Monthly Archives: April 2008

Geisha Girl Bag/Tote

When I purchased this Michael Miller’s fabric with the gorgeous geisha girl I wasn’t sure how I would use it, but I had to have it because of her lovely face and the vibrant colours.   I’m so pleased at the result of the bag I have sewn this week.  The panel itself is large but I’m happy I was able to incorporate this much of it within the size of the bag/tote.  I have hand embroidered beads to her lovely hair and clothing.  If you are interested in a geisha tote like this one convo me at PinkDaisies. I have one panel left.


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Bridal Pearl and Silver Bracelet and Earrings

Pearl and Swarovski Bracelet & Earrings

I have handmade a Swarovski pearl, crystal and silver bead bracelet today and I am happy with the look.  The set will make a beautiful accessory for the bride, member of the bridal party, the graduate or for the person celebrating a special day.  Available at PinkDaisies.

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Captured From Spring Through Summer ..I hope.

Every day on my way home I drive down a small hill and come upon this patch of grass than runs down into this bit of water.  As the spring turns through to summer I’m fascinated at a transition.  This year I hope to catch some pictures of what I see.  All cooperating that is…

April 27th   1st Shot

First Shot

Twice I drove past the spot when I should have had my camera, only to rush back with it and it was too late.  Today I was able to get the 2nd picture.   (pictures taken through my car window).

May 6  – 2nd shot

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Weekend of food, festival, fun and family

Toronto Good Food Festival

The prediction of a rainy weekend wasn’t so.  It was beautifully sunny but a bit cool instead.   Saturday, Marc and I went to the Toronto Good Food Festival.   For $12.00 each we sampled all kinds of foods and drinks and watched demonstrations and came home with coupons and recipes galore.  The free products/coupons exceeded the admission price.  Its pretty bad to have sampled so much that at the end you can’t sample one more thing…..  Fun though!

Saturday evening we rented “Anger Management” with Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler.  It is a few years old and we had never seen it.   We both thought it was good, light fun.   For dinner we had decided fish was in order so we chose fresh Talapia fish.  We brushed the fresh fillets with a mixture of mayonnaise and lemon.  Then we combined bread crumbs, salt, pepper and onion powder and sprinkled it over the fish that was in a pan sprayed with Pam.  We baked it for 30 minutes.  It came out so tasty and flakey.  Talpida and Twice Baked Potato Dinner  We also made twice baked potatoes (we were given 2 potatoes at the Toronto Good Food Festival).   After baking them we sliced the potato lengthwise and scooped out the potato.  We mashed that with sour cream, butter, milk, chopped green onions and grated cheddar cheese.   We scooped it back into the skin and topped with more grated cheese and baked them again.  Oh my how very tasty they were.

Do you make smoothies?  We enjoy them more frequently on the weekends these days.   They are so easy and so yummy and good for you too.  THATs what I like. 

Here are the ingredients we started out with this morning  Smoothie Ingredients   which we combined and mixed  Smoothie in the works 

This was the delicious end result.  Smoothie ready for enjoyment! I just realized all the ingredients in their packaging are on the French side in my pictures.  As you may know we are required to have English and French writing on our packaging. 


After a leisurely morning a call from son #1, (Geoff),  his wife Robyn and Madeline came with a suggestion they would stop at the store and drop over for lunch.  Lipton’s Chicken Noodle soup was quickly cooking on the stove.  I made a salad.  They came armed with delicious breads, cold cuts and cheese.  We had ice cream and fresh pineapple pieces for dessert.  It was a lovely, short, unplanned visit.  Those are often the sweetest. 

After washing up the dishes again I drove to see Son #2, Richard for a bit.  He was busy making dinner.  I sat on a stool at the counter and watched as he mastered their dinner.  And to think that I’d once  been worried  because he didn’t show any interest in cooking.  I had wondered how he would ever survive when he was out on his own.   Time to focus on other issues because he was clearly enjoying himself as he contemplated his next moves and bowls and knives and dinner ingredients.

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Caribbean Candy Necklace

Caribbean Candy Necklace

The weather this spring has continued to be just beautiful.  If this is any indication of whats in store we are in for a nice, long summer.  It is so sunny and inspiring.  You don’t have to go to the Caribbean when you have Caribbean Candy – a new brightly coloured bead necklace I was inspired to make.  I am going to put it into my etsy store tomorrow.  The colours are so wonderfully bright and bold.  It will make any occasion or outfit you wear very yummy with many colour choices.  It will be paired with matching earrings.


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Cake to Celebrate

My Spring Cake

The past 2 weeks at work have been very hectic for everyone.  Tomorrow is the last day of exams and we’ll all feel some relief, of course in a different way that the students.  I decided to bake a cake to take into work for our office.  A fresh fruit cake.

It is a simple cake to make in that it only has 3 ingredients for the actual cake…well 4 if you count the 2tsp of baking powder.  I round up these 3 identical glasses.  The number of eggs I crack into the first glass determines the size of the cake (this one had 7)!!  The other 2 ingredients are measured one into each remaining glass to the same height as the eggs are in their glass.     Measuring Cake Ingredients

Once the cake has baked and cooled I slice it in the middle and moisten it with a mixture of water, rum and sugar.  I arrange cut strawberries and whip cream in the middle, and strawberries, grapes, kiwi fruit and whip cream on the outside.  Finally I spread almost “ready” jello  over top.  The cake is best when made the day before so the flavours of the moistening take effect.  I made a little white chocolate “Spring” sign.  I’d love to share with you. 

This  is what happens sooo often when I pick up this

sugar canister I received in the 70s.  The top does not turn on properly most of the time.  I should be getting used to either picking the cannister up more carefully or getting used to stopping to sweep up sugar from the floor.

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How to Throw a Tea Party

Tea Party

I came across this site and was really interested since I’m a first thing in the morning coffee person who is really appreciating tea these days.   I still need that first cup of coffee to sort of start me up but later in the afternoon I love a tea to soooothe the day.   It sounds like fun and there are some delicious sounding recipes.  Do you have tea parties?  Do you serve different teas and maybe have different little teapots for each guest?  I’d love to do that.  I’ve started a little collection of teapots some of which I’ve thrifted.   What kinds of treats do you serve?


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Tuesday…a Quilt…and Neptune Necklace

Baby Quilt on the Go

I have had this Noah’s arc fabric for a while and wasn’t sure how I would use it but finally I’ve had a chance to start working on it.   Its going to be a baby’s quilt.  In this picture I have cut and pieced together strips for the inner border.   

Neptune Necklace

Here is a picture of a new necklace I’ve made recently.  I really like the colour, shine and hints of gold colour on it.  The pearls add a soft, feminine look.  I’m going to put it into my shop this week.  I have pods in other colours as well.   


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Its About a Busy Saturday……All Day

Funny how I…we can be with change.  When I first saw the new setup for WordPress I thought yuck!  Everything in the old setup seemed so well laid out and it worked so well.  Except that more recently something crazy happened with my computer and wordpress in the writing/editing mode where there was overlapping and posting became almost unbearable.  But, after using the new set up for a  post or two I forgot all about the initial issues I had with the new look and I’m trapsing through beautifully.  In the end I’m finding it so easy and user friendly.  Its great!  Anyone feel this way?


My Saturday….

I was up early today.  I was bound and determined to do some housework before I started to play.  I was up at 7:00 a.m. and its 5:00 and now I’m supposed to think about crafting?  whew…  Busy day.  I cleaned my windows, washed my livingroom/diningroom floors by hand, 2 loads of wash that included my scatter type rugs, sorted through magazines and rearranged them into different areas, baked cookies from Ultimate Cookie Book  , baked a lemon poppyseed loaf, washed the bathroom and kitchen….did some shopping.  And I have a roast chicken and veggies in the oven for dinner.  I had been falling behind a bit….  Let me know if you are interested in the lemon poppyseed loaf recipe.  It was simple and yum.

The cookies are very delicious! The cookie is a bit crisper, sort of and the chocolate is gooey yum.  The recipe called for 12 oz of chocolate chips.  I had assorted bittersweet chocolate chips, semi sweet chips and white chocolate squares and threw them all in with some skors bar toffee bits.  Do you find that when a recipe says you’ll end up with 36 cookies you end up with 22 or something?  I do.  Today the recipe said it would make 22 1/4 cup cookies.  I used a cookie scoop and made 4 dozen!  I wouldn’t make them any larger than the ones I did make.

Our Superintendent is wonderful and I wanted to share some baking with her.  Here is a mini poppy seed loaf and a tin of cookies I gave to her.

Saturday Baking

Deluxe  Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup white sugar

1 cup margarine or butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

2-1/2 cups flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

1 cup chopped walnuts (I added some Skor toffie bits instead)

12 oz semi sweet or milk chocolate bits or chips

Heat oven to 375F.  Beat sugars and margarine for about 3 minutes until flluffy.  Beat in vanilla and eggs.   Stair in flour, baking soda, and salt.  Stir in chocolate and nuts.

Drop dough by level 1/4 cupfuls (or cookie scoop) 2″ apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Flatten slights with fork.  Bake 11-14 minutes or until edges are light brown.  The centers will be soft.  Cool 3-4 minutes, remove from cookie sheet.   I made 4 dozen – recipe says 22 cookies.


Apples Tea Cozy

Apples Tea Cozy

I made another yummy apple fabric tea cozy for  my shop .  I love the bright apples.  I love my tea cozy. 


Cairo Bracelet & Earrings


I just put my Cairo 3-strand bracelet and matching earrings into my shop PinkDaisies.  I really like the multicoloured, vibant, glass beads in its bronze, yellow, rose, greens with pink swarovski crystals.  Its so easy to wear with its brilliant irridescent colours.      I REALLY love bracelets these days.  I think I’m addicted to them if one can be that.  What about you?


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Birthday & Italian Dinner Prep and Great Shopping Deals

Just the 3 of us

I’m finishing this post at the top.  We had a nice birthday party for Son #2.  At the end of the day everything did taste good and we had laughs and I was so happy we were all together.  This is a picture of me, Madeline and the birthday boy.

So it was a very busy and productive Saturday.  One of those days that seems to go on and on and things get done!  Wednesday is Son #1’s birthday so we’re getting together at my place tomorrow for dinner.  I can’t imagine how involved this simple birthday has been today.  I was up early and went shopping to Oakridges Outfitters and bought 2 really nice shirts for him.  One is a button down shirt that has a neat texture and is a dressy casual look.  The other is a  really neat t-shirt.   I may treat him to a couple of car wash coupons as well.

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