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Projects In Situ

So I haven't had any crafts to show because nothing is finished. I have four knitting projects on the needles (edit: three now, finished one enough that it's off the needles but needs some sewing and then blocking before fully complete). It's kind of driving me insane to have so many partially completed projects--I am not a process knitter, so not getting my finished project fix is maddening, and there's still the dreaded startitis I must face.

I have a baby vest for my brother-and-sister-in-law's first child, and have yarn for several more new projects for this new arrival. However, I need to sew a cover on the interior to hide the loose strands of the colorwork that I didn't 'catch' as well as I had hoped I would, and then it will be blocking time.

I have a pair of colorwork socks half-completed, meaning I finished one of them and haven't begun the second, but I don't count this as the dreaded 'second sock syndrome.' I put it down beca…

Light of the World Garden

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This is was an exhibit during the Luminaria Light Show I posted about in January where beautiful statues depicting Jesus Christ's life were lit and placed so one can follow the gospel story. It was so stunning, I have to share it. I do suggest enlarging the photos to get a good look at them. It also helps me get in the mood for Easter!





















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My Personal Fudge Recipe

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I have long adapted my quick fudge recipe from other recipes for a long time, but I never really considered writing down my adaptations until Douglas started really poking me about them. I usually skip the part where one adds 3 or so cups of sugar because I found that amount of sugar exorbitant and making the fudge far too sweet.

Now Douglas, he loves my fudge. Loves loves. He talks about how smooth it is, how it doesn't get hard, and how it's not too sweet. He begs me to make it about once a month. It's quite flattering, so I decided to pay attention to what I do and then write it down, so I might as well share it!



Quick Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of butter (I use salted)
1/2 tsp salt
1-7 oz. tub of marshmallow whip
1-14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cook time is about 15-20 minutes.

1. Melt the butter on low over the stove, ensure no water is in or on the pan from start to finish. Add the salt and sti…

Catching Up, Yet Again

I don't like illnesses, but it was January, which was super busy, then everyone in my household was super sick, so I got super behind on my blogging. But, I'm catching you up with only just under two months' of being behind instead of six months or more like previous.
Also, I had to edit and go through almost 300 pictures, so I'm sure you'll forgive me for that! Holidays, man.
I'm in the middle of three craft projects and a potential announcement of a big project Rosslyn and I have been working on for months, so the usual Wednesday posts might be on hold until I have new crafting content for them.
1.2.17: Luminaria Show at Thanksgiving Point
1.4.17: Twining Vines Hat
1.9.17: Douglas' Kids Visit for Christmas!
1.11.17: Fanart of Khorae!
1.16.17: Christmas Eve 2016
1.18.17: Mom's Crocheted Burgundy Scarf
1.23.17: Christmas Day 2016
1.25.17: Frog and Turtle Reversible Toy
1.30.17: My Family's Post-Christmas Visit
2.6.17: Twelfth Night 2017
2.13.17: Ta…

Romani Music

So when my sister was recovering, she introduced me to Fishtank Ensemble.
This is my favorite song from their second album.
I've found their music really good to study or craft to, so I keep doing it while I study my scriptures.

Tara's Wisdom Teeth Surgery

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My sister was finally able to get her wisdom teeth out last weekend! She needed someone to be with her during the surgery and for 24 hours after, so I volunteered.

This was taken just before she was put under.

And this was just barely over a half hour from the first, already awake, lucid, and flipping me off to prove she was cognizant. She was also able to get her surgeon's number in that state. I have no words.
Our weekend was super nice though. I slept in the front room and made her food she could eat (not all of it was successful, but I tried) and most of Saturday was spent arting together: she would design her awesome outfits and paint them, and I was knitting. We listened to gypsy/Romani music and it felt so cool, so like home...
All in all, despite her surgery pains, it was a nice time to spend with just us.

Twelfth Night 2017

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Our annual Twelfth Night was held after my family visited and with a great deal more planning than previous times, so we all didn't have to wait while the cooks did their thing. Instead, it was all ready beforehand! As much as I love cooking with my House, sometimes you're just hungry.

Camilla, fixing her beads.

Spousal Unit, being adorable.

The basbousa I made in my castle mold--I need to use my dragon mold next! The cake is thick and heavy, like a pound cake, with a lemon and rose essence syrup poured over it.

After dinner. We were starving. We had my best pork ever recipe, since it's a very medieval flavor pallet, the basbousa cake, cecina, Martinelli's and juice, lightly sauteed greens, and before the meal there was a cheese and sausage platter with apples to tide over hungry stomachs.

Rosslyn being the lovely host.

My Family's Post-Christmas Visit

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After New Year's my mom and my brother visited us for a slightly late Christmas. It was so nice seeing both of them and letting my brother see a white, snowy Christmas.

Of course one of the first things we did with my brother, who stayed at our house while my mom stayed with my sister, was build a snowman! First snowman built since we've bought the house. He got a celery nose because we had no carrots.

Spousal Unit after building it.

My brother Kyle! He's wearing my coat but it looked better on him anyway.

I thought it looked like a cheering sports fan.

This was right before my brother grabbed some snow and threw it at me, lol.

We were snowed in a lot, unfortunately, but we did get to hang out at my sister's and pet her kitty, Leia, who Mom and Kyle missed.


Leia is unimpressed.

A blurry shot of Mom beaming, but every time I went to get a smile shot, it was blurry and then followed by a clear shot of her 'serious' face. Which sucks because she has a beautiful s…

Frog and Turtle Reversible Toy

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This Christmas I decided to make a small toy for my friend Aubree and her son, Ollie. I've never made one of these before, so meet my first reversible toy.




Final frog side.

Final turtle side.

Here you can see how it works.