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Posted by Nina on Sep 13, 2011
Sometime last year I began wishing I had different quilts to decorate through the holiday season.. I vowed that in 2011 I would start my holiday quilts.. I made a spring quilt and then I sort of lost my quilting mojo and now I am kicking myself for not starting that Halloween quilt in time to use it.. so I am getting a kick start on my Christmas quilt! Oh yes, I will have a quilt finished for Christmas! In one day I have completed half of the entire quilt top! It’s not pieced yet as I am still working on the lay out for the final stitching but here’s a little sneak peek.. nothing super fancy, just pretty fabric in a simple but classic pattern. I cannot wait to ship this off to the quilter!!!
Posted by Nina on Sep 12, 2011
I’m not going to go into any spoilers for those of you who haven’t seen the show yet without any warning.. so you will be safe to read this post up until you see the spoiler caption!
I’ve found out that my friend Megan is also a fan of the show and since she lives right down the street we got together to watch the finale together and I made vampy treats!! I made vampire bite cookies and bloody fangs.. and what else would I serve for drinks but iced sweet tea! It was by far one of the best times I’ve ever had just watching tv! Megan’s hubby surprised us with a plate of jalapeno poppers and we’ve pretty much agreed that we have to do this next season, for sure!!
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
approx 1/2 cup red jam (raspberry/strawberry)
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg and extracts.
Add flour and salt to the bowl and mix them into the butter-sugar mixture at low speed until dough is just combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 325F.
Divide dough in half and keep the portion you are not using in the refrigerator.
Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/8-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out 2-inch rounds.
Place rounds on a baking sheet, put a teaspoon of jam on each of them and cover with another round of dough. Press edges down lightly, pinching the edges onto the cookie sheet. Use a toothpick and poke two small holes (like a vampire bite) in the top of each cookie.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies are set.
Cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Dip a toothpick in some extra red jam and re-insert in the “bite” holes you made before baking to emphasize them, if not already red. Draw a blood trick down from one of the bites with the jam, if desired.
Cookies are best the day they are made.
Makes 2 dozen.
DO NOT READ PAST HERE IF YOU DO NOT WANT SPOILERS!
First of all.. how … crazy was that ending?!!? I did NOT see Steve Newlin becoming a vampire! I remember him being missing in the books but it’s been so long I don’t remember if he was turned there or not, or perhaps I just haven’t read that far! The concrete in Alcide’s construction site.. well.. you know what that means right?? Russell is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and Tara!! OMG! In the book when Sookie kills Debbie, Eric is still not himself and he helps her clean up and hide the body… but Eric has his full senses now so, I’m not sure how that’s going to play out.. but Tara?!!?!? I did not see Jesus dying like that, especially so soon…
JUST before Rene’ made his appearance in the show Megan turns to me and says “do you think we’ve seen the last of that guy, the one that was with Arlene in the beginning?” and I said “I have no idea.. the show strays so far from the books sometimes.. anything is possible!” and then BOOM! There he was! I knew Nan was going to get staked some time this season.. I just knew it. They didn’t do much for character development for her in the show and what they did do, everyone pretty much found her vile so I didn’t see much use for her. The wolf in the end… do you think its Marcus? or the guy that Sam beat up in the garage? and I have a love/hate relationship with Mrs. Fortenberry… I can’t stand how vile she is but I kind of like the crazy old bat! I think I would miss her.. I loved in the end she showed up to Tommy’s funeral.. I was kinda hoping he’d come back with the walking dead even for just a few mins.. sometimes I really liked Tommy and other times I hated him…
Just… WOW! Is it time for next season yet!?!?!?!
Posted by Nina on Sep 11, 2011
This time last year I was knitting my thorpe in this roving that I picked just for that project.. to my dismay I found that I have an inability to spin thick yarns and thorpe was meant to be knit in a bulky yarn while my yarn was worsted at best.. so I had some left overs! 182.3yrds to be exact! I tucked it away for the perfect project.. at the time I was thinking mittens until I found a pattern called toasts.
If you have not seen toasts knit in handspun, then you must go here right now!!!! They are amazingly little simple wrist cuffs that you can pull down into fingerless mitts if you like.. I had to have a pair! I just simply cast on and knit until I was out of yarn. They stretch from thumb to elbow but I prefer them just slouched down a little. I added gentle shaping by increasing my needle size as I knit rather than adding stitches for the increased length.
I love them! I never want to take them off!
P.S. before you ask about the ring .. it was a Renaissance Fest find that my husband bought me.. I have no idea who made it or where you could find one like it, sorry.
Posted by Nina on Sep 6, 2011
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve no doubt heard somebody talk about the Farmer’s Wife quilt and the quilt-a-long… If you have lived under above mentioned rock, please see this link.. As you have probably already known, I really love just about everything Camille makes.. her quilts, her patterns, her babies!, you name it.. if she’s touched it.. I love it. She and I share the same color & pattern passions and she has 3 adorable baby boys!! Go visit her site.. I’ll wait.
Now, I had heard about the quilt-a-long and until I saw her pieces, I didn’t feel the need to make one of my own.. but now it’s become an obsession!! Grandma called to let me know she was ready to order my birthday gifts from my wishlist!! She really loves internet shopping because she doesn’t have to hunt for the perfect thing and deal with the crowds at check out.. so I casually mentioned about the Farmer’s Wife book and how cool it was that it actually has little clips of letters people wrote to the newspaper from the 1920’s when it asked “would you want your daughter to marry a farmer?”. She told me “ok and go pick some of your fabric too!” So I picked the Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree (because I have wanted to make something with their fabrics for ages!!) fat quarter bundle.
So.. there you have it. I’m going to be a Strawberry Farmer’s Wife!!
Posted by Nina on Sep 1, 2011
August 16th is my Grandmother’s 80th birthday.. 80 is a big deal! She’s been an amazing mother to me my entire life, she’s taught me so many wonderful things, wiped away all of my tears, given me unmeasurable love & compassion.. she’s my rock.. I love her more than anything in the world (well my husband & Bella also of course!).. she mentioned once that she’s never really had a quilt.. she has one my aunt (her sister) made for her, but it was not piece work.. it was a printed quilt kit that mimics the look of piece work.. and she’s used it until its ragged and tatty.. but it’s blue.. her favorite color is red.
I though that since she was turning 80 this year, she deserved nothing but the very best… a beautiful quilt all her own.. so I set out to make her one.. one as beautiful as she tells me everything I make is.. but this one would be her very own! When she opened it she said “what is it? oh, it’s a blanket!” and I said “a blanket!? no… it’s a quilt…” she still didn’t quite get it… until I said “you know I made that right??” her response was “YOU MADE THAT?!” I think she likes it.. Now what I really hope is she will use it… she promises she will but so far she just unfolds it to look at it and packs it away… I hope when fall comes it becomes a regular sofa & bed accessory!!
This is the second quilt I’ve sent off to Donna for quilting.. as always she quilted beautifully.. I chose a Linda V. Taylor hummingbird design as Grandma is very fond of hummingbirds.. she’s always said “hummingbirds are the mos perfect little things in the world”.. so that’s what she’s got! Quilt photographed on a queen sized bed… Grandma’s bed is a twin.
I will admit.. I am a little sad the quilt is gone because it really is so pretty.. but I am thrilled it made her so happy and that I will get to visit it from time to time! I enjoyed making it too! I think I will make one for myself in nice, bright colors! I did the applique in a taupe silk to match the background fabric and Donna matched that color for the quilting. The back of the quilt is a red check (red and ivory plaid) and the binding is a solid red.
Posted by Nina on Aug 16, 2011
Lately I have been obsessed with cute recipe boxes! When I was a kid I remember playing with my Grandma’s recipe folder… she didn’t use a box but just a regular old green folder with pockets where she stuck newspaper recipes, clippings from the back of food boxes, and the good family recipes as well as a few of her own.. and through the years she raved about my Aunt Macel’s coconut cake.. one recipe she amazingly didn’t own.
Aunt Macel was an amazing cook.. she was terribly diabetic and one bite of anything sweet put her in the hospital so she couldn’t even test her seasonings but somehow they were always perfect.. the only problem was.. I had never been around when she made this cake and she passed away in the late 80’s so she was not around to ask any longer.. but Grandma loved this cake.. so since today is Grandma’s 80th birthday, I decided I would hunt for a recipe that Grandma and I together could tweak to taste something like Aunt Macel’s.
Together Grandma and I recreated an amazing cake that Grandma really loved. She said it looked and tasted exactly like Aunt Macel’s and she couldn’t stop eating it! I’m sure she was there in spirit guiding us as we hung around the kitchen and giggled! Sorry, I will not be sharing the recipe we used since our recipe is ultra tweaked and it was really all done by trial and error with someone who had the recipe.. but it was much like a frosted pound cake… to which I am sure you already own a recipe for! Anyway… I’m sure Aunt Macel would be thrilled that we still think of her.. and of course that Grandma was so infatuated with her coconut cake that she’s raved about it for decades! I do have a pound cake recipe from Aunt Macel which I cherish.
Happy 80th Birthday Grandma! I hope you had a wonderful time! I really enjoyed myself and I really, really hope you will use that quilt I made you! (watch for another blog post for photos!)
Posted by Nina on Jun 14, 2011
She was a craigslist find.. Canadian Production Wheel (CPW), estimated to be a Moise Lemay from 1880-1890. She’s got his signature tension mechanism.The only thing she needs is a wheel peg replacement and a little wax. I’m in love! She spins beautifully!
Posted by Nina on May 20, 2011
If you’ve been following my blog for a while or know me personally, you probably already know that my husband and I are pretty crafty.. I’m sort of jack of all trades crafty and he’s very, very tech crafty. Some of you know that I have a big love for hoop dance.
As part of the learning process I began watching performance videos and some of them had LED hoops and I began yearning for one pretty badly.. after sending about 200 videos my husbands way, he calmly looked at me and said “I could make that”. And he did. Not only did he make me one.. but he made the most awesome LED hoop known to man! It has unlimited color modules, its got a rechargable battery (not those AA ones you have to remove and recharge), its well balanced, and its amazing… oh and YES it has yellow LEDs! so what else could I do? I rocked that thing!
There are many modes not shown in these photographs and many that I am still planning to add! Thank you hubby, you rock in so many ways!
Posted by Nina on May 18, 2011
There has never been a project that I have knit that I love more than this right now! I spun the yarn for this during the AllSpunUp’s spin along last year.. it’s the ‘Somewhat Seuss-ish Trout’ colorway in polworth. I had no idea what I wanted to use it for but I loved the colorway.. and then I found this little side buttoning baby sweater and knew that I had to make this! I mixed it with a little bit of KnitPick’s Stroll for the button bands and cuffs just to give it a little contrast. I knit up the 0-3mos size but I love it so much I am thinking of making a 6-9mos size as well!
Pattern: Offset Wraplan by Sara Morris
Yarn: All Spun Up Polwarth Combed Top
Colorway: Somewhat Seuss-ish Trout.. Inside and Out (my handspun)
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Sport
Needle: US 4 – 3.5 mm & US 5 – 3.75 mm