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.
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

sketch book pages........................

This blog was supposed to be about things that I enjoy. Be it my art work, things I collect or that I make. Sometimes there is not a lot to talk about. I am always doing something, but I don't always have much to show. I can show a few pages that are probably almost done. They are never really done because I keep adding stuff that fit in small spaces. I will just post the pages with out a lot of comment because the pages are full of words.
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That was obviously unfinished.
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There will be a few that I will post and as before, these are just ideas, sketches and for practice. Not sure exactly what the purpose is anymore but I am hooked on doing this.
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I am not sure why I bother putting them on a blog, probably because I don't have much else going right now.
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I have quite a few more to go so hang in there
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The bee is not finished
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I am using the quotes that I find and put on here to do some Memes for Facebook.
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I have always liked to find quotes, I have done it since I was a kid. Back then it was a notebook or paper clippings that I kept.
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Just a few more, I didn't realize I had completed so many pages.
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Thats it so far, I will try to not leave it so long so the post is shorter next time. Actually I don't know why I am even doing this.
The next picture is one where I had no plan, I was just doing a sky and the rest sort of happened with no purpose..............I am not sure what to do with it. I may cut part off and see if I can make a picture
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Maybe this piece?
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Or this one.
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No, maybe not. Oh well, that's maybe a rip it up one. Anyway, thats that for today. Hopefully something less tedious next time.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sewing and stuff...................

Oh boy, not a lot going on around here, same old, same old. Edna and I went to lunch on Thursday and after that we stopped at some resale/thrift stores. Not much going on there either. I found two things. One a pair of pink glasses that I will use to put my beach stones in. The other a sugar bowl.
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Nothing really exciting.
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Later though we stopped at our friends quilt shop. I really didn't want to buy anything. I had been sorting fabric for Edna to pick some pieces for a quilt she is making. She took the stuff that worked for her and I left everything on the table. I hope to get to doing some sewing this week. Although all the work I was going to catch up on this weekend didn't get done. So.....that's debatable.
I really must get some sewing done, I must, I must.
Anyway, while Edna was looking for things to finish her quilt I looked around and saw (oh no) a panel I had wanted to buy. SO I did. It goes with a fabric I already had. Chickadees. I have a load of other fabrics, like pine cones and pine trees and so on that I can also use with Chickadees for my house.
The panel is more Christmas themed but, well I will be lucky if it's done by Christmas anyway haha.
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When Tristen was here at the weekend I asked if he would like me to make him some pillow cases and he said yes. So, I had bought some fabric to do that for him and will now give me some incentive to get cracking maybe. Also I promised Gabrielle an apron for when she is baking. I have plenty to do. I need to finish off all the quilts I had going last year and get them to Barb when she gets back from Florida so she has plenty of time to work on those. Once out of my house I am not worried how long she takes to fit them in with her regular work. I will then have gifts on hand for whatever comes up. Woo Hoo.
I also want to make tote bags for everyone and Laura wants a lunch bag. I should make one for Robert too.
Yes, I need to get sewing.
Maybe I need to let the house go a bit more, do a little at a time instead of worrying about cobwebs and such?
My African Violets are beginning to bloom and so is the Geranium that sits in the Kitchen Window.
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One job this week needs to be re-potting a lot of my plants. They need food too. Some of the Violets are not looking so good at the moment. They are getting old as well so need some care.
While we were out we stopped at The Red Dresser. That's a favourite place to get ideas for hand crafted things, I very seldom get out without buying something. They moved so we wanted to check out the new location. Well, one thing I saw and liked was 60 dollars. Phew!!! nice but way over priced I thought.
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One idea was a cover for a soda can, nice and simple and for me practical. I may make a few of those. I have to laugh at myself, yes that will get done (most unlikely haha) I am full of good intentions and ideas.
Just look at this mess
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Oh its all sorted but I just have to get this fabric under control. I have a whole cupboard full of fabric and then loads of baskets of fat quarters and scraps. Shut up woman and get sewing.I really must, this week. Really.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pineapple sheet cake..........

Using a yellow cake mix as the base I made this super Pineapple sheet cake. I don't normally make the ones in the flat pans, I like round cakes best but figured I would have a go. It sounded good and I was not disappointed.


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Ingredients
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I box of Yellow Cake Mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 can 8oz of Pineapple crushed with juice. (I used a 20 oz can because you will use another 8oz for topping)

Topping
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1 can 8oz of crushed pineapple (see above)
1 8OZ package of cream cheese, softened
1 cup of granulated sugar
pinch of salt
1 - 2 teasp of vanilla
1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream.

Instructions
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Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Spray a 9 X 13 pan.
In a large bowl
Mix together the cake mix, eggs, oil, and 8oz of pineapple with juice
Mix well.
Pour into the sprayed pan and bake bake for 20 to 25 mins, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool

Meanwhile make the frosting

Whip the cream until stiff peaks form.
Mix together cream cheese and sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth.
Fold in the whipped cream.

When the cake is cool frost the cake and then spread the remainder of the pineapple over the frosting.

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Make the frosting

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Frost the cake
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Put the remaining pineapple on top of the frosting
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Does it look good yet?
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It tastes good too

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I used one recipe for the cake, called Pineapple Sunshine cake. I used a different recipe for the frosting and so I renamed it.
The frosting recipe that came with the cake called for 1 8oz whipped topping and a small box vanilla pudding. 18oz can crushed pineapple. As I did not have either of those on hand. I found the other one that I used (above) I liked it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cranberry, walnut, oatmeal Cookies.........

I have two bags of Cranberries left over from Thanksgiving. I need to use them up so, first off I made another batch of mini loaves. I used the yellow cake mix recipe again. I did mess up, I used two sticks of butter instead of one and that instead of the oil. Well I think I will go back to the oil, I am not sure the butter made a lot of difference but when taking out from the pans, they stuck. So my loaves were a little battered. Still I frosted them and they taste great so no worry. I just want them to look good next time.
So, the cookies I made were Oatmeal, Cranberry, Walnut. Sounded good so here we go.
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Cranberry, Oatmeal, Walnut Cookies
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2/3 cup of butter softened
2/3 cup of brown sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup of oats (Instant)
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teasp cinnamon
1 teasp baking soda
1/2 teasp Sea salt
1 cup of dried cranberries (I used fresh diced in the food processor )
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup of white choc chips (I didn't have any so used Hershey's toffee chips.)
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Preheat the oven to 375
In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and brown sugar with vanilla until fluffy
Beat in the eggs
Add the oats and mix well.
Stir in the flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon.
Add the walnuts, cranberries and choc chips (whatever flavour you desire) mix to combine.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a non greased cookie sheet
Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Should be lightly browned on bottom.
Makes about 18 or so.

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I thought that they didn't look very pretty. So I added some left over frosting from my loaves.
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They certainly tasted good so I left some unfrosted for me. My husband does not like (so he says) Cranberries. Well with the frosting he will like them.