Jul 31, 2015

...and the funnel...and Ruth

Hiya.  Forgot to show you the wooden funnel I got too.  Never saw one of these either.  The stem appears to be broken at the tip, very thin wood there but the rest is substantial.  Very fine turning grooves, barely visible.
 
I wasn't going to take it but Mark thought it was nice so it's mine.  I decided to keep the monster bowl.  I tried propping it against the wall on top of a cupboard but it's hard to stabilize.  It's much bigger than the top of my stool but I will eventually find a spot.  I plan on cleaning it with Murphy's Oil Soap.  The funnel is pretty clean and I read that they were used for cider instead of metal which reacted with it.  I'm sure they had other uses too.
 
I don't care for vegetables but I do like this.
Cut the sprouts in half, brown cut side down in large fry pan with minimal oil.  Add some (3/4 - 1 cup) chicken broth and golden raisins, a little sugar if needed, a little salt, cover on low until tender.  Just roasting them in the oven at high temp, cut side down, is good too but Mark loves these.
 
 
AND....
 
Ruth.  Aged.
 Of course I changed some colors, moved the large vase over one, changed the base of it, added green for the leaves, and then moved up the Ruth box.  I wasn't going to stitch it at all because I didn't like it just hanging there by itself.  I could have added some motifs or border along with it at the bottom, and depending on the finishing, may put it back where it belongs if I need more height to the piece.  Not sure what it will be yet.  The large vase is stitched over 3 and once I got the first row done (I started with the vase top edge) the rest was easy because I followed their placement.  I used two strands instead of one that is called for.
 
Have a great weekend!!
 
Thanks for visiting.

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14 comments:

Edgar said...

I love that funnel!!

Jeannine520 said...


Very mice funnel. I really like the bowl, too. I'd probably put it under a family room coffee table or hearth and put Scottish carpet balls in it. Have you seen those? A collection of them would be fabulous in that bowl. It's the first thing I thought of when I saw it. You could also use it to store pine cones next to a fireplace.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Marly,
I'm so happy you are keeping the bowl!! You will find so many uses for it! I have a large collection of butter molds that would look so good in it!! The funnel is also wonderful! I have some metal ones but will have to watch for a wooden one!!
Your sampler is looking good and so do those brussel sprouts! Will have to give those a try!
Take care and enjoy your weekend!
Warm Hugs~
Julie

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

LUV the bowl. Good decision to keep it. Also LUV brussel sprouts ... gonna try your version of cooking...probably use a tad of butter too. Your new sampler piece is great, nice job as always. Funnel is interesting looking.

Enjoy the weekend with Peace to all,
Barb

Ele said...

Ruth looks very nice.
Glad you're keeping the bowl! And the funnel is so peculiar. Might look good if kept horizontal, so you can see it is hollow. Maybe with some dried herbs inside?
I will try your recipe. I love sprouts. Thanks the tip!

Melody said...

The funnel is very nice. Your stitching is looking good! I may have to try the brussel sprouts recipe, it sounds like its a winner!

Margaret said...

Monster bowl! Cool funnel too. Ruth looks amazing!!

laceystitcher said...

What a find on the funnel; it is wonderful! The sprouts sound delicious; I have not had them cooked like that. I will need to try it; thanks for the pics and info. Happy stitching........................

Barb said...

That funnel is a real treasure!

The Eveningstitcher said...

You are amazing! I can't believe how fast you get a sampler done. It takes me forever...but I did buy a new hoop after reading your posts on the sit upons....maybe I'll be as fast as you! Love the funnel! Your sampler is just gorgeous!!

C. M. Designs said...

I think you "hit the jack-pot" with the funnel and huge bowl. I love wooden pieces of antiquity. I think you've made a wise decision to keep the bowl.
Your sampler is pretty and so different. Love the colors that you chose.
Enjoy your Sunday.
Charlotte in Va.

Three Sheep Studio said...

I'm hungry just looking at those brussel sprouts ! I like mine with bacon , too.
Your sampler is lovely. ;)
Rose

StitchinByTheLake said...

Interesting funnel. Thanks for the recipe - I like brussel sprouts but don't cook them often so I'll try this next time. Love the newest finish - the large vase with flowers really sets it off. blessings, marlene

Maggee said...

Very cool Funnel! You have some great finds of late. I copied the recipe because I like sprouts too! And I have never had them cooked any way except plain, so this looks delightful to try! Thanks!

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