Monday, September 29, 2008

Doily Number Four

I have gotten over my doily-making obsession and have been too lazy to block the last few. So I just ironed them and starched them and will show them to you that way.

This one is the Daisy Ring Doily.

Found someone selling it on etsy, should you want one already done.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

What I'm Wanting Now

I've been having a small obsession with wanting new doors and doorknobs lately. We just happened to wander past some doors at Home Depot the other day and we found one we agreed on right away. It was a solid wood, 6 panel Cherry door. Darn. We would pick the Cherry. So expensive, but beautiful. Perhaps someday.

Jeld Weld interior doors - this one is not cherry, but the design is the same

This is the exterior doorknob set that I liked.

And I accidentally found a lovely window that I need to replace the one in my bathroom.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

eBay Finds

If I happened to be swimming in money, I might buy this at eBay now.

Isn't it pretty?

Friday, September 26, 2008

Dahlias at Last

Back in the spring, I was with my Mom and Grandma, and for some reason, we talked about dahlias and Gram said she had some white dahlia bulbs that she could give me. I said that I would love to have them.

She sent them with my Mom later this summer, and I planted them out in the backyard. They came up quickly and seemed to do rather well, but then no flowers. What's up with that? I did see that my friends, the deer, seemed to have had a nibble at them, but nothing major. They took off the tops of a few stems.

Then two little buds appeared. It took weeeeeks for those little buds to get bigger and fatter and start peeking out white petals. Slowly it opened a little bit more every day, until yesterday I finally ran out and clipped them off. No use leaving them for the deer or to display to no one out there! And maybe cutting them will produce more? I don't know.

There are some more buds on the plants, but at this rate, I don't know how many will open. I would presume that we've only got a month or so before it starts freezing. So I shall enjoy the two I have for now.

There's something lovely about white flowers.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Flameless Candles?

So yesterday I got a bee in my bonnet about making some "flameless" candles. I've been thinking about buying some for putting in certain spots in the house where you wouldn't really want to burn a candle, or for using them outside at night. Or, I could light them up every single night I'm inclined and not feel guilty about "wasting" candles. Yes. I did say that. I have issues. I'm also too cheap to buy them and I wasn't sure if it was really what I was wanting anyway.

Then I actually turned on my brain for a change and remembered that I have hurricane wax downstairs. Duh. So I pulled out the candlemaking supplies and started making a grand mess with wax and molds everywhere. Ah. I've missed that. Except that now my kitchen looks like a disaster area. Oh well. I'll probably get sick of the mess and put it all away in a day or two.

So these are the the results. I have nice white candle "shells" and I've slipped a votive cup down in each one of them. Last night I put tea lights in there so that you can have a real flame if you wanted, but I'm also thinking about getting the little faux tealights that flicker so they would really be "flameless" candles.

Now I'm thinking about breaking out some more wax and making some more candles. Hmmm.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Labor Day

Panther Hollow Bridge

I never seem to get around to posting anything about the 'Burgh. I guess its hard to tote a camera around to places sometimes. Must work on that.

Panther Hollow Lake

We didn't do too much for Labor Day. We did go for a walk in Panther Hollow in Schenley Park in the hopes that it would be fun for us and get Dutch some exercise. The little guy is a trooper. He doesn't give up. I have the feeling that he would walk until he collapsed if we asked him too. I think it was the first walk we've taken him on that truly wore him out. Mostly he comes back and still wants to play. Darn dog.

Panther Hollow Lake

After the walk, we visited a friend who just bought his first house and stopped in at the Rib Festival near Heinz Field. Apparently this is a celebration of the kickoff of the football season? Who knew? I guess we don't normally get out much on weekends with The Man's schedule and we tend to miss stuff like this. Anyway, they had tons of food and it all smelled heavenly. They had concerts going on all weekend too. It was a great weekend for it. We picked up our ribs and headed home, since we had Dutch with us and they didn't seem to be letting dogs into the festival.

The Point

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Give it to me

Peanut butter in kong. Dutch in crate.

Well? What you waitin for? Give it here. You slow or something?

This is how much Dutch minds The Man and I running errands on Monday afternoons.

Friday, September 19, 2008


Liz Lambert's house in Marfa, Texas - Photo by Francois Halard

I came across this pool on someone's blog the other day. I realize that it is stone, but it looks for all the world to me like a giant hollowed-out tree stump. Sheesh. Doesn't it look heavenly to have a pool in the middle of nowhere?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dutch as Eskimo

Dutch's bed as Eskimo costume. Is soft and cozy.

You is wierd. Put me down.

I love this little guy. Mostly, anyway. He's just too stinkin cute.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Popovers Revisited

My Mom was down here last week and we went shopping, of course, because that's what we do! We had to stop in to Target and make sure there was nothing there that we must have, and lo and behold, we found some things.

I found this popover pan. Yay! Why didn't I think to look there before? So we had to make popovers. It worked well.

I think that the popovers are probably twice as big as they are when using a regular muffin pan, just by virtue of having that much deeper wells to fill. I think they should probably have been baked longer to keep their shape after cooling, but we were too impatient.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

S'more Cupcakes

I finally tried the S'More Cupcakes from Martha Stewart

Makes 2 dozen
2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 squares)
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard muffin tins with cupcake liners; set aside.

Sift 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix ingredients together on low speed.

In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl and continue mixing on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add boiling water and stir to combine; set cake batter aside.

Place graham cracker crumbs, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl; stir until well combined.

Place 1 tablespoon graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each prepared muffin cup. Use the bottom of a small glass to pack crumbs into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Reserve remaining graham cracker mixture for topping.

Place 2 teaspoons chocolate in each muffin cup. Transfer muffin tins to oven and bake until the edges of the graham cracker mixture is golden, about 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and fill each muffin cup three-quarters full with cake batter. Sprinkle each with remaining chocolate and graham cracker mixture. Return to oven and bake, rotating pans halfway through baking, until tops are firm and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes.

Transfer muffin tins to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely.

Transfer frosting to a large pastry bag fitted with a large plain round or French tip (such as Ateco #867 or Ateco #809). Pipe frosting in a spiral motion on each cupcake.

Transfer cupcakes to a baking sheet. Using a kitchen torch, lightly brown the frosting, taking care not to burn the cupcake liners. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container, up to 2 days.

Marshmallow Frosting

Makes enough for 2 dozen cupcakes
8 large egg whites
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set over a saucepan with simmering water. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, 3 to 4 minutes.

Transfer bowl to electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat, starting on low speed, gradually increasing to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form, 5 to 7 minutes. Add vanilla, and mix until combined. Use immediately.

They were really good. I'm more of a vanilla or fruit kinda girl, rather than chocolate, but they turned out really moist and the Man is a chocolate person and he liked them. The graham cracker part starts to get soggy after the first day or so, but still good. I'd make them again, only if I have somewhere to take them, because cupcakes are waaaaay too tempting at our house!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

He's such a twirp!

I got a few new embroidery hoops awhile ago (I forget why), but Dutch discovered them and it only took him a few minutes to demolish it. Good thing they're cheap! He's lucky he's cute.

He's got the look of the devil in his eyes, doesn't he?

Friday, September 12, 2008

Collar Two

I made up another collar for Dutch the other day. I decided to try white to blend in a little better. Okay, so it kinda makes his fur look dirty, but whatever.

The thing that bugs me is that it makes his fur stick up. If I make it any looser, though, it wouldn't be safe to hook a leash to. I've tried that. Bad, bad idea. Chihuahua run fast.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Random Finds

As a sucker for white dishes, I can't seem to help myself when I find them. I spotted this stuff at Marshalls, of all places, the other day.

I love the scalloped and beaded details.

This little pitcher was only $2.99 - I couldn't leave it on the shelf alone!

This bowl matches a platter that I have, so I needed it too.

I had to buy a couple of these for my bathroom & the kitchen sink.

I shouldn't be allowed to go shopping. I can't seem to control myself lately.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I did it this time

I found something else on Cr*aigslist and this time, I got it. Or I should say, the Man got it for me. He unloaded all the junk that he had in the back of the pickup and hadn't had time to unload, and called and we went over to get it. Isn't he sweet? I didn't even have to beg. He just did it.

Its a triple dresser in decent shape. Its going into the basement as more storage in my sewing/crafting area. I still have a pile of stuff to sort through/organize/get rid of, but I'm making progress and hopefully one of these days, I'll have a half decent area in which to work.

I love how the table is working out, by the way. Its nice and big. There's room enough to pile up a blanket in the corner of it for Dutch to sleep while I sew and that makes me happy. I just need to get myself organized. Hopefully this dresser will help.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Modern Twist Doilies

Here's another take on doilies from Modern Twist:

DOILEEZ (DL) These are not your granny's doilies. Bringing optimum functionality and style to the home, the eco-friendly and reusable silicone Doileez, come in minimalist patterns that protect furniture surfaces, while adding a stylish design element to modern decor. Available in a range of Modern-twist's signature patterns including clusters and loop. These food safe, hand-silk-screened Doileez,are easy to clean and provide a variety of uses. Use them under vases, table centerpieces or to decorate food presentations at parties.

Photos from Modern Twist

Friday, September 05, 2008


I screwed up the size on my iPod cover the first time - again with the not being able to concentrate long enough to add properly - and I made it a bit too small. Voila! Its a card case!

iPod cover and card case. Aww, how sweet. They match......