Monday, December 21, 2009

Back to an old project, and Mr Elefantz has been busy...

I think I've mentioned to you before that the accommodation provided to us by the school is in need of some love and care?
I had big plans for the place when we first arrived, and a few of them were achieved, but with constant heat it's very hard to maintain momentum when all you want to do is superglue yourself to the air conditioner with the passion of matrimonial vows on your wedding day!
However, this is where I re-run in my mind the story of the Tortoise and the Hare...slow and steady, and all will be accomplished eventually. Keeping the end in sight and ever inching towards it is the wisest attitude to have, don't you think?
Today Mr Elefantz installed a kitchen shelf for me, and tomorrow he'll repeat the process on the other side of the kitchen AND in my sewing room. I think I'll have to whip up an extra large chocolate mousse to reward him for this!

Having the shelf helps me because I get some bench space for meal preparation at last. I'll be finishing the shelf with filled jars after Christmas, and a runner to drop over the sides and cover the metal braces holding up the shelf.

Do you remember when I began planning and sewing the blocks for my Churn Dash quilt back in early September? The idea was to stitch two blocks per day, but like all good plans life got in the way. ;-)
The upside was that I cut out a lot of the block pieces back then, so I was able to sew another three blocks today without doing any harm to my hand or wrist...

I still have enough pieces cut for another nine blocks so I may do more tomorrow.

Tonight I'm using Elisa's idea and making a summery mozzarella salad with fresh herbs and tomatoes, served with grilled chicken on the side. Simple, cool, lovely.
This morning I made a pineapple cheesecake (the refrigerated kind, not baked) so we'll kick back and enjoy our dinner and dessert while we watch the light rain fall outside...yes, it's finally beginning to rain.



By Hoki Quilts said...

Hi Jenny, I have just finished making 36 nine inch churn dash blocks. Cream background and organised scrap churns. I have no idea how I'm going to set them, so am interested in what you are going to do with yours.

Joy said...

Your shelf looks fabulous Jen. I LOVE shelves!! I got my DH to put up 4 in my sewing room ... then I bought ANOTHER one to house my rulers he he.
Glad you managed to get some blocks made, they looks so pretty.
Dinner sounds good too ~ mmmmm, cheesecake!!!! We're having boring old lamb chops here .... but they're yummy :o)!!
Love n hugs,
Joy :o)

mbroider said...


I come to your blog to look into every single post. You are so talented, not only on the stitching/sewing front. You also have a creative side which i relate to, and a 'cooking' LOL side which i SO lack. Reading your blog makes me feel so good.

Thanks for your posts:)

Fee said...

Jolly handy having a Mr Elefantz about! A lovely man from my church came yesterday and put up some hooks in the kitchen (so we can hang our apron collection up prettily!), plus put a treasure shelf above Bella's bed, AND put some hooks in the wall for hanging a big photo frame. It was so nice to finally have things looking just how I want them - so I can definitely relate to your post today Jen.
I hope that the rain cools things down a bit for you. We've had our own little heatwave over this way the last few days.
Have a fabulous Christmas.
Fee x

paulette said...

Your chocolate mouse caught my eye!! We just discovered that my youngest daughter is allergic to wheat (gluten) so I thought I'd make her a chocolate mouse for dessert...would you share your recipe with us? We would love it...I have gone on the internet but haven't found anything without booze...or coffee...(only if you have could include it in a post...I'm sure your readers would be thrilled...)
The shelf looks great!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Jenny,
I'm glad you have some shelves going up at your new home-makes life easier!
Ah, found some sewing today while your hands and wrists are healing.
That will make for a much happier Jenny.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Stay cool.

SewLindaAnn said...

I'm so thrilled for you that you could get some great sewing in!! Sounds like a wonderful family evening with a lovely dinner, Happy Monday Night (or Tuesday in AU)

Fee said...

Love the sound of a pineapple cheesecake - YUM - Yeah for rain.

I remember my grandma having scalloped lace hanging from similar shelves - It looks so pretty.

Fee Fee XXX

Cattinka said...

The shelf in the kitchen is a good idea, so simple jet it gives you more room to work. It will look beautiful once you added some "fabric". You already have a lot of patchwork in your kitchen that makes it homey (does that word exist?).