Thursday, March 27, 2008

Spring!!!!

Well, in Venezuela there are basically two seasons: rainy season and dry season. I live in a town with a very cool weather and someone told me that it's consider one of the best climates in the world since the change in temperature is not abrupt and the storms (when we have them) are not as destructive as in other parts of the world.



I like it here, but along with the months of December through February (when we have real cold weather with fog and everything) my favorite time of the year is April and May, everything blooms and here we have tons of plants (this is a mountain and a small valley), in the next two weeks I'll be getting my seasonal plants (mostly flowers, but some herbs too). But my tiny orchids are blooming now! Also my bromeliad.





And to celebrate it I'm working on my Pine Mountain "Spring foursome" mini pillow....

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Happy Easter!


Easter is here... This year I've dyed some eggs using
Crayola crayons and artificial food coloring, it was fun to do!

Note: The photo is mine, but the images are courtesy of Anne:
http://d21c.com/AnnesPlace/

Friday, March 21, 2008

Progress on MSAL

I've been doing some stitching this week, not as much as I wanted to but still could make some progress on the Mystery SAL designed by Helga Mandl and Barbara Ana. Think I can have it finished by Monday, but I ran out of white, so that will have to wait until next week (bunny and the other snowman.
This is how it's looking so far:

I have only one doubt... Still don't know if I'm working the multicolor thread properly, I know it should be work finishing each cross instead of working rows of half crosses and then back. My question is: do I finish each cross and work them horizontally on rows or should I do it by parts like squares, vertically, diagonally? I know it affects the way it looks at the end... Just wondering.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Spongy cake

I've been taking a lot of rest, a little cleaning and organizing. But what I can't miss this week is a treat to share with the friends that come visit. Well I did this really easy cake, I call it spongy because that's how it feels like when cool.

You will need:
5 eggs
10 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
15 tablespoons flour
A little butter for the mold (and some flour for it too)

Preheat oven at 350°, prepare the mold (butter and flour it). Beat the eggs with the sugar, salt and vanilla at high speed for 15 minutes, then add the flour (pass it through a strainer) and beat at very slow (or use a spatula to mix it in). Then bake until golden...

The easiest cake ever! I filled it with a little cream made with a cup margarine beaten until light and fluffy, added condensed milk and grounded almonds. Delicious but don't expect it to be light! lol
To make it a little more attractive I sprinkled it with confectioner's sugar using a template (like the ones used for drawing).
Have a cup of tea and enjoy!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

My first zigouigoui

I've been watching these beauties on some French stitchers blogs. So I couldn't resist to do one!!! It took me five hours, very little time considering that I'm multitasking... Here's how I did it:

Materials:
28ct antique white evenweave.
DMC floss 895, 704, 602, 209, 947 and 444
Needle
Beads
Tiny purple flat bell

  1. Stitch the design, has to be a square. I used the blackwork biscornu design, mine; before pulling it together, is 1.8 inches long!
  2. Fold it and sew the edges as done wit the biscornu.
  3. Fold it again, the other way around and close one side. Fill it with acrylic cotton, then close the other side.
  4. Add tassels, beadings... Whatever your imaginations tells you to do (that's the fun part!!!)
  5. Then you have this beauty!

About the word: I read somewhere that it is a word that means "small object or drawing you don't know how to call" and also stands for sex... lol

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Tea and cookies



Today I finished the Tea for two kit. I made a few mistakes but no one would tell lol And to celebrate made some easy cookies, the recipe is the one for my world famous Christmas cookies. Here it is:


100 gr (1 stick) unsalted margarine
125 gr flour
25 gr confectioner's sugar
Pinch salt

Combine all the ingredients until the mixture doesn't stick to your hands. You can add any flavor you like: cocoa, chocolate chips, powdered milk (great if you top them with sugar), lemon grind....
Then cut and bake until lite golden at 180°F.