OOohhhh, ahhhhhhhh, if my partner could fling some candied ginger root my way, I'm be blissed! Not only is it yummy, it is also great help with car sickness when traveling.
If anyone has a thrifty way of making candied ginger, please give!!!
Personally I'd start by growing your own ginger I have some in a pot outside my front door. I hope today isn't killing them (current temperature 37.5C at 5pm. It's been getting warmer as the afternoon goes on)
OK, you hereby officially ROCK!!!
It's surprisingly easy to kickstart some ginger. I bought some organic ginger from the supermarket, cut it into 4 pieces, and stuck them into water for a few weeks.
Now they're out coping in the real world. I hope it grows well and hardy. I make a lot of spice pastes, and I prefer to grind fresh ginger rather than use ground.
And KittenWrangler - that is so cool. I'm going to have to try that! I still need to plant my garlic ... I keep forgetting (luckily it's supposed to just sit there all winter in the cold soil!)
This is a Christmas gift for my mom, who is in desperate need of a large bulletin board for her computer room/office. The one she has now is the size of a sheet of paper. The colors of the room are beige (walls), purple and green ... it's not as crazy as it sounds, really! The purple and green are accent colors.
Anyway, I bought a roll of cork - the kind with an adhesive back. They also sell squares of cork, but those looked so small to me. I also bought a piece of foam board, because the roll of cork is very thin. Measured and cut the foam board to size then attached the cork to it. Trimmed the edges.
Then I mixed up a pretty purple (I didn't have any on hand) and painted the cork. Once dry, I hot-glued the green ribbon around the edges, securing on the back as well. I used little glass beads to make "flowers" in two corners and hot glued bows in the other two. I also hot glued the mounting brackets on the back (I was afraid the little nails they provide would go through).
To make it more personal, I used paintpens to draw on more of the glass beads, which I then hot glued to the little pushpins (the ones with the white tops) ...
You can't tell, but they spell out her name, plus 'Love' and my name, along with a few random flowers and polka dots.
So since I'm crafting for everyone else in the family, how could I not craft for my mom's dog? Since I picked her up at boarding last time and forgot to get her blanket, I made her a new one - using fleece I bought as remnants ages ago - so yay for "free" gift!
The back is entirely green ... not perfect, especially as I didn't actually measure anything, but it's warm and sorta squishy, which will be nice for Prairie, as she's getting on in age.
And the toy that was kept at my house for when she visited died, thanks the attention of two other dogs, so I rescued the squeaker and made the following. It was supposed to be vaguely human-shaped, but it now has no neck. Suggestions on what I can tell my mom it is? (Yeti? Frog?)
Okay y'all, I got the second part of my already fabulous package from MsMia today when I got home and WOW. I so needed this today as the pasts few days have been rough. The reminder that God is always there for whoever needs Him is one that I really needed!
Here goes ...
The whole lot:
I was going to post an action shot of me with the very warm scarf, but I'm incapable of taking a decent picture of myself! Suffice it to say that it's warm and cuddly and feels like a hug!
Cute lil angel that I'm taking to work:
Awesome handmade bookmark with inspirational quotes about God at the top (one on each side) - this is perfect because I was needing one!
Adorable little jar -
One of my absolute favorites - an inspirational mirror ... I'm debating between keeping it at home and taking it to work for me, as I think the message is one that my girls need to see more often! Maybe I'll timeshare it!
A fabulous book with scripture verses ...
Sorry for all the pictures - and this isn't even all of them, but I couldn't decide which to post.
Thank you so very much, MsMia. You completely and utterly spoiled me - twice, even!
I wasn't sure whether to put this in cooking or here ... I chose here since a) I'm not actually cooking, and b) these are gifts.
I used this recipe (I've made it before, and it's yum, though 1/4 c. of butter is PLENTY) and put the dry ingredients in large Ball jars. Then I cut a square of fabric, put a rubber band to hold it and a pretty ribbon to hide the rubber band. I printed off labels and directions onto card stock and used a 2" punch to cut them out. Finally, I doublesided taped them to the jars ... I think they look rather pretty!
So after a REALLY long day at work, I got home to see an awesome package in my mailbox!
I got the yummiest soaps from Casey1201, along with an awesome resin pendant and some fun extras!
The soap on the brown fabric is peppermint (which I'll be using first as it's Christmas-y), then the rectangle one is French vanilla latte (so yum), the pink one is cherries and cream (ditto - it smells divine) and then the lavender sugar scrub (lavender is one of my favorite scents!)
And a close-up of the extras and the resin heart pendant - it has sprinkles in it!
I received from Douglas Fir today! (Please unmask yourself! I tried doing some detective work, but there are a number of people from your state!)
Here's my loot - I got totally spoiled. I was on the phone when I was unwrapping and my friend said, "Kaz, it's so funny to hear you squeal like that!" Yes, I am 30. Yes, I do like presents.
Anyway, on to the loot. A shot of everything all together... there's some absolutely GORGEOUS fabric, some amazing fabric squares in Asian prints, stitch markers, beads, zippers, a needle roll (squee!), a knitted penguin dishcloth (already next to my sink for when I do the dishes!) and three absolutely adorable Shrinky Christmas ornaments (one design straight from my wist!)
The straight-from-the-wist ornament (penguin and bunguin!):
The other two adorable ornaments (penguin and bunny!):
The dishcloth (penguin!)
The action shot of the needle roll, already in use:
Thank you SO SO much, Secret Santa! I love everything!
I've received from the fabulous MsMia! And she totally spoiled me (and on a day I needed some cheering, too)!
Here's a group picture:
Included are three nativities, a birdy light-up glass box, a Nemo puzzle, FOUR bath soaks (relaxing milk, chocolate milk, vanilla milk and salt and soda - how did she know that I've been in the tub every night to warm up?), an adorable pen that scrolls two Bible verses about faith, hope and love when you click it, a metal bookmark that says Bless, and a handmade journal.
And now some close-ups!
Two little birdies on a glass box that has Christmas lights in it so it lights up! The active shots I got were awful, so here it is, non-actiony.
Nativity #1 - so simple and yet still so beautiful and powerful.
Nativities #2 and #3 - (all three nativities are now on my nativity chest and it totally makes me happy to look at it!) The little figures are so cute in the one on the left! And the one on the right is just fabulous.
An awesome handmade journal with inspirational quotes inside -
Thank you so much, MsMia! You've spoiled me already!