MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Another beginning - and from the kitchen


Over the weekend I started working on another barn landscape.  It doesn't look like much as yet, but thought I'd show you anyway.


DH puttered about in the kitchen and this is what he created...



Here's the recipe - just in case you'd like to make some too!

FREEZER PICKLES
10 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced*
3 medium onions, thinly sliced
1 large green pepper, chopped
3 Tablespoons salt
2 cups white sugar
1 cup white vinegar
1 Tablespoon celery seed
Combine cucumbers, onions, green pepper & 2 T. salt.   Cover with crushed ice and mix well.  Refrigerate for 8 hours.  Drain, rinse and drain again.
In large saucepan, combine sugar, vinegar, celery seed and remaining salt.  Bring to a boil & cook and stir for one minute.  Spoon over cucumbers.  Pour into jars, leaving 1/2" headspace.  Cool.  Top with lids and freeze for up to 6 weeks. *NOTE:  DH uses English cucumbers.

- There's a link HERE to a really sweet crocheted baby dress.

- And if you happen to like teddy bears, how about a pattern for THIS cutie?

- Scroll down when you go to THIS link to see some really sweet ideas for making mini gardens in teacups.

- Have a look at the gallery of wonderful quilts HERE.

- THIS is a great way to use a lot of buttons!  I wonder if, instead of inserting glass, you could pour resin over them.....hmmm.   And HERE are a number of other ideas to use buttons (be sure to have a good look at the last one!).

Another anonymous quote..."Be thankful for all the troubles that you don't have"



11 comments:

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

You are proof that practice makes perfect!! Remember when you started your FIRST barn?? You were my CQ inspiration and now you inspire me to continue to applique....striving for more than passable if not perfection. Practicing to perfection, lol.
xx, Carol

Shirlee Fassell said...

Barn is looking good! Love to see your process. Pickles look good to.

Kim said...

Those pickles do look delicious.....love, love pickles! Another lovely barn in the making. You will be an old hand at them now. Love those mini gardens in a teacup. I might try one or two....it's not like I don't have a few pretty cups hanging around. =) Enjoy your barn stitching, lovely Mary Anne.

I am said...

Hi Maryanne your barn is coming along beautifully,well done and the freezer pickles look yummy xx

Createology said...

Every time I see any barn I always think of you dear and your amazing way of recreating them in fabrics. Great beginning. Those Quilts...WOW! I love buttons but would never have enough for such fun collages. Tiny Amigurumis are so sweet. Thank you for sharing the pickle recipe. Amen to the quote! <3

Christine B. said...

Hello Mary-Anne! I just love this new barn. I am sorry I haven't had much time to visit recently but moving home is a BIG undertaking and I am only just getting back to some semblance of order! I have seen a few glimpses of your barns and I just love what you have been doing! Hugs Christine x

Karen said...

I like the green pastures in front of this barn. Yummy looking pickles!

Becki said...

Looking back at the picture you're doing this new quilt from, I have to say yours is looking much prettier than the original. :) And in checking out the links you provided, I loved the sweet little baby dress!!! I don't think I've seen a sweeter one in fact. It's printing out as I type! ;^)

Jillayne said...

'Tis the season for canning and pickling - well, maybe, the beginning of the start - I'm just planting my garden and though I hope everything grows well, I know I'm making more work for myself with all of this! At least it's tasty work!
Love your new project, and after scrolling down and looking at your previous building-themed works, I'd say this one will be another stunner. There's something wonderful about barns...

Janie said...

Good start, Mary Ann.
And you have a husband who makes pickles, nice.
Those are cute teddies, thanks for the links.

Wandering Wren said...

Wow - your DH is a treasure, what fabulous pickles. Talking of fabulous - your barn :) :) :)
Wren x