Thursday, December 30, 2010

linen, linen and more lovely linen

I received this linen as a Christmas gift. I plan to make pillowcases out of it soon. I want to do the pebble with the asphalt as trim and asphalt with the pebble trim. Maybe I'll do a third set with the aluminum. I will pair them up with some blindingly white not too soft cotton sheets.

IL019 - color Pebble Asphalt Aluminum softened - 100% Linen

Friday, December 10, 2010

wrapped and ready to go

Gifts for friends and family. I hope everyone is happy to receive them. :)

super sunny yellow warmest brown and marigold contrasting pillowcases gifts of hubby's wine

Thursday, December 02, 2010

handmade linen pillowcases

I think linen pillowcases are the best affordable luxury money can buy. They feel especially great in the summer. They always feel a little cool. These are to be a Christmas gift for my mother.

pillow case pillow case

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

bookbinding - 3 section sewing (a)

folding v's sewn binding folding v's sewn binding

This is made from kraft board, recycled drawing paper, thread and has a tab closure.

Folding v's, using 1- 2- & 3-Section Sewings Non-Adhesive Binding Volume II by Keith A. Smith

Dimensions are 9" x 3⅛" x ¾" (22.86cm x 7.94cm x 1.9cm)

folding v's sewn binding

Also see two section and one section bindings

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

bookbinding - 2 section sewing (a)

paste paper, lattice stitch, two section

For this one I used 1- 2- & 3-Section Sewings Non-Adhesive Binding Volume II by Keith A. Smith.

The stitch is called Lattice. This little book is made with paper scraps, a paste paper experiment and sewn with thread.

edited to remove double sentence

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

chocolate espresso shortbread.

chocolate espresso shortbread

I used this standard shortbread recipe.

After the shortbread was mixed, I stirred in 3oz of chopped chocolate (63% cacao) and about 1 1/2 tsp of espresso powder.

You can't imagine how wonderful these smell while baking. It's a like a coffee house and bakery all rolled into one. They taste good, too. :) The espresso takes the edge off of the sweetness.

Friday, November 12, 2010


pomegranate; dried
It's pomegranate season in the Northern Hemisphere (September - February). I think pomegranates are just gorgeous in any form. They are one of my favorite fruits and I love to decorate with them. I'm going to use them to make a simple centerpiece of some sort.

I purchased these from Curious Country Creations. They shipped quickly and are even nicer than I expected.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

purse - handmade, leather & freeform

I like the uncut, unhemmed flap. I need to decide on a closure. I left the purse unlined. I wanted a soft slouchy look. and I got it. :) This was with my own "pattern".

If I ever make another, I'll use thicker leather, make the flap longer and buy a larger piece of leather to begin with. But I do like it. I decided against a conventional closure and to use weight instead. I finished by adding more leather to the flap and a river stone. And lastly, I shortened the strap by about six inches.

added leather & stone button

"pattern" & leather purse front

purse side purse hanging

(flash in some pics by mistake)

edited to add another image and explain finishing touches.

Monday, September 27, 2010

bookbinding - the book of the vampires

This book was inspired by the film "Nosferatu" (1922). "The Book of the Vampires" was a small book prop used in the movie. This is the english version (the movie is German).

Nosferatu book can be seen @ 13:45

The Book of the Vampires
"horrible darkness, on the cursed earth from the graveyards of the Black Death."

"Wherefore there is no salvation therefrom except that a woman pure in heart were to make the vampire forget the cock’s first crowing. Of her own free will would she have to give her own blood."

book cloth, diluted ink distressing
lovely lace paper that reminds me of webs fore edge corner
textblock before trimming spine

For the record, I'm not "into" vampires. I do like the 1922 version of "Nosferatu".

Thursday, September 23, 2010

bookbinding - two books: one french door and one miniature

autumn colors french door book
This french door book has autumn colors and is coptic bound. The cover is copper handmade papers, the signatures are recycled drawing paper, the lining is a beatiful paper from Hollanders (it appears to be out of stock) with chestnuts and mushrooms. The back is covered with brown vinyl.
french door book, closed partial open
top view, both sides open

a mini leather longstitch bound book
A miniature book, 1 1/8 x 1" (2.86cm x 2.5cm), made from an old wallet of hubby's. The leather is nice, smooth, pliable and soft after years of service. This paper is very thin calligraphy practice paper, there are 128 pages (front & back) in this tiny book. The closure is a brad and braided natural color waxed thread. The binding is a very simple longstitch.
mini leather longstitch bound book open
calligraphy practice paper

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

scottish shortbread

across the surface
I love shortread because of it's simplicity. There are only four necessary ingredients: unsalted butter, sugar, flour and a little salt (three if you use salted butter and omit the salt, but the unsalted butter yields better results). This recipe had a couple of extra ingredients. It called for a little rice flour and vanilla. I bought the rice flour to use for paste, so I already had it. :)
two thistle close up one thistle close up
I have a shortbread pan that I never used. Now that it's a little cooler, I thought it was time to break it out.
I used this recipe. I let it cook a little longer so it would be easier to get out of the pan. Once the pan is used more, I won't have to worry about sticking. I am very happy at the level of detail here. Lucky me for choosing a good recipe. :)
scottish shortbread

edit to fix duplicate image, preview wasn't working

Saturday, September 18, 2010

pink formica dinette set

pink formica table & chair pink formica table & chair

I saw this at an ASPCA flea market and couldn't pass it up. I tried, but I couldn't. At some point the chairs will need recovered, but until then, I'm enjoying the retro/vintage pinkness.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

apple tart, spanish flan, coconut cake with saffron cream

My son was here visiting over Labor Day weekend. I decided to have some fun baking. :) My son really enjoyed the spanish flan.

apple tart spanish flan

coconut cake

Wednesday, September 01, 2010


Another example of Paypal customer service. Check out what John Cole is dealing with.

I no longer deal with paypal due to a customer service issue I had last year. I asked a simple question about an error in my account and the tech support threw a temper tantrum via email. The problem worked itself out.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

plum galette

plum galette

I had about three pounds of gorgeous, ripe, juicy, completely flavorless plums. I rarely cook with fruit. I prefer to eat it fresh. But these plums have no flavor, so I made plum galette. The plum galette (while not pretty, it's my first) is much tastier than the plums are. :)

I used the all butter crust listed in the recipe. It's a bit sturdier than my usual crust and was easy to work with.

I still have about two pounds of plums. I'm thinking of making a few more of these in a smaller size and then freezing them for this winter when fruit isn't so good.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

the book of the vampires (wip)

The Book of the Vampires
"horrible darkness, on the cursed earth from the graveyards of the Black Death."

"Wherefore there is no salvation therefrom except that a woman pure in heart were to make the vampire forget the cock’s first crowing. Of her own free will would she have to give her own blood."

This book was inspired by the 1922 film, "Nosferatu". It was a small book/prop used in the movie. This is the english version (the movie is german).

There are a few book excerpts shown in the film. I will add those to this book.

Nosferatu book can be seen @ 13.45

textblock before trimming spine
textblock before trimming