Friday, February 29, 2008

Last Day

OK it is the last day of February, my last "thing a day". It has been a wonderfully creative month, a kick in the butt to be more creative every day, and look at the things that I do on a daily basis with fresh eyes. Can't wait until next February.


For today I worked on Mandala ATCs for an upcoming trade. This was difficult for me. I had nothing but a circle to start with and no inspiration. But I did manage to create 6. Here they are:


Thursday, February 28, 2008

Day 28

So close to the end. I am knitting a shrug which is a little bigger project and will probably take me a couple more days. I was hoping to have it done to show as a "thing of the day" but don't think I will make it in time. Today I made some earrings. I have a few loose larger beads that are "left overs" from other projects, so I am working them into earrings.


















Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Stomp

We went last night, with some friends, to see Stomp. We have been looking forward to this for months, and couldn't wait for tickets to go online. We kept checking the web site just waiting for their Charlotte performance. And the show lived up to all expectations. It was spectacular. Just so much energy, such a dynamic performance from these young people. So full of excitement. It was 2 hours of straight performance, high energy, high speed.

We have seen quite a few performances of different varieties, and I am filled with joy each and every time I see the look on the boys' faces. Just in such awe, totally captivated. Well worth the price of admission, so look for Stomp near you.

Thing 27


Today was a quick and easy day. I had some left over crochet cotton and I needed a couple more dishcloths so that is what I did, made a couple.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Fear and Change

Along the lines of change I have been thinking about this quote this morning:

Brilliant, Talented and Fabulous
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us.It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own Light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marrianne Williamson
Making change, fear that I am powerful beyond measure....hmmmm

Thing 26

OK just a few days left. I finished the pair of socks I was working on. I made stripes. I was watching a friend of mine and she was doing stripes so I decided to try it. It is nice to be able to sit and knit with a friend. And actually it has been nice enough outside that we could sit and knit and watch the kids play outside, just a nice time. Anyway back to my thing of the day....my socks....

Becoming New


Today's Daily Soul Retreat, well actually yesterday's but I read it today, was interesting. I have been thinking about changes, and the best ways to go about making change etc. So this hit me at just the right time, and I thought I would share it with you. It is Becoming New:Using Your Six Senses to Empower Your Progress by Bonnie Gold Bell


Here is an excerpt:

"You have powerful tools for making progress right in your own hands—and your eyes, nose, mouth, ears and heart. By actively using all six of your senses, you can harness great energy for moving forward and be filled with pleasure in the process. Whether you need to make progress in healing or in realizing other goals, your senses are your inborn allies. ...


Using your senses to become new involves drawing in the beauty-essence of the natural world through each sensory channel. For instance, you can take in the sight of a colorful rose, inhale its scent and touch its soft petals. The uplifting beauty-essence of the flower is really the active agent, and your senses are the means by which you absorb that essence. Input from the senses triggers the organic messaging system that activates responses in your body, mind and spirit. Both modern science and sacred science confirm this effect. We are constantly responding to the sensory stimuli around us. When what we take in feels good to us, it alters our state toward health and optimum functioning...."


How very true this is, and I do focus on surrounding myself with the things I love, but to take the time to actually take them in and process all of it is a gift I need to explore.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Thing 25




Well I almost have another pair of socks finished, working on the toe on the last sock right now. But I need to post my thing for the day by noon, cause I never know what the rest of the day will bring. So today I am posting three ATC magnets I created. This is for a magnet trade I am participating in.

I have had at least a four requests for my bagel recipe.

Here is my recipe, actually I took an existing recipe and tweaked it to suit us.
1 2/3 cup hot water

mix into the water:
3 tsp yeast
3 tbsp (about) honey
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp (about) olive oil

let that sit just a minute then add (I use my kitchen aid stand mixer with the dough hook on it) 1- 1/2 cups whole wheat flour and 3 cups unbleached white flour.

Beat that (again I use the stand mixer) for 10 minutes then let it rise until doubled. Beat it down and let it stand for 15 minutes. Divide dough into 12 balls and stick your thumbs into the center of each ball and form into a bagel shape.

Heat a pan of water (1-2 inches of water) with 1 tbsp sugar and 2 tsp salt added, until it is boiling. Set the bagels into the boiling water and cook on one side for 3 minutes, then flip for 2 minutes and flip again for one more minute. Take them out of the water and blot them on a towel to get the excess water off. Place them on a greased cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes until brown on top.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

24


Not many days left. For today I have more socks, but added cables down the leg of the sock, they turned out cute. The yarn is a wool blend, very comfy and warm.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Thing 23


Socks,

I am having fun making socks this winter. These socks are a wool blend so are washable and really comfy. I am working on a pair of socks for tomorrow's thing as well but these have cables in the body of the sock so they are looking pretty cool right now. We will see how they turn out.


Friday, February 22, 2008

Thing 22

I worked on Soul Collage cards this morning. I finished two.

This one is for Peace

This one is for Wisdom




Thursday, February 21, 2008

Day 21




I have to admit the Thing for Today was not made completely today. I had most of it done a couple of weeks ago, but put the finishing touches on it today and took the picture today. This is one of my favorites. I am hoping to get it on my etsy site soon. It is so soft, and thick, and I made it long enough to wrap around your neck a couple of times, with really cute fringe on the ends.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Thing 20


This thing almost didn't get posted. We have company at the house, and have just been busy. Am going out to do Soul Collage cards tonight so eeked out a couple of minutes to post my socks. They have actually taken me two days to complete but are finished now, and happily residing with a friend. Are they gorgeous. I may have to knit another pair, I love the colors, they remind me of ocean waves and are so soft.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Thing 19


For today I made a pair of earrings. Simple, sterling silver. I think I will wear them to park day today. Working on another pair of socks but those are not finished yet, maybe for tomorrow.

Monday, February 18, 2008

18 Days...18 Things


OK for today I altered something already in existance, LOL. A shirt my friend had, she wanted a dress, so she picked out some bright yellow fabric I had in my stash and I made a dress out of her shirt. I took a picture of the front but in the back is a cute little bow, her mom told me the shirt was a little big around on her so with the bow in the back it can be adjusted. I think it came out cute. When she tries it on I will have at least one more picture for you.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

I'm Keeping Up


Day 17. It is funny how much I do each day, baking is almost a constant. Every day I bake or cook something so I always have that to fall back on as my creation of the day. Yesterday I spent some time with a friend and made a bag for her daughter, one of the coolest girls I know. It came out lovely and exactly the way she wanted. It does have a few pockets inside, has about a 2 inch gusset, and will hold her treasures. Seems the bag she had was not big enough to hold everything she holds dear.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Thing a Day 16


I finished the socks I was working on. Very lush, they are 100% wool, a bit thinner yarn so smaller needles and smaller knit stitches. Very warm and cozy.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Day 15


Today I made a bag out of bags. I picked up the idea from Iggy Jingles Blog and she had a link to the instructions on Gooseflesh blog. Since I have an overabundance of those plastic grocery bags at home, just waiting for some useful purpose, this was perfect. You know I hate to throw these things away, there has to be something to do with piles and piles of plastic grocery bags. I know many people use fabric bags but I shop for a month at a time and have no where near the amount of fabric bags it would take to do that. LOL.

Anyway back to my thing a day. Making the strips of plastic was easy, crocheting with it a bit more difficult than yarn BUT certainly still easy. The bag is a bit stretchy because of the plastic but certianly durable. Thinking it would be great for the beach. May have to make a few more of these.


Thursday, February 14, 2008

Thing a Day #14


Today I am working on a few projects. None complete, so my thing a day is pancakes that I made for the kids that spent the night with my boys last night. They all seem to like pancakes so it goes over well. The recipe is:

1 1/4 C flour
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp bak powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 egg
2 Tbsp oil (I use olive oil)
enough milk to give you the consistency you want (I use silk)


Delicious

Valentine's Day

LOVE,
OK I started out thinking about Love and my relationship with my husband because of the questions at the blog talkers site. Love that I feel for my husband. Can a person love "anyone" or is it someone specific? Is it really love or is it "connection". Is there something inside of each of us that grows with familiarity, connection, memories, life together? If so what about "love at first sight". Does it exist? Is it even possible with no familiarity? Or are we instantly attracted to people who have that familiarity? I have heard from people before that you marry someone like your "father" or "mother".

My husband....I felt an honest, deep attraction for him the moment I met him. I do believe in love at first sight, but what is it that keeps us together, loving, and living a life that is just for us? We do have basic philosophies of life, parenting and living that bring us closer together in some common goals. We do have communication skills that get better each and every day. Is it the work we have put into fostering these commonalities, that helps our love and life together grow in a positive, forward direction? We have worked hard at our relationship, building it, making it stronger. I know it isn't up to me to bring happiness to my husbands life, but in all honesty I want to bring happiness and joy and wonder to his life. He does not require that of me. I give that freely, willingly, joyfully. Do I sacrifice or martyr myself in bringing joy to his life? No, not even a tiny bit. I want to see him happy, and being part of that only enriches my life, and allows him the space and to be exactly who he is, and to see how blessed we are as a couple, a family, a life. In turn, I truly believe he wants the same for me, to be truly who I am in the moment, and live joyfully, being part of that which makes us whole.

Other relationships have been part of my past. Have they felt the same? No. What makes this different? I have no answer for that. My theory is that it does have to do with a certain level of maturity on my part, knowing myself, knowing my wants and needs prior to entering into a relationship. The Universe is glorious, it will bring me exactly what I need. I believe all of my past has made me who I am today, and has brought me to a point where I can meet, feel, accept and give love to this wonderful person, right here and right now. Without all of my past experiences, in this life and beyond this life, I would not be who I am, I would not be prepared and would not be at the point I am now. My gratitude to The Creator.

I feel extremely blessed to have met my husband at a point when I was ready for that relationship. I feel working on living consensually with each other and with our children brings us closer together as a couple each and every day. This week has been a busy one in our lives, and I have not had the time to "shop" for a Valentine's gift, nor did I want to. I want this day to be from my heart, an expression of my love. So this...this is my gift to my husband. Happy Valentine's Day Jackson.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Number 13



OK so for today I made a couple pair of earrings, am working on another pair of socks but they are not finished yet. Will save those for another day. Wanted a couple pair of cute earrings to wear out so I made them. The first is made from swarovski crystals, the second is from polished rock and quartz beads. Love both pair, now to decide which ones to wear today. Maybe one of each. Taking a clear picture of jewelry is difficult, LOL.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Thing a Day 12


I guess I am in a "yarn" mood lately, or maybe it is just because it is chilly here so I want to make soft, cuddly things. Today I made a scarf. Came out cute. Knit with a basket weave pattern and fringe on the ends. Really soft, really warm, great for these chilly days.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Thing a Day 11

OK this isn't something new, I knitted the bag a while ago from the beautiful yarn my husband picked out for me for Christmas. I love the yarn, love him for picking it out especially for me. I have been hesitant to felt the bag, although I made it large because I wanted to try my hand at felting.

So that is my thing for today. The bag is felted. I am not sure that it is done though. I would like to find a fabulous piece of fabric from my stash for a lining. Find just the right closure for the bag and maybe felt the strap a bit more. It still has a bit more "stretch" to it than I would like. But here it is....my fabulous felted bag.....

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Socks


OK today I finished up a pair of socks I started yesterday. Pretty cute, really cozy and warm and oh so soft. Gotta love em.


Saturday, February 9, 2008

Thing a Day 9


OK we have friends over spending some time with us so coming up with time to do things I might really want to do is a challenge. LOL. So I am looking for things we can all do together that we all enjoy. Sculpey would be one of them. So I dug out the sculpey clay, the tools and cleared off my dining room table and we just sat and played. A child or two would join me for a while them move on and another child or two would jump in. It was fun and I made this votive holder. The base is glass so you can really see the light of the candle shining through the clay. Of course getting a picture of that was hard, the picture is a bit blurry but I hope you get the idea, and feel of it. It is out now, I want to save my last votive on hand for tonight, so will relight my candle tonight.

Something so wonderful about candles. I totally enjoy having them around, it really bring a warmth to my rooms, a glow, and I can be so mesmerized watching the flame.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Thing a Day 8


Today was brownies. I love this brownie recipe, it is easy, and tastes so delicious. And today I used dark chocolate cocoa so they have such a cool look. The dark chocolate cocoa with the milk chocolate chips is a wonderful combination, rich taste with a sort of stained glass look when you cut into them.
Here is the recipe:
1 1/2 C sugar
3/4 C Cocoa powder
3/4 C flour
3/4 C chocolate chips
3/4 C butter (I use Earth Balance)
3 eggs
Mix, spread in 9X13 pan, bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting (that is the hardest part)

ENJOY

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Thing a Day 7


Today I knit up a couple of dishcloths. Yes I still have more crochet cotton left, and I wasn't going to make any more dishcloths...but I really liked the colors and wanted something quick to make. Takes about an hour to make one dishcloth, so this project was well within my time constraints of the day. Might put them in my etsy shop, we will see. But aren't they just so delicious looking. Like you could put them in an icrecream cone and eat them.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Thing a Day 6

Today was a pot of chai. I make it weekly, and make 8 cups at a time, keep it in the refrigerator and every morning have a cup mixed with vanilla silk, relax and have a minute to myself before the boys wake up. So today was the day to make a new pot. Forgot to take a picture of it brewing but here is my nice fresh cup, already mixed with silk. If only you could see the luscious swirls of steam rising from my mug.




Here's the recipe:
4-slices of fresh ginger, I cut them as thin as I can
1-cinnamon stick
4-whole cloves
1-tsp powdered cardamom
1/2-tsp vanilla extract
1-dash nutmeg
1-tbsp sugar
1/4 -C honey ( I usually triple the recipe and then use 1/2 C honey, I have found that what the recipe calls for is just too much for me. So for this recipe I would probably use less than 1/4 cup, maybe 1/8 cup honey or a tab bit more.)
3-Bigelow Darjeeling Blend tea bags
2 cups waterBring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes then strain and combine with 2 cups of milk or silk. You can store this in the fridge easily and make a larger batch.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Thing a Day 5

OK so far so good, I have managed to eek out a little bit of time for myself each day. Today I started out with some crochet cotton. 3 balls actually. But didn't want to look at another dish cloth so I just started crocheting. Haven't done that in a while, have been mostly knitting, so it was a nice change. It turned into a little bag of sorts. I may give it to a young friend of mine named Johanna, she is a bag collector of sorts. With this bag I even took the time to line the inside and inslude pockets. Very cool and I enjoyed working with the spring colors, as I listened to the rain outside.



Monday, February 4, 2008

Thing a Day 4


Normally I would post this to my other blog as it was creating food. But I am trying to keep all my "Thing a Day" posts on the same blog. Today I made bagels. I make bagels about once a week. It all started when I couldn't buy organic bagels any more, looked on the ingredients list and decided to search out a recipe for myself. It is a delicate balance of time vs money vs nutritional content. And trying to decide if the nutritional advantage is worth the time it takes for how much we eat a particular item. And then to balance in if it costs more or less to make myself. Anyway long story short I have been making my own bagels for I don't know maybe about 4-6 months now. The boys LOVE them, and I am at a point now where the recipe is in myself and I am more efficient making them


Sunday, February 3, 2008

Thing a Day 3


For today I worked on 3 Valentine ATCs for a trade. We are trying to save money for a new geothermal heating and cooling system so I am really trying to use things I already have and NOT buy the cute valentine things I see in the stores right now. This one is just made from card stock and magazine pictures. One says "why I love" one says "inspiration" and one say "shared love". Great fun to do and I love ATCs because they are small so it is a project I can complete in one sitting. With 2 boys at home that is not always an easy task.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Thing a Day 2


OK today I continued with the snow flakes, this will be my last one. I crocheted a snow flake. So I used crochet cotton and a steel crochet hook, don't remember off hand what size. I think it came out lovely. If you are interested here is where I found the pattern.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Thing a Day

OK take two, tried to post earlier but my blog entry was lost.

For today I made a snow flake. It is for a trade on a yahoo list. Theme is snow flakes, yes that is it, use your imagination. So I decided to create a sculpey snow flake. Could I have picked a more difficult medium? LOL. I love it but am still trying to figure out a way to transport my treasure that it remains a snow flake and not a pile of sculpey crumbles in the bottom of the package.

I started by cutting out my snow flake with paper and then transferring that to sculpey, again not an easy process. I chose purple clay. Of course I couldn't use white, then mine would look like every other snow flake out there right. Well actually my boys tend to not use much of the purple or pink sculpey in the variety pack so we had lots extra. After it baked I added a little glitter and some copper wire and glass beads.

I am really pleased with how it turned out. Had to add a little hanger so the person who receives it can hang it somwhere, cause what do you do with a snow flake made of sculpey anyway. Here is the end result: