The weather here is BEAUTIFUL, and the color is amazing. I planted these petunias back in the spring, they dried to twigs in the summer and came back looking like natures very own velveteen.
The skies have been painted in technicolor schemes.
Only the Almighty God can create a sunset in these glorious colors.
So many things to that surround us, inspiring us and blessing us with their beauty. So many things to be thankful for.
And thankful for a vet that we have known for 20 plus years, so that when we discover that one of the four legged companions has a gapping hole in his side, we can get him stitched up. He now gets to wear the cone of shame. I sure wish that he could explain how it all happened in the first place. He is on the mend and chipping the paint off of every corner in the house with that darn cone. Hmmm, maybe a chance to think of some new wall colors come spring!
I don't know if it's the amazingly rich colors of fall or the thought of apples covered in caramel, but I can't seem to survive fall without a heavy dose of caramel candies. I decided to try my hand at making some.
As it turns out, upon getting everything in a pan and a good boil going, I realized that my candy thermometer was broken. Panic hit, but I wasn't going to bail and lose all of that wonderful buttery, creamy and sugary goodness. With a few candy making notes and the memories of my Mom making candy, I managed a decent batch by testing the soft ball and hard ball stages by dropping bits of the mixture in a cup of water.
Welcome to sins sweet side. It felt wonderful to have something edible when I was done, and to learn that I could do it the 'old' way. I'm still hoping for a new candy thermometer in my stocking this Christmas, though.
....that's what I was sewing with this weekend. I was having fun sewing on this quilt at the DMQG retreat this last weekend and several asked about the white fabric.
It's Kona Crush by Robert Kaufmann. A wonderful crinkle texture that stayed through pre-washing and drying, and then pressing while sewing. All the while being crisp and wonderful.
I'm trying to decide what other colors to get it in, they have several at the Quilt Asylum.
It was wonderful to have 4 days to focus on sewing, all of the food was prepared for us, and they were even able to handle my gluten intolerance issues. What a treat is was to be at the Compass Centre, they really took good care of us.
I finished up 2 baby blankets and 6 pillowcases and spent an entire day playing in my scraps making baskets. I would have loved to get handles sew on all of them, but I just wasn't prepared for applique, but the backgrounds are ready.
Now, if I can keep a fraction of that momentum going.