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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