Crochet Along – Join In, It’s Gonna Be Fun

When I was a teenager, I learned how to knit and crochet – nothing fancy, just basic stitches. Granny Square afghans were the only crochet pattern I had learned.  Being busy with classes, I gave up on knitting and crocheting when I was in college. Now, years later, I have decided to take up crocheting again. Along with several friends, also new to crocheting, we have compiled a collection of several patterns (actually about 42 of them) for a Crochet-Along. The plan is to crochet two blocks each month and eventually put them together into an afghan (yes this project … Continue reading Crochet Along – Join In, It’s Gonna Be Fun

Fabric Dyeing

I love fabrics, especially unique, one of the kind fabrics.  So, about a year ago, I took a class on Craftsy called “The Art of Cloth Dyeing” with Jane Dunnewold.  I was fascinated, purchased a sample kit and gave it a try.  I was hooked!  I loved the results and decided to do more.  Traditional fabric dyeing, which uses a large volume of water and lots of stirring, creates a smooth uniform appearance to the fabric. If multiple colors are used together, the dyes mix and become “muddy”.  I prefer the results obtained with low water immersion dyeing.  This technique … Continue reading Fabric Dyeing

Peach and Pecan Fruit Pizza

When I was first married, we spent many Sunday afternoons with my husband’s great-aunt Maude. She was a fabulous cook and I acquired many recipes from her.  One of these recipes was a Pecan Cookie Pie Crust, usually made with a peach pie filling. Aunt Maude’s Pecan Pie Crust Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Yield: 6-8 servings 1/2 cup Crisco shortening 1/2 cup butter, room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 cup ground pecans 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2. Cream together shortening, butter … Continue reading Peach and Pecan Fruit Pizza