Saturday, March 8, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Well, my workshops are over and I have a little time for dreaming and planning before my next set starts. I visited Ikea for my monthly fix and found this delightful picnic setting. That sandwich really got to me and I had to pause for a snack...
Anyway, I'm back and found that you CAN actually buy the thermos and picnic box here at Ottawa's Ikea - if you're willing to make the trek to the store!! Ha!
Another Ikea moment - I actually once had a table like this one and used it for potting up my plants. It was in the sunniest corner of my porch and I spent many a happy morning or afternoon mucking about. Miss it. You can get too attached to things - but consider this, how faithful these are - available at a second's notice, never complain about being neglected, require no maintenance. How many boyfriends have you got that are like this??
Oh, wait - it's a fireplace mantel not a table. Oh, well, everything I said above is true.
Something to think on, no?
Friday, February 14, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Here's an easy to do Valentine gift that takes only minutes to make. It's posted on my Recycle, eh blog. You don't have to use candy - little trinkets (ooh - jewelry, diamonds, pearls!) Oh, forgot this is for the kiddies to make - how about a single perfect chocolate or a sweet message. You'll be surprised how easy it is to put together. Aren't the little tags sweet - guess what these are made from!!
Sunday, February 9, 2014
While rushing off yesterday to go to the crafts fair at Knox Presbyterian church, I noticed the notice board in front of St. John the Evangelist church near my home. It made me chuckle and, of course, I couldn't resist taking a photo.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I've been too busy to think of anything to make so I took a whiz (no - not that kind of a whiz!) around the internet and found these two delightful projects - just perfect for your kiddies to make.
Who doesn’t like the idea of a secret message? All you need is a white crayon, watercolour paint, and a free printable from smallfriendly. Write a message on the card using the crayon. To reveal the message, just brush on a little watercolour paint using the little paintbrush. If you don’t have any paint on hand, food colouring (even grape juice) works just as well to reveal the words.
One for the boys
If your little boy wants to send out Valentines but finds most cards too ‘girly', here’s one from the blog, thirtyhandmadedays, that was designed for the little guys in your life. Once the card is printed and cut out, your little guy can choose what vehicle he'd like to glue on to the card.
There a a lot more ideas at the thirtyhandmadedays blog so take a look and see what inspires you.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
This week, I cleaned out my fridge and found all kinds of veggies beginning to wilt and droop. Time to take some action. I've always been a soup addict so I decided to make a huge pot of savoury soup. Once the soup was ready and cooled, I made up a few batches for freezing to enjoy later (thanks to my friend, Neva, who told me I could freeze soup). I call this soup - whatever's in the fridge and cupboards soup. I learned to make my own chicken stock last year which I keep in the freezer and used that as the soup base. To garnish the soup when it was ready to eat, I found a bit of old cheese looking lonely in the fridge, so I added it as a grated garnish. Yummers!
Oh, did you know you should never put potatoes in the fridge. Seems the cold turns the starch in the potato to sugar and that's what makes us fat. That info comes from my mother! As I love potatoes, that's good news for me.