Monday, November 22, 2010

Creamy Brussell Sprouts

My sister made these a few years ago at Christmas....we love 'em! 

Creamy Bussels Sprouts


For a green bean side dish, substitute 2 pounds of green beans for the brussels sprouts, and reduce baking time to 15-18 minutes.


Prep: 15 minutes

cook: 12 minutes

bake: 20-25 minutes (or less for green beans)

oven: 350O


non-stick spray

1 medium onion, quartered and thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons butter

2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved (or green beans, trimmed)

1 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

¾ reduced sodium chicken broth

¾ cup whipping cream

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

¼ teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


1.Preheat oven to 350 O. Lightly coat a 1 1/2 quart oval gratin baking dish or baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.


2. In a 12-inch skillet, cook onion and garlic in butter over medium heat for 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in Brussels sprouts and thyme. Cook for 4 minutes, or until onions begin to brown. Add broth. Bring to boiling. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes or until broth is nearly evaporated. Add whipping cream and nutmeg. Cook for 4 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Transfer to prepared baking dish. Stir in half of the cheese, all of the salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.


3. Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until Brussels sprouts are tender. Makes 8-10 servings.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Resin...having loads of fun with resin!

Oh, I'm so happy with how these turned out!  I made a few new molds last week to use in resin casting.  I had a chance to do some resin casting for the first time in the new molds and I'm so happy with the results!

Leafy and Small
I made these for a friend's red scarf.  She originally had picked out 1 extra large chunky button until she saw this pattern.  She quickly changed to 2 smaller buttons in black.
This is one of my favorites!  I made this from a small piece of driftwood I found on the beach in Douglas this summer. 

Large Bamboo

This is an extra large chunky button.  I'm going to put these on the neckwarmers I knit with my very large needles.

So, what will I be doing with these?  Well, I have ideas...I'll be casting in several colors.
- buttons to put on my scarves for sale
- button  - to sell
- pendants
- magnets

So, what do you think of these?  Would you wear these? I'd love to hear your comments!


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Why you really shouldn't link your Facebook Fan Page and your Twitter Accounts

I seems like a great idea.  Link your Fan Page & your Twitter only need to post once and it gets to both pages.  When you post something in your Facebook Fan Page and it shows up simultaneously in your Twitter feed there are several problems I can think of. I'm sure there are more. If you have another pet peeve about this, please let us know by leaving a comment.

What could be wrong with this idea?  Well, let me tell you...

It's not just pushing out information to your followers.  Relationships involve more than 1 person...that means what takes place on Twitter is a conversation between people.  OK, not every single tweet is going to be part of a conversation...but if you never have had a conversation on Twitter, you are really missing out.  I watch TV shows and tweet back and forth about what's happening with friends. 

Problem # 1
If people are both fans on Facebook and Followers on Twitter, they will see the exact same thing 2 times.  I know when I have to read duplicates often, I am going to either unlike you on Facebook or unfollow you on Twitter.  I don't need to see the same thing twice.  Please have some respect for my time. 

Problem # 2
You may think that by having your Facebook posts feed into your Twitter account you are making it easier on yourself to be active on Twitter.  Reality check - you aren't; you aren't being active on Twitter.  Why?  Because you aren't having a real conversation with anyone on Twitter. 

One of the great benefits to Tweeting are the replies & the interaction you get from others.  You can vent, joke, ask questions and you will often get a reply.  If you get a reply, and fail to acknowledge it, you have failed. Not only have you failed in simple common courtesy, but also in your purpose for tweeting in the first place.  Remember, you are using your Fan Page to promote your business.  By failing to have your Twitter-persona acknowledge those people who have taken the time to reply to you, what impression are you leaving with them?  Whether intended or not, I think the impression you are leaving is that you can't/won't/don't take the time to thank or respond.  Hmmm...if you got this impression from someone you were thinking of buying from, would your intentions change?

Problems # 3
Think about all those folks who are able to see your Twitter feed at work.  Think about all those Facebook links you post in Facebook...and therefore in Twitter because you are linking these accounts.  Then think about how many companies ban or outright block Facebook at work.  Yes, I work at one of these.  I see lots of links that look interesting so I click on them (yes, during my lunch hour!)  Oops, I've now been taking to a Facebook page!  Thanks for taking me where I'm not allowed.  If you do this too much, I will unfollow you on Twitter. 

Problem # 4
If you link the other way (Twitter feeding into Facebook) it doesn't make sense for those who don't Tweet.  What are these status updates that contain the #, @ or RT? 

Problem # 5
Facebook & Twitter are 2 different animals.  Why would you want to treat them the same?  When you post something on Facebook, you do not have the 140 character limitations that are on Twitter.  This means the first 140 characters you use on Facebook show up on Twitter...and will probably not make a whole lot of sense.  Are you trying to confuse potential customers or friends?

Problem # 6
Links.  When you post a link in Facebook, space is no issue and you have the whole website address...and you know how long these can be!  When you post a link on Twitter, if it's long, you really really should be shortening it with a tiny url. 

So, to sum up...remember this please.  Facebook is for telling your friends what you're doing.  Twitter is for telling the world what you're doing.  What you tell your friends is not the same as what you tell strangers.  So please refrain from the "set it and forget it" mentality of this convenient app.

Want to do some more reading and get more opinions?
Why You Shouldn’t Trust Feeds For Social Updates
Don’t Link your Facebook Fan Page and Twitter Statuses


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Wonderful inspiring day

If you are ever near the Saugatuck area in west Michigan, you need to stop in at Good Goods! It's the most amazing inspiring and unusual store I've seen in a long long time.
I however don't recommend taking young children with you as you will be scared silly that they will break something. And then there goes that emergency fund. It's not cheap. Heck, for me it's not even affordable. Except... I've been looking for a new wallet for months & months. Think I found one. It's a half circle! How out of the ordinary is that? I'm hoping to go back next month...maybe I'll splurge and get it for my birthday.
Oh, you'd like to get me something for my birthday? How lovely...I'll take this table. LOL

Monday, August 2, 2010

My first resin button!

I'm excited & happy with how my very first resin button turned out.

It's a smidge over two you know haw difficult it is to find buttons that size in the store?

Please comment and let me know what you think.
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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Future Buttons

This is something I've been dreaming of doing for a long long time - designing my own buttons!

Last year I designed some simple neckwarmer scarves. Went shopping for some extra large colored buttons and just didn't like the limited choices. I ended up making some fabric buttons for a show.

This year I have designed another new pattern with a neckwarmer and a hood. And this year I'm going to make my own extra large buttons out of resin.

I did the first try today. I made some buttons out of clay...and the next step will be to make a mold out of these...and then I get to cast the resin

Take a look and please let me know what you think!

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Monday, March 8, 2010

5 Minute Mug Cake

Ok, so this is a good, simple and quick recipe. I. Recently tweaked it just a bit after reading a few reviews. The new recipe received a thumbs up from the 6 year old boy.

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
Dash of salt
1/2 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mini chocolate chips (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a coffee mug. Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

I usually remove the cake from the mug onto a saucer and top with chocolate syrup.


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Thursday, February 25, 2010

How Do You Keep Your Wine Chilled?

Who doesn't enjoy a nice glass of wine? This hand knit cozy will keep your wine chilled while you enjoy a glass or two with a special someone. No need to make sure you have an ice bucket & ice!

This is knit with 100% wool yarn and then felted. Felted wool is a great insulator. This is how it keeps that Rose chilled for you without ice.

Coming soon to a store near you...actually, coming soon to my Etsy store!

Monday, February 22, 2010

a bunch of Wine Cozies

a bunch of Wine Cozies
a bunch of Wine Cozies,
originally uploaded by that is so cute.
So, this is only part of the new batch of Wine Bottle Cozies I've finished. I think I will do some needlefelting on a few of them. Look for more pics after that is finished.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Just entered a give-away!

And since I would really really love to win this one, please don't enter it yourself!  LOL

Seriously, if you've had a hankering to learn to spin yarn..this is the giveaway for you!  Check it out here:

Wish me luck!