Archive for November, 2009

30
Nov
09

who doesn’t love an airplane shaped garnish?

My grandfather apparently went to the most awesome yardsale of all time, his haul from which included a five dollar antique sewing machine and the following little treat:

The box says that they are garnish/vegetable cutters in the shape of a star, a heart, an airplane, a clover, and a chicken. I’m thinking garnishes made of chocolate are more up my alley than carrots, but who knows? Aren’t they the cutest things ever?

Bottom view:

I don’t know when this set was made, but it is most decidedly and awesomely vintage. Every girl needs a grandpa to yardsale for her.

29
Nov
09

craft news + thanksgiving some more

I spent a good part of yesterday looking around online for (preferably free) cross stitch patterns to use for geeky Christmas projects, and didn’t come up with all that many, and certainly didn’t find any books along those lines. Craft companies out there, a niche market awaits you! Up and coming crafters in their 20′s and younger are not interested in making samplers with little old lady flowers and cute cottages on them, we really want to stitch up some zombies and Tardises (or whatever the plural of Tardis might be).
Since that effort was a bust I will instead share my fabric finds of the last few days:

Elephants and Camels

Cutest hedgehogs in existence

And some from my trip to Japan over the summer (that I have not shared heretofore):

Japan fabric haul part 1

Japan fabric haul part 2

And since it is the season for food here are some pictures of my family Thanksgiving at my grandparent’s place out in the back of beyond:

Sweet potato pie made by yours truly.

Recipe Here.

Chocolate cake with peanut butter icing made by my cousin Greg.

 

My family doesn't celebrate a major holiday without shrimp gumbo.

Aunt D's luscious yeast rolls - they are still rising, but trust me, they turned out delicious!

Grandma's house. Literally over the river and through the woods.

Hope your holiday was as delicious as mine was!

28
Nov
09

doctor who thanksgiving

I recently took advantage of Amazon’s deal of the day and ordered the first four seasons of the new Who – they were a killer 30 bucks a season instead of the usual 80 plus, so who could say no to that? Obviously since I should be spending money on friends and family and getting Christmas presents I instead jumped all over the sale. When it comes to the Doctor priorities must shift.

Since I knew I would be spending lots of mind numbing quality time with the family I brought the first series home to my mother’s with me. I knew she would like to see it because we generally have similar taste in a lot of entertainment, but watching tv with her is a continual exercise in biting your tongue. She has an unparalleled ability to ask the obvious question in the scene just before it is about to be answered.

“I wonder if she is really an alien?”

“You think he is going to die?”

“Why doesn’t he just use his screwdriver thingy?”

All valid questions, but if you have ever seen any tv show ever you know you are about to find out, so why vocalize them? Yeesh.

While watching the special features for series two I quite enjoyed the part of the David Tennant video diary where he takes the camera home to Scotland and films his family’s reaction to his appearance in the Christmas special. Mostly they are not too terribly excited (he’d been in a lot of stuff by this point), but he best part is when his mom whips out a somewhat terrifiying cross stitch portrait of him that was lovingly created and bestowed on her by one of her friends. He seemed unsure if he should be impressed or frightened, and I can’t say I blame him.

None of which stopped me from having to force myself not to immediately download and start working on this masterpiece when I stumbled across it later that day:

Believe it or not I wasn’t searching for this in particular but rather geeky cross stitch patterns in general. If you ask me there are far too many kitten patterns out there and far too few David Tennant’s. I expect anyone reading this to do all they can to rectify the situation. Mankind needs you.




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