Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tiger's Eye Bracelet purchase

See http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=14816982 for a recent purchase. This piece of jewelry is well made, was shipped quickly, was wrapped very attractively...this was a quality transaction all the way. I hope this etsy seller does very well! And I love the bracelet...have wanted something made with a tiger's eye gem, and something made using copper for a long time now, and then I spotted both in one interesting piece!

Busy Month!

I see my last post was early this month....time flies when you're having fun! Or as the frog so aptly put it... time's fun when you're having flies! So, I've been busy with sewing, treasure hunting in town, one of the adult female goats became developed paralysis and was unable to use her legs (ultimately we had to say goodbye), my computer developed a motherboard malfunction and I was reduced to using an older laptop for days (as hardships go that wasn't on the top of the list, but it did really cramp my style until the new computer got here and was set up...I could not access my favorites or get to my photos), doing a bit of gardening here and there. Now, there are LOTS of pix to take of items that I plan to get into my etsy store/s. And Saturday is the upcoming handmade craft sale here in town where I'll be having my first etsy booth. if that is a positive experience we may be having it on a monthly basis...time will tell! Gotta go and convert some of those creative ideas into real objects! See you!

Monday, March 9, 2009

What's for Dinner Tonight?

We had a guest from St. Louis over the weekend, and consequently some leftover food. Sooo...it seemed like the perfect time for a casserole! First, I lined the dish with filling made using Pepperidge whole wheat bread he brought along, using eggs from my very own free range chickens, then layered corn, peas, two containers of mashed potatoes, potatoes au gratin, grilled chicken, and last but not least chicken gravy... and then at the last minute topped it off with onion slices. As the saying goes...the proof is in the pudding! The cake is a chocolate lavender cake (that was an experiment that will require some more trials), and my favorite color roses. And the cake saver was a yard sale discovery!

Snug as a Bug in a Wicker Chair

This little wicker chair has become one of our tiger's favorite curling up spots. When he adopted us last year he was thin, with very sparse hair, and still had a kitten face. He's full grown now and has thick fur...and knows how to yank my chain, although I am learning just how and when he does that!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Lavender Pound Cake recipe

This cake cake recipe has become a favorite with me! Lavender Pound Cake: 2 and 1/4 cup sifted all purpose flour, 2 cups granulated sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 3 eggs, 1 cup room temperature butter, 8 0z. lemon yogurt (I use plain yogurt and add lemon zest), 2 TBLPS. lavender buds Combine: Place all ingredients into a large bowl, blend at low speed, then beat 3 minutes at med. speed. Pour into a bundt pan and bake at 325* 50-60 minutes. Check for doneness, then remove from oven and let sit for 5 min., then invert onto plate. Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar 1 TBLPS melted butter 3-4 tsp. lemon juice

My Crush on Fabric!

I am lovin' on this 3 yard remnant of Concord Fabrics by the Kesslers!...also from yesterday's trip to the "big city".

Saturday, March 7, 2009

In the Bag!

This piece of fabric "In the Bag" by Alexander Henry was the most exciting find on today's foray into the "big city". I listed six fat quarters on both my etsy stores. I'm going to have a lot of fun opening the goodie bag that looks as if it came from the very back corners of someone's sewing room. I do see a number of wooden thread spools, for starters!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Pygmy Goats

Here's a pic of the twin pygmy goats, Roger and Heather, and their mother Nellie. They are several weeks old here, maybe even a month already. Goats are very nimble. The baby goats were already gamboling on the sloped banks of the pond on their first day!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Follow up on the miniature egg...

That little egg was so adorable I really meant to keep it around for a few days in a saucer on the kitchen counter top as minimalist art. One of the cats had a completely different idea about that! Last evening I found it broken on the floor, and Jimmy the dog happily scarfed it down. I did see that it had a tiny little yolk proportionate to the size of the egg. Aren't digital cameras great, though, for saving memories!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

AH! A reading nook of one's very own!

Here's my very own reading nook! The chair is a yard sale find. Someday, I may find an irresistible piece of fabric and decide to take the leap back into time and reupholster the chair, but for now I find it very loveable, soiled and worn as it is!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Miniature Chicken Egg!

This afternoon I went out to the chicken house to check for eggs, and feed and water the chickens, and discovered the little egg! Fred tells me it has no yolk. I think it is just too cute!

Folk figures collection

I fell in love with these folk figures last year. One by one the collection is accumulating. These are yard sale finds, and that is how I hope to continue with the additions.