Thursday, August 27, 2009

back to...


like riding bikes with neighborhood friends after dinner

finding treasure in the yard

visiting the neighbor's 3-month-old puppy


Too much time has passed since I last pulled out my sewing machine, but not long after buying Soulemama's Handmade Home, I was itching to get back at it. I started with a small project that only took me about 20 minutes over my lunch break today. While we were on vacation, we discovered that the cottage we were staying at did not have a skillet, and I'm not sure how to feed 10 people for a week without one, so we sent the guys on a run to find one. Paul, having heard me mention in the past wanting a cast iron skillet, came back with one, and I've been in love ever since. Seriously, why did it take me so long to jump on this train!

The two things I remember from the cast iron skillet my mom had throughout my childhood was how heavy that thing was and that the handle would get very hot! :) I decided to make a quilted handle sleeve for my new skillet à la the quilted hot pad from Handmade Home. I really love how it turned out, and it was such a quick little satisfying project. I find that crafting to fill a need frequently feels that way. And I was able to repurpose one of the terry cloth squares that I ripped up for wipes for Finn (since he's potty-trained now) to use as the middle portion of the handle sleeve. Now I only have to make 20 more to use the rest of them. ;)


  1. Oh, that is SUCH a good idea to make a cover for the handle of your cast iron pan. What a good idea! And it's cute, too!

  2. That turned out really cute, Joy! I love it. Useful crafting is so satisfying.

    Isn't cast iron wonderful? My husband doesn't enjoy it as much as I do - I don't use much else these days.

    I just realized something - your smile and your daughter's smile are identical! Sooo pretty!

    I'm so excited to get Amanda's new book. I've heard wonderful things about it.

  3. What a charming idea and so practical too. You have inspired me to make my own.

  4. Hi Joy,
    I have been out of blog land for a while and it was wonderful to visit here agian. I am so looking forward to my copy of Soule Mama's Handmade Home! Love the handle cover you made :)

  5. Joy, this turned out so cute! I love your fabrics--are they Superbuzzy?


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