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.***