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Wednesday Farmer’s Market

Its been awhile since I’ve shared photos of my bounty from the Carrboro Farmer’s Market.  I go each week and always manage to spend all of my money! This week was a bit nostalgic.  All the vendors have been watching my belly grow all summer.  Every week, they comment on how it’ll be any day now.   Today, I was agreeing.  Maybe this baby will be on time, come on Monday, and I’ll be back shopping for fresh veggies by the next week.  I can be optimistic, right?
I do love that in a small town, you can see the same people week after week, and watch their lives change bit by bit.  Makes me feel part the bigger moving picture of life.

This week’s bounty:
   

Birds on a Branch Mobile

My baby sister is expecting a little girl at the end of May, and I recently created this mobile for her nursery.
I used the Wendy the Bird pattern from Lollichops, but scaled it down almost half-size.  The fabrics come from the leftover fabric collections of my Grandma, Mom and me.  My favorite fabric is the one to the left of the Pink Bird.  It came from my Grandma’s scraps, and has a lovely vintage quality to it.  My mom seems to remember every piece of fabric she has sewed with, and was able to tell my sister what each of her fabrics were made into originally.  Since she has 4 daughters, they were mostly dresses!  It was nostalgic and sweet to be reminded of the dresses we once wore and loved.

Before I added the flowers. The birds are hung with cream cotton crochet yarn.

The branch came from my woodsy yard, and I got the idea for the flowers from my Martha Stewart Encyclopedia of Crafts book.  The stamens were a bit difficult to find, so I ended up ordering them online.  To make the flower petals, I used cotton scrap fabric.  The type of fabric does matter, it needs to be a thin cotton, and you need to make sure you give it a good soaking in Stiffy liquid stiffener or you won’t be able to punch it.   I let mine dry overnight, and then used a hydrangea flower punch to punch out the flowers. It is really fun when you get it all right and the cute fabric flowers fall onto your desk from your quick working punch!

To add the stamen, I punched a small hole in the center of each flower with a micro punch and then got imaginative with my stamen combinations.  They need a dab of rubber cement or other strong non-toxic glue to keep them in place.  To affix them to the branch, I used my hot glue gun.  I did trim down the stamen so they wouldn’t be visible.

The flowers are affixed with hot glue on top of and below the branch.

The hooks and rings I used to hang the Mobile were created from green floral wire.   If you are not comfortable with creating your own loops and hooks, you can use small eye screws.    The string is cotton crochet yarn in cream.

Overall, it seems like a lot of work, but most of the hard work is making the first piece of anything.  Once you get the hang of each component, the creating goes quickly!

Baby's view of the mobile.

Pumpkins et les fleurs

I got this month’s  Southern Living magazine the same day I went to the farmer’s market.    At the market I got the loveliest bouquet of flowers with flowering basil in it, and a few really great ugly squash and a small pumpkin.     I arranged the flowers in a ball glass jar with the squash around it.  Instant Autumn!  I admit that it makes me happy to look at it.

I then opened up my October issue of Southern Living, expecting great fall pumpkin arrangements and what to I see but nothing original at all.  Lamer versions of what anyone with a thimble of common sense could come up with.   I’ve been thinking that I will be switching to Martha Stewart this year.

Even the recipes in Southern Living were boring and mostly meat.  One day, someone will come up with an Independent Martha Stewart-like mag that focuses on vegetarian food, farmer’s markets, thrift and vintage finds and remaking things.  For now, I have to scour  many places for ideas and usually end up going with what I thought of first.  I know there are blogs out there but I really love getting a magazine in the mail.  Right now I am really enjoying Cook’s Country and my old favorite ReadyMade, though ReadyMade is not as good as it was the first 3 years.  It’s still better than others out there.

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