Yes, I got up early to watch the wedding of William and Kate with my daughter. I'm not really into the whole royalty thing. In fact, I still don't know if Kate is now a princess. They keep calling them the Duke and Duchess on the news. (And why is that old dude married to the queen called a prince? Shouldn't he be the king?)
At any rate, I got up and watched it because when I was 11 years old, my mom got me up early to watch the wedding of Charles and Di. I still remember how cool it was to get up in the middle of the night for the big event. To this day I remember laying on the couch and watching as Dianna walked down the isle with that incredibly long train.
So I got up early with my daughter to watch the next generation marry. We snuggled in bed and giggled at the crazy hats and frilly collars on the choirboys. It was fun and I'm glad I did it. (Although, I still don't know if Kate is now "Princess" Kate.)
(A few words about the dress -- loved it! Like the umami of fashion. Demure yet sexy, traditional yet modern. And the touch of tragedy surrounding the designer, weirdly gave it a bit on melancholy that added something.)
Busy with Easter egg hunts and searching for Easter baskets as well as eating and drinking, of course!
I didn't take a photo of the potatoes I made for Easter dinner, but I used Pioneer Woman's recipe for Perfect Potatoes au Gratin and they were easy and delicious! Definitely one to add to the recipe file.
I bought some yarn for the first time in a long time -- it's orange. How could I resist? I know I'm late to the party, as this is my first skein of Malabrigo, so I'm wondering what to knit with this orange-y goodness. I'm thinking perhaps Herbivore from Stephen West. Any opinion on his patterns? Looks like his patterns are pretty well received over at Ravelry.
This yarn is sock weight and I've got about 440 yards, but I don't want to knit socks. All suggestions welcome!
I sewed up the scraps and now have a little mini quilt -- or maybe I'll incorporate it into a larger quilt -- but at any rate, I have made some progress on something and that's a start.
A few books arrived in the mail yesterday, and one in particular has me planning another quilt...
Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal has been all over the blogs lately and I simply couldn't resist. I ran out to B&N to grab a copy and -- get this -- they didn't have it. Argh! Why are "local" bookstores going out of business? Because they aren't stocking the books people want.
So, home I went, logged onto Amazon and ordered a copy. It was cheaper ($14 vs. $23) and arrived in only a few days. We already lost our nearest Borders, and I fear B&N is close behind.
About the book... at first glance it looks fantastic. Lots of great info on log cabin quilts up front and the projects are all updated versions of the traditional log cabin quilt. There are even a few smaller projects in the back for those who just want to dabble.
Look for a new quilting project coming soon -- looks like my crafting energy is on its way back!
I've been feeling a bit uncreative lately. After a tragic bout of spinning (or more accurately, plying), a large block of time spent browsing Ravelry and a couple hours of TV while looking at photos of quilts on Flickr, I was still uninspired. So yesterday I took out my scraps and decided to see if anything would grab me. I found these little colorful pieces that I bought *years* ago and started playing around with them and the color wheel.
I think today I'll sew some up and see what happens. They are pretty tiny and once they are sewn together, they will make tiny little blocks, so a mini quilt is the best I can hope for. At least it's a start though. Maybe it will get me moving on a bigger project.
Holding steady: 17 books in 100 days -- 5.7 days per book.
Book 16 for 2010 was Salman Rushdie's Luka and the Fire of Life. I've had Rushdie on my "to read" list for ages, but I think this might be the first time I've read him -- it won't be the last, however. The book was wonderful! An old time fairy tale bringing together deities from all ages and cultures which lent it an ageless feel, yet superimposed on top of that was a video game construct which brought it right up to date. I was delighted and fascinated by this book and would liken it to something from Gaiman or Pullman.
After that, I wasn't sure what I wanted to read, but I knew it had to be good. On our must recent trip to the library, there, sitting on the shelf, was The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. Maddie and I just started laughing because I have looked for this book every time we have gone to the library for months. I actually had no idea what it was about, but longed to read it for some reason or another.
The book was fantastic! One of those books that you find yourself staying up long past your bedtime to read. Just one more chapter! The premise is bizarre and would lead you to believe that the book is nonsensical, but there is something here in her writing that is wonderful and engaging. I highly recommend this book!
Looking back on the first 100 days of 2011, I'd have to say that I've read quite a few excellent books. I hope I can keep up the momentum for the remainder of the year.
Well, I've made it two days so far! I've listed 6 books and two DS games over at Amazon and a bunch of stamps and ink pads over at my Etsy shop. Let's see if I can keep the momentum going. I really need to photograph a bunch of vintage kitchen stuff that I want to sell and that is going to be a lot more time consuming. Here's hoping day #3 is as productive!
We all love the new kitchen and find ourselves hanging out there quite a bit -- not something we did in the old kitchen. I've also been enjoying my new range -- especially after cooking meals for six weeks using only a microwave, toaster oven and rice cooker.
This weekend I baked up a batch of gluten free chocolate chip cookies. My recipe is nearly perfected, and I'll be posting it over at my other website soon. Let's just say that Pete has mentioned that they might even be better then chocolate chip cookies made with regular AP flour, so there you go.
And last night I made something I've never tried before because I thought it was too easy to mess up -- Spaghetti alla Carbonara. And it was not difficult at all. Plus, one of the few ingredients is bacon -- so of course everyone liked it.
I really need to mention the new non-stick pan I bought about a week back. My old non-stick pan was looking pretty bad -- you know how it is. It was definitely past it's prime. After a bit of research, I decided on a Scanpan and I am loving it! I bought mine at Sur la Table (love this store *so* much!) It works beautifully, cleans up easily and doesn't have PFOAs, so it's non-toxic. Oh, and did I mention that the non-stick coating is supposed to last ages -- they have a lifetime warranty. Crazy, huh? I'm hoping I'll never have to throw out another non-stick pan.