This part of my blog is all about the things I collect or the things I make myself. I love so many things, I paint and draw and want to learn oils and pastels. I knit and crochet but want to learn tatting. I embroider and can turn my hand to most things given a chance. So much still to learn and do. I live in hope of some day reading all my books, learning all I want to learn and now I am learning to blog. You will often find my original poems, poor as they are I offer them here. I also appreciate other people art and will feature things I find that I have enjoyed. That includes pictures of fairies and fantasy or maybe just anything beautiful.
I try to use my own photo's as much as possible, sometimes I borrow from the web. If I inadvertently use your picture without giving credit, please do let me know and I will either credit or remove it, I hope you will do the same with mine.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

RECENT ACTIVITY,,,,,,

I have not really had much chance to do much in the way of painting or crafts recently. What with the flooded basement Dans surgery with Danielle staying for a few days. Then this past week Gabby and Tony stayed because her car was being fixed. So everything has been a mess and somewhat in an upheaval with Cooper around 24/7.
I did manage to get my friend Edna's old saw finished finally after many years of being lost in my basement.
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That thing is huge and its also very sharp. She may put it up in her cabin in the U.P
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I am so glad that is out of the way. I did start a new journal but have somewhat lost my enthusiasm. I think I will try to improve this spatter method, I have a few ideas.
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I am still enjoying Zentangles. They are never done, I can always go back and add more, they are very relaxing,,,,doodling.
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Just regular old bits and bobs, nothing special to offer
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Not much here
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Thats enough mediocrity. I will be getting this blog printed and so don't want too much here that I don't want otherts to see (smile)
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Blue Room.............

I finally got around to getting some pictures. After the flood in the basement.......It was prior to this the library with a bed in it. The girls liked the room when they stayed here because of all the books in the room, and all being book lovers. However. It is now a nice bright room.
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I didn't buy anything to decorate the room except for a couple of plates. The rest I already had.
The bottom quilt I already had in Alex's room (the lavender room) The floral pillow covers were an old set we didn't use as the sheets didn't fit on the beds right. The pillow is one I found at a thrift shop last weekend. The other quilt is an old one. The shelves were given to me by a friend and I got that and the furniture out of Tristens room. He was breaking the drawers by sitting in them or whatever 4 year olds do.
The glass balls were already here, mixed in with my other collections. I grabbed everything blue from several other rooms including mine. I love blue but it didn't fit anywhere till now.
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The chair is covered with one of the sheets that match the pillow cases. The plates I got a long time ago at a thrift shop and never had a place for them
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This one I wanted to show the hand knitted blanket. I got that at a garage sale. How can people get rid of things like that. It was in perfect, unused condition when I bought it years ago.The bear is wearing
a crochet collar I made. There are two white bears on the bed that are Tristens from when he was born.
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This plate I got last weekend at a thrift shop. I suppose I am paying too thrifty dollars for the plates at 6 to 7 dollars but its to a good cause and they are there, what can I say. The lamp I got for 6.99 and it was just what I wanted for that corner. Trouble is it doesn't work, it needs a rewire. Still it looks good for now, or at least it looks how I wanted it to. The wall light was the original light in the room as its a dropped ceiling. We cant put a proper one in as all the pipes are up there.
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The plate on the wall I bought recently at an antique shop. Got it for 1/2 off and there is a small round one somewhere I bought to go with it. Just have to find it. The quilt rack is holding another blue quilt that was in the other room before Dan moved in. That was the blue room before then. When he moves out I will be doing that room a different colour. Meanwhile I have a bunch of stuff packed away and when I find that I will find a place to put it. I have some shelves I can paint white/cream and finish off this room.
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My friend Nancy gave me the pitcher and bowl. There is more to do in there but it can wait until I find what I already have. While I am showing the downstairs I will show you the doors. When we remodeled we kept all the old doors. The blue room has our old back door with the window in it. There is a lace curtain for privacy. The door to the furnace room is from our old porch and the other door is an old back door also.
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The lace curtains all came from my mums house. She had a bunch accumulate over the years so when we closed up the house I brought them all back with me. They are in different rooms throughout the house.
You may think it looks like the lavender room, Alex's room but if you go back and look you will see its not anything like it. I still have plates to hang in that room. I want to paint some pictures for this room yet.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mothering Sunday....UK.

In England Mothering Sunday Is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent. It is actually a Christian holiday. Children and young people who were "in service" were given a day off on that date so they could visit their families and go back to their local church. The children would pick wild flowers along the way to place in the church or give to their mothers. Eventually, the religious tradition evolved into the Mothering Sunday secular tradition of giving gifts to mothers. That was what I found on Wikipedia. It has been tradition since the 16th century.
America celebrates at a different time, sometime in May and maybe that's because it has never been a Christian holiday here? More a Hallmark holiday?  photo 4ff62f36-dab5-4ac7-943a-c76233f9aec9_zpsd93d4311.jpg
My mother has been gone now since 1991. She was 71. When I first began work, or I should say when I earned my own money I would often go to Luton market and buy her flowers. This was my favourite combination. Blue Iris and Mimosa. I have never seen Mimosa in the US. I am sure you can grow it in warmer climates than Michigan.
Once I got over here I could never remember Mothers day because here it's in May so it was difficult to remember. Thats not a good reason really. I suppose if I am honest I never really felt like remembering it too often. I don't want to say that we were not close, but........a lot of times we were not. Some day I may write about that. Not today though. Today I am remembering Mothering Sunday and saying thank you for all the good things that we did have. We who are Mothers know that it is not an easy job being a Mother, often thankless. It's easy to remember the things that were wrong in relationships but there really is no point in that. Children do not come with a manual and I believe most Mothers do the best they can within their own personality and life experiences. I know that now my children are grown, now I have gained more life experiences and learned more about life and relationships and how they effect others, I can sympathise more with choices my own Mother made. I can see her as a woman who was not happy in her own life. Well anyway.............Happy Mothering Sunday to all Mothers everywhere. Be Happy.........even if you don't get breakfast in bed or receive flowers and chocolates. Celebrate it yourself you deserve it.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Ambrosia Salad.............

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I have never made ambrosia salad before. I have made cool whip deserts with pistachio and cool whip and marshmallows but not this recipe.
It was awesome. It called for pasta and it was rather weird to think of pasta in a desert. Then I thought about tapioca. SO I bought all the ingredients I would need to make it.
You will need..........

1 Cup of sugar
2 tblesp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup pineapple juice (reserved from cans)
2 eggs
1 tblesp lemon juice
1 cup of tiny pasta cooked and drained. I used Acini de pepe but you could use the tiny stars.
3 11oz cans of mandarin oranges (drained)
2 20oz cans of pineapple tidbits (drained)
1 20oz can of crushed pineapple. (drained)
2 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 cup of coconut flakes
1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream (whipped)
1/4 cup plus 1 tblesp of powdered sugar.
Directions..........
Open and drain the pineapples. Keep the juice. Open and drain the oranges.
In a medium sauce pan combine the pineapple juice (1 3/4 cups) flour, sugar and salt. Medium heat. Whip in 2 eggs. Boil stirring constantly 1 or 2 mins. The sauce will thicken. When it has thickened remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juuce,
Set aside to cool.

Cook the pasta, drain and set aside.

In a large bowl combine the pineapple and oranges (drained) coconut and pasta (when cool) add marshmallows then pour the cooled sauce over and mix well.

With an electric whisk whip the cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks appear. Make it really thick. Then fold into the fruit mixture. Cool overnight in the fridge.

The pasta really makes it special. I just loved this desert and so did everyone else. It didn't last long.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lasagna ......

I was shopping for pasta today and I thought we had not had Lasagna for a long time. SO that is what we had for supper. I made a quick version. I would normally make my own sauce but used a spaghetti sauce instead. So this is what I used....
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I sprayed the dish first this time around, I put some sauce on the bottom and then a layer of noodles. I used Ragu with mushrooms adding some chives and parsley and garlic salt I added that to cooked hamburger. I always use Angus beef and not really hamburger. I would normally make my own sauce from scratch but wanted a quick dinner this time.
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I then added some of the meat mix to the noodles. Then another layer of noodles
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Next a layer of cheese, Ricotta. I sometimes use cottage cheese as well but this time I didn't, I put in some mozzarella instead.
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It's really a matter of just layering everything until its all used up. Then on the top a good thick layer of Mozzarella cheese
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Bake at 350 until the cheese is brown and crunchy. Yum, cheese.
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Its delicious
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Salmon patties..........

Yesterday we had some really nice Salmon for supper. I cooked asparagus and Portabella mushrooms with some sweet peppers and rice. Well there was a lot left over even after 4 hungry adults had their way with it. So today I could not let that go to waste. I cooked up and mashed some potatoes and mixed that with the Salmon.
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The salmon was cooked with chives and a few onions and seasoning so I really didn't need to add anything to it for seasoning. I tasted it and it was good. I could have just eaten the bowl full just as it was.
Next I rolled handfuls into bread crumbs mixed with Parmesan cheese. Now this Panko breadcrumbs is great stuff. I will have to get some more and see what other flavours they have.
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This one is Italian Herb and I put the cheese in with it. Rolled the patties in it and put them on a baking sheet. Oven 350 took longer than I expected.
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I made the patties quite big and had plenty of breadcrumbs on them.
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I had enough to make two batches. Two trays
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Next time I would fry them, they would be a bit crunchier on the outside. This way though, no grease. They were good and very tasty. I have enough for at least another meal and maybe a lunch. As they are already baked it wont take long.





Monday, March 10, 2014

More thrifties............

One of the things I have been collecting is plates. We stopped at the thrift store where I found my other bargains. These are 4 of the plates that I got this time. These I do think I will use in the garden, not yet sure how. But I have found some nice blue and white ones that I am thinking I will use in the new blue bedroom when its done.There are two with Lavender on them and so I am thinking that I will attach those to something to put in the Lavender pots.
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This is what I have made so far with what I got last time. It will be a bird bath for the front garden maybe.....I may add to it but not yet sure.
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Some of the things I found this time were blue and white.
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So what do I do with these?
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All of those combinations......but I think I may keep it inside and make it into a plant holder.
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I think I like the big plate on the top and to use it to hold a plant like an ivy or something like that. What do you think?
I also found this sweet little tea pot. This also may stay inside. I am going to try hard to lighten up my colours at some point. My olive dining room needs to be a lighter green and although I will keep my same colours through the house, I need to repaint and I want to go lighter.

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I also found this little tin angel who will live outside. Probably as a part of one of my creations.
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Well.........this has to stop. I could buy garden ornaments already made for what I have spent at the thrift stores. Then again, I now have a collection of blue plates and they will make a nice wall display for the new blue bedroom.


Lavender Garden Cottage
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Garlic Bread.......

A few weeks ago (before the flood) I made some bread. I froze the French bread for later. I had not thought it through and just made bread. Well yesterday I made chili. I got the bread out of the freezer and made garlic bread to go with the Chili.
It was sooooooo good.
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I mixed some butter, garlic, garlic powder and parmesan cheese together and spread it on the bread. I sliced the bread through the middle, opened it up and spread it. I baked at 350 till almost done and then grilled it for 5 mins until golden and crunchy.
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I then cut it into chunks to go with the chili.
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The Chili was awesome, I don't care if I do say so myself but I make awesome chili, everyone says so...........
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I was so full, I wished I could eat more but phew.......I couldn't eat another crumb.