Friday, July 27, 2012


I got my saw dirty. And it was SO good. That is all.

My first slabs!

Rainforest Jasper from Austrailia

Crazy Lace from Mexico

More Crazy Lace

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New Saw part 2

Handsome Bubby the Builder
I have the perfect man. Not only does he love chickens, cooks, rides bikes with me, games with me, and countless other such wonderful things, HE BUILDS ME THINGS!

Here he is building in custom worktables in my new shed. In return he got blueberry scones for breakfast, and taken out to dinner and frozen yogurt. If he wore jewelry, I totally would make him some. Covered with pretty rocks.

'Deepholm' now has shelves all the way around, to the left is Big Blue, to the right will go Twilight-Jasmine Genie, and in the back is where I'll play with torches.

The plan tomorrow is to get more oil to feed the beast, and fire her up!

I'm very excited.

Monday, July 23, 2012

New saw!!

Lortone 12" slab saw arrived today!! Bubby sweetly put all the parts on, while I got in the way.

Notice my 'studio' in the background. This has been the summer of my shed. The outside shelf is already loaded with my many rocks, with boxes below of slabs, and rough. This next week, Bubby will be building me a table and workbench inside the shed.

Here is Daisy, my little tile Workforce saw, next to it's big sibling. It still needs a name.

...and a better shot of my shed! Who am I kidding? It's my very own playhouse. But instead of playing house with the boy next door, I'm playing with rocks and metal. Sweet.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WIP Wednesday!

Still knitting socks! Finished a special pair for siblings Anna and Eli from Spring Fling, and now back to Happy Socks. I just have the toe to go, and then on to it's match. I'm using lots of Knitpicks superwash sock yarn and patterns from a new book I purchased by Alice Starmore.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fabric Napkins

Ever since we got back for Bubby's sister's house in NM, where they used cloth napkins, we've been wanting to move to cloth from paper towels.

Yes, I've lessened using them a bit from using my cloth rags, but every meal, we grab paper towels for our mouths. It was so seamless (lol) to use cloth at Chelo's house. They were plentiful, and thrown in with regular wash loads, no added wash and dry cycles.

 My frugal self balked at buying them for anywhere from $4-6 each for handmade. So I went to ask my best friend, Google.

There are great blogs about sewing your own napkins, and even how to sew the corners neatly! I read quite a few. And on this hot afternoon, I stayed inside and sewed and sewed.

Here's the result. 24 handmade cloth napkins.

So easy! All it takes is a fat quarter (about 17" x 22") and a doubled over 1/4" seam. I mitered the corners, fast and dirty, and they didn't turn out too badly~

I used happy fabrics from my plentiful stash, and ones with patterns (to hide messes when in use) and we'll be trying them out tonight!

I'm a happy camper, as making cloth napkins was on my summer 'to do' list. Check!