The Fine Art of Filet Crochet

When you do Filet Crochet you actually create a type lace fabric.

The Filet Crocheter only uses two stitches to create a grid-like lace. The create the design it any way they like. If you can draft your design on grid paper it will probably convert to Filet Crochet.

The 2 stitches used are the chain stitch and the double crochet stitch. Usually in one color, the crocheter uses Mercerised cotton crochet thread and the piece is worked in rows.

Common uses for Filet Crochet include tablecloths, window treatments and place mats.

The Filet Crochet is an unforgiving craft and it will not tolerate mistakes. Each stitch has to perfect and it may take over a year to complete a tablecloth such as the case with the one below.
Filet Crochet Tablecloth Santa on his Sleigh
Santa is on his way in the perfect example of Filet Crochet. This piece is by Sally Spring and is available at HandmadeCatalog.com 


If you think you might like to try your hand at Filet Crochet there are some great tutorials out there and I would start with this free photo tutorial by Craftsy.

Filet Crochet can create wonderful pieces but it takes time. If you have any Filet Crocheted works you would like to share with us, just let me know.

If you feel like this is better left to an expert, then please come on over to HandmadeCatalog.com and purchase one of these works of art for yourself or as a gift. They make awesome heirlooms.

Til next time,

Happy Crafting!

5 Kitchen Tested Recipes for Labor Day Weekend

Oh boy, Labor Day Weekend is so close. Nothing like celebrating our hard work with a holiday. Over the years Labor Day more than a holi-day, now it is the last 3-day weekend of the summer. And what happens in late summer beside playing outside? It is also time for fall harvest.

That's what makes my Labor Day recipes a little different from most. In my kitchen the focus is always on what's in season and what's on sale. I like it fresh and affordable, don't you? The following recipes are from my personal collection.

So if you are planning a big party, these recipes won't dazzle the eyes like those beautiful red white and blue flag cakes but they do taste terrific. Best of all, these recipes focus on what's in season in late August and early September.

What fruits and vegetables are those you ask? Well, here's the list:

Vegetables: Tomatoes, Summer Squash, Peppers, Cucumber, Eggplant, Corn, Okra, Rhubarb and Basil
Fruit: Stone-fruits (like peaches), Berries, Melons, Figs, Pears and Apples

Here are my top 5 Late Summer favorites:

Photo coutesy of tasteofhome.com


This Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad is one of my favorites of summer. You will love the creamy coolness it brings to the summer table. This recipe is so easy and versatile, almost no fail. Be sure to dry your cucumbers out after slicing or it will get too soupy. My basic go to recipe is at Taste of Home. It needs to mingle and chill so make it early in the day for the best flavor.
I like to peel the cucumbers first and fresh dill is much better than dried but it will work.




Photo courtesy of me

Meatless Spaghetti Pie

I just made this one a couple of days ago and it didn't last long. I had to sub the cheese, didn't have any mushrooms and I  used a jar of sauce and it was still so darn yummy. My favorite recipes are the one I can modify as needed. I got lucky when I found this one at Cooks.com



Photo courtesy of Taste of Home

Summer Squash Cassarole

Yellow or summer squash shows up regularly at our table. It is very affordable at the right time of year and we must eat our veggies, right? I found this recipe last year and it is a total keeper. Even if you are not a fan of the squash you might like this from Taste of Home. With cheese, onion, egg and breadcrumbs how can you go wrong.





Photo courtesy of me

Fresh Pear Cake

Last year a friend gave us several pounds of fresh pears. I had no idea what to do with them until I found this recipe for cake. Making a cake from scratch takes time but I had never tasted anything quite like this one. I loved it so much I blogged all over it here.



Photo courtesy of Feood Network
Warm Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake

Blueberries are very affordable this year but I didn't love them until Tyler Florence shared this recipe. I don't make the big beautiful cheesecake that he does. I use an old recipe for a "quick cheesecake" that is kind of small and fits perfectly in a pre-made graham cracker pie crust. Anyway, this desert is all about the Warm Lemon Blueberry Sauce! Wait until you are ready to serve the cake to create this magical warm topping. Works great over ice cream too!

Let me know if you give any of these a try or have some recipes we can share.

Until next time,

Happy Labor Day!

5 Easy to Make Labor Day Weekend Decorations

The last big weekend of the Summer is just around the corner so I scoured the web to find the prettiest DIY ideas for Labor Day. Regardless of your budget you will find some fun things to make and show off at your Labor Day BBQ. So let's get crafting and celebrate all the hard work done since last year!

Big Letters, Glue and Glitter from Eighteen25



Lots of Mini Flags and a Styrofoam Wreath from Cottage Making Mommy


Freak the Mailman - Patriotic Mailboxes also from Cottage Making Mommy



Complete DIY Mason Jars by Afloral.com


Instructions at ParentSociety.com

It may be Labor Day but these fun crafts are not too laborious so have some fun while the summer sun shines! 

Do you have any patriotic crafts to share? We would love to see them. Not too crafty? No problem, come over the HandmadeCatalog.com and buy finished crafts and handmade decor - it's so easy!
  

La Habra Lions Corn Festival - Aug 5-7, 2016

Talk about your childhood memories. The La Habra Lions Corn Festival was part of summer for like 45 years for me. I even had the chance to man the cotton candy machine one year. That was my favorite but you don't go to something 45 times without reason.

The Corn Fest is just something that locals from La Habra & Whittier just plan to due every August.

They come for the parade, the games, the rides, the sugar rush, the 1965 Mustang give-a-way, and of course, THE CORN. Best corn in Cali hands down!!

On Saturday there is a Pie Eating Contest and a Dog Show and on Sunday is Cute Baby Contest.

There is a big stage and there a bunch of bands that will playing live music all three days!

The beginning of August is when the usually hold the festival and this year it will on August 5 through August 7, 2016.

Come see us there and stay a while.....

La Habra Lions Annual Corn Festival
August 5th to 7th, 2016
La Habra CA

Visit their for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/LaHabraCornFestival/