Thursday, December 11, 2008

Most of the country is experiencing a big winter storm - lots of cold and even snow. Meanwhile in my neck of the woods, the gardening continues. It has been a while since I've taken you on a tour of the garden. Most everything has been pulled up and remains only a distant memory of watering, harvesting and putting up for winter. But I never took out the pepper plants and they continue to produce with gusto.
This morning I filled my picking bucket with 20 Anaheim peppers and 35 jalapeño peppers. As you can see, some have been left on the plants long enough to ripen and become red. Aren't they pretty? Like a southwest Christmas decoration. I'll be roasting these to join the others in the freezer. There are more still on the plants that I will allow to dry. I think maybe I can make my own crushed red pepper flakes from them. We'll see . . .
In the cubby, I finished the hand work on Church Cat earlier in the week. I went with my original plan to turn it into a pillow cover. Boy did I struggle with that ruffle. Maybe I shouldn't have been so resistant to taking a Home Ec class.
With a great stroke of luck, the finished piece was just the right size to cover a pillow I already had. We have a couple of throw pillows that live on the bed and this one will make a nice addition to the pile. What girl doesn't just love a big assortment of pillows on her bed?

23 comments:

Stina said...

Ahh...think you did just great on that ruffle...at least on distance...;o) it looks like that!!
Love the Church cat made into a pillow...lovely idea..
and peppers in the winter..sigh...looking out ..I cant believe you still have that kind of weather... amazing...:o)

Jeanne said...

Libby, the pillow looks wonderful! The whole bed looks inviting. Enjoy your garden!

Joyce said...

They are predicting -40 wind chills tongiht and that's the same in either temperature scale and COLD no matter how you look at it. The pillow looks great.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Your pillow turned out so great!!!

When I make a ruffle I cut it twice the width I want it to be then fold it in half, iron .. about 1/4" or 3/8' down from the raw edges I sew a string/cord using a zig zag stitch over it making sure not to catch the cord in the zig zag... then pull the cord and it ruffles it :O) pin on and sew... this may not be of any help but thought I would share it :O)...it makes a beautiful ruffle every time :O)

I cannot believe you are still picking those beautiful peppers this late in the year!!!! :O)

Yvonne said...

Your peppers look wonderful and I LOVE the Church cat.....way cool! :)

Judy said...

The pillow turned out very well! I always use the fancy ruffler on my featherweight for ruffles...thing looks like a torture device! but it works great!

Stephanie D. said...

The pillow looks so at home there on the bed. What's that above the bed? Is it painted on or is it a poster? Can't quite figure it out.

Can't believe you're still getting peppers!

Caron said...

The bed is adorable, all decked out for the holidays. Love the pillow!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh that is just too cute!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Great job on the pillow Libby. Is that a painting on your bedroom wall?? It looks very cool.

Sherry said...

Your church cat pillow is adorable. Looks great on the bed.

Carole said...

The pillow is adorable! Wow, you're getting lots done. Such a busy bee! Nice peppers! As for our garden, well, it's covered with a beautiful blanket of snow. Enjoy your day!

Screen Door said...

Why were we born in an era that Home Ec was "uncool"??? My Mom tells great stories of finishing others girls projects and getting points taken of her own because she would get busted for using her teeth to cut threat instead of scissors.... I love the wool project. In 2009 I hope to do more... Are you doing any punch needle this year?

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Great pillow finish, the ruffle looks fine. I have always balked at ruffles (constructing and wearing!) too. Well done, the bed is very inviting...

Rosemary said...

Libby, the pillow is great, i love it! rosemary

Candace said...

Libby, we are expecting snow here in the PNW later today - but I've "transported" myself to your cheery garden!
Your ruffle looks great! Just the other day I learned that if you zig-zag over any weight of fishing line (be careful not to catch the line in the zig-zag) and leave some dangling at each end, your ruffling will be really easy! I can't wait to try this. I believe it was from Sewing With Nancy.
Cheers!

Karen said...

You make me want to go get my church cat pattern out and start it right this minute. Good job! In prim stuff, ruffles don't have to be perfect.

Catherine said...

Your pillow looks great! Hard to believe you're still getting peppers from your garden at this time of year! We've had wind chills of -13!

Guðrún said...

It looks great on the bed.

yellowfarmhouse said...

That little pile of peppers looks so pretty. Your enjoying your garden and we are under a blizzard warning for tonight and tomorrow - talk about opposites, LOL. Your pillow turned out adorable and I think your ruffle looks great. Is that painted on the wall above your bed, tooo cute.

Hugs - karen

MARCIE said...

That room with the Church Cat looks wonderful! I want to make that pillow right this minute! And leave it to you to find a prim looking snowman at Disneyland!

dee said...

Sounds like you are really having fun. Those peppers are so pretty. I always love seeing the ristras hanging in the kitchen.
Church cat is very sweet.

Perry said...

Really a cute pillow. Your ruffle looks fine, at least you put one on there. Lots of peppers, maybe you could dry some and string them for a tree garland, lol.