What The Hay

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Pants Bag March 28, 2007

Filed under: projects — clothespin @ 8:55 pm

Hubby and I are folks who like to garage sale. Why? Partly for fun, though I know it is difficult for some folks to understand that fun really can be had at 7 am on a Saturday morning. Partly because while not poor, we’re trying desperately to be less not rich. The other main reason is that much good stuff (and sometimes some fabulous stuff) can be had for pennies (back to the saving money part) and it’s not new. We like buying used – less impact on the environment and less obsessing over the details of which waffle iron is better. It’s freeing to see a skirt, like the skirt, the skirt fits and is only $1 – buy the skirt. No mall, no comparing to other equally fine skirts – less mental energy spent on silly things. More time to spend on silly things that are important (at least to me) like…



What to do with these? Hubby bought the pants for $1. They fit him in the waist, but were too short in the leg (we’re both rather tall, so this is nothing new). As you can see, these Old Navy pants are the zip off type that can convert into shorts at a moments notice. Truely, a very useful thing while hiking and equally great to convert too short pants into just great for the weekend shorts. So, not being me, hubby threw the pants legs into the garbage thinking they had no use. Silly man!

Behold the creation:

pants bag

Can you see the legs? The bottom hem (and the snaps that are on it) are on the top of the bag and the zipper part (which I really thought was very cool) is at the bottom of the bag.

snap zipper

I of course put in a pocket on the inside so that I can find my keys easier. All of the fabric came from a closet diving expedition where I visited stash in the deep corners. The flower fabric was an old wrap around skirt that I had made years ago and never liked – one of the ties from that became one of the handles of the bag. The waist, including the darts, was used to make the pocket – easy fullness with minimal sewing. The green lining I love, and just happend to have enough fabric of in one piece, but not enough for both or even one of the straps.


The decorative stitches were added to give another layer of sewing to keep the straps on and to add a bit more interest to the outside of thebag. I don’t have much choice on the fancy stitches, my machine is old and is doing good to have the 18 fancy ones that it has! (I am deeply in love with my machine though and will never trade it in for a newer, fancier model with a blonde paint job and surgically enhanced fancy stitches. Though, I have often thought a serger would be nice…)

I do want to give a bit of credit where credit is due though… I did not come upon this zaney idea all by myself. I think I have been subconsiously converted to bagmaking by U-handblog and by the fine folks at My Recycled Bags and Wardrobe Refashion. Though I have to admit to making other bags prior to this one, just not any from old pants legs. =)

Hubby only thinks that I’m mildly nuts, and hay, while I might be a bit crazy, I think that it is fun to see what can be made with something that would otherwise be in the trash!


Apple Pudding March 27, 2007

Filed under: recipes — clothespin @ 5:37 pm

apples in a bowl


Apple pudding and vanilla ice cream… reminds me of fall on the farm, hay bales and the nip of frost in the air. Wait a minute… apple pudding? What about apple pie?


Apple pie is truely a yummy treat. But, it involves making a pie crust, which has loads of fat in it and is a pain to make. I don’t mind making them, but they’re not the “Hay, I have apples going soft, let’s make something up real fast” kind of dessert. But apple pudding – now that is an apple-icious yumminess of a much easier nature.


I found this recipe in a 1940’s era Workbasket magazine a few years ago. I don’t remember which issue or which year for sure, but I do remember looking through and reading the recipes (and being yucked out by most of them) and then seeing this gem. Pudding though? I mean, how am I going to make apples into the consistency of vanilla pudding without making apple sauce first? As the base ingredients sounded good, I gave it a go and rediscovered the wonders of the old-fashioned pudding. Of course, I added to it a bit, a few more spices, maybe some additional blueberries or other fruit – but the base is the same in all its pudding goodness.

A near cobbler-like texture with the flavor of a pie, it combined all of things I love most about pudding and left out the things that I dislike. First, it’s just good. Then, the texture is doughy without being heavy, has no added fats as it completely lacks any crust and has no milk – a big bonus for me (loverly lactose issues…). Hubby loves it so much that he has decided that it is a breakfast food and whatever I do make, doesn’t last long.

apple pudding



Apple Pudding


2/3 c. sugar

1/3 c. flour

1/2 t. baking powder

1/8 t. salt

1 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. nutmeg

1/2 c. chopped nuts (I use pecans)

1 egg – beaten well

1 t. vanilla

2 c grated apples (I core and leave the peel on, then give it a whirl in my mini-processor)


Mix dry ingredients. Stir in nuts to coat. Add wet ingredients. Place in to a buttered 1 1/2 quart casserole dish (without the lid). Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes or until knife placed into center comes out clean and the edges are golden and starting to pull away from the dish.


Note: I have successfully added 1 cup of frozen blueberries to the apples (3 c. fruit total) and it has come out extra yummy. I would imagine that other fruit that complements apples would work as well. Enjoy!


Altoids Tin Needle Holder March 23, 2007

Filed under: free pattern,Needle Holder — clothespin @ 3:10 pm

Altoids tins are amazing. One evening, a fellow yarn addict and I, after a stitchy meeting, were chatting about yarn needles and how easy it is to loose the little things. They’re small, it’s hard to stick them into a ball of yarn without feeling like you’re looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack… and the worst thing is – when you need it, you can’t find one. I have no idea of how many yarn needles I have lounging around in various bags of yarn in various projects. Occasionally, after a crazed closet and stash dive, I will run across one of my long lost needles. I then dutifully put it in a “safe” place, maybe to use it one more time and then never for it to be seen again – or at least until I move.

Anyways, back to my friend and I chatting… she was digging around in her yarn bag to find the slippery needle and managed to find instead – an Altoids tin. A light bulb went on (CFL type, thank you!) and I happily went home, tin in hand, with a promise to return to her a magical item. A magnetic needle holder. Yes, it is still very possible to loose this in the yarn stash or car and perhaps even the couch cushions, but at least it won’t hurt as bad when sat upon and it might be a bit harder to loose.


Altoids Tin – big enough to easily place needles into altoids tin

magnet – This can be the type bought from the craft store with a sticky backing OR an old pizza shop magnet off of your refrigerator

glue – only if recycling and using the pizza magnet

scissors, paper, pen

1. Open and eat a few of the Altoids, removing the rest to a bowl or other storage container. (The chocolate covered Altoids are really yummy, I know this despite hubby reminding me that chocolate triggers my migraines… I only ate one!)yummy

2. Trace around the base of the tin on a scrap piece of paper. Cut this out and then place inside of the tin. Retrace again (it will be slightly smaller) to get a good fit. Trim edges.

Retrace paper pattern

3. Take your new paper pattern and place onto the magnet. Trace this onto the paper side of the magnet, sticky type or pizza shop type, doesn’t matter. Trace the shape out onto the paper and then cut this out carefully.

tracing magnet

4. Place cut out magnet into tin, marking on the edges where a bit more trimming is needed.

Magnet test

If you’re using the sticky backed magnets like I did, now is the time to peel the paper off!

Peeling off the sticky paper

My paper was hard to pull off, so use some of those muscles. If you’re recycling (you’re such a good kid!) place the glue of your choice onto the paper side of the magnet. For either one, place sticky side down into the tin, pressing firmly to ensure contact of glue and tin. (If you’re a recycler, you might need to add some weight inside the tin.) Let dry. Magnet in

5. Give it a test run! Find your long lost yarn needle, sewing needles, quilt pins or paper clips and stick them on your magnet. Depending on their weight, most will stay put just fine (though those quilting needles in my picture were only mildly interested in staying put).

Finished needle holder!

6. Make them and give them to your pals! I made a couple of these for my MIL and SIL before a quilt show and then returned the paper lining and mints (well, most of them) to the tin and gave it to them as a pre-show gift. These would work great for door prizes for quilt groups, Stitch n Bitch groups or even your grandma! Enjoy!


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What The Hay March 22, 2007

Filed under: intro — clothespin @ 7:53 pm

I’m a farm kid from the mid-west.  Where I’m from, we grew hay, baled hay, made hay while the sun shines, went for romps in the hay, went for hay rides… We did a lot of things with hay.  Hay comes from a variety of plants – including alfalfa, sudan grass, coastal bermuda grass, and most commonly in my area, wheat straw hay.  It is used to feed livestock, provide bedding for livestock and chickens, mulch gardens, provide sitting surfaces and build houses.

What the Hay is about a small town farm kid living in the bigger noisier world.  I hope to post a few things about my affection for fabric and yarn, a few patterns that I have developed and not seen on line, a few recipes maybe and perhaps life in general.  Thanks for reading this!