Tuesday, December 3, 2013

and the baby bear said...

This is the donation quilt/bear given to the Salvation Army last night at our guild meeting. One of our charity projects each year is to dress a bear, and give in a quilt to be given to children in the area. This year I bought a newborn dress in the colors of the quilt, and the quilt is made from some fabrics given to me in a friend's cleaning out day.
I am ALL about the scraps. For some reason, scraps stimulate my creativity. When a friend handed me another bag of her discards, I pulled out all the princess, pink and purple pieces. I found a common size, made 9 patches til they ran out, then decided to use one of my fave stripes as setting or background. The whole thin is so sweet. It came mostly from something that might  have been thrown away. That makes me happy. Right now I'm carrying around a tote bag, tutorial to follow soon, made from more scraps given to me.
This is win win. The person clearing out wins, I win, now a child wins. Yea!

The other thing going on around here today is soup making, and I'll tie it in with the three bears. Didn't they come into the cottage and have soup--- too hot, too cold, just right!
The process of soup making is time consuming, with all the cleaning of fresh vegetables, the dicing, the chopping, the spicing. I used to enjoy cooking, and my food generally tastes good, it's another creative endeavor for me as I seldom if ever use a recipe. I cook with with items I like. My husband also likes it. This soup uses the drippings from the turkey which was cooked Thanksgiving with veg. in the pan. The leftover turkey, fresh ginger, mushrooms, potatoes, onions, leeks, carrots, zucchini, lentils, brown rice, S & freshly ground 4 color pepper, oregano, basil, garlic, organic chicken broth. Took a long time to prepare, but now it's on the stove top simmering and the house is smelling good. It'll be  just right, hopefully.
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  1. Awe! The quilt is adorable! So fun! Hope your soup is yummy, sure sounds like it!

  2. I love it! You inspire me ... I'm realizing I could be doing so much more than I do. I have so much scrap fabric, categorized by color in clear plastic bins (I'm one of the neat ones until I get into making something). I have used old jeans to make bibs ... A friend of mine saved all her daughter's old t-shirts from the 80's with plans to make a quilt out of them. I don't know if she ever got around to it, though.

    How was the soup? You're right, quick meals like soup are a lot of work!