Wednesday, July 15, 2015


We have had so much rain lately, that I seem to have
a mushroom garden growing on my "back forty."

 All different kinds!

I'm not about to taste any, but I need to look them up and see
what kinds they are.
Love, Linda

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Alabama Chanin wannabe

Alabama Chanin is located in . . . Alabama.
The owner is Natalie Chanin who moved back home from NYC
and started a design line of handsewn clothing.
She has published 4 books full of patterns, design tips and
instructions for sewing her clothing.
(This is good, because her cloths sell for 800 to 3500 dollars.
And up!)

So, I decided to make a T-shirt. I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased
XXXL T-shirts, 3.99 each with 30% off.
I enlarged and printed the stencil from her book,
and cut and printed the stencil onto the T-shirt fabric.

After the stencil was done, I stitched around it, then cut out the
centers. This is called "reverse appliqué.
Then I hand sewed the shirt together.

 This is herringbone stitch - with homemade tiger tape.

Now I understand why her stuff is so expensive!
Starting on a skirt.

Love, Linda

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Moon Garden

Here are the latest photos of my "moon garden" started this spring.
White astilbe

 Pope John Paul tea roses

 The white butterfly bush is getting huge!

 Uh Oh! Do you see the mislabeled plant??
 Hydrangeas, hostas, coneflowers, and one tomato plant.
Love, Linda