Sunday, November 29, 2009

Warped Bunnyness

Someone at Anthropologie definitely has a warped sense of bunnyness. Occasionally it comes off well, such as the necklace but the most recent ones are pretty awful. A bunny shot glass...
And just when you wondered how you would ever put it down here it is sitting on its head.

But this is the worst. It is a candle and the wick comes out of its poor forehead. Can you imaging how it would look half melted with drooping soft wax ears?

More Pebbles

I happened to look at a catalog that I had never received before and found more pebble mats.... And interesting pebble placemats...

And these are not pebbles at all but felted merino wool cushions (can't imagine they would be very comfortable to sit on, but they claim that they are) made in Province ranging in price from $298 to $595.

And of course pebble hooks - which ABJ and I talked about as a use for the Chloe Alberry drawer handles. Pretty pricy, even with the discount.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas Workshop

The Christmas workshop is now open for business. All the projects that have been sitting on my worktable are now works in process.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving Leftovers

We had a lovely Thanksgiving with my mom, uncle and aunt (visiting from the UP with their exchange student from Okinawa - Li). Eating all the traditional comfort foods - turkey with stuffing made with home-grown sage, parsley and rosemary, Aunt Goldie's cranberry sauce, candied sweet potatoes ( no marshmellows thank you) peas and baby onions, home made gravy made by my 88 year-old mom, and ending with a luscious pumpkin chiffon pie with a ginger-snap crust. But the best is the next day when everyone has gone...... and I make a stuffing, turkey and gravy casserole with the leftovers.

And we enjoy the last two pieces of the pie.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pebble Mat

I love this.....
pebble mat $44.95

Stepping stones. Pebbles washed smooth in the rivers of China threshold zen indoors or out. Naturally, no two are alike. Makes an unique bath mat.

Tasky Kakes!

I am going to Tasty Baking Company for lunch today :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Naomi's Birthday Picture

My Granddaughter sent this picture to my husband for his birthday. It is a little light, but I can't believe how sophisticated it is for someone who is 9 years old!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ebelskivers and Brunch

I completely forgot that I was going to write about the brunch we had on Nov 1. Here is the happy crowd - APJ is looking so much better and has finished his most recent infomercial on Natures Miracles. HB saw it for the first two times on Monday. In any case, a good time was had by all and everyone gobbled up the apple caramel ebelskivers, maple sausages and fresh berries with enthusiasm. I was going to take a picture of the beautiful round ebelskivers, but they disappeared too quickly, so I saved a bit of the batter and filling to make after everyone left. APJ and I went off for about 20 minutes to look at all my London and Scotland pics, as well as the pics that ABJ sent of the new flat. He and his wife left shortly afterwards, so I went into the kitchen to cook up the leftovers and this was all that was left.
I found the batter but the rather large pan with the caramelized apples (homemade caramel!!)had disappeared. I quizzed my husband who looked baffled as I pointed to the area on the stove where the pan had been. Finally he remembered that he had seen my sister-in-law eating the contents of the pan. This is the woman who made me dig out the sweet 'n low and heavy cream for her coffee because there were too many carbs in the sugar!!!
Maybe next time.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


After reading my posting on the stained glass kalidescope and quilt, ABJ thinks that Anthropologie is getting greedy so I have figured out what we could do. We could start our own business on Etsy and call it ethnologie and carry much more creative knock-offs of anthropologie and other overpriced merchandise. The name would be very genuine because both of us have degrees in Anthropology. What do you think ABJ?

Just looked at my emails again and they have gotten truely nervy! Now they are doing these pretentious bits they call theanthropologist. net for "inspiring works and inspiring individuals". What advertising wiz came up with this one? Hmmm I can think of candidates for the from our real lives. This could be fun.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Christmas Crackers

Liberty has some awsome and very expensive Christmas Crackers. I would never spend this much on something that will get torn apart in seconds, but I seem to remember that you could buy kits to make your own crackers when we lived in the UK. Nothing like that here.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

ABJ come home and go into business with me

I know you could do this and so much more ........ (anthropologie at $368) And doesn't this really remind you of the poof quilt squares on Naomi's dress, but bigger and much easier and not quite as nice as I would make..........(anthropologie $498)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Circular Vest

I was going to write about the brunch I made for my brother and his wife today, but my camera battery needs recharging so I will save that for tomorrow. This weekend I got a chance to look at my new issue of Threads and this article on making a circular vest is my favorite. You can create it in an hour and it doesn't take more than a meter of fabric unless you are very busty. The binding is made of ribbed knit and getting it right is the trick. There are additional instructions about how to measure the armhole length and sew the binding on, but this gives you the general idea........