Saturday, September 27, 2008

Etsy Front Page 9/25/08

Hey! I made it to the front page of Etsy!! I've been getting ready for a craft show that is tomorrow, and I've listed a few of the things I've been making in my shop. I've sold several things, so now I'm hoping Ava takes a nice looooong nap so I can do lots of sewing this morning. This is a good problem to have, though. I'll be at the EcoFair tomorrow.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Welcome, Fall

It's beginning to feel a little like fall here in Waldeck. We're starting to need an extra blanket on the bed at night, I've had to put on socks, and there is that fall smell you can catch a whiff of once in a while. The trees are still green and you can still pick a few things out of the garden, but I have seen a few leaves on the ground out back. Fall's right around the corner.

When I went to college in North Carolina, the highlight of field hockey season was the trip we made to PA the beginning of each October. I loved coming home right in the middle of fall. No one does fall like Central Pennsylvania, I think.

Some things I love about Fall::

*Fair season
*Pumpkins and mums
*Longer runs in the woods with Hank
*Coffee all day long
*Needing a sweater

And because I have no photos of what's happening so far this fall, here's one of me and my hubby taken two Octobers ago. See how others are celebrating fall at Polka Dot Cottage.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Omnivore's 100

I saw this on jennifreckles crafts and was very interested. I am very curious about what others have tried, as well. I don't even know what some of these things are, but I'll have to look them up later. I've been a vegetarian for about 7 years now, so any of the meat dishes I've tried I definitely haven't had since then. I'm not a very adventurous eater, but I will try (almost) anything that is non-meat. I'm not going to tag anyone specifically, but if you read this blog, please participate and leave a comment so I can read your list!

Here’s what you do:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating. (I just put no in front of these because I can't figure out how to cross them out)
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at linking to your results.

1. Venison - but as a vegetarian I haven't had this in a verrrrry long time.
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding NO
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp NO
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari just once in my pre-vegetarian days. A friend told me I'd love it. That friend was wrong.
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns NO
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes mmmmm I love tomatoes.
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras NO! Never!
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese NO
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters NO
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl NO
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut one of my favorite foods
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar NO. Gross.
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo NO
40. Oxtail NO
41. Curried goat NO
42. Whole insects NO
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu - pufferfish? NO
47. Chicken tikka masala see #1
48. Eel NO
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin NO
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal NO
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs NO
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake mmmm funnel cake....
68. Haggis NO
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini NO
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill EW. NO
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail NO
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef NO
86. Hare NO
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse NO
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam NO
92. Soft shell crab NO
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish NO
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox NO
97. Lobster Thermidor NO
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake NO

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

It's That Time of Year...

Now that my hubby's second job isn't keeping him away from home as much, he's able to spend lots more time with Ava, which means more sewing time for me!

I've got a few craft fairs lined up for this fall/winter:

EcoFair (Parkesburg, PA) Sunday, September 28th

Fall ArtWalk (Lancaster, PA) October 18th and 19th

City Arts Market at Eastern Market
(Lancaster, PA) December 6th and 7th

I'm also adding things to my Etsy shop nearly every day. Here are some of the things just added to my shop.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Beach and a Birthday!

Ava has had a busy month so far: a trip to South Bethany Beach and her first birthday!

Checking out the birthday shirt from mama:

Cousin Luke checks out presents, too:

This year has gone so quickly. It is amazing how much Ava has changed. A few observations about Ava at one:

-She can walk really well, and has figured out how to move the playpen that blocks the doorway in the living room so she can escape (time to get a real gate).

-She says lots of words, including mama, dada, Hank, more, cracker, talk, ball, and no.

-She loves to give Hank hugs (even though he got sprayed by a skunk while we were away and is totally gross).

-She naps twice a day and sleeps all night long (about 8:00 pm to 6:30 am).

-She nurses four times a day, and eats lots of different foods.

Tomorrow we go to the doctor for some shots and a checkup. Happy Birthday, Sweet Bunny!

Apron Sent!

I recently sent my apron for the Sassy Apron Swap- Fall Edition to my partner, Magda. I hope she gets it soon, and I hope she likes it. We were also supposed to include a pot holder. I made one, but it's not in the picture. I think the pot holder took more time than the apron. Seriously. It was very simple: two squares of fabric, some re-purposed toweling in the middle, and some quilting. The tough part was attaching binding around the whole thing. Let's just say that this particular pot holder has lots of handmade charm.

I also received an awesome apron from Angelic. I will post pictures soon!