My culinary arts program is menu planning for an upcoming event and today, we were able to test-run our ideas. My heart was set on spaetzle and so I created a roasted butternut squash version with pork belly, kale, and goat cheese (and herb) version.
How lucky am I that one of our community's colleges is now offering a Culinary Arts program?!
In baking class, we learned how to make pate a choux, turning it into cream puffs and eclairs. I practiced a bit further at home, using the recipe in "The Professional Chef" by the The Culinary Institute of America. I think they turned out!
Sorry this has taken so long! As Alexus1325 said, I was at the cottage for the weekend and had a course to take earlier today. We did get to swap on Friday and I'd have to say as as beautiful as the gifts are, getting to meet my partner in person was an absolute highlight. Never did I think this could happen. We must be the only two Crafstster members from our region.
On to the goodies and man, I feel so blessed to have been offered this package! Alexus definitely paid attention to my wishlist and crafted based on a theme I wanted to focus on, feminine energy.
Being so delicate, this one was brought into the coffee shop in a separate bag, meaning it's the first gift I looked at:
It's so soft and lovely to touch and look at, the doily and pussy willows do add that special touch. I'm so happy to have received something I can hang on the wall, it's just what is needed in my living room! Although it may not seem so, the branches actually come out in all directions so that's another need effect. To the right of it, there's a rose quartz carved into a woman's torso. The first thing that came to me as I held it was pregnancy, so I'm not sure if that was intuition foreshadowing something or what!?
Next are some awesome knitted slippers! I've been wanting these so badly and because I can't knit, I've been relying on others' talents to get my feet in them. The light blue yarn is some of Alexus' handspun yarn. I think she posted to project to the Fibre forum and I commented that they reminded me of jeans. At least, I think I commented. I know the yarn stood out and I at least thought that. Anyway, she chose it for this project and I love the speckles of colour. And even though it's 30 degrees Celsius out, I'm wearing the slippers (have been waiting since I got them to put them on, didn't want to ruin them at the cottage).
This one was a bit harder to take a picture of while wearing but it's the Cove hat taken straight off my Pinterest list, again a knitted project! Alexus said she used a bit pot for blocking, it had to accommodate my 28" head that has mature/thick dreadlocks. It fits perfectly!
And last but definitely not least, another big project, a knitted freeform scarf!
I love this one, and will treat it will considering how long it took Alexus to make it, about 25 hours! And I don't think that's counting the time it took to spin a few of the yarns she used. I love the fact that this one uses wool to give it a rugged aspect, but the yarns are so fine and the leaf trim also gives the delicate/feminine touch to it. The ends taper off but I couldn't get it into the picture without sacrificing some of the details.
All of these projects were firsts for Alexus and I'm glad she took the risk, it all turned out beautifully! Thanks so much Alexus and let me know when you're in town so we can get together for some crafting!
ETA: Oops, there is also a handmade spindle Alexus made me. I forgot I packed it in my spinning tote in case I got around to some spinning at the cottage over the weekend. I will try to take a photo of it and post a bit later. Gotta go get dinner started.
I love the whittled knife and that Facebook reminder is absolutely hilarious!
Well, I've been working on a distance education course and haven't been crafting as much. I do have some finished projects to post but they're for a swap so I'm going to hold off to post until my partner receives.
My son had to create an Easter/Spring Hat for their upcoming hallway fashion show. We decided on a bird's nest. Here it is:
I bought the paper shreds, plastic eggs, and "birds" (the chicks were the closest to birds I could find) at Buck or Two, and the rest of the supplies came from around the house. Originally, we created a nest separate from the hat and wanted to attach it but things were getting lop/heavy-sided so we settled for glueing the paper to the hat itself. The branch makes the project "stick out" a bit more. =)
I completely forgot to come back here.. Thanks for the kind words!
One of the organizers of the event (and potter) finished up my bowls for me. Here they are:
I bought a ticket and ended up choosing this one at the organizers' request. It was her favourite of all the 175 bowls made and said I'd be silly not to take it. There were so many beautiful pieces to choose from and it was hard to decide but ultimately, I felt it would be a good souvenir as my first batch of pottery experiments.
Sadly, the origami started to crack before it was fired so the organizer had to do a lot of trimming to keep it pretty. It's definitely not the end-result I was hoping for but unique in its own way. =)
As soon as I can, I'd love to sign up for some classes! I ended up going to Michael's today to get some Stonex clay for a swap project. I'm not sure how it's going to turn out but considering I don't have access to a kiln, it's the best that can be done for now!
Last week, I received some chrysocolla pendants that were ordered online. Here's one of the necklaces I made using some old wood beads. I didn't have fine enough cord to add some smaller chrysocolla beads in with the wood so once I have my hands on some better stuff, I'm going to cut this one up and restart. But in the meantime, here's what it is:
The more I wear my hood, the more I fall in love with it! I'm fantasizing about nature walks and sitting by the fire in this thing. I realize I didn't speak much about it yesterday, but yeah, lucky me for receiving it!! I can pull it down so it covers my collar bone, so if (more like "when") I'm wearing it outside on a cooler summer night, it'll help keep me warm.
On to the package I sent dharma, I didn't have a chance to write her a note. The day I sent, my boyfriend gave me a ride to the post office and had to go right back to work so things were a bit rushed...
So here goes, in the order she posted the photos. First, the scarf. I'm glad she found an alternative way of wearing it, it looks good! This is how I took the photo of it:
I used some wool I spun a while back (the yellow and orange, which is plied with a Knit Picks turquoise yarn) and a bulky yarn from my stash. I've been making tons of baktus-style scarves lately, altering the pattern for each. I thought pomp-poms would suit the sense of quirkyness I imagined dharma has. But in case they break or she just doesn't like them all that much, I added some leftover yarns so she can finish the ends however she pleases.
The mug, oh the mug! I planned on having an elaborate and full on design but as I grabbed my markers, I realized all but two colours were dried out. And those two were on their way out too... Luckily, her kitchen colours or orange and turquoise so at least that worked out!! I must have spent three hours trying to get a decent image on there and this was the best I could manage. Stalking dharma's Pinterest, she had a lot of owls items so I figured she'd enjoy.
The Kicking Horse coffee was the best I could find in our dinky town and I made sure it was a mellow one to suit her tastes. I stalked dharma's Sunshine Swap wishlist and noticed honey on there so gave her a jar from the Timmins Ecological Beekeeping Association. Local indeed and what I personally use in my tea and baked goods. She also had beeswax candles in the same Sunshine wishlist and I thought that while sipping on some beverages, a relaxing candle would be suitable. Not only that, but they do emit a bit of warmth/heat as well!
I received my package from dharma_rebel today! Fortunately, my son decided to shovel after school, the mailman left the package behind it. I wonder how long the box would have sat hidden otherwise!
Sampling happened almost right away. There's a slew of herbs in the "Evening in Missoula" blend. Chamomile, rosehips, raspberry leaf, papaya leaf, peppermint, spearmint, strawberry leaf, vanilla, passionflower, red clover, star anise, wild cherry bark, damiana, horsetail, hyssop, lemon peel, plantain, wintergreen, lavender. It's aromatic and so good! The second is called Yogi Tea Radiance Blend, with cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns. The final one is a Red Rooibos and lavender blend. Interesting, I can't wait to try it! The lid was so tight on this one, I needed a knife to pry it open and almost took my eye out!
Dharma's practicing crochet and included a few projects. A mug cozy and rug:
And an awesome wool hood!! I love the trim on it, the hood is huge (good for my dreads), and the colour (green) is perfect!!:
There was some press and seal tea bags that I forgot to take a photo of but was included in the package. And finally, a tag that was too cute not to share:
*clap, clap, clap*
Thank you so much Rachel, I love it! I'm glad we were finally able to get to a trade. =)