Monday, February 28, 2011
Each fall their flights south signal that winter is coming and a few months later we hear them on their return trip north, a sure sign that nicer weather is on its way!
Tomorrow morning at 6:00 EST I will draw the name for my 1st giveaway this month. Add a comment to the post linked here for a chance!
Friday, February 25, 2011
But the days are getting longer and the sun is a little higher in the sky, when it's not raining or snowing. I have heard a few songbirds early in the mornings. Can the crocuses be far behind?
I'm thinking of a spring-related giveaway next week, something bright and cheery. In the meantime, please take a look at what is in this week's drawing. Add your comment to that post before Tuesday, March 1st for a chance to win :)
By the way, I found this out too late to join in, but Zo from So, Zo... What Do You Know is hosting a Me Made March similar to her Self-Stitched September. I haven't made enough cool weather clothes to be able to successfully join but I'll be stopping over there to see what everyone's created! There is always a great group of talented stitchers in her challenges.
Thanks for stopping by, folks! I hope you enjoy a terrific weekend :)
(* Rain = Melting Snow ;)
Thursday, February 24, 2011
To fill in the blanks from yesterday's post, I modified this recipe to make this:
Carrot Cake Oatmeal
2 cups cooked oatmeal (your choice/style)
1 grated carrot
1/2 cup water, and more as needed
1/4 cup raisins
1 teasp cinnamon
1/2 teasp nutmeg
1/2 teasp ginger
1/4 teasp ground cloves
2 Tablesp ground flax seeds
Simmer grated carrot in 1/2 cup water for 10 minutes. Add cooked oatmeal and reheat, adding more water, if necessary.
Add spices and flax seeds. Cook 5 minutes, adding water if needed to reach desired consistency.
Toppings: chopped walnuts, crushed pineapple
Optional: a cream cheese or marscapone "frosting", but I haven't tried that.....yet;) Other folks have made a zucchini bread oatmeal. That sounds good, too.
Looks like I'll be making weekly batches of oatmeal from now on :)
Don't forget to add a comment to Tuesday's post to be entered in my 1970's giveaway! The drawing is on Tuesday, March 1st at 6:00am EST.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Anyway, I think what I miss about being in a lab shows up in my interest in the kitchen. I love what happens when you mix, heat, and reduce.
Did you know that using cold milk will result in creamier oatmeal? I don’t know why, however I learned a long time ago that putting quick-style oats in a saucepan with cold milk will result in nice creamy oatmeal, not that watery cardboard-tasting stuff.
When I stumbled upon this recipe for Carrot Cake Oatmeal the other night, how could I resist? Those are two of my (many) favorite things. I set out to try it even though I had to substitute dried cranberries for the raisins and I have nothing that even slightly resembles cream cheese. (I decided to skip the frosting altogether.) So, as is my usual style, I experimented.
I declared it a complete success and had to package it up so that I wouldn’t eat it all. The two servings that I cooked by halving the recipe are slated to be my at-work breakfast for the next two days. Many of my co-workers bring in packets of that instant “stuff”, to which they add hot water and pretend they are enjoying their breakfast. But my jar of Carrot Cake Oatmeal will put their mush to shame when the heavenly aroma wafts from the microwave. And so, I can say……."Let them eat cake!" (carrot cake, that is ;)
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The pants View 1 has cool seam interest on the back. View 2 has a yoke front. Views 3 and 4 (with and without front pockets) have cuffed legs. So you have many looks from one pattern. It's a veritable wardrobe!
This pattern is a Miss Size 12, which translates to waist: 26.5" and hip: 36", but don't despair if this isn't your size. There are many tutorials on the internet showing how to re-size a sewing pattern so you can size it up, or down!
The pieces were well kept and are ready for use again!
Please add a comment to this post to be entered in the drawing for this item. The winner will be picked at random, on Tuesday, March 1st, at 6:00am.
Take a hop over to my etsy shop sometime. I've only started listing all the interesting finds and lovely pieces that have come across my path. There will be so much more! You know I search out pieces of the past from all over New England, so you never know what I will find out there :)
Monday, February 21, 2011
My fascination with the design, color, and lifestyle of previous decades is fairly evident to anyone who reads my posts. I love to learn about history. I delight in holding an item that was useful in another era, whether it be a well-worn darning egg or a garden tool. One of my favorite personal treasures is the trench-art ashtray brought back from Europe after WWII by my military uncle. To hold it is to imagine the determination of the soldiers amidst the conflict.
Throughout my many years of collecting all things vintage, I always consigned them through brick and mortar shops. This worked well at an earlier time in my life, but now I am taking on the responsibility for the promotion and sale of these lovely pieces of the past so that others may also enjoy them. You may find clothing, eye wear, or even a length of feedsack.
Several boxes of older sewing patterns are patiently waiting to find new homes, and new use!
I have also created a section of my shop for my upcycled accessories. You've seen many of the pieces that I have re-styled for myself over the past year. Now I will be offering handmade repurposed items. There will be quite a selection appearing in the next few weeks! The projects in my mind are ready to spring from my sewing machine ;)
As a Thank You to all my longtime blogging friends and a Welcome to all my new friends, I am having 4 giveaways, one in each of the next few weeks that lead up to my 2nd blogiversary. The first will be posted tomorrow and may be of interest to my sewing friends, or anywho who loves the styles from years past ;)
This new adventure is very exciting. I hope to meet many new friends. Stop over and visit while I preserve pieces of the past, and begin to craft a future :)
Saturday, February 19, 2011
There will be many, many more flowers inserted into the blank spaces as I stitch. All the appliques are cut from vintage aprons that were well worn and loved by women from decades past. (I have yet to find the appropriate yellow-orange apron for the center of the large flowers.) But I am SOOOO pleased with the results of last night's sewing.
I plan to have the center medallion finished before next month's Sew In so that I can start on the corner panels at that time.
Take a quick hop over to Friday Night Sew In for the links to see what others have accomplished! That's where I'm headed now. Thanks for stopping, and have a GREAT weekend!
(Wow! Over 160 people have signed up this month!)
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Please stop back on Saturday to see how my quilt top is progressing. Meanwhile, I'll be hopping over to all the other Friday Night Sew In crafters to see what they've accomplished :)
Have a wonderful Thursday (and Friday)!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I smiled when I looked at the barnyard, remembering what it's like to walk on gloppy ground that froze unevenly where heavy animals walk. It can be a hair-raising experience ;)
Temperatures are rising, the days are getting longer. Keep smiling, folks. Spring will soon be here and the cows will be back out in the fields.
Have a wonderful day!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
I found an online shop that specializes in parts for vintage appliances and ordered two sets of gaskets, one for now and one for the future. I plan to keep this blender for a long time. Both sets cost just under $14, delivered. The blender was repaired for less than $7, with the other $7 set safely taped inside my main cookbook where I will see it often.
I didn't drive around looking for a replacement, so I saved gas. No raw materials were used to produce a new blender or wasteful packaging (only the gaskets and envelope they were mailed in.) And I still have that classic green model sitting on my kitchen counter. Win, win.
Friday, February 11, 2011
I have been having problems connecting to the internet for the past two days. Please forgive me if I my posts or comments lag behind. (I'm at the library now to post this quick note.)
I have one post pre-scheduled for this Sunday, but I'll try to get on again when I can.
I guess it's finally time to take my laptop in and let them clean it out.
Update: Well, now it's working again at home ~ : /
But I've scheduled it for a tune-up next week, no matter what!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Going on the feeling that all the pink and lavender is what little girls love, I restyled it into a dress for my granddaughter's doll. In my stash was a piece of lavender rickrack, just big enough to trim the hem and neckline.
Tomorrow morning it will be in the mail. Speedy delivery! :)
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Well, here's the quick list -
My eyeglasses. I've been nearsighted since fifth grade, but I only wear them when driving. (I wore contacts when I was younger but vanity has moved on.)
Ponytail elastics. My hair is long enough to warrant being tied back whenever I darn well please :)
Cellphone. 'nuff said 'bout that.
Small pocket calendar. The One Dollar type, for appointments, birthdays, and scribbling down notes that I won't be able to decipher later.
And I never leave the house without making sure the heat and all unnecessary appliances are turned down or off. I hope that doesn't sound obsessive but one time I came home after two days away to find my home a nice, toasty 68 degrees! Those were dollars going up the chimney :(
Now I should ask two more bloggers to play along although everyone is invited, if you so choose :)
Mug from ParadingChicks
Impera_Magna from The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe
Care to post 5 things you wouldn't leave home without?
P.S. Don't forget about the upcoming Friday Night Sew-In on February 18th!
His photo is the first that I really noticed, the one that said we’ve all lived our lives here, long ago. We’ve all laughed and cried and went to church on Sundays and maybe had a little too much to drink on Saturday nights. We’ve been in love and cared for sick babies. Some of us stayed on the family farm and some of us worked in town.
The shop owner was pleased that this photo was one of my choices. He had sorted all of them and noticed that this one had information lightly penciled on the back, something that I completely missed. There were notes that the photographer made to touch up spots for the final print. More importantly, the name and address of the mysterious gentleman was revealed, showing that he lived only a few blocks from the store where this photo had been waiting in the box.
Anywho.com lists 14 folks with his last name in the same town. I’m fairly confident I would get results from a small ad listed in the local paper. It would be ideal to get this gentleman back to his family but I’d also like to learn a little more about him and those fields, now long gone. On another trip north I may stop in at the city clerk’s office to look through records to find out the exact years he lived there. Perhaps do some amateur genealogy research to trace down his descendants. And at some time this summer I’ll be walking through that neighborhood, to see if his image outlasted his house.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
to sign up for the next Friday Night Sew In!
Wouldn't it be great to start some projects for Spring and Easter, or maybe just spend an evening working on a favorite craft?
Check out the participants and see what they've been doing. And be sure to add your name and blog link so everyone can stop by to see what you're working on.
I hope to see you there! :)
Monday, February 7, 2011
Photo from the Show Food Chef
Photo from A Little Bit of Everything
Wouldn't it be great to have one of these setting on your dining room table now....with a cup of coffee.....mmmmm!
For even more tempting cakes, take a click over to The Daring Kitchen !
Sunday, February 6, 2011
I also cut out a few dozen of these....
So I could start sewing them on this....
Now I'm going to cook up some wild rice to use during the week, then I'll sit back down with a needle and thread to see about getting a few more leaves on the quilt.
I hope you had a great weekend, and that the sun was shining on you today!
Friday, February 4, 2011
At the front of the dimly lit shop were a few boxes and baskets of very old professional photographs. There were about two to three hundred pictures of folks who had primped and fussed and then sat to have their photos taken. So many faces all dressed up to impress.
I want to share with you some of the beautiful faces that I came across last weekend. At this time I am trying to get them scanned, but here are a few that intrigue me.
I couldn't imagine this young woman's background or the occasion surrounding this photo. She's very dignified and serious. Her photo was taken in Palmyra, NY by "The only photographer in America holding six gold medals awarded in national competition.
This gentleman's eyes are so clear and bright. He appears to be a very happy person. I've been referring to him as "The Captain". I imagine him to have a homestead outside of town or perhaps he owns the general store. He keeps a pleasant demeanor while working steady and for long hours. His picture was taken by a photographer in North Troy, VT, which is in the northeasternmost corner of the state. North Troy can have bitter cold and snowy winters, which makes living off the land difficult. Folks from there are a strong stock.
The details in this photo really caught me. The sailor outfit on the youngest child. Mother and daughter are wearing matching blouses and brooches. The detail at the hem of the daughter's skirt as well as the pleats in that skirt make it very stylish for the era. How carefully combed is the hair on the youngest children, and the part in the son's hair was done with precision. With all their careful planning, I wonder if this portrait was done as a gift for father.
I looked through the photos thoroughly at least twice, and pondered over the ones I had chosen. So many faces, pompadours, grandiose mustaches, toddlers dressed and combed and fussed over. With so many dreams that I could never guess. I could only bring home a few of these treasures.
Many of those other beautiful faces will be posted soon.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
...and this is Ms S, a sweet gal who calmly lets my grandchildren hug her and fuss over her. Here she is watching them as they play in the snow....just making sure they're okay. She had quite a romp in the snow that day. We threw small bits of bark from the woodpile which she chased after across the snowy yard. (After she discovered that I brought biscuits with me, she would often sit in front of me, waiting for another treat.)
I accept that my life isn't styled for a pet at this moment but when that time comes I could see a canine companion like either of these two. Especially since they both like snow :)
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Once I realized it had been many months since my last trip north, my itchy foot and aching heart demanded that I visit children and grandchildren, pronto. It had been much too long since I had seen family and friends so I set off on the dreary, snowy morning last Tuesday to make things right. The first stretch of the trip, which usually takes 45 minutes, took almost two hours due to traffic moving at a snail's pace on the interstate. The weather was being a bear, but that was the only traffic issue it caused for the rest of the trip. I arrived to see my grandchildren shortly after their schoolday was done, full of excitement and energy.
The sun shone for most of the visit, allowing us to be outside and enjoy the crisp air and clean snow. The children had small "hills" of snow for sledding, courtesy of their dad's plow. I chose to jump back into the country life by bringing loads of firewood from the woodpile behind the barn to the smaller supply near the rear door of the house. It is true that firewood warms you twice. I wore a cotton turtleneck with a sleeveless fleece zippered hoodie and was as warm as could be.
I saved one day to spend with a dear friend who had recently lost her brother. We chatted away the hours and I felt as if I had never moved away. We talked of everything from recipes to the stock market, and I was caught up on all the local goings-on by the time we ran out of things to say. We chat on the phone every other week or so but once we sit in the same room, time is irrelevent.
One day was saved for time with my youngest son and his sweet girlfriend. It makes me smile just to be with them. Lunch was at a local spot where I enjoyed an excellent beef stew with slabs of fresh whole wheat bread. The kitchen is mostly open so we were able to watch much of the cooking and prep work.
My nights were cozy in the "extra" room, which has the added benefit of large windows that look out towards the field. In the middle of the night I can watch the stars or softly falling snow. I also kept the woodstove going by adding logs in the wee hours of the morning. Oh, how I miss that warmth from the woodstove now that I'm back home.
So between family and friends, good food, games, resting, and rejuvenation, it was a winter getaway of epic proportions.