Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Though my grandson is a tall, gangly 12-year-old now, and not into cutesy things -- if ever boys are at all -- my inner child directed me to make these
napkin turkeys for our Thanksgiving table. The idea stemmed from a couple of Pinterest boards. I felt as if I were back in kindergarten, cutting out the little turkey faces from some Web clipart. It was a  calming activity before the hustle and bustle of getting the big bird prepped and into the oven, and synchronizing the cooking times so that nothing got cold before we sat down for the annual feast. The tablecloth is one that I'd bought for next to nothing on clearance -- goodness knows how long ago --  at Maxx or Marshall's. French country with an autumn look, I think.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Crafting for Canasta


There's a dearth of bridge or canasta tallies in the stores these days. They're either vintage and expensive or new and expensive. So easy to make, once you get the tables made showing who goes to what table when for each rounde of play. After that, it's all a matter of adding a pretty (or funny) picture from the treasure trove of images on the Web. I've made some with a magnolia theme, one set for fall/Thanksgiving, and another with a Christmas motif. So much fun.

This week afriend asked if I would make some tallies with birds for our upcoming two-table canasta game, so of course I couldn't stop there. Using a piece of clipart from the Martha Stewart website, and manipulating it a little, I compulsively also created matching cards for table numbers, scoring cards, and some flower-tipped pens for good measure. I love fighting with MS Word to make it do what I want it to do with cliparts and tables. Love those Dollar tree craft items: stick pens, flowers, floral tape, baskets. And an inexpensively made kit like this sold well for a recent auction to raise money for Doctors without Borders.

Glad my young grandson's tender ears aren't nearby to hear the epithets I throw at Word. I have blown 20 bucks on the newest version of Printmaster (the older version wasn't compatible with the newer version of swear-word, swear-word Windows.  I haven't been able to figure out easily enough how to put greetings on the fronts and insides of cards that I make with iris-folded designs. So now I'll get back to iris folding. But first, ahhhh, those cute burlap-and-lace covered napkin rings made with toilet paper rolls are calling . . . . more on that later.

Chocolate Puffs with Mascarpone Cream

In the 40s outside -- cold for Atlanta -- so it was a good day to stay in and do craftsy stuff and baking. This recipe from Martha Stewart is just so-so. I hadn't made cream puffs for decades, and back then I used to make the savory kind, hors d'ouvre size, with a tuna, crab, or chicken salad filling. So I'd basically forgotten the technique. These didn't rise as much as they should have, nor were they characteristically slightly hollow to hold the filling. Instead of following my instinct and beaten the eggs first, and tempered the eggs with the batter before adding, I followd the recipe, sheeplike, even though I knew better. So, they were just okay. The filling had a couple of drops of rosewater, not enough to notice. A little pink coloring for upcoming Valentine's Day.  And, they are really messy to eat. But, all in all, a nice diversion for an at-home day, and a fine accompaniment for afternoon coffee.