Monthly Archives: November 2016

Sharpie Shoes


Last week, I wrote about the infinity scarf I sewed for an ensemble for my granddaughter for Christmas.  Jeans jacket, white t-shirt, and cute fabric pin completed the look.  At least I thought it was complete until I decided to crap up some coordinating shoes. Read the rest of this entry


DIY Infinity Scarves


I got out my sewing machine today to work on a Christmas gift for my oldest granddaughter Kaye.  I’m most definitely a sewing novice, despite my mom’s and my high school home ec teacher’s efforts.  I have limited tolerance for the precision of sewing, but I figured I could handle the two or three straight seams this project required.  Even going to buy fabric gave me some feelings of ineptness ( ineptitude?), but I powered through the nervousness and bought two yards of pretty paisley fabric with shades of brown and blue on a field of white. Read the rest of this entry

Wine Scarves




I’m still in the beginning knitter camp, despite my two years of practice. But I’ve been venturing out as I try some new stitches and techniques, and I’ve found this quick-ish knitting project producing cute Christmas gifts if paired with bottles on wine. This project has the added benefits of giving me additional knitting practice and helping me use up a skein of holiday-red yarn. I’ve done several with plain garter stitch, adding pom-poms (a new skill) to the ends of one and fringe to another. I did  a scarf with rows of alternating garter stitch and yarn overs, and I’m now working on a scarf made out of seed stitch (another new skill).  I’ll try the chevron seed stitch on my next one.  For the one in the photo above, I cut the tufts off of some bunny yarn and sewed them onto the garter stitch scarf. Read the rest of this entry

Three-Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies



We visited the grandkids a week or so ago, and Princess M and I made the world’s easiest cookies.  You may remember the two-ingredient muffins I blogged about last year.  (See  Just pumpkin puree and spice cake mix.  We riffed on that idea, again using one can of pumpkin puree and one spice cake mix. Read the rest of this entry