Saturday, December 29, 2012

snow garden

woke up to our first dusting of snow

above is not me (shocking!)
nor my garden
found it on...
you guessed it...
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Sunday, December 16, 2012

China Tea Cup

Daily life tends to be routine. 

Regardless of intentions I have the same tea, 
day after day.   
Love my daily tea but I do like to experiment too.

 On my last vacation I thought it was a great opportunity 
to try all whim tea purchases I had made. 

Settling in to the still moments of vacation 
and trying my “new” teas 
I realized all I tasted was the dish washing detergent 
of the mug I was using.   

That started a mission to find a fine porcelain tea cup.   
Let me tell you, that was no easy task. 

Finally found a store that carried them
and bought one (okay, two…) 
and realized Grandma was right, 
tea does taste better out of china tea cup.**  
 Every nuance to the tea was available for contemplation.

Now I have a new routine, china tea cups.

** porcelain is less porous than ceramic or stoneware 
so less likely to absorb strong flavors, 
such as soap.

Friday, December 7, 2012


Here is a quick and easy project for the weekend.  

Supplies for a needle book: 

·         mid to heavy  weight fabric of your preference

·         felt at least 2 inches larger, than above mentioned fabric, in diameter. cut into two equal pieces.

·         sewing thread

·         Optional: interfacing
You can embroider a design (or not) on the front side of fabric or simply use the fabric alone as your design.
Steps 2 through 9 are directions you will find in my DIY EmbroideryKit for the Monarch Needle Book.  I have included a step 1 so you can create a needle book case on your own or modify any of my kits into a needle book case if desired.
Have fun and comment below if you have questions. 

***all designs and directions are copy righted to Prairie Garden and are for personal use and not for duplication.***

Thursday, November 1, 2012

blossoms at our feet

I’m amazed at the flowers 
that continue to bloom 
amongst the leaves falling all around.   

We have to cherish every bloom we get from now on.

This photo reminds me of one of my favorite quotes 
I've included in my garden journals:

In the hope of reaching for the moon,
men fail to see the flowers
that blossom at their feet.
-Albert Schweitzer 

I hope you have the opportunity to find 
beautiful moments this fall!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Our gardens are winding down.  
 I’m surprised by the plants 
that are continuing to bloom.   
My cosmos plants are doing well…
under the circumstances.   
I always think of this blooming 
during the hot dry periods, 
like August.    

 So glad, 
it’s another from my long list of favorites.

Monday, October 8, 2012

DIY Crewel Embroidery Kits

I’ve been a bit MIA working on a new line for the store. 

I’ve loved crewel embroidery 
and it took a great deal of effort 
to get my first piece completed.   

Not because it’s difficult to embroider 
but because there were no concise ways to learn it.   
You have to find a pattern you like, 
find fabric that is the right weight and weave, 
figure what fiber you need and then buy books to learn the stitches.  
Not easy, not fast 
I'm not exaggerating to say my first project took 2 years... did.
But I did it and found I love it. 

Well, I want to make it easy for others 
and something you can complete in a weekend. 
I have put together kits 
with patterns printed directly on the fabric
included the fiber and 
color photo directions 
on how to complete the stitches for each pattern. 
There are hundreds of stitches so we’ll never get bored.   
The kits are also geared towards 
completing your piece into a useful object.   
While I love framed pieces of embroidery, 
I am one of those people who like to use what I make, 
not simply admire it. 
But admire your work you will. 

Fall is a great time to start learning a new project 
for the indoors and I hope you have fun on this journey with me.  
 I cannot express how much I love creating these pieces 
and I have so many ideas 
I can’t wait to share them all. 

Happy Fall!