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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Flax Seed and Lavender Pillows

I promised Mr. Jimmy some extra firm pillows ages ago and have been driving around with 50 pounds of flax seed in my trunk. Today was the day to finally get to it.

Here's how it went.....

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Progress Mars with FIMO Air Basic

Right now on the work bench.

Deadline looming! I have to let him dry as is. I could spend another 15 hours on him easily.

The helmet is pleasing. Came together pretty quickly too. This is three pounds of FIMO Air Basic.

Still many hours of tweaking and smoothing and adding detail. I'm using FIMO Air Basic, and I'm loving it!

Here are some of the progress pics for your perusal.

Still need a helmet and a smock. 
I promise to post finished project pics as I get them.

Happy spring!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

More Squirrels (and other things)

The Fair Aisle Squirrel Vest is coming along swimmingly. Although I can only work on it for very brief bits of time between work and commissions, it's getting there. I have the pattern well worked out now and I think I'm pretty happy withe the results. Far Aisle knitting isn't for the instant gratification junkie in me, but I'm getting used to the slow progress and I'm beginning to love the workings of it.

Here's a bit of a sneaky peek of what's on my worktable right now. Getting very messy in the studio with some FIMO Air clay. This is my underlying structure. I can't wait to see if the picture in my head will make it out into the real world.

There's some very exciting news of the GIVEAWAY sort coming up in the not so distant future so if you're a doll maker (or a want to be doll maker), you might want to click on the "Join This Site" button at the bottom of the page to make sure you get all the Make It With Me notifications. You won't want to miss this next giveaway!
It's going to be a good one!
I'm excited!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

President's Choice Pasta Dinner

I guess it's not a secret that I'm a bit of a President's Choice product fan. Although we enjoy making our own fresh pasta from time to time, we also use many pre-made pasta and sauce combos for those days (or weeks!) when I have commissions due and little time to play in the kitchen. President's Choice is featuring their PC Fresh Pasta and jar PC Pasta Sauces right now and I wanted to see what all the hype was about.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Turk-ish Delight

I used this recipe from to make a first attempt at my favorite candy. I LOVE Turkish delight and have always wanted to make some. This is my first attempt. (I write first attempt because I will make these again very soon) I was very silly and instead of using the pomegranate extract that the recipe called for, I used pom juice. It wasn't nearly flavorful enough or colourful enough, so I added some cherry extract and pink food colouring. They were tasty, but next time I'll keep it traditional and add a floral water.

The sugar, water, and cornstarch, cream of tarter mixtures took a fair bit of work to blend together. Next time I'll add smaller batches of the cornstarch mix to the sugar and blend thoroughly before adding a wee bit more. It thickened right up and was pretty clear too.

This is after adding the flavoring and colour. I used parchment and loads of coconut oil to make sure the sticky delight would pop out of the tray after it set.

I didn't have to grease the knife as the recipe suggested.I used a very thin boning knife to slice these yummy blocks.

Here are some all coated in their milk chocolate layer. It was a messy and very labor intensive recipe, but I sure will make these again! Next time, I'm using orange blossom water as the flavoring.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Orange Blossom Water

Breakfast this beautiful sun drenched  Saturday morning.
We experimented with orange blossom water, adding it to our whipped cream for our pancakes. It was lovely and floral and fresh. Looking forward to some puddings with a bit of this added. Love trying new to us things.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Work Pants from Wearing History's Overall Pattern

I've made myself work overalls using this fantastic pattern from Wearing History.

I used a stretchy heavy weight denim that washes up great. I elongated the pockets an inch to fit my pens and phone.

I sectioned off one pocket to hold my work knife.

I also added some fancy lining to the waist band and pockets. I love this pattern. Both the overalls and the pants are roomy where I need them to be but still maintain that retro feel I love so much. Someone recently asked me why I make my work pants instead of just buying them like every one else at work. The only answer I could come up with was, "Because I can." What would you have answered?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hot Chocolate Rolls

We got everything ready to make cinnamon rolls the other evening. We didn't notice until it was too late that we were out of cinnamon. We used Hot Chocolate mix and a variety of chocolate chips instead. I think this accident will be an on purpose recipe pretty often around here in the future.

Do you have a favorite family recipe accident?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Workin' It

Hope you've all had a cozy Valentines Day.We're in the midst of a spectacularly frigid winter storm front. Twice in the past two weeks the snow on the roads was deeper than the snow in our driveways. (Yup.. that's right! Bought a house with TWO driveways to shovel) 
We've got our heads down and we're cuddled in and ready for Family Day tomorrow. I've been working away on projects and eating some delicious noodle bowls to keep myself toasty. 
How do you folks get through the wicked winter weekends?

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Mini Skeins.

I got these beauties from Xrayann's shop and can NOT wait until I get the ribbing done on the bottom of my squirrel fair aisle vest! Knitting with fine wool gives such a pretty end product, 


It takes forever to see any progress. I'm so excited to get to the actual pattern work in this piece. These mini skeins are so soft and deliciously dyed, they're all I can think about!

Send me patience.