Friday, November 30, 2012

Granola Recipe

In answer to a comment on Jess!'s  Tat-ilicious blog, here is my recipe for granola

Brown Sugar Granola

1 C brown sugar
1/2 C butter or margarine
1/4 C apple juice or water
1/4 tsp salt
5 C rolled oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C nuts or seeds ( I use 1/2 C ground walnuts & 1/2 C ground pecans )
1/2 C dried fruit (optional - I do not use)

In a large nbowl, mix oats, cinnamon, and nuts/seeds.  In the microwave or on the stovetop, melt butter, sugar, juice and salt.  Simmer 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.  Add to the dry ingredients and stir until oats are coated.  Turn onto a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper*.  Bake 7 - 10 minutes at 375 or until oats start turning golden-brown^ at the edges.  Let cool until dry and crunchy.

*do not skip the parchment paper or you will be scraping granola off your pan for a half hour!  the parchment paper can be saved and re-used.
^ Watch closely the last several minutes.  You'll have pale, chewy granola if you take it out too soon, but it will scorch quickly if you wait too long.

I found the ground nuts at the Fleet Farm store an hour down the road.  The grocery store carries chopped nuts, but not ground ones.   I was surprised, as I didn't expect to find them at a farm supply store. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A very Thankful Thanksgiving

I want to wish all of you a wonderful day.
To those in the US a very Happy and Restful Thanksgiving Day.
To those not in the US a very Happy and Thankful day as well

not my turkey, just an image off the web
I am thankful for so much the list would be very long.  High on the list would be all my Tatting Friends and all the wonderful tatting projects they post.   Thank you so much for all you add to my tatting enjoyment.
May you all have a wonderful day doing whatever makes your heart sing.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Gina TattingGoddess's Seashell pattern

I was checking out the patterns on Gina's blog

I decided to download and save all her patterns so they would be available to me in the future.

I was wondering if any one has tatted Gina's Seashell pattern

it doesn't have a picture.  I would like to add a picture to my copy of her pattern, then save the file as a pdf.


Jeanne Lugert
Ladytats   NATA #39
In Tatting as in Life knots are important, they hold it all together.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Findings Fortune From Fox

I participated in a thread swap with Fox as did Michelle.

Michelle posted what she received from Fox here.

I thought I would do the same once I had a picture taken.
So here is what I received from Fox in what was supposed to be an even up swap for thread.
I sent her some Lizbeth size 40 Vinyard  Harvest in exchange for the Sea Island Citrus above.  The rest of the considerable haul you see was a surprise in the package.
They will get used, just not right now. My findings stash is growing.
Thank You Fox for all the future fun.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Aerlit Shuttles & Sneak Peek revealed

The Aerlit Shuttles are in and ready for you to order at Handy Hands

Several days ago I posted a sneak peek here.

The gift has now been received, so I can show you the whole thing.

The recipient is a published author whose book I have read.  I have her blog listed in the right hand column Green Girl in Wisconsin.  

This is her book
It involves a young gal looking to spice up her life and add to her income by becoming a home party hostess.  A very different concept then any other book I have read.  It was a fun read.  I recommend it.  You can buy a copy from the University of Wisconsin Press

I enjoyed her book and decided to make her a bookmark. 
This is what I came up with

The variegated thread  is Manuela size 20 color 204.  The green is Lizbeth size 20 color 684. 

The pattern is Jane Eborall's Flowery SCMR Bookmark. Click  here to download the pattern pdf.   Here is the link to Jane's pattern pages with so many, many patterns

Since this pattern reminds me of a flowering vine, I had originally thought to do some of the vine in spiral stitch, but that proved not be look very good, so I cut that all off and did the pattern the way Jane wrote it, except for the tail.  That I did do in spiral stitch and added some occasional small rings to simulate leaves. 

Now back to the Christmas Snowflakes and maybe if I am lucky, some more on the Tat-A-Long Lace Mat from Jon's Blog.  Have you looked at the Lace Mats that have been finished?  Jon has a page of all the Lace Mats that have been finished, and at the end of the year she is going to hold a poll of the best.  There is still time to get a Lace Mat started and finished ( I hope).

And don't forget to vote in the Tatting Corner Show and Tell contest

Monday, November 5, 2012

Tatting Corner has a contest

Tatting Corner has a collection of items people have tatted and submitted to their show and tell section of their website.

Come take a look at all the gorgeous tatting and you get to vote for your favorite in each category.

please read the rules, as you can vote only once in each category.

Have a wonderful eye candy day.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Filament comparison

I had mentioned in my previous post that I likely wouldn't post much until after Christmas, but realized that I hadn't shown a comparison of all the different filaments that I had gotten for the snowflakes.

I have now tatted the same snowflake pattern in each of the 3 styles of metallic and want to show you the differences.  I used Lizbeth white in size 40 for each of these.

I thought the scan would show the differences a bit more, but if they are laid one on top of the other, the smallest is the #4 Very Fine Braid and the largest is the #8 Fine Braid.  The size of the snowflake made with the DMC is between the 2.
If I figured correctly before, using  the #4 with the Lizbeth is about a size 20, and I thought the #8 worked up as about a size 15, the DMC is somewhere between.

The color is different too as you can see in the scan above.

I pulled small snips off each so you can see the differences a bit more.

left to right......         #4                     ........DMC                            ...........#8
I like the way the Kreinick tats up, it is more like thread.  The DMC is stiffer and composed of 3 twisted strands, that want to separate at the cut end.   I think I will be ordering more of the #4, and maybe another spool of the DMC but not the #8 it is too large.

The snowflake made with the #8 isn't finished because I ran out of the filament.  There are only 10meters of braid on the small spools.  This was the amount left after tatting the snowflake in the post below.  With the #4, I made the snowflake in the post below and the 1 here.  So I got 2 out of the 11 meter spool.  There are 40 meters on the spool of DMC.

Happy Tatting.