Monday, February 1, 2016

February is here!

We have a lovely day with sunshine and the highest predicted to 32  degrees Fahrenheit! I went outdoors and it feels warm and I presume it is because the temps was on the "minus" for awhile.
Learning (again) how to do cross stich.


Tried a baked macaroni recipe.
Organizing our kids old books then I can pass on to them so they can someday use for their own kids.


 Our kids just loved "The Littles." There was also the cartoon on Saturday morning. It is so good to fill children's imagination with good books. I just got the "Tales From The End Cottage." I had seen it in someone's blog and it looked like something our kids would had loved when they were small so I got to add to their books to be passed on. It was forwarded here from England. So, did I see this in your blog??? Anyway, thank you!
 I know that in the ipad I can have lots of books but still there is a sweet feeling to hold in your hands your own book.
There you are sunshine!
No I did not made the cake but a lady from nearby who is very talented.
The neighborhood watcher.
I thought I would again give a try on the No Knead Bread.


This is my take on the lovely Jess Brown rag doll. Links here.  Facebook page.
It has not buttons so very young children can play with it. Jess Brown dolls costs over $200 dollars and they are made with vintage material. Now with her book out she let us have a chance to make our own at home.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

January in cold North!

January has been good so far! 

Hope you are all having a good January and for those who live in snowy country like I do perhaps I could cheer you up by saying that Spring is almost around the corner. Ok not quite around the corner but it will be here soon for sure. We are founding out that it does get cold around here. We got temps around -15 Farenheit. I have been looking for a job and living in the middle of nowhere rural America doesn't help. The population is around 100 hab. The nearest town is about 42 min from here. I thought about looking for a "work from home job." Well...I don't even know where and how to look for these types of jobs. I am a nurse but not sure if I want to go back to that for in the past few years I have been working as an interpreter (Portuguese, English, Spanish are my languages.) I am not too happy if I will have to commute about 1.5 hrs each day to and from work. In between time I can do some fun crafts!


Mimo was checking what I had in my hands...yes I assured him it was only a camera. These sweaters are fun to make.  I got this free pattern from justcrochet. I went back there to find a link and could not find this same one which is "Free Baby Crochet Pattern Newborn Coat and Hat Set." However they have other pattern similar to this.

Coaster made from lefover yarn.
I have a desire to learn basic knitting.
I got a diffuser and love it. A friend (Kat who is brother in law ex-wife) helped me to get the essential oils. She gets them for a good price. The house is now filled with peppermint aroma. The diffuser changes color, you can have it in one set color or in constant change. Looks pretty in dark bathroom.  The essential oils are doTerra. Peppermint promotes good respiratory function, clear breathing. It promotes good digestion and repels bugs like spiders for example.
Blue is pretty.
Also had time to assemble this caleidoscope. The man who makes these is a friend of ours, Leonard Olson.  His work is incredible. During Christmas time he got almost all sold out.  You should take a look at his stuff. I walked in and a lovely aroma was in the air coming from the wood he was working on which was central American rosewood. Channel 4 _Iowa had a great article about him and his business. Facebook His link  and for the Kaleidoscope factory 
https://www.facebook.com/kaleidoscopefactory/?pnref=lhc
A friend gifted me this adult coloring book. I decided to pick the one with smaller print and have discovered that I am late for my eyes to be checked out. It is getting harder to see. The idea of the coloring book is to help us to calm down and lower stress.
  I have made these crochet cup sleeve. It's nice to have one or so in the glove compartment. You can use all types of stiches and it will turn out cute. I have made them also with a small ribbon and tiny bow.
It was snowing today the whole day. The visibility was less than good. This was a few hours ago.
This photo was taken a couple of days ago.

May your January be peaceful!

Angela

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year!!

Wishing each one of you a great 2016!

May it bring realization of dreams, good health, and lots of happiness!
We had our Christmas here in home on the 25th. The church celebrations were on the 24th.
We headed to Iowa on the 27th to have Christmas with his extended family. That house was very noisy because now our nieces and nephews have their young children. They scream playing and scream crying about one thing or another. It was however fun and very relaxing to be there with them. I made a few casseroles and took them frozen for it is over 8 hrs trip. Our daughter and her husband who live in India were unable to came for Christmas. They took vacation in the US in the Summer. For Christmas they headed to Darjeeling and other places that I have no idea at the moment how to write the names. The son went back to law school at the same time we left on Friday.
The older cousins played games like they always do at grandmothers house. There was a total of 22 people in that house including the little kids that do not appear in these photos.

TV time and a slice of pumpkin pie. We do not like whipped cream on it.
The quietness and complete stillness of this town is just great! (our town)

Pumpkin pie, sweet potato cranberry dish, scalloped corn, 3 bean dish and carrot casserole. I made just turkey breast this year along with cranberry sauce. My son bought the Panettone which is something we traditionally have for Christmas at our house. I don't have a photo of it here since I was apparently so hungry and forgot to take a few more photos.

We have snow and low temps however Spring will be here soon!

May you have a wonderful year in 2016!!  XOXO!!

                              Angela


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

                                             Cooler days and time for projects

                                                             October 28, 2015



These seemed to simple and easy to make that I gave it a try. We have young ones in the family that could use some extras. The kids loose these so easily that is a good thing to have extras.  Below is a photo of how it's made.  After I did the sewing on one side and in the bottom I will turn inside out and use a small piece of the same material to tie the whole fringe together and voila!!  Sorry the quality of the photo.  It has been cloudy in here and I took these outdoors but still the photo looks dark. We got our first snow of the season today but it melted upon hitting the ground.                                           
Crochet hats for our nephew's little girl.

         
 This decorative apple tree is in front of the church in a nearby community and they told me that the birds eat them when Spring come. It stays in the tree the whole Winter and somehow it must ferment and the birds act funny after they eat them, that is what a lady from church informed me. That is extraordinary I thought. They look like tiny pumpkins growing in a tree. :)
 Here is the whole tree - decorative apple.

Our gray skies in North Dakota.



 Hope your Autumn has been cozy and wonderful!!

Angela

Monday, October 19, 2015

How The Day goes

 Drinking lots of warm tea and enjoying the cool weather.



The trees behind the house.

I now know for sure that my three favorite teas are Masala Chai, Camomile and Cinnamon Spice.What are your favorite teas? One of the ladies from church brought us an apple cake that is pretty delicious! I will ask her for the recipe.

  

Someone I know loves to be on tops of beds!! Problem is mommy doesn't like cat hair all over!
 Lately I have been in love with chai tea! Our daughter who is living in India gave us this marvelous chai and also the tea pot. The tea came in a very beautiful package with a cloth around it. However for easy handling I placed it in this small ball jar with one of the labels attached to the jar. This tea pot is made from a special type of stone that has healing properties. The tea inside the teapot will absorb the healing properties. They grind these stones and make the tea pot from the grinded stone. I would hope to see something like this at some import store in the US someday.  I hope never to break this one, but disastrous like I can be ...


 A close up of the tea pot made of stone , from India.

These leaves got so dark that I prefer to call this tree a Halloween tree. This is right behind our house in a small park the city has there.



I love this story
I also love Andi and her beautiful knitting.

Wishing you a great week !

Angela

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Autumn


Autumn!
It has been a good Autumn!

We got a few foggy days then the fog lifted and it has been so nice.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                



I made some pesto with all that basil we had. I'm sure that I could eat pesto three times a day. Basil is very good for your health. It offers DNA protection, it has anti-bacterial properties and anti-inflammatory and it also helps the cardio vascular system.


 The recipe is from allrecipes.com  . I used sunflower instead of pine nuts. It's much more affordable.

My husband likes it with a slice of his homemade whole wheat bread.


Autumn is also a time for festivals and I went to one with a lady from church. We had fun and even purchased a few things. The food was great.

This booth had soy candles that smelled pretty delicious. I do not like it too strong and they had some that were a bit more toned down. Pumpkin spice was actually very nice and so was the vanilla. The fragrance that had more of a presence was from these potpourri. 



They had cappuccino scent in those smaller scent cubes. My friend is checking them.

 These garden decorations were sure pretty to look at.

 Recycle big time! Made with plates, candle holders, saucers, etc.



 Lovely crochet!! I wanted them all of course.
 Beautiful hand made cards! We both got some of those cards and the price was less than 2 dollars which was a bargain.
 Another booth had these earrings made from wedding glass beads from Mali. They're 100 year old. It is opaque glass. The artisan and her husband bought the beads that came sort of dirty and really looking old. She cleaned them and made the earrings. I got these yellow ones. Sadly she doesn't sell online.


I needed to get out, I am new in this state and it's just fun to just get out and be with a new friend. Make memories and refresh the mind.
I had a few more things to share but I will save it for the next post.
Wishing you a lovely week!

Hugs,

Angela