Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lark Rise

I LOVE period dramas! A Sunday evening with a cup of tea, a cat on my lap and some Masterpiece Classic is my idea of heaven. I watched and loved the Cranford series, Emma, Northanger Abbey, The Diary of Anne Frank, Little Dorrit, and Downton Abbey. I even liked Any Human Heart, which is a bit of a departure for me. (And now I am obsessed with the name Land.) And now I am really enjoying Lark Rise to Candleford, but I'm on the fourth and final season! What shall I do? I tested out Tess of the d'Urbervilles and found it to have TOO MUCH drama for me! I have seen Lark Rise called "syrupy rustic hokum" and that suits me just fine. Cranford was also a marvel of scenery, costumes and fun characters without the worry of deep plots and troubling stories.

To prevent me from having some serious Lark Rise withdrawal, I have these on the Tivo waiting for me (thanks for my wonderful husband)
North and South
Wives and Daughters
The Buccaneers
The Indian Doctor
Land Girls
Perfect Strangers

And coming up on Masterpiece!
Upstairs Downstairs
South Riding

So hopefully I'll have my Sunday nights set for a while!

The Cranford series of books is available via Project Gutenberg so I think I'll take to reading it now and then as well.

I hear there is a recipe book too! I love making dishes that are featured in my favorite books and shows! Like Dorcas Lane's Plum Loaf!

Of course, I also like making crafts like the ones I see in these great shows! In Cnadleford, I kept noticing their wonderful shawls and sontags! I think I'll make this one (it reminds me of one from an episode I watched last night, with really large looping lattice on the edges) and this one (I'll be Emma Timmins, in my garden, wearing my sontag!)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Table runner

Another project! This is a table runner for me. I'm to the binding now, just stitching the back by hand so it's nice and finished, I'll probably take this to the county fair. This is supposed to be the City Windows Runner but I forgot the sashing! So it' own take on city windows. :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Penguin in the Park 5K

What may very well be a PR (personal record) for the 5K, my time was 31:08! It was below freezing, but at least it wasn't snowing! The after-party was great, last year I skipped out but I'm glad I got to go this year. This is such a well-run 5K!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Another Ball Quilt

I've finished squares for another ball quilt like the one I did for Make-A-Blanket-Day. In fact, I started this one ON MABD! I figure this one can go to the fair and then to Project Linus. It's made with left overs from the Pampered Pooch quilt. Which is one I took to the fair last year. I hope they don't get tired of the seeing the same fabrics!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spring Planting

As in past years, I started my seeds indoors! It's so nice to see little bits of green poking through, caring for them each day and knowing that we'll hopefully get a bumper crop of tomatoes with all the varieties we started this year!This year I increased my setup with another aquarium hood light! Thank you, Habit for Humanity Re-Store! Here's the breakdown of the trays:
13 x Paste Tomato from Daniel
15 x Yellow Tomato (probably Nebraska wedding but can't be certain)
18 x Red Zebra Tomato
12 x Beefsteak Tomato
27 x Red Fig Tomato
27 x Santa Fe Pepper
27 x Green Bell Pepper
12 x Basil (regular and Globe)
24 x Rosa Bianca Eggplant
4 x Brussels Sprouts
13 x Listada de Gandia Eggplant

And I'll be starting parsley, cucumber and more brussels sprouts a little later on. Do these numbers sound crazy? I sell all my extras to co-workers so no worries about wasted plants. :) I can only fit a fraction of these into my garden but if I have the space, I might as well start as many as I can!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bunny pin

Just in time for spring, this little guy is about 3 inches long and he's a pin. It's a Mill Hill beaded cross stitch kit (my favorite!) that I found at a garage sale. I finished him up in no time flat!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Crochet edge fleece

A very nice woman at Project Linus Make-A-Blanket-Day taught me how to crochet an edge on a fleece blanket! I had bought the Skip-Stitch blade quite a while ago but never got the courage to use it. Make a Blanket Day gave me incentive because we had a LOT of double-layer fleece blankets donated and the hospitals won't take those. So we had to cut them apart and then do something with them! This is one of them that I put a fluffy crochet edge on, isn't the doughnut fabric adorable!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Birthday Badges!

It's a big birthday for me this Sunday, the big 3-0! I'm so excited, we're taking a trip to Indianapolis for the day! I made myself a new birthday badge to wear for the occasion.The pink on is from previous years but I wasn't feeling pink this year. I was feeling BIRTHDAY COLORS! I also made a birthday balloon wreath for the front door! I used the instructions here.

Monday, March 7, 2011


I always thought I hated meringues. I thought they were dry and bland and not worth eating. But I couldn't actually tell you what they tasted like. In fact, I don't think I'd ever tried them! I made these cocoa-almond meringues this weekend and they are FABULOUS! They melt in your mouth and are so airy and delicate! I want to shout to the world, I love meringues! (Even though they look like dog doo.)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Overeating, running and knitting

I've been doing some deep thinking about my food choices and how I am addicted to food and more specifically sweets. I've decided to take a page from the Overeaters Anonymous book and start using an eating plan. That's just a pre-written meal plan that you stick to. It takes the thought out of choosing each and every meal, and it helps clear all the food thoughts from my mind throughout the day. I already know what I'm going to eat, whatever is on my plan, so I don't think about food 40 times an hour. So far, so good! Writing the plan isn't my most favorite thing, but if it helps keep me from eating 20 cookies in the evening, I'll do it!

This week I officially started training for the 10K in April. After over 2 months off from running in to do the Female Body Breakthrough (which is going awesome and I will be continuing with it even as I train for the 10K because I'm enjoying it so much!), I'll be working toward running 6 miles at a time again. :)

This is the hat I just finished. It's the same as a green version I made year ago, except this one doesn't have tassels on the tips. I LOVE the big, chunky cables!