Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Eat, Drink and Be Merry - Happy as A Clam


Years ago I used to watch a show called Surprise Chef. In each episode Aristos the chef would surprise someone in the supermarket and offer to make dinner using the things in their shopping cart. I was always impressed at how he easily he'd transform the oddest combinations into an amazing 3 course dinner.
If Aristos the chef came across my shopping trolley and found the following ingredients I wonder what he'd make?

How about Carrots glazed in cinnamon and honey served with Smiley Ketchup?

Dessert would be Strawberry icecream 

Served with wedges of refreshing watermelon.

Followed by a nice cup of  Blue Daisy tea. 


Yum!!

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While I've sewed these clamshells we've had all sorts of weather.

I think you can tell this one was stiched on a hot summers day.

It was always lovely when there was a breeze in the evenings and we could enjoy watching the bunting dance.

Then there were extra windy days, perfect for flying kites,

And those inevitable rainy days. (This clamshell is only half finished, but you get the idea)

Luckily there's a fun umbrella.

I would often stitch away until the moon and stars shone brightly in the sky 

And I'd watch for a falling star to put in my pocket. 

So which clamshells will I show next? I still haven't shown you the flowers, and I have a few others to share too, so stay tuned for the next exciting episode of Happy as A Clam. 


41 comments:

shez said...

wow Rachael you are amazing with what you come up with,you are so clever,well done my friend.xx

Quilting Dee said...

You've done it again! Put a huge smile on my dial! Love them all, kite, stars, bunting and the star you will catch for your pocket. Do you have a collection of old jeans or a good opp shop? Lol. Love it!

Dasha said...

I remember Aristos! I used to love that show and his amazing creative abilities.
Agree with Dee - sitting here with a huge smile on my face.

Sharyn Baldwin said...

Can I come to dinner?

Your clams are all so gorgeous, the weather ones are brilliant, hurry up and put them all together for us!!Please :):)

Cindy said...

You always blow me away with these! The carrot and bunting are adorable!

Deborah @Patchwork Atelier said...

Love them all Rachael!
I would like a cup of tea,please!
Many hugs from Italy

Karen said...

These blocks are really cute and I am dying to see how you are going to put these together. How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense???????? You are torturing me!

Leanne said...

Oh Rachael, you've done it again !!!! I cant stop looking at your gorgeous blocks. I can't wait to see them all together. L xo

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Can you please never stop making these?!! Smiley ketchup is so brilliant and I adore rain clouds! All gorgeous!

Patchwork and Play said...

"Catch a falling star and put in your pocket, save it for a rainy day!" My dad loved that song! And all these clams are all just so adorable! You have us wanting for more!

Helen Ernst said...

I am amazed! They are great. Where do you find the time?

Di said...

Rachael, these clamshell, and your presentation, are absolutely enchanting! I can't choose a favourite because I adore them all!!! I'm a bit concerned, though, that your standards might be slipping. A single incomplete clamshell? What possessed you, dear girl ;-) ?

Jeneta said...

I can't choose a favourite! I love every single clam shell you have made so far. I remember watching Aristos too - he was so good at making beautiful food with seemingly uninspiring ingredients. I was always so impressed with the shoppers who didn't hesitate to accept Aristos' offer. I think I'd need to dash home and tidy up first!

pompom said...

Hi Rachael, there are so many clam shells! and they are all so different. Your imagination is boundless it seems. Cant wait to see the finished quilt.

Karen said...

These are so much fun! I do like the moon and stars. Actually, I like them all!

Heather said...

These clamshells continue to amaze and delight!

smazoochie said...

Are the people in the Blue Mountains locking up their denim trousers or are they happily contributing them to be made into cute & clever blocks & quilts?
You are a ray of sunshine!

Melissa P said...

You have an amazing amount of these clam shells! I love the teapot best of this bunch. But it's quite clear that you are enjoying every stitch in each of them.

Diane said...

Wow, these just keep getting better and better. So much fun...can't wait to see more!

Nifty Quilts said...

I'll bet you have memories of the day and place you stitched each of these. Love your story along with the show.

LynCC said...

Gosh, Rachel! I just LOVE your denim clamshells. Too, TOO cute! I've got a denim clamshell quilt coming up next month, but using a different approach. I'm curious - are these all mini-quilts of sorts, with backings and all? Can't wait to see your finished quilt. :D

LynCC said...

Gosh, Rachel! I just LOVE your denim clamshells. Too, TOO cute! I've got a denim clamshell quilt coming up next month, but using a different approach. I'm curious - are these all mini-quilts of sorts, with backings and all? Can't wait to see your finished quilt. :D

audrey said...

These are so fun! I know that no matter what I imagine, your quilt top will be a hundred times better than my imagination!

Cardygirl said...

You are having fun....lovely!

Shay said...

The bunting , kite and umbrella are adorable.

This quilt is going to have everything but the kitchen sink I think!

Terry said...

You've done it again . Sparked the interest of the quilting world and delighted us all. Soon there will be denim clams popping out everywhere.

Cathy Hetzel said...

I always enjoy reading your posts...they make me smile....a great way to start the day...especially on a cold winters morning....so looking forward to seeing the finished quilt....Cathy

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

These are so cool Rachael...love that dancing bunting!

Marg said...

Wow Rachel, how many have you made? Such a wonderful array of clamshells and every single one of them is fabulous.

Mary said...

Ohhhhh! These are soooo cute! And now I am hungry! I can't wait to hear your news :)

Mary said...

***see your next clams**** why did I read 'news'????? not enough coffee?

Katy Cameron said...

I want to see the whole thiiiiinnnnnngggggg <- in whiny toddler voice

needleandspindle said...

Oooo that was like the Last Supper in the Bureau of Meteorology through the lens of clams. Any more whimsy is going to require a lie down. Just delightful Rachael, like a pill for Winter.

quiltsomore said...

Hi Rachael,
They are looking great so much fun doing them . What size clamshell are they Rachael.

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Now you have me wondering what all these clam shells will combine to make?

Caffeinated Cotton said...

Enough teasing....can't wait to see what these are going to be! They are completely wonderful. Amazing really!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

These are so much fun to see unfold, your imagination is working overtime!

Barb said...

Every group you show becomes my new favorite!! I love the ketchups and the umbrella and all your fun and festive clams - so creative

Thimbleanna said...

Ohmygosh -- the bunting and the kite -- Swooooooon!!! These are just tooooo cute!!!

Vickie said...

Love your progress !

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

I just looked back and realized that I didn't leave a comment on this post. It was when I couldn't comment on my phone anymore. Thank goodness that is fixed!!!

The bunting is so sweet! These clamshells are really creative!

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