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September 2009 - Shivaya Naturals

September 2009

Rounding It All Out

September 30, 2009

Yesterday found me back at the sewing machine to finish up my Fall sewing for the kitchen. Once I put the mat in, and we started enjoying it, I realized that we needed just a few more pieces to continue those colors through the room.

Last week I had seen Heather’s version of Handmade Home’s Towel Mat for the kitchen, and I fell in love with it! We use a dish drying rack everyday, so I figured that this would be the perfect way to soak up all the extra water that it generates. I used the same fabric on the front of this piece as I did on the back and border of the floor mat.Those two pieces actually sit very close to one another, so they needed to complement each other well. I had enough fabric and toweling to make two identical pieces, so I went ahead and made a second to get a jump start on my holiday sewing. I know exactly who that is going to.

Millie’s pot holders (again from Handmade Home) were the last piece of Autumn sewing for the kitchen, and I adore these. I have never sewn pot holders, and I really didn’t think that this would be a project I would do. I have to say that these were so quick and easy, and I really love the result.

We tested them out yesterday on our Apple and Pear Breakfast Custard, and they worked perfectly.

Just a bit of Autumn color to spruce up the room our family gathers in so often.

Apple and Pear Breakfast Custard

1 cup of chunky applesauce
1 pear cubed
1 cup of milk (any kind you use)
1 Tbs of honey
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon on cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg

In mixer, blend until smooth

Place in individual custard cups, and place in a water bath. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Refrigerate and enjoy!


A Patchwork of Fun

September 29, 2009

As everything else in life, my crafting seems to move in phases. At this moment, I am deep in wool and home love. The wool for my family: mittens, socks, hats and comfy sweaters. The love of my home in sewing curtains, cushions, bedding and decor.

Yesterday was spent mainly in the sewing room, with the mama enjoying the fun that a random patchwork kitchen mat can bring, my oldest son working on his own Halloween 16 patch blanket, and my youngest learning to hand sew. It was a very full day of needles and thread.

For the kitchen mat, I used the pattern from the wonderful book Patchwork Style, and the only thing that I can say is that if the rest of the projects bring me as much joy as this one did, I may have found a new favorite.

This project was one that had a long journey through my mind and imagination. I had so much fun picking out the fabric scraps that would be used for the mat, and then spent many an hour on the design board trying to put together exactly what I wanted it to look like. Of course, this is a random patchwork design, so it came together without looking anything like I had planned, which was good because I adore it as is.

I needed some fall coloring in the house, and the chocolates and rose, greens and blues were just what I wanted.

This mat is a very easy project to complete, but it is wonderfully time consuming as well. I say wonderful because the way that this mat is constructed really allows you to enjoy the process as you are going along. Machine quilting each piece as you go, deciding where the next one will be placed, and watching your design and fabric take shape.

So now we have a lovely mat to greet us while we cook together in the kitchen, and my boys have a sweet place to put those newly warm toes of theirs.