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Had a bit too much fabric fun at the thrift store, and then also at Wal-Mart, which is weird, because the latter doesn’t carry fabric, really, beyond jelly rolls and the like.  (I’m not very fond of Wally World but I needed a better storage solution for the fabric I found at my local thrift store.)

One thing I did get that I’m really glad I got – I got a Singer 239 Fashion Mate  a really nice price, hurrah!  It’s a tiny bit older than Betty and the table needs a lot of TLC, but I don’t think it’s going to be a lot of work.  We’re probably going to get it going for my youngest son who’s got a strong interest in learning to sew.  I’m all for that! Good life skill, at the very least.  Hmm – I’ll try to get pics up at some point, but I’m just worn out this afternoon. ;P  Although, that’d probably be just for my benefit at this point, haha, as I imagine noone’s really dropping in here right now.

Other things I found beyond just fabric:

  • A new fold up bag for my purse – I have a thing for what in the US is referred to as calico (?).
  • A pretty little table runner? Just a guess on this one – feels like quilting fabric.  Sweet, though.  I look forward to figuring out how to use it.
  • A lovely embroidered tablecloth – feels like linen.  Very soft.  One small spot I’m hoping to remove, ’cause I’d love to send it to my mom!
  • What I’m guessing is a newer piece of Pyrex – a pretty little mixing bowl.
  • A cool little melamine rice bowl. A bit worn but still neat, especially for about a quarter.
  • Some lovely fabric that reminds me of Guatemala.  No idea where it really hails from, though, but in any case, for $2, I thought it well worth bringing home.
  • An early 50s children’s Robin Hood story book – my youngest will be super stoked.
  • And Zeitoun by Dave Eggers – a really great book about amazing New Orlinean Mr. Zeitoun after Katrina.  I highly recommend it. I was able to pick up a hard copy that I’m quite happy to have.

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There’s more, but fabric will be tomorrow.

 

 

 

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Quick Cookie Post

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I took some quick snapshots (using my old camera) of the cookies I took to a friend’s Thanksgiving party.  (I made pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, too, but totally forgot to photograph them.  They were good, but very rich!)  Please forgive the first blurry pic – I didn’t realize how bad a pic it was until the, um, evidence was gone. 😉

These are The Best and Easiest Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, recipe found at VegWeb.com.  This is a very simple recipe, and I think that I’m going to try to make it xGFx (gluten-free) soon – should be easy as the recipe only calls for half a cup of flour as it is.

Gotta run – need to sort out lunch supplies for this coming school week – my latest crochet projects will have to wait until later I suppose.

Have a great Sunday!

Yum!

Birthday Goodies, Part Deux… [NaBloPoMo]

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To continue…assuming anyone’s reading this somewhat self-indulgent display of received gifts. ^_-

Just like last year I got a gift certificate from my folks to Amazon, and also just like last year I spent a couple of weeks deciding what I wanted.  Totally skipped anything practical this year (I’d feel guilty, but due to a family emergency I’d already cashed a birthday check for quick survival money.  :P) and ordered a slew of crochet and cooking related books for myself.  Well – almost nothing practical.  I spent *some* money ordering replacement rechargeable batteries – my beloved-but-unobservant husband threw them away in a dumpster whilst taking photos at a client’s site – he hadn’t realized they were in the camera! o.0

Soo – what did I get?

Crochet Goodies

Crochet Book Goodies

Hooked Scarves: 20 Easy Crochet Projects by Margaret Hubert (she has a blog here).  I also bagged onto another of her books, Hooked Throws: 20 Easy Crochet Projects.  These look like fun patterns, and I look forward to trying them out, though I guess I’m looking at a lot of veganizing yarn choices for a lot of them.  Also, it took me paging through the throw book to really grok how much yarn a throw/afghan takes. o.0 Yowza.

I also picked up a highly-reviewed out of print book – The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Crochet Projects Illustrated by Marcy Smith.  It’s got some really different patterns in it, and lovely clear pictures on how to do basic stitches, etc, but most of the projects don’t really catch my interest.  Also – there are lots of projects with things like felting, etc, which really won’t work for me as a vegan crocheter.  So, while it’s a fun addition to my library and I will undoubtedly use it, I probably wouldn’t get it if I had it to do over again.

Crochet:  The Complete GuideOn the other sauce, under the category of Completely AwesomeSauce – I picked up a copy of Crochet the Complete Guide.  This is an AmaZing book – I highly recommend it – basic practical stuff at the beginning, plus lots of stitch references and some basic patterns in the back.  This is going to be a book I use FreQuently – do check it out, whether you’re a noob like me or a master crocheter – I really think you’ll like it!!

My final crochet-related gift was the Boye Beginners Crochet Kit, which I bought for  the kit goodies, really, and not the book.  The basic instructions are great in this book, but I’d be *very* careful if I ordered it from a Seller on Amazon, etc.  The copy I got that was supposed to be “new” was the older pattern guide from the 80’s and not the newer one.  Frankly, however, it was too much hassle to complain. 😛  Like I said, glad to have picked up the hooks and stitch markers, ‘though the latter are a bit hard to use in my clumsy fingers.

Anyhoo, moving on to some happier Book Goodness:

Vegan Cookbooks

Vegan Cookbooks

These two have been on my want list forever, and it seemed like a good opportunity to pick ’em up, especially as I *do* need to feed my peeps everyday.  Well, I guess My Sweet Vegan is more of an indulgence, but there are good recipes for things like French toast, rolls, muffins and the like.  However, I will own up and share that as I had all the ingredients, I made Orange Dreamsicle Snack Cake first.  (I’ll post about that another time, as this post is starting to draw on, and I *did* sign up for NaBloPoMo for November. o.0  Gotta have *something* to post about all those days….)  ANYhoo – if you’d like to know more about Hannah Kaminsky, check out her blog, BitterSweet.  She’s got some fun free crochet  and knit patterns there, in addition to lovely recipes and just good food blogging.

Last but not least, I picked up Vegan BrunchIsa Chandra Moskowitz‘s latest.  If you’ve not tried ’em – her cookbooks are the bomb – I highly recommend them.  My only grouse is sometimes the ingredients are hard to find – she’s lived in the NYC area most of her life (now Portland, OR), so her perspective on what’s easy to find is a bit skewed. ^_-  It looks fab – lots of yummy stuff in there.  I’ve not had a chance to make anything other than banana flapjacks, but those were insanely good – didn’t even manage pics before they disappeared!

This was a fab haul!  Thanks Mom & Dad – much love!!!!

Birthday Goodies – A Belated Post… (Part One)

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This is über late – my birthday is the seventh of this lovely month – but I decided to share my goodies in a couple of posts.  Firstly, I decided to give proper props to my kids by giving them their own post, as they each contributed lots of loveliness to my day! ^_^

My Youngest made a large, sweet production about a Kiss on the Cheek.  An absolutely fab present if I do say so, myself.

Youngest Son

Youngest Son (Pardon the lack of shirt. It's a phase, lol.)

Middle Son gave me pin money from his very tightly cared for (hoarded? 😉 ) savings stash and basically said, go to Goodwill, look for yarn, knock yourself out.  So I did.  Couldn’t find any yarn, but I did find these three things, between the Goodwill and another local thrift store (benefiting Haven House)*:

Middle Son's Pressies

A small but lovely stash!  First is the Mere Poulard cookie tin from Mont Saint-Michel.  Found that at Haven House for 99 cents.  Pleased as punch with this, as it perfectly fits all my little crochet needles and notions.  You can’t beat a French biscuit tin for that, I figure. ^_-Biscuit Tin

I also splurged on a little remnant of Holly Hobby quilted fabric.  Mom made me a bathrobe out of the same print when I was little.  I’m hoping, if I can get my sewing machine sorted out, to make something from it, even though it’s an odd little leftover.  It’s in fabulous shape, though.

My final gift from Middle Son was a gently used copy of Peace is Every Step, by Thich Nhat Hanh.  I have been wanting a copy of this book for ages and was delighted to find it at a really cake_mania2good price at Goodwill.  Used is recycled, which is great!

And last, but certainly not least, my Eldest urged me to download Cake Mania 2 for my birthday and funded said venture.  If you’ve not played it, think Tetris with cake, though it’s nowhere near as epic as Tetris, of course.  Several years ago I bought the original and played it entirely too much until I won.  I’ve yet to get anywhere close to that with this one, which is good on a variety of levels. ^_-  Hopefully that means I’m being more productive, haha!

I couldn’t be more thrilled – thanks boys! ^_^

*We have a third one, benefiting Caring and Sharing, which I love to support.  Good organization, great volunteers, important mission!  I just don’t often make it there during the right hours.

Hmm – Wonder if this Will Help…?

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I was poking around Ravelry a couple of days ago and found a mention of crochet hook cushions on the Learn Crochet group board.  I had started to wonder – I find that if I’m working on something that requires a finer hook and smaller gauge, I still have issues with hand cramping and aching.  These:

Crochet Hook Cushion

Crochet Hook Cushion

…look fabulous!  I look forward to getting some, as well as trying out different hook styles – perhaps that will help, as well.

Sneaky Crafting

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Art ReclamationI absolutely adore sneaky crafting.  If there is something that will soak up entirely too much of my time, it’s guerilla knitting, or something along the lines of The Toy Society.  Colorful social commentary and joy spreading – can’t beat it.  ^_^

Some great links to check out:

OMG – Best. Cupcakes. Ever.

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A dear love of ours made Eldest Son some strawberry shortcake for a belated birthday present.  It wasn’t bad, but it was not perfect enough that it drew a lot of razzy comments about vegan cooking.  So – with a third of a quart’s wilty strawberries in mind, I went looking for another recipe.  What I found was seriously the best cupcake ever.  Very good shortcake experience – I highly recommend:

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This is not my pic – I was too much of a bum to run down to the office to get the camera, so this has been shamelessly borrowed from the blog of origin: Vegan.Chicks.Rock.