4/19/2009

Making progress



So far, I have soaked my project
in a walnut stain,
and tacked down the edges.
I changed my mind on the penny rug idea....
after remembering this cool box I have.

It fits perfect on a lid of a Grey Goose Vodka box.


I once worked in a liquor store over the holidays,
and these boxes held about 6 little nip bottles.

These boxes were thrown away!
Imagine that?

These are such well-made boxes.
I loved it when it was slow,
so I could stock the nips,
with my evil eye on the vodka boxes! LOL!

After I left the store, I tried
to see if I could get some from
a friend who still worked there,
but the bottles are no longer
packed in these boxes.


Now my dilemma is how to finish the box?

Stain or paint with a crackle finish?



Here is my calzone fresh out of the oven,
popped out of a bundt pan.

The cheddar cheese and oil from the
peppers left a dark glaze, which really
didn't do much for the presentation.

I also forgot the Italian seasoning...
It was still yummy~.

Today, it's pea soup in the crockpot,
using up left over spiral ham from Easter.

May your day be blessed!

4/18/2009

Needlepunch ~ WIP


Yesterday's weather almost hit 70,
prompting me to leave the BR window wide open...
only to be awakened before dusk,
by some little animal screetching;
sadly, the victim to another animal hunting!

Not a pleasant start to my day,
but it did get me up early!

Instead of grabbing a cup of coffee,
and hitting the computer to check e-mails,
I felt like working on my needlepunch project.



The pattern is by Primitive Betty,
and I'm secretly hoping she
will feature my finished project on her blog.

That gal is so darn popular,
and clever, she is!

So I'm only showing the back side of
my project. I'm thinking it's going to
be a little penny rug when I'm done.

It's not very pretty at this stage,
but now I can move on to the next step.

Here's a tip:
Take a close look at the threader.
After a while the threader gets bent, and
out of shape, and eventually breaks in half.

That happened this morning, so I brought
out a new threader. After watching a
tutorial recently, I learned to LEAVE the
little tab ON the end.


Silly me, I always removed the tab.
I have lost more than one that way.
Once it falls on the carpet, if you
don't have a flashlight, it's a goner.

It just means I have to insert the floss,
twice, to thread the needle, (since threading
a punch needle is a 2-step process).

The down side, is the pink little tab
bobs up and down, which is a "red alert" to
my kitten. He poises into position,
ready to leap just as I get the thread
into the eye of the needle......


Ok, so what's up with the roasted peppers?

This is the best ingredient for CALZONEs.
today I'm going to put a little twist to
my calzone by baking it in a bundt pan.
Won't that be a pretty presentation?

I don't use a recipe any more...
I simply purchase a package of pizza dough,
and massage it flat on a cookie sheet that
has been oiled. It will keep shrinking as
you work, but once you start layering cold
cuts, it will stay put.

I start with a layer of Ham and Genoa Salami,
partially steamed broccoli,
Italian Seasoning,
the Roasted Peppers,
and grated cheese.

Take one edge of the douch and roll
it towards you, ending with the seam
side down. Gently tuck the two ends
under as well.

If you decide to bake
in a bundt pan, you may need two
spatulas to lift and gently
place into the pan.
Just try to keep the seam intact.

Bake in a 350 degree oven, about 40 minutes
or so....just keep on eye on it.
It will be golden brown, and your
kitchen will smell divine.

I'll try to take a picture
when it comes out of the oven.
I can smell it already....

Today I'm going to Seize the Day.
How about you?

4/11/2009

My Cat is obsessed with wool!

My projects and supplies are kept in the basement,
where the cat is NOT allowed.

Tyler was doing laundry, and obviously "preoccuppied",
shut the door with the cat IN THE BASEMENT....


My kitty Tobey is less than a year old,
and can sniff wool, in any form, and
WILL FIND IT!

He has an incredible ability to
smell wool. If he gets his paws on it,
he will drag it off to a remote corner,
to ATTACK and play with it...

My boiled wool sweater has been snagged
from the hanger in the closet....

I found him running room to room (with glee)
with a ball of wool yarn, tangled into everything....

He snagged one of mom's BEST raggedy dolls
with wool hair, and tried to drag it upstairs
before our eyes...

The funniest story is when my son left
for college, and left the door to his
bedroom open....Tobey managed to find
the head to his Halloween Chicken costume,
and tried sneak it downstairs in his
teeth with difficulty because it was
bigger than him! He was attracted to the
wisps of wool hair....

This is what I get for procrastinating....
I couldn't decide if I wanted to make a pillow,
or NOT, and had this hooked project tucked a little
out of sight, until I felt like finishing it.

Last night Tim casually said, I found Tobey
in the basement after Tyler left him there...

It didn't sink in, until I headed downstairs
to check my e-mails this morning!

Now I have to do some "damage control"....




If I turn my back for one second,
and leave the cover off my floss box
....this is what happens EVERY TIME.

Luckily, he can't fit in my gripper frame anymore!

Quilts are a good thing!

Always on alert!
NOTHING is safe!

Tobey happily perches on your shoulders,
as it gives me a better advantage to scope things out...

He LOVES food,
especially fresh chicken or pot roast.

Hannah and Tobey

I fell in love with him then,
I'm still in love with him now...

Life would be boring without a little mishief here and there!

Do you have a cat obsessed with wool?