Sunday, September 19, 2021

Feng Shui ... is it a thing in a quilting studio?

 I must admit, I have not been in the mood to quilt ... not one bit! Well, not since I started working from home. Not even a dead line; a project to complete for today's Sew we Gather group, got me into my creative space. First time in years that I will be showing up empty handed ... Sigh!

You see, I set up my office in my quilting studio ... I even converted one of my sewing desks into a working desk. Yes, poor Bernie 180 is sitting on the floor next to her desk.

The first thing I see when I walk into my sewing studio is my work desk and I'm wondering if that has an effect on the Feng Shui ... the creative energy of the room.

Keeping the work desk in mind, my creative area has become a dumping ground for computer/monitor boxes all lined up under Penelope. I mean, work energy is everywhere in that room. 

Some people have their working area in their bedroom, not me. I like my intimacy and besides I don't want to be reminded of work when I go to bed. As for another room in my home, not really an option. I don't want a working area in my living room. That is where I sit to knit! lol

I've been giving this some thought and thinking that perhaps re-arranging the room might be an option to get the creative energy flowing. Maybe if I put the work desk at the end of the room by the closet, where my UFOS projects in waiting are. This way, walking into my studio the first thing I'll see is the shelf and not my work desk.

Of course just the thought of moving all that computer equipment makes me want to sit on the couch and continue knitting. LOL

What's your thought on the situation? Are any of you facing this challenge?

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Soulfulness ...

 I've been in a quiet reflective mood ... A baking/cooking mood. There's something about being in my kitchen, prepping, cooking, baking that feeds my soul ... settling my soul in quiet solitude, as the world goes Covid crazy ... yet again! Our stats are way up, despite the increase number of vaccinated people. I give up! If you need me, you'll find me hiding in my kitchen ... hanging on to my peace.

Last weekend I gave baking Pita another try. If you recall, I made my first attempt way back in March 2020. In all honesty, I stink at Pita making. 

They may look good in the picture, but they did not open very well. So when life gives you Pitas that stinks, you turn them into Pita chips!

Oh, and they are delicious! Even better on the third day! I used kosher salt, next time I'll use a finer salt.

I also did a flat bread recipe from the King Arthur site. The recipe can be found here. I cooked them on a cast iron skillet. They turned out lovely. I think I don't stink at flat breads! lol
They freeze wonderfully and thaw in no time. Great with soups etc. You can even toast them if you'd like. Definitely a staple in my freezer.

Hope all is well with you. Catch you all later! Cheers!

Monday, August 23, 2021

Creative therapy

 After a summer break, our Sew we Gather group is meeting in mid September. I decided that I needed more fabric ... yea I know. Have you seem my closet? In my defense, I do not have a wide variety of Kim Diehl fabrics, especially backgrounds .... time for some shopping.

I stopped by the Fat Quarter shop and bought some backgrounds, Butter Churn Basics. Of course I couldn't resist and started to look around ... you know how that goes .... down a rabbit hole I go!

I ended up getting a fat quarter tower of Gratitude and Grace as well as some yardage of other lines. Look at that gorgeous package.

Oh ... and those fabrics! 

So delicious! I just love them. They certainly get the creative energy flowing.

Bought a new Kim Diehl book ... Simple Friendship II co-authored with Jo Morton


I feel inspired! I think it's time for me to start a new project!

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Sunday, August 8, 2021

I've been in a mood ...

 A piecing mood! A different kind of piecing but piecing nonetheless! ;)

As you all know by now, I love Lego! I've had a few kits that I hadn't built yet and today was the day I would tackle them.

It all started with the Bonsai tree. I had pieced it a while back. 

I decided it was time for the flowers to come out!
I've added my own personal touch .... a Lady bug, a chocolate frog and a bee! 

After the Bonsai tree, came piecing Fawkes!
Who has joined Hedwig .... he's been pieced for quite a while! Yes, I'm a huge HP fan! :)
After piecing the flowers on the Bonsai tree and Fawkes, I thought it was time I continued building the Discovery Shuttle that Pumpkin and I started back in May. I brought it from:
To this:
It's quite an intricate built! Loving every moment of it!

I'm a huge space buff ... Love reading about the space program .... mainly from Gemini onward. Here is my space collection .... so far! ;)
The ISS, Saturn V rocket and the Hubble Telescope, which will go into the Discovery Shuttle cargo bay. I haven't decided if I'll keep it out or in the cargo bay!

Thanks for stopping by and indulging me in one of my many passions! Catch you all Later!

Friday, August 6, 2021

Gardening

 Gosh, I'm really impressed with this new toy. Check it out!


I can actually enjoy some fresh basil today with some tomatoes for lunch today.

I had mentioned how scrawny my neighbour's plants were looking. I think it was because he had never fertilized them. Well, check them out now!

 

When I transplanted them, I seriously thought they were not going to make it. Hence why there are somewhat crowded. Heck, there's a tomato plant in the middle. That plant was barely 3 inches when I transplanted it back in mid July. The Thai basil (top) smells wonderful!

I'm loving my new aeroGarden toy! I can actually start seedlings for a future in-ground garden. How cool is that?!

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later!

Monday, August 2, 2021

Farmer's Market

 I have now switched to working from home. I had avoided this for quite some time. I figured, working at the office would get me out of the house. But, I will admit, I am enjoying working from home. 

Because I am such a home body (what can I say I'm comfortable in my home ... it's so peaceful and there's so much to do) I have to plan outings. So ... on Saturday, I went to the Farmer's Market. It was nice to get out ... it was such a gorgeous day. 

Bought lots of locally grown organic vegetables and treated myself to a bouquet of flowers from Mossbrook Roots Flower Farm. Who knew we had a flower farm in our area.


They included Thai Basil in the bouquet, it smells so lovely!

I do hope you are taking the time to enjoy the outdoors. We have had such a lovely summer here in way upstate NY.

Thanks for stopping by. Catch you all later.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Knitting Away!

Remember this knitting project? I blogged about it here over a year ago! Sigh!


 In a prior post, I mentioned how I finally figured out how to work a German Short row. OMG, I don't understand why I couldn't figure it out earlier. Easy peazy! I'm telling you, Covid 19 kicked my butt .... my brain did not seem to work properly. But, I think my brain is back on track! lol

Voila! The pattern is called No Frills Sweater by PetiteKnit. You can find it here on Ravelry

I have not blocked it. I want Pumpkin to try it on to see if she likes the length and if the sleeves are fine. I had to remove over 2 inches from the body length. OMG, it was so long. They called for a length of 19 3/4"! I found that much too long. It is "suppose" to be a camping sweater!

Hope you are all well. Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later! Cheers!

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Gardening!

Indoor that is. My next door neighbour gave me his AeroGarden - he obtained it early this year. He said it wasn't his thing ... his exact words, "I'm scared of it". Wow, sure I'll take it. 

I cleaned it out and ordered the Italian Herb Garden kit. I thought I'd start with something simple, herbs. 

Nine day's later, this is what the seedlings look like.


If you enjoy gardening, it's a neat gadget. It has an app that lets you know when to fertilized and when the water is low. I programmed the light to be on from 4am to 7pm. That schedule works for me.

He had started some plants back in January that were not doing so well. So, scrawny! I don't know if they'll make it. I decided to plant those outside, in a container. What do I have to loose? I'll keep you posted. 

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Chookyblue Zoom time!

 Participated in Chookyblue's Zoom get together. 

It was wonderful to catch-up with everyone. 

We were all working on different projects. Myself I decided to knit. I finally figured out how to work a German Short row! Hurry me!

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later! Cheers!

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Happy Canada Day!

 Enjoy celebrating Canada Day with loved ones! Wish I could  be with my family!



Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Sew we Gathered!

 We had our Sew we gather meet on Sunday! What fun!

What food! I made a batch of Southwestern Egg-rolls by Valerie Bertinelli. OMG, they were a hit! The egg rolls below are uncooked and once they were cooked, everyone wanted to try them ... totally forgot to take a picture. The homemade salsa was amazing too!

You can find the recipe Southwestern Egg-Rolls with Salsa Dipping Sauce here.

The Shoppe Troll likes to use us as guinea pigs and tries new cheesecake recipes on us. This time she made a Cinnamon bun cheese cake. 


Took one for the team and lived to tell about it! lol OMG, it was delish!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we are working with Kim Diehl's new book Simple Whatnots II


Our first project was Hickory Dickory ... Here is my version:


I love how it turned out ... I'm a scrappy kind of gal!

We've already picked out next project ... Double Dutch Star. Our next meet is in September! Plenty of time to work on it!

Thank for stopping by. Catch you all later!

Sunday, June 6, 2021

We're back in action ....

 Now that most of my friends feel a certain level of comfort being together in a closed area, we have resumed our ...


I think it's safe to say that most of us have had our life on hold during the pandemic. I certainly have ... I feel I've done more sitting on the couch during that time than I have in my whole life! lol

To get motivated and accountable ... OK, to get us out of a creative slum, we decided that we would work on projects from Kim Diehl's newest book Simple Whatnots II.


Our first project is Hickory Dickory. The quilt measures 18.5" x 22.5" ... I've been busy cutting/trimming away ... 


Such small pieces ... but oh so worth it. I love small quilts, don't you?

In the meantime, I decided that I wanted to enjoy my back porch more this summer. The issue was the sun, my porch is fully exposed and it faces west. Not against the sun ... Love the sun, but shade is such a beautiful thing.


I'm enjoying my new parasol. I can sit out in the middle of the day without getting fried. Such a beautiful thing! lol

AND ... my quilting groove is back on .... stay tune ... I'm back in business!

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Cooking ... a new passion!

I've always enjoyed cooking. In my late teens I was baking bread from scratch. I love to eat too! ... Good foods that it ... Not that I don't enjoy the occasional junk food, it's just that I would much prefer to eat at a nice restaurant rather than fast food.

I do love eggs but am not a hard boil egg kind of gal. I thought I would turn my love of eggs into mini frittatas. 

The recipe - Frittatas

6 eggs

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup of cooked corn (I use frozen organic corn) 

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese 

3 slices of crumbled bacon cooked (I use Organic humanely raised fruit smoked North Country bacon)

Preheat the oven at 350F

Butter your pan. Place the cheese, corn & bacon in the container of your choice. I use ceramic cupcake molds. 


Mix the first four (4) ingredients together. If you want a little heat, add a couple of drops of hot sauce.


Using a gravy ladle, pour the egg mixtures into your prepared cups. I fill the cups half way and mix the ingredients with the eggs.


I then pour the rest of the egg mixture into the cup and Bake at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes ... Voila!


Enjoy them warm or save them for later. They are great at room temperature. I grab a couple for lunch. You can also substitute the corn for what ever vegetable you prefer. I have done them with broccoli and also a batch with asparagus. Yummy!

Because I don't eat bacon much (as a matter of fact I only use it when called for in a recipe).. I freeze it as individual slices in a large ziplock bag. I use freeze paper (as a quilter I have tons of it) and place the strips layered between freezer paper. Works great, I just pull the number of slices I need. They thaw in no time.


Hope you enjoy this recipe. It's so easy and versitile.
Catch you all later! Bon Appetite!

Saturday, May 8, 2021

It's past getting old ....

 My brother posted this picture on my facebook wall that I thought pretty much described my present Covid life. lol


I haven't been up to much. Still plugging away at those hexe. 


I am running out of documentaries to watch/listen. lol I guess I'l just have to re-watch my favourites. I'm sure I've missed lots of important information! lol

Hope all is well with you. Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later! Cheers!

Friday, April 30, 2021

Almond Cookies ... A retirement treat!

 I recently made a batch of Almond Cookies for a colleague retiring from my present work place. She loves Almond Cookies and I thought I'd bake a batch just for her. They were a hit!

Almond Cookies - The Ingredients

2 sticks unsalted butter room temperature

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

1 teaspoon Almond extract

2 cups unbleached flour (I use King Arthur Flour)

1 cup almond flour

Sugar coating

1/2 cup powdered sugar sifted

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Pre-heat the oven 350F. Combine butter, sugar, extract and salt and beat till light/fluffy. Slowly add the flour. After a bit the dough should come together. 

I use the orange Zeroll Universal EZ disher scoop, (purchased mine from King Arthur) which is a a bit larger than a teaspoon. I turn all of my dough into little balls.

I will then roll the ball into a log.


Turn the logs into crescent shapes and flatten them out. Of course you can shape them as you wish.


They are not perfect but once coated with the powdered sugar, no one will notice ;) ... I think! lol 

VERY IMPORTANT: Refrigerate the shaped cookies for at least 30 minutes prior to baking. This will help prevent spreading during baking.

BAKE at 350F for approximately 11 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack. Once cooled coat them with the powdered sugar.


Enjoy!

Monday, April 26, 2021

Insane or creative ... It's a fine line!

 Well, I managed to clean up the cutting table of the 1/2 inch hexagon project mess ... only to find myself distracted by the left over scrap strips from that nine (9) patch project on my cutting table... Squirrel!


Hum .... what did I want to make with the left over 1.25 inch muslin strips? A thought popped in my head ... that 1.25" bag of scraps that I was thinking of throwing out .... you know the one that found me on the edge of insanity?! lol

I grabbed that bag and messed up the clean cutting table ... so excited to think about starting a new project using 3/8" hexagons. 


I quickly went to work and pieced this little block for a grandmother flower garden pattern ... wall hanging size!


Not stopping there ... SQUIRREL! Hum .... I'd really like a grandmother flower garden in feedsack fabrics! 

Off I went into my sewing studio and pulled out the bins of feedback scraps and grabbed some bags of 5/8" hexagons templates.


Now, hold on a minute ... the idea was to use the 1.25 inch muslin strips ... they would look nice with the feedsack! 

Off I went to create this little block using 3/8 inch hexagons.


It's just so adorable and so happy .... the only problem is that I do not have a lot of small feedsack scraps to use. I have to cute them from the bigger scrap fabrics. In good conscience I should use up the 19th century reproduction scraps. I could make the 5/8" hexagons grandmother's flower garden quilt and use the scraps to make the smaller version. That's the future plan! I think!

Then, no sooner had I calmed my project enthusiasm did I come across a bag of one (1) inch strips of fabrics from the nine (9) patch quilt project .... Much too small for the 3/8" hexagon ... Oh wait a minute ...


There's that edge again .... or have I actually fallen into the abyss of insanity?! LOL

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later! 
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