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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Peacock & Pieces...

I had so much fun making this peacock bag with all my bits & pieces from vintage fabrics...
The peacock machine embroidery design was free at Free Embroidery Designs. 
http://v.evafery.com/peacock-embroidery-design/
Click HERE or on the picture for a link to the free design. 
As you can see I don't follow the rules when it comes to color, I made up my own peacock colors.
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   The lining is a magical royal purple satin that they don't make anymore.  I only a a little left.  I'll admit I am a fabric hoarder.  I don't think I'll find myself on tv yet, but I do have a good stash.  I am about to bust it loose on some more of these bags though.  I put myself to sleep 2 nights in a row thinking of bags I can make! haha I am working on several now & hope to get them finished in the next few days. On has a Heart Locket w/ keyhole that has wings from Urban Threads, I am also working on a Butterfly bag. and I hand died white cotton fabric today for a Cherry or Strawberry bag that I want to make.  
 I died the fabric by floating oil paints on water, then dipping it in, making pretty marbling that looks so fun! Suminagashi  style. I hope it works, I've never tried it. I figure I will iron it, then wash it with Dawn and see what happens.....if it works you will see it on a new bag!  When it comes to sewing every seam has to be perfect. It has to be cut perfectly, no mistakes, so this is a good exercise to let go of some of that OCD that keeps me from creating at times. No Fear - if I wreck it - it's gone!
I have had peacocks in my brain since our little trip to Daffodil Hill where they had lots of them including a pure white peacock!
 
I hope this inspires you to create something new!
Blessings!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I Like it Hot!...

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 (I think those are 2 knitting needles. hahaha)

For the past few months I have been making a big pot of veggie soup every week.  I don't care if it's getting hot either! Today I plopped a big yellow hot pepper & special garbanzo beans into the pool. The broth was so good as you can see I already need to add water to this and I made it this morning.  The beans & the pepper really pumped up what may have turned out to be ordinary.  I love how every pot of veggie soup has it's own personality and I think each pot gets better and better until it's gone. I have been reheating the soup on the stove instead of the microwave. Just like Mom used to do. :) I now season each pot with extra virgin olive oil. 

The garbanzo beans (chickpeas) in today's pot were cooked from dried beans. I used a Punjabi recipe whereby you cook them with some olive oil, a big pinch of baking soda (amuses me to watch it foam), a tea bag, 1" piece of cinnamon stick & 2 cardamon pods. I added 2 cloves of garlic & salt.  I think it makes them taste a little like boiled peanuts and I love boiled peanuts, no one else thinks so, but I can dream a bit, nonetheless it makes them good! Try it!  I may try it with some other beans as well just to see what happens. 

Why all the soup? The past few months I have been eating vegetarian mostly. I have eaten a few bites of meat- very few and I do eat eggs and cheese.  I haven't really missed meat - except for chicken. I love chicken like Forrest Gump liked shrimp, however, even that is getting less appealing.  It's an attempt to get a little healthier,  learn how to cook more creatively, and a little bit for my BFF too, who is suffering so much that she can't eat meat. I can share some of the things I cook or can cook for her when I go down.  Sometimes it's easy to get stuck eating the same things all the time when you change your diet. Especially when you are on a diet. Eating vegetarian is way more tasty than I thought it would be.  I saw this show the other night on tv and they said salad is not the healthiest thing to eat when given a choice between a salad and Ham & Cheese Sandwich. People are getting sick from eating unclean salads (bacteria & such) more than any other food. So they compared the risk and for that fact alone the ham & cheese won.  I'll take a cheese & hold the ham :) Grilled cheese :)  I am feeling better and have lost a little weight as well. So yea!  

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When the waitress in a New York City restaurant brought him the soup du jour, the Englishman was a bit dismayed. 
"Good heavens," he said, "what is this?" 
"Why, it's bean soup," she replied. 
"I don't care what it has been," he sputtered. "What is it now?"
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If I had some spare time... 
Free Kitchen Vegetable Cross Stitch Pattern 
To Print Click on the Picture to go to link & download.
Make it a great day!



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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

So Blue...

....not even these Blue Raspberry & Yellow Butter Cake Cupcakes with Sprinkles could make me feel better but my guys are happy.

I don't like raspberries, but I did try one (it was a visual thing) and guess what? They taste like very strong raspberries!  If you love raspberry then this new frosting is for you.  

The sprinkles are pretty on them. ($1 @ The Dollar Store) No,  I'm not getting paid for these ads. haha 
Inspiration some in strange packages sometimes.
The blue & purple are an interesting combo & may show up in a painting soon. hahaha

All fun aside, I am blue, very blue today, and I am asking for your prayers for my BFF, Bobbi, as she is now battling cancer & for her life for the 3rd time. Your prayers are greatly appreciated.
Thank you & God Bless you.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I'm a Dipper...

...but not a Double Dipper! I love dip. All kinds of dips. Dips intrigue me, so do sauces but that's another story. Actually, it's a love/hate relationship. haha I do feel a little less guilty eating this dip because there is some protein in it! I'm a tofu lover too. :) 


Yummy Garlic Ranch Tofu Dip
1/2 Block of Firm Tofu
(could use soft tofu if you prefer)
1/2 C Sour Cream
1 Tbsp Dry Ranch Seasoning Mix
1 green onion
1 clove garlic
2 Tbsp lemon juice ( may add more if too thick)
salt & pepper to taste
Put all in food processor and blend until smooth.
Serve Cold.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

A Real Doodle Bug...

...well not a "bug" but the person who did this might be buggy and I like that! haha  I had to stop & take a picture of this Zendoodled/Zentangled car up in Sly Park yesterday!
 You know you want it! haha
Have a fun day!

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