Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hopeland Gardens

A year or so ago when we first visited Aiken I was smitten by the Hopeland Gardens.  I was happy to discover that they have been having Summer Concerts.  We attended the performance by Fabio & Friends and listened to some very nice Jazz. Still to come 4 more concerts this summer.  Yay!!
 Not sure if Cliff enjoyed this experience as much as I did....but he is a good guy.  He played with his phone and I got upset at him when he did not switch it to vibrate.  Men!!!
He made it through the one hour concert....he did want to leave as soon as he saw some people walking away.  Oh my goodness...what is his rush.  This place is a sanctuary...just look around and enjoy.  Kevin also came along on the eve of his birthday.  He turned 32 on the 29th.
 I love nature and this is one place that I know I will be visiting....time and time again.  It is so beautiful and serene.  Do click on the link to see more pictures.  Take a look at those Oak trees.  I immediately though of my grandson Taite who loves to climb trees.  These trees are hundreds of years old.
Be blessed because you are Loved!



One of my favorite edges to apply to the outer edges of my crochet owls or cloths is Picots.  The picture below illustrates better.
Picots are easy to make. Following is a few you can try to finish edges. 
Picot #1
*Chain 3, slip stitch in the same stitch, slip stitch in the next stitch* Repeat from * to* along edge.
Picot #2
  *Chain 3, work 1 half double crochet on the third chain from the hook,  work 1 single crochet in the same stitch, slip stitch in the next stitch*  Repeat from *to* along edge.
Picot #3
*Chain 1, work 1 single crochet in the first stitch, *(slip stich in the next stitch, chain 3, slip stitch in the same stitch, work 1 single crochet in the next stitch* Repeat from *to*
Picot #4
 *Chain 3, work 1 single crochet on the third chain from the hook, skip 1 single crochet, slip stitch on the next stitch.* Repeat from *to*. 


Friday, July 25, 2014

Day 3 in our Rental home

I have managed to empty the basic utensils, dishes, pans, etc...I need in the kitchen.  A good friend from Charlotte (guess now I can say this since we are now residents of Aiken County) shared a wonderful granola recipe and she was right.  It was easy to make.  The end result is crispy, so if you try making it and as you are turning it will have a soggy appearance, be assured that it will get crispy.
 Homemade Granola (Ellen and Nancy's Recipe)
3 C old fashioned rolled oats
1 C coarsely chopped pecans
1/4 cup wheat germ
2 T olive oil
1/2 t coarse salt (I used sea salt)
1/2 C maple syrup
2 T brown sugar
1/4 t cinnamon
1 large egg white
1-1/4 C diced dry fruit ( I used raisins)
Preheat oven to 250-300
Combine all ingredients including the olive oil, except the egg white and the dry fruit.  Toss to coat.  In a separate bowl whisk egg white until frothy.  Stir  into granola mix and distribute it throughout.  Spread in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Bake for around 50-60 minutes tossing every 15 minutes for even browning.  Optional addition.....1 C unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut.
Frothy egg white!
I told you it would be crispy!!
You can eat the granola by itself, with your favorite cereal including oatmeal.  I love it with yogurt.
Our rental house has quite a large yard so Cliff decided to buy himself a riding mower.  The yard is three times the size of our house in Charlotte.  Here he is getting ready to test drive the riding mower.
My crochet owls continue to amuse me as I think of different ways to make them unique.  As you can appreciate in this picture there is quite a few tails to weave.
 I will be using this particular crochet owl to decorate cards.  The neat thing about this yarn and pattern is that the legs (worked by slipping stitches) all turn out different like the one below which seems to be leaping.
Hasta la vista!! Amigas y Amigos.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day 2 in our Rental Home

Decided to tackle Kevin's spices and do a little organizing.

This is the AFTER picture:
The cable man came to hook up our internet. What a brave soul he is.
Walking on the front yard I came about a pretty Oleander plant.
Later on I sat down to admire the clear great room.
After a trip to Walmart we did a little exploring and found The Virginia park, a very nice walking destination.
Brand new excercise equipment on the trails. I was in good company too.
I tried the machines too!
Finally.... A little crochet at night.
Good night!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Our Home for the Next 6 months

Day 1 - Life in a Rental Home

We arrived today to our temporary home in Warrenville SC.  Sure felt strange and sad to leave our home in Charlotte where we had lived since 1987.
View from the dinning room looking into the great room.
Kevin was 4 when we moved in.  We took these 2 pictures early this morning and I just walked through each room wondering if I would cry. I didn't.  I told Kevin the family moving in will build some wonderful memories too.
We arrived before the movers.  I really was worth paying this company.
They arrived around 10 am and left around 1:30 pm.
I am having a hard time getting Cliff to sit down.  He does not like chaos.
He has already set up the mailbox.
Much of these boxes will remain unpacked in the garage. I am thankful for this space.
Boxes, boxes, boxes!!
Home Sweet Home!! In Howlandsville Rd.

Monday, May 06, 2013

These were Fun and quick to make!

I took a break from making crochet owls and even though I am not a butterfly person....I thought these turned out cute and are super quick to make.  I used them to embellish a mini card which measures less than 3 inches.  I intend to use these as thank you, birthday, encouragement cards and also when I give someone a gift.  I have a friend who even likes to frame some of  the cards I have given her.  Nice to know that someone really appreciates a handmade card.  This afternoon I worked on writing down the pattern and you will see the link at the end of the post. You will need to know how to make what is called a magic circle and there are plenty of You Tube videos which show you how to do this.
From this - At this point the butterfly does not have a body.

To this -  The red butterfly was made using Paton's Grace Yarn This yarn is ideal for butterfly wings!! The natural color ones were made with thin cotton twine I found at a Hardware store.
Here is the pattern:

Monday, April 22, 2013

Make Someone Happy!

So, it has been a long time since I have posted anything.  I am back and I would like to share what I did this morning.  It is always a joy to craft on my Monday off from work. I found all the supplies I needed in my craft room and after months of not stamping anything I decided to use some very old Stampin' Up stamps.

To give it a more aged/vintage look to the tags, I burnished the edges using a sponge.

I used a stamp set and the sentiments were too long to fit in the tag.  The solution was to stamp and then cut out the words to fit the tag. Tie some ribbon to your tag. Glue words unto the tags using a glue stick or double stick tape if you have any.  I have enjoyed using the wrinkled ribbon I ordered from Etsy.
To secure the tag to my card, I used mounting tape so it would stand out nicely.
This card is super fast to make.  All you need for the front is a slightly smaller piece of scrapbook paper.  I have embellished this one with a Puff Stitch Crochet Flower. The Pattern is from this Crafty lady's blog. I used cotton twine and a C Crochet hook to make my flower and affixed it to the card using a button brad.  You can find those at Hobby Lobby in the scrap-booking department.
The Crochet Butterfly pattern was a Pinterest pin. There was no pattern but the crochet diagram was easy to follow.

Crochet Butterfly

Make a magic circle and work all stitches inside this circle.  Ch 6, work 1 double treble, 2 trebles, 1 dc, ch3, sl st in circle.  Ch3, 1 dc, 1 treble, ch4, sl st in circle, ch4, 1 treble, 1 dc, ch3, sl st in circle, ch3, 1 dc, 2 trebles, 1 double treble, ch6, sl st in circle.  Pull beginning tail to close the magic circle.  Wrap this tail a few times around the center ti make the butterfly body, tie the two tails together to make the antennae.  Color the antennae using a black sharpie marker.  Tip: Place butterfly on wax paper while applying the glue.  Make a knot at the end of each tail.  Cover the antennae using Elmer's glue to stiffen.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Super Delicious and Super Nutritious

I have been eating Quinoa for some time now and love it.  It's high in its protein value which is important to me since I  do not eat  red meat or chicken.  This recipe was pinned by my daughter and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to try it.  The only change I made to this amazing recipe was to use fresh milled whole wheat flour and substituted the green onions for chives from my garden.  If you follow the lady's suggestion of cooking the patties at low heat you'll succeed.  Read about the nutritional value of Quinoa here. It's a pretty amazing grain.  I also like to add it to my salads or even to cooked oatmeal.

I opted and used Zucchini instead of the chopped carrots. You can use any type of Quinoa.  I happened to have on hand the darker variety.

I used  the measuring cup to make the patties/burgers and....
dropped them unto my spatula and then into the pan...My main concern was whether they would hold together.
and they did.  I had quite a bit of the mix and this 1/4 cup measure patties would have taken me a long time, so I just made the patties larger.
As I mentioned I used fresh milled wheat flour.  The correct term for the type of wheat I used is Hard Red Wheat which I purchased from the Bread Becker's Shop in Woodstock, Georgia.  I loved, loved, loved this store.  I am very fortunate that it's very close to my daughter's house.  My daughter blessed me by giving me the Whisper Mill she had been using since she got a new model.
So....lucky to own one of these now.  The huge container with the red lid holds my red hard wheat.  On my next visit I will need to purchase white hard wheat.
This Zucchini bread I made this afternoon with the flour "smelled healthy" according to my husband. The bread did not raise as much as one using white flour but the texture was light and amazing. 

So....on my next visit to my daughter's I hope to purchase the Bread maker to start making my own Ezekiel Bread.
Little Orange owl I finished this afternoon paid a visit to the fairies.  Loved how this one turned out.   It was knitted using 2 double points using the YFSL1 (yarn forward slip one) which basically allows you to knit in the round using 2 needles. The wings were made the same way.