Thursday, January 6, 2011

beginning again

I wanted to create something pretty from my stash, something that I could finish in a day. I wanted to get the year off to a good start so I made this yesterday:



I think the different organic materials and colours work well together. I got the lampwork beads at the Kingston Glass Studio a few years ago. The bone, wood and resin beads are from an old necklace and the buttons from the stash I appropriated from my mom. I've been collecting leather and suede scraps because you never know when you might want them.

The cuff proves that:

1. I can finish projects.
2. A stash is important for my creativity.
3. Pretty things make me smile.

Proven anything for yourself lately?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year's!

New Year's Day is a blank slate full of possibilities and promise. I love it and I'll admit to making resolutions. I just don't stress over how well I keep them. I use them more as signposts to keep me from losing track of what is important to me.

Happy trails!

Friday, December 17, 2010


Victorian salt clay is perfect for making Christmas decorations using cookie cutters. It doesn't puff like some salt/flour clays, keeps well and can be embellished with pretty much anything you can think of: paint, sequins, glitter...

My daughter and I made snowflakes last Christmas. This year they're hanging in the window as well as on the tree. You can get the recipe I used here.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Tucked under the lilac bushes, the feeder offers seeds to the chickadees and cardinals who come calling this time of year. I love watching them and hearing them call to each other. Today the sun is shining and the birds are darting in and out; taking a moment or two to watch them turns into minutes and I need to get the camera. The cardinals hid in the lilacs but the chickadee are bold. Their cheer brightens my day.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Rainy Mondays...

A hard morning for all of us, but a hard morning for my boy especially.

It's Monday and back to school. He doesn't want to go. I hurry him along and he complains. I say (shout) you're going to miss the bus. He says it's not his fault. I say back "yes it is". We get out the door and just a I say watch out, it's slippy (freezing rain), there he goes down on his bum. I catch him but still...he goes down again at the sidewalk. We walk on fallen leaves to try to get better traction. The bus is late so we stand in the rain.

I tell him I can't change the weather, and I can't change school; but I can make peppermint hot chocolate for him and his sister when they come home.

Apparently, I can't take pictures today either...but the kids enjoyed the hot chocolate. Now just waiting for my man to get home and all will be well.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Baking Monday

On a chilly day it's so nice to warm up the house with the oven and smells of good food baking. Today I got a few things in the oven: bread, pumpkin muffins and chocolate chip cookies, my man's favourite. And just to get a jump on tomorrow's breakfast, I mixed the dry ingredients for pumpkin scones - yum!

The bread recipe is from my mom, just simple whole wheat with brown sugar and milk. It's got a slightly chewy texture and makes wonderful toast.

I used pumpkin from our Hallowe'en jack-o-lantern that I'd baked up and froze. If you're careful with the candle, there's no black from smoke. If there was, you could always scrape it off before baking the pumpkin. It's not quite as sweet as pie pumpkin but the flavour is still very good and works well in baking.

I have tried for years to make cookies like my man remembered from his mom, the best ever I've been told. I've used recipes from magazines, from friends and the same recipe that my mother-in-law gave me but never quite got it right. (They were all good, especially the ones made with butter.)

It comes down to the fat. When I used golden crisco (normally makes me cringe), the chocolate chip cookies were finally deemed perfect. And it is the recipe from the box, although if you're not so picky as to buy Crisco, use butter and the recipe found here. They are good cookies...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

So much for good intentions...

Hallowe'en has come and gone and my plans were mostly just that, plans.
  • I never did make a raven or try out the mole recipe
  • My pictures from Hallowe'en didn't turn out - camera setting perhaps? I need work on light settings...
  • I was such a slacker not posting what did get done...

On the up side:

We made sugar cookies in the shapes of witches,  pumpkins and ghosts

We had  a great time out at the pumpkin farm, getting apples and pumpkins, and looking at their Hallowe'en shop

I did make my boy his dragon costume and update my girl's vampire costume

We did decorate the front yard with a fresh grave, tombstone and candles, spiderwebs, etc.

well, onwards and upwards...