Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Great Little Fabric Store

After New Years, two daughters and I took a day to go into the city. While a son-in-law and son played paintball, we looked at some fun boutiques. One place we visited was Bolt Fabrics. It's a great little store. It's not huge, but it has a lot. They carry several designer lines, and have a little bit of everything. So many fabric stores are craft or quilt stores now. It was great to be in a place that had unique fabric for quilts and crafts, AND clothing. While we were there, My 16 year old daughter saw some fabric and said it would be a cool pillow case. "Just joking," she said, "or not". So, I purchased a yard, went home and made this pillow case for her.
She wanted the saw tooth edge to replicate the flames coming out of the rockets.

I wanted to show you an old coffee grinder that my husband gave me a while back. Amazingly, it still works. I have an electric coffee bean grinder that grinds multiple grinds, quickly. So I've repurposed this grinder for my spice grinder.
Fresh ground spices are so much more flavorful. I end up using less spice and having more flavor.I uses this to grind dried citrus peel, allspice, cloves and cinnamon. It grinds a beautifully uniform fine powder. I seem to do lots more baking in the winter. Bag lunches "need" cookies. Baking gives more warmth to the house and the aroma is so cozy feeling. When I'm not baking, I usually have a pot of water on the stove with cinnamon, lemon peel, and cloves sprinkled on top, Just for the scent and feeling it gives. What are some of the things you do to give your home a cozy feel in the winter.


Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries and Eggs In My Pocket said...

I love little stores like this. Your coffee grinder is wonderful. I like the way the kitchen smells with cinnamon and cloves on the stove! Enjoyed reading, blessings, Kathleen

A Romantic Porch said...

You know that is so neat. I never thought of grinding dried citrus peel. Do you just dry and grind what you peel off of an orange or lemon? xorachel

A Romantic Porch said...

P.S. I also meant to say thank you for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog. I learn so much from reminds me a lot of things I've learned from my mother. Thank you for sharing.

Debbie said...

Rachel, Thanks for your message. I know what you mean when you wonder if you make a difference. Comments like yours lets me know that it means something. Thanks! Re: lemon peel. I dry it first then grind when I want to use it. I use organic citrus, because I don't know what pesticides might still be in the peel of non organic.

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

First, I am wanted to ask you about the lavender saches you made. Does the fabric have to be linen, I want to make a few. I am not sure where I will get the lavender but when I do, I want to be ready with the fabric.
I know I left a message about the pin cushion. It must be out there in blogland space somewhere! I have never seen a pin cushion like that. You did a great job. Not your ordinary pin cushion. Now, I see that I have left this comment in the wrong box! So, I love the cushion and does it have to be linen. Thank you!