Saturday, November 29, 2014

Revisited Recipe- Honey Stars

My Grandmother Redmond's Honey Star Cookie recipe was the star of a post back on December 23rd, 2005. http://stephaniedistler.blogspot.com/2005/12/home-vignettes-thursday for the post :)

She kept this side of the family together with her daughter's children, grandchildren, their current husbands, plus ex-husbands and pretty much cooked the entire meal while walking with a cane or holding onto whatever was near for support. She became crippled in the early 1960's from a car accident..
 Holidays were her thing going all out in that small house on Mill Street.  Those times with my cousins were the best and I miss getting together with them so very much.  We were blessed and did not even know how blessed we were at the time of course. That house would get packed with all of us approximately 17 including 3 daughters, 8 grandchildren, husbands and eventually ex-husbands packed in mainly 2 rooms.  The family had lots of smokers, of course, it was the time I guess.  As we got older we would sneak a beer heading upstairs and then share between the three of us girls thinking we were hot stuff.
Counter baking vignette December 2005




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Friday, November 28, 2014

Almost to the end of a month of Posting

Almost to the end of November with two days left and the posting everyday challenge experience over for November 2014.  We have talked about the mundane, metalwork, photography, blogging, food, sewing, throwback Thursday, Pennsylvania, list Monday, ETSY, 'on the bench', Pinterest and The Pennsylvania Wilds.  With two more days, I am excited for it may not seem like it, but, I can see how this November has put me in more of a groove of keeping up with posting.

November rainbows still make me smile with running out to snap a photo every time.

“It was November--the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.” 
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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end of summer travel

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Giving Thanks


Such a lovely holiday- just give thanks, that's all that is required....perhaps loosening your belt a bit too, lol.  Thank-you everyone for all that you do for you are pretty spectacular!

Spectacular-  adj.  Sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

For the love of a good SOFTIE

After Sunday Breakfast with friends and hearing about how Nancy is all about gearing her muse towards sewing, my urge to design a line of Softies or Stuffies has begun again.  I don't know if 'line' is the best word choice, maybe yearly birth or the sporadic softie project or the perfect alignment of stars softie, lol.
Back in 1999 when I started beading ArtDolls these lovely stuffies kept coming up when searching for different stitch techniques, across the web for bead embroidery, until I became obsessed with creating my own style.
2006 to 2010  starting top left:
  • Machine pieced w/glass eye and felt eye structure doll 
  • Simple poodles machine pieced
  • Simple squared elephant made from my oldest daughter light blue corduroy pants and Eeyore inspired tale
  •  Pincushion w/vintage buttons and embroidery floss
  • Pieced, machine stitched raggedy Ann, inspired rag doll
  • The last doll machine pieced body, upcycled jeans, pieced, hand sewn felt coat with bead and thread embroidery and ultra suede face that was Prisma pencil sketched.  The hair was a collection of fibers resembling Johnny Depp at the time :) :)
A team effort between machine work, dry felting, embroidery and hand stitching were used not in all work but, most.
little birds sewn from a pattern on HERE and this is the designer Michael Fulkerson in Philadelphia

Here is a handful of softie fabness that caught my eye in 2006 and are still going strong today with their creativity:

  1. LoobyLu
  2. Wee Wonderfuls
  3. Mimi Kirchner
  4. Hillary Lang
  5. Look What I Can Do
  6. Merwing
  7. Three Green Apples
  8. Molly Chicken
  9. Wee Folk Studio
  10. Oh Albatros 

Yes, yes, yes, I frequented these sights over and over years back and revisit now and again still

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First machine sewing project March 2007

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Monday, November 24, 2014

List Monday- BIG list of wants and maybe some needs thrown in

Every once in a while putting it out there for the Universe to take note of that crazy list carried around inside of you for far too long is necessary. This is getting it out of your head and on paper (more or less) helping an obsessed type, like myself, see what is doable or perhaps logical in the real world.

THE list:
  1. A www.potterusa.com hydraulic press with all the accessories or as many as are attainable 
  2. Arbor press 
  3. Rolling mill, preferably the Durston brand
  4. Metalsmithing workbench
  5. Large, very, very large steel anvil
  6. Pepe Guillotine shear to perfectly cut sheet metal
  7. Knew Concepts jeweler's saw with the swivel handle
  8. Fretz hammers and stakes that I am always hammering away at, lol
  9. Exhaust for a soldering station like this wonderful set-up from Connie Fox
  10. Bench Mate system 
The hydraulic press is CHECKED off, there are still accessories such as more pancake dies or texture plates to be bought over the next few years.  The press is going to be here at some point in the next couple weeks.  Today I am having an argument with myself about the jeweler's saw, watched the video a few times today falling head over heals in love.  Brilliant design.

 Lost the argument-   been using Knew Concept Saw in the studio for the last week LOVE IT!!!  


Studio since 2011, WOW I need more room

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 black & white 2014


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

What do they say about old dogs?

I am always amazed at the simple things in life one of those being my husband, loving shrimp now after 28 years of marriage.  The man hates soup in any form and can bring me to tears with his pretty strong protests, but, now enjoys this firm, flavorful yet bouncy morsel.

The Japanese phrase 'Puri-Puri' (POOR-ee POOR-ee) describes the texture or mouth feel when prepared perfectly.

Our Sunday day trip was to Altoona after a wonderful breakfast with gracious friends at their home of buckwheat pancakes and strata.  The Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice coffee was a bonus :)  We were heading out around 1:00 then with a bottle jack from Harbor Freight, that is actually needed to complete the jeweler's hydraulic press set-up, on the list as well as picking up groceries for Thanksgiving being THIS coming Thursday.

What is on your menu for the holiday?  Sweet Potato Pie is the only new addition the rest is Thanksgiving dinner as usual.  Brined Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, cranberry, dried corn, buttered peas, rolls and pies-  same old, same old.   I would not have it any other way, nothing like a house filled with those aromas and the leftovers.

Do you have the perfect brine?  Or stuffing recipe to share?  What makes your spread your very own?

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Boyer's candy factory in Altoona, Pa. Is a favorite stop while there with DH buying 5 lbs of imperfect peanut butter cups every time.
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Small things- chopping garlic with sea salt and herbs


minced garlic with fennel seeds and sea salt being chopped for a pot of New England Clam Chowder
An easy way to give deep flavor to your dish is to chop garlic cloves, salt and herbs/seeds all together into a paste.  The addition of salt breaks down the garlic, allowing a paste consistency to be created by the edge of your knife. 

In the above photo a whole garlic head (6-8 cloves), 1/4 teaspoon of fennel seeds and 1 teaspoon of smoked sea salt are chopped fine, then smashed with the knife edge making a powerful flavor combo. This mound of flavor was then put in a pot of New England Clam Chowder while simmering enriching its flavor profile.

Many different mixes can be made such as parsley/thyme salted garlic for fabulous red skin potatoes, basil salted garlic, minced then added to unsalted butter for garlic bread or maybe cumin seed salted garlic added to the chili.

What mix can you see yourself making?

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Botanicals and SDAJ

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Stephan and I Winter 1976.  I remember that orange NERF football!  I see Stephan's little t-shirt peeking and my pocket sticking out, of course, lol.  


This was also the country's Bicentennial with schools across the nation celebrating in different ways.   I will never forget my polyester red, white and blue dress, a pair of light purple acrylic knit stockings and a red and white gingham check bonnet I had to wear with little royal blue ribbons to look geeky patriotic.  
Mr. Turzanski was our 5th grade teacher and an eccentric little fellow.  We all loved him!  His favorite saying was diarrhea of the mouth, which made us laugh every time- fecal reference and 5th graders, perfect match.  He had diarrhea of smoking for the cigarette smoke odor that wafted from our tests was unprecedented among smokers and probably most of our parents smoked.  This could have also been the fact that our scores at times were also unprecedented and not in the way he wanted-  the man was also a screamer :)


Commercials from October 18th with all sorts of  memorable snippets transporting you to 1976 with me today. Let's all travel back to a time of  pop rocks and Slime, both were introduced this year also.
HERE is a crazy list of Fun Facts, TV shows taken from this page below.

TV shows that year:
1. Happy Days (ABC)
2. Laverne & Shirley (ABC)
3. M*A*S*H (CBS)
4. Charlie's Angels (ABC)
5. The Big Event (NBC)
6. The Six Million Dollar Man (ABC)
7. Baretta (ABC)
8. One Day at a Time (CBS)
9. Three's Company (ABC)
10. All in the Family (CBS)

Murphy's Department store sold records which were downtown, I know crazy.   Begged and begged for the 45 Saturday Night by The Bay City Rollers, he finally gave in.

P.S.  Anyone that is not from Johnsonburg, PA, all the wonderful retail stores that were here, aren't anymore, very, very sad.  Let's take a moment for the death of small town America......... sob


“‎The simple truth is that you can understand a town. You can know and love and hate it. You can blame it, resent it, and nothing changes. In the end, you're just another part of it.”
― Brenna Yovanoff

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Today hammering tubing into flat lengths, sawing separate tubing into rivets, dapping and then finally peening into place sliced tubing on the ends of the pieces.  All this to create components for bracelets and necklaces.  Debating on whether or not to put attribute words or deliciously placed symbols on some like I have been.


http://www.flickr.com/groups/wednesdayonthebench/ 
Group Description
Every Wednesday or a Wednesday that you happen to remember post to your blog or other social networking venue that you frequent, a photo of what is on it for that day and link back to this group.
You might want to describe what you are making or not it is up to you :) Just call it 'What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday' and you are good to go.
This group will be a collection of those photos which we all need and love for I am hungry for all the eye candy I can gather up.

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Inspiration everywhere for Wednesday


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Life does go on- Realizations of Pennsylvania

September 21st, 2005 a little group was started on FLICKR named Realizations of Pennsylvania.  This group was started by a lovely camera obsessed female who had just joined a super photo sharing community.  As she jumped full swing into artisan jewelry, art councils, PA Wilds hub bub and opening a small gallery in an even smaller town in Pennsylvania, this little group was put on the back burner.
Screen shot from a photo group on Flickr  Realizations of Pennsylvania

Even in my absence it is thriving with almost 10,000 photos.  I was all kinds of excited this morning to see the quality and amounts of photos that continued to be posted by talented photographers.

Pennsylvania is a super photo op, so think about joining in on the photo frenzy ; - ) HERE  We would LOVE to see your realizations!

Realizations of Pennsylania strip
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Monday, November 17, 2014

List Monday

Sizerville State Park Fall Festival 2014 on a beautiful afternoon through the pine needles

 List Monday-


  1.   Earrings Every Day Hoot, hoot!!
  2. How many fab items can be made with paper?  
  3. Let it go with Tiny Buddha
  4. Christmas CANDY recipes
  5. Hand lettering is a favorite of mine
  6. Scarf knotting 2014
  7. The Ultimate Beer Lover's Happy Hour, a veggie delight
  8. Warming up with some Mexican Hot Chocolate
  9. Men all in line Mimi Kirchner
  10. Surviving the Holidays SIMPLY


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Beauty in the simple things

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Start of Taking Holiday Orders

 Holiday orders are starting to come in with some already off the bench, in the mail and at the doors of a few much loved clients.   New designs are being added to the ETSY online shoppe weekly.
personalized copper stamped cuff

1" wide food grade aluminum cuff

celebration of family handcut large heart pendant w/family charms and Swarovski crystals for birthstones

family pendant oxidized copper and sterling silver

Rosary wrapped artisan beads on necklaces and bracelets

Storybook letter upper and lower case just to show a few letter stamps available to personalize your pieces

SDAJ wooden displays available @ select Trail Sites around the PA Wilds filled with original designs just in time for the Holidays
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Christmas through the years

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