Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween

What a lovely day to start day 6 of the Ghastlie Blog hop! Make sure you go over to Madame Ghastlies site to check out today’s prize and click on the names below to check out today’s Ghastlie projects!

Monday October 31st
Day 6

My final harvest Monday of 2011

This morning I went out and pulled out any decent size leeks. The roots on those suckers were huge! Maybe that’s the reason that they didn’t get very big or maybe that is just the way leeks grow?

I ended up just shy of a pound of leeks and got 11.9oz. I am VERY pleased that I was able to harvest any leeks at all. Next year I will start the little buggers inside first and maybe they will grow a bit bigger.

Weekly total 11.9 oz
Grand total 933.11
Oh so close to 1000lbs!

Thank you to Daphne from Daphne's Dandelions for hosting harvest Monday. Go take a look at her site and check out all the other harvests.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Sewing Saturday

Wow can you believe that it is October 29th already. I can’t well okay I can because that is what the calendar says, but this month really flew by! It might have something to do with the MRI tomorrow that I have been dreading all month. Being claustrophobic and unable to take any sedating meds should make for an interesting

I hope some of you have been checking out the Ghastlie Blog hop. Even if you don’t care for quilting there are a lot of really nice projects being made. They are inspiring me and giving me a little more confidence that mine isn’t really that bad in comparison. The ladies presenting on my day are pretty darn good in my eyes and I just hope people don’t click on mine and go...train I did have a few issues, but I will have to wait until after the 3rd to post about it and ask what I could have done differently.

Since it is the end of October my mind is already turning away from Halloween and to Christmas! Now I am not one of those people that come November 1st they put up the tree and decorate the house, but I do start making my craft lists and checking them twice. I never get 90% of what I want to make done, but I do like to dream.

After taking my log cabin quilting class the idea came to me that a Christmas log cabin quilt would be great. So I picked my fabric and got my blocks all sewed together. It took more than a day; it was more like a week! Nonetheless, they are all pieced together and now I need some help in deciding which layout looks best. My favourite layout for the lap size quilt (lap is as big as I can handle right now) is fields and furrows; however I did that for my first quilt. The pictures are not great, but  the options are:


All sevens

Which do you think works best?
One of my little helpers tried to tell me which she liked best, but she couldn’t quite see in.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Ghastlie Blog Hop Day 5

Today is day 5 of the Ghastlie Blog hop. For a peek at today's prize as well as a full schedule stop by Madame Ghastlies site.
Remember to come back on the 3rd for my Ghastlies project!
Friday October 28th 
Day 5

Thursdays winner was Evelyn from Mrs. Sharon Ghastlies site

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Week 30 and Ghastlie Blog Hop Day 4!

Since today is Thursday that means it is time for my weekly garden update. However, everything is already out of the garden so I thought I would start something a wee bit different.

 You may have noticed that I said today was week 30, which is out of sequence since it would actually be week 24 today. However, what I am now going to do now is count down the weeks till I plant my garden.  So if I plant my garden at the same time next year as I did this year that means that there are 30weeks until the garden is up and running again. That doesn’t seem too long at all!

Here is a picture of the garden at week 30. Mr. Pickles has just tilled a wee bit, but it is ready for winter none the less.

Now stop looking at this sad garden picture and go check out the blog hop!

Today is day 4 of the amazing Ghastlie blog hop. Make sure you check out the great blogs below and stop by Madame Ghastlies Site to check out today's prize!

Thursday October 27th 
Day 4

           Mrs. Katherine Ghastlie              

Wednesdays winners were Sheri and Jackie for Mrs.Penny and Mrs. Karen Ghastlies

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Ghastlie Blog hop Day 3 and the lonely leeks

The garden was made ready for winter about 2 weeks ago; however, I left the leeks and garlic in hoping that they would become a bit bigger since they were still growing. I think the garlic is still a dud since I pulled one and there was nothing there. However, the leeks are finally a nice size I think.



Not sure if you can see them in these pictures very well, but they are leeks. With the nights getting down to -5C I think I am going to have to pull them out today. They will then become cream of leek soup..YUMMY I just might have one more harvest Monday post for 2011 after all.

And don’t forget today is day 3 of the Ghastlie Blog hop. Every blog I visit is full of inspiring ideas that make me want to buy a lot more Ghastlie Fabric!

Wednesday October 26th     

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Ghastlie Blog hop day 2 and more

I must say yesterday day’s dentist appointment did not go well at all. For years I have been bragging that I have never ever had a cavity. Well let’s just say that they finally caught up with me in a HUGE way.  It was also kind of strange that the dentist was able to confirm what I have been trying to get my other doctors to believe for that past 3 years. (Not that I have cavities, but something else. The reason I think I am sick). Unfortunately he cannot send me for blood work to prove it.

While I am sitting getting my dental work done I am going to try and think about all the fun I will have putting this little project together. I bought this kit and the cute little hanger at the Quilt show. I have never done anything with appliqué before. Therefore, I am both nervous and excited to try this.

I just thought I would also show another little Halloween project I finished. I really enjoy plastic canvas crafts and had to make this when I saw it. It isn’t perfect, but I still love it.

And in case you forgot!!

This is day 2 of the Ghastlie Blog Hop
Make sure you check out these blogs for some Ghastlie inspiration as well as a chance to win some Ghastlie prizes 

Tuesday October 25th 

Remember to check out Madame Ghastlies site daily for prize winners and the full blog hop schedule
Also make sure you come back on November 3rd when I will be revealing my project

Monday, 24 October 2011

Ghastlie Blog Hop Day 1

Today is day one of the Ghastlie Blog Hop
Make sure you check out these blogs for some Ghastlie inspiration as well as a chance to win some Ghastlie prizes 
ON Monday, October 24th 

Today is going to be an extra ghastlie day for me since I need to go to the dentist! I will be honest I haven’t been since I had lock jaw three years ago and I don’t know if I will be able to not run away once I get in that I just hope i am not in there for too long and that that i don’t need any work done!!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Eve of the Ghastlie Blog Hop!!!!

I fell in love with the Ghastlie fabric line the moment I saw it and cannot wait to take part in my first ever blog hop. Please check out the information below provided by our Ghastlie leader Madame Ghastlie and
Make sure you check out each blog for a chance to win some pretty cool prizes. 

I will be posting the links daily and you can always click on the Ghastlies Blog Hop Button, which will take you to Madame Ghastlies site where she will have the list up daily as well as the prizes and the winners!

I hope everyone has a Ghastlie time and make sure to come back November 3rd when I will be revealing my project!!!!


Behind the scenes we ( 54 ) Ghastlie obsessed
Stitchers have been rather busy, you could say.

I will be as surprised as all of YOU. 
I cannot wait to see what my Sistahs
have created.

If you have this thing for Ghastlies
and they have tied you in a knot
and you wish you could get them out of your mind
than this may be a thought.

We heard her plea for a cure
Mdm Samm was pos/it/ively sure
that we could stitch the nights away
in hopes that we MAY----???
( all 54 of us)  


The side effects are Ghastlie
there is no mistaking too.
if you don't run this very minute
YOU too will catch the FLU...

We suspected all along 
this was her master plan
she did not want to be alone,
 with all  YOU Ghastlie FANS...

(I suspect there will be a CURE somewhere
in one of these blogs...) 

HERE is  OUR Schedule.....
each name will link you to my Ghastlie

 ON Monday, October 24th 

 ON Tuesday October 25th 

 ON Wednesday October 26th     
 ON Thursday October 27th 

           Mrs. Katherine Ghastlie              

 ON Friday October 28th 

 ON Monday October 31st

 ON Tuesday November 1st 

 ON Wednesday November 2nd

 ON Thursday November 3rd

 ON Friday November 4th

Each day we will have a giveaway...
Some of my Ghastlie Sisters have made some special
projects to giveaway and we will have daily BIG PRIZES 
from these sweeten the CAULDRON....

Some of our Sponsors

Alexander Henry Fabrics- lot's and lot's of Ghastlie Fabric
Colonial Needle -sewing basket 
Janes Fabrics -Kona fabrics in PINK -fat quarter bundle
Reliable Iron - orange Velocity 50
IHAN ( kelly )- aurifil threads
Coeurdalenegifts- 2 sets of Halloween lights
Forth Worth Fabric Studio - gorgeous gift set of Ghasltie fabric
Creative Grid -3 Rulers their top 3 
Blue FIG-  wheeled bag in PINK

and of course some sweet surprises from our 
Guest Ghasltie Sissssssssssssters..!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Sewing Saturday-Quilt Show

Well I don’t have anything to show that I have made, since yesterday I was in the city for most of the afternoon and evening. I did however get to attend the local quilt show and it was really really good. 

Since Saskatoon is so small (just under 300,000) I didn’t think that our local quilter’s guild was that big. I was expecting maybe 10 or so quilts, maybe a few machine demos and a few quilt stores showing things to buy.
What I found was a huge display of quilts! I think there had to be somewhere over 500 quilts about 30 vendors and a lot of people. Maybe all quilt shows do this, but we had to wear plastic gloves while looking at the quilts. I thought that was pretty funny!

Here are a few pics from the show.

These are all the quilts that the guild made that are going to charity

These are a few of my favourites in the show

There were a lot of neat things at the vendors. Lots of kits, which is nice since you cannot get many kits at the 2 local stores. I bought one fall kit and am still kicking myself over not getting this cute snowman kit. However, I collect Santa’s and nutcrackers so the snowman wasn’t quite what I was looking for.

I also saw Sue Abrey’s book "Pick four". Sue’s blog Quilt Times Is one of the first quilting blogs I followed and has since help to inspire me to sew again and take up quilting. When I saw her book I yelled "hey that Sue’s book, I know her". To which my mom said how do know her and I said well okay I don’t know her but I follow her blog so well yeah I guess I don’t know of Nonetheless I was pretty excited to see her book at our local quilt show.

All in All I was very happy with the quilt show. It exceeded my expectations and inspired me more than I thought it would. I wanted to run home and sew something! I am hoping some of that inspiration stays with me today as I try to finish up a few Halloween projects!

Friday, 21 October 2011

Carrots, quilts and Ghastlies!

Last night I decided to start in on the carrots, since there was only 15lbs of the Purple Haze carrots I chose to tackle them first. I wasn’t sure what to do with them since they are not purple throughout. I figured if I canned them the water might get murky and I wouldn’t want to eat them and there isn’t enough room in the fridge to put them all in there. I ended up just blanching them and then freezing them into 2and 3 cup bags. I was surprised on how much they bled; it made trying to scoop them out of the black water a wee bit interesting. Once they were ready to put into bags I used my food saver to suck the air out of them and seal. I think this machine was made to seal carrots since this is the best it has worked out of all of the veggies I have preserved!

Here is a pic of my handy work

This afternoon my mother is going to drive out and pick me up to go the annual quilt show in the city. Neither of us has been to it before and are both quite excited to go. I hope it doesn’t disappoint. I will try and take some pictures if I feel up to it.

On a final note the Ghastlies Blog Hop starts on Monday! There will be 54 Ghastlie Ladies participating including me!! I am a little afraid since the ladies on my day are some seriously good sewer/quilters. I just hope my little project doesn’t look too silly in comparison. Stay tuned for more information on Sunday!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Week 23

 Although the leeks and garlic are still in the garden I am going to say that this is the official last weekly update for the 2011 garden. I figured I would do a recap of everything that was planted what worked what didn’t and maybe even some thoughts on next year. Warning this is one heck of a long post

Row 1 wild flowers, bachelor buttons and sunflowers
This row did quite well. The sunflowers reached the 12ft mark and all the other flowers blossomed. I didn’t care for the wild flower mix so I may do something different next year

Row 2 Strawberries and Raspberries
This row was a dud this year. The strawberries were transplanted at the end of May for my Aunts garden. They were blooming when I planted them, but no fruit ever formed. I planted the raspberry bushes one red and one yellow in the beginning of June. The both grew but produced only a few berries.

Row 3/4National pickling Cucumbers and Zucchini
It was another bumper year for the cucumbers. I did 2 rows this year which was a downgrade form the 6 I planted last year. At 2 rows we had 143lbs of cucumbers! I was able to can 45 jars of pickles or relish. I think next year there will be only 1 row.
The Zucchini did well too, However, not as well as in previous years. I think they were too much in the shade and they will have to be moved for next year. I was able to harvest 43.4 lbs of zucchini from 2 plants.

Row 5 Peaches and Cream Corn
The corn was a total disappointment this year. When it came to harvest the corn was bitter and mushy. We harvested 6lbs and the rest went to waste. I will not be planted corn next year.

Row 6/7 Little Marvel Peas
As always the peas had a great year. I harvested 13.8lbs and ate them all fresh. Last year I did 4 rows and I felt a lot went to waste this year I could have done with a bit more.

Row 8 Bush stingless green beans
I don’t know why I grow beans since they never get eaten. This year the beans matured faster then in previous years so by the time I brought them in they were at the point where most were rotten. I was still able to harvest 17lbs and froze everything

Row 9 Bush Beans-Royal Burgundy
Again not sure why I planted 2 rows of beans. The lovely purple colour of these beans gets me every year. However, once blanched they are simply green beans. I harvested 26lbs they were all frozen

Row 10 Radish- Easter egg Blend
Although the radishes were bountiful they were attacked by radish maggots. They were still eatable, but you had to cut off the worm eaten paths.  Harvested 3.5lbs

Row 11 carrots-tender long
The carrots grew to China this year! We always have a great carrot harvest and this year was no exception. The rainy months followed by a bit of a drought made for some monster size carrots. I harvested 55 lbs. The will be frozen and canned

Row 12 Tomato Roma window box hybrid
This was my first year growing this hybrid of roma’s. My mother had picked them up for me and I wasn’t quite sure how they were going to produce. The first few months I was sure they had some kind of disease and wouldn’t produce a thing, however, I got quite a haul this year! 109.6lbs were harvested. I was able to can salsa, whole tomatoes, sauce and freeze a few pounds too

Row 13 Carrots- Purple Haze and Bon Vivant Lettuce mix
The purple carrots were a success this year as last year not one came up! I harvested 16.3 lbs. I am not sure if I will grow them again next year, since once blanched they are just orange carrots.
This was my first year growing lettuce and it did better than I could have hoped for. I only planted 2 half rows, but it was way more than we could keep up with. Next year I want to try a little more succession planting.  12lbs was harvested

Row 14 Roma tomato/ Hot 100 cherry tomato/ watermelon radishes
For romas look at row 12.
Cherry tomatoes took off like wild fire this year. However, since they took so long to ripen most of them were lost in the frost in September. I would grow this variety again, but they would need to be further apart and supported better
The watermelon radishes were a failure. Although they all came up they never produced and radishes

Row 15 Detroit red beets/ Tyee Hybrid Spinach
The beets were a success. 38lbs were harvested.
This was my first year growing spinach and it was amazing. I should have started to pick it much sooner than I did, but lesson learned. I harvested 9lbs and froze most of it. The rest was eaten fresh. Next year I would like to plant more and to do succession planting so we have spinach for more than just 1 month.

Row 16 Snow Crow Hybrid Cauliflower/ Goliath Hybrid Broccoli
This was my first year for growing both of these veggies. They were planted from seed directly into the garden in May and I didn’t think they had any chance of growing. I was pleasantly surprised to harvest 36lbs of cauliflower and 11lbs of broccoli. We ate fresh what we could and froze the rest.

Row 17 Cabbage/ Early White Vienna Kohlrabi
These were both garden firsts for me as well. My mother had picked up the 4 cabbage plants and although I knew it would produce I couldn’t have predicted how well or how big they got.31.3lbs was harvested. The Kohlrabi was amazing too, however way to many for us to handle. Next year I will do more succession planting with these as well. 45.7lbs were harvested

Row 18 Large Mussleburg Leeks/ White Garlic
These were both garden firsts and were both failures. I think the leeks needed to be started indoors before I planted outside and the garlic was just bad I guess. They are both up in the garden right now. The leeks are about the diameter of your thumb and the garlic is sprouting, but there is nothing there when you pull them up. I am going to keep the garlic in over winter and see what happens.

Row 19 Spanish Onions
As always the onions were a success. I harvested 30lbs which were cured

Row 20/21 Red Potatoes
Another good year for potatoes. Even though what I am guessing are voles got to some of them we were still able to harvest 142lbs....WOW

Row 22 Yukon Gold Potatoes
It wasn’t the best year for the Yukon gold’s. I think I left them in too long since a lot were deformed. We were still able to harvest 52lbs

Row 23 Lettuce/spinach
This row did just as well as the other rows planted above

Row 24 Marigolds
These were beautiful, but took until mid august to bloom

Row 25 Zinnias/Dahlia
The Zinnia’s were amazing and the Dahlia never grew

Row 26 Wild flowers
These are the same as planted in row 1. Although pretty I wouldn’t plant them again