Monday, June 17, 2013


I've been working on some banners as gifts lately, and will probably add some to the shop. This one is about 108 cm long.

Thursday, June 13, 2013


I am a serious jam fanatic and have wanted to make my own jam for a while. I make a great fruit compote, but haven't been up to making jam with all the preserving and sterilizing, etc. The downside of fruit compote is that it only lasts for a few days.

But I just discovered the jam queen, Christine Ferber, and have sent for her cookbook "Mes Confitures".

I can't wait for it to get here. This year I will attempt to make jam and next year, if I can figure out how to keep the squirrels out of my garden, I will try to grow my own raspberries and strawberries. I did grow strawberries for the last couple of summers, but every morning I would find that some little animal was in my garden the night before and had had a little feast. No strawberries for me.

If anyone has any tips on keeping little critters out of the garden (humanely) please let me know.