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Getting my MOJO back


My Mother's Corner

As usual the winter knitting  the studio renovation and then the spring craft show has left me drained emotionally and mentally. I couldn’t even think of picking up the needles or hooks to do any kind of yarn work. I had totally turned myself off. Yesterday I came across a knitting bag full of green white and gold yarn and I said.. hmmm.. what is this?.. It turned out that I had started a pair of mittens to match  a hat I had made in the fall. Well true to form I took the back to the tv room and started working away. I couldn’t find the pattern that I had been using for the first mitten so I ended up counting stitches and rows and finished the first one last night and then today I made the matching mitten…..and.. I got the pattern written down now. I like the…

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Rainbow Pasta Salad


My Mother's Corner

Well I finally realized that if I don’t write this recipe down  that I might never find it again.

My cousin Jody is famous for her pasta salad. I made it today with a bit of a variation because I didn’t have everything on hand to make it identical. So here goes.

Rainbow Pasta Salad

Firstly it called for tri coloured pasta (didn’t have any so I just used the spiral type regular pasta)  cooked, drained and cooled. I then just put it back in the pot that I cooked it in while I chop the veggies and mix up the dressing.

Now I have seen many of these recipes but most call for italian dressing. I am not that particular for the italian dressing so here is the homemade version our family likes.

RECIPE:

a box of tri coloured pasta

cucumber, tomato and onion (chopped) and your choice of…

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Revamping my studio


As most of my friends know I am always looking for the next trend to come around the corner. Well. this winter has been particularly nasty (yes we still have titanium snow on the ground) so I have spent a lot of time surfing and looking for new ideas. I went through a studio renovation and could not work so my laptop became my friend. The studio is now done (not without those.. do you want the good news first or the bad news).. Yup.. the window I was having redone turned out to be a big mess. It apparently had been leaking from the top and running down to the framing below the window

this was the area I was having redone. Initially I wanted to leave the center two windows and the skylight windows and then have the corners walled in and painted.. seemed easy enough right?

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Well. as they were removing all the older windows to reframe the front for the new double sliders they realized just how bad it was

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It had rotted clear out to the siding which had rotted the insulation on the back of the siding. Any wonder this room was like the artic during the winter!

So a decision was made to take out the whole area and bring the wall back to match the interior walls. Now I can say I was completely heartbroken by this decision because I loved the light but let’s face it.. Sunlight or freezing room. As it was I could only work in there on sunny days so I guess, lets do this!

So as the work progressed I started liking it more and more and now with a front wall with the R factor of 34 I am warm and cozy. It has been taxing on me as I realized I had to totally change the layout of my room to work with the new window configuration. huge storage cupboard had to be moved.. yup I did it by first dumping all my strategically arranged skeins of yarn into laundry baskets (shutter) and then moving the cupboard completely across the room over carpet. how did I do it you asked?  well I will tell you.. I went to the basement and pulled out a couple of crazy carpets (snow sliders) and tipped each side of the cupboard and placed a carpet under the edges.. hey it worked. Had to position the carpets for each few feet but made it easy to push this 6ft high double door cupboard. I decided that before I was going to start any work in my room I was going to make it my mission to purge by cupboard.. holy crud!.. what made me keep these pattern print outs and literally pieces of scrap papers.. shelves and shelves of them. Plus plastic containers of stuff I was sure I had need for and would use in the future.. NOPE… gone!!!   I gave a whole garbage bag full of yarn to a senior lady that spends her time knitting hats and mitts for churches (that made me feel pretty good) and now my cupboards are all done but one shelf!  YAY

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So I need to go into my studio to take the finished pictures, New blinds, new curtains and fully rearranged but right now I am running between appointments and the music festival in the area so by next week I will have updated pictures of the finished room.. the before and after

Needless to say I am now happy with the decision to get rid of the cold drafty window area and my cats are fighting over sitting on the new window sill which is 11″ deep. As they say it all works out for the best even though I had gone through tons of angst about losing the sitting area I had.

Now that I have the room done I will be in full production mode to get ready for this years fall craft shows (the spring one I already have 90% of the stuff ready to go) Yes I do two different themes for these shows

on that note have a great week and I will be back with more of the finished studio project and my new ideas for the fall shows

100’s of Patterns and Photos Stolen by DIYPatterns.com


Knot Just Yarn Blog

In the world of patterns, DIYPatterns.com has been accused of stealing patterns and photographs from websites such as ETSY and are selling them on their website. This action removes the authors and designers from being compensated for their work and completely benefiting DIYPatterns.com.

Though I have just received notice of this fraudulent act this morning, numerous complaints from many ETSY users have surfaced in The Crochet Crowd Inbox over night. Great people like Lianka Azulay, owner of BonitaPatterns.com has been directly affected as her designs and photographs were stolen. They are selling her patterns putting the money in their own pockets.

In several reports, the website was pulled offline yesterday but resurfaced by a new host today. This company is definitely in this for the cash bypassing any morals to play fair. This is the ugly face of fraud. In one complaint given to me, they are not delivering the…

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sliced baked taters


I have no idea who originally posted this particular recipe but I sure mean to try it

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SLICED BAKED POTATOES!!! YES!!!!!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (Can also do in Microwave for 6 plus minutes)
Brush both side of potato slices with butter; place them on a cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated 400 degrees F oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned on both sides, turning once.

When potatoes are ready, top with bacon, cheese, green onion; continue baking until the cheese has melted;

Add a dollop of sour cream when done and enjoy!! —

 

I made them for supper tonite. They were excellent

I melted a bit of margarine, mixed in some EVOO and brushed the slices on both sides with it. Then I seasoned with salt, pepper and natures seasoning. They were very filling and oh so yummy

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New Year’s Jar


 Well I saw this on facebook this morning and thought. How many times have we tried to reflect on the past year and just struggle to remember? Put a little note pad beside your jar.  What a wonderful idea!!!!!..Even have your kids contribute. You might have done something for one of your kids and didn’t think it made any impact. What a nice surprise when you sit down on New Year’s eve with your kids and dump the jar on the table and start reading the notes out loud. Wish I had done this many years ago. No more New years resolutions!.. just write down your happy moments however insignificant they may seem I am sure they will be well appreciated at the end of the year. Too many times we remember the not so nice things that happen all year and overlook the small, good things. All these small good things will add up to one big happy new year’s eve smile!.. go ahead,, give it a go for next year. What can it hurt?

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New Sweater Collection


Well I guess I have had an epiphany of sorts. I had a customer who bought a dog pattern from me last month contact me and ask if I had a Boston Terrier size pattern with a Reindeer on it. Well I didn’t!  but that didn’t stop my brain from working.. hehehe.. I sat down and thought,, hmm.. how do I want to design this one. Well I have been selling discontinued White Buffalo/Cowichan design sweater patterns for the past year and I thought to myself.. Hey.. why not start a line of dog sweater patterns that would compliment the White Buffalo designs..oh boy oh boy I could just see the pattern in my head as well as the colours I wanted to use. . I designed the pattern, sat down and knit it up (pic below) and have the sweater for sale as well as the pattern for it.   I love the new design!!!!!  I will be doing up the regular yorkie size pattern today and will edit this post with the link to buy that pattern.

So.. Here is the result I will be calling these new designs the True North Canadian Collection.. pretty cool huh?

I have another design in my head that I am starting to work on and I also want to make the patterns in the regular Yorkie Sizes  8″-10″-12″ as well as the Boston Terrier/Pug sizes.

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FOR SALE Boston Terrier Size Sweater  Lenth 13″ Girth 18″  Neck 13″

$25.00    Shipping $9.00

I have this pattern in the BT size as well as the Yorkie size on my

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Have a great day and enjoy the olympics!!!