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This is my new favourite way of dealing with all the home grown tomatoes. Rather than processing and bottling them in jars, I’ve been slow roasting trays in the oven and freezing them. All it takes is a bowl of ripe tomatoes, cut them into quarters, cut out the core then place them skin down on the tray. Sprinkle with oil, salt & pepper and roast in the oven until they are as done as you want. When they’re cool, the skin peels easily off the back before you put them into snaplock bags and freeze. Excellent.

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Insect Hotel.

At last we’re having some beautiful summer weather, just in time for Waitangi weekend. I took a walk around my garden this morning, admiring the lily out in flower and the fushia in full bloom that a friend gave me a cutting of five years ago. Around the side of the house where it’s dry and dusty and the lawn won’t even grow, I’ve constructed an insect hotel. I’m intrigued by the idea of a place where beneficial insects can take refuge in the nooks and crannies. Not a masterpiece but it looks better than the bare dirt…

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Windmill Quilt

This is another quilt that will be heading to Mexico to help furnish the ‘home of hope’ house Stan will be working on. A very simple block but the variety of fabrics gives it life.

Denim Skirt Bag

It’s always fun to find just the right denim skirt to turn into a bag. Not too wide at the top, long enough to cut a strap from the bottom, no gathers and plenty of pockets to make it interesting. The bonus was costing 80 cents at the op shop!raspberries-denim-bag-from-skirt-005

Number Five Birthday Cake

Another year has rolled around and our lovely eldest grandson turned five years old! He chose a race track birthday cake this year, and this is how it turned out.

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When Stan and the team head to Mexico in a few months, I plan to send a few quilts to help furnish the house they are going to build. This is one of them, a Chinese coin quilt with green sashing and colourful stacked coins.

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Denim Skirt Bag

The key to making a good bag is to find the right skirt to start with. I like a flared skirt with a front zip and pockets. If it’s long enough, you can use the hem you cut off to make a shoulder strap. It looks best if you line it and add a large dome to close the top. I’ve embellished this one with applique flowers but you can leave it plain if you prefer.

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