Sunday, September 27, 2009
My grandmother had a nut grinder like this one - that's probably the only way I knew what it was. You just put whole nuts in the top and hand grind them. It's perfect for one of my favorite recipes, Martha's Macaroons.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Aren't they great? On the bottom they're dated 1956. She has been broken and glued back together, but still looks great on my kitchen table. Here's my question: which one is for salt and which one is for pepper? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I'm on a cooking kick and I just discovered that PBS has 25 full episodes of cooking with Julia Child online to watch for free.
Maybe you've heard about the movie coming out soon that profiles Child alongside a blogger cooking her way through a cookbook Child wrote. I may go see it, but I don't think it'll be as good as watching Child herself in her kitchen.
As a side note, I'm thinking of trying this tomato pie recipe, even though it's more Paula Deen than Julia Child.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
It's really strong. It looks ... very recycled, but I think it'll be handy for something.
Friday, July 24, 2009
I love the design of this quilt. It reminds me of stamped leather from a fancy cowboy boot. The light coloring in the lightest section was done with shadow embroidery, a technique similar to trapunto, where a stuffing, usually colored yarn, is showing through the top fabric from within the quilt. It was the winner of the Best Longarm Workmanship award.
Silverlight by Betty Busby of Albuquerque, NM
Quilter's Choice first place winner
These bras were made for breast cancer awareness. The sock monkey bra is my favorite.
You can look at photos of all the award-winning quilts from this show at the American Quilter's Society website.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I am working on a project with some local Western wear collectors that I'll post a link to once it's ready. In the meantime, you can check out Manuel's website and last week's post for more links. There aren't many photos of his work, but there is a small sampling of photos with some of the stars he has created suits for (including one of Manuel taking Johnny Cash's measurements).
A friend of mine in Nashville told me that he heard that clients don't tell Manuel what they want in a suit. Manuel gets to know the person then makes a suit that he thinks suits them.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Here's a great visual history of a few designers within style.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
The kitschy llama in a party hat above is the cover art. Oh and the actual cd has a picture of that lovely orange cake. I'd skip iTunes for this one and buy the actual album.
Monday, June 29, 2009
White card stock
elastic cord for chin strap
a mixing bowl to trace
red, green, and black crayons
a stapler and hole punch
Sunday, June 28, 2009
I'm grateful. It's nice and includes all kinds of information like the dates of the next solar eclipses, pictures of screwheads you should know, Morse Code, sewing machine needle sizes, and all kinds of other things. The pages are thick, acid free graph paper with places for headings and each one is numbered. My favorite feature is the ruler on the inside front cover.My journals are usually companions to me for six months or so, going everywhere and holding me together with lists and dates and keeping all my of ideas until I can get to them. I think the Maker's Notebook will make a nice one.
Friday, June 26, 2009
All Knoxville locations have everything 50% off the last Friday and Saturday of each month so this dress only cost me three bucks. Yeah. I also found a couple of tshirts for $1 a piece to cut up and sew.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
I've been on vacation since Thursday at Bonnaroo, a four-day music and art festival in Manchester, TN. I saw a LOT of live music, thoroughly relaxed, and got in some great people watching. The girl above is hula hooping to Merle Haggard playing Okie From Muskogee.
With 80,000 people at the festival, there was so much going on. I'm hoping that being over-stimulated for four days straight will do good things for my creativity for a while. I've got some fun stories lined up to write for the newspaper and I'm really wanting to get into some clothing reconstruction.
Thanks to everyone who entered my contest. I loved hearing about your childhood crafts. Congratulations to velmalikevelvet for winning the drawing for the throw pillow I made.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Here's something I made when I was in fourth grade:
Remember to leave a comment below about something you made as a child and you'll be entered to win the Dutch girl throw pillow above.
Monday, June 1, 2009
(Lucas and his mother are French so he calls her Maman.) my etsy shop to make custom pillows from other children's drawings.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I was looking into what I could grow in my tiny, shaded yard and wrote this article for the newspaper about what some of my neighbors are doing with their small spaces. I also wrote this sidebar tutorial on how to grow tomatoes upside in a five gallon bucket like the plant above.
Friday, May 22, 2009
That Saturday morning I organized all the judging sheets into neat, labeled envelopes for the show. Then I went out to Maryville for a day of music and a night camping at Fleta Fest, a tiny festival on a little island in a fork in the river. We arrived with a cooler of picnic food and drink to this beautiful grassy place on the river with great live music.
Then that night it started to rain. It rained hard, all night long. When I woke up on Sunday the river had risen so much that I couldn’t drive my car off the island. The little stream that ran across the drive was now raging. I worried the river wouldn’t go down in time to get home, shower, and make it to the show in time to look at the quilts before I was in charge of taking them down.
A Wild Goose Chase by Carol Snapp, quilted by Denise Waymire
Hours went by and I began to worry I wouldn’t make it at all. I had all those judging sheets and a bunch of show catalogs that they needed at the show. When my cell phone would work,I was talking with the ladies at the show giving them updates on the level of the river.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Cinco de Mayo came and went without me even having a margarita, but the holiday inspired me to make a piñata with the kids.
1. Cover a balloon in newspaper strips dipped in a flour/water/school glue mixture, leaving a hole in the top (near the balloon tie) big enough to put prizes in later. Make sure to cover it completely. The more layers, the more whacks it will take.
2. Let it dry. This takes days.
3. Pop the balloon and remove the balloon remnants.
4. Put prizes inside.
5. Clear tape a layer of dry paper to cover the hole. Then cover the hole with duct tape.
6. Duct tape a long cord to the piñata. The cord needs to be strong and well attached.
7. Spray paint the whole thing, then let children paint designs on it.