Friday, February 29, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
This little chick in a basket was Nancy's creation--she has sons, and doesn't get to do "girly" stuff very often. This was her first time trying needle felting, as it was for many of us. She was VERY enthusiastic about the whole thing--as you can see by her creation. Fantastic!
Needle felting consists of a barbed needle, some wool roving, and a piece of foam. You punch and stab your wool with the needle until it holds together in any shape you wish. Obviously, we were working on an egg theme. It was very interesting to see what everyone decided to do with their eggs. Some of us decided on flowers, while others went for bunnies, chicks, and butterflies.
This one's mine--a blue egg with 3-D flowers, which I felted separately, then applied to the egg.
Kathleen felted a bunny directly onto her egg. I was very impressed with the perspective/pose she used. The kid's got talent!
And of course, there was a bunch of food, including a blueberry buckle that Jennifer made, that I could just NOT stop eating. I grabbed the recipe from her, and I'm going to share it with you...as soon as I can put my hands on it! I know it's here somewhere.....in the mean time, how about a picture of it--just to get your mouth watering? :)
UPDATE 3/2/08 Recipe for Blueberry Buckle
350* oven for 45-50 minutes for 9x9x2" greased pan
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 2.5 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp. salt
Beat together in a bowl:
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 egg
Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and bead vigorously for about 2 minutes.
Stir in 2 cups of blueberries. Spread batter in pan. Sprinkle topping (see below) over this, and pop it in the oven.
Topping: (mix together until crumbly)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup soft butter (NOT melted)
Let me know if you try out this recipe, and if you like it!!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Have any of you ever skated at Rockefeller Center? I have! That's me up there, in all my second-grade glory, knee-socks and all, skating at the rink. What a trip that was....me falling flat on my butt, whacking my head on the ice, seeing stars...some stranger helping me up....then we're all on the subway, and some big woman who was taller (and tougher) than me shoved ahead of me when we were getting off, and the doors were shutting, and my father threw himself between the doors so I could get off--AcK! I was so shy back then, too. Scary, man. Of course, we then had to have the whole discussion about "what happens if you get stuck on the subway car." You ride it to the next stop, get off, and WAIT. Oy. Glad that never happened. I don't know if any of you remember NYC in 1974, but the homeless people were EVERYwhere, and talk about DIRTY. There was trash everywhere, and it was smelly and scary. It's a different universe down there now.
I remember our biggest complaint ("we" being myself and my three sisters) was that we were wearing sneakers with our dresses and white knitted ponchos. We were horrified. We had never worn sneakers with dresses. Dresses were for Sundays at church, and you always wore your "dress" shoes. Well, not in NYC you don't. You wear your white sneakers, so that you can walk for miles without complaint. Nice try, Mom and Dad. Oh, and I had to visit just about every bathroom in NY. If I had been my parents, I would have lost my mind. Seriously. I have a nervous bladder. I think I peed 4 times during the Rockettes and the movie "Mame" at Radio City Music Hall. My mother should have been sainted.
I hope Kathleen is spared the stress of wardrobe issues and knocks on the head, and doesn't get lost on the Subway. If she can avoid all that, she should really enjoy herself! They brought a video camera and a digital camera with them--can't wait to see THOSE movies! They'll be back Friday evening. Meanwhile, I have work to do.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
My sister sets a pretty table!
I tried to get a picture of the girls with Kathleen's eyes open. This is what I got. It's funny how the more pictures I took, the more hilarious it all became. So the last picture in the series is where I said "Ok, now FORCE your eyes to stay open, Tat!" Hence the strained/pained grin. Too funny.
Friday, February 08, 2008
We are running low on accessories. I think we should go to the gift show in NYC and buy some new stuff. But we still have a bunch of antique majolica, which is very pretty.
I'm trying to think of something sweet and clever to get for Kathleen for Valentine's Day. Last year I gave her a pretty necklace. I'm thinking maybe a new shirt or something this year. hmmm...any suggestions?
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
Wow, has it really been eight days since I've blogged?! I can't believe it. How 'bout those Giants, eh? Ha! What a great game that was last night. BF (who still isn't home yet, mind you) was shocked that I had watched the game. He's all "but you don't LIKE football" and I'm all "but it's the SUPER BOWL, and the GIANTS!" Hee. The poor guy has an eight hour flight from Seattle to Atlanta, then Atlanta to Albany ahead of him today. It'll be good to have him home. Of course, we're supposed to get snow and sleet tonight. That should make for an interesting ride to the airport. :-O
How do you like my latest creation? It's limey green freshwater pearls with rainbow jade focal beads, spaced with lime jade rounds. It feels very girly to me. I love it! And of course, it has Valentine's Day gift written ALL over it. I'm going to list it on Etsy as soon as I'm done here.
I took Kathleen and my lovely niece Madeline bowling this weekend. What a riot. You should have seen Madeline's dance moves after each throw of the bowling ball. The kid was cracking me up. I could kick myself for not having my camera with me. The girl's got MOVES! I kicked both of their butts handily, though. Too bad, so sad for them...lol.
Saturday night I went to see "Michael Clayton" with my friend Kelly. GREAT movie. Gotta love that George Clooney. The eyeliner was a tad distracting though. What's up with that? Kelly swears it wasn't eyeliner. She thinks he got it TATOOED on there. WTF? Who tatoos their under eye lids? Hmm? Maybe George will stop by here and set the record straight. I think I'll start holding my breath...NOW. Heh. At any rate, you should really go see the movie before they take it out of the theatres again. Now I have to go see "No Country for Old Men." I think that's the last one on my list that I haven't seen yet. Have you all seen any good ones lately? Any must-sees?