Saturday, July 31, 2010


I just ate the first corn from our garden.    Yes, it was at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning.  No, it wasn't a meal.  I picked the first two ears that looked like they might be ready, and couldn't wait until lunch time to eat them.  I also wanted that sweet, sweet taste of corn fresh from the garden.   Dave had a few bites, but he eats at mealtimes.  Corn at 1030 AM didn't appeal to him, no matter how fresh, no matter how sweet, no matter how delicious.  The boys weren't interested either.  Too bad.  More for me! 

The photo is from several weeks ago.  The corn patch in the garden isn't pretty, only about half the plants germinated, or survived my weeding.  I've worried that animals might steal the corn before I could get it, and they have eaten half of one ear, and trampled a few stalks.  (I suspect Bambi did it, but I have no proof. )

The taste of that fresh, fresh corn makes it all worth it.  Next year I'll plant twice as much!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sheep version three

I like this one.  I may or may not make a furry cover for him.  I think he is okay without eyes, for the young-no-buttons-allowed set.   I could do the same basic idea with button eyes for older folks.  I think he needs a tail. 

This will be an easy pattern to adapt for a deer/reindeer at Christmas, a horse? a donkey?

Monday, July 26, 2010

A new Sheep

Remember last summer--the sheep from Flutterby Patch that took a journey around the world and stopped to visit here in Dublin?   I decided to try to create a sewn pattern, similar to the knit pattern from Flutterby Patch, to make with wool felt.  After all, I can hardly call my shop "Felted Woolies" if I don't make any felted woolies...

Photos are of the first prototype.  I know I want the head a bit bigger and the legs a bit shorter, but just a tad.  I also have a new idea about how to make the hooves look better.  I might have to add embroidered mouth and nose, especially for a lighter fabric.  The sweater that made this sheep's "jacket" is perfect for the job.  I may have to really look for others that have the right texture, or I'll have to knit jackets. 

I have some work to do to "perfect" the pattern...  Well, none of my patterns are ever perfect.   I like to think that is part of their charm.   But my sheep still needs some work.  I think there is great potential! 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Dinner with Alex

Alex was playing with his dinner, then turned to me and said "look,
mom, it's a bed-head."

Monday, July 19, 2010

My Favorite Phone App

You know I'm a geek.  You don't need proof.  But I found a free phone app that has knitting and crochet patterns!  How cool is that.  You are away from the computer and you want to try a new crochet flower, or get an idea for a baby gift... and you just search the Lion Brand yarn app.  The same patterns are all online, but they are also right here, in my pocket. 

I love technology.   Not that I'm using any yarn from anything except a thrifted sweater.

Cool things I made this week: 
  • A rug from a thrift store sofa throw.  I'd felted it once last winter, and it lost half its size, down to about 4 by 6.  I felted it again yesterday and it is now just about 3 by 4.  It must be at least a half inch of sold wool.  So wonderful.  A nice neutral yellowish tan.  Perfect to collect dirty, wet boots and shoes.    
  • A new pin cushion.  Basically a roll of wool felt with flowers and stuff pinned to the outside.  I love it.  It will be tinkered with over and over. 
  • Finally, a very cool bird.  Kind of a cockatoo with a fancy headdress and fancy tail feathers.  I was just feeling really creative and bored by the plain birds I've made in the past.  
Photos someday when I have the time.  I'm still challenged to get good photos taken for Etsy.  I love technology, but that doesn't mean I'm good at it.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

More Bed Heads

I'm making more Bed-Heads. Bed-Head Barbie is getting new friends. Maybe they will all be facebook friends. I'll post photos soon.

I need names for the friends--I'm making some that don't have the curly hair. Some with spikes, some with very neat rows of hair that is all the same short length, Buzz Cut Bob? Spikey Mikey? Give me some ideas?

Bed-head Barbie joined facebook! Be her friend!!!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010


Went to garden but forgot a container. Lucky the produce this day fit
in my bike helmet. I rode home risking brain injury in order to share
the first beans and these tomatoes with the family. Should be nice
mess of beans ready tomorrow. Does everyone say "mess" of beans?