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Deb Keller
North Iowa
Don't dream it, be it.
Interests: cooking, sewing, camping, middle ages, quilting, embroidery, sca, clothing design, crochet, inkle weaving
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I've always loved small quilts, from tiny precise works of patchwork art to baby quilts and lap quilts. There are several reasons; sometimes it's the complexity of making a tiny quilt, sometimes the time involved and sometimes cost. Or, maybe... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Thistlewood Manor
Just as the new year began, we purchased a new house........hopefully our "forever" house as I never want to move again! It's a 1910 Craftsman style house with 4 bedrooms and many built ins. Here are a few pictures of... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Thistlewood Manor
Basic Applique Techniques Applique is the process of attaching one fabric to the surface of another for decorative purposes. This is a great way to add decoration to tunics, tabards, banners, tablecloths and more. There are many types of applique,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Thistlewood Manor
Poking a stick at the blog to see if it's still alive. Poke. Poke. I think it wiggled a little. Looking, that's a lot of cobwebs. I think it still works though, I keep getting billed for it. I'll... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Thistlewood Manor
Its nearly 2016, and this year my goal is to get back to blogging. Nearly every day I work on a new project and every time I make something my husband says "did you blog that?" Well no, I have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at Thistlewood Manor
If you read yesterdays post, you know that Greg and I warped up another project after we finished our inkle trim. This one was quick and easy….Kitty Collars! With 7 kittens it’s hard to remember which are girls and boys... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Thistlewood Manor
I haven’t posted for a few days as most of my projects have been of the more boring variety, such as laundry and dishes. Yesterday however, my husband and I spent all day crafting and had a wonderful time. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Thistlewood Manor
Today turned out to be a pretty busy day, but I accomplished a few things. The first, and tastiest, was cookies. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. They are delicious! People are always asking me for my cookie recipe, so I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Thistlewood Manor
It’s 2014 and I’ve been thinking about my goals for this year. I always have projects in the works but I haven’t done as good a job of documenting them this year as I’d like; so this year I have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Thistlewood Manor
It was a cold and blustery fall day and that means Comfort Food. I always turn to beans on these kind of days; usually red beans and rice or chili; but today I wanted to do something different. As anyone... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at Thistlewood Manor
Recently, my 20 year old daughter found the perfect dress on Modcloth. It was a sunny yellow and just perfect for Easter. Even better it was on sale for just $15.99! But by the time she placed her order, it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at Thistlewood Manor
Have you ever heard of the Funky Monkey in Hampton, IA? Well, I’d heard of it…..seen the advertising, liked it on Facebook, but had never been inside until last Friday…..was I ever missing out! Owner Tracey Meyer asked me if... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at Thistlewood Manor
It seems like everything is made with a cookie cutter these days. I walk into a big box store and see dozens of the same things, all made in a big, impersonal factory by someone I’ll never meet. That’s why... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Thistlewood Manor
I mentioned in my last post that I was working on one project that I couldn’t show pictures of. That’s because it was part of a swap I joined through my medieval re-enactment group, the SCA (the Society for Creative... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2013 at Thistlewood Manor
I’ve been working on some fun projects lately and finally got around to taking pictures. One will have to stay a secret for a few more days as I made it for a swap and don’t know if the recipient... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at Thistlewood Manor
Based on how much I’ve posted lately, you’d think I’ve been a lazy bum lately…..but you’d be wrong! I’m going to take this post to show off what I’ve been up to the last few months. Due to my overwhelming... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2013 at Thistlewood Manor
I used a store bought cake mix. The trick is to oil the pan well (I used Pan spray) and then dust with dry cake mix. It will fall right out. And of course you can cover up any bad parts with frosting "snow".
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2012 on Fantasy Cake Decorating at Thistlewood Manor
I have trays and boxes of green tomatoes that are quickly turning red and yellow indoors. Since some ripen more quickly than others, I wanted an easy way to use up small batches. I decided to make oven roasted tomatoes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2012 at Thistlewood Manor
I picked 3 boxes full of green tomatoes a few weeks ago and they are slowly ripening. I had enough to do something with, so it was time to get busy. I picked out all the ripe ones and washed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at Thistlewood Manor
I am going to make some more tomorrow, so I will take pictures and post about it; along with the recipe.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2012 on What I see…. at Thistlewood Manor
If you were to walk into my pantry today, this is what you would see: Rows and rows of canned goods, waiting for this winter. There are home made pickles, beets, tomato sauce, sloppy joe sauce, salsa and spaghetti sauce;... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2012 at Thistlewood Manor
I spend a lot of time in the garden today, as it sounds like it may be the last really nice, warm day for a while. I love the smell of the warm dirt and seeing all the beautiful browns,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at Thistlewood Manor
Anybody who knows me well, knows I love anything cherry. I’ve been collecting cherry fabrics for a while, but haven’t done much with them. A few weeks ago we were invited to a birthday party, so I decided it was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Thistlewood Manor
This last weekend I drove down to southern Iowa and really enjoyed the beautiful trees as they begin to change color. At 70 mph it’s hard to take pictures, so on my way back I stopped at a little roadside... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at Thistlewood Manor
I know, I haven’t posted in forever. I’ll be catching up with that shortly….meanwhile, I want to tell you about a couple of farm puppies that need a good home in the country. Remember these guys? This is when they... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2012 at Thistlewood Manor