Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Curious Fox

It is beautiful, spring-like weather here, which means we are burning brush.  One of my sister's was burning brush today, I stopped by and stayed all day.  Later, another sister asked me how the brush burning went.  Huh?  I didn't know how she knew - but she knew because she knew the other sister was burning today and she just knows that I can't stay away from a burning brush pile.  Well, can you blame me?  That sister of mine moves an entire party down to the brush pile - picnic, coolers, even s'mores fixings.  The dogs even have their own water cooler and bowl!  Well, that smoke does make you thirsty.  Here is a photo of our party after the pile was pretty much burned out and we were winding down for the afternoon.


And just in the woods there - off to the left there was a fox for a while - watching us.  Curious fox!  My nephew's keen eye spotted it... look how perfectly it blends in to where it is standing.
My sister took this photo of me so I can send it to my son and DH.  
And when we were all done burning, the 2 of us pulled this tub over to the fire and flipped it on top of it.  I have the funniest photo of my sister pulling it!  I am sure we will laugh at it for years to come.  My nephew dug up the dirt and covered all the air holes.  We use this tub all the time and I never realized what it was until I asked my sister today - it is an old oil tank cut in 1/2.  Sometimes we pile stuff in it.  Other times we have our fires in it.  Today we used it as a cover for the fire.  Leave it to my Dad to save everything!  Who knew an old oil tank could be so useful!
Yup, brush burning is one of my favorite outdoor parties!  Oh - and I almost forgot - while we were doing that I was cutting lengths of bamboo for a solitary bee habitat project I am making.  I will keep you posted...

Monday, April 04, 2011

McCall's 6297 - A Fun Market Bag

Remember Wednesday night is Craft Night?  Well, I have been working away on this market bag.  There is still one thing left to do - I do not like to use cardboard for the bottom of my bags so I have to get a piece of that needlework plastic stuff for the bottom.  
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So, basically done.  There are several things I don't like about the design, but it is done and that makes me happy.  Well, except the bottom of the water bottle pockets are driving me crazy because they have about 2" openings on the bottom - just big enough for your car keys to fall out of or something like that.  So, I am going to whip stitch those openings shut.  Better safe than sorry.


And a photo of the pattern.  I have the next bag over cut out and all interfaced - ready to start on this Wednesday at Craft Night.  I don't think it will take as long as this one did - those 4 outside pockets took extra time!  I am just playing around with small projects.  Those 99 cent - $1.99 dollar pattern sales at Joanne's inspires me to buy patterns I would never dream of paying full price for!  This one was originally $18.95, so a good bargain at $1.99.  It is a good, solid bag and I will probably make some more - with a few modifications.  You get to know what you like in your own bags, but for the 1st time around I like to follow the pattern.