Garden Fresh

Yes, it is December and that is snow on the roof of the house next door.  And those are the last of our garden grown tomatoes.  Of course they were picked about a month ago,  at the end of a pretty long growing season this year.  They were hard and green then.  I’ve never brought them in that  early to ripen completely on the windowsill.  Usually I bring them in when they need just a day or two to ripen.

Until next year then, dear tomatoes.

Published in: on December 7, 2010 at 7:33 am  Leave a Comment  
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Today She Said. . .

Actually it was yesterday, but anyway,

“My dog looks like a dolphin in the snow.”

Indeed he does, with the way his little dachshund self  leaps through this newly fallen snow of ours.  Very well put, P.

Happy Monday!

Published in: on December 6, 2010 at 11:22 am  Comments (1)  
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First Snow

Just a light dusting really.

Enough to remind us of garden colors and textures long hidden during the growing season.

A message to a few still growing herbs that winter is coming.  It was . . .


Published in: on December 3, 2010 at 9:37 am  Comments (1)  
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Christmas In Kaneville

This is the weekend, Saturday, December 4th,  for the village’s annual celebration which includes a bake sale, horse drawn wagon rides and of course a craft sale.  I will be there, in the Community Center, just look for my “Handmade” bunting.  If you want a sneak peek at what I will bring this year, go back a couple posts to see what was at my Open House.  I will also have some new things that weren’t there.  Gotta keep things exciting and fresh you know!

Also  available  will be the book my husband researched and self-published.  It is a gathering of Kaneville news from the years 1900-1904 from the then titled,  Aurora Daily Beacon.

It contains weekly news, over those four years, of daily life in Kaneville.   I am sure that you will recognize names and stories and events, some which have probably passed into the folklore of the town.  History, development, change and growth are all here.   And now, 110 years later, you may find that maybe a few things haven’t changed.

Had to put down my crochet.  There is news of birth and death, illnesses we don’t see anymore, barn dances and farm injuries.  Talk of church services attended, oyster suppers, gatherings to play carom, the price of butterine,  the proud decoration of houses, descriptions of the earliest Decoration Day gatherings.  One of my favorite entries is of a gentleman who ” has an elegant new engine and it is currently reported he loves it almost as well as his wife.  It has a bell, a fierce whistle, a cab, a place for a bed and many other wonderful things for a steam thresher engine to have.”  If you’ve been reading here a while you know my fascination with these old steam engines.

Now I need a cup of coffee because I may be here a while.  The language is charming.  For “no one needed to complain of ennui or monotony for want of a place to go on Monday night.”  Oooh, now I want to know what they did and where they went, on Monday night.  The news and events and weather reports are poignant.  Names are familiar.  Places ring a bell though many no longer exist, but I’ve heard the stories.

Kaneville, 1900-1904, (151 pages), will be available for sale as bound copy at my PK Handmade table this Saturday.  It would make a  great gift or conversation starter for your family gatherings this holiday season.

Hope to see you Saturday!

Published in: on December 2, 2010 at 10:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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I Made A Pie

From scratch.  First time ever.  No help from Pillsbury or the Dough Boy.  A real pie crust.  See it there?

It had a pretty lattice top.

Took forever to bake.

Made vanilla ice cream too.  That’s the easy part.

It was sooooo good!


Published in: on December 1, 2010 at 7:13 am  Comments (1)  
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Of  Thanksgiving Blessings to you!

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It Was Such Fun

Thank you so very much to everyone who attended my Christmas Open House this past weekend.  Many of you know I have been working toward this event for a while, creating some handmade goodies for you to give as gifts or keep for yourself.  And this weekend was the big reveal.  Since I never posted a preview last week as promised, this will be a sneak peak for Christmas in Kaneville, December 4th.  So much to see so grab a cup of something warm and take a few minutes to see what I’ve been working on.

Greeting cards, where the whole handmade adventure began for me.

A few autumn and harvest inspired things.  The playing card garlands have found happy homes.

Some whimsical, girly things.  Oooh, kind of blurry.

Lovely French inspired greetings.


Vintage sheet music and china.

A pear tree.  No partridge.

Hairpins and bracelets.  Vintage button rings too.

Repurposed children’s blocks.

Pretty things and glittery things.



Journals, flower pens, art collages, gift tins.

And many one-of-a-kind art pieces.

As you can see I love to make things.  And chances are good that if you receive a gift from me it will be handmade.  My hope is that you, dear reader, will give something handmade this holiday season, perhaps you’ve made, or even something I’ve made.  And though you will likely have to purchase supplies for whatever it is you make, you will know that the end result is a gift that is original, one-of-a-kind and heartfelt.


Happy Tuesday!

Published in: on November 23, 2010 at 7:17 am  Leave a Comment  
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Still. Working.

Oh, stay with me here.  I’d hoped to have some photos of what I’ve been working on.  My Christmas Open House is this Saturday and there is so much to share.  Perhaps I’ll have something this afternoon, so please check back!

Published in: on November 17, 2010 at 8:36 am  Leave a Comment  

Hard At Work

Getting ready for three holiday shows and fininshing up some special orders.  Come back next week for a sneek peek at what I’ve been working on.


Until then, have a lovely weekend!

Published in: on November 12, 2010 at 7:12 am  Leave a Comment  

Today She Said

Seven-year-olds say the funniest things.  Said A to P this morning on the playground, in the most serious and informative voice, “Hey, did you know?   Pickles do not taste like oranges.”


I wish I knew the original context of that conversation.


Happy, happy Wednesday!

Published in: on November 10, 2010 at 9:15 am  Comments (1)