I love love
love the felted
flowers made by Supper Maggie Not Martha linked
to yesterday SO MUCH (via Sew
Hip it Hurts) that I had to spread the love. I was trying to figure
out how they were made, and then I read a comment in the link from the
Sew Hip it Hurts site saying that they were needle felted. Here
is another fine example. I just happen to have some felting needles which
thus far have remained untouched. I decided to have a go at it this morning,
and I have to say that it's MAGIC. I have only made one petal, but it's
addictive. I also think that Merino roving (which Super Maggie uses) would
produce a lovelier flower. But since I still have a butt load of non-Merino
wool roving, that is what I will use.
bought the greatest book that was suggested to me by a friend. It's called
Handmade Gifts from Fabric in the Japanese Tradition and it's filled
with the greatest little sewing projects. I think what makes this book
is the stunning array of fabric the author uses. Each project only requires
small bits of fabric, for the most part at least, so it's a good project
book for scraps. My only complaint is that most of the projects are hand
sewn, which just doesn't jive with my patience threshold...I guess that
says more about me than the book, so for now I am content to still and
look and the beautiful pictures.
I got the
January issue of Martha in the mail yesterday and there is an article about
an artist who makes the most fabulous leather flowers: Redhead
Amy. In that article there is a picture of her studio, specifically
rolls of colorful leather, which I have been looking to get my hands on
for what seems like ages. I was so excited, and I flipped to the back of
the magazine to check out the sources, and of course, they are not listed.
Granted, I have limited my search to the internet, but I swear I cannot
find what I am looking for and it's driving me crazy. Yes, I know there
is eBay, but they don't often have what I am looking for, and places like
Tandy Leather don't have the color selection I need either. I found a site
that deals with all sorts of leather, but they are wholesale....I want
leather I can run through my sewing machine. *sigh*...I wonder if I am
being to picky, especially since I just want to experiment...
pretty hectic around here. Work is busy and life is busy getting ready
to go to Cali for the holidays. I am actually really excited as it's the
first time in like, 10 years my family will be in the same room together
AND..we have the added bonus of my parents meeting J's parents finally
after 5 years. It will be interesting, that's for sure, but lots of fun.
My Christmas spirit has run dry. I think I have a leak or something. I
was REALLY excited back in October and parts of November, but the closer
it came, the more steam ran out of my Yuletide engine. I actually had to
*gasp* buy Christmas cards, even though I designed some really cute ones.
That's how bad of a bah-humbug case I have. The thought of finding the
right paper to print them on after searching all over town just sent me
into a large enough tizzy that J had to stage an intervention. Perhaps
I should have gotten a flu shot.
The Williams Sonoma catalog is about the only thing keeping the dream alive.
The Holiday goodies they have are spectacular. I just love to sit and flip
through the pages and dream about the Peppermint
Snaps, and that HUGE caramel
apple they have every year which my local grocery store has ripped
off, the chocolate
stuffed figs, and I can't find my favorite..it's a wafer thin slice
of pear that is dipped in key lime juice and dried, and then dipped in
chocolate. Holy cow.
totally bummed out. I found out that starting in January I am going
to have to travel for my job. And.....AND....I also just found out
that a trip we were planning to take in April to Europe has totally
fallen through. My gripe about that is if you list a price on your
brochure that says "based on double occupancy" and if
I call you and ask you "Does that price mean it's for two people?"
and you say "Yes", and then you call back and tell me
that I only sent the deposit for one person...then you are bad person
and I hate you. It seems like this month has been full of mix-ups,
returned mail and lost rent checks. They say that Mercury
is in retrograde this month and I totally feel it. Bastard Mercury.
I hate you.
On a lighter note, or maybe not...J came to me the other day with
a grand idea for a party. He saw on Regis and Kathy Lee a few years
ago (note that this has been stewing in his head all this time)
an author that wrote a history/cookbook on the last
dinner of the titanic. It sounds like it would be a lot of work
and slightly morbid. Could be fun though...maybe for a Halloween
party. You could have your guests dressed as ghosts from the ship.
I think mainly he likes the idea of having an excuse for eating
weekend we walked down to Caffe
Vita early in the morning to drink mochas and play backgammon.
We walk past an inlet on the way, and often times there is a seal
swimming around searching for food or perhaps he is just checking
the progress of the bridge construction. This time however, there
were two seals and they were fighting over a fish. They each had
an end in their mouths and an amusing tug of war ensued.
I had a work function to attend this past Wednesday for the winery.
It was a dinner at Troiani
Restaurant in Seattle, which opens to the public tonight. That
place is FABULOUS. I think I am going to enjoy the perks of living
with a winemaker. Here is their dinner
menu. We got to try many items from the menu and they were all outstanding.
My personal favorites were the:
Fresh scallops with fregola sarda pasta and orange pepper sauce
Large raviolo with ricotta, spinach and egg yolk in porcini broth
Fillet of beef with braised pancetta and truffle black pepper cream
There were six of us and we got to share and try a little bit of
everything. It was spectacular and made me wish I could cook a 1/16th
as good as the chef.
We also got to taste all of the desserts.
The Gelato sampler from Gelatiamo
was to die for...I have to find that place one of these days.
I made a pumpkin cheesecake (see side bar) for Thanksgiving, (and
to answer your question Carrie) I was pleasantly surprised. I do
not like pumpkin pie at all, but the cheesecake was really good.
The actual title is "Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Cranberry
Gelee". Fancy. One of my first mistakes was that I did not
have a fluted tart pan, just a regular springform. I did not extend
my crust high enough up on the sides to accommodate the gelee. I
was nearly overflowing with the pumpkin mixture so I made an executive
decision to go forth without the gelee and hope for the best. Luckily
it turned out great and for the next week we ate slices of cheesecake
after every meal and in between every meal, and before every meal.
I really missed it when it was gone.
current issue of Mary Engelbreits Home Companion had an article
about an artist named Christy
Silacci. She creates the greatest little creatures and some
of her work
is featured in the Sundance catalog. My favorite is the snowman
sitting in the tea strainer. Check out her gallery..how
can you not love this
Metropolitan Home has a snippet about 16 Animali. A wood puzzle/art
piece by Danese
Milano/ Enzo Mari. As soon as I saw it I fell in love. I have
always been intrigued by authentic wood puzzles. Most of the sites
that have pictures
of it are japanese. There is another puzzle called 16 Pesci (fish
and sea creatures) that I found yesterday but for some reason it
eludes me today. It was very cool...
if I lived in NYC I would probably be taking classes in shoemaking
or kimono sewing from Make
Workshop. But I don't live in NYC so I will covet from afar.
everyone had a super grand holiday. I cannot believe that's it's
December already! I created a really simple project
for making tassels from wood craft bits. If there is something
that is not clear or you don't understand, let me know and I will