Monday, March 30, 2009

merit badges

My button collection, small but much loved.

Sew Wonderful - my simple sewing kit. I made the bag as a jewelry bag and I also made the velvet strawberry pincushion.

cheese update

Cheese turned out great! I will be making this again.
I used a tea towel in my strainer and was pleased.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

laundry and cheese....

I really like the laundry soap I made. My clothes smell so fresh and clean, and I noticed that more lint and hair ended up on my lint trap, good!

My first batch of the soft cheese turned out good, a little soft, like a cross between sour cream and cream cheese, but very tasty. I used some chives from my garden and some herb mix I have in my grinder, it makes a good dip, and would also be good with crackers.

My second batch is draining in the fridge, and this time instead of using cheesecloth, I used a tea towel, I think it will drain better, I twisted the cloth slightly to squeeze the cheese together and help the whey drain. We'll see how it turns out tomorrow.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Inspired

Inspired by the cheesemaking forum on maryjanes farm, I decided to try the soft cheese in the new issue, so far so good.
Additionally inspired to try making the homemade laundry soap, can't wait to use it!
What a great day!

Inspired

Cherry jam

Americana day quarter shuffle

Pieced and ready to baste and quilt. I think I will re name it or just call it Americana.

To do:
Baste and quilt 3 tops
Bind and sew 3 quilts
Cut and piece 2 tops

cherry jam

Used up the last of my frozen cherries and made jam, it set and every jar sealed, very happy about that!