Archive | February, 2011

A New Adventure

28 Feb

Adventure may be a slight overstatement, but it is an exciting new craft for me.  This past week, I learned how to embroider.

embroidered initials

I am in the very first baby steps of this, so I simply was attempting to learn a few basic stitches. I stamped my initials and did backstitch on the piece a right. Below I practiced some stitches and labeled them.

practice stitches

There is an adorable embroidery shop in Savannah that I need to check out, French Knot. Once I get some proper supplies, I want to try some samplers. But I don’t want to do traditional samplers. I want to stitch my favorite snarky sayings.

“The early bird catches the worm, but the early worm gets eaten.”

A few years ago, I saw an adorable sampler that was outlined in flowers and simply said, “Bite me.” Any suggestions, tips, and, sayings from readers would be greatly appreciated!



DIY Yogurt Website

22 Feb

I used my mother’s circa 1971 yogurt maker a few times. I think I donated a few apartment moves back. The yogurt was perfectly delicious; it was just too much work at the time (grad school).

This website walks you through everything you could possibly need to know in DIY yogurt. It’s a simple, easy process and great for kids. How to Make Yogurt – Homemade Yogurt Recipe with Instructions.

Vintage Swimwear: Glamoursplash blog

18 Feb

Vintage swim-wear: Glamoursplash. What else is there for a vintage-obsessed swimmer like myself?

One World, One Heart 2011 door prize winner

17 Feb

Many thanks to everyone who visited during the One World, One Heart Blogging Event. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with everyone and reading their stories.

Now for the door prize winner: it’s PEA from Northern Ontario, Canada. Visit her blog adorably pink blog at

Congratulations, PEA!

The Resurgence Of Knitting: On Point

16 Feb

I am a huge podcast fan, and I listen to a lot of NPR. I haven’t listened to this yet, but this sounds like it has great promise:  The Resurgence Of Knitting | WBUR and NPR – On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

Thanks to Mette on the Etsy Knitters Team for the link!

ruby sweater for a coffee press

15 Feb

first attemptAll winter I was sick and tired of drinking room-temperature coffee. I began wrapping my coffee press in two tea towels, which was too cumbersome. Finally, I knitted and felted a sweater for my coffee press. (Full disclosure: my Mom knitted a coffee press cover more than a year ago. Credit for the idea goes to her).

But my first attempt had a fatal flaw- I was so concerned about losing heat through the top of the sweater, that I forgot to leave a hole in the top for the plunger while the coffee brews.

Round two was a much better, simpler design. I took 100% wool yarn and measured my gauge. Then knitted in the round to create the sides of the sweater. I made it loose enough to allow for shrinkage during felting.

in progressTo finish the sweater, I decreased stitches by knitting two together every 5 stitches. With 8 stitches left, I bound off. The opening at the top is just large enough to allow the top of the plunger through, so I shouldn’t loose too much heat. I was thinking about a larger opening with a draw string, but I got distracted by a Masterpiece Classic episode.  I have not felted the sweater yet; I want to test drive it first.

snuggy sweater for my french press


sweater and french press

white and dark hearted brownies from smitten kitchen

12 Feb

Perfect for Valentine’s Day- whether you give them to someone else or you give them to yourself.  white and dark hearted brownies | smitten kitchen.

And PS, don’t sneer at blond brownies. A good blond brownie is as delicious as a chocolate one. Just think caramel versus chocolate.

Chocolate Oatmeal

8 Feb

I could never understand why people buy the overly sweet packets of flavored oatmeal, when you can buy normal oatmeal and customize it yourself. And someone needs to explain the “Maple and brown sugar” flavor. One kind of sugar isn’t enough?

Healthy breakfast couldn’t be more simple. Plain oats and water in a bowl. Microwave for two minutes. Add any flavorings under the sun: nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, spices, honey, maple syrup, milk. Or go savory and add cheese and chili pepper.

This morning I wanted chocolate. I made basic oatmeal and stirred in milk, a heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder, a dash of cinnamon and ginger, a squirt of honey, and toasted pecans. It was almost like warm ice cream for breakfast. Adding cocoa powder made the oatmeal incredibly chocolaty without extra fat and sugar. I would love to hear everyone’s favorite oatmeal toppings!

Chocolate & Toasted Pecan Oatmeal and Coffee


Good News/Bad News

7 Feb

Mark Bittman is no longer writing his Minimalist Column, however he will be writing New York Times op-eds on food politics and food ethics.  More on the webpage:  Mark Bittman’s new gig, struggling small farms, and more | Grist.

Check out Bittman’s Minimalist video-podcast for a laugh and great recipes.

Jane Cooks The Books

4 Feb

If found this new blog via the One World One Heart event. Jane lives in Singapore and writes several blogs including, Jane Cooks The Books.

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