A Bit of A Recipe Review #1

20190214_024341 (2)Lil’ Mo– “One for me and one for you… ”             B.B. Jo—“How are we going to get the honey out of the honey bear? We are very small and we don’t have thumbs.”

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!! There is still time to make something nice for the ones you love and this biscuit recipe is quick and easy to fix!

MENNONITE BUTTERMILK BISCUITS!

Several weeks ago, Diane, of  https://indianeskitchen.com   featured these biscuits–Mennonite Buttermilk Biscuits–    https://indianeskitchen.com/2019/01/16/mennonite-buttermilk-biscuits/   on her blog and I thought I would give them a try.

The recipe calls for shortening, and for health reasons, I don’t use shortening, mainly because all the shortening brands carried at the stores in my area are totally hydrogenated. Very bad for your health! So, I researched online to see what I could substitute for the shortening and not have the the recipe affected too much. I settled on butter, which can be substituted for the same amount as the shortening called for in the recipe. When using butter in baked goods instead of shortening, you need to drop the called for temperature, in this recipe, of 450 degrees, down to 425 degrees, to avoid over-browning, butter browns up really fast. And extend the cooking time a little bit, I ended up baking them for 17 minutes, and watch your biscuits like a hawk so they don’t brown too much! I ended up putting a piece of tin foil over the biscuits through the last part of the cooking time to help keep them from burning. So, I had all my ingredients gathered, I followed along in the instructions, I mixed the dry ingredients first and then cut in the butter. So, good so far. Then I mixed in the buttermilk and lightly blended and then turned the dough out on to a well floured piece of freezer paper. The dough was kind of wet, maybe because of the butter…but I sprinkled flour on it and proceeded to knead it for the 30 seconds as per the instructions. Then, I flattened it out and because I didn’t have a biscuit cutter, I used a glass to cut out the biscuits, and I ended up with eleven to bake. I placed them in my preheated oven and crossed my fingers and started counting the minutes while I watched the biscuits cooking. Part way through, I placed the tin foil piece over them to help prevent over-browning. When the time was up and they were a nice brown, I pulled them out of the oven and spread butter on the tops and let it sit for a minute, per the instructions. Then the moment of truth, my husband, the official taste tester, split one of the biscuits open and slathered it with butter and drizzled it with honey and took a bite. His verdict…..”This is GREAT! Tell Diane this is a SUPER BISCUIT RECIPE!!!! I will definitely want these on a regular basis!”

So, there you go! My husband gives this biscuit recipe 5 stars! And so do I, it was very easy to fix and gave very good results and the instructions are very easy to understand! The bears give the biscuits 5 paws up!

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Here, in the above picture, is a close up view of the finished biscuits. So, follow the links I provided above and you too can try this great biscuit recipe! So, I hope my recipe review is helpful and maybe inspires someone to try these biscuits and check out Diane’s blog, she has all kinds of great recipes on there! I hope you have a GREAT DAY!!!!! HAPPY BAKING and HAPPY CRAFTING!!!! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

 

 

Works-in-progress are coming along…and two of the ladybug figures…And Spring?!

20190208_182946 (2)Another paper-mache’ winter sweater is ready to embellish! The last three pear-snowmen are finally painted, dry and off their handling sticks. Next for them will be their hats, which will help to determine where their facial features will be and help to line up for their arms and the buttons down their fronts. The wooden ladybug parts are all carved out and ready for some sanding, the paint and then to be glued together. I haven’t decided yet if it will have legs, but it will have some antennas. And my little paper-mache’ ladybug person has been wrapped with the floral tape and the first bits of paper and glue have been applied to help keep the tape from unwrapping itself.  His/her “eyes” have the first coat of paint on them and I’ve got some “arms” ready, I think to maybe be wrapped with some of the floral tape. The big challenge will be seeing if I can get his/her hand shapes and little shoes wrapped with the floral tape to help make their surfaces smoother. I might have to split the tape to make it narrower for the wrapping around the hand/fingers and shoe shapes.

So, that’s what is going on so far with these projects so far. I’ve been taking pictures of the various stages of progress for these critters and things so I can use them for the how-to-do’s.

And would you believe it got up to 82 degrees in my yard today?! We had a warming front go through, and then tomorrow night it will be back down in the 30 degree range. The weather here is flip-flopping temperature-wise just like it’s Spring. My rosemary has some more flowers on it. Dandelions are blooming out in the lawn and a flock of robins has been hanging out in the yard looking for earthworms. And the resident mole has started tunneling up and down the yard, along the side of the apartment…Go Mole Boy! eat all those grubs and slugs!  I’m starting to think it’s not just my rosemary that is confused about what time of the year it is…it still is February, but you’d never know that looking out at what the plants and the critters in the yard are doing! So, stay warm or cool depending on what your weather is doing! HAPPY LADYBUG CREATING and HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!

A Paper Mache’ Ladybug in the Works! And Spider Junior is ready for his dots!

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I’ve got this ladybug ready to be wrapped in the floral tape! I haven’t worked out completely how I’m going to do his arms, but I’m thinking of using galvanized wire and then making the “hands”, from Celluclay or Paperclay. I’ve got the first coat of white paint on his “eyes”. So, he is coming along nicely. And slowly but surely, I’m rounding off the head shape for the wooden ladybug. I don’t want to rush it cause the wood could crack and break. So, little slivers at a time, till it is the roundness that I’m going for. And Spider Junior’s three coats of shiny black paint are finally dry enough for his dot patterning to commence. I’ve got to get his “eyes” painted, they’re gessoed, they just need a few coats of the white paint and they’ll be ready to be painted to look like eyeballs.

So, some ladybugs are in the works and Spider Junior is coming along nicely! I’ve been hanging out on Pinterest.com., looking at how other people have made their various ladybug creations. Working on ideas for how I want to do my cross stitch ladybug picture and my feltie ladybug.  Pondering different options. So, that’s what’s going on so far in the way of ladybugs and spiders. I hope all of you have a VERY NICE DAY! STAY WARM & DRY! HAPPY LADYBUG MAKING!!!! HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!

The Great Ladybug Challenge/Exhibition!

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I’m flying by the seat of my pants here! When I saw the cute ladybugs on Our Little Red House’s blog,    https://ourlittleredhouseblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/26/dollar-day-do-overupcycled-coat   I thought they would be nice inspiration for a ladybug challenge/exhibition/creativity exercise. So I’m going to try to set this up sort of like the Sunshine Blogger Award nomination post. When I was nominated for that the first time, I had no idea what it was! So, I started following the links back through the various people’s nomination posts to get a feel for what was expected and along the way I saw some really nice blogs! So I’m going to make this challenge as wide open as I can to appeal to the most people. So, I’ll start with some rules…

  1. Thank the person/s who tagged you and create a link to their blog.
  2. Use “THE GREAT LADYBUG CHALLENGE!!!” logo banner on your post and copy and paste the rules on your post.
  3. Add a picture of your ladybug creation/s and maybe a how-to of how you did it and the supplies used.
  4. Create a link to Our Little Red House’s blog, so people can be inspired by her beautiful ladybugs! And check out her blog, she makes really neat projects!
  5. Tag 1 – 5 people that you think would be interested in making ladybugs and create links to their blogs.
  6. Notify your tagged people that you’ve tagged them through social media or in the comments on their blogs.
  7. This is a wide open ladybug making exercise! You can make them however way you want, it’s not limited to sewing them. Use whatever is your favorite crafting materials to make them. And you can even write poems or stories about ladybugs or paint pictures of them.  Or make cards featuring ladybugs. Or you could even make ladybug cupcakes or cookies! Use whatever creative medium you are comfortable with!
  8. There is no time limit! Ladybug making should be relaxing, not stressful!
  9. Even if you weren’t tagged, feel free to participate in making ladybugs! Tag others and create links to their blogs so people can follow the links to see the ladybugs!

So, I’ll show a few pictures of ladybug creations I have and have made and tell about ones I’m going to make, to help inspire you a little bit.20190130_045244 (2)That ladybug painted rock in the middle of the above picture is one I painted. I prime coated it with FolkArt 901E Wicker White. Then I base coated it with FolkArt 437E Lipstick Red. The head and dots and the pupils of the eyes were made with FolkArt 938E Licorice. The whites of the eyes and the antennas were made with the Wicker White. And the little smiley mouth color was done with a toothpick dipped in a mix of the white and the red.20190130_045333 (2)See the cute ladybug above, with the goggly eyes and chenille stem legs and wire antennas? That is a ladybug magnet that I bought from a little girl who was selling them at one of our local crafts show and sales. I’m showing it because, one it’s really cute and two, it shows you can get really nice results from simple crafting supplies. The body is just a teardrop shaped piece of wood that is probably available from Hobby Lobby or Michael’s or amazon.com. The legs are made from one short black chenille stem cut into four pieces and glued on. The antennas are two pieces of craft wire that have been shaped and glued on the bottom of the wood shape. She painted it to look like a ladybug and varnished it. Then she glued on the eyes. And lastly, she glued the magnet on the bottom so that it covered the ends of the legs and antennas to help keep them from falling off. I think she used some type of Super Glue to hold everything on cause the magnet is still in really good shape, even though it has been ten years since I bought it. And that round piece of wood with the squared off top, I’m going to use my carving knife to round that square bit off some and then paint the whole piece to look like a ladybug, that top bit will be it’s head. I might make it into a magnet. You can never have too many cute magnets!20190130_045913 (2)I’m also going to make a feltie version of a ladybug with some of that red felt. And last but not least. I’m going to undo that thread I have on my cross stitch cloth and use some 14 count graph paper and design a simple ladybug cross stitch picture. Maybe have the ladybug sitting on a leaf, or something like that.

So, there you go! For my tagged bloggers:

  1.    Sophie Marshall               https://smarshc.com
  2.    Starrcreative                     https://starrcreative.ca

 

 

Remember to include the links! They are SUPER important, you can follow back through them and see what other people have created ladybug wise who might participate in this challenge. I set this challenge up this way so that no one person will end up with their media library crammed full of ladybug pictures and then they can’t post pictures anymore on their blogs cause they ran out of storage space. When I get my lady bug projects done, I’ll add them to this post.  So, thank you for reading my ladybug challenge blog post! If you want to participate, jump right in! I can’t wait to see your cute ladybug creations! So, HAPPY LADYBUG CREATING and HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!

 

 

More things are ready and almost ready to be embellished!

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Spider Girl has her eyes in place and they just need the color around the pupil. Then she is ready for her dot patterning. Spider Junior has his first coat of shiny black paint on. And the first paper-mache winter sweater is ready to be embellished, maybe with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Or something like that. 20190129_071024 (2)The two green rocks are ready to be zombie-a-fied. The shark rock has his eyes in place, I just have to work out the placement of the nostrils and gills, then I’ll work on his mouth. The M&M rock has the first coat of the chocolate center color in place, I’m thinking I’ll make the blue outer shell a little darker blue in color. The hippo shaped rock has the first coat of the pinky-purpley skin color in place. The air dry clay Teddy Bear that was left from the first batch of ornaments, has his muzzle color now and I used that color also on his tummy area. I had set him aside till now because I wanted to make sure I had enough of the colors I had mixed for the pigs, Squirrel Boy and him. If I had to mix a fresh batch of paint, it might not match what was on there originally from the first batch I had mixed. And then, Squirrel Boy! I need to tidy him up around the eyes, real squirrels have a light colored ring of fur around their eyes, so I’m trying to do that on Squirrel Boy’s eye area. He needs just a little bit more touching up and I’m going to declare him done. His eyeballs need a lot of varnish to make them shine, real eyes are not dull or matte looking.  And he needs those little shiny light dots you see in living creature’s eyes where the light is hitting them. I set him across the room and look at him from a distance and I think he looks squirrel-like. Maybe not exactly like a real squirrel, but squirrel-like, which is what I was trying for with him. And the two light colored clay pigs and the spirit bear rock have the base coat on their back sides now.

So, things are coming along pretty well! When everybody is done, I’ll take them all outside on a nice day and use the spray-on varnish on them. Several coats on the rocks, top and bottom. And after the first coat of spray varnish on Squirrel Boy, I’ll probably use a couple of coats of the paint-on varnish on his eyes. Make them shiny! So, there you go! Things are starting to get back to what passes for normal after the award nominations! I hope you all have a very nice day! HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!

Dollar day do over…upcycled coat.

This is a SUPER GREAT IDEA!!!! These little critters are SUPER CUTE!!!!

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Been some slim pickings lately with my dollar day shopping trips. Either that, or I have some sort of brain block when it comes to being creative in the up-cyling department. They can’t all be gems of course, everyone has their off days now and then. I try to make my dollar day remakes sort of like a game. Mostly dollar day items are clothes but occasional I run across something for the home.

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On this occasion it was an old coat/blazer that I found for a dollar. I thought I could use it for some of my little critters I like to make. With Valentines Day just around the corner, all things pink and red are in season for the month of love.

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Once home and in my favorite little creative space (my craft closet), I got out my pencil and paper and started drawing out some easy and…

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IT HAS HAPPENED AGAIN…THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD #2 !!!!!

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It’s incredible!!!! I was totally blown away by Sophie Marshall, at:  https://smarshc.com nominating my blog the first time. And now…can you believe it?!   Caramel, of  Crushed Caramel (Learner at love)       https://crushedcaramel.wordpress.com   has nominated my blog for the Sunshine Blogger Award! A second nomination! (Sound effects: “Heavy groan….then loud crashing noise of a body falling to the floor”). Thank you Caramel for the nomination! It’s incredible!!!!! If you have time, check out Caramel’s blog, she’s a really clever and creative writer!

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award for bloggers who spread “sunshine” to the blogging world.

The rules for this award are fairly easy:

  1. Thank the blogger/s who nominated you.
  2. Use the “Sunshine Blogger Award” logo on your post and list the rules.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the selector asks of you.
  4. Nominate 5 – 11 bloggers who you want to give the award to.
  5. Notify your nominees through social media or by commenting on their blog of their nomination.
  6. Ask your nominees 11 questions of your own that you have selected for them to answer.

The questions Caramel asked are:

  1. What do you do to keep fit and active?
  2. You are woken up by the love of your life who has made your favorite breakfast treat — What would that breakfast treat be?
  3. Are there any newish films or TV shows you enjoyed recently that you would recommend I watch?
  4. What motivates you to keep blogging?
  5. Is there a place where you go where “Everybody Knows Your Name” — A club, group, pub, class, congregation?
  6. What do you find inspiring about nature?
  7. Which song would get you up on the dance floor at a wedding reception or a party?
  8. Has anyone been able to pull off a big surprise for you? Or have you pulled off a big surprise for someone else?
  9. Do you remember who your first crush was on?
  10. If we were going out for drinks and I was going to buy the first round — What would I buy for you?
  11. Do you find it easy to be hopeful about the future or do you tend to worry?

My answers to Caramel’s questions are:

  1. I do Chi-Gung and short form Tai Chi everyday, I feel completely out of sorts if I don’t. I lift small weights (not more than 8 – 10 lbs or it aggravates my joints) and work out with stretch bands, every other day. For aerobic exercise, everyday, I dance to the music on the radio for 45 minutes or I power walk around my neighborhood for 45 minutes.
  2. Well, my husband can’t cook, so he would give me a can of beans and tell me to fix it myself or he would set the beans, can and all, on fire in the microwave. I mean seriously, he really can’t cook. He burns popcorn on a pretty regular basis. Or, he would give me a bag of frozen unsweetened red raspberries and I’d have those.
  3. My husband got me the third season of “The Last Kingdom”, on DVD, for Christmas and I’ve been watching that. It is about Alfred the Great and the people who helped keep him in power. It is historical, based on a real person and even though it is pretty violent at times,( there are Vikings involved), the story is really good and it has really good characters. I had seasons one and two already, so it was nice to see what was going to happen in the third season. I like historical movies and shows, so I really like this series. I hope they renew it for a fourth season so I can see what happens to Alfred’s son who is supposed to be king after him.
  4. I keep blogging because I like sharing about things I’m making and what my garden and some of the critters that live in it are doing. I do the tutorials so that young or new crafters, who might like some of the things I make, might be able to try making something similar for themselves.
  5. Would the dentist’s office count? They know me there. My husband’s mother, babysat my dentist when he was a little boy. So he, my dentist, is a friend of the family. I’m an introvert, so I don’t really do clubs or groups or pubs or classes. Being on here is about as social as I get. Seriously.
  6. How resilient nature is, is very inspiring and amazing. We had a major Category 2 hurricane blow through North Carolina, last September, and it really tore the area up pretty bad. For several days after the storm passed, it was dead quiet outside. No birds sang, no crickets chirped, no frogs sang at night, it was very creepy. Finally, after a few days, the crickets started singing again, birds started showing up, and the squirrels started running around in the yard during the day. And at night, the frogs started singing again and the bats were chasing bugs in the yard like nothing had happened. I guess it just took them that long to get themselves back to what is normal for them.
  7. Most Disco music songs. They all are pretty easy to dance to and I’m familiar with a good amount of them.
  8. That would be you and Sophie! I don’t think I’ve ever been more surprised than when I saw that, first, Sophie nominated me for this award, and then you did too! It’s really incredible!
  9. That would be Allan G.(that’s all I’ll say of his name). He was a senior in high school and I was a sophomore. He was very nice and I’ll always remember him.
  10. Well, if you could manage to get me out, I don’t drink anything alcoholic in nature. And no sodas. So, what I really like is a nice cup of hot tea. Oolong tea is very nice, no sugar or honey. I like my tea straight or with some carob powder in it.
  11. The future is kind of worrying. I see stuff in the news and it kind of can make my hair just about stand on end. I try to be as prepared as I can and hope for the best. And praying always helps!

My Sunshine Blogger Award nominees are:

  1. Ponnz  The Swan Song    https://myposttruth.wordpress.com
  2. Andrea Aguirre  Artful-living   https://artful-living.blog
  3. Crafty Rat    https://craftyrat.uk
  4. Crafty Lemur  blog   https://craftylemur.com
  5. Camie  Camie’s Cozy Corner    https://camiescozycorner.wordpress.com
  6. Kelleysdiy   https://kelleysdiy.com
  7. Inkybliss creations     https://inkybliss.wordpress.com
  8. restore raven    https://handmaderestoreraven.wordpress.com
  9. Double Pie    https://doublepie.blog
  10. Christina’s Creative Corner  Christina Miller   https://christinascreativecorner.com
  11. Robin at Haphazard Homemaker    https://haphazardhomemaker.com

Congratulations to the nominees! You all have super interesting, super clever, super crafty and super creative blogs. And you all deserve an award! I always look forward to your new blog posts!

My questions for my nominees are:

  1. When did you start on your creative journey and were you inspired by anyone?
  2. If you had time to learn a new language, what language would you choose to learn?
  3. What is your favorite product or item that you use in your creative process?
  4. If time travel was safe and possible, what point in history might you like to visit and why then?
  5. What new creative skill would you like to learn to add to what you already know?
  6. If you could visit any city or place in the world to help inspire you to new creative heights, what city or place might that be and why?
  7. Do you have a favorite animal that you like or that inspires you?
  8. If you eat salad, what are your favorite things you like in your salad? And favorite dressing for your salad?
  9. What new-do-it-yourself thing/skill would you like to learn?
  10. If you could teach a child only one thing that would help them make their way in life, what would that one thing be?
  11. When you aren’t with the people you know and care about, or even people you have just met, what nice thing do they hopefully say about you or that you want them to say about you?

So, there you go! Thank you for reading my second Sunshine Blogger Award nomination post! Thank you again Caramel for the nomination! Who would have thought? One, let alone two! It boggles the mind! And seriously, all my nominees deserve an award, they are all incredibly creative, clever people. Be sure and check out their blogs! So, I hope you all have a very nice day! HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!

Most of the Air-Dry Clay Pigs, Kickfighting Bears and the Spirit Bear Rock are ready to embellish!

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I wouldn’t be surprised if this has been the most wet winter so far that we’ve ever had! These guys took about a week and a half to finally be totally dry. So, in the picture, you are seeing the backs of the darker brown ones and the fronts of the light tan ones. One of the dark brown pig ones will be another Oxford Sandy & Black pig for me…proxy.duckduckgo.com.jpg-baby pig#5Similar to this little guy who is ready to chow down on those tasty looking strawberries!proxy.duckduckgo.com.jpg-tamworth pig#9One will look like this little guy who is snacking on some tasty blades of grass. This little guy or girl is a Tamworth, they are sort of a solid colored light-cinnamon brownish pig.proxy.duckduckgo.com.jpg-gloucester old spot piglets#1One of the light colored pig ones will look like one of these sleepy little guys. These are Gloucestershire Old Spot piglets. And those are the for sure ones so far. Somebody has pulled a lot of the really cute different breed piglet pictures off of Duckduckgo.com images. So, some of the other pig pictures I’ll show when I get the other ones further along, will be of the adult versions of some other pig breeds I’m looking at for models for the rest of the pig ornaments.iu93dbt1o2iucgz0pbl6iuprke62d7iusb3xis85

These last four pictures are of Spirit Bears, which I’m using as inspiration for the spirit bear, which I’m painting for my dad. He, and through him, I,  have a little bit of Native American ancestry. We don’t know for sure what kind we are a little bit related to, my dad was adopted and Grandmother hid the adoption records, and then she died, so that is that. So, any way, my dad really likes Native American imagery, so when I saw the bearish shaped rock in my bag of rocks, the ideas started percolating big time. I’ve been saving spirit bear images to my pictures for ideas for how to decorate the rock. When I settle on a design and get it done I’ll post a picture of what I came up with.

And the Kick-Fighting Bear shapes are ready to embellish. The paint is still usable that I mixed up, so all systems are go for doing them!

So, that is what’s going on so far with all of these air-dry clay ornaments and the bearish shaped rock! I hope you all have a very nice day! HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!

My Rosemary is apparently… very…confused!

20190122_120152 (2)I don’t know if you can see it real well, but that blue thing a little below the middle of the picture is…a flower! IN JANUARY!!!!! 20190122_120213 (2)And here are more buds!!!! Can you believe it?! This plant is trying to make flowers…IN JANUARY!!! 20190122_120239 (2)I’ve been keeping track of what the weather is going to do temperature wise, and when the forecast is for the low thirties or below, I’ve been covering this plant up at night to give it some protection. Last night it got down to about 18 degrees and I had covered this guy up at 5:30 pm when it was about 31 degrees. So, when I uncovered it this morning, when it got back up above freezing, I saw the blue flower and thought I better take some pictures! All I can figure is that because the plant is right outside our front door, the heat from the building and reflected off the front door are creating a kind of micro-climate that Rosemary Boy or Girl, really likes. But still, all my herbal books say Rosemary is supposed to bloom in the summer and it is way not summer now! Maybe my plant is a rebel and wants to be contrary!20190122_120258 (2)The violas are blooming away like crazy!20190122_120311 (2)The flowering kale are kind of not doing a whole lot. I thought they would do…well a little better than just kind of existing. But at least they haven’t died yet.20190122_120319 (2)The lemon grass is…well…there. I don’t know if it is alive or not. I’ll know for sure in the spring if it starts actively growing again.20190122_120344 (2)

The bluebirds are actually in their house there on the tree. I had gone out the other day to see about cleaning the house out and a little blue head popped out of the opening and looked at me and then another one was trying to shove the first one out of the way to look out too. So, so much for cleaning the house. And a little head popped out today and was watching me take pictures, so they are keeping an eye on me.

The super moon was…not so super from our vantage point, on Sunday night. It started out huge as it rose up, but then as it got overhead and started going  into the eclipse it kind of shrank up size-wise. It turned red and that was impressive, but it didn’t get big looking again until after it was clear of the Earth’s shadow. I think we weren’t in the prime spot for optimum viewing, but at least we got to see the moon change color and that was neat. Not something you see every day!

So there you go! My plants are still hanging in there…well most of them. And the Rosemary is being…kind of strange! Plants! What can I say? They do what they want…apparently when they feel like it! And the bluebirds are still here! I think they want to make sure no other birds take over their house! And the Moon did…interesting things! So, I hope you have a very nice day! HAPPY WINTER GARDENING and HAPPY MOON WATCHING and HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!

Works in Progress! Coming along nicely!

20190119_052046 (2)The last three pear snowmen have been gessoed and are ready to be base coated. Spider Junior has his first coat of gesso on and Spider Girl just needs one more coat of the shiny black paint and then she’ll be ready for her dots. One of the paper-mache winter sweaters has been primed and base coated and another one has just been gessoed.

20190119_052648 (2)Three of the air dry clay pigs have been sanded and prime coated. Spring is coming, with hopefully, dryer weather, so some painted rocks are in the works. The two green ones will be rock zombies. The flat pink ones will be girly bugs, similar to lady bugs but pink with black spots. The more up-right pink rock will be a small pig. The sort of standing up grey and white rock will be a shark. The blue roundish rock is going to be another attempt at an M & M. This time I’ll varnish it with the spray on varnish. When I tried doing this same rock before as a red M & M, the paint-on varnish pooled in all the crevasses of the broken edge that was supposed to look like the chocolate center and it ended up looking like the M had molded, bleak! So, I scraped all the paint and varnish off and started over again. And the two rocks in the front, the bigger one will probably be a hippo and the smaller one will be a spirit bear.

20190119_052203 (2)I have also started doing a feltie  version of the winter sweater ornaments. The camera didn’t pick up that that white felt has iridescent glitter all over it. I have the hoop down side up because it makes it easier for sewing on the snowflake sequins. All the stitching is on the back and having it pointed up higher just makes it easier for tacking down the rocaille bead centers and doing running stitches from sequin to sequin.

20190119_052600 (2)And last but not least, are these two pom pom ragamuffins. The larger one is not going to be a zombie, but will actually be an owl, the two different size round pieces of cardboard are for auditioning sizes of eye shapes. His beak is a piece of foam-core board and he will have foam-core board feet. He is sitting on a small wooden truck wheel and he has a dowel holding him together. I’m going to use a long yarn darning needle to thread some more yarn onto,  into, through, him to tighten his shape up some and add some more color to him to make him more mottled looking color wise like a real owl. The smaller guy, in need of a hair cut, is going to be a bunny and he has a bamboo skewer holding him together. I’m working out the proportions for his tail and feet and arms, which will all be made from smaller pom poms. He’ll have felt ears and I’m still deciding what to use for his eyes.

So, there you go! Progress is being made. The pear snowmen are closer to being finished. The spiders are coming along nicely.  The paper-mache winter sweater ornaments and one feltie version winter sweater ornament, so far, are in the works. The air dry pig ornaments are coming along nicely, finally. Rocks are being painted and prepared for hiding. And two pom pom critters are in the process of being made. I’m going to do a tutorial for the paper- mache winter sweater ornaments when I get the first one finished, so I can show the stages for doing them easier. And probably a tutorial for the feltie version of the winter sweaters too, they are a good small project to practice hand-sewing and beading skills. I’ll also tell how I did the pom pom critters, my version of them. And probably a refresher how-to for painting and varnishing the rocks and getting them ready for hiding. Projects in the works! I hope you all have a very nice day!  Be sure and try to see the Super Blood Wolf Moon Total Lunar eclipse. Starting Sunday the 20th…

  • Sunday night  The moon enters the lighter part of the Earth’s shadow, the penumbral, at 9:36 pm.
  • 10:33 pm Partial Eclipse begins
  • 11:41 pm Total Eclipse begins
  • 12:12 am Monday morning, the 21st, Maximum Eclipse is reached.
  • 12:43 am Total Eclipse ends
  • 1:50 am Partial Eclipse ends
  • 2:15 am The Moon moves clear of the Earth’s shadow.
  • Totality will last 63 minutes
  • This  Total Lunar Eclipse will be viewable in North & South America.
  • May 16, 2022 will be the next date this event will happen again.
  • This type of eclipse is safe to watch because you are seeing the Earth’s shadow moving across the surface of the Moon.

So, hopefully, the weather will cooperate and there will be good viewing conditions. I’m going to bundle up and go out and watch the Moon turn red! So, GOOD MOON WATCHING TO YOU!!!! And, HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!