This morning we made an emergency trip to the vet, in the city, with our cat, Littlebit. He was not feeling grand, he hurt his eye, took a chunk out of his cornea, but it was not too deep. He did not need surgery, just ointment and antibiotics.
While we were gone this treasury of mine was on the front page of Etsy.
I haven't posted for a few days, we have been busy in our secret blueberry patch. The season is coming to an end, there are many many berries left out there, but they are getting too soft and squishy to pick. My sister was here yesterday, and we went out and picked 52 litres of berries. Picking is the easy part, I am not really fond of the cleaning part. Hurts my neck and shoulders.
Our freezers are getting full, I have made four batches of various blueberry jams, and my dehydrator has been working overtime. I like to use dried blueberries instead of raisins.
I have also been cutting denim, getting ready to start weaving again, it has been a while. I have almost enough denim cut up, I am hoping to weave a large rug. We will see once I start warping the loom if it will be possible. It will be my first denim rug on this loom.
I have also been making a little bit of jewelry. Still playing with copper. I made this pair of earrings with some of Gillianbeads, beautiful lampwork beads. Very pretty with the copper leverbacks. I am also still liking the look of the copper jewelry on this copper box, photography backdrop.
Much to my delight one of my recycled felted wool sweaters rugs was featured in a treasury on Etsy that made it to the front page yesterday. Etsy seller, Zygopsyche was the creator of this lovely collection!
Always a thrill to see your work on the front page, getting maximum exposure!
At this time of year I have an abundance of basil growing in our greenhouse. We grow a lot of it, for the purpose of making and freezing pesto, to supply us for the long winter months. It is a treat to have a taste of summer in the dreary cold month of January.
Fresh basil picked and waiting to be made into pesto.
Freshly made pesto, ready for the freezer! Yum!
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup pine nuts
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
Finely chop the basil, pine nuts, garlic and salt in a food processor. With the processor running, add the oil in a slow steady stream through the feed tube until the mixture is thoroughly blended. Add the cheese; blend until mixed through.
Serve with freshly cooked hot pasta. Makes enough for about 1 pound of pasta. Can also be frozen, and thawed just before using. A good way to use a bounty of fresh basil.
I have been working with the chunky copper chain, and been making earrings with it. I had made my sister a very simple pair, copper leverbacks, with two links of chain, she said they are her favourite! So I made these a little different but still simple, earthy elegant. I took the photo on a funky little copper box a friend gave me, copper on copper, I love it!
9mm chunky copper chain, 10 mm etched copper bead...
This is an old favourite recipe, I am not sure where I originally found it. They are quite yummy, and a good way to use up some excess zucchini.
2 cups zucchini, trimmed and grated
1 tsp. chopped canned jalepeno peppers
1 small onion, minced
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. curry powder
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
3 tbsp. oil
1. Place zucchini in a colander and lightly sprinkle with salt. Let stand 20 minutes. Gently press the zucchini with your hands to remove excess liquid.
2. Place the zucchini in a large bowl; add the peppers, onion, garlic, curry and salt to taste. Mix well. Stir in the baking powder and flour.
3. With floured hands form the zucchini mixture into 16 small rounds, Flatten slightly.
4. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the zucchini cakes and saute until golden on bottom. Turn over - saute 30 seconds. Reduce heat to medium low, and cook, covered for about 15 minutes, turning once.
You can use chopped fresh jalapeno's, pickled........ it is your own personal choice...
This morning, mom and I went picking blueberries, while Mark went running. It was much too hot for picking berries. The berries them selves are just starting to ripen, there are still a lot of green berries.
We picked about 16 litres while Mark was gone. It is not easy picking, as you have to pick around the green berries. It will be much better next week, there is a great crop this year, all that rain we had...
I have been loving working with copper, I have paired it here with some pretty faceted rose quartz beads I bought when I was in London. Gillian brought me to the bead shop. These beads were a little pricey but they are gorgeous. I have paired them with pretty pale olive green freshwater pearls. I love pink and green together.
I took this photo on a piece of fossil studded limestone we found on Manitoulin Island. I love the pink on the beige of the stone.
I just finished weaving the last of my stash of wool sweaters. I will not order more sweater bales until I can work my way through the 200 pounds of denim and corduroy I have stored throughout the house. I love the denim and corduroy rugs, but they are so much harder to work with. In a sense I am dreading it.. wool is so much softer to work with.
I also have boxes and boxes of plastic in Thomas' room, and he may be coming home next week. I wove a little sampler last night, too thin for a rug, I have more experimenting to do. I also tried to sew this piece of woven plastic, and my sewing machine refused to do the job... It just jammed up, the plastic must be too sticky to move through.
Love all the colours, shades and tones in this soft, cozy comfy rug!
I am still working with the copper chain. In this piece I have combined it with large 15 mm x 20 mm rectangular wood jasper beads. these beads look so much like wood!
It took me many many tries to photograph this necklace, and to be happy with the results. I took this photo outside on a piece of an old copper water heater. It has started to patina, and looks wonderful with the necklace.
When my nephews were young, their parents bought them two tiny little red eared turtles. Twenty some years later, my brother and sister in law still have one of these turtles. A pet that just keeps going..... something to consider when buying your child a pet...
Needless to say, he is no longer tiny, and needs lots of loving care!
I have been saving old lotto tickets for some time, to experiment with. At first I just sewed two tickets together end to end, then cut them into strips and wove them. It worked but it made a flimsy woven sheet. I then sewed some tickets together end to end, then cut them in half lengthwise.
I folded these strips in thirds and sewed them. They gave me something with substance to work with. I like the weight of the woven sheet, and like the look of the sewn stitches on the paper.