I finished a little stitchery I started before our big move! All that needs to be done is add the back and stuff it to make a little pillow. A quick trip to Joann's for stuffing today and it will be complete! I used some homespuns from my stash to add borders as well as for the backing. The stitchery is from Primitive Stitches which I bought complete with fabric and wool from Karen at Farmhouse Woolens. I actually changed out the background fabric for a lighter distressed cotton, but will use the darker fabric that came with it and make this again - perhaps for a gift!
Melanie emailed me the other day with a recipe for Mincemeat Cake! It sounded so good that I just had to make it right away! Mr. Squash and I headed out to the grocery for mincemeat (the sweet variety sans meat) and commenced baking! It turned out perfectly and is Oh-So-Good!!! Thanks for a fantastic, seasonal recipe, Melanie, we'll make it again and again!
We have had a couple of fires in one of our two wood burning fireplaces so far. The first one wasn't so good, but the second (below) was a bit better. We've both burned wood fires quite a bit in the past, but it seems we need to re-learn the proper methods! We purchased a bundle of kindling that you can see in the picture below. It helped a lot for this fire, but it was short lived. Either our wood isn't quite dry enough yet, or we haven't built up enough ash below to keep it hot. We need to practice more for sure! We also need to purchase a good set of fireplace tools!
Monday morning I begin painting again. I took the past week off after painting my studio, but it's time to get back to the grind! This week it will be the kitchen walls, which will complete the room. Then on to the rest of the house!