Hi, my name is Cathy and Needle and Spoon is about my lifelong interests and my attempt to craft each one…… sewing, cooking, gardening into the basis of living a creative life one week at a time. I say one week because one day can put a lot of pressure on each of us to produce the best of everything everyday. One week seems more manageable…….. at least in my mind. Doing this seems to fill my days with great pleasure and a sense of well being.

My first interest or passion came about by watching my grandmother sew. I loved sitting at her feet (starting at the age of ten) and watch her feet move the treadle of her Singer sewing machine. It was total fascination on my part and pure magic to me.  Even more so when I saw the completed garments….. evening gowns, coats, everyday dresses……. all with this machine and some fabric. Then she added beautiful details with needle and thread in hand.. How did she do it? I believe I am still learning and that is the beauty of it for me. So many beautiful and fun things to do and so much to learn at any age.

My mothers’ skills were also ace. She made many beautiful school clothes for my sister and me. When my cousin was married she made the bridesmaid dresses and I was one of 6 that benefitted from this. The dress was so beautiful that I was able to use it for a high school choral performance. It was very unique at least to my eyes. So, both of these women taught me to sew. My first big accomplishment was being able to make my going away outfit for my wedding. I wish I still had that dress and matching coat………. better yet I wish I could still fit into it.

Now my sewing seems to center on making items for the home. In future postings I hope to share some of those patterns and ideas with you. I may at times direct you to my etsy site where I sell some of these items. Below is a picture of a vintage singer sewing machine that actually works. I know very little about it other than it is either a child’s  toy or a salesman sample. Please contact me if anyone knows about this. I have had it a very long time.


My mother had 3 sisters and all of them were good cooks but I always considered my mother to be a great cook. She could improve any recipe when she didn’t agree with the ingredients or as she said to make it her own. Our family always appreciated the food she prepared and we were not allowed to state a dislike of an item at the dinner table. We had to sample everything and I must say there was very little I did not like. I can remember walking home from school on blistery cold Midwestern winter days and entering our house to be met by the scent of homemade vegetable soup………my grandfathers’ recipe….. or chicken and noodle soup and a favorite was saurkraut and spareribs which my own children never did come to like. I still make it about once a month. She always had fresh baked bread and cookies of all types. The scent and aromas of winter meals were among the best. I learned much from watching her and I knew she enjoyed making tasty meals for us. I carry on her love of preparing tasty, healthy meals. I will write much, much more of this in future posts.img_1273My own children all enjoy cooking so it does make for great family get togethers. Any day can become a holiday as we all seem to enjoy cooking and eating together.

Please continue to return to my site. I will offer recipes on a weekly basis. One new recipe a week can break a rut we might find that we have entered. Then we can say we do live a creative life one week at a time. Enjoy.

Thought for today:

“Follow your Bliss”

Joseph Campbell

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