Things aren't slowing down around here. Thankfully so because it makes the days go so fast. I was supposed to get on a plane Monday back to China to visit Butch, but I decided to postpone. Work is busy and I wasn't ready to leave Rocker. On the other hand, it was a little sad because I miss hubs terribly. Speaking of hubs, I didn't mean to go this long between posts, but I had some billing issues with Typepad saying my address didn't match the card on file. Hmmmm? After three days of trying to solve the mystery with emails to Typepad and phone calls to the bank, Butch called this morning and asked what I was doing. I said, "being frustrated with our bank or Typepad or both." I explained the situation and then he said, "oh, I changed the address awhile back on-line." Ah ha! I'm glad I finally mentioned it to him. Isn't it weird the telephone banker didn't have that in her records though?
I promise, I'm going somewhere with this blueberry theme. Things are coming along on my book. I am so excited and nervous about this it. Tomorrow, I'm shipping a box of my hand collected treasures down for the photo shoot. It's neat to have the opportunity to add another personal element to the book besides the projects.
The past three weekends Grandpa and I have made our way to the Farmer's market. I truly look forward to it every week. The one thing I cannot leave behind is blueberries. Lately I've been freezing them and eating them like popcorn. So yummy. Last weekend I made a batch of muffins to take to some folks, and that was fun. I've missed doing that while living in China and I've got a lot of catching up to do. You know, nothing says lovin' like fresh muffins straight from the oven...or so I've heard.
-Grandma's Summer Blueberry Muffins-
The thing I love about these muffins are A: they're grandma's homemade blueberry muffins and B: they are not ultra sweet, but more of a delicate sweet...like not steroid sweet. Know what I'm sayin?
Makes 2 Dozen, Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
Sift together: 3 C. flour, 1 C. sugar, 4 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp salt
Mix in: 1/2 C. shortening, 2 eggs, 1 C. milk
Gently fold in: 2 C. blueberries
Fill muffin cups at least 1/2 to 3/4 full and sprinkle with a bit of sugar. Bake 20-25 minutes.
Yum. That's all I can say. Obviously because once those babies were pulled from the oven I was eating them...forgot all about taking a picture of a cute little muffin on a summery napkin like I'd planned. Ha! Next time. Maybe. ;-)
Birds and Beads...and that's about it. I rented Alfred Hitchcock's, The Birds this past week. I've seen it a thousand times, so it's a good movie to have on while I'm working. I've been switching back and forth between the radio and movies---anything framiliar is fine by me. Feverishly wrapping up secret projects, so it doesn't leave much to show you. Someday it will all be out in print and then I can show you. Surprises are good, but the wait is long! I have a lot of work to do this weekend, but the big Herb Fest along the Wabash river is going on and then there's a putt putt tournament I've been debating about doing. I haven't played putt putt since, oh I don't know, 87'? down in Florida (the land of super duper putt putt golf course awesomenesses). Hmmm. Decisions. I'm feeling behind on so much, I think it will be good to hang in down here at the old nest.
Here are a few links from the Bead Bloggers too!
Katie's Beading Blog Back to school already? Make summer last a little longer with this fun, jangly necklace from the August issue of Simply Beads.
Iron-ons. It's just been in the last year that I've used iron-ons. Boy, do they fit the instant craftification bill! I love them! These particular iron-ons are from the Plaid Make and Take that we did in the afternoon at CHA. It's a whole line called, "Me and My Peeps!" They're so new, I can't find a link with the whole line to show you! CHA Show goers could pick out their whole family including pets and make a t-shirt. From Mom and Dad with one kid, to brides and grooms, to the Brady Bunch...they were all adorable.
These are the two shirts I did for my demos. Mixed media lover that I am, I had to add some chain with a needle and thread (Thank you Embassy Suites for the needle and thread). If you try this, just be sure that the t-shirt dries pretty quickly after washing or else your chain might get rusty. Simply, wash it on gentle inside out, and hang in front of a fan. Done. These little sweetie Peeps retail for 99 cents and are either in or coming to a major craft store near you. They were a big hit at the show and a cute and cost friendly way to jazz up a plain T.
This Children, is the most awesome tumbler in the world! I'm not sure if my picture really captures that. Perhaps, I should have added a "Zam!" or "Bam!" or something along with the burst. Next time. Anyway, if you do any sort of metal fabrication, you will not regret this purchase. Flip the switch, walk away, come back in an hour, and Voila! Polished silver pieces. I've had this one for about five years and it's still going strong and I think it will for a very long time (knock on wood, of course!).
I'm sitting here in the window on this glorious Sunday afternoon listening to a song I'm absolutely hooked on. Ya Ya Ya by Kassin +2--check out their myspace page and listen to the song here. With this festive music going, I thought it'd be fun to show you these cute cha-cha rings we did for the Make and Take at CHA in the Plaid booth. The resin charms are from their new FRESH line...that I'm also in love with. I think I've mentioned that before but...we must savor the good stuff. Speaking of good stuff, I photographed these on my Luaka Bopcd cover that my friend and fellow designer Fernando-licious gave me. It's a sampler full of fabulous Brazillian pop including the band I just mentioned. I've listened to this CD about 100 times this week---not one song to skip! Thank you Nando!
Rocker. Good ol' Rocker. We wake up, go on a long walk and then this is his station allllll day. He sleeps in his new pillow bed up on the couch. And I am so envious sometimes. He's been up clickity clacking around on the wood floors the past two nights. Last night because I forgot to fill his dish to the brim with water. The night before because I forgot to bring his food into the bedroom (both Butch's jobs). And yes, we carry his food in and out from the kitchen to the bedroom nearly everyday. He's a prince and we live to serve him. LOL. He's also a killer because he wakes me up and then I have a hard time falling back to sleep and it seems he can be sawing logs in 2 minutes flat. Typical man, I guess. ;-)