Archive | March, 2010

Knitting : A thinkers craft



Knitting is not for the feeble minded….(red, cause this is a warning!)


I started knitting cause I wanted to relax……………………………………………
………..are you done laughing yet?
I found that not only did I have to pay attention, but become a critical thinker
(I feel if our local politicians had a knitting aptitude test..well hell you get it).
But I was laid off and my new pastime can be pricy if you want a beautiful project.
so here are three of my savers:
Plastic Zip Bags!
In the pic you see the large bag (26″ X 21″) holds work in progress and extra
yarn and patterns. You see the pic of the grey and black crochet project..it
was made with a 10″ x6mm crochet needle and in the close-up you can see it looks
like a knit stitch on one side and a pearl on the other..that was about 180 stitches.
super Easy….and then there was knitting…Ugh!
The smaller bag is perfect for keeping yarn clean and needles from getting lost
while on the go.
Next..
Wine bottle holder..now Needle holder!
I had two of these cause they were RED and girly..
bought them eons ago for cheap as decor and after giving one away (with vino 😉
I had an idea to put my burgeoning needle collection in one place.
I love it! I can put all things related in there.
Lastly..
Safety Pin/bead row markers!
Yes,, I googled and noticed they are not expensive..but I was on row 8:
SIDEBAR….
Lord if you knew how many times I ripped out stitches to get to EIGHT..
lets just say 6 attempts! ( I digress :{ )
and it was 10 at night so I thought how can I mark this MILESTONE and not forget
so this was free and accessible.
please check out Getting Purly With It blog (over to the right under my favorite blogs,clickit)
Nancy Ricci is my Diana Ross of knitting!
so I will knit on sisters and share my first true triumphs !
I am sure this will get me in to Mensa.

In the pursuit of loosing my butt, to whom I have a love hate relationship with, I have
decided that happiness isn’t in the position of my butt, but the disposition of it..
Simply said, if not for my butt how would I
have carried my children on Pre-K field trips
when their feet wore out?
How would my friends know in 8th grade I
had the new pair of Jordache jeans if
I had a flat butt..huh!
And I have been in some pretty swanky places
cause my butt was invited!
I have tried to hide it, tuck it, starve it
everything but carve it.. but it won’t let me go.
Maybe we belong together..heck I have gotten
used to carrying around like a backpack.
I noticed all the real people with butts and seemed to be
quite happy. To the extent of enhancing their haunches
so that they can sit in swanky places!
How could I be mad at my derriere
when the great bard Sir Mix of Lot penned
an anthem to which
Butts now and forever more are honored!

Dressing room stalker!

I am a little worried.
Every time I go to try on clothes
some fat chick is in the mirror.
Mind you, I have been looking in my
medicine cabinet mirror and I am sure
that is not ME.
It is not enough she won’t leave me alone
to try on the pants I chose, but she antagonizes
me to pursue larger sizes (that cow!).
If she was friendly I would invite her to lunch and share
my fashion tips (especially since she never has on cute underwear).
She is such a bully. I rarely buy what I go in there with, but
I am coursed to black slacks and blah blah blah blouses.
All I can say is LADIES check the dressing room
before you go in… if you see a stranger in her underwear
SCREAM!
I’m just sayin

GOODY CONSPIRACY

Why is it that everything delectable is wrapped
in the LOUDEST wrappers ever made..
Really…. how many times have you tried to
open a candy bar and felt like a speaker was announcing
“SHE’S GOT CANDY”
I mean my kids could hear the first tear..
Chips are just as bad..
And of course you want these tasty morsels
during nap times, church sermons
weight watchers meetings, and at midnight
when your husband is sound asleep.
So as I was trying to enjoy (okay sneak)
my Payday last night and I found myself spending
more time trying to figure out how to extrude this
wicked delight without waking the King.
All the while thinking “why don’t they wrap the darn thing
in cotton.” You know.. a little draw string baggy so moms can
enjoy a treat with out sharing with the little munchkins. Or
when the Pastor is preaching past my hunger threshold, I could
have just enough to hold me till the hallelujah chorus.
I’m just sayin‘!

Yes, Scrumptious!!!



Here is two items that are indeed
SCRUMPTIOUS!!!!
Homemade chili and peach cobbler..
yes I was truly showing off and wanted my
family to know
“who’s the MAMA”
I think these dishes garnered standing ovations…
if not I am truly owed.
Nothin’ says lovin’ like a crock pot
that has lived up to its rep and
a peach that took a dive so that I could
say “this little ole thing,
heck I just whipped it up”.
I am making a mini blackberry cobbler in my new
ramekin …
hey, a little master piece still is a Picasso!
bon appetit

Where Sock Bunnies and Kitty’s come from





I saw a sock puppy on tv and wanted to make one.. so I went to my secret source
(the LIBRARY shhhhh…)
to find a book or two on the subject and pictured are a few.
I am in love with these and plan on making a few more for my grandsons
and friends!
Crafting is so peaceful and I try to change mediums to challenge myself..
needless to say I will not be showcasing my knitting anytime soon..lol
Go to your library and get a book on any craft you would like to try!
It truly is one of my new joys!

Bread and Ink Cafe 36th and Hawthorne



Bread and Ink Cafe
Is a treasure on 36th and Hawthorne in SE Portland.
If you hadn’t tried their waffles… you just don’t know!
The “Three B’s Waffle” is Amazing!
They boast waffles named
Bananamisu:
banana, espresso and house made
mascarpone cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce
and cinnamon sugar..
Or, Farm Fusion:
Mushroom, spinach, roasted pepper, tomato and lemon-thyme
marinated chevre.. just to name a few
They serve a large menu of breakfast and dinner
that is tempting and satisfying.
Oh yeah,, THEY ARE 4$ ea!!!
Yes and 1$ for a cup of Kobos coffee,
5$ gets you an amazing breakfast and the owner
Mary ( in the pic with her son Max)
is the cherry on top!
They have a waffle window that is fun and makes it
easy to grab a simple powdered dusted waffle on the
go.
dang it, now I am hungry…see you at the window

Rerun Store and My Handkerchiefs






One of my favorite stores to haunt is “RERUN” on 7th and Freemont (I tell you there is a Freemont in every trendy area in America) Here I can forage and embrace yesterday and today.
Handkerchiefs are a passion of mine, amongst others,
that I can indulge myself with little damage to my style of living..lol
most of the ones I buy are 1$ and are fabulous..
I love using them and pulling them out of my purse to
wipe the occasional tear or runny nose.
Yes, some are too pretty and I love to display them with a table setting.
RERUN is a perfect store to check at least twice weekly, as it is
an consignment store, people unload treasures by the trunk full often..
happy hunting!

A Lady and Her Hankie




One of my favorite stores to haunt is “RERUN” on 7th and Freemont (I tell you there is a Freemont in every trendy area in America) Here I can forage and embrace yesterday and today.

Handkerchiefs are a passion of mine, amongst others,
that I can indulge myself with little damage to my style of living..lol
most of the ones I buy are 1$ and are fabulous..
I love using them and pulling them out of my purse to
wipe the occasional tear or runny nose.
Yes, some are too pretty and I love to display them with a table setting.
RERUN is a perfect store to check at least twice weekly, as it is
an consignment store, people unload treasures by the trunk full often..
happy hunting

I am just sayin’

SCRUMPTIOUS
Yes.. just say it slow…. Scrumptious
This word is meant to conjure sweet savory delights
reserved for the privileged to enjoy ..
words are like fashion.. you need to add them
refresh them and covet them every chance you get.
I have decided to add this word and wear it in
conversations as if it’s a new purse… like a new pair of shoes
I will flaunt it and make sure to dangle it with long
pauses as to bring an enormous amount of
attention to myself.. This is a very powerful
undiscovered treasure of a word that elicits almost sinful thoughts
If you are afraid of such a word okay
chicken let me help.. here is a pic of one of my favorite dishes..
CHEESY GRITS
sharing the plate with lesser players such as an omelet and
bacon.
And Darling they are SCRUMPTIOUS!
Now I am loosing you to go out and say it and watch
eyebrows go up and jealousy ooze cause they
didn’t say it first….



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