Wednesday Work

April 8, 2009 at 10:56 am 1 comment

TASK LIST FOR WEDNESDAY

  • Grocery (general supplies and food for Easter at Grandma’s)
  • Tidy Kitchen (Being out a day sure catches up with you fast with a family of five!)
  • Spring Tidy-ing (that seems to gentle a work for the work at hand, but I’ll try to stay cheerful)
  • Cooking ahead meat for weekend (2 pork loins in the crockpot)
  • Laundry Room

FUN IN THE MIX:

I stopped by Rural King after the grocery on some quick kitchen business and found a few other supplies while there.  I LOVE that store.
maggie-kitchen-1 my first garlic press!  I guess I should have bought some garlic at the store today, eh?
wonderful metal measuring cups for $4 I bought to go with my new stainless steel canisters.  maggie-kitchen-2
Also, I was there shopping for my first biscuit cutter.  I found one!  It even has scalloped edges and comes in three sizes.  Now, for the perfect biscuit recipe.  Anyone have one they want to share? I don’t keep buttermilk on hand, but I’ll buy some if the duty requires it.  I’ve used Bisquick before, but I’d like these to be all from scratch.  I’ll probably look it up in my self-purchased Better Homes Cookbook. A GREAT investment.  I use it all the time for basic cooking, writing trial notes in the margin for future reference.

maggie-kitchen-4I also bought a matching little set of “smiggin” measuring spoons!  I’ve seen these in fancy stores.  They measure a “pinch, smiggin, and a dash”.  I think they are darling.  For $3 bucks or so, I couldn’t resist the “cute urge”!  I have no idea if I’ll ever use them (I think I will!), but they just make me happy!
More Award Winning Real Theater Popcorn by Whirly Pop– Wabash Valley Farms. They have it here for about $9, I bought mine for about $6 a box, I think.
Yes, they have mice in the store because it is a feed store.  And birds fly around.  You really need to wash things you buy there, but I still love the store.  It’s a good business who can have varmits people have seen regularly in the store that will still attract my patronage!

They have really cute rainboots like Target carries for Spring, too!  Yes, I was tempted to buy me some!  They have them in women’s sizes and cute polka patterns.  I may have to take my daughter (now a women’s size 7!)

PROJECTS:

Dreaming of pansies in some of my planters–as a reward if I get my house in order.  {sigh–much to do!}

DOWN TIME:

While waiting on my daughter at the dentist yesterday, I was working on “coloring skills” for card making from a project backpack (yes, I sat in the waiting room and colored.  Embrace your moments, I say!).

Learning/enjoying mixed mediums and various papers needed for those mediums (ink, watercolor).

I’m going to try heat embossing the stamps next to keep my StayzOn inks from bleeding into my work when I use glossier papers.

This is an older stamp I had on hand (I don’t even know the name of it), but it’s wonderful Daylilies looking forward to all things blooming, large and was great for practice.

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Humble beginnings, but I was surprised by how well the permanent markers would blend when you work them in.  It was a lot of fun.  Hopefully, a card will emerge from it soon I’ll share!

maggie-copics

These are my first four “COPIC” marker colors, mainly for problem areas I was having in shading and skin…plus their “blendy pen” is awesome  (no ink color–but, I’ve found that on a very slick “comic paper”, it actually is blending my BIC and Sharpie colors, too!  What a bonus!)

They are quite expensive for professional “coloring people” (what a dream job!), so I’m sticking with watercolors and craft markers for now to meet most of my needs.

Card making is feeding a practical need I have right now for convenient gift-giving, personalizing, and building on the supplies I already had for scrap-booking instead of running out every time there is a need (I simply don’t have time for that when a need arises!)  I hope to post much more on gifting and card making here and hope you enjoy my learning process.

Reorganizing:

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I found these wonderful black metal tins at a hardware store (they have lovely strawberries hand-painted on the fronts) and am using them on a wood shelf above my craft room table.  (This photo is called “Maggie Kitchen”…bulk edit…this is NOT in my kitchen!)

I’m having fun with metal clips and tags, still trying to figure out how I want them all labeled and organized on a shelf my mom and I built (yes, she has a scroll saw or something she used–what a woman!).

I used my labeler for some of the boxes and inked the labels for an aged look I enjoy.  Things are now within arm’s reach and I’m finding things fast! A good start.

I’m dreaming about an eggshell blue paint for this room right now.  Mmmm…maybe someday!?

THOUGHTS:

I’m starting to think about Easter–the darling of heaven…


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  • 1. Stacey  |  April 8, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Google Alton Brown’s biscuit recipe… I love it. It’s almost identical to the one I generally use in the Betty Crocker cookbook. 🙂

    It does use buttermilk. I sometimes throw in a pinch of sugar and use half buttermilk and half regular milk sometimes, for a slightly sweeter biscuit.

    Yum…. biscuits. 🙂

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