Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Take your time tuesday

Whoops, I nearly got caught out and forgot about Take Your Time Tuesday. I'm getting in by the skin of my teeth here but that's OK because Tuesday is just starting on the other side of the world.
Kristen over at So Happy set this idea up to celebrate all that is handmade with needle and thread and so that we can encourage and motivate each other.

This cute pincushion (or tree decoration) is made from a free tutorial over here. Once I got started, I went off on a tangent with my own changes. I haven't finished yet, I think I'll undo the bottom and put something inside to weigh it down a bit. It does stand up nicely but it topples easily being so light.
Instead of the felt circles on the top, I stitched french knots with different weights of Perle thread. It's a great size too, it's just a little smaller than my hand.
 I spent some time today making some Pomegranate jelly, also inspired by Kristen. Actually, I'd made some yesterday but it was a big fat fail. Not to be beaten and knowing that homemade and handmade is the best, I had another go with a different recipe.  Success people!
I'm not a big jam eater myself but I do like plum jam and this is a little like that, a bit tart. Besides, I couldn't resist the beautiful clear glow and colour of it plus the thought it would make a nice gift.
Pomegranates aren't in season and given that they would cost around four or more dollars each anyway, I found a recipe using Pom's 100% pure juice. If you make it, follow the recipe exactly. I did warm my sugar before adding it and I sterilised my jars so that I don't need to freeze it. I got the thumbs up from DH who is the jam lover in this house.

Today is the 15th of the month which means the next panel of the Trailing Vines quilt is available for download. Just click on the Trailing Vines page underneath my header. I'll try and get some more photos on Flickr in the next few days of this panel.

35 comments:

Mary said...

The jelly looks yummy! And the pincushion is just adorable. This may be the perfect little Christmas gift I have been looking for! Thanks Janet :)

Deb said...

Yum!,! What a fabulous colour. I hope your DH (and you> enjoy it.

Jessica said...

The toadstool is gorgeous!
And you are right - the colour of the jam is great!

Nedra said...

We are on the same wavelength. I downloaded the mushroom pattern a while ago, and it's on my to-do list. I enoyed seeing your additions. And I make Pom jelly every year. I tried using the bottled pom juice once, but it didn't have nearly the flavor of using fresh pomegranates. Fortunately we have an abundance of trees, so I can be picky.

Heather said...

I love the toadstool pincushion. I made one in June using the same pattern and gave it away as a gift. I wish I had thought to put something heavy in the bottom too.

beaquilter said...

what a cute mushroom house....a bag of rice is a good weight

Thimbleanna said...

Ha - I was reading along thinking "how on earth do you crush all those pomegranate seeds to be able to make the jelly and then you solved the mystery. Thanks for the recipe -- your jelly looks amazing. And that mushroom house is just tooo cute -- thanks for that link too!!!

Stephanie said...

Darling mushroom!!! Pomegranates are in season here and your jam is gorgeous. Suitable for decorating as well as eating.

YankeeQuilter said...

Great little pincushion! I needed a little take-along project this week for bee...

Oops-Lah said...

What a lovely toadstool pincushion/tree decoration. And your pomegranate jelly sound delicious. Apparently pomegranates are very also good for us as they are full of vitamins.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

The mushroom looks like fun!
Great idea to use the juice. The color of the jelly is so pretty and looks tasty!

Terry said...

Your little pincushion is so cute! And your Pomegranate jelly looks fabulous! It's beautiful with the light coming through it! Well done! :0)

Ann Champion said...

Your Toadstool is darling!
I just cut up a Pomegranite to get the seeds for a spinach salad last night. I can't imagine doing enough to make jelly. The juice is a great time/mess saver. It sure looks pretty.
Thanks for the secong vine!

Lori said...

Home made jam is the best!! The mushroom is as cute as can be.

Archie the wonder dog said...

The jam looks delicious and the toadstool is so cute - I want one!!

Janet said...

Your toadstool is very sweet. I like the idea of Take your time Tuesday! Jelly made from POM sounds YUMMY! And it is so pretty. I must print panel 2. I've only just basted the stems on panel 1 so I'm a bit behind :0)

Shirley said...

Heck! Haven't even downloaded panel one yet let alone started it. I did mean to join in - honest!
The jam looks yummy and as pomegranates are goof for you does it count as part of your 5 a day? Lovely toadstool too.

broderie said...

what a wonderful colour the jam is janet and in those jars it looks very mouth watering!
i love the jars too, another of my 'things' in life is that i find it hard to throw out of my life any good shaped jar or bottle, so the pom juice bottle is a must that i will look for!!!

Julia said...

The jelly looks yummy..gorgeous colour.! And the pincushion is just adorable, I can see myself making a few of those.
Oh dear, I wasn't going to do the trailing vines, but I'm so tempted...
Julia ♥

Belinda said...

What a sweet little mushroom!!! I certainly admire your wonderful added touches like the little french knots on the top!!

Oh am I'm drooling for sure over that pomegranate jam...YUM!!

Createology said...

Your little mushroom is adorable. Thank you for the link. Yum to the jelly! Blissful inspiration...

farmersdotter said...

Wow...you do a great job on all your handwork. I love doing applique too. I love vintage quilts best.

Rachaeldaisy said...

I just adore that little pin cushion. I found myself wishing I was a little fairy so I could have it as my house. That jelly looks delicious, such a lovely colour. One of the things I really admire about you Janet is your perseverance, I know the recipients of your jam will be glad you did.

Susie at ProsperityStuff said...

REALLY cute pincushion! Nice work on not letting the jelly get the best of you! Great handwork and beautiful photography!

Colby said...

Love that pincushion!!

Dixie said...

Wish you were closer as we have a tree full of pomegranites you could have! Your jelly looks beautiful, and just love your little toadstool pincushion - its so sweet!

Barb said...

Your pin cushion is over the top cute. I just love everything about it.
the jelly looks delish!!

taylorsoutback said...

Precious little pincushion!
Amazing the number of projects available to us in blogland...
And the color of your jam is so pretty...

Kristen said...

Adorable!! I love that ideas get shared back and forth on blogs. I will check out that pincushion pattern.

-girl from the bush said...

Hi janet, your toadstool is so cute! putting a weight is a good idea. I suppose you could use the finely ground garnet that is used in stuffing tiny bears as it is heavy and don't need much. What did you use?

Joan said...

Wonderful toadstool and how great does that jam look. My DH is a jam lover too.:)

Nanette Merrill said...

Love pomegranates. But that mushroom is super cute and sweet. Takes my breath away at your great work.

Kim D. said...

Your pin cushion is adorable Janet. Your pomegranate jelly looks delicious.

*karendianne. said...

Oh it's been far too long since I've been visiting. I love your little pincushion. It's just too loving! On the pom juice, I just have to mention, some folks say that's good for us with MS. A lot of folks say things are good for MS or bad for MS but if it doesn't hurt - why not try, ha? I'm still trying to work up to taking all my vitamins. It's been 17 years. I'm slow! hee. :) Not funny, I know!

I'm enjoying seeing the trailing vines around the blogosphere. Makes me happy! :)

Jane in Wales said...

What a lovely pincushion! The jam looks lovely too.
Jane