Monthly Archives: February 2008

Sidewinder Portable Bobbin Winder, What a Great Idea!

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.

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Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to you.  I hope its been a special day for you.  Maybe you received something special from loved ones, flowers, chocolate, a handmade card, a mushy kiss from your child..maybe you have baked some cupcakes or cookies to share today as well.

This week I have had a “Valentine’s Week” moreso than other years for some reason.  I made myself a Valentine’s pin 0023.jpg from wrapped wire and beads and I’ve worn it each day with something red, pink or white.  On Tuesday night I baked my favourite “fruit cake” tin with cookies  for work, but I left them at home.  Between the recipe and the baker they didn’t turn out as they should have.  They are a new recipe for traditional sugar cookies and I rolled them and cut them into hearts with red, pink and white sprinkles. But they turned out rather yucky.  They are textured and dry yet not quite cooked kind of  little heart shaped cookie and the next day they were soft and not very tasty.  So no cookies for work today, however I’ve had red and white jelly beans and cinnamon hearts at my desk all week as well.

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M is in Cleveland for 10 days but today at work I received a lovely ecard from him and shortly after that a half dozen peach coloured long-stemmed roses.  With them came a soft, white, cuddly bear wearing a little pink ribbon with tiny silk flowers.   He is so romantic.  This little bear had wings, must be an angel just like me.  :o)    0034.jpg

I hope you and yours have a lovely heartfelt kind of day.  THAT is the most important part for today and because it feels so nice, for the whole year. 

Does anyone have a very yummy sugar cookie recipe they would like to share with me?

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Christmas Reflecting

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.

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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. 

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On Your Mark..Get Set…SEW!

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 00161.jpg

and like this 0015.jpg and the back will be the yellow fabric with the coordinating little specs of colour to coordinate.  The fabric is a soft cotton. 0011.jpg

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.  0008.jpg

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Happy Plants on a Sunny Day and Oprah’s Book Club

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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 

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Treasured Quilt and Just Like Me

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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.0018.jpg

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Do you know the muffin man? Cranberry Buttermilk Whole Wheat BranMuffins

0016.jpgDo you know the muffin man…the muffin man…the muffin man?  

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

2 eggs

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

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