Busy Busy Busy…Did I say I was BUSY?! ACK!

Have been super busy here at work. Haven’t had time to play on the computer…worked through lunches last week and since I have no online access at home it was hard to post anything.

Besides working from 6:30 am to 4:00 pm with no lunches last week here are few things I did at home.

Made pickles…enough of the homemade pickle cucumbers grew at the same time for me to make 3 qts of pickles. I added garlic and dill from the garden too. My husband has been wanting to open them up from the day I canned them. Told him to wait a couple more days, please!



Had another furlough day on Friday. We had a free stay at the Silver Queen Hotel in Virginia City coming to us so we stayed Thursday night. A front came down from Canada and cooled us down very NICELY…68 high (down from the high 90’s). Was very nice up there. Have a few pictures…will write more about the place later.



Made some more grocey tote bags yesterday afternoon.


Spider web in one of our cedar trees ~


Moon on Tuesday night ~ we’d just gotten back from looking at the Hot August Nights cars at Victoria Square near our house.


Jane Market Bag

Over on the Posy Gets Cozy blog I found a pattern for Jane Market Bag.

I’ve been looking for a pattern to make a market tote to take to the grocery store as the handles of the paper bags that I’ve been reusing are starting to fall off. I went through the free patterns and didn’t see anything that caught my eye. I went through the pattern books at the fabric store and about died when I saw the $16 prices! HOLY COW! I did not know that is how much a pattern costs these days! Then I found the Jane Market Bag that was designed by Alicia Paulson of Posie: rosy little things. Paid $6 with paypal and was sent the pattern immediatly online.

Very clear easy to read directions with lots of pictures. Took me 2 hours to make one…that included the putzing around trying to figure out what fabric to use, read the directions, and cleaning my Janome (had sewed on my sister’s quilt earlier in the day).

Here’s the finished bag ~ it’s 8x11x13 (8″ deep x 11″ wide x 13″ height). Fabric line is Back Porch Bouquet by Bate & Taylor for Maywood Studio. I did not put on the front pocket, but seriously flirted with the idea of putting a pocket on the inside lining. Maybe next time. I used 100% cotton fabric for the main bag, and I’m pretty sure I used linen for the lining. Didn’t plan on that but while going through my pile of cream scraps I pulled the one that had enough to make the lining.

I plan on making a lot more for myself and some for gifts.