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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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Monday, May 12, 2014

Finish What I Started...

... sometimes I have a real problem finishing what I start before starting something else. Sooner or later I get them done or completely ruin them and start over or toss it, chalking it up to experience. I have been working on these 2 pieces for the past month in pieces at a time. I am hoping to finish one this week and hopefully sell one before going down to Long Beach the first week of June to spend some time with my bff. She is going to the doctor today to have a biopsy on some lumps in her neck. Your prayers for Bobbi would be greatly appreciated.
I started this one at the beginning of the month. I think it's going to be one of my favs when it's done.
Started this one in March... I was splattering paint while watching my little Bubbie. He says thanks for showing me a new way to paint Amma! hahaha  I think I'm in trouble now and may need a tarp. We have a lot of fun painting together and I think he is pretty talented even if he is only 5. oops excuse me 5 & 1/2. haha
I'm almost finished with this one, a little more work...
and I'm still adding paint to this one when I think about her...
Have a wonderful week!
 
 
 
 



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