The Attic Door Creaks Open…

…and dust and cobwebs scatter.

Hi! It’s me! I haven’t been here literally for years and almost even forgot this blog existed.

I’m opening up a new shop/blog, The Maine Skein. Yes, I say it’s me there, I’m confirming it by saying it here too. Bit by bit I’m going to move/reprint my articles that I have here, as well as adding new ones. N00b Monday will become Newbie Tuesday, and Project Friday will probably still be called just that. Anyway, I hope you join me over there.

Thank you for reading and enjoying even after all these years!

Laura/Peasie/Mistletoe

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So far, sockcessful.

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I’ve been saying it for years: I want to learn how to knit, because I want to learn how to make socks. Sure a sweater would be nice from time to time, but what I really want to make is socks.

And so, at the first of this year, I set out teaching myself to knit. And now, eight or so months later, I’ve taken the plunge and have started on my first attempt at hosiery. Here’s my cute foot modeling the progress, and no I’m not actually making the thing around my foot as I go!

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Hook Porn!

Check out the amazing hooks this man makes.

I wants one, Precious.

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Mmm, Salsa…

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Took a while for the smell of hot peppers and cilantro to dissipate from the kitchen, but who’s complaining?

The recipe is unintentionally vague. I just didn’t pay very close attention to numbers.
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N00b Monday: Patchwork for Beginners

I’m pleased to announce the return of n00b Monday here at Stuff Peasie Made. Now that I’m all settled into a place at which I fully intend to stay a long time, things have gotten a lot less crazy and there’ll be time for me to do such things. Keep an eye out for Project Friday’s return as well!
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Today I’ll be showing you a quick and easy (well, quicker and easier) way to sew patchwork fabric out of leftover scraps. This is also a wonderful way to use up all those leftover bobbins and spools of thread you had no idea when you were going to use.
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Full-On Hippie Mode

I don’t know if it’s something instinctive or what. But it’s August now, and I’ve shifted into full-on Hippie Mode. I’m working on patchwork curtains for the upstairs library (double sided!) out of fabric I’ve had stashed away, and I’m also planning on matching decor for the room with the remaining leftovers. Already got a throw pillow. I’ll show you eventually. Last night I canned 2 pounds of fresh farmer’s market green beans. Today I took my reusable shopping bags (some of which are still at my Etsy shop!) to the supermarket and loaded up on more mason jars–both pint and half-pint–2 pounds of soldier beans which are soaking in water as I type, 8 cucumbers at 59 cents a pop, a handful of jalepeno peppers, some tomatoes, some onions…oooh yeah. It’s cooking and canning central here.

And here’s how much of a hippie chick I’ve been: when I prepared all the green beans for canning, I took the little snipped-off ends, extracted the seeds from them, and have said seeds drying to plant next year. Then I put the ends in compost, go me.

I think what brought it all on is a few things. First, the discovery of a Farmer’s Market here in Westbrook (my new town of residence) on Thursdays. Next, the new Mother Earth News. This one’s all canning and preserving. And finally, we’re taking a pretty big hit financially over the next month. Whenever we look at the numbers and hubby says, “We’ll have to be frugal,” I go all out with the frugality. And, interestingly enough, we often eat better when those times happen. I bake more from scratch, I do stuff like soaking 2 pounds of beans instead of buying a can, I dig back in the freezer for stuff to put in the slow-cooker; I get creative.

I’ll show pictures of my works in progress another time. Right now I’m in desperate need of a shower. Hey I may be in Hippie Mode but I don’t have to smell like the worst of them.

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New Life for an Old Blanket

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Before.

About 6 years ago, I got this blanket at an SCA event. It was just after a thunderstorm and it was the only remotely dry thing I had to wrap myself up in (since my blankets had been saturated…long story…). Years later, here it is thumbtacked to the bedroom window in our new house.

Well, I got inspired.

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I took the blanket down and folded it in half widthwise, so that the design would be symmetrical and it would still be wide enough and long enough to cover my window. Then I cut it in half, hemmed up the raw edges, and made a simple casing at the top of each.

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I saw a fancy curtain rod similar to this one at JoAnn for $30. But today, I saw this one at Family Dollar for $6! (I’ll share my feelings on recent changes at JoAnn sometime soon.) I stood on the end table (don’t worry, it’s a good sturdy one) and used a phillips-head screwdriver to put it up in no time.

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The casing was a little snug, but it still fit.

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After.

And, ta da! It makes a beautiful set of curtains, don’t you think?

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