Sunday, February 26, 2012

A Passion for Blue and White

Six years ago when I purchased and began planning to decorate
Buttermilk Cottage,
I decided my color palette would be red, blue and yellow.
I love the combination of the colors together.

Early on I found a wonderful fabric
that became the basis of my kitchen decorations.
I fell in love with all those blue and white
flower pots.

Imagine my delight at finding this art print,
THE ARRANGEMENT by Bobbie Burgers!
It now hangs over my living room mantel.

Next, I began collecting blue and white Chinese ceramic pots 
in which to plant my violets.

Since then, my collection of blue and white
has grown...
ginger jars, candlesticks, carpet balls...

It's not just me...
often (and recently),
features blue and white motifs on their covers.

I even found a blue and white Chinese cigarette box.
I'm not so politically incorrect as to keep cigarettes in it,
but it makes a nifty holder for sweets!

What's your color passion?
Has it generated a collection for you?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

At Last!!!

It took us all season to get there,
and there were times I doubted we ever would,
Mary and Matthew,
together at last!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Morning Muffins!

Last Wednesday I hosted my knitting group.
We've been knitting together for years.
We meet once a week and rotate around
to knit at each other's houses.
It's a totally low maintenance group.
The hostess is not expected to supply anything
except a place to meet.
However, being good Southern woman that we are,
the hostess always has coffee and tea available
and more often than not,
some sort of baked goodie to nibble on.
Since I try to only bake when people are coming,
my knitting group day is a fine time to try new recipes.
The January 2012, edition of SOUTHERN LIVING
provided me with

Applesauce Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl whisk together:
4 cups baking mix (Bisquick)
1/2 c. sugar
2 t. ground cinnamon
Make a well in center of mixture

In a small bowl, whisk together
2/3 c. chunky applesauce
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. vegetable oil
2 large eggs

Add to sugar mixture,

stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
Spoon batter into a lightly greased 12-cup muffin pan,
filling almost completely full.
(My muffin cups are a bit smaller than one cup,
so I got 18 muffins, which were plenty big enough.)
Sprinkle Cinnamon Streusel Topping over batter.

Cinnamon Streusel Topping
Whisk together until blended:
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
3 T. all-purpose baking mix
1/4 t. cinnamon
Stir 2 T. melted butter into this mixture
until well blended and crumbly.

Bake at 400 degrees for 18 - 20 minutes.
Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes.
Remove from pan to a wire rack.

Add a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day

Have a sweet one!

Monday, February 13, 2012

What's New in My Shop this Week?

One of the nice thing about being able to "stream" Netflix
is that it gives me lots of knitting time while I watch.
I've just finished and added this scarf and

 slouchy hat to my Etsy shop.

Both are knitted with my very own boutique yarn
FUSION in "French Vanilla" colorway.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Geek Squad...

...was here on Wednesday.
Have you ever used them?
My experience was a good one
and I wouldn't hesitate to call upon them again.

This was a Christmas present.
I managed to connect it up to my television,
but my attempts to connect it to the Internet
for "streaming" purposes were hopeless.
(I make NO claims at being a geek.)
They had me at the front door,
when two young guys arrived
and slipped on their booties to cover their shoes.
(Who does that???)
In a matter of time everything was connected
and I was good to go.
It was funny that both of them couldn't
get over how "small" my television is.
(I didn't tell them the set they were working on,
 IS my big TV!)
Seems the "bigger the better" is the current way
to choose a new set.
They assured me when I was ready to get a new (big) one,
they'd come back and set it up.

What are your plans for the weekend?
Maybe I'll watch a movie or two...

By the way, thank you Rick and Terry for
your lovely Christmas gift!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sew Busy!

This is my office chair with a "just finished" slip cover.
Just before I moved into Buttermilk Cottage six years ago,
I sent out my desk chair and had it reupholstered
in a pretty blue to match my new office/sewing room.
The newly done chair was delivered before
I actually moved into the house.
I then had the cable/Internet company come and
get all that stuff wired and set up.
Since my "new" chair was in place in the room
where the cable guy was working,
he planted himself on my new chair!
The one I hadn't even sit in yet!

When he left, I discovered a spot on my chair!

Can you see it?
I tried rubbing it with a clean cloth and water,
but probably made it worse.
So, I've lived with it all these years.
Over time the blue has faded
so it was time to give the chair something
new to wear.

I discovered McCall's pattern, M4404 and thought I'd
try my hand at slipcover making.
On a recent trip to Ikea I had picked up a
white cotton bedspread they call "Indira."
I  liked the texture of it and had
no plans for it, so thought I'd use it.
I wanted something  I didn't have to
worry about fading (white=perfect),
and could throw into the washer and dryer,
(100% cotton=perfect).
First step was to wash and dry the bedspread.

After cutting out the pattern,
I placed the pieces on the chair to check the fit.
My chair's back fans out and the
pattern's is straight.

So I did a little alteration to the pattern,
adding the extra width and shape with extra paper.
The chair got another fitting and it looked okay.

Next came placing the pattern piece on the fabric and cutting them.

Once I started sewing, there were many more
"fittings" as I went along.

And some basting was needed to
make sure everything fit.
It was quite a lesson in slip covering a chair
I'm fairly happy with the finished results,
although I already know I'll do it again,
and make more revisions to the pattern for
a better finished fit and look.
Wouldn't it be perfect in a white matelasse? 
I recently passed up a white matelasse bedspread
in a consignment shop ($35.00) which would
have been perfect!
Lesson learned, get things when you find them,
even if you're unsure where you'll use them!

This week I'm sharing at
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style.
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