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Pinwheels – Part Two
- Published on Monday, 16 April 2012
I am so excited to share the quilt progress! Part One was all about cutting the 144 triangles. Part Two is about building the twelve blocks for the quilt top.
Step One: Attach small patterned triangles to yellow background triangles. I am happy to announce that it only took an hour to sew the triangles and iron the seams flat. I am...
Crocheting with Wire
- Published on Friday, 13 April 2012
Lately I have seen some really cool crocheted jewelry, so I decided to give it a try. I know some basic crochet stitches, and sought out YouTube for a pattern. I found this helpful video:
The video is easy to follow, but I must have messed up. My necklace is not as long as the one in the video; it is more of a choker. Part of my...
Whiskey Barrel Stout – Phase One
- Published on Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Last weekend Jeremy brewed his new beer – a whiskey barrel stout. A week later and it’s time to transfer the beer to the secondary fermenter and add the whiskey barrel chips.
Those are the chips resting the the bottom of the carboy. The chips were first sanitized by boiling in 1 cup of water for 5 minutes. Then Jeremy...
Pinwheels – Part One
- Published on Monday, 09 April 2012
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am ready to make my next quilt. It’s a fun and colorful pinwheel quilt. Here’s the pattern again:
Today I focused on cutting all the triangles to make the pinwheel blocks. I started by cutting strips, then breaking the strips into squares.
The tie-dyed squares are 7 7/8″ and will be...
A Night at the Opera
- Published on Friday, 06 April 2012
This week was my spring break and I’ve spent time with family exploring the shops in historic Annapolis and Frederick. One of my favorite finds of this week is a pair of opera glasses:
I found these glasses at a sort of antiques consignment shop in Frederick. Not everything in the store is a certifiable antique, but the prices...
- Published on Wednesday, 04 April 2012
Spring is here, our new (Christmas) grill is assembled and it’s time to party on the deck. The only problem is that the deck is icky.
There is a nice layer of pollen coloring our deck shades of green. As you might know from a previous post, our deck is surrounded by trees. Thus, we are constantly fighting the war on pollen,...
Home Brew and Spent Grains
- Published on Monday, 02 April 2012
This weekend Jeremy brewed his latest beer. I selected for him the Whiskey Barrel Stout kit from Brewer’s Best. It’s an intermediate kit that will hopefully prepare us for brewing with a recipe and without pre-measured ingredients.
Here is the beer being siphoned from the brewing pot to the fermenter. I love that dark...
- Published on Monday, 26 March 2012
I have always been in love with my grandparents’ federal style house in Middletown, Maryland. This is the house they lived in since before I could remember, until 2007. I could dedicate a whole post just top how epic this house was, but what I really want to talk about is wallpaper.
This was my Uncle Jason’s room. I...
- Published on Friday, 23 March 2012
I’ve been planning to make a quilt, and I knew I wanted something fun and colorful, that made you think of summer time. Colorful pinwheels came to mind. With the help of Pinterest I have selected a pattern:
Thankfully the picture was also linked to the tutorial. The pattern yields a 71” x 54.5″ quilt. Fabrics have been s...
- Published on Wednesday, 21 March 2012
As you may know, Jeremy is a “computer guy”. Not only is he a software developer, but he also enjoys building computers. Hence, we have a bin full of old computer parts.This weekend we dumped out the box in an attempt to organize the components better.
In the photo you can see some keyboards, a monitor, solar panel,...