Thursday, April 29, 2010

Snippets of a Week

Humbled by an invitation to witness forty-one people become Canadians. You only see the red serge jackets at important events...
Managed to salvage lemon pin-curls into a lemonade 40s up-do.
Pride while Mum and I taught Sister to crochet. Skills passed on. Bonds strengthened.
Saddened, but warmed, by an articulate and beautiful eulogy for a man I barely knew.
Oddly dreamt. Text message to Sister: Regarding my dream last night, the next time you shove a shotgun in my face, you best be prepared to use it. Love you! Text message back: LOL. Noted!

Inspired by sunshine leaking through painted glass.
Frustrated at an apparent pact with the devil playing out on the ice. My words were ineloquent. "That GUY can't tend goal for any OTHER team in the @*&%ing league???"

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Lucky = Thank yous

I made a wish.
I've had a little run of luck lately.
Some generous people have pulled me (my name) from the heaps and me reaps the benefits.
Scraps, beautiful scraps, from Kate of One Flew Over - oh, my little spiderweb quilt will be so much richer!!
And one I forgot to post about (how could I have done something so thoughtless...) is this pattern from Emily at Carolina Patchworks (If only all Pink Floyd allusions were as pretty...) via a giveaway through Dana of MADE. Not only are these three women generous but the amount of inspiration I've found in their blogs incredible.

Anyway - I owe them a HUGE THANK YOU. I will also owe my sewing machine a tune-up but it's a little busy right now...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sometimes, you find a book that makes your day.

Normally, I attempt to be a positive, life-affirming, people-empowering person.
But sometimes, a girl just needs a rant.
This journal is filled with cynical quotes from some of history's great thinkers and plenty of space to get one's bluster off her chest and save some poor unsuspecting paperboy.

Kidding. I have never unleashed a tirade on a paperboy. But I did go off on a plastic blister package once. It's going in the book....

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

BOhn Api-TEE

Warning: The following post may not be suitable for strict vegetarians. Reader discretion is advised.
I finally attempted it. As a family supper Sunday sort of thing...
Boeuf Bourgignon.
What I learned:
1)It takes a great deal of work. Not particularly hard work. Not even work that you notice once it's over. But while you're doing it, you find yourself saying, "This seems like a lot of work, doesn't it?"
Many little steps. Parts of a recipe that direct you to other recipes in order to make ingredients... But the smells and colours and flavours...
2)It really helps if your dinner guests/family are only due to arrive minutes before serving. Blanched bacon and rind look disgusting and could turn noses up before it's even tried. No distractions. And no one makes fun of you when it takes you half the batch of boiler onions before you figure out the trick to peeling them.
3)Buy an extra bottle of wine. Because you'll smell it and wish you didn't have to pour the whole thing into the pot. MMMMmmmm, beaujolais.....
4)Julia Child's mushroom recipe is one of the greatest things on earth. The secret is (of course) butter. Butter and high heat. With lots of shaking. But the flavour and texture of the mushrooms is.... absolutely worth it. However, not even Julia Child can make my brother-in-law eat mushrooms. He picked his out but they didn't stay on the side of his plate very long! We all had forks and we were not afraid to use them...
5)It's very rich. A little goes a long way. Second helpings are rare and you should probably start with a green salad before the bouef.
6)My family loves to play with words - and "bouef" is so very fun to say!
7) Use the lower-sodium stock. When cleaning up after supper, I mentioned to Mum that if I were to do it again in the future (which is highly likely because of how well it turned out), I would like to use homemade stock, instead of store-bought.

She said, "That seems like a lot of work, doesn't it?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Baby tops

I have been sewing up a storm. In little bitty clouds. As in, not altogether. A few seams at a time. The literal weather is decidedly spring-y and has slowed me down a little lately but nothing can keep me from my sewing machine for long.

I've got enough pieces cut for three baby quilt tops. And to read more about where they're going, stop in here or here. I don't care so much about the giveaways but I do want to help pass a little goodness forward, and I get to play with colours and fabrics I wouldn't normally use for myself. Like puppy dogs and ducks. Polka dots and vibrant stripes. Plus, I've never made pinwheel blocks before now. They're kinda fun.

Oh, who am I trying to kid? It's mostly about having an "excuse" to sew. Who can begrudge you time spent making quilt blocks for extra-special, need-a-little-more-attention wee babes??
No one. Not without looking a bit like a jerk. And that, my friends, is the secret to getting away with being selfish with your time. :-)