Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I Made It! Cookies

I Made it Monday; I Photographed it Tuesday

I alluded to making cookie of the month club for my grandmothers last Christmas but haven't actually said much about that project. I could not for the life of me come up with gift ideas for these old ladies last December. Nothing. And then my aunt was complaining about how Maggie eats nothing but cookies and I thought, "Eureka!" Which is probably not what she wanted me to think. She wanted me to think about how to get complete nutrition into her without resorting to Ensure.

So every month for the past year I've made cookies. These here were supposed to be applesauce cookies. (I do try to up the nutritional content occasionally.) We had opened a giant jar that we didn't want to go to waste. And then while it was waiting to be made into cookies, it moldered.

So these are Reese's Chewy Chocolate Cookies (those are peanut butter chips). I took the picture this morning, but the weather is horrible. Go look at the pretty cookies on the Hershey's site. I'll wait.

Here are the recipes I've made so far this year in case you were looking for cookies to make. (I'm looking at you, Sweetpea.)

January: Toffee Bit cookies
February: banana cookies (Fanny Farmer)
March: pineapple and pistachio cookies (Fanny Farmer)
April: Laura Bush's Cowboy cookies (small size)
May: koulourakia* I cheated; my cousin made them!
June: White chocolate chip--I used Ghirardelli chips, but I don't remember which recipe. (In fact, my aunt had to check the letter I sent my grandmother to see what they were because I forgot June all together.) I think oatmeal may have been involved, but nuts were not.
July: Lime Meltaways
August: Nutella Kiss (Maggie says, the best yet!)

*a Greek shortbread, style cookie.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Flashback Friday: Interior Decorating

May we exhort such of our readers as have no pictures hanging in their rooms, to put one up immediately? We mean in their principal sitting-room--in all their rooms, if possible, but at all events in that one. No matter how costly, or the reverse, provided they see something in it, and it gives them a profitable or pleasant thought. Some may allege that they have "no taste for pictures;" but they have a taste for objects to be found in pictures--for trees, for landscapes, for human beauty, for scenes of life; or if not for all these, yet surely for some one of them; and it is highly useful for the human mind to give itself helps [sic] towards taking an interest in things apart [sic] from its immediate cares or desires. They serve to refresh us for their better conquest or endurance; to render sorrow unselfish; to remind us that we ourselves, or our own personal wishes , are not the only objects in the world; to instruct and elevate us, and put us in a fairer way of realizing the the good opinions which we would all fain entertain of ourselves, and in some measure do; to make us compare notes with other individuals, and with nature at large, and correct our infirmities at their mirror by modesty and reflection--in short, even the admiration of a picture is a kind of religion or additional tie on our consciences, and rebinding of us (for such is the meaning of the word religion) to the greatness and goodness of nature.
"Put Up a Picture in Your Room," Leigh Hunt. Godey's Magazine and Lady's Book; Jan 1848; vol 36, p 54.

WOW! Who knew interior decoration was so important? I'm pretty sure I don't have to exhort you to put up pictures in your homes, although it did take me almost a year to put some up in my office.

This one:
Cape Neddick Light

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Smalls SAL: Baby Edition

My entries into the Smalls SAL. Please forgive the horrible retouching; it's there to protect the babies' privacy, and I did it on my phone. 

I don't know what was up with my math skills on this but I stitched both baby names (over one!) twice because I simply could not align them. And I'm not certain that Sugar Rea's is centered. (The dude says it is fine.) I also had to do the year twice on both. Sigh. 

I'm taking them to the LNS this Saturday to have them finished. Just too cute to leave a heart-shape in my incapable hands. This is a Lizzie*Kate pattern called 1st Christmas. Every time I saw the cover photo of the couple's first Christmas ornament with "The Thompson's" I went nuts. It should be "The Thompsons" (plural, not possessive). Even if you were implying that it was the Thompsons' Christmas tree that the ornament was hanging on or the Thompsons' house it was in or that it was the Thompsons' ornament it would have to be both plural and possessive. It's only Thompson's if you are talking about one Thompson, and since it is "Our First Christmas" ornament, well, I hope you get the idea by now.

You can get more information on this stitchalong hosted by Heather at the Stitching Lotus by clicking on the badge in the sidebar. You can get links to the other stitchers' (see what I did there?) posts here.

Monday, September 22, 2014

I Made It: Seattle

I've been in Seattle all week for a work conference. The dude and I had one day to see the sights. Actually he had almost a week, and he made use of it. I saw the inside of the Westin...

So what I made this weekend was a photograph and good use of my time.

I did get some stitching done, and I'm excited to share that with you on Wednesday for the Smalls SAL. Until then!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Flashback Friday: Knitting Muffatees

Knitting has been called the friend of the blind, and is certainly the friend of the aged, as it affords the most easy and graceful employment in which they can be engaged. Then it is a really useful art both for the rich and poor. Knit garments are warmer and more durable than woven. Knitting can be done at times when no other work could be taken up, and during the long winter evenings what a host of useful things can be made by the industrious fingers!--caps, cuffs, comforters, shawls, spencers, stockings, tippets, gloves, mittens. And then what stores of ornamental articles does it afford! What beautiful purses, bags and beadwork will knitting produce! We are sure of the thanks of all ladies, young as well as old, for calling their attention to this useful and elegant branch of female art, and also for the assistance our illustrations will prove. No other periodical attends to these things.
Ladies Work Department--Knitting
Godey's Magazine and Lady's Book Feb 1847; 34, p110.

Photo used by permission of Adrienne Martini, Martini Made
The article goes on to explain the terms used in knitting and gives general tips before providing several patterns for baby's and children's stockings, two muffs and a pair of muffatees. We know the latter today as fingerless mitts. But I demand my friends who knit fingerless mittens start calling them muffatees. Save the muffatees!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday: Thistle

It's still very much Wednesday here in Seattle (I'm at a conference for work). This is the thistle project that I had hoped to give to my MIL in August. As you can see, I'm still working on this one. There's always Christmas!

The last time I showed it to you (but not the last time I worked on it) was April.

This project is so 90s, at least it feels that way to me with all the careful rows of specialty stitches. Was this sort of sampler bigger back then, or is it just my imagination?

Long day of sitting in presentation after presentation. And jet lag. I think I'm in need of a lie down...

Want to link up to others posting their progress on Wednesdays? Check out Sharon B's Work in Progress Wednesdays at Pintangle.

Monday, September 15, 2014

I Made It: Same-Sex

A friend asked me to make a gift card holder for her friends' wedding. The boys are getting married. You can imagine that Stampin' Up! hasn't jumped on the bandwagon. (I think they should make the bride and groom stamps separate so you can use two grooms or two brides if the occasion warrants.) It's hard enough to make masculine cards, but a masculine wedding card? I thought and thought and came up with this:
The ampersand comes from a set of letters I bought at a specialty stamping store about ten years ago. But I'm sure such a thing is easy enough to find. The DSP is Stampin' Up! from about four years ago but I'll be damned if I can remember the name of it. 

Inside, the clinking glasses are from "Cheers to You" and the greeting comes from {a set I will have to check on when I get home} Sincere Salutations. The Starbucks gift card is in there just to show how this card works. When you open it, the gift pops up. Cute, right? You can find the video instructions here.

Thanks to Pamela of Hokkaido Kudasai for giving me the One Lovely Blog Award. Pamela stitches and quilts while learning Japanese and teaching English in Japan. If you thought our American winter was long, you should definitely go back and see how she spent the winter on Japan's northernmost island! (If you guessed ass-deep in snow, you'd have underestimated by a few feet.)

I need to tell you seven things about myself:
1. I seriously don't understand how people do not know dragged is a word. "I dragged my ass to work today." NOT "I drug myself to work." (Unless, of course, you are a stripper or a prostitute or some other worker who has to take drugs in order to do your job. Then, yes, you drug yourself to work.)
2. I majored in English, taught English, and am happily a pedant.
3. And yet, I can't spell to save my life.
4. I can taste recipes when I read them.
5. I have two different feet--one's had bunion surgery.
6. I love making lists.
7. I'm a Libra through and through, and I hate to choose. So you will have to forgive me for not passing this along. (Also a rule breaker!)