Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Holiday Treasures

Are you like me and have special family pieces that only come out during the holidays?  Why is that?
Two or three times a year I'll dig out Grandma's china or the chip and dip service...never during the year.
Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  That's it.  The china cabinet gets emptied and the captives are freed.
I love the special pieces, you know...the ones with memories attached.  I guess that's why we pamper them, shield them, everything short of diaper them...although some cotton shielding may be a good idea in some cases......

Anyway, here are a few of my treasures.  I figure if they aren't allowed to see the light of day but three times a year, I may as well give them a little surrogate exposure.

This is my mom's chip and dip set.  I'm pretty sure it was a wedding present my folks received in the mid-1950's.  I love it and the color is sublime.  She gifted it to me last year.  Thanks mom!

This is a piece of Vaseline Glass, also known as Uranium Glass, that I inherited from my grandmother.  I like it for olives...black on one side and green on the other.  It's my baby.

This is a stack of my grandmother's china.  My aunt reserved it for me after Grandma's passing and I adore her for thinking of me.  I have the whole set.  I love, love, love it.  It usually makes an appearance at Easter and Christmas.  Somehow it doesn't seem terribly Thanksgiving-y to me.

And last, but not least in my husband's eyes, is the enormous coffee maker he received by way of his grandmother.  As a kid, this is the type of percolator I remember our church kitchen utilized to serve the throngs during coffee and visitation time.  It makes a mighty large quantity of coffee and we've given it a second chance at life in our home during the holiday seasons.  Hubby is the chief barista.

There are more goodies in my stash, and I may grow a brain and remember to photograph the lot next time they are out.  For now, this is a start.

Maybe my New Year's Resolution should have been to use the 'holiday treasures' more often during the year....uh...well....some year....in the future....maybe....
Um....never mind.
Diapers please....

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sprouting!

 (For starters...I am in no way affiliated with the producers of the product below, just wanted to share a good, cheap find with y'all and something I enjoy!  This is not a tutorial rather a review.)

Recently I decided that I'd like to give sprouting another chance.  I say another because I used to grow my own sprouts and gave it up, mostly the fault of a horrible sprouter (me?).  So I went to the Internet and started poking around and this is what I found...Easy Sprout.

It makes the most beautiful sprouts.  Much, much better than you'll find in your local grocery store.

Easy Sprout comes with everything you need except a recommended mesh bag.  They suggest using an old onion/potato bag, which works really well, or nylons.  What you do is place the sprouter in the bag, spin it around a dozen times or so and through it's drainage system, it spins off any excess water off through centrifugal force.  Why didn't I ever think of that?

I use alfalfa, radish and broccoli seeds for sprouting.  Sometimes alone and sometimes mixed in different combinations.
Left to right, top to bottom...
Alfalfa, Broccoli
Radish, Mixed seeds (a purchased mix of clover, alfalfa, fenugreek, & radish)

With the cost of groceries rising and summer warmth on the way (to aid the sprouting process), I think it's definitely something you should consider trying.  It's super fast, simple, tasty and economical...all wins!!
Here is a link to the Amazon site where I found my sprouter or check your local health food store.  In my book , it gets two solid thumbs up.
Now this is my idea of "going green"...

Friday, April 8, 2011

Savannah's Curtsy, Update One

Good grief March was a busy month.  I just don't know where the time went.  One minute roaring in like a lion and the next limping out like a wounded zebra, which by the way was totally beat up by big bad old lion.  Bad lion.

I thought I'd post monthly updates to "Savannah's Curtsy"...thought it would be fun watching the progress...but it's already proving harder than I'd expected. 
1.  The stairs are now my enemy...knees you know...and the computer is (guess where) in the basement.
2.  I pull the photos off my camera, pile them in folders on the computer and then as the month goes on, I've found I lost some of the original moments excitement and thoughts.  H-m-m, that's not suppose to happen.

So before Savannah breaks her poor little back, here we go...
This is where I was on March 7th...
A lot more of the skirt was added.  My favorite bits are the pretty little swirls made with the Kreinik Metallic Threads.


 I love copper...as I think I already mentioned in the OPI post.  The swirls are suppose to be stitched in #8 Fine Braid, but I only had #4 Very Fine Braid in my stash, so that is what I used.  Ends up I think it worked out for the best.  The #8 Braid would have been to "thick" for the skirt swirls.
After thinking it through, I bought the #8 braids and will use them in the "Welcome" that streams over her head...as intended in the pattern.


March 17th....
During these 10 days our girl got an arm and more skirt!

When I do backstitching that covers 'odd' number spaces, I will lay down a piece of scotch tape as a guide to help me get straighter stitches.

March 27th....
Savannah gets ahead!!! Sounds better than Savannah gets a head, doesn't it?!?

Now you can see where the beads will be placed in her hair!

Things are moving along at a pretty good clip, faster than I expected and my "scrap thread jar" is filling quickly.

I'm hoping to get a lot more skirt done over the next month and her other arm.  Now that my daughter is safely off on her new adventure, I should have more time...
This is not a good way to get more time....