Sunday, December 30, 2018

Uncle Sam Lady Liberty Makedo Duo

AS you all know from prior posts I a, always a season head.  Now I am onto summer items - and expecting 4-8" of snow tonight - after the foot we just got on Thursday.   So it kinda feels nice to be making summer thing.
Here is Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty makedo.  It is a large piece appx 24" tall from base to top of Sams hat.

I must say this is a great statement piece and would be great as a focal item on a cabinet or shop window!
Check it out on my website www.handcraftedbymichelle.com


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

CHriStmAs 2018

Thought I would share a few holiday pics of the house decorated this year.   With the house still being for sale I didn't go quite as crazy with decorations as I have in the past.  Did not do the 17 decorated trees like I usually do!   But it is still beautiful.
Enjoy-









And here is a close up look at some of the trees.   I made the ornaments except on tree with all the vintage ornaments I have collected over the years.   




Friday, November 30, 2018

Oh Christmas Tree

I put up the family room tree and I just am in love with the look.  I have not used tinsel since I was a little kid.  I decided to bring back the classic look, and oh my!  The last 2 years I have really cut back on the decorating since I am not having the open house.  But I still do 4 or 5  large trees instead of the 12.  Used to have 17 total trees.  It just keeps the house a bit more user friendly with out so many trees.  Isnt it crazy how much dust those trees hold!  I am amazed every year at all the "pine needles" the faux trees drop - how do they still have anything on the branches after a few years?   And about 3-4 days after I decorate the layer of dust that forms on everything.
This is pics of my 12'  holiday tree in the family room - I took this last year but loved it so much I recreated it this year.   It has all the vintage ornaments I have collected over the years.

This is before I put the garland on the windows, but it is so pretty!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Some new works

I just finished some dolls for the spring market and wow I love the result.   The first are these fuzzy bunnies, they are so grubby and prim - I need to add whiskers - some how I forgot to put them on!  lol

  And this wonderful doll is so primitive and old looking that I can hardly handle it!  And her name is Butterbean - can you take the coolness!  Pattern creator on these is cinnamon creek.

It is kinda funny that when it was 90 degrees I was making Santas and snowman.   Now it is 10 degrees outside and I am making spring bunnies.  But that is how the wholesale market works always a season ahead.  
And lots of rabbits mid production - and some naughty ones with their pants down around their ankles.  

And then how they look completed.    

Well I'm watching This is Us on tv and that is my all time favorite show!   Anyone else obsessed with this show?  




And the race begins....240 miles and 103 hours later she finishes!

As I have mentioned a few times, my daughter in law is a ultra marathoner.   Last month she ran the Moab240.   Over 240 miles thru crazy terrain and freezing temps.   All the while my son was recording her starts from the aid stations with his drone, which gives you a great sense of the vast space and rocky landscape.
Here is the link to the drone video:  drone video
And from here I am going to send you over to my daughter in laws blog
Part 1: Part 1
Part 2: Part 2
Part 3: Part 3
She is an amazing writer and this blog will keep you glued to the screen.  And her painful feet (pics at the end are not for the faint at heart) that she ran on for so many miles.  The mental strength she needed for this is beyond what I can even wrap my head around.   And running in that terrain, in the dark alone... I get scared walking across the my yard in the dark!
Sit back and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Other news

I have been so busy making stuff for Ohio market and now starting to make for the holiday shoppers.  I came across this pattern a long time ago and went back and forth wondering if people would like it.  Well I kept coming back to it so I knew I just had to purchase it and give it a shot.  I just love love love it.   Yes it is a little weird to make a dead hanging goose, but it fits primitive homes.   I worried about the aging turning out right and it far exceeded my wishes.   I made it up last night and did a little happy dance.   The pattern is by Hidden in the attic.  Go to www.handcraftedbymichelle.com  to purchase finished goose.
What do you think?
Other things that were finished.  The old cabin we hauled home was missing its screen door - we had it but it was in pieces and some not fixable.   So Randy worked on it and finally is back in place.   Looks so great on the cabin.
And on a happy note - If you read my post about my son and daughter in laws dog being hit and killed during a run, well they got a new puppy.  The father to the puppy was the father to their dog that was hit, so there is a connection.  And she is a cute little bugger.  Her name is Kasa the native meaning:
Kasa
Dressed in Furs
Hopi
With that I leave you to go start making a dozen hanging geese.  LOL   Not many can say that.

Tomatoes tomatoes

As summer is coming to a close here in Minnesota, we had a bang up crop of tomatoes.   I have picked tomatoes almost every other day, given them away to relatives and froze some.   But I love sundried tomatoes so I went on to pinterest and found a recipe for them and oh my are they easy and so good.  I made a jar for the fridge and have 2 bags frozen for winter.  Plus making 2 more trays today.   Just split cherry tomatoes in half and toss in olive oil, bit of salt, minced garlic and some Italian herbs.  Spread out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 220 until reduced to less than half the size - about 4-6 hours.  I then put them in a jar with olive oil.  (the ones I froze I did not add more olive oil to the freezer bag - I will once I thaw them).
I use them in a chicken sandwich recipe that is super tasty.   I take chicken breast and dice into 1"chucks,  cook the chicken until done.  Once cooked toss some Italian salad dressing over the chicken to keep it moist.   Cook up some broccoli.  Then you are ready to assemble.   Slice a hoagie bun or sub style bread of your choice,  lay open and put in cooked chicken, then broccoli, then sundried tomatoes, then provolone cheese thinly sliced,  drizzle some more Italian salad dressing over.  Place under the broiler open faced until cheese melts and gets a bit toasty.  Fold sandwich back together and ENJOY!