One For the Road


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So yesterday I posted the scarlet red beret.  Today I present the dark gray heather beret.  Same pattern.  Different color.  Different size.  This one has way  more slouch factor!

In the shop!

More to come...

Be Bold. Wear Red.


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I finally got the chance to photograph one of the berets I made.  This one is scarlet red and is in the shop.  Ooh la la!

Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

"Caught, Brown-Handed!"


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exclaimed one of my students today!  For you see, today was the last day before the Thanksgiving holidays, and my class was assigned a Social Studies project where they had to dress in Colonial attire.  The catch was that they couldn't purchase anything and they still had to wear their school uniform.  "Modify it," I told them.

So today, we all came decked out in our very interesting versions of what the Colonial people wore.  Not Pilgrims, mind you, but more along the lines of the middling class of people.  I could tell who'd been in my class fabric stash.  I saw hand stitched aprons, bonnets of sorts, long socks, actual stockings on some, vests, suspenders galore!

Students made different craft projects throughout the day, one of which was pomander balls.  I spread out newspaper, explained the craft and let them have at it.  Basically, they taped off a cross area of their fruit, pressed cloves into the untaped areas, pricked extra holes around the fruit and then had fun rolling the fruit into ground cinnamon.  "Can we eat it?" I heard what seemed to be a thousand times.  And a thousand times more I said, "No!"  But I still caught kids sniffing the cinnamon.  And I must admit, I did too.  I love that smell.  :-)

After the fruit was adorned with all those prickly spices, the tape was removed and a ribbon tied around it.  This is a traditional Colonial craft and was very popular during Christmas time.  As the fruit dries, the smell will continue to linger.  Place these balls in your closet, in your drawer, or in bowls on your table.  Your house is sure to smell something good!  Maybe you'll even be caught brown-handed!


Ummm, Cider!


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Last night I attended a housewarming event with a friend.  There, I met this wonderful cook from Guyana who shared her recipe for apple cider with me.  Have I ever put bay leaves in cider?  No!  Was it good?  Y-E-S!!!  Simple recipe found here.  My mom approved.  Now it can go on the Thanksgiving menu.

Hot Apple Cider


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Last night I attended a Housewarming Event with a friend from work.  There, I met a cooking woman from Guyana.  When I say cooking, I mean, she prepared almost every dish, including the drinks, and it wasn't even her housewarming.  Outstanding!

While sampling some of the food, after taking a series of photographs for the honored guests, this woman told me her recipe for hot apple cider, so I decided to give it a try today.  That way I would know if I could pull it off for the real cooks in my family at Thanksgiving.  My mom tried it, gave her nod of approval, so I guess that's a go-ahead.

Hot Apple Cider
Ingredients:
1 gallon apple juice (any cheap brand will do)
4 or 5 bay leaves (What?)
handful of cloves
a few sticks of cinnamon
brown sugar

Directions:

Boil about 2 cups of water with the seasonings until the water is infused with the flavor of the bay leaves, cloves, and cinnamon.  (She told me to remove them at this point, but I kept them in.)

Add the apple juice to the spiced water.


Simmer forever.


Add brown sugar to taste.

Yes, I'm going to strain the drink.  I'll make a new batch of this on Thanksgiving Day, but I'll keep it warm in the crock pot and then I'll get out of everyone's way because I'm not old enough to be in the kitchen with them, even if they are using my kitchen.


Saturday Update


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Last week I had a few moments to craft.  I was excited about that Vanna yarn that I was able to get on sale and couldn't wait to feel it across my fingers and hook.  I made 3 hats:  a wavy bucket hat with freeform crocheted pin and 2 berets (one small one in red, one large one in a dark, heathered gray).  I also started on the polka dotted scarf, which I haven't been able to get back to, but I will in due time.  I'll post the real deal pics when I'm finished with them and/or ready to list them in the shop

Yesterday, I was finally able to go to a Wal-Mart that hadn't gotten rid of their sewing/craft section.  Finally, I was able to get my hands on the fleece I've been longing for for weeks now.  You know I don't like multiple WIPs so it's important to me to finish them and move on.  Now with the fleece in hand, I can try the idea I've had in my head for a while and see if it'll work.  Then that project will be complete too. * Don't you love how I'm non-specific? *

Oooh, fleece!

I'm steadily getting ready for Thanksgiving Holidays too.  The A/C folks came by this morning to service the heating and cooling system.  I'm waiting on a man with a ladder to replace the bulbs on my flood lights.  I'm also waiting on the guy that's cutting the grass to come.  I love how he edges up the place.  He's very neat like that.  A friend is coming over to help me further prepare the house for the holidays - mopping, cleaning walls, vacuuming...  I think we'll even make pomander balls.  They smell soooo good!  My mom gave me some of her fall foliage for decorations.  I haven't put them out yet, but here's some of what is done on the dining room table.  The pine cones in the center smell like cinnamon.  Ummmm....

The table runner is really more red than this pic shows.   
Mom sent a place setting by also to see how it would look.  We're doing paper/plastic this year.  The setting is on a gold charger.

Well, that's about it for now.  I've got lots of work to do in so little time.

Until then,
Libby :-)

"He Never Sleeps"


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Every now and again, I get in the mood to hear MUSIC without all the instruments drowning out the vocals.  Today was one of those days.  "He Never Sleeps".  It's very soothing.  I remember my brother and I jamming to this album back in the day.  When Columbia House offered it on cd, I had to have it.  It wasn't like my brother would let that record out of his possession.

Can you believe You Tube doesn't even have Take 6's song?  So, I give you a group performing their rendition of Take 6's "He Never Sleeps".  Not perfect, but who can really touch Take 6?:


Salmon on Saturday


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Baked Salmon
Score salmon.  Rub a little olive oil on top.  Season it with Spike No-Salt Seasoning, chopped garlic, and lemon juice.  Lightly grease a pan with a little olive oil.  Place salmon in pan, skin-side down and bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.

I served my salmon with some steamed baby spinach and the coconut rice from earlier today.

Yum-O!

Another "In-Between" Meal


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Tonight I plan to eat baked salmon, but I needed something in between that simple brunch and then, so I dug out what I could find and started throwing things together.  This is what I came up with:

Vegetable Stir Fry over Coconut Rice



So I just basically grabbed just about every firm vegetable I could find, except for those parsnips, and added some baby corn and cabbage.  It's seasoned with a little sesame oil, some chopped fresh ginger, an Asian spice mix I have, and a squirt of this Thai Chili Pepper Sauce.  The rice is pretty basic:  basmati rice cooked in coconut milk instead of water.

Until then...

It Was Good


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I read and watched all kinds of crazy You Tube videos on how to eat a pomegranate.  In the end I just picked them out by hand.  It was good.  A bit sweet and tart at the same time.  Sort of put me in the mind of cranberries.  I read somewhere that pomegranates were good for your heart, so all the better, right?

I wonder if anyone ever held a pomegrante eating contest?  Hum...

Time for Brunch


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So this is today's brunch:


  • Pancakes with cinnamon & nutmeg
  • A fried egg
  • Half a pomegranate.  (I had to google how to eat this; only had the juice, but not the fruit.  lol)
  • Orange juice
Happy Saturday!

Tying Up Loose Ends


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Some time ago I started a pom pom hat to match the espresso brown fleck scarf I made.  I don't like to have outstanding WIPs, so this week I finished the hat.  It has a detachable pom pom!


 
 

Remember the traveling scarf project?  Well, it's nearing the end and as of this week, I have two scarves in my possession.  It's getting really hard to think of ways to add to the scarves when you get closer to the end, but I think everyone will enjoy theirs.  :-D

Broiled Citrus Tuna with Rice and Steamed Spinach


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I was off work today in celebration of Veteran's Day.  After getting some Vanna Yarn on sale at Michael's for a custom order - that polka dotted scarf, I came home and made this dish.



You can always find out more on my other blog.  I thought I would do some serious crafting today but in the end I did some serious napping.  lol  Looks like after I wash my hair, I'll just have time to attach the pom pom onto a hat I finished yesterday.  I'll take pics when I can.  :-)

Broiled Citrus Tuna with Rice and Spinach


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I'll admit it.  Before tonight, the only tuna I ever ate came from a can.  Time to try something new, right?  Well today I went to the nearest Harris Teeter store and decided to purchase some tuna medallions since they were on sale.  I figured I figure out how to cook them when I got home.  Let me just say that I'm enjoying this fish.

Let me also add that ever since I bought this bag of peeled wheat, I've been trying new ways to eat it.  The peeled wheat and rice dish is a winner!


Tonight I was in my "I'm not really going to measure because I don't feel like doing many dishes" mood so you'll have to bear with me.  :-)

Broiled Citrus Tuna

Marinade:
  • olive oil
  • juice from half of a lime
  • juice from half of a lemon
  • a little orange juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic, diced
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • dash of soy sauce
  • a little rice vinegar
  • a little honey
Place tuna in a Ziploc bag along with the marinade.  Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.  (I didn't wait that long because I was "hongry!")

Broil for 6-8 minutes on each side.  There should still be a little pink in the inside.  You don't want the tuna tough.

Rice and Wheat Dish
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 package of Herbox Sodium-Free Chicken Bouillion
  • about 3/4 cups of peeled wheat
  • about 1/2 cup of rice
Bring water and bouillon to a boil.  Add peeled wheat and cook until wheat begins to soften some but isn't done.  Stir in rice and cook until both are done.

I served this with steamed baby spinach.  Water, a dash of salt and that was it.


Bon Appetit!

Caroline's Coin Purse


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This evening, I finally made Caroline's coin purse.  She had asked me to make one a bit ago, but I couldn't decide what I wanted to do.  The body of this purse is the same as I have made in the past, but I added crab stitching to the edge and a colorful button.





Now I have to think of the scarf she requested.  Polka dots, here we come.  :-)

Good Night!

T is for


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Time to Catch Up.

So my dad, bottom row far left, lost another of his brothers this week, the one seated beside him in the middle.  The thing with big families (my dad is from a family of 17) is that although there are so many things to celebrate, losing one comes more often than you'd like to experience.  My dad has been the one to officiate for almost every one of his siblings that he has lost.  And guess what?  This photo was taken after the lost of one of my dad's sisters about 2 or 3 years ago.  That's the reason for all the black and gray.

Still thinking of gray, but on a happier note, here's a neckwarmer that I made last night.  It's 100% cotton and is lightweight.  I have some other ideas for it, so it's not complete.  I just wanted to "catch you up." 


Taking Time to Tile.

Before


During


Almost After
Thanks, M for coming over and showing me how to tile ceramics.  I've only used vinyl tiles before, but I really LOVE these tiles from Mexico.  I bought them on eBay a while ago but have had them in a box since then.  When M comes over to help with the grouting next week, I'll be sure to show you all the real "After."

Telling You How Much I Enjoy Writing To You.

And I do!  It makes me happy to have something to share, even if it's the tiniest of things.  Thank you all for being great readers and followers.  :-)

Time for Soup.

No, not a different soup.  I haven't felt much like cooking, so I am eating the Spicy Chicken Soup that I froze part of a little while ago.  As soon as it warms through and the Texas Toast garlic bread is done, I'll be a happy camper!

Ciao!

The Potter's Hands


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~ a 5x7 print on metallic photo paper ~

Publisher:Connie Campbell Bratcher

As the Potter's hands are busy
Molding His work of clay,
His vessel becomes more useful
In service to Him each day.
Every trial has its purpose,
Each loss - its infinite gain,
In the life of the Potter's child,
No suffering is in vain.
Tragedy, illness, and sorrow
May shatter our best made plans,
But perfect peace is ours...
Resting in The Potter's Hands.

I listed this print in my shop today.  This potter is such an amazing guy - counselor by day, potter by night.  Either way you look at it, he's finding ways to heal and share his passions with others.  I saw this poem online today, and I couldn't resist matching the two together.  Thank you, Connie Campbell Bratcher for writing such an amazing poem!

* This post is also available on my craft blog.



The Potter's Hands


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Publisher:Connie Campbell Bratcher

As the Potter's hands are busy
Molding His work of clay,
His vessel becomes more useful
In service to Him each day.
Every trial has its purpose,
Each loss - its infinite gain,
In the life of the Potter's child,
No suffering is in vain.
Tragedy, illness, and sorrow
May shatter our best made plans,
But perfect peace is ours...
Resting in The Potter's Hands.

I listed this print in my shop today.  This potter is such an amazing guy - counselor by day, potter by night.  Either way you look at it, he's finding ways to heal and share his passions with others.  I saw this poem online today, and I couldn't resist matching the two together.  Thank you, Connie Campbell Bratcher for writing such an amazing poem!

Tiger's Eye Scarf


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I finished another knit project - what I call a Tiger's Eye scarf.  It has a subtle triangular shape and can be worn in many different fashions (i.e. scarf, stole, neckwarmer...).

It was very interesting to work with size 17 needles --Whoa!!! -- and equally interesting to work with eyelash and novelty yarns.  I will say that it is much easier to knit on these yarns than to crochet.  The needles help to distinguish between the strings to knit on as opposed to the eyelashes.

In the shop it goes!


 
It's great to have friends who are such willing subjects!  Thanks, MamaLutz.   :-)

BTW, I just got the next scarf in my traveling scarf project.  We're nearing the finish line.  Had a few bumps along the way, but we're almost there.  I think I need to add to 2 or 3 more scarves and then our own scarf will be returned to us.  Sorry, no pictures yet because I don't want to spoil the surprise.  :-D

Autumn Prints


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You know I love taking pictures of food.  Some are snapshots to help me remember a good food time, but others are intentional & thought out.  Today I listed two of the latter in my shop.  Stop by and take a look.  The images below will link you to the shop.


~ a 5x7 print on metallic photo paper ~


~ an 8x10 print on metallic paper ~

The Beauty of the Autumn Season


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I know I said it before, but I'm saying it again, "I LOVE THIS SEASON!"  :-)

I love the colors, the weather, the extra hour.  I love Autumn.  Because of my love for this season, I listed two more prints in my shop to commemorate some of what this time of year has to offer.


~ a 5x7 print on metallic photo paper ~


~ an 8x10 print on metallic paper ~

* Ale, I'll get pics of the pottery up soon!

Time to Fall Back


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I think it's about time to really list some prints in my shop.  That way I can stay true to the by line of "handmade crafts and photography."  :-)

The first listing was of some Autumn inspired notecards, "The Maple Leaf."  This photograph was taken on a photography retreat in the NC mountains.:


The second is a print entitled, "Almond Season."  If you've seen many of my photographs, you'll notice that I love finding the art in the ordinary things you generally overlook.  That's why it takes me forever to eat; I'm always snapping shots. 


The notecards are professionally printed on premium cardstock.  The almond print is professionally printed on Kodak Metallic Endura Paper, so it is guaranteed to last between 100-200 years!  Well, not including acts of nature.  :-)  The coppery metallic pearlescent finish really makes the image pop.

Happy Daylight Savings Time!  It's time to Fall Back.

Almond Season


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Today I dropped in on our local Seaboard Festival to give a potter some pictures I had taken of him at last year's festival.  One I really enjoyed of his hands against the clay as he began a new piece.  I gave him that one too.  That one I also plan to put in the shop.  After showing him the pics (you know his hands were full of clay so he wouldn't touch them), I reached to hand him the envelope of pictures and he gave me....a piece of his pottery!

All ecstatic, I came home and began sorting some of the prints that I plan to list soon.

Here's the first of the bunch:

This 5x7 print (without the watermark, of course) is professionally printed on Kodak Metallic Endura Paper, so it is guaranteed to last between 100-200 years!  Well, not including acts of nature.  :-)  The coppery metallic pearlescent finish really makes the image pop.

Have a great weekend, and don't forget to set your clocks back an hour if you live in the U.S. that is.  Whohoo, an extra hour of sleep!