a scarf
from FUSION, color way "Rain Forest."
I love these colors and
they are putting me in the mood for Fall!

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Countdown Has Begun...


All through the house, basement and back porch
are piles of "stuff."
Nanniepannie and I 
are in the midst of getting ready for the annual
Tree Street Neighborhood Yard Sale!


This is a BIG event!
It is an established event and many
people in the region make a special effort to get here,
and get here early,
in order to snag some real bargains.
Each year this event brings thousands of 
people into our neighborhood.



So, not only is it a great shopping adventure,
it is an excellent way to clean up
and get rid of things we no longer need or want.
I have even cleaned out my fabric stash
and will be measuring and pricing it today.
We are one week out.
By this time next week,
we should be the owners of a
lot less stuff!
Our rule is that once an item is taken outside
for the yard sale
it cannot be brought back into the house.
Happily there are several local charities
who make the rounds after the sale
and will take away anything you want to donate.


I have also been baking and freezing for several weeks
in preparation for our
Each year for one day
I get to satisfy my fantasy of having a 
tearoom, bistro, cafe, whatever.
We set up on the front porch
and offer a lovely little retreat for the 
weary and hungry yard sale shopper!
Thus far I have stocked away
Heath Bar Brownies (6 pans)
Mounds Cookies (6 dozen)
Zucchini Bread (8 loaves)
Cinnamon Cake (2)
Lemon Loaf Cake (4)
Pineapple Muffins w/Coconut Drizzle
Applesauce Muffins w/Cinnamon Sugar
(I've lost count on the muffins.)
The 80 chicken salad sandwiches I always make
will need to be made just before the sale.

The preparation continues...


Last year's event.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

On My Needles Today...Not...or The Coat is Finished!


It's been a bit of a journey,
but my knitted coat is finished!
I love the color way and am calling it
"Abalone."
It has subtle shades of
aqua, sea foam and lavender.

The sleeves, which should be
a simple component,
gave me some challenges.
I started with the stockinette stitch 
you see above,
but decided I did not really like the look.
I then changed to the 
"Mistake Rib"
pattern I used on the opening
and sides.
After knitting almost half a sleeve
I decided I didn't really like the
way it was looking either. 
So, I changed to a larger needle and
worked them in stockinette stitch (again).


I found the perfect buttons at a lovely yarn shop in
Blowing Rock, NC
during a recent road trip with my
knitting buddies, called


There are slits at the bottom of both sides.



I never finish a project like this without thinking,
"If I ever knit another one of these I will..."
There are some slight changes 
I would probably make,
but over all, I'm very pleased with
the final results.

So...what IS on my needles today?


I am in the process of binding off a FUSION scarf in
shades of teal.
I plan to make a slouchy hat to match.

Happy knitting!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Caprese Garlic Bread


I haven't made bruschetta all summer long.
The reason is because of the
above recipe on Pinterest.

I used to post my cooking endeavors  
fairly regularly on my blog.
But since becoming an avid "pinner" 
I see there are so many bloggers out there
doing it SO much better than me.
(Believe me I know my photography limitations!)
So, I think I'd rather
try their recipes and link 
you up with them when I find a real winner.

THIS is the BEST recipe I have yet
discovered on Pinterest.
and it is for
Caprese Garlic Bread

In addition to replacing your favorite bruschetta recipe
it's also a great replacement for take-out pizza.
What I think sets this recipe apart is a 
spread of garlic butter on the bread
and a finishing drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
The only change I have made is I am
no longer reducing the vinegar
as the original recipe instructs.
Instead I have purchased a mister
and am misting the balsamic vinegar on at the end.

With tomatoes in season
and basil plentiful in the garden,
there is NO reason not to give this a try!




Thursday, August 7, 2014

(Continuing...) On My Needles Today...




Still working on my FUSION jacket,
which has finally "told" me
it's going to be a coat rather than a jacket!!!


The back and one front are now complete.
I made a start on a sleeve,
but decided I wasn't happy using
the stockinette stitch for it.
So...


...a bit of ripping out this week...
(Personal motto...
"If you're going to knit,
you're going to rip...")


...and back to the drawing board for a bit of redesign.
So much of this process is trying something
and deciding if I like it.
I wish I could clearly envision how
designs are going to actually look once knitted.
But I'm a "try it and see" person.


I decided the sleeves needed a bit more texture
than the stockinette stitch I originally tried.
I am using instead the "Mistake Rib" stitch 
I am using on the sides and front openings.
The sleeve here looks a bit out of proportion
but will widen out once it is blocked.
Once this sleeve is finished (very soon now)
everything else left to do, 
except finishing,
will just be a repeat of what has already 
been knitted (i.e. other side and sleeve).

So, although I still have a fair amount of knitting to do,
the finished coat is now within sight!
Happy knitting this week!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

On My Needles Today...




I am continuing on with my
Fusion jacket.
The back is done!



I am presently working on one
of the fronts.


This is my beginning yarn inspiration.
The sleeves will be knitted with it.

Happy knitting this week!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

SO GLAD I'm a Scavenger!


I found this set of blue vase prints
in the latest catalogue I received from
Ballard.
Gorgeous, aren't they?
I love Ballard's styling and
it is often a source book of
decorating inspiration.
However, this one time,
I was one step ahead of them!


Several years ago I found two unframed prints
in a local "antique" (i.e. junk) shop for $5.00 each.
I have loved blue and white forever
so could not pass them up. 


I framed them myself with frames from Michaels.


They now hang in my dining room.
Because of their position, 
the lighting in that room,
and my questionable photography skills,
I can't show you a really nice picture
of how they look.
They hang on either side of the 
dining room's archway into the living room 
and are a nice compliment to the
blue and white vases I have displayed there.


Now for the real beauty of it all...
Ballard's  19-inch square prints are priced at
$179.00 each.
My 19 x 23-inch prints cost me approximately
$40.00 each.

Priceless...



Thursday, July 24, 2014

On My Needles Today...


I have started a new,
BIG 
project!


This type of project always starts with me pulling
yarns from my stash.  
My inspiration is from several skeins of a
sea foam green, wool and mohair blend.
That will be my "main color."
Then I pull any color that works with it, 
especially paying attention to getting
as much textural variation as I can.
Differences in yarn weights
are not a factor.


Aren't the colors gorgeous knitted together?
My plans are for this to become a 3/4 length jacket.
Of course at this stage, the project is always
subject for a change of heart.
This piece is one half of the back...
so it's early yet!
This will be an ongoing project for a few weeks.
I'll keep you posted!

Happy knitting!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Simple New Window Treatment for the Living Room


The living room has been evolving 
a bit lately at
Buttermilk Cottage.


With the addition of my new "knitting" chair,
which I showed you last week,
I needed a little something different
at the living room window.
I had just done new window treatments
for this room about a year ago,



but that fabric clashed with the chair's.


Since I had fabric left over from the slipcovers just
made for love seats in that room
I decided to use some of it.
It's the heavily quilted fabric at the bottom.
I found a second textured, off white 
to use as well.
I used the same simple design 
as the previous treatment.
This window topper is a series
of five squares of fabric
(one fabric on each side),



sewn together, leaving a small opening for turning.


Once turned, I used fabric glue to close up the opening.


Clothespins work great to hold everything in place
while the glue is drying.


I then folded the squares in half diagonally.
This allows the contrasting fabric
to show a bit too.
Using  small curtain rings with clips
I arranged the folded squares on the curtain rod.




Ultimately I would like to have a slip cover 
made for the knitting chair
with a fabric that coordinates with the original
blue and yellow window treatment
and then rehang those in this room.
But in the meantime, this is working for me
and I am enjoying the change.

Happy weekend!
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