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From the Fairy Closet

Posted on November 16, 2015 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)


I started making fairy clotheslines when I put in my fairy garden.  Mine was more like a gnome homestead complete with a pickup truck, windmill and cow.  I decided they needed a clothesline. 

   My original clothesline had blue jeans, a signature "hanky" apron and a pair of hand-knit wool socks (see my blog for directions to make your own.  I later found out, that the squirrels loved the socks! 

   Since then, I've designed, sold, and shipped many fairy clotheslines from my shop on Etsy -

Perfect for Fairy Tea Parties!

Outlander inspired!

I love the challenge of creating small things!  Be sure to check back for more designs. 

Hankie Panties!

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Greenbriar Creations hankie panties have been featured in the magazine - Mary Janes Farm! 

I was very happy to be included among all these darling handkerchief creations.  Aren't they fun?  And, they are all Etsy sellers!

Crescent City Garden Tour

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

One of my fairy garden clotheslines will be featured in the Crescent City, CA Garden Tour!  Isn't this adorable!  Thanks for sharing the photo, Donna. 

Sue Refinishes a Hoosier Cabinet

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (1)

   I've been meaning to post the saga of my Hoosier Cabinet refinishing project for some time and hadn't gotten around to it (mainly because of the darn cancer thing). 

   Hoosier cabinets have been something I've admired for years, but I've never had a place for one in any house that I've had.  I believe you would have to build your kitchen to specifically include one of these cabinets.  Most are at least four feet wide and sometimes wider.

   That's why I was pretty darn excited when I found this smaller size cabinet.  While it is in the "manner" of a Hoosier cabinet, I have done a bit of research and have determined that it's probably what they would have called an Apartment size cabinet. 

   It has the pull out porcelain shelf, a tin-lined bread drawer, a silverware drawer, and racks on both doors.  This one didn't include the usual floor bin and sifter or any glass canisters.  Someone had painted over the label, so I carefully scraped the ugly ivory paint off the label and discovered that it had been made by the McDougall Cabinet Company. 

   When I began to dismantle the cabinet to sand, repair, and repaint it, I discovered the warranty label for the porcelain shelf still attached to its bottom.  The date of assemble was in 1932.  Pretty neat huh? 

   The bottom was a bit rotten, so Ron repaired that for me.  I sanded off most of the old paint and filled in a lot of bings and bumps.  It was interesting to note that they must have kept some pretty sharp knives in the silverware drawer.  The back of one section had hundred of marks from the points of the knives.  I left all those intact - thought that was an interesting bit of history. 

   The inside is all painted bright white (the same as the wainscotting color) and I decided to go with a "romaine" green for the cabinet color.  Sanding it down had found a very similar color, so I tried to bring it back as close to original as possible. 

   The right hand door also has a early plastic rack.  I'm guessing it would have held salt, pepper, and maybe baking powder. 

   Here's a photo of the before product (kind of a crappy since I took it with the Blackberry). 

Low Carb Taco Soup

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (1)

   We've been eating low-carb for the last couple of months (well he has, I'm only doing it part of the time).  So far, he's lost a little over twenty pounds.

   I've been meaning to share some of my favorite recipes with you.  This is a great soup and easy to fix. 

Low Carb Taco Soup

1 lb. ground beef or turkey

1 can black beans - open, drain liquid and rinse with water

1 can kidney beans - open, drain liquid and rinse with water

1 can chili beans

1 can creamed corn

1 Onion, chopped

1 15 oz. can tomatoes and chiles

1 8 oz can tomato sauce

1 cup water

1 package taco seasoning

   In a large soup pot or pan, brown your ground meat (drain fat if necessary), add chopped onion and taco seasoning. Continue to brown until onion is cooked.

   Add remaining ingredients (be sure to rinse the two kinds of beans).  Simmer over low for 30 to 45 minutes until bubbly and hot.  

   Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream.  Very easy! 

Serves 6 to 8.


LOOK! I'm Here! The Magic of Miniature Crafts, Homespun Magazine, September 2014

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (2)

   I was so excited when Emma Bradstock of Homespun magazine in Australia contacted me last spring about one of my fairy garden miniature clotheslines.  She said they were preparing a feature in an upcoming issue that would involve all miniature creations.  Would I like to submit a photo of my nightgown clothesline?  Of course, I said "Sure!"

     I had started making the fairy clotheslines when I put in a fairy garden for myself two years ago.  My fairies were actually hard-working farm gnomes.  They had a pickup truck, a windmill, and a cow.  I decided that they needed a clothesline, so the original line had the "signature" hanky apron, hand-knit wool socks (see directions for those on the blog), a pair of gnome-size blue jeans and a hat. 

   On a whim, I made a second set and listed them in my Etsy shop.  They SOLD!  That put me on a roll and I started thinking of ideas for other clotheslines.  One day, I found a scrap of fabric that had been left over from the lining of a chemo hat.  It was white flannel, with small multi-colored polka dots.  I immediately thought of boxer shorts!  Thus, the nightgown/boxer shorts clothesline was born. 

   The original publication date was supposed to be in the early summer, then it got pushed back to July.  Finally Emma contacted me and said it would be coming out September 4th and would I like a copy of the magazine?

   Of course, I wanted a copy (would have bought it even if it hadn't been complimentary).  The amazing part was that it showed up in my mailbox, in rural Indiana, on the one-lane gravel road the EXACT day of publication!  How in the WORLD did their shipping department fairies at Homespun magazine in Australia figure all that out? 

   The fairy clothes are there with some fabulous miniatures - everything from tiny animals to an entire dollhouse size quilt store.  Some people are so clever! 

   This is a wonderful publication full of very creative projects.  A little research showed me that they have won numerous awards and have over 20,000 subscribers.  Definitely worth taking a look if you have a chance.

   I'm on page 78!  Thank you Emma and everyone at Homespun magazine for this opportunity. 

The gnomes thank you too!

Yarn Bombing a Foot Stool

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (2)

   I never know what to knit this time of year.  After all, hand-knits aren't too popular during the summer months.  I wouldn't want a scarf wrapped around my neck when it's ninety degrees outside.  It's also a little early to be working on items for next winter (not that this one is over with yet!).

   I have an ugly, vinyl, $1 at an auction foot stool in the TV room.  This is the room that I'm sent to when I want to watch Dancing With the Stars or Grey's Anatomy.  I've decided that I'm going to Yarn Bomb it.

   What is Yarn Bombing you say?  It's when you completely or nearly cover an item with knitting.  I have some great examples of this on my Pinterest board "Knit One & Knit Some More" found here:

   Everything from fire hydrants, to bike racks, to chairs. 

   It will be the perfect opportunity for me to use some of the knitting patterns that I've also collected - great cables, domino knitting, and beautiful laces, some of which could be quite a challenge.  Plus, I'll be able to use THE STASH.  It's gotten a bit out of hand lately.  ;)

   So, here's the before picture . . .

         I'll let you know how it goes . . .

***** Update - 3/24/2015.  So far, I've only finished the top section.  Need to get back to knitting on this one . . . .

Knitting Miniature Socks

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Knitting Miniature Socks

     Perfect for fairy garden clotheslines or baskets.  Would be adorable attached to a doll house mantel at Christmas.  Very easy project.

   What you need:

scrap amount of fingering weight/sock yarn, two size 2 double pointed needles, a tapestry/darning needle to finish the ends.

The socks are knit as an I-cord.  If you aren't familiar with this method, there are many demonstrations available on youtube. 

I beginning by casting on five sitches.  If you are working with a variegated yarn, you will need to cut two identical lengths of yarn, so the socks will match.  I think it's fun to cast on near where the color changes to have the toe of the sock be a different color from the body of the sock. 

When knitting a I-cord you will knit across the five stitches.  Then instead of turning your work, slide the stitches back to the other end of the same needle.  Pull your knitting yarn/tail tight after you slide the stitches back to the other end.  The yarn will be in the back of the work and if you pull it tight, will cause the knitting to form a tube (this isn't as evident the first couple of rows, but you will begin to see it later). 

Continue knitting across the stitches and sliding your work back to the other end of the same needle until your sock is the length desired.  I usually work mine to be about one inch in length. 

Cast off all stitches, cut your yarn and pull it through the last loop.  Using your tapestry needle, insert the ends through the center of the sock, pull it through and snip the yarn.  Repeat for the second sock. 

View all of my fairy clotheslines available for sale in my Etsy shop here: