Saturday, September 13, 2014

Weekly Round-Up

This week I...

... congratulated my husband on winning a weekend stay in a hotel/casino in Deadwood, SD!  He entered an on-line sweepstakes and won.  Neither of us have been there, and it is near the Black Hills Nat'l Forest, so I'm guessing we'll combine the hotel and some camping, and make a really long weekend of it some time this summer.
.... started drying oregano.  This isn't how you are supposed to do it.  But I was in a hurry....

.... made this:

Craft fair season is coming up.  I'm going to be in two of them, and I've reserved space for two 8-foot tables.  Some time soon I need to take stock of what I have to sell and how much I need to make.

... sold 22 pounds of random metal bits for $5.31.  Not exactly the deal of the century, although it is nice to think that it won't go in a landfill.
... worked on my current mystery project

.... am trying to figure how how I'm going to deal with having so many little big and little projects.  It's making me feel overwhelmed and stressed, which is silly because most of them don't have to get done...... Christmas ornaments, Alex' book, Rachel's novel, faux stained glass, gratitude jars, tiles into coasters to hopefully sell at Out of the Box, voice demo script, orange/pink skirt mash-up, paper bracelets, magazine bowls, marketing tiered trays, marketing Dad's bookcases, freelance article on the Eco Store and I really should clean the studio.  Yep.  I need to make a list and tackle one thing at a time.  The voice over demo reel recording is set for Sept 23, so I might want to bump that up to the top of the list.  {My husband thinks this can be solved by hitting the backspace and deleting this entire paragraph!}

Off to take photos for the article....

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Upcycling Playing Cards


I made this from this tutorial.  (I used three lucky 7s.)  The cards said "Interim Health Care" on the back and were from the thrift store free-days give away, so I'm calling this upcycling.

Now what if I used Christmas cards instead of playing cards….

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Saving Lettuce Seeds Attempt #1

There are a lot of ways listed on-line as to how to save lettuce seeds.  I listened to Fr. J at work, my second gardening mentor, because he is into simple.

1. Let the lettuce go to seed.  In our case, it was about 4-foot tall and the flowers at the top were doing their very best dandelion imitation.

2. Cut about 6-12 inches off the top.  Basically, you want them long enough to easily do step 3.

3. Hang them upside down in a paper bag in the garage until the dry seeds end up collected at the bottom of the bag.

Turn in next spring and I’ll let you know how it worked…..

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Skirt Mash Up Gone Wrong


Does this skirt make my butt look fat?

Actually, it is unsatisfactory in multiple ways……

Back to the drawing board… I can totally fix this….

Monday, September 8, 2014

Freezing Basil


Yes, you can make pesto.

This is simpler.

1. Pick the basil.

2. Wash the basil.


3. Dry the basil.  (It doesn’t have to be perfectly dry.)  We gave it a spin or two in the salad spinner and called it good.

4. Stuff it in a freezer bag.  We used snack-sized bags, as they hold about as much as The Magician will need for one batch of pasta or rice or whatever dish he wants to add basil to.

5. Put it in the freezer.  We’ve used it up to as much as 6 months later. It will be limp, but the flavor will be fine.  Considering that we have a year's supply of basil, we'll let you know how it tastes in after many more months than 6.....

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Weekly Round-Up


This week I….

… went with Mom to a talk on quilting from a hip young man named Luke.  He breaks all kinds of rules, quilt-wise, including mixing a wide variety of fabric types in one quilt.  (Shocking!  It is, actually.) He has supported himself by quilting for the last six years.  He’s innovative and well-spoken.  We enjoyed ourselves very much. Here is his website.
… hung out with Gen and Madeline, always a pleasure.  Seriously boosting the cute factor on the blog is also a bonus!


 ... picked up some tile at the EcoStore because I need another project...
…. watched my husband discover that patience is a virtue when it comes to waiting for watermelons…

...and most exciting of all…met little Dominic, the first child of our dear friends Jen and Mike.  

 Lots of blessings to be grateful for!

Am I Blog Famous?

Yes, Arwen, you ARE blog famous!

Arwen and I had a great time hanging out on Saturday.

Free days at St. T's Thrift Store.  I just handed her a bag....