Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sewing for the shop and recipes...

Hello my dears.. 

Such a beautiful Spring day here in New Brunswick.. 
The wind is blowing and it was a great day for laundry..
Please note our grass is getting green.. 
Remember we live in the north.. smile..

In between loads I did a bit of sewing.. 

Making a few primitive things.. 

Sewing bags with pockets for pin cushions.. 
A few ditty bags for lavender, buttons or such.. 
A crochet bag or two... 
And something for myself...

A jean apron from an old pair of Terry's pants.. 
I use a lot of jean aprons this time of year .. 

Great for painting, staining or planting herbs.. 

They are not very fancy but fills the bill for what I need.. 

I just cut it out of the jeans and at the bottom of the fly I sew 
straight down and then make a little hem.. 
The apron strings are just seams from the side of the legs.. 
Not very fancy.. smile.. 

I just cannot work without an apron on and dislike ruining my better ones.. 

I thought you all might like a recipe tonight.. 
We like this for baked potatoes instead of sour cream.. 

Cream Cheese Potato Topper

1 package of cream cheese
1 clove of garlic or 2 minced 
2 green onions minced 
1 T. finely chopped parsley
a pinch of hot pepper flakes 
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 T. milk.. 
I mix it with a fork then use a whisk and cream well.. 
It is really good on a baked potato.. 
Lots more flavor, we think.. 
Do you ever make this?
Tonight's Supper.. 

Poached Haddock or Sole  (I forget which)
Buttered Peas with Onion.. (so good)
Just melt some butter in a small fry pan and add some sweet onion chopped and the amount of peas you need.. 
Slowly saute over medium heat until hot.. 
Don't over heat or you ruin them.. 
The only way we eat frozen peas now.. 
Baked Potato cooked in my potato baker that I picked up at a thrift store.. 
Did you know there was such a thing? 
I can cook 3 potatoes in it and they taste a though I cooked them in the oven.. 
Wonderful for Summer.. 
And then of course our potato topper.. 
No dessert.. sigh... 

Just though I would include a pic of our wee shop.. 

This is why I am sewing.. 
Trying to get a few things ready to sell in a month or so.. 

This spot is where I hope to put my working area.. 
Nice and bright ... 

Oh, I wanted to share a grandson sweet moment.. 
This morning as I was making coffee I heard my cell phone.. 
When I checked there was a text from our ten year old grandson telling me to have a good day.. 
Isn't that dear? 
I know.. 
Your grandchildren are just as lovely but this touched my heart... smile.. 

Hope you are all having a lovely week.. 
Thanks so much for your visit and sweet comments.

I hope you all come back soon.. 

Love and prayers.. 



  1. All of your sewing projects look wonderful and the potato sounds like a keeper! Have a wonderful evening!

  2. Hi Faye, I love that jean apron. What a great idea for the heavy chores around the house. Even for gardening for wiping one's hands on. How sweet of your grandson to text you and wish you a good day. I think it will be nice that you have a spot to work in your shop in front of the big window. I hope you enjoy the weekend. It looks like a nice one. Thanks for your visit too. Hugs, Pam

  3. love your photos, the bags, and pockets, and esp. the jean apron, what a great idea!
    so glad to see the recipes,makes me want potatoes right now!
    I always love the photo of the doll, it looks like she came to shop and set down for a chat instead.
    hope you have a wonderful weekend! hugs

  4. I never heard of a potato baker. I will be keeping my eye out for one. Your photos are lovely. I love the quilt hanging on the line.

  5. Hello dear Faye, I was wondering what a potato baker is? We do like Baked potatoes and it would mean we would not have to heat the oven when the temps. are so hot. I copied your recipe for the Cream Cheese Potato Topper. Sounds delicious! I am going to try frying our peas, too. The primitive cushions and bags are great...oh, I wish I could make it to your shop! I wear an apron almost everyday. I also like the ones that tie behind your neck, too. I know I have to make one from Jim's old jeans.

    Most of all, it was wonderful for your grandson to call you and wish you a grand day! Grandchildren are certainly a gift from God!

    Thoughtful and warm dreams, Faye,

  6. What a sweet grandson you have Faye! Lovely recipes you've shared too, I shall jot them down to share with the boys xx

  7. What a nice quilt on the line! And a tasty looking potato topper, too.


  8. Hi Faye;

    Your endeavors are always so creative!
    I am going to try cooking frozen peas your way - they sound good.


  9. Yum!! peas done that way.. and a new recipe for baked potatoes - these just might have to go on the dinner menu for next week - one night.

    So wish I could come visit you (and your shop!)

  10. Cute items for the shop. The jean apron - genius! looks so good! Blessings from Ringle, WI.

  11. Lovely post today. That quilt on the line is gorgeous!

  12. Faye... are you selling online from your shop?

    I'm going to try the potato topper, it looks great!

  13. That jean apron is such a great idea! I love it when you can find uses for things that seem destined for the trash otherwise. Great way to repurpose the jeans!

    Your potato topper sounds delicious! Yum! It reminds me that I haven't had a baked potato in a while and it sounds really good now haha. Have a great weekend, Faye!

  14. I love the jean apron. I am a big fan of aprons. I wear mine almost every day. The potato topper sounds delicious. I will have to give it a try. I am not much of a fan of sour cream anyway so this sounds lovely to me. Thanks for sharing and God bless.

  15. Your sewing projects are awesome.I am thinking I need a jean apron or two,I tend to be a bit messy with whatever I am doing.The potato topper sounds yummy.Have a wonderful weekend.Hugs,Jen

  16. I really like the apron. I have many of those old jeans in a bin...great idea for making them into something useful and easy to clean afterwards :) m.

  17. I just found your's lovely. I have the same quilt you have on the clothesline. I think it is so pretty!
    Shirley in Virginia:)

  18. Grandchildren say the sweetest things for sure. My granddaughter (almost 5) told me she'd miss me before I went on my mission trip to Nicaragua. I just got back on Friday. Quite the trip, things not going as planned, etc......but was blessed to be there, sharing God's love and in return I was welcomed and blessed. Love your quilts and sewing projects. Now it's time to upload the ton of photos I took. Sharing on my blog soon, little by little. Hugs and have a blessed week.

  19. Hi Faye, Love the pictures & your sewing projects. Love the quilt on the line, also. Did you make it? Hope to get to your shop this summer. Happy sewing & cooking! PS

  20. You're making some wonderful little treasures that someone will pick up this summer and cherish, I'm sure!
    Your recipe sounds wonderful, no I have never done that, but I will!
    You have a very sweet grandson, for him to do that!
    Love and hugs, Cindy

  21. I suppose it's a good thing I don't live close by. I might have to "borrow" that quilt that's hanging on the line!!! It's a beauty. Your food always looks delicious and I love the idea for the jeans apron. Happy Week ahead.

  22. I'm doing a bit of catch up on posts... that potato topper looks delish!