|You know you live in the West when this is the site that greats you as you open the front door.|
I have also managed to find some time in the sewing room. Two years ago on my birthday my husband bought me a serger. I had wanted on for a long long time. We went to the store and looked at all the models and decided on an Elna mid range machine. I brought it home and set it up right away. And there it sat. For months it sat. Seems it intimidated me. This was not like sewing on my sewing machine, this was faster, more efficient. And a lot more threads! I gave myself a swift kick in the rear and decided I needed to learn to use this wonderful gift. So I got the book out and decided I would make an example of all of the stitches it would do. Figured out how to thread this intricate contraption and stitched out my samples. And then it sat there. For months it sat. I was still intimated! What could I use this wonderful gift for? How could I ever learn to actually use it? Did anyone teach a beginning serger project? Sadly, I couldn't find any class like that. And there it sat. For even more months it sat. Until last week! I realized I had some extra flannel that I would probably never use again. I needed some rags that I could dust with, mop up spills with, all the things you use rags for. Hmmm...why don't I take this flannel, cut out some rags and use the serger to stitch them up? Brilliant! I found a tutorial on the internet on how to serge square corners and I've been happily making myself a useful rag and learning to use my serger. My serging is still pretty wonky but these are rags for goodness sake! Who cares what they really look like? Who besides me is likely to see them? And so my newest Elna is beginning to bend to my will not I to hers!
here. After that I decided I wanted to make Oatmeal Whoopie Pies. I had never made them before but after reading someone else's blog about making them, I have wanted to try my hand at this treat for ages. I used the Pioneer Woman's recipe here. These are wonderful! I now want to try chocolate whoopie pies!
Life at a less hectic pace at Prairie Cairn Cottage. Won't you come join us for a spot of tea and a Whoopie Pie?