I’ve discovered that jam is quite fun to make, and back at the beginning of July I made three batches of strawberry jam (using the recipe out of the plaid Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook). The original intention was only two batches, but I had leftover berries…
A couple weeks ago, apricots finally came into season, and since I know that both my dad and his fiancee like apricot jam, I decided to give that one a go next. I made one batch of apricot-pineapple jam, and then two batches of plain apricot jam. One batch of those jams doesn’t have as high of a yield as strawberry jam, so out of the batches, I did about six jars each in the 4 oz jars rather than the standard half-pint (8 oz) jars, for sharing. Both the strawberry jam and apricot-pineapple have been a hit at work, and I even traded two half-pint jars of strawberry jam for a pint of fresh, raw honey 🙂
I had Destin help me pick a big bowl full of blackberries in order to try making blackberry jelly, but the two and a half quarts of berries did not yield the 3.75 cups juice that the recipe said… it’s been a dry year, so my pitiful cup-and-a-half of blackberry juice sits in the freezer in a pint mason jar, waiting for more berries to ripen. I’m determined to try making blackberry jelly this summer, and I really want to keep it all wild blackberries.
I’ve hit on some amigurumi patterns I like, and I’ve started crocheting plush bunnies (pattern by SIDRUNsZOO). The first one I made for my friend’s toddler daughter, and I’ve had several requests from others for me to declare a price for bunnies so they can place orders. I’ve got a brown bunny in progress right now, waiting on eyes that I ordered, and I just started an off-white bunny where I’m tracking how much time I spend working on it so that I can figure out a price, and back it up when everybody who doesn’t crochet/sew/craft has a stroke over the number. The head, no ears, took just under an hour and a half. By request, I also made a cow out of a dragon pattern for one of the nurses at work, which was a fun experiment. It turned out pretty cute.
I’m hoping that we can get settled in somewhere soon, and that I can get a sewing room set up to work on some projects. I’d really like to try selling my canvas grocery bags on Etsy, and I’ve ordered a pattern for a “sling market bag” that looks like it’ll be really useful for dragging my crochet around in a purse-type bag so I’m not dragging an open gallon Ziploc everywhere I go! Hopefully it’s easy to make, since it looks like I’ve already got two customers lined up without having even seen the finished product, just the envelope of the pattern!
This could be fun, and it’s definitely fun to have people ooh and aah over my work! I’ll have to add some photos when it’s not currently about a quarter-to-bedtime!
We’ve been able to do some hiking lately, making it extra-awesome to have weekends off now. Some of the views have been fantastic, and so were the mosquitoes on the last hike! Twenty welts the next morning, combined with sunburned shoulders, nearly made me lose what was left of my marbles! I need to sort through my hiking and crafting photos… upload them, and also get the good ones made into postcards soon since an Office Depot coupon came in the mail for print orders, and I’m running low on postcards to send my Grandma!