Our instructions are: For this week’s challenge, explore the classical elements of earth, air, water, andfire.and to Take a moment to explore these elements, in or out of balance, together or individually, as you pick up your camera this week.
For me this week, there was some canning.By some, I’m talking over 25 pints and some 15 or so quarts of canned goodness from my garden. And it’s not over yet.
Did you know boil water canning requires a perfect balance of the 4 elements for a successful run?
Earth: Bounty from your garden.
Water: Boil water canning is best for high acid foods such as tomatoes. It also takes way less time to process. Recommended as best method by the Ball Blue Book.
Air: You’ll probably prefer a cooler kitchen with a hood vent over your stove if possible. If nothing else, find yourself a nice fan.
Fire: A constant flame on my stove is an essential requirement. Do Not wear clothes that will catch on the cookery or create a hazard. In other words, no swimsuits for your canning experience, please.
Might I add that if you ever get the opportunity to grow Brandiwine Pink heirloom tomatoes, do it without hesitation. They are the absolute best tomato I have ever sank my teeth into. Sweet and definitely a gift from above!
Enjoy your summer goodness!
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Meet Evette, again. She’s my niece and there’s no doubt she’s “Sew in Love”. I’m getting pure satisfaction from seeing her use her beginning sewing skills towards gift-giving while her new husband is off at basic training. We are very proud of them both. Proud for his service to our country and to her holdin’ down the homefront while he’s away.
Last week she came to me with a preplanned embroidery project. Unfortunately, while making the project, her friend’s sewing machine bit the dust. So I was getting to do a little more than planned. Not a problem. Glad to help.
Fast forward to the embroidery…….
She showed me what she needed and chose a beautiful font. I had it digitized and ready to go. The A was well on it’s way in this picture. With this design, there would be some re-hooping of the item in order to fit the project. (My hoop is pretty much ancient compared to newer ones. Mine’s circa 18 to 20 years old.) Unfortunately, the A was all that got completed before my memory card fried. Unable to fix it, we improvised, overcame and adapted. Marines out there will appreciate that last sentence. Semper Fi!
Moving on, I must let my niece know that her “Large” pins were a hit with me. I’ve always used the normal size, but after using hers, I may have to get some of these. They were so generous in size and I didn’t prick my fingers nearly as much. Who says you don’t learn from the younger generation??!! And that Minky fabric is soft! And slick to sew with. I tried the walking foot but reverted to the normal foot after about 10 inches. Any hints out there would be appreciated for future minky projects.
Above are the completed carrier cover and the baby quilt.
And just for the baby’s sake, I’ve a little message I’m sure Evette would want to pass along…..
Shopping on eBay gave me an opportunity to share in the Weekly Photo Challenge on this Sunday afternoon. Some lovely fabrics that you can’t find in the stores around here are my display in collage style. I’ve been lucky to find this very reputable seller who has somehow acquired many beautiful fabrics. Now to sort fabrics into color schemes———-a collage for another day.
This week, share a photograph that signifies transitions and change to you. It can be the very beginning of a phase, or the very end. As you pick up your lens, explore the ways in which a single photograph can express time, while only showing us a small portion of any given moment.
I’m choosing a recent moment from this past weekend at my neice’s wedding. All eyes are upon you at that transitional moment in time where you become The Mr. and Mrs.
This week for my entry, I’d like to share a piece of our heart. Jake gets to stay at home starting next week with his mother and soon-expected sibling. We have grown pretty attached to this little guy but we know he will still stop in to visit now and then.
I’d like to think I’ve shared a little bluegrass music heritage with him in his first year and a half.
And now, dear daughters, you know why I collect banjos 😉
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We’ve had our driveway blocked for about 2 months. January 8th to be precise; the water main broke sending a river down the road. With no warning, the cavalry arrived to patch it up on Wednesday.
The Road Taken – Literally
Another road taken down the Katy Trail with one of my daughters and husband. At least I didn’t receive bunny ears (eyes rolling).
Tree lined March 4, 2017
A break in the trees
Some more of our walk on the scenic Katy Trail.
Another Road Taken with my neice to my favorite section of any store – The Fabric Section! Let me just say this is a gigantic step for the next generation. Fabric purchasing and selection is an unknown territory for many of them. I’m beaming here if you can’t tell!
And guess what?! She sews! Zach you have a good catch…. but I’m sure you know that 🙂
Back to the subject at hand.
Our 3-generation project has begun. Above are the fabric choices she made, the blocks that she and my mother cut out, and the sample arrangement suggestions I sent to her via cell phone. We’re making a special something to use in her July 1 wedding. Can’t tell you what we’re using this for yet, but I can tell you she chose view #2. I am in total agreement.