Saturday, August 29, 2009
She also accepts donations of artwork by other polymer clay artists to sell in her non-profit shop.
Here is just a few of the wonderful items she has available! Feel free to click on the pictures to go to that listing and see who donated the piece to PolymerClayforaCause!
Little Baby Charity has arrived........
Silver Shimmer Necklace
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I canned 2 more batches of peaches, made one more batch of peach chutney and made 3 more double batches of peach jam.
Still having some peaches left, I made the boys a peach cobbler for dessert tonight after dinner. I threw in some left over blueberries for the extra little kick.
And I still have peaches left! I think this weekend I will make some peach pies.
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
4 cups slices peaches
1 tsp lemon juice
3 Tbs Margerine (I use butter)
1 cup flour
1 Tbs sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
Preheat oven to 400
Mix the sugar, starch and cinnamon in a saucepan. Stir in peaches & lemon juice. Heat it to boiling, stirring constantly until it thickens. Boil for 1 minute.
Pour into ungreased 2 quart pan, and keep it hot in the oven.
Mix together in a large bowl the flour, 1 Tbs sugar, baking powder, & salt. Cut in margerine (butter) until it looks like fine crumbs. Mix in milk. Drop by teaspoon into peach mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I was planning on sending my father a jar for his birthday in September, but that plan has changed. Now I am sending him my son and I for a visit! It has been a year and a half since I was last able to go visit my family in Winnipeg, and about 4 years since my son was there. The entire family (mom, dad, sister, and 2 nephews) is just as excited about it as we are.
We are going for 10 days and already my "agenda" is filling up. We will arrive on a Wednesday, and will be picked up by my parents at the airport. We will go to my sister's house, and meet her there. I am hoping that her two sons might be there too. I did not get to see the oldest one last time I visited, so it would be nice to see him this time.
2 Checkered Coffee Embroidered Terry Cloth Towels
I purchased a set of these hand towels from them, and they are wonderful!!
Feel free to click on any of these pictures to visit that listing page.
Mallard Embroidered Purse
Monday, August 24, 2009
Peach Apple & Raisin Chutney
6 cups peeled and chopped peaches
4 cups peeled and chopped apples
2 cups raisins
4 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups cider or malt vinegar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
Combine into large saucepan, and cook at a low simmer for about an hour, until sauce has thickened. Put into hot, sterilized jars, clean the rim and put on the snap lids and screw tops.
Makes about 10 8oz jars, or 4-5 pints.
You will know if you have a good seal after cooling by the dip in the lid. If it does not pop, or moves down when you press on the lid after 24 hours it is not sealed.
Store in a cool dark place.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I did make an order for some bulbs. I am getting more daffodils, tulips and some mountain lilies. I also ordered some more early snow glories. I do so love bulbs!
One thing that must be done, is I have a large number of clumps of sea thrift that has grown past their optimal size (in my opinion) and I would like to spread them out over all 5 flower beds. They are very interesting plants, as the root system grows in a spiral down to a point. So sometimes when you devide them, you end up with little tiny fluffs of "grass" with a curly pig-tail shaped root. I do lose some over winter as a rule, but most of them survive quite nicely. They do not mind too much salt during the winter months but too much will kill them, so I ensure they are at least 1-1.5 feet from the sidewalks.
I tried in early summer to devide and transplant some carpet (spring) phlox after they were finished blooming. That did not seem to go over very well, and by the looks of it, I lost most of them. Sad, since there was two very nice bi-coloured ones, in white and pink. This time I am going to choose one of my largest ones, and take out some pieces of it to transplant, leaving the main plant where it is. I am hoping that doing it in the fall will work.
Here is to hoping for a cooler weekend so that I may be able to get a fair bit accomplished!
Friday, August 21, 2009
I have purchased a number of gorgeous cards from Brynnalex, and will be definately buying more in the future!
Trio Of Greetings - Three NoteCards By Brynn to Benefit Heart Strings
Mariner's Compass Wallhanging By DeerSprite To Benefit Heart Strings
Ocean Breeze Hat By MizDarlin To Benefit Heart Strings
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The gorgeous bowl is one I got from a wonderful potter who has a shop on Etsy, called Adornyourself. Isn't it wonderful?!
This year, my husband suggested that I try and can a batch and see how they turn out. I know the cherries we did worked wonderfully, so I am pretty certain the blueberries will too.
I am wondering though, are these going to hold their lovely berry shape, or will they be more like little mushies?
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Our air conditioner is finding it very hard to lower the temperature in the house now too.
Forecast is looking up though, it says it should be in the mid to lower 20's by the end of the week. I have my fingers crossed!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
My husband suggested that rather than calling them windchimes, to call them Storm Chimes. I decided that is a wonderful idea!
So, now that my order of satin cord has arrived, keep an eye out in my etsy shop for more "storm chimes"! I have new ideas and designs for the clappers and the wind catcher pendant on the bottom.
Friday, August 14, 2009
What a week it has been. From vandalism to my car (attempted and accomplished) and to my husband's poor volunteer sunflowers that were cut down, to a broken washing machine (with a full load of his work clothes).
Our new little kitty Slinky had been let out of the house last Tuesday by my dear husband who thought that one week was long enough, that he would come back to a warm, safe house with lots of food. Well, he did not come back for a whole week and I was getting quite worried, to be honest.
Wednesday morning as hubby was brushing his teeth, he looked out the kitchen window and saw Slinky! He called me downstairs, I opened the kitchen door and called out to him. Slinky came running and I got him inside. Now he is to be an indoor kitty for the next 6 weeks or so. He is due for his booster shots and a second deworming in two weeks time, and I will keep him inside for another month after that. By that time he should know where home is!
I am soooo looking forward to a nice weekend, that I may be able to relax, and maybe work a bit on my crafts.
I am also working on learning a new craft, but not going to tell you about it until I am ready and have something to show. Have to keep up the suspence, don't I ?
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Mind you, it just gives me a good reason to tell my husband that I need to go clothes shopping again.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
The road lights actually went out a few times, but it never did in the house. It was enough to trip the breaker for the air conditioner but not the computers or the clocks. Now that is unusual in itself. We were awake for the entire storm, and finally went to sleep sometime after midnight.
With the jet stream all over the place, and snapping southward rather than northward (where it should be this time of year) it is playing havoc with our weather and our bodies themselves. At least now I know one reason why I have, in the past 3 years, been battling severe headaches that can last up to 3 or 4 days at a time. But recently, over the last 2 months, it has progressed into having scintillating auras. Apparently, this means that I have been having migraines.
Most often migraines have the auras, and severe headpain with sensitivity to light and sound. This can also include nausea. For me, I have 3 different symptoms. First, I am nauseaus for about 2-3 days. Second, I either have the headache with photophobia (sensitivity to light) and hyperacusis or phonophobia (sensitivity to sound), or the scintillating aura. Usually after 3-4 days of the second symptom, the third one will appear. So far I have had that aura about 4 times and it takes at least 30 - 60 minutes for it to go away. I also have the "blind spots" that can last up to 3 hours afterwards.
This last time though, I was at work when the aura appeared. In fact, I knew it was going to happen because it seemed as though my vision/eyes were all jumpy. So, as soon as the aura appeared, I went to one of the doctors I work for and asked him if there was something I could try. I was given 3 different medications to try (only one at a time though!) and I chose to try the Maxalt. I did not notice anything immediately, but it has been a week now since that aura and the 3rd symptom has not appeared. I did have some tension in my neck and at the base of my skull, but no pain!
For those of you who are interested in reading more about migraines, check out wikipedia. I have found that to be a good sourse of information.