Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The heck with the leaves!

I started this post with a sob story about how hard I have worked raking leaves, only to look out this morning to see the ground covered again. The wind got up overnight! :( So the heck with the leaves! 

Here's the apron I finished last night...



Manager of the Wake Forest Farmer's Market called and asked if I would like to be a guest vendor at their Christmas market this coming Saturday. I said "yes"! Sure hope the weather will be better for this one.

I still have several things made from the Christmas market in November. The dolls...



Plundering around, I found these paper angels and trains.These are fun to make and something the children love. I'll put them in a box for fifty cents or a dollar....





Something else I want to make (an idea from Shelby) are those little pot holders that fit on the handle of a cast iron pan. These are harder to make than a bonnet! The problem is getting the bias tape sewn on neat and even around the four layers (fabric on outside and padding in the middle). Any suggestions? These just don't look neat enough to sell...



Before I go...this was the best part of being outside raking those leaves...little sweet Smokey right there with me...






I'm leaving the leaf post on the bottom where it belongs!! :(  Thank you for visiting.

Love, Henny



Before undertaking the big overwhelming job of raking leaves this year, I made a promise to myself that there would be no stressing out, no getting mad at the wind, no beating the side of a tree with the rake...but how can I not get disgusted? That eight hours of raking last week looks like this now, well even worse. This picture was taken yesterday!



For five hours yesterday I raked and cleaned the front flower garden. I couldn't say how it looks now. I purposely don't look that way when I go out!




It will be okay. Really, it will. :)

22 comments:

  1. I'm thinking those pot handle holders are good lookin' enough!
    I don't know when I'll get back to raking our lawn. it still needs to thaw out, and then it will be raining. :-(
    I did hear recently that it is better to leave the leaves on the ground to feed the soil and shelter the beneficial insects. We do put them on the flower and shrub beds, but NOT ON THE GRASS!

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    1. Well thank you. I do like to put leaves in the garden for the winter. It makes the soil rich and lots of earth worms.

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  2. Lovely stitching and love the ;pictures.

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  3. Just think of the leaves as winter worm food. Clean 'em up in the spring!
    Jane x

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    1. They do make good worm food. I really should stop worrying over the leaves so much. :)

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  4. It always seems like raking leaves is a never ending job. I finished mine about Oct. 1.

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    1. Wow! And, here the leaves don't start falling good until November!

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  5. Such a lot of hard work raking leaves with so little reward, I have given up. Have a great time at the market, you have some lovely makes. I thought the pot handles looked wonderful, just iron them flat. Good luck.

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    1. Thank you. Good idea. Ironing would make them look smoother and better.

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  6. I have to compare leaf raking with snow shoveling -- get rid of it all, look out the next morning and it's back. I try to think about what good exercise it is and what extra I can eat because I did it! Kind of like the carrot, ya know. Except it's never the carrots I want to eat extra of. :-)

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    1. PS. I love the idea of the a pot holder to put on the handle of the frying pan. I might have to try one.

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    2. Oh gosh! It would be like shoveling snow! We don't get that much snow. The little pot holders are really great especially on cast iron pans.

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  7. I like my mulching blades it is healthy for the lawn! At least that is my thought. Raking is hard work.
    Have you tried making your own fabric cut on the bias trim that way you can alter the width? I think they look great as they are...will you have them for sale? I would like to buy a couple:)

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    1. That's funny. I just ordered a cheap little bias tape maker from Amazon and I love it! I had no idea it would be so easy to use. Bias tape is too expensive to buy now. $1.88 a pack and it takes three packs for the aprons I'm making. I sell aprons for $15.00. I would love to send you a couple of the pot holders if you will email me your address. These don't look good enough to sell, but if I keep trying they might get better. :)

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    2. That's funny. I just ordered a cheap little bias tape maker from Amazon and I love it! I had no idea it would be so easy to use. Bias tape is too expensive to buy now. $1.88 a pack and it takes three packs for the aprons I'm making. I sell aprons for $15.00. I would love to send you a couple of the pot holders if you will email me your address. These don't look good enough to sell, but if I keep trying they might get better. :)

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    3. I cannot locate your email. Mine is captainconnie2001atyahoodotcom I would like to purchase two of those pot handle holders! :)

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  8. I always used to be able to buy the bias tape when they had a half price sale at the fabric store. I know how you feel about the bias tape! Most people wouldn't care, but as sewers, well we want it to look neat and tidy.
    I first wrote out long instructions for you, but instead here is a youtube video that shows how to put the bias tape over the edge. I do something similar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_XMeOG3_9c The part you would be interested in starts somewhere in the 4 minute area, after she is finished with the green tape. It does come out neater, as only one row of thread shows, although it will be hard to get it perfect around that tight curve. I should make one of those for our frying pan! Good luck at the craft fair!

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  9. The apron looks great! I think I've made that pattern before, or at least one like it. Hope you do well at the Christmas farmers market Sunday. So nice of you to think of the kids!

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  10. I liked the apron style it seems so cheerful. Success for you at the market

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  11. Pretty apron!
    I am now starting to mow/bag and dump all our leaves! Garden gold, they really are! I will dump them in my garden rows all crunched up by the mower. I use them to mulch in around shrubs etc as well. I find after the mower has crunched and bagged them... Once I dump them in their place they stay very nicely! Hope you have a good market!

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