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Thursday, October 16, 2014

This has been on my mind.



I'll explain later! 

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Look what SewMagical made!

Hi, guys! 
I know, I know...it's been awhile. Trust me, the hiatus has been for good reasons. 
You'll see. Sometime soon. When I get my $%^& together. And life slows down a little!


SewMagical sent this picture of her take on the Simply Swirled Earrings- I like how shiny and bright they are! Plus, there are so many advantages to the click-close hoops. (I wear this style more often than my own creations- they don't catch on my helmet straps.)

Thank you so much, SewMagical- you made my day, week, and month!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

This made me laugh a little too much....

I don't know about you guys, but after the greenwashing experience (read about that here) with Dove's so-called natural products, I've had a certain level of disdain for them. And for their "true beauty" thing. I mean, yeah, nice message, but are they selling us things that are actually good for us? That's questionable, at best, and at worst, well...what I'm thinking rhymes with "ducking pliers", if you catch my drift.

That's why I was so, so tickled to run across this little gem today!


Wherever you may be, whatever you may be doing, always remember: you're not actually a hideous monster.

Have a great day!
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

*Hee hee* Bob Ladiesroom, fiddler extraordinaire!

Guess who started "singing" this morning?

video

He's not exactly a virtuoso just yet, but if you turn up your sound, you'll be able to hear what a "baby" cricket sounds like, just starting out. Thankfully, he's somewhat more melodic than the average high-school-age garage band! And if you watch closely, you can see how he's doing it, too.

video

In all of the years that I've listened to them, I never realized that they actually just vibrate their wings to make the sound. I'd always been under the impression that they did it with their wings, plus the raspy bits on their legs- but so far, Bob's winging it. His wings are oddly crumpled- not sure whether these are some kind of intermediate, teenager cricket wings, or if this is what he'll have for the rest of his life.
But by golly, he's TRYING!

And really- that's what counts.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Updates, and a mini-tute: Roll-Up Storage for your Crafty Tools

upcycled placemat roll-up

Howdy! I have a brief tutorial for you today, a quick, easy, inexpensive upcycling project. These are a great way to store your crochet hooks, scissors, or even your kids' felt pen collections! First, though...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Gloriously (SKINNY!) Garlic Pasta

Alfredo with just the Ooo! :)
It's "I Can't Believe It's Not Alfredo!"


So, a couple of weeks ago, I talked about the speedy way to peel a ton o' garlic
Now that you know how, wanna try a recipe that will literally change your life?

I really mean that. It will. It's THAT GOOD. 
Think of the best, brightest note of garlic flavor in a truly excellent Alfredo sauce.
Now imagine that flavor without the glucky heaviness. Or a "hot" flavor, like raw garlic.
Just a pure, clean essence of garlic, singing on your tongue.

This is that perfect flavor. 
So pure and true, it'll knock your socks off!
And a big ol' bonus: it's not chock full o' fat! Big flavor, tiny calories.
That Festive Holiday Padding (a.k.a., the Spare Tire Of Winter) has overstayed its welcome. Time to lose it!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Glorious garlic- peelin' it the easy way!

head of fresh garlic

The other day, I ran across a recipe the likes of which I'd never seen before. It involves massive amounts of garlic. Like, more than seemed possible!
It takes...not cloves of garlic.
Not heads, either.

CUPS. OF. GARLIC. CUUUUUPS!

fresh garlic
Wholly inadequate supply of garlic....

Naturally, The Big Guy and I couldn't resist. The house garlic supply wasn't up to the job, so we ran out to the Costco and grabbed a big ol' 2-lb. bag. After shopping a bit, we ran across a big jar of pre-peeled garlic. Even though it was cheaper, I decided that we'd just stick with the bag we already had in the cart. "It will taste fresher, brighter!" says I. (And it wouldn't require walking all that way back across the store, heh heh! Yep. Sunday lazies, y'know?)
But...all that peeling. Cups of garlic = a LOT of peeling. More than most can take.
And I'm not a masochist...you guys should know that by now. But, I'd heard a rumor.
There's an easy way to shuck a buncha garlic, super fast, and super easy.
As it turns out, it works.

Here's how to turn what's on the right of the picture...

garlic cloves

...into the pile of nekkid cloves on the left. With only a little effort.