Sunday, March 30, 2008

New Handbags


I find it funny sometimes when I start a project and it becomes something else altogether. I cut some fabric strips and crocheted the base of a handbag. I had some pretty embroidered black fabric that I made a bag with a liner. I was going to place the fabric bag inside the crocheted base. But...the base bag got off to such a great start that I decided that it deserved to be a bag in itself. I'll finish off the other fabric tote next. For now, I need to cut some more strips and decide if I want these large silver rings or a crocheted handle. We shall see....

Friday, March 28, 2008

MMM Cheesecake!


Yes, Martha, it cracked. It almost always does, but it was delicious!
Our yearly extravagance for Easter dinner - an Italian-style cheesecake with the crust baked-in.

Front Page!


Yay! Thanks to minimeg for capturing this front-page shot while I was sleeping!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Vanna's Choice

I stumbled into "The Storque" today and noticed an article with an interview with Vanna White.
I just bought more of Vanna's Choice, Lion Brand Yarn's wonderful acrylic yarn named after her. My Buttercup Beanie has been popular in the Etsy scene. You won't often find me repeating designs, but this one was so fun to make. This yarn is so soft. The texture is wonderful and the colors are bright and amazingly beautiful.


Most "Storque" articles have related items showcased at the bottom of the page. I was thrilled to see my Homespun Bolero Jacket among them today. And it was especially flattering to see that Vanna White had selected these herself! Thanks so much Vanna. Your love of craft and especially your caring for the children at St. Jude's is truly inspiring!
Read "The Storque!"

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Mom's Easter Bread

The Irish Soda Bread was the best-ever! (Well, I admit that I messed up the first batch and it ended up all over the oven and the floor as I was cleaning it up.) The second batch was perfect! LOL

As promised, here's my Mom's Easter Bread recipe. This old recipe card was written by me when I was in 7th grade.... or so. It's somewhat time-consuming, but you gotta love it! I'm dieting (and ate too much Soda Bread) so I'm not making this recipe this year. I'm sure my sister and Mom will be though!

EASTER BREAD

Ingredients:
12 cups flour, 9 eggs; 1 1/4 cups water, 1 1/4 cups shortening, 2 cups raisins, 1 1/4 cups sugar, 2 tablespoons anise seed, 1 package dry yeast, 1/2 teaspoon anise flavoring

Soak yeast in 1/4 warm water. Beat 1 egg and add 1/4 cup water. Mix yeast water, egg/water mixture, and another 1/4 cup water. Add 1 cup of the flour to make a spongy batter. Mix until smooth. Let rise 2 hours or until triple in size.
Beat the remaining 8 eggs together, add the sugar, raisins, the anise seed, and the flavoring and set aside.
Put the remaining flour in a LARGE bowl. Make a well in the center. Add the shortening, the egg mixture, the yeast/sponge mixture and 1/2 cup water. Mix and work dough. Knead well. Place in a large, greased bowl and let rise until double. Punch down dough and let rise again. (This rising process may take awhile. Keep in a warm place, but not too hot, and be patient.) Form loaves. I don't remember how many loaves I get out of this size batch. Usually 4 - 6 medium-size loaves - depending on the size. Let rise, covered. Bake when ready at 350 degrees F - until done. Some people test by a thumping sound. I can just tell when they're done. They're dark/golden brown. Brush hot loaves with butter if desired.

My Favorite .....so far


I had a really LUCKY Saint Patrick's Day!!

Along with a hat and a pair of wrist-warmers, I sold my favorite shrug!
I'm sort of sad to see it go. I just love the color and the style. I am definitely going to make another one and, hopefully, many more variations on the design.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Irish Soda Bread


I wanted to share my favorite Irish Soda Bread recipe. Well, it's not MY recipe, but it's the recipe I make every year.

Allrecipes - Irish Soda Bread

Stay tuned for my Mom's Easter Bread recipe - coming soon! (Click here for Easter Bread recipe.)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Sweets for Easter

Here are some sweet Easter finds from my good friends at Etsy and ClevelandHandmade....

Faux chocolate? Absolutely!
These bunnies would make a perfect basket treat.
Visit LazyMamaDesigns at Etsy.com.


Here's an egg pillow, with a bunny friend too. So pretty!
Visit FloradoraInc at Etsy.com.


These peep cards are so perfectly cheery. Many colors and styles to choose from
Visit Handmade at Etsy.com.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Fun new toys




My fairy is called Fidget Goblinfrost
She is a bringer of riches and wealth.
She lives in rotting woodlands near poisonous toadstools.
She is only seen during the first snow of winter.
She wears red with white spots, like the toadstools. She has gentle green wings like a butterfly.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Spring Sweater Weather

I love the color variations in this soft homespun Bolero. Short sleeve, lightweight, but warm homespun make this the perfect accessory for Spring! Click the pic for more info!




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