Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
My friend, J, and i really know how to find the best places to get into trouble. And it's not that we are looking for trouble, necessarily, its just that we seem to stumble upon it.
Today was one of those days where we are reminded why we are such good friends (aka sisters of another mister): once we met up at 9 this morning, we had both had enough of reality and we were ready for some delusional time and therapy provided for us in the forms of a cup of coffee and lots of chit chat about our creative endeavours. While exchanging pleasentries and hugs, we were both secretly hoping to end up at one of the local yarn shops and the local quilt shop. Lo! and behold, she asked, "Would you mind going to the quilt shop?" To which i replied, "Punch it, Girl!" (she was driving.) :o)
Our first stop: one of the local coffee shops we always seem to snub in favor of eating at our favorite bakery. The coffee shop we stumbled on was one i used to frequent, but once the baristas did more texting than coffee making, i had to find a new place. Well, now it is owned by a cookbook enthusiast! Hooray! They had shelves of vintage cookbooks to dig through (some were even free!) and dig through we did. I found two beauties:
In all things cookbook, i trust J's opinions as her cookbook collection rivals that of the Library of Congresses in just the homemade meals faction of cookbooks. ;o) When she mentioned this was a good book, boy was i convinced she is the cookbook guru of our time. This book is the perfect pairing of quite fancy yet easy enough recipes and down home recipes for supplies that are used everyday in our home (and i'm not talking Blackberry Cordials here, but if thing get much worse around here, maybe that might prove a helpful item of everyday use.) wink, wink
Fancy Pantry by Helen Witty c 1986 Book has been revised in recent years
I mean, could you resist such a cute chapter referring to homemade, canned jams as "Little Put-Up Jobs"? That makes it sound so much more normal and everyday than say "Mes Confitures" which sound very labor intensive. (No offense, C. Ferber!)
This page on homemade spinach noodles will come in handy with my new pasta maker from my parents.
With pages like this when i first opened the book, i knew i was a goner and this would soon be a book i'd paw through regularly. (Maybe not too much though, as i saw the same book for sale online through a vintage cookbook store in not as great shape as mine for almost $50!)
A true and proper table of contents i am a sucker for everytime! Even back then--2500 recipes??! Whoa! I guess us homemakers have always needed a little inspiration.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
She drew this really cool picture for her friend's birthday present the other day.
The faces are of the 3 Musketeers as they are known at school: Savannah, Angelina, and my Cookie Monster. These three girls are thicker than the maple sugar candy my Great Grandfather used to make on his farm in Massachusetts. :o) I just love the attention to detail my girl gave...one of the friends has curly blonde hair, so it's curly in the picture as opposed to my C.m.'s straight blonde hair. The tiered cake is just over the top, and so are those eyelashes! I adore it!
And another thing i adore is the homemade wrapping paper her best friend made for her birthday present. He's an adorable little all american boy. And knowing that C.m. was having a farm themed party this year for her birthday, he designed his wrapping paper accordingly.
All this boils down to KIDS ARE COOL!
P.s. Note to self...some day i have to embroider the birthday picture C.m. made so we can add it to our collection of decorating supplies for birthdays. Maybe it would look cute on some homemade napkins or as a wall hanging?!
There is nothing to say that this picture can't.
But if you feel the need to make some noise, then might i suggest finding a cute little cookie monster (aka child or grandchild) and some craft supplies and making some of these:
We are going to rise again!
God Bless America!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Life is all timing, and i know there is a "reason" why we are where we are, but i have heard the alarm that this is no longer where we need to be and i am wondering when we are really going to be able to get out of this area where the "societial norms" are really starting to make it hard to raise my child with a shred of naivety.
This evening was one of those evenings that makes you so proud of your child and completely in love with your family....
we scheduled the weekend to be a family weekend, focusing on home projects and each other. We decided we would go to the K of C Spaghetti Feed at our church tonight and out for a little B&R afterwards (a tradition my hubbie is carrying on from his childhood with our child.) As were walking into the parish hall, Cookie Monster spots the first star of the night and starts belting out in the parking lot, "Star Light, Star Bright. First star i see tonight. I wish i may, i wish i might....eat spaghetti tonight!" :o) Completely precious! And after she was done with her meal, she quietly and contently coloured the flags of France and the USA and drew a beautiful picture of her family and dedicated the picture to her Mom and Dad. Sweetie!
Fast forward to B&R, we're eating ice cream and sharing each different flavour with each other and a cop car pulls up next to the shop. No big deal until the cop gets out of the patrol car with a woman who i hope was being used as "bait" for "Johns", or else this cop was going to be in a whole lot of trouble. Now Cookie monster is all about high heel shoes, so as she sees this woman walking through the door, she's staring at this woman and her shoes. And of course being a well trained officer, he draws more attention to him and his friend by giving my daughter the "hi little kid" wave. Thankfully, C.m. doesn't fall for that stuff...a stranger is a stranger to her. :o) But we get in the car and C.monster says, "Wow, that's very nice of that police officer to take his wife out for ice cream." Thankfully she still is young enough to say things like that now, but much more exposure to the "Ladies" cleaning up in the bathrooms of the grocery stores in our area and other incidences like this and she won't be naive much longer, eh?
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Hurray! I embroidered my first creation (that didn't have Rick Springfield's name in it anyway-wink wink)!
Cookie Monster has a classmate's birthday to go to tomorrow. I have become really disenchanted with gift wrap--you spend all that money and time making the package look so nice and POOF! It's all in the trash in a quick nanosecond.
We decided to get this little girl a few gift certicates to a local ice cream shoppe since we don't know her that well. Save her parent's from returning something that she already has or doesn't like and saves space in their home by eliminating one more toy they will have to find storage for.
I decided the envelope wasn't as nice of a wrapping so i made a little bag (that will help store all the Hannah Montana or Polly Pocket stuff she'll be getting.)
The best part is that it kept my fingers busy so they wouldn't devour the rest of the delicacies i made yesterday for Dessert Nite:
Chocolate Hazelnut cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache frosting.
Quote: The Church of England published two new prayers, comforting people who lost their jobs and those still in work after a round of cuts. "Hear me as I cry out in confusion, help me to think clearly, and calm my soul," says the "Prayer on being made redundant." The "Prayer for those remaining in the workplace" focuses on guilt and increased workload: "In the midst of this uncertainty, help me to keep going: to work to the best of my ability, taking each day at a time."
Although, i have to say that i was more impressed by the kind acts of a priest in TN who reached into the benevolent fund at his parish and handed out $250 per child to some struggling families within his church.
Makes you wonder just when all this economical woe is going to climax. I feel so bad for the people all around us just hanging on for dear life. We've tried paring down our expenses so that we may be of help to friends and family in need if it comes to that, but it seems that this is going to be unlike anything history has ever seen.
Guess we'll just have to see where the road takes us and hang on to our faith for dear life!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
In an effort to see my craft table again, i started cleaning and organising the "stuff" on it. I found a scrapbooking project i started last year from when we walked the newly completed Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It was kind of a community building/informative walk the State, the Cities of Gig Harbor and Tacoma, and the construction workers put together. The new bridge was open for pedestrian traffic only and you could walk some or all of the length of it.
I remember hubbie and i were super impressed with our 4.5 y/o daughter because she walked over 1.5 times the length of the 1 mile bridge. Halfway through the return trip to the shuttle area, she was too pooped to boop, and we carried her. It was a gorgeous day though, and how often do you get to walk across such an awesome structure...especially being part of the US Hwy system!?!
So i was able to have everything there and ready to finish the project and C.m. helped me.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
This week's inspiration: Cookie Monster's Pillowcase Collection by who else but her Momma.
Feverishly longing to sew pillowcases was not truly on my "list of things to do someday", however once i found the kit for the Halloween case at my favorite local quilt shoppe, Country Carriage Quilts, i knew i'd be hooked. Their charm is undeniable, and they are insanely easy to sew (AKA "leaving one unskilled beginning sewing gal/seamstress-wanna be feeling completely victorious" type of project!)
Then, who could resist the charm of the doggies and cats on the Happy Birthday case? Not me! To compound matters, i was bound and determined to sew not 1, but 6 of them for the friends my daughter would be inviting to her birthday party in '07. Our tradition is to give storybooks related to the party's theme as guest favors, and with that year's theme being the "Come in your Jammies" birthday party, a pillowcase seemed to fit along with the book. :o) This year, C.m. was very excited counting down the days until Momma would be able to put her birthday pillowcase on as November drew near.
Well...needless to say, i've been planning cases and collecting fabric for a year now and i need to get some of these projects done! Today i've gathered them up and that is the first step towards getting this project underway.
The St. Valentine's Day cases for hubbie and my bedroom.
The Easter case for C.m.
The Cat cases for hubbie and me or our guest room.
Then i need to find an appropriate striped material for this Happy 4th case.
What do you think? Should i use red "star" fabric and blue/white stripes, or should i stick with tradition and use blue star fabric and red/white stripes?
But why i'm in such a hurry with these is because i'd truely like to be working on this...
The plan is to make the jumper with this polar bear fabric and a complimentary snowflake fabric for the border before C.m. needs a new dress (or before she outgrows a size 6.) :o) One accessory still left to purchase is some large black rick rack for an embellishment around the hem.
Wish me luck! I'm gonna need it! :o)
Friday, January 9, 2009
What kind of creature, pray tell, could have brought this all down??
Seriously though, who wouldn't get sidetracked by all these adorable things:
the Christmas table linens from our family in Germany
The guest towel i found the $5 bag. The appliqued and embroidered towel Nona's kindergarten teacher's mom made (i picked it up at her estate sale.)