Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tea Party Week

Hi Everybody~

If you've come over from Wild Olive, welcome!! I'm so glad to have you here.

If you haven't seen all the cuteness happening over at Mollie's blog, Wild Olive, I encourage you to pop over and have a look! Her place is brimming with tea-riffic things this week, and if you like tea parties, boy oh boy, are you in for a treat!

I'm jumping into the tea party action too, because you know I love a tea party! Today I'm going to share a couple of things, one of my favorite tea sandwich recipes, and some Tealightful Treasures tea, that's right it's a giveaway!! 

This recipe is my go-to, never-fail, everyone-loves-it tea sandwich. It's versatile and can be modified to your personal tastes. I've made this with canned chicken, baked chicken, rotisserie chicken (from the grocery store) and even a roasted turkey breast.

Since I made this recipe up, I don't have any measurements, it all depends on how much you need, ie. a sammie for yourself, or a platter for a crowd.   

Here's what you'll need:
  • Chicken (fresh or canned - if using canned, get the kind packed in WATER)
  • Celery
  • Green onion (any other onion is too strong and will overwhelm the fruit, if you can't get green onions, skip them)
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Dried Apricot
  • Roasted Almond Slivers
  • Mayo (the good stuff! diet won't work here.)
  • Celery Salt
  • Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • Loaf of soft white bread
  • Loaf of soft wheat bread
Everything should be chopped small (approx 1/4").  Except the almond slivers, just put some of those in a baggie and smash them on the counter. Mix everything together and cover with plastic or in an air tight container until assembly. It's best to make these the night before you need them so that the flavors have time to blend. Right before I make the sandwiches, I add a bit more mayo to moisten up the mix, then I trim the crusts off the bread and assemble the sammies, easy peasy! I like to use a light & dark bread for each sammie, but that's not necessary.  Stack them on a pretty platter, sneak one for yourself, and viola! Tea sandwiches!

Oh, yum. Now I want to make these...

Back to Wild Olive!
Here's another little goodie from Mollie's Tea Party Week, an adorable little embroidery pattern that she made to share with all of us.

You can download the PDF file that Mollie made here.

Ok, giveaway time!
To play along I'd love to share some tea with you, my friends. I wish it could be in person, but since you bloggy pals are all over the world, it'll have to be a virtual tea party. 

I am going to give away a 2oz. bag of loose, Tealightful Treasures tea, and a few stitchy goodies to one person that I'll choose randomly, the evening of Monday May 30th.
**Please make sure that you leave me your email address in the comment if you're a "No-Reply" blogger so that I can get a hold of you if you win... not sure? Click here for details**

 Entering couldn't be easier, just leave me a comment here on this post, and tell me what kind of tea is your favorite, green, black, rooibos, or fruit & herb. This way I can make sure to choose a tea you'll enjoy. I have a wide variety of teas, because I'm a consultant for Tealightful Treasures, betcha didn't know that, aye? 

Can't wait to hear from you!

p.s. If you're new round these parts, thanks for popping in and I hope you'll come back again soon!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dancing With The Stars!

Ok Girls!

Who's it gonna be?!?
Congratulations, Hines!!
Kim & Hines

Kirsti & Maks
(and yeah, I agree with the first two commenters, I never get tired of lookin' at this hawt piece of man!)

 Chelsea & Mark

Come on now, I know I'm not alone!!
Who's your pick?

Talk to me!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Han Stitched First

Hi All,
Just a quick linky today! I'm pretty stoked to have one of my little stitcheries included in a fearture on Mr. X Stitch today, I have much love for this website and today, Bridget (Beefranck) is featuring a Flickr group that I've added some pictures to, called 'Han Stitched First' - a Star Wars only embroidery/cross stitch picture group started by fellow Northern Californian, Whatever James.

There's a lot of awesome in that group for those of you who are of the nerdy persuasion, go take a peek!
May the force be with you!!
This is Boba Fett, he's a badass bounty hunter. He's also Sean's favorite. This was my first experiment with Crayon tinting.

More Star Wars stitcheries in my future, I see...

Have a great day!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Yo~Yo's, Yo!

Hi Girls,
I'm sure glad it doesn't look like the world is going to end today...


I feel a burgeoning obsession coming on.

Well, and for lots of other reasons too, of course.


Have a wonderful, peaceful & loving weekend, friends!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

With Fairy Grace

Hello Folksies!
Ok, Blogger finally seems to be cooperating, I think it was having a moment earlier this week. Did you guys have trouble with that too? So! Now that that's over, I can finally share about a little WIP that's been in my basket for a looong time.

My beautiful, littlest niece turned 2 years old recently, and here's one of the things I made for her birthday.

A pretty wall hanging for her room.
"Hand in hand with fairy grace, we will sing and bless this place"
~William Shakespeare

I've always been a Shakespeare fan, it kinda goes hand in hand with the whole Renaissance Faire thing...

Tiny, wool felt flowers and micro seed beads, ala Paulette.

I cut the fairy design from a little book of stencils that I found in the kids department at Beverly's Crafts. I appliqued her with a blanket stitch, and embellished her with some pretty, pink ballet shoes and some fancy stitches along the border of her skirt, as well as some tiny laces on the front of her bodice.

Here's the tag I made for the back. Not that I wanted to share my personal sentiments to my little one with the world, but I was really pleased with how this came out and I've often struggled with how to mark a piece of embroidery, so I thought I'd share this aspect too in case others struggle with the same kind of thing. I don't mark every piece of embroidery, mind you, but special, meaningful gifts that I've given to friends & family, I like to label with the when & the why of the piece. I used printable fabric for the message, which I machine stitched to the felt that I tucked inside the back, after I secured the fabric with a thin bead of hot glue, just inside of the inner hoop. 

Here's how the entire backing looks.

A pretty button flower for her to hold on to, adds just the right amount of sparkle without distracting from the overall soft feel of the piece... I think.

And here's the birthday girl with her own little birthday fairy outfit.
Miss Ava-amazing!
Isn't she an absolute doll? Oh my, I love her so much!

Her mommy, my beautiful and talented sister-in-luv, Apryl, made her the gorgeous fairy wings and head piece. They're so perfect I could weep.

My mom fancied up the little skorts by stitching silk flower petals (the kind you sprinkle on tables for weddings) in layers over the entire skort. It's got a very soft, dreamy look and makes a cool wooshing, rustle when Ava walks or moves around.

Here she is running away from pictures. "No moh ant lees!" Translation = You've taken enough pictures of me today Auntie Lisa, knock it off! I'm like a paparazzi, swear. My poor family.

I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend! We're getting a late spring storm passing through today, as I write these words thunder & lightening are booming outside and it's cold! So cold that I have a fire crackling in the fireplace, it'll be the last one of the year, I am sure. Today is a nice, cold lazy day, one of my very favorite kinds!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

I'm A Winner

Hi There Girls!

So yesterday I was doing my daily blog hop, checking out all my favorites, which includes Lilla Lotta. She is such a beautiful artist, and makes the most lovely printed twill tapes, always good eye candy. I've always wanted some, it's gorgeous, go take a peep at her shop.

Yesterday's post revealed the winners of last weeks giveaway of some lovely printed cake tape, and guess who's name was on the list?!?


I'm so excited, I can't wait to get my wee little package in the mail. I'm already imagining ways to put this adorable tape to good use!

Have a lovely weekend!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Fabric Bowl Fail

Happy Cinco De Mayo, Senioreeties!

Last night I was feeling good, feeling like I could tackle and knock out a little project. I'd found this great little tutorial and thought, "yeah! I can totally do this!!"

It all went smoothly at first, but perhaps it was not meant to be. Wanna see my fabric bowl fail?
Oh dear. That's some baaad binding. But that's the inside so not too bad, right?
No one will really see that part.

Hey, this picture doesn't look so bad, but this is the "good side". Trust me it's got an ugly side too.

Oh dear. The gathering gave me problems (the threads broke!) the binding gave me problems too (I missed a few sections) and it was really hard to sew because the bowl is pretty small. I'd say it's about 2" high and maybe 4.5" wide.  But, this was my first try.

Gah! Some things look easier than they are.

I shall try again.

Hope your day is rolling smoothly along!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Stitch & Bitch: Tea In The City

Come with me to a tea party, won't you?

I finally got a chance to meet some of my favorite California stitchy bloggers and all-around, damn fine chicks this weekend when Katy & Maureen, the fabulous ladies of Sew Lovely Embroidery, graciously hosted a Stitch & Bitch Tea Party in the sunny dining room of their San Francisco home. 

The table was oh, so pretty!

Maureen made cute bunting!

Gorgeous tulips.

Mmmm, cupcakes! Perfectly moist & delish (I had three... oink!!)
The girls also made a variety of scrumptious tea sandwiches and fresh scones, raspberry & white chocolate, yum!

Look at all these teas, I'm in heaven!

Happy, stitching girls!
(made happier with copious amounts of champagne, woop-woop!)
Maureen, Jackson, Jocelyn, Katy & me...

It was SO great to meet all of these gals, but especially Katy & Jackson, we've been commenting on each others blogs, and chatting on facebook for a while now, so to finally get to meet each other *in person* was amazing! Maureen, the artist behind Sew Lovely couldn't have been sweeter! Jacquie (otherwise known as Mafiosagrrl, Mz. Jackson if you're nasty.) is a total sweetheart! I have a whole other post about Jackson coming soon, wait'll you see what she made for little old me! Jocelyn, a pal of Jacquie's came along too, which was great because I got to see knitting, live and in action! I want to knit, it looks cool (but hard)... I must add that to my to-do list. Then there's Katy, dear Katy. Total bombshell and a real fire cracker! I wanted to put her in my pocket and take her home with me.

Katy has an art show coming up, how exciting is this?!? I got an up close & personal look at one of the pieces that she'll be showing, and I only have one word... EPIC!!

 After we got our grub on, we got down to business. Stitchin' & Bitchin'!!
Awesome. The afternoon flew by way too quickly. Before I knew it, it was time to head for home.

Katy & Maureen are so sweet, they even made us goodie bags!
Can you see Katy's amazing embroideries in the background? If they're impressive when you see them online, you should see them in person, they're incredible.

And what a goodie bag it was!!
(ew, bad cell phone picture... sowwy!)
SO much great stuff, thank you, thank you, thank you ladies! I can't wait to do this again.

An extra huge thanks to Katy, who let me steal all these pitcures (except for that last crappy one) from her blog because I'm a dingaling and left my camera at home the day of our party. I think I was too excited to get to San Francisco.

There's nothing like finally getting to meet your bloggy, crafty friends in person. It's such a treat. I hope that all of you get to have this experience too.

Ok, I better wrap this up. As always, I've gone on far too long.
Have a great day!!