Saturday, February 11, 2012

Quilting class

Today I went to a class at our local quilt shop to "attempt" to learn Machine Quilting.  I am pretty sure I have a really long ways to go but it was fun and with practice
I might be half way decent.  As we were working along my instructor commented that in every class she had a "miniature" quilter and it was me.  Of course that didn't seem so strange since i have been working on miniatures and doll houses for a long time.  I finally realized that I was doing my designs very small and most everyone else was doing big ones.......  hmmmmm..... wonder why that is.  So I guess I will now have to make a quilt for my current doll house....    And then, learn to do "larger scale work" for regular quilts.      LOL
No pictures to share at this point. Maybe when I get a bit more confident.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Decluttering, Quilting and whatever............

 A few things to share from outside.  Here are the visitors that came to "feast" at my garden (well the birdfeeder really)

And I am not real pleased to see all my daffodils popping up out of the ground.  It has hardly been winter here yet.  So I guess they don't know it isn't time yet!  Hope they don't get really messed up.  I love to see the pretty fresh faces of the daffodils when they do bloom.

I am still in the decluttering mode.  This week I managed to get rid of 24 piece plastic dinner set we used to use in our camper but don't use anymore.  (it went to SA) Also went through 25 magazines, tore out a very few things I wanted to keep and sent the rest off to recycling.  And I sent 10 books off to the library sale!  So for a quick total that is 59 more things gone.  So my total is now............. 124!!!!!!!   Only 242 things to go.  This is easier than I thought it might be! I have a feeling I will have more than enough very soon.

Another bigger decluttering will take place in April.  We have signed up to take stuff to an auction.  That will include things from the house and my antique shop.  That should make a big difference in the way things look around here.  I can hardly wait!

Tomorrow I am going to take a class in Machine Quilting on my newest sewing machine, a Janome.  I still have the Brother machine but it doesn't do nearly as well as this one does.  I will keep the Brother to try and master Machine Embroidery but the new one is for quilting!  I did a lot of quilting back in the 70s and early 80s but not so much now.  This should help a lot!

I will report on the class and what I learn later!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tea Cup Tuesday, First Tuesday in February

 Tuesdays seem to come faster and faster..........

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This week my teacup to share is a pretty one with dainty pink flowers.  I don't know the pattern name but it is from The Royal Vale, an English Company.  I looked on the internet and found lots of Royal Vale patterns but not this one.  So don't really know what to call it.

And for this week's tea book I am showing you this one called
A Perfect Cup of Tea
Edited by Pat Ross
The text of this  was originally written by Arthur Gray back in 1903.    Pat Ross has added the text and added illustrations.  It is loaded with vintage pictures, tea ads and ads for beautiful China of that time.  I enjoy perusing it every so often just to appreciate those ads.  Check it out.

And come back next week to see what I have found.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Did some cooking today...

      This past week we went to the Olive Garden for a somewhat belated Anniversary Meal.  While there we had their really yummy soup called Zuppa Tuscani! which we really enjoyed.    I had my Galaxy Tab (sort of like I-Pad) with me and decided I would try to find out if the recipe was available on line so I could make it at home.  It was. So yesterday I made it and we had it for lunch.... excellent.  Made enough to have it for lunch today too.
I didn't take a picture but here is the link to the recipe so you can try it yourself if you are so inclined. And they show what it is looks like.

There are other versions of the recipe there but this is the one I made.  (I cut the amount in half,  we used ground HOT Italian sausage and left out the ground red peppers. )  Everything else was the same.  We were pleased with the way it turned out.

Since I had to buy Kale for the recipe and didn't need all I bought I cook up the rest of the Kale for dinner tonight.  To make my recipe for Kale, I fry up a few pieces of bacon in the bottom of the pan, add the cut up Kale and a Tablespoon full of Balsamic vinegar.        I heat it until it is wilted and then serve.  For tonight's dinner we also had sweet potatoe fries which are cut from fresh sweet potatoes and baked in the oven.  I sprinkle some olive oil and salt on the fries and bake for 20 minutes. (at 400degrees) Then sprinkle some REAL NY maple syrup over it and bake another two or three minutes. (The syrup was thanks to our generous relatives from Fulton, NY.) And finally we had grilled steak.  A nice "sort of winter's" Saturday night dinner.  We still haven't had a real winter but we are not expecting it to miss us entirely.

 I don't cook this much everyday but I enjoy it when I can.  And the funny thing is, this was a very busy day in my antique shop.    But maybe that is the answer.  I do better when I am really busy.