Warning: Graphic intense
I have been busy but it seems like I haven't done a thing. I know I haven't gone out to read the blogs lately as I am almost 300 behind. OUCH!!!
First of all I am just so psyched. I won first place in Brian's aka Brileyknits contest. I couldn't decide between the custom needle roll or the 4oz of handspun Merino. I had a feeling both would be made by Brian which is what I wanted, so it was a tough decision. I finally decided on the handspun. I can't wait for it to arrive. LOL no rush Brian take your time hon.
Brian also gifted me with something absolutely wonderful. I am slowly going to a total vegetarian diet and Brian has been a big help, I am not eating any beef right now and starting on not eating pork. Brian doesn't know this as it was wonderful timing as I have recently had a stronger reason to do this, a dear friend passed away two weeks ago from Mad Cow's Disease. Now this totally freaked us out as he was a farmer back in the day when hubby also did farming. John eventually stopped farming and went into another business. Now people, he grew up and lived in NY, so this isn't some other country we are talking about, this really hit close to home. Thank God he didn't suffer long, as I saw documentaries on how this disease affects you. He was having some health issues and was diagnosed as diabetic, as week after the diagnosis he couldn't move his limbs so he was taken to Albany Medical Center where he was diagnosed with MCD, and he passed away two days later.
The very lovely gift from Brian was
a vegetarian cookbook, with recipes by Brian and his friends. LOL funny he posted today about this. Weird brain connections going on this week. I'll explain more later.
There were typed pages and pages like this,
Absolutely beautiful!!! I will treasure it forever. Brian did you know I collect cookbooks? Thank you so much!!!!
Oh here is a picture of that sampler tea towel. Now please don't laugh at how crude this is.
It was just a scrape piece of cotton I had and decided to do the different stitches for the J foot. As I was doing it I realized I could make a tea towel. I tried to square it off as best as I could. LOL this is the one when hubby asked who is D? LOL I need to rip that out and put in a K. I also cut the bottom to make it scalloped.
This weekend I went out and did some straightening up on the back deck and decided to quickly make a tablecloth for the deck table.
Two years ago outside Jo-Ann's there was a bin of clearance item and they had these bolts of vinyl with flannel backing. I grabbed two since they were a nice price. in 2006 I made my tablecloth from one of the bolts and this was the other that was left. There still is a good amount on the roll, I'm thinking placemats for outside. This is real easy to make.
Then as I reached into my sewing project bag I pulled out a placemat I was working on two years ago when my Mom's machine decided to stop sewing, I managed to finish one before it died. Here are the finished placemats.
They are reversible. The pattern wanted you to make your own binding but I didn't want to use all that material for the binding so I found a roll of ribbon and sewed that on instead.
The paper on top was one of my finds today to finish printing out the recipes. I didn't like the red rose paper for the recipes as I think it was just way to much with the recipe binder. The color on the paper is very muted and I think will look great.
I actually ventured out today, as it was just gorgeous and I couldn't resist. First stop was to Yarns Etc. to drop off a check for Mary Ann. Teresa of Singing Waters Farm had bought us some dye plants and dropped them off to Mary Ann's. Since I've been so sick I haven't had time to go pick them up and decided today was a wonderful day to go do so. I didn't realize the shop was closed as Lucy Neatby was there holding a workshop. Good thing they were all milling around as I was able to go in and see Mary Ann. I also saw Lucy and Mary Ann showed me all of Lucy's wonderful knitting cloths. OMG were they gorgeous. I am so sorry I didn't know about this workshop. REMEMBER: IF YOU ARE GOING TO MARYLAND S&W STOP BY AND SAY HI TO MARY ANN OF THREE WATERS FARM.
Then I headed over to Good Price Books, a used bookstore in Chapel Hill. I took my time, grabbed a chair and went through the cookbook section. I found some really cute books. Country Recipes from Friends and Family; A Collection of 900 Tasty Recipes from Mennonite Homes All Across America. I wanted this cookbook as I was over at Wendy's Modest Dress blog and tried making her Hunza bread. It was good but hubby and I both feel something was missing from the recipe.
Next is The American Kitchen 1700 to the Present by Ellen M. Plante, printed in 1995. It shows kitchen layouts, advertisements, helpful hints, recipes and guidelines for running your house all during various time periods.
For example, "in the colonial time period one household hint is that tight, waxy, yellow butter is better than white or crumbly, which soon becomes rancid and snowy. Go into the center of balls or rolls to prove and judge it; if in firkin [a lidded, wooden container], the middle is to be preferred, as the sides are frequently distasted by the wood of the firkin - altho' oak and used for years... American Cookery - Amelia Simmons, 1776."
In Victorian times "Home Comfort a Mrs. Logan gives advice on a one-servant household. The one maid must rise early enough to accomplish part of the washing before breakfast. By rising at five, there will be two hours before it is time to lay the table and prepare the first meal... after having cooked the breakfast and waited the table, the girl sets before her mistress a neat dish-pan, a mop and two clean towels; then takes the heavy dishes, knives and forks into the kitchen, while the lady washes the glass, silver and china."
It ends with The Kitchen as we Know It 1940-1990's. I love really old cookbooks from the Victorian era and before and I just love the advice they usually give. Some of the information is useful even today. For insteance, I have some oil cloths and I was wondering how I would clean it if I was to use it outside and there is a wonderful hint inside the book as how to do this and how to re-oil the cloth.
Now the last book is a gold mine for me. It was published in 1951 and has the cutest pictures ever. It is A World of Good Eating; Recipes From Around the World by Heloise Frost. Here are some pictures from the book:
These are just a few of the chapters. Then they have little pictures on the pages.
I wonder if these illustrations are still copyrighted? The book does give credit to "Ellen A. Nelson whose figurines and greeting card characters have charmed their way into the hearts of thousands. Mrs. Nelson also contributed the Scandinavian recipes." I guess I need to do some internet research, as I would love to use some of these.
After the bookstore it was time to head to Staples. I was looking for a blue highlighter with the post-it flags but no blue. However, there was a guy sitting out front selling subscription to the newspaper. I've been wanting to get the weekend papers so this was perfect. I also received a 15.00 dollar Staples gift certificate for joining, hence the paper for my recipes.
Then it was time for Whole Foods, I wanted to get some sausage casing as I want to try making some chicken sausages. No luck but I did get a good buy on wholesome chicken boneless chicken thighs. The best surprise was that they actually had my husbands favorite rub for chicken.
Hubby and I talked over the Nextel earlier and decided to meet at a local Chinese restaurant for dinner, so after some sushi I headed to Cliff's Meat Market in Carrboro. They cater to the Spanish/Mexican clientèle and have some great cuts of meat. However, I wasn't there for the meat I wanted to see about the sausage casings. Lucky, they had it and the wonderful gentleman told me how to do it and store whatever is left over.
Then to Mary Ann's to pick up my plants - I now have two each of Madder, Weld, Dyer's Knotweed, . Tonight I'll research on the internet the best way to plant these and do that in the morning.
Okay Phew enough LOL. I'm sure you are tired of reading.
Ooops the mind/brain thing. I wanted to call my dil the other day to see how she was doing. I ended up with a real sleepy spell and decided to take a nap instead of calling her. When I got up I checked my email and there was a nice long email from her. Then the newspaper thing, as I had just called the Burlington paper to see about the weekend subscription, the vegetarian cookbook from Brian and now the same postings LOL.