I don’t know about you but I get so annoyed when I run out of thread and have to stop in the middle of sewing to wind my bobbin. You know you get almost to the end or you’re just whippingt along and it happens. Its such a pain I think. In my newsletter from Evelyn’s Sewing Centre I read about their new portable bobbin winder. It sounds like a great idea. Does anyone have one of these or seen one of these. I’ll have to stop by there and see it in person. I believe its under $30.00 so I’m tempted to give it a try.
Monthly Archives: February 2008
I love these 2 guys. A few years ago we were in Houston over New Years and I brought home all kinds of after Christmas sale goodies which included 2 sets of Santa and the Snowman. I gave one each to each of my sons. Now we were flying and it was rather interesting packing them head over heels into a bag to take on the plane. But it was worth it.
hmmm…why is a Christmas post in February? Mostly because I was trying to learn something on wordpress, deleted December and couldn’t put it back. So I didn’t want to forget the season and here it is now, in February.
Christmas was a busy time as it usually is, for most of us. I was busy helping Santa with his Christmas shopping as most of us are. Christmas is a busy time for my business as well making soaps and bath products and jewellery to help other Santas with their Christmas. I was able to do some baking.
We had Christmas at my mom’s place. I know we all had quiet moments reflecting on my father and missing him so much this first Christmas he wasn’t with us. There was strength in numbers. It was a lovely evening and a wonderful dinner as always.
I have had sewing projects ready to go both in my mind and sewing area. Its a snowy day out there and perfect for a sewing day so I will share a couple of ideas. I plan to make another chenille type baby quilt. The front panel looks like this
Also because we are going on a cruise!…in early March,and I’ll write more on that later, I found a McCall’s pattern #8108 that would make a nice little dress to take along. It is one of those 1 Hour Dress patterns. I have been waiting for the spring/summer fabrics so I might make a deek down the road to Fabricland to check on that.
I have started back to the gym now for the past 2-3 weeks and so far I’ve made it twice a week. I go directly from work and make it just as Oprah starts. I love watching Oprah. The treadmills and cycles are in front of the 7 TVs and one of them is always on Oprah. I take along a bottle of water and earphones and tune in and the time passes quickly.
This week I started reading The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, a 973 page book as a result. The reviews from book club members is that they couldn’t put it down. It is very readable and well written and I thoroughly enjoy it. I am thoroughly enjoying it as well. My handmade bead bookmark is what you see running down the left side of the paperback.
Happy Plants on a Sunny Day
A few years ago the manager at a place I worked made wonderful quilts. She can’t even remember how many she has made and sorry she hadn’t taken pictures of them long before she started to and before she GAVE THEM AWAY!! Whenever someone left the company she would make them a quilt, usually a throw size and inspired by that particular person. She is so fabulous at quilting it seems to take no time and she’s done. Yet she continually takes courses to learn new techniques and ideas.
When she showed me this particular pattern with its houses and bird houses I remarked in glee how that would be just my style if I could make one. I was astounded when she said this one would be for me. That hadn’t been my intension. She wanted to know what colours would suit my decor and asked me to show her a pillow, fabric etc. I showed her the greens, yellows, mustards, brick reds, pinks I so love and said “please…no blues”. That was a bit of a challenge for her as there was to be blue sunset.
I didn’t think about the quilt knowing she was working on a couple of projects in her classes. When she presented it to me I just gasped. My first thought on this beautiful quilt was how could someone know MY favourite colours? It was absolutely me! She signed it for me and I treasure it.
That has to be me because of my love for muffins and loaves such as banana, zucchini etc. Last night I made Cranberry Buttermilk Wholewheat Bran Muffins. It is a recipe I’ve made before and its on the buttermilk carton. I always add raisins or in this case dried cranberries. A not too sweet muffin again and healthier made mostly with whole wheat flour. I really love dried fruit so that’s an added bonus. I’m going to put some of them into the freezer and allow myself to take one each morning to enjoy with coffee at work….at least the ones I won’t be sharing. Yummy.
I suppose you could add 1 tbsp. of lemon juice to each cup of milk and let sit for about 5 minutes if you don’t have buttermilk. I have done that with other recipes just fine.
Cranberry Buttermilk Bran Muffins
2 cups buttermilk
1-1/2 cups bran cereal
1/3 cup butter – melted
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups whole wheat or all purpose flour
1 cup all purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1cup dried cranberries (or you could use any dried fruit or raisins)
Heat oven to 400F.
In a bowl combine buttermilk and bran cereal and set aside.
Mix eggs, vanilla and add the melted butter. To this add buttermilk mix along with 1 cup of dried cranberries. In another bowl combine dry ingredients. Add wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed, do not overmix.
Fill greased muffin tins. Bake 20-25 minutes. Makes 12 muffins. Yum