Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I also got to see my nephew, who has to be THE cutest, most energetic, naughtiest, most adorable almost 4-year-old ever! (He was not named after me, but some of his naughtiness seems vaguely familiar!) He loves to ask "Do you have a problem?" To which the answer should be "Yes, can you help me?" He will then say "No, I can't solve it!" And the game will repeat for about five times until, instead of saying he can't help, he'll sing "If someone has a problem, just give them a hand, give them a hand, give them a helping hand!!" and will give you the best hug ever!! I swear my mom and I played this with him half a million times if not more - it was worth it just to get one of his awesome hugs!! So that he wouldn't feel left out of the gift giving, I brought him a truck just like the one his other Aunt Michele drives and played with it with him about a half million times (it shoots matchbox cars out of its back and everytime we raced he "won." He may get that cheating streak from me, but I think it's from his mom - she used to stay up late memorizing the answers on the back of the trivial pursuit cards and I think she slipped herself extra money when we played Monopoly and she, as oldest, was always the banker.)
To top off the visit, I got to spend time with my sister and brother-in-law, and my mom, dad, and step-mom. It was a treat! I went to PA with one very large, very empty suitcase, and came home with one very heavy (48 pounds!!) suitcase filled to the brim with fabric from my sister's stash!! I traded some jewelry supplies that I've had and would likely never use for more lovely fabric than I imagined!!
And to really put the cherry on top of my life: Michele is coming home!! She was supposed to be here next weekend and called yesterday to say that she'll be here this afternoon, but will now be here tomorrow afternoon, which is so very exciting!! If I were any happier I'd be twins!! (OK, #1: that saying has never made any sense to me, but seemed to really fit my mood today. #2: I cannot think of a way to use today's word, interlocutor, in a sentence and decided that it's my prerogative not to try since it's my personal challenge to use each word every day anyhow.) #3: Thank you all for your well wishes. I am feeling much improved. Flying never helps, but besides some stuffy ears, I am well over my cold!)
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
- Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address (unless you are in Rochester (Sara, Paul, Sarah, & Tina) in which case I can hand deliver it (unless you'd like to receive it in the mail - I just love getting mail!!))
- Keep it going by following through and paying it forward to four people each - and remember to instruct your recipients to pay it forward, too!
- Look out for something absolutely wonderful from yours truly within the next few months.
I am so pleased that you all won! I can't wait to send each of you something great!!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Note (#1): I put a leaky container of baked beans, an ice filled bottle of water, my smoothie, and my milk in my bag today & no wetness on the bag!! I think my design is sound and production will begin!
Mote (#2): One day left to enter the Paying It Forward giveaway!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I go out every morning and pick at least ten cherry tomatoes that I take to work with me for a snack. When it was just the cherries and the Juliets, I was fine. I was getting as many as I could eat in one day. Now that the Best Boys are turning red and the cherries, Juliets, and Romas are producing prolifically, I need to get busy! I'm starting a list of what I will make:
Tomato basil salad with the cherries - I usually make often in the summer. It's really simple. No furbelows, just tomatoes, basil (which I have in the garden!), and balsamic vinegar.
The Best Boys will be pasta sauce - same with the Romas of course - and sandwiches.
The Juliets will go in a salad, I think.
And, hmmm, I do have a recipe for a tomato casserole that I've never tried. I'll keep you posted on that one!
By the way (#1): My bag is working out great! I didn't drink my smoothie right away, so it sweat a lot and my bag stayed dry! Yippee!! I'm going to try it out for a few more days just to make sure the design is solid.
By the way (#2): Don't forget to enter the Paying It Forward giveaway. With 8 chances to win, the odds are in your favor!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Here's how it works:
- You must leave a comment on this post. You can leave as many comments as you would like to raise your odds of winning. I'll take entries until Friday night and will randomly select 8 winners on Saturday morning. (It'd be nice if you told me something about you in your comment: i.e. your favorite color, fruit, veggie, fondest wish, etc.)
- Before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st you will receive something fabulous crafted by the artisan of The Quilted House - that's me!!
- You in turn will be required to Pay It Forward - now here's where I'm bending a few rules:
- You can pay it forward any way you like, it doesn't have to be handmade, though that would be nice.
- You have to pay it forward to 4 people.
- You can find those 4 people anyway you like (pick them randomly from your address book, host a contest on your blog, host a contest on Facebook, find four people at work, however works best for you.)
- Your four people must also then Pay It Forward.
OK, that's the deal. Many thanks to Sue at Charlotte's Cottage and Teresa at Sewing Trials for making me a winner so that I can make eight of you winners!! Oh joy! Remember you only have until Friday, so get your comments in while you can!
She also has some really beautiful listings in her Etsy shop. Check out this one: Notice the undulation of the chain - very elegant!! (If you click on the pic, it will take you to Sono's shop - ain't technology grand!!)
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Next we move to the back wall. I love these windows. I get so much light and air - see how my plants flourish! If the Home Depot guy who sold me these shelves saw them he would cringe, but I can't help it. If I see an empty space my soul aches until I fill it!
This needs no introduction: my closet full of neatly ironed and organized fabric and neatly separated and crated scraps. Sometimes I just stand in here and breathe.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
It is now beyond any peradventure of doubt that something I made with my own two hands will be attractive and purchase-worthy to someone not related to me by blood or marriage - which, of course, does not preclude anyone related by blood or marriage from feeling free to make a purchase, too. (You are not allowed to just wait until Christmas to see if you get that lovely item you have been eying.)
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
My Best Boys are very prolific, but still very green. I read some advice that removing some of the fruit will divert all the energy to those left on the vine and they will red up faster, so I made plans to have more fried green tomatoes and came up with a new recipe (if not new, then one I'd never heard of before): Fried Green Tomato Parmesan. It's like Eggplant Parmesan, except with green tomatoes instead of eggplant. Now the only problem was that I had no idea how to make Eggplant Parmesan. I didn't let that stop me, however! I made the tomatoes just as I did before, except I added Parmesan cheese to the flour coating, then fried them up. I also made my homemade pasta sauce - though not with any produce from my garden. Arranged over some angel hair pasta, the Tomato Parmesan and sauce were scrumptious!!
And, regarding the reddening of the rest of the Best Boys, I picked the tomatoes for this recipe on Sunday and when I got home from work yesterday, one of the tomatoes on the vine were tinged with red! So, those few I picked made a sacrifice for their tomato brethren and I ate them with gusto for their valor.