Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Milk Bottle Cap Refrigerator Magnets

 Add a little country, farmhouse charm to your kitchen
with these refrigerator magnets
Find the here:
Cherry Prairie

Friday, July 18, 2014

Vintage Pattern Marketplace: Free Pattern Friday - Bushel Basket Liner

Line your vintage bushel basket with this fun free pattern!
Vintage Pattern Marketplace: Free Pattern Friday - Bushel Basket Liner: Download this easy to follow instruction sheet to make a lining for a bushel basket. The bushel basket, made of pine or oak slats, use...

One of my items is in Kindred Stitches Magazine

My Boudoir Box is on the Let’s Create page of 
Shabby Chic issue 

It's a bit exciting to see my work in a magazine!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cherry Picking Time!

The sour cherries are ripe!
So can you guess what I was doing today?
 Pitting cherries and getting them ready for jam and jelly. 

 This vintage cherry stoner is the best ever. 
You just put the cherries in the top and turn the crank.
The cherries and juice come out the bottom and the pits come out the end.
So much easier than pitting them by hand.
I love it!

Here are two bags of sour cherries. 
Each one will make a batch of cherry jam.
And a jar of juice for cherry jelly.
These are all going into the freezer to use later because it's 100° today and too hot to can!
I'll be picking more cherries soon to freeze for pies and another batch or two of jam and jelly.

As I was standing there turning the crank and watching the lovely cherries fill the container. I was thinking of all the other women who used this cherry pitter to do the very same thing I'm doing.
About how we are all connected to the past in many everyday ways.
   I was also thinking about how grateful I am to have an air conditioner in my kitchen and that I can put my cherries in the freezer and wait for a cooler day to make jam.
Unlike the women of the past who didn't have such luxuries.

And won't it be lovely to have a cherry pie or two this Winter when it's cold and snowy outside?
A little taste of Summer to remind me that Winter won't last forever.

If you'd like my jam recipe you can find it here:
Cherry Jam

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Cherry Prairie Recipe Box

An old-fashioned cookie recipe from the Cherry Prairie recipe box.

COCONUT KISSES are a real treat if you love coconut and chocolate like I do!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Vintage Pattern Marketplace: Free Pattern Friday - Pansy Lapel Pin

Learn how to make a pretty little pansy pin. 

Vintage Pattern Marketplace: Free Pattern Friday - Pansy Lapel Pin: Pansy Lapel Pin October 1956 Workbasket Magazine This sweet little lapel pin from the October 1956 Workbasket Magazine, can be made in ...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Perk Up a Plain Jane Apron in Vintage Style

Add a little kitsch to your apron!
 Find or make an apron that you like.

Gather some vintage trims, brooches, buttons, whatever you like.
 And don't forget a hankie for the pocket!
I chose reds and yellows to compliment the apron.
 Decided where you want to add the trim or rick rack.
Stitch it on.
Add any buttons, pins or other embellishments.

Last but not least ...
Fold the hankie into the desired shape and put it in the pocket.
And there you have it, an adorable kitschy apron!