keeping busy

Poppy asked about a photo of my wreath on the door, but I couldn’t decide where it looked best. ┬áThe first photo is the door to a shed at the side of the house, the second is our front door. I like it against both colors of wood. Unfortunately for the wreath, it actually hangs on a weathered grey wooden pantry door. Oh well.

wreath on purple door

wreath on blue doorRecently I’ve done some sewing. I have sewn quilts for 3 of my 4 children, which they have received sometime after graduating from high school. Marc has been very patient, as he just turned 24 and is still waiting. (Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be last in line.) In my defense I did start his years ago, but once the center blocks with star appliques were completed, I sort of lost interest. I made an almost identical quilt for his older brother, and I couldn’t get excited about doing the same thing. Fast forward a few years and I know I have to do something with these blocks. The first 3 photos show some of the blocks as they have been for years. The 4th block has started growing, and the last photo shows a new improved and expanded block. I hope to make them all the rectangular blocks into squares and then play around with them. I’ll let you see when I’m finished. It won’t be before Christmas, but I have high hopes for 2013!

star block

star block 2

star block 3

star block 4

star block 5I wrapped the fruitcakes that I made in November. I have had the cakes wrapped in cheesecloth (that was soaked in liquor) for several weeks. About once a week I unwrapped them, resoaked the cloth and wrapped them up again. They reached saturation point so it was time for packaging. As there were 50 cakes, it took en entire evening to wrap them.

cutting cello

starting to wrap

finished cake

gluten free cakeThe last cake has a different wrap and ribbon because it is gluten free and I don’t want to mix them up. I love how distorted the cakes look in these photos. Can’t tell if it was the way I was holding my camera or what! They were all lovely and regular in shape when I wrapped them – honest!