Cast Iron Griddle Restoration How-To {or is it?!}

 

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Hello Farmgirl Friends!!!

 

I have been working on a whole different project for me.  And here’s the back story.  A few years ago I was driving home from town and there on the side of the road was a pop up junk stand and as I drove by I realized it was all cast iron skillets for sale.  I turned around and went back for a look just in case there was treasure to be found!  I dug around and saw nothing that struck my fancy… everything was newish Lodge skillets and few older skillets that didn’t look like what I always had my eye open for.  But… wait!  Here was the rustiest, grimiest, mess of a round griddle (I’d been wanting one!) and I flipped it over to see if there were any markings on the back… and oh my word!  It was a Griswold!!!

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  1. Cheryl says:

    I cook with iron skillets every time I cook love every one.
    I have some treasures at antique shops . I have a Griswold from Erie. Some of them were passed down from my mom!!
    They make the best cornbread also!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Cheryl!

      YES!!! I agree on the cornbread! My mom’s skillets are Griswold and also Wagner and I think her cornbread tastes the best because of her skillets!!

      ~ Dori ~

  2. Laurel says:

    Great read Dori!! I have an old cast iron that was mom’s that needs this….ask mom if putting it in the oven would work….wonder if hubby would let me put it in the pellet stove! gotta try this….will let you know if it’s a Griswold…thanks again, Laurel

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Laurel,

      Mom said the oven won’t get hot enough for enough hours. My husband said his wood stove in his stop was incredibly hot for about 6-8 hours. And then it stayed in all night as the fire burned off.

      Hope this answered your question!

      ~ Dori ~

  3. Laurel says:

    Great read Dori…I have an old cast iron from mom and wonder if putting it in the oven would work….can’t see the backside because of the built up crud. Or maybe into the pellet stove, hmmm. Will let ya know if it’s a Griswold. Have a great day, Laurel

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Laurel!

      I don’t think that a regular oven will get hot enough to burn off the build up. And I really don’t know much about a pellet stove either… But how about a bonfire? You could throw it in there! 🙂

      ~ Dori ~

  4. Rhonda Cavaliere says:

    I love your restoration story. I have tried to restore skillet or two. It is a process for sure. Love cooking in my cast iron. I’m always on the lookout for the bigger size pans. They are getting harder to find at a reasonable price. Great job on yours.

  5. Lynette says:

    I love your story. I never knew you can put it the fire. I learned something new today. Thank you.

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Grandma White's Apron Part Two {A Sew-Along}

 

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Hello my sewing friends!!  I know you’ve been patiently waiting for me to get the Part Two of this sweet little Apron Sew-Along to you!

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  1. joanne says:

    I absolutely love your posts! Your project style is perfect for me. I have just moved into a new house my husband built and can’t wait to craft some of your projects. We are way Downeast on the coast of Maine. We grew up here. We love it! We were lucky enough to spend a winter in New Mexico and would love to visit again. Enjoy the New Year.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Joanne! How special to be moving into a house your husband built! My husband and I built our home too and it is such a special home because I know every single nail that went into it! (As well as the blood, sweat and tears… literally!). Congratulations!

      ~ Dori ~

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Grandma White’s Apron Part Two {A Sew-Along}

 

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Hello my sewing friends!!  I know you’ve been patiently waiting for me to get the Part Two of this sweet little Apron Sew-Along to you!

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  1. joanne says:

    I absolutely love your posts! Your project style is perfect for me. I have just moved into a new house my husband built and can’t wait to craft some of your projects. We are way Downeast on the coast of Maine. We grew up here. We love it! We were lucky enough to spend a winter in New Mexico and would love to visit again. Enjoy the New Year.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Joanne! How special to be moving into a house your husband built! My husband and I built our home too and it is such a special home because I know every single nail that went into it! (As well as the blood, sweat and tears… literally!). Congratulations!

      ~ Dori ~

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Grandma White's Apron {A Sew-Along}

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I’m very (VERY) late on this blog post!!  I’m not going to give you all the crazy excuses but I will tell you this one:  I went out west to spend some time with my mom and I brought her home with me for the winter again this year.  Which is wonderful and awesome and perfect.  But it’s also thrown me way off my routine and I’ve hardly even been capable of meeting the deadlines on my calendar this month!  Smile!

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  1. katherine Gaughran says:

    What a beautiful picture, you are blessed have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy New year to you and your family.
    Kathy Gaughran

  2. Colleen says:

    Oh, how wonderful! Reminds me of my Grandmas (both of them) and their patchwork wonders made for family and friends. My own (now 90-years old) Mom passed on the love of sewing and quilting to my sisters and I, as well. I especially LOVE making aprons, and will make one, for anybody that shows even the most remote interest in wearing and using one. In the past couple weeks, I’ve made at least four, with more already cut out. Thank you for sharing your Mom, family, and love of fabric. Have a wonderful day, and may God’s Peace be with you.

  3. Laurel says:

    I love it!! Will follow along from beautiful Washington State!!

  4. Terry Steinmetz says:

    How exciting! I love aprons and am always looking for new patterns, especially ones of older days. And the best benefit for me is that I can use up the many, many scrap pieces of materials I have lying around in boxes!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Terry! I love aprons too… this is going to be fun and I’m excited you’re going to sew along with us!

      ~ Dori ~

  5. Ginger Louden says:

    I can’t wait to start this sewing project! It’s so great to bring back old patterns, recipes, etc.. My sisters and I just sent all our nieces and nephews projects we did in memory of our mom. When she had time, she liked to crochet, embroider dish towels, and bake. We did an embroidered dish towel, a crochet dishrag, and a copy of a recipe we found in her handwriting. They are so excited to get these packages! I’m retired now, so I’ll start finding material for the squares!

  6. Farmgirl Jill says:

    What gifts you share on all levels! Thank you for these memories and pattern!

  7. Deb Fischer says:

    Thank you Dori, I am going to work along with you
    and try to make the apron. It is so pretty and looks like fun. I am not a seamstress at all but I do like to try.
    And it is such a lovely photo of you and your girls with your Mama.
    Enjoy your mamas visit and have fun.
    Farmgirl Hugs,
    De#2682

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Deb! YAY!!! So excited to have you sew along with us! You’ll love it! And here’s the thing… it’s not hard! If you can sew, you can do it!!

      ~ Dori ~

  8. Deb Fischer says:

    Beautiful photo Dori of you, your Mama and girls such beautiful smiles.
    I love the sweet little apron and it looks like fun to make. Even though I am not a seamstress I want to try and make it.
    Thank you so much for offering the sew along.
    Enjoy your Mama’s visit.
    Farmgirl Hugs,
    Debbie
    #1582

  9. Tammy L Thomson says:

    Dear Dori,

    What a beautiful group of ladies! Glad to hear that your momma is with you for the holidays and through the winter. Enjoy the Christmas preparations 🙂

    Tammy

  10. Denise says:

    So happy your Mom can spend the winter with you again! Merry Christmas!

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Grandma White’s Apron {A Sew-Along}

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Hello Farmgirl Friends!!!

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I’m very (VERY) late on this blog post!!  I’m not going to give you all the crazy excuses but I will tell you this one:  I went out west to spend some time with my mom and I brought her home with me for the winter again this year.  Which is wonderful and awesome and perfect.  But it’s also thrown me way off my routine and I’ve hardly even been capable of meeting the deadlines on my calendar this month!  Smile!

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  1. katherine Gaughran says:

    What a beautiful picture, you are blessed have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy New year to you and your family.
    Kathy Gaughran

  2. Colleen says:

    Oh, how wonderful! Reminds me of my Grandmas (both of them) and their patchwork wonders made for family and friends. My own (now 90-years old) Mom passed on the love of sewing and quilting to my sisters and I, as well. I especially LOVE making aprons, and will make one, for anybody that shows even the most remote interest in wearing and using one. In the past couple weeks, I’ve made at least four, with more already cut out. Thank you for sharing your Mom, family, and love of fabric. Have a wonderful day, and may God’s Peace be with you.

  3. Laurel says:

    I love it!! Will follow along from beautiful Washington State!!

  4. Terry Steinmetz says:

    How exciting! I love aprons and am always looking for new patterns, especially ones of older days. And the best benefit for me is that I can use up the many, many scrap pieces of materials I have lying around in boxes!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Terry! I love aprons too… this is going to be fun and I’m excited you’re going to sew along with us!

      ~ Dori ~

  5. Ginger Louden says:

    I can’t wait to start this sewing project! It’s so great to bring back old patterns, recipes, etc.. My sisters and I just sent all our nieces and nephews projects we did in memory of our mom. When she had time, she liked to crochet, embroider dish towels, and bake. We did an embroidered dish towel, a crochet dishrag, and a copy of a recipe we found in her handwriting. They are so excited to get these packages! I’m retired now, so I’ll start finding material for the squares!

  6. Farmgirl Jill says:

    What gifts you share on all levels! Thank you for these memories and pattern!

  7. Deb Fischer says:

    Thank you Dori, I am going to work along with you
    and try to make the apron. It is so pretty and looks like fun. I am not a seamstress at all but I do like to try.
    And it is such a lovely photo of you and your girls with your Mama.
    Enjoy your mamas visit and have fun.
    Farmgirl Hugs,
    De#2682

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Deb! YAY!!! So excited to have you sew along with us! You’ll love it! And here’s the thing… it’s not hard! If you can sew, you can do it!!

      ~ Dori ~

  8. Deb Fischer says:

    Beautiful photo Dori of you, your Mama and girls such beautiful smiles.
    I love the sweet little apron and it looks like fun to make. Even though I am not a seamstress I want to try and make it.
    Thank you so much for offering the sew along.
    Enjoy your Mama’s visit.
    Farmgirl Hugs,
    Debbie
    #1582

  9. Tammy L Thomson says:

    Dear Dori,

    What a beautiful group of ladies! Glad to hear that your momma is with you for the holidays and through the winter. Enjoy the Christmas preparations 🙂

    Tammy

  10. Denise says:

    So happy your Mom can spend the winter with you again! Merry Christmas!

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Birthday Month {And a Winner}

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The last bouquet of the summer from our flower garden

Hello Famrgirl Friends!!!

It’s October and guess what? This is my birthday month!  My daughter and my grand-girls took me to lunch on my birthday and out for a little shopping on our local square.  It was just the perfect thing for a birthday celebration!  But here’s the thing.  I had a hard time leading up to my birthday last week.  A really hard time.

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  1. Brenda says:

    Love reading,thank you

  2. Anita Johnson says:

    Happy belated birthday! What a joy to read your blogs. I’m thankful for folks like you who share the beautiful “small” joys in life… in reality they truly are the big things.

  3. Charlene J Gravely says:

    Love this,Thank you

  4. Sherry says:

    What a wonderful posting to read today… smile I learned something about monarch butterflies and I was inspired as well. Thank you, Dori!

  5. Tammy L Thomson says:

    Hello Dori,
    A belated Happy Birthday to you!! It’s okay to be melancholy on your birthday; I think. But as you say, you indeed do have much to be thankful for! Thank you for your inspiring and fun blogs.! These really are a gift to us the readers. So; you are already fulfilling your goal, in a way, to give gifts on your birthday ;). God Bless you and keep you…..Love, Tammy

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Sweetest Needlebooks Ever {And a Giveaway!!}

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Hello to my sewing farmgirls!

Do you own a needle book for all your little hand sewing projects?  If you don’t, then YAY!  This blog post is for you!  I love little needle books and I have many of them scattered around my house… anywhere that I might sit and do a little sewing; there’s a needle book!

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  1. Colleen says:

    My favorite hand-sewing project is making folk-artsy looking dolls, with long skinny legs, embroidered faces, and calico dresses on them. Each one is “dorky” in it’s own look, but they’re so much fun to make.

  2. Maxine says:

    These are just so cute!!
    My favorite hand sewing project is really having a quilt that I’m working on just handy so I can sit down to it any time. One of my hand quilting projects is a hexie quilt that I use for a traveling project. It’s been overseas with me twice and will be going again in a few days.

  3. I have always sewed but lately started hand sewing again. Felt, wool table runners, crewel embroidery, counted cross stitch…I need to make an adorable book for my needles. Love your prints. Would love having one of yours

  4. Joanna Ziolkowski says:

    My favorite hand sewing right now is working with small wool applique stitching, but I plan to try something new because of an earlier article you wrote. I just shopped for some sashiko supplies, and I have signed up for some classes to learn this craft. I just have to say, your needlebooks are too sweet! I will have to try these, too! Thank you for always inspiring with your handiwork!

  5. Kathy Barnett says:

    I love to embroider, do EPP quilting, and needlepoint. Your needlebooks are adorable.

  6. Ginger Louden says:

    I embroider on dish towels. I was taught how to do this from my grandma and mother. I always have a towel, needles, and thread handy. I use them for gifts, and I donate a lot of them to shelters or local places that need them.

  7. Denise says:

    I love to do embroidery. It’s my favorite handwork. I’m not very good at it but I am practicing! Thanks for the chance at such a lovely giveaway. Love reading your blog

  8. Sandra Johnson says:

    My favorite hand sewing projects are creative clothing repairs to extend the life of my wardrobe.

  9. Laurel Anne Pries says:

    Although I’m “getting up there” I still love to make little things and give as gifts to friends and family. This little needle book definitely is on my to do list….how cute!! Thank you Dori!

  10. Lori says:

    These are so cute, Dori! Right now I am making that cute little fall swag that you gave a tutorial on last year. I had them all cut out last year but was not able to finish them. Hope to get it hung up this week! Other than that, I have some embroidery projects for winter I am doing. I figure if I work on the next season to come, I may get it finished to enjoy, lol

  11. Carol says:

    Hi Dori! I love these little needle books! I’m always looking for something special to make for friends. I think this will be this year’s project. Thank you. My favorite hand-sewing project is any small item that I have quilted. The last thing I made was a cheery table runner for the summer season. I like making big hand stitches on something like this. Gives it a homey look.Happy Sewing! Carol

  12. Denise says:

    I have a yo-yo quilt top that has been in the works for years but I love to shop or sew on it when I have time. I’ve taken quite a few quilt classes but it’s all done on a machine & I like that the yo-yo is all by hand.

  13. MS Barb says:

    I enjoy hand embroidery & embellished hand embroidery (I’ve taken classes to learn how to do different stitches for embellishments!

  14. Sabrena Orr says:

    My favorite hand sewing is doing for others – whether it is sewing a hem up for my daughter, fixing a button for our grands, or helping my mom with something she needs. It always feels good to give and help other. :0)

  15. mary pitman says:

    These little Needle keepers are so cute!! I made several last year for Christmas gifts. My hubby likes his really well! He uses the needle when he gets a sticker in his finger. I got the pattern from a quilt show my friend and I attended. I LOVE your posts or blogs, and just LOVE reading about your flower stands and your family helping you with it.

  16. Jane Jordan says:

    Hi Dori – what a sweet blog post. Were expecting Hurricane Lee to hit us here on the coast of Maine tomorrow so after battening down the hatches this afternoon, I know what I’ll be doing to morrow to ride out the storm…making a needle book!
    I’m working on a US map quilt these days. It’s appliqued and I’m hand quilting around the outside of the map. Doing small random running stitches. I’m finding it to be really relaxing. So, for now, I’ll say that it’s my favorite project. But who knows? May e after tomorrow, making needle books will be my new favorite :-).
    Thanks,
    Jane

  17. Toni Hauge says:

    My favorite needlework is counted cross-stitch.
    I have stitched many things as gifts and they are in homes all over the world.
    My favorite is the Nativity ornaments I made for my Mom. They are glass beads, double sided and stitched on perforated paper. A lady admitted them and asked me to make a set for her. I did.
    I have since inherited the set I made for my Mom.
    I enjoy reading your blogs. Thank you

  18. Judy Garden says:

    My favorite hand sewing project is visible mending on old jeans!

  19. Hannah W says:

    Thanks for the inspiring post. Most of my hand sewing is hand quilting and finishing the binding. My favorite part of the process.

  20. Susan Owen says:

    My favorite handwork is going to sound a little unusual. I like mending. It is such a great feeling to mend something and know that it will last a little longer or bring new life to something that would have been tossed away. Recently I bought two items at big discounts because they just needed a little mending and TLC. One was a cute set of fabric ghosts that the seams had come apart and the other was a snowman whose spool thread and buttton legs had been sewn on backwards.

  21. Carla J says:

    Right now I’m working thru a series of snowman hand embroidery blocks that will end up in a quilt, hopefully next year. I enjoy hand quilting smaller items.
    My bag was heavy enough after walking thru the quilt show yesterday I would have been tempted to purchase more embellishments if I had seen this first. I treated myself to a new silver thimble and a book on using some of the tatted and crochet pieces from estate sales.

  22. Whitney Hedren says:

    I like Christmas cross stitches

  23. Susan Owen says:

    My favorite handwork is going to sound a little unusual. I like mending. It is such a great feeling to mend something and know that it will last a little longer or bring new life to something that would have been tossed away. Recently I bought two items at big discounts because they just needed a little mending and TLC. One was a cute set of fabric ghosts that the seams had come apart and the other was a snowman whose spool thread and buttton legs had been sewn on backwards. It’s fun to be able to mend things that have sentimental value as well.

  24. Dori Umphreys says:

    I love hand sewing little doll quilts and ornaments for my tiny Christmas tree.

  25. De says:

    I Love to make little critters or little dolls out of felt!

  26. Lorna Wooldridge says:

    I am eyeing a felted mail box pattern with handmade felted snail for the cards I make. Thank you for this super cute giveaway.

  27. Lisa Albert says:

    I love anything handmade especially with embroidery on it and appliqués. Your books are delightful and practical! I’m just beginning to learn hand work now that my boys are grown and I have down time to create. I would love to win one of your books to have in my home for upcoming embroidered tea towel projects I want to do for Christmas presents❤️

  28. Jodi LeBrun-Boyer says:

    I just started to hand sew, so every project is my favorite right now. I love these little books, I can’t wait to try it out.

  29. Mary Bryan says:

    At the moment, my favorite needlework is counted cross-stitch. But, that could change. I also do embroidery and EPP.

  30. Fonda L says:

    Those are sooooooooooo cute!!!
    My favorite project might be counted cross-stitch picture.
    They have so many to choose from or you can make your own.

  31. Cristy Marxsen says:

    My favorite handwork is applique. I can’t wait to get started on a needlebook though. Thank you sew much for the inspiration!!!!

  32. Cheri Sander says:

    I love this idea! Will definitely try to make one. I love to make little projects to give away. Right now I am making quilted tree shirts to give to my kids.

  33. Carole Nelsen says:

    I’m trying to finish cross stitching a pillowcase, but do enjoy trying small sewing projects.

  34. Terry Wingate says:

    I just started quilting in January of this year. I want to hand-quilt my next project, instead of machine quilting on a long-arm. In the past, I’ve done counted cross stitch and a little needlepoint. These needlebooks are just adorable! Now that I’m retired, I have more time to enjoy my hobbies!

  35. Christine Puruleski says:

    I know it’s kind of plain for others, but I love to make different dishcloth patterns!!!
    I have done hot pads and coasters and just thoroughly enjoy giving them as stocking stuffers or just a surprise gift!
    I do think my favorite may become these needle books!!! I am always searching for what I need to mend or alter something and these are the cutest and most sensible sewing extras I have seen in a long time!
    Thank you, thank you, Dori!,

    Christine

  36. Sylvia Bengisoy says:

    I enjoy cross stitch. I would like to try Brazilian Embroidery. I have made a dolly out of saved items/fabrics. It turned out real cute.

  37. Debbie McDonald says:

    My favorite hand sewing project has been learning to darn wool socks.

  38. shawna says:

    I love embroidery! I enjoy hand stitching receiving blanket edges. I always have a knit or crochet project going. I know that isn’t hand sewing, but it keeps my hands busy.

  39. Connie Bruss says:

    I make replica wedding and bridesmaids dresses and other outfits of family and friends for American dolls.

  40. Jennifer Thayer says:

    I love hand-stitching seasonal decor with felt and penny rugs.

  41. Patricia Colbaugh says:

    I love hand sewing embellished items for military shadowboxes for family members. Love seeing handmade hearts, flags & etc made from their families past lace, leather & quilt cottons.

  42. Myra says:

    Sweet little book and so useful too! Love it.

  43. Dena Martin says:

    My hand projects are usually stitching binding to a newly made quilt. But, my favorite and most memorable hand project is a little pieced I hand-embroidered when I was about eleven years old. I taped the embroidery design to a window in the dining room and taped a piece of muslin over it before beginning to trace the embroidery designs on the muslin. It took me forever to trace and my arms were so tired reaching up to trace the designs. The piece has a poem in the middle, under a young boy and girl walking up the staircase. And, it’s framed by embroidered children’s toys. Good memories. I still have the piece which was completed over 50 years ago.

  44. Carol Lou Ontto says:

    My favorite hand sewing project is mending. I am laid up from surgery and have been catching up on.

  45. Gayle Baskin says:

    I love the sewing needle book pattern and idea.
    I love using scraps for small pouches for my embroidery floss or scissors or small gift bags.
    Thank you…

  46. Sherry says:

    You’ve inspired me to get out my needles and scissors and start crafting again! I’m 74 y/o and I know I have another quilt in me

  47. Rhonda Bowdy says:

    I love to make Christmas ornaments. I’ve made many little ginger bread men. I give them all away.

  48. Joan Piercy says:

    Dori, I love your blog! My favorite needlework is embroidery which is perfect for the Crazy Quilt I am finishing. My Aunt Mary Witte was unable to finish it and gave it to me. Crazy quilts have always been my favorite quilts. I am also finishing up one the Dresden Plate table toppers you had in a recent blog. Thank you, Dori, for sharing your world with all of us! Joan

  49. Nita says:

    Currently into little things, having finally finished 52Tags from 2020…! Now working on a Tiny Tannenbaum wallhanging with lots of shiny bits added. Besides embroidery, mostly my favorite handsewing project is finishing the binding on a quilt–such a soothing, nearly mindless activity, suited to TV watching if that’s your jam, and satisfying at the end of the flurry of creating a quilt!

  50. Joy says:

    I love to do counted cross stitch. I get so much enjoyment from looking at all your projects. Makes me wish I could quilt.

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Dresden Plate To The Rescue!

 

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Hello friends!!!  Here I am again… bringing you a blog post with all the deep thoughts that ended up in a “winging it” kind of project!  Smile!

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  1. Terry Steinmetz says:

    So glad to see your fun work I sewed 2 tablerunners today for my kitchen table. I used some fabric I’d been saving for whatever came my way. One side is blueberries on the stems( navy blue and light colored polka dots backgrounds). The other side is a multicolored outdoor scene of different birds and birdhouses. I used the 10 minute tablerunner pattern given to me by a friend. I added decorative stitching on the borders. Voila!!! LOVE IT ! Wish I could post a picture of it. Oh well. Going to work on fabric boxes tonight to give as gifts to friends. Blessings!

  2. Amy says:

    Beautiful job on the table toppers! WAY more hand stitching than I want to do, though.

    Those cups are from Starbucks, aren’t they? I have one, from Houston, where I used to live. Maybe next trip I’ll get one that says Texas.

    I would love to find one or two of those old Coke boxes, and exactly for that kind of thing.

  3. Margaret Hofknecht says:

    What an eye-catching beauty this table topper is! That fabric is scrumptious! The only spiffing up I’ve done is knitting cotton dishcloths to match my dish towels. I so enjoyed choosing yarns to match the colors in the towels. Be blessed!

  4. Bonnie Iscrupe says:

    what a beautiful project, that will put a huge smile on your face each time you walk into the room. You have such a good eye!

  5. Kathy Gaughran says:

    I love the Dresden Plate and as always, beautiful done. your always an Inspiration. Wishing you and your family a healthy and happy Fall season.

  6. Tammy L Thomson says:

    Dear Dori, thank you for sharing your beautiful creation! I don’t think I have ever seen a cheerier “table runner/centerpiece”. I wonder if it’s possible to not smile when seeing it? I doubt it. :):) As for me, I am not a fabric artist but; I do collect vintage doilies and lace etc. which I have all over my home. Have a great rest of the Summer! Tammy

  7. Cynthia Felice says:

    I think your projects are just adorable! I so enjoyed seeing the steps I wonder if the waterproofing product you used would help keep fabric from fading outside on my deck tables Would love to make cute table cloths for them Thank you again for sharing your talents and awesome projects!

  8. Jaryl Romshe says:

    I love Dree#den Plate design. I love what you did.

  9. Kate says:

    Absolutely darling!!

  10. Marilyn says:

    Great job, it is lovely.
    Marilyn

  11. Joyce Atlee says:

    I just love that Dresden plate table topper! It is so pretty and heartbreakingly nostalgic. Great job winging it!

  12. Patti Smith says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!

  13. Connie J. Bakker says:

    Love your work and you hand quilted!!!!!

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Lets Build A Bouquet!

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Hello my Farmgirl Friends!!!

Most of you here know that my daughter and I are Flower Farmers (in a VERY small scale) and we sell our flowers by the honor system at on our darling little roadside stand.  This is our ninth summer of business! Through the years we’ve really streamlined our little business.  We know what grows best for us and we know what sells.  We rarely experiment with anything else now that we have it figured out!

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  1. Terry Zignego says:

    Great idea. I especially love the rustic trailer? you use to display your bouquets.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Terry,

      It’s pretty fun isn’t it? My son in law found the old truck bed and then he built the rest of it for us. It is the absolute best set-up!

      ~ Dori ~

  2. Joan Piercy says:

    Dori, Just wanted to tell you how beautiful your flowers are! Wish I was close enough to buy some. I live on the East Coast in Mechanicsville, VA. I lost my dad in January of this year. So sorry for your loss! Joan

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Joan,

      I’m so sorry about your Dad. It’s a loss that is hard to describe… no long having our precious Dads. My tears are different than they were a year ago when he passed… now they are just tears of wonderful memories that I cherish.

      Hugs to you, Joan.

      ~ Dori ~

  3. Tammy L Thomson says:

    Dear Dori,
    Thank you for sharing a beautiful (Really extra beautiful with all the gorgeous flower pics!!) post with an inspiring message. Your bouquets are the perfect Summer bouquet. I can’t believe you give them away for only 5! I would be buying one every few days if I lived nearby. God bless you and give you comfort and happy memories about your dear Dad.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Tammy,

      We absolutely love selling our flowers for $5. Most anyone can afford that and as a result we have a lot of elderly customers that get so happy to spend $20 and take gifts to four friends! We see it time and time again. That is what makes us the most happy. Our flowers getting shared!

      Thank you for the comment on my Dad. He’s with me always!

      ~ Dori ~

  4. mary pitman says:

    I ALWAYS LOVE your posts! I LOVE flowers too and grow mine mostly along our yard fence. How about tiger lilies? they are so tall and beautiful

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Mary,

      I love flowers growing along a fence… it’s just so beautiful! And YES to Tiger Lilies!!!

      ~ Dori ~

  5. Susana says:

    I love zinnias, sunflowers , cosmos smo gst a bunch of other flowers like snapdragons columbine and asters.spme last longer than others . Ive never sold anything I just give it away. I like putting a smile on a Face.

  6. Susana says:

    I love zinnias, sunflowers , cosmos amongst a bunch of other flowers like snapdragons columbine and asters.some last longer than others . Ive never sold anything I just give it away. I like putting a smile on a Face.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Susana,

      You hit the nail right on the head… giving flowers always puts a smile on our faces!!!

      ~ Dori ~

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No Sew Flag Bunting {Tutorial}

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Hello Friends!

Its almost July and I had on my mind to make a super easy new bunting to hang.  Most of you know me well enough to know that I absolutely adore buntings!  I decided to just use up some fabric scraps and make a “no sew” bunting that ANYONE can make!  Dig through your red/white/blue fabric scraps and let make one together!
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  1. Bonnie Iscrupe says:

    Loved the idea, great for children to help with.

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