Friday, February 19, 2010

Beautiful Buttons

~ Some Button Eye Candy ~ 

I love buttons.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Quilting Books ~ Book Sale!

Buy One get One half off entire book section

This one is from Practical Lessons in Smart Clothes from 1924

Some fun kids books too.

No need to enter any codes, just purchase more than 1 book and I'll refund ~
 You'll receive a refund through paypal unless you want to contact me first & I'll adjust the listing for you. 

Books are mailed Media Mail to keep the shipping costs down 
(overages in shipping costs will be refunded). 
Discount applied to the book that is lesser in value.

Sale Ends Saturday 2/20/2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010


First time on the Front Page!
Those are my sweet Owl Salt & Pepper shakers.

Happy Day! 

***and a little update since I'm a really do like statistics! My owls lasted about 30 minutes before they sold and were then removed from front page. During that time my shop received 16 new hearts. The owls received 28 hearts and according to Google Analytics during the 8:00 hour my shop was visited 257 times. Wow, it's amazing what exposure will do huh? I think being on prime time during Super Bowl was definitely an advantage. 

Friday, February 5, 2010

Easy Wheat Germ Casserole Bread Recipe

I picked up some turkey cutlets and thought I'd make a really easy turkey crock pot soup with them. I made a simple soup adding carrots, celery, turnips, onion, and broth. I thought it would be so tasty to have some fresh herbs in there as well and I picked up some to throw in.  The only problem was when I saw the bits of herbs floating around I knew I was going to have some trouble getting my 4 year old to eat it.

Then I remembered Julia's lovely soup recipe and thought I can fix this right up!
I don't have an immersion blender (sounds like such a fun tool!) but I do have a blender. So I scooped and pureed. After it was all blended I added some milk and cheddar cheese. This was my first puree soup and it was definitely an experiment (my favorite kind of cooking) and it actually turned very well.  I'm looking forward to trying this out again.

To accompany the soup I made a very easy and delicious loaf of bread ~ simple ingredients to mix, no kneading, 45 minutes to rise and 45 minutes to cook. (picture above)

One - Bowl Wheat Germ Casserole Bread

2 3/4 - 3 1/4 cups unsifted flour, divided ( I use a mix of whole wheat and white flour)
1/2 cup wheat germ
2 packets of dry yeast
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons margarine softened (I used butter)
1 1/3 cups very hot tap water
2 tablespoons molasses (room temperature)

In large bowl (I just used my kitchen aid mixer bowl) throughly mix 1 cup flour, wheat germ, undissolved yeast, and salt. Stir in margarine. Gradually add water and molasses. Beat with mixer 2 minutes at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in enough remaining flour to make stiff batter. 

Cover, let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Stir batter down, beat vigorously 30 seconds. Turn into greased 1 1/2 quart casserole. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes or until done. (you'll get a hollow sound when tapping on the top) Remove from casserole, cool on wire rack.


I've made it a habit not to use butter on our food (I do cook with it when recipe calls for). My daughter made me laugh though when she asked if we could have the slippery stuff on our bread like we had at the restaurant.  Even I can't resist the slippery stuff on homemade warm from the oven bread!

Vintage Sewing Notions

Mit Fein Geschliffenen Nadelspitzen

loosely translated ~ From GADMEI Geharteten Steel
With a finely ground needle tips.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Just a thought...

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.
Let me learn from you, love you,bless you before you depart.
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare
and perfect tomorrow.
Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.
One day I shall dig my nails into the earth,
or bury my face into the pillow,or stretch myself taut,
or raise my hands to the sky and want,
more than all the world, your return
~Mary Jean Iron