to celebrate the publication of my new book


Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Zinnias in the Early Morning Sun

Nothing quite says the end of summer than zinnias in the early morning sun in a favorite blue and white Italian pitcher.....

with canning jars in the background......

Been crazily making dill pickles with the coaching of my friend Kay. I used this recipe.

I've got it down (thank you Kay)! It's super easy and only takes about an hour and a half to run a batch. So nice to learn something new. Dill pickles are a great snack for Julia after school. No sugar in this recipe - salt, yes, but no sugar. Julia is a juvenille diabetic so we are always looking for low carb snacks. I wish I had made more. Next year, I'll grow more cukes. Happy Autumn everyone!


Mary Jane said...

Kristin I love zinnias as well. Remind me of my mom - she always planted them. I need to plant them next year. By the way, I'm working on the third of your holiday stocking pattern. Made the kitty and the elf toe - working on the tree one now. Love the pattern and the yarn.
Mary Jane

Elaine said...

My Grandmother always had zinnias but yours are much brighter in color. Maybe the section of the country (south). She also had pickles in a big field that she and my grandfather harvested every other day in "high season" and drove them to the pickle factory in town to be graded and shipped out. For older farmers this was a nice little side income for a few weeks. She also canned everything she could from a very large garden. Ahhhhh--long ago and far away with great memories.

Wildaisy said...

Your photos of the zinnias in the blue and white pitcher and the jars of dill pickles just make me feel wonderful this morning. What a nice way to start the day! Thank you for sharing these, Kristin.