Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
If there is one spot of sun spilling onto the floor, a cat will find it and soak it up.~Jean Asper McIntoshCrafts to make:
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”
-Mary Anne Radmacher
Join the Hope Revolution.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring bananaphone
Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring bananaphone
I've got this feeling, so appealing
For us to get together and sing, sing !
A funky sock monkey project using vintage socks (my old washed out kindergarten socks that mother kept for posterity). If you haven't made a sock monkey yet, try it! The little fella will add some sunshine to your day.
Sock monkey tutorial at Instructables.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Here's another cute matryoshka pattern I found from Maize Hutton. The instructions and pattern can be found here.
Among other things, I have also been tagged by the lovely Gina of Gingerbread for a "song tag."
"List seven songs you are into right now.These are the seven songs I enjoy listening to at the moment:
No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they
are not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now.."
Always be my baby- David Cook
Feel the rain on your skin- Natasha Bedingfield
Satellite- Dave Matthews Band
Serenity- Steven Halpern
Summer Sunshine- The Corrs
Lucky-Ben Folds Five
I'd like to tag anybody in my blog list who wants to play along! Have a happy thursday!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
What could be better than a sunny Sunday afternoon filled with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and home baked Blondies? Try Smitten Kitchen's Blondies recipe culled from the How to Cook Everything Cookbook. I've noted that a half teaspoon of creme de menthe added to the recipe gives the blondies a nice, refreshing lift that cuts through the assertive buttery taste. I love my blondies (and especially brownies!) without nuts. I guess the simpler, the tastier.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Don't you just love those big blue eyes? This is probably the easiest soft doll I've ever made. Missy Ballance offers this cute and easy to sew Silly Girl pattern in her blog Crafty Carnival.
This patchwork pouch made of vintage fabrics is inspired by the cover of Amy Karol's Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew book. I hope this book becomes available in my local bookstore soon. There are just so many pretty sewing projects to try!
Lastly, a big thank you to Louise of This is My Patch for the Arte Y Pico award which she lovingly passed on to me. Thank you for your heartwarming words about my blog, Louise. I shall forward the award in due time.
If you haven't taken a stroll yet in Louise's beautiful piece of Eden, please do. There are lots of fascinating flora, faeries, berries, and birds to discover and enjoy.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Animal crackers: Cheery gingham creatures made from this, this, these and that.
Tabletop birdies: Beaded fabric birds made from a garland pattern
Savoury bites: Mini rosemary cheese scones adapted from the wonderful Hanigan Family Cheese Scone Recipe. Great with lashings of butter!
Monday, July 7, 2008
Old fashioned needlework using Turkey Feather's free vintage embroidery patterns
Making a little house (stamp housing)
Creating sweet dreams with Badbird's magical embroidery designs
Dressing up vintage paper dolls in flower girl style
What delights you? :)
Sunday, July 6, 2008
- 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 large bananas, mashed
- 1/3 cup quick cooking oats
- 1/2 cup butter (melted)
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
1. Sift together dry ingredients- all purpose flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon powder.
2. Mash 3 large bananas to smooth consistency.
3. Melt butter and add light brown sugar and 2 large eggs. Mix well.
4. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture. Blend well until free of lumps. Add 1/3 cup oatmeal and blend well. Add mashed bananas and mix thoroughly.
5. Pour batter into greased loaf pan. Bake at 350F until done.
Ooey Gooey Carrot Cupcakes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tb ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 Tb vanilla
- 3 cups shredded carrots
- 8 oz. crushed pineapple, juice drained but reserved
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine eggs, both sugars, buttermilk, oil and vanilla and mix until well combined. Add in spices and other dry ingredients. Stir in carrots, pineapple and nuts by hand. Batter will be quite runny, but do your best to scoop it into muffin pans lined with cupcake papers. Fill the cups almost to the top because batter does not rise much. Bake for 20 minutes, until browned on top.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, stirred before measuring
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- White Mountain Frosting
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Meanwhile using an electric mixer at high speed, beat egg whites in a medium bowl just until stiff peaks form. Reduce speed to medium and while beating constantly, very slowly pour hot syrup in a steady, thin stream into the egg whites. Add the vanilla and continue beating at high speed for about 10 minutes until stiff peaks form.
Cover yellow cake with white mountain frosting. Sprinkle and cover with sweetened coconut.