Friday, January 1, 2016

First Day Back

A Happy New Year's greeting to you. It has been a very long time but here is my very good reason why.

It is my hope to write more often, (but not everyday as I had been,) when I have a new project to share or a fun event to write about.

Many blessings to you this first night of the year-Kate.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Time a Little Tight

I am hard at work trying to complete a sewing contract. Which has left little time for completing other projects. I did manage to get one started though.

I found this dark blue shirt at a garage sale last summer and thought there was plenty of material to be able to make something new from it. I was not sure how I wanted to convert it though. Tonight I figured it out. I decided the width of the shirt was probably such that it would work just fine if rotated to become the length. I took the bottom strip off and cut it to fit the new bottom hem.

Tomorrow I just have to sew up the sides and shoulders and decide if I want sleeves. Then reattach the bottom hem, figure out what to do with the neck opening and I should have a new shirt to enjoy this summer.

Stay tuned tomorrow when I reveal the final product.

Many blessings to you this fine night.--Kate

Monday, March 23, 2015

Teriyaki Chicken

When I found this recipe it was for oven baked teriyaki wings. I never did make the wings, but I have used the sauce many times now as a marinade. I would not say that it really tastes much like teriyaki, but it is a delicious Asian inspired sauce.

Teriyaki Chicken Marinade.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons spoonable stevia
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 1/2 cup liquid aminos or organic tamari
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup  hot sauce (adjust to your taste)
  • 4-5 pounds organic chicken
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
Directions:

Melt butter in a small-medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add the stevia, wine, tamari, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, hot sauce, salt ,pepper, and garlic powder and mix.  In a large bowl, mix the chicken with the sauce. It is a thin sauce. Cook chicken how you like.

Enjoy!


Many blessings on this fine night.--Kate

P.S. Sorry no pictures yet. We always seem to gobble this dish down before I remember to take the pictures. I will post some as soon as we make this meal again.--K



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Welcome Spring






Many blessings to you this fine morning.--Kate

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday's Sales

I have already confessed my love of books. Well recently I received notice that a local bookstore was having major sales on their used books, 4 for $20 (for books priced up to $29.99.) So of course I had to go check it out. I ended up finding 10 books, two of which were already under $3. This lead to a desire to check out my favorite used book store, "Little Man Bookstore," where I found 11 more books. I capped off my day of book shopping with a trip to the craft store to use my 60% off coupon to buy Tilda's Studio by Tone Finnanger a book I have been salivating over for about a month now. If you have not seen the creation's of Ms. Finnanger she is worth checking out. She makes lovely items but the display scenes she designs for her photos are gorgeous.

So I ended the day with 23 books and the averaged price per book was just under $4. I wish I could say that this will sate my appetite for books for a while, but one never can tell.

A fair number of the books I found today I picked up because I thought my kids would really love them for bed time stories. I found The Indian in the Cupboard and Harriet the Spy, great classics. I also found a book called Ginger Pye, about a clever dog in a clever family. The series I think I am going to start with though is called The Critter Club about four girls who start a pet rescue center. Both of my kids have a strong love for animals.
I am excited by my new mountainous pile of books, and I have a strong desire to dive right into all of them, each for a different reason. I suppose I should rein myself in a bit and at least try and finish the books I am currently reading. Let me tell you I am very excited to embark on the many adventures waiting just inside the covers of these new treasures.

Many blessings to you on this very fine night.--Kate
P.S. Here is an example page from the book Tilda's Studio. I think it is so bright and lovely. I wish this was how my creating space looked.

Saturday's Sew up

I have a number of projects that needed some finishing touches to truly be complete. So today I will be sharing a few sewn up project.

First, I decided that my new angora ear warmers needed a little more excitement. So I added a few felt flowers. My daughter was watching me work on it and mentioned that she wished she had one of her own. I happened to have a left over piece big enough so that she now has her own. Her's is the band with the cluster of three flowers. Mine has the pink with long brown stems and the pale blue flower in the middle.

The second project was that my converted mini skirt bag really needed some type of fastener to keep the top flap closed. I had no clear picture in my head until I came across the rhinestone rings. Once I found the little pink flower buttons I knew I was in business. I am now completely and totally in love with my new bag.
The purse had its first big test run today and the closures worked perfectly.

Many blessings on this fine night.--Kate

Friday, March 20, 2015

Finding New Craft Projects with My Girl.

I adore that my daughter has obviously inherited the creating gene. We have a little to much fun going out to the local craft stores to find new projects to make. It is amazing what all is out there and it is fun to see some of my old favorites come back. Like those weaving looms that use the vibrant stretchy nylon bands.

One of the fun new to us crafting supplies that we found for my daughters Birthday was Washi tape. It is basically colorful, slightly translucent, masking tape. Which means that it is an easily removable product. My original intent in buying the tape was for my girl to make her own stickers. (There was a book that we found that was for that very thing, but when I went back to buy the book it was gone.) I figured I did not really need the book, we could figure it out on our own.

So I spent the day looking up what all you can do with Washi tape and now I have a brain filled with ideas, plans and soon to be tried projects. I love the easy access to thousands of creative ideas. I love living in a world populated with so much creativity and creation.
 Today though was a foray into the Washi sticker making arena. It was easy and so much fun. I drew some simple designs onto waxed paper and then my girl laid strips of tape down so that they covered the design and also overlapped a little bit. Then I cut them out. She is becoming quite skilled with scissors, but this was still a little to detailed for her to manage. Then we just had to remove the waxed paper and put our sticker in the place of our choosing. Tonight that place was on the cover of my laptop.

 She had a lot of fun and already has ideas for new designs and new locations for the colorful, cute stickers.

Many blessings to you on this fine night.--Kate