Monday, March 31, 2014

Gremlins

It's been a bit of a weird weekend around here for sure.  I think we have been visited by Gremlins and Brownies!!  Blast those little buggers!!  And when I'm talking about Gremlins I'm talking about the "Stripe" kind and not the cute & cuddly Gizmo!!

After breakfast I sat down to quilt down some binding when without warning -- the power goes out!!!  Grrr -- I was just hitting my groove.  Okay fine -- I just moved to the living room and picked up my LMS cross-stitiching.  I had time to "map" out the next block that I wanted to work on and managed to get the 64 center stitches done before the power came on.  Great!!  I start off by re-setting clocks on the appliances and the Mister announces that the power outage has fixed the issue with the internet!!!  HOORAY!!!!  

Apparently the Gremlins didn't like the power outage and ran away for the moment.  So in a blink of an eye, I made a pot of coffee (Mackinaw Island Fudge by Spartan Brand) and jumped into the chair to do some work while the internet gods blessed me with some time that it will work.

I was very please with myself as the end of the month is tomorrow.  I had set some goals at the beginning of the month to see if I could actually get them done.   Well ... I did on my quilting ones. 

    1. Quilt “Fractured Stars”  -- Finished on Mar. 25th
    2. Complete Bea’s Test Pattern & provide her with photos by April 1st -- Finishing the write up so call it done on the 31st 
    3. Get half of the letters done on my book marker -- Finished whole thing on Mar. 6th 
    4. Make 2 of my Thangle Blocks from Ms. M of Wisconsin -- Got 3 done on the 15th 
    5. Read at least 5 more books for my reading challenge --  3 out of 5
    6. Make One of 3 Quilt Stitchery Sampler blocks from LMS -- Finished 1st block on Mar. 27th.
 I also managed to sandwich Ms. P's Grandbaby's quilt for the second time on the 29th.  It is waiting to go in the hoop for hand quilting once I decide on the thread for it.  It's very happy to have some echoing quilting in the pinwheels and it seems to be happy with the addition of the cable stencil work that I'm including in at least 2 of the sashings.  I'm thinking that a green will be what I quilt it in.  Now it's just the question as to which Green it will be. 

Another thing I managed to get done was 3 more gift bags.  Which was sent out to Judy in St. John's,  Newfoundland in Canada.  I actually got all my mailings out this past week.  Which makes me happy. 

With all that I also got my Round Robin Row done on Ms. C's medallion and I understand the next one is currently coming across the US/Canadian border on it's way to me.  I'll hoping to be able to mail Ms. C's out this week while I'm in the village. 

It's looks like I managed to get something finished on the average of every 5 days;  give or take.  Which is a good thing with the internet being out for a short while.  I did find it frustrating not to be able to jump on when I needed a pattern or information at a drop of a hat. 

For April's Goals I think I'll start with:

                        1.)  Finish the last 4 Thangles Blocks
                        2.)  Make a New Schnibbles Project for the Gift-of-the-Month Project 
                        3.)  Finish a Schnibble UFO
                        4.)  Echo Quilt by hand 4 pinwheel blocks on Ms. P's Grandbaby quilt.
                        5.)  Complete 2 of my LMS cross-stitching blocks
                        6.)  Trim & Square up my small HST's for my Scrappy Anvil Blocks
Speaking of mailings, there are quite a few of our "Traveling Stash Boxes"  on the move right now.  Let me share with you what I know about them at the moment. 

 Box #1 Is heading to Rebecca @ http://awordsworth.blogspot.com/.  And she will be making a posting on her blog soon. 

Box #2 Was Me and I'm happy to say that I mailed it out on 19th to Sue @ http://suebeesworld.blogspot.com/.

Box #3 Sherrill @ http://quiltinginmysleep.blogspot.com/ picked Melissa over there @
 http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/ as her winner.

Box #4 Stephanie @ http://quarterincher.blogspot.com/ selected Deb @ http://asimplelifequilts.blogspot.com/  and I'm sure we'll hear from her soon.

Box #5 Is visiting Jeannie @ http://pinehurstprojects.blogspot.com/. Jeannie had received the box about mid-month, but has been recovering from the flu; but did let me know that she will post soon.  Get Well Soon Dear.

Box #6 Was with Katie @ http://karmawillowdesigns.blogspot.com/ who sent to Brittany @ http://picklesquilting.blogspot.com/.

Well that's where we are currently with the boxes.  I'll check to see days what has landed where.  Once I know that, we can see who wins the those wonderful treasure troves!!  So be sure to check back in for YOUR chance to win one of "Traveling Stash Boxes!! 

Now let's cross all our fingers that these pesky internet gremlins stay away.  I'm heading for my Little Miss Shabby (LMS) quilty cross-stitching.  To learn more about that  go and visit Corey over at http://www.littlemissshabby.com where she just posted block #6.  You can also get there by clicking on the the LMS button on the sidebar on the right. 

What is happening in my little corner?  As we wrap up another month, the snow is almost gone, the birds are flitting about as they decide on future nesting sites.  The internet is playing nice at the moment, but I still going to have to replace my laptop (which means I'm computerless for the long haul) and I'll have to figure out some other issues like pictures, loading my e-reader & such with trips to the library.  But at least I can get this posting out.  Yeah!!

So there it is.  What is going on in your little corner?  As always, comments are welcomed.  Until next time...

Toodles,
Tricia

Friday, March 21, 2014

Library Computer & TSB

 "Houston ... We Have A Problem" 

Boy that sure describes life lately!! Here I was geting the blog aready and poof!!  My laptop pukes on me!  Which means I have to use the library computers.  Which is a joy when trying to work n a time limits and a waiting list.  We are on the outside of a small village as you know and while we have computers, just not a lot of them.  But I'm trying to work with what I got since mine just became a boat anchor so to speak. 

So this is why I'm having a "duh" moment as I try to get more information on the "Traveling Stash Boxes"  Please bear with me as try to update the list as far as I know it.  Todays' date is 3/21.  Sorry Katie... I'm trying ;).

Congrats Sue @ Suebee's World!! She was the only player on my box so she wins.  LOL.  Sue the box will go out next week.  Thanks for the e-mail. 

The List is updated today on 3/21.  Please be sure to check back in regularly as list may change as drawings happen.  Look for the current giveaways are in RED. 


Box #1 -- Carol @ sowing stitches had posted Here with a deadline that was 3/12 and Chose Rebecca@ a words worth as her winner.

Box #2 -- was Me -- Tricia @Ramblings of A Quilter selected Sue @ Suebee's World and will be mailing the box to her next week.

Box #3 -- Moneik @ Moneik Quilts. I'm trying to contact her as to what the status in on this box & will update the list when I hear something.

Box #4 -- Stephine @ Quarter Incher has posted here with a 3/23 drawing date. 

Box #5 -- Amy  @ The Cyninal Quilter has selected Jeanne @ Pinehurst Projects as her winner.  I'm trying to connect with Jeanne and will update y'all when I have more info.

Box #6 -- Katie @Karma Willow Designs picked Brittany over @ Pickles Quilting as her winner and mailed the box on 3/21.   


Well that is all I got for now.  Sorry if I caused issues for those who are following the "Traveling Stas Boxes"  and Hope you will still come and play for a chance for one of these boxes to come and visit you.  Unil next time...
 
Toodles,
Tricia

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Busy But Not…Stuffed TSB

With it being the beginning of the month it’s usually super busy around here and that seems to slow down the sewing for the week.  I’m sure that happens with everyone.  So this week might be considered to be a bit sparse.  On Monday I made 3 bags & traveling sewing accessory kit.

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Tuesday was all about the food shopping. Wednesday was my medical day, Thursday was house cleaning day with a late book worm posting and Friday & Saturday was again an errand day , so I’m still out & about taking care of things.  And with a lot of luck, I’m going to be sewing on Sunday once I get the blog posted. Yeah!!! 

The only thing I managed this week besides what I did on Monday was finishing one of my goals.  I got that brass book maker done Friday.  With all the stuff going on, I tucked it in my bag to work on while in the car or waiting.  The front looks really nice but the back- well not so much… lol. 

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But by the TV  Time Friday night, I felt it was too late to pick my hand quilting, so instead I picked up this little ladybug cross stitch kit that was given to me.  It only has two colors in it – red & black.  It can’t get any simpler than that.  Here is where I was before turning in at 11pm. 

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This little lady bug is only 2x2”  and it cute as can be.  I’m thinking a little piecing around it and it will make sure a super cute gift.  I was working on it again last night and got some of the blacks added.  Not much  since I had  med change but it was something I guess. {{shrugs here}}

Now I have to talk about that “Traveling Stash” box since I’m taking over for Katie @ http://karmawillowdesigns.blogspot.com/ .  I will tell you that this is a Medium Flat Rate box that is $12.35 at the moment but could change in the future due to an increase in postage rates.

So here are the details that you’ll need to know:

Rules and Guidelines
  • Be an active blogger -- post about receiving the box and the giveaway in a timely manner 
  • Update the travel log in the box to let others know where the box has been.
  • There is a list of rules and guidelines in the box -- be sure to follow these to keep the box full of quality items and the experience positive for everyone. 
  • You may take any items from the box just be sure that you are replacing them with quality and comparable items. (Guidelines for fabric below) 
  • Ship box to the next person timely -- and communicate tracking information with recipient.
  • Shipping is within the US only 
Fabric and other item Guidelines
  • Fabric should be quilt shop quality and in new condition. Do not include items smaller than a fat quarter unless it falls into one of the other categories and these should be packaged together. 
    • Jelly Roll -- 2.5 inch strips (typically 40 strips per set)
    • Honey Buns -- 1.5 inch strips (typically 40 strips per set) 
    • Desert Roll -- 10 strips 5 inches wide cut the length of the fabric 
    • Turnovers -- 80 (6 inch) triangles
    • Candy Squares  -- 2.5 inch squares (typically 45 squares per set) 
    • Charms -- 5 inch squares (typically 40 squares per set)
    • Layer Cake -- 10 inch squares (typically 40 squares per set)
  • Patterns / Books should be in new or nearly new condition and should be kept to a minimum as this adds bulk and weight. 
  • Other items should be new or gently used condition and should be packaged as necessary to ensure that all parts remain together.
Important Things to Remember
  • Please ensure that items in the box are quality. If items in the box are poor quality they should be removed. Items that are being removed can be offered for optional inclusion to the next recipient. Poor quality items can be discarded but this should be done with digression. 
  • Only include items that you would be proud to own -- this is not a dumping ground for outdated or worn items
  • Items should be free of smoke, odors  and pet hair 
  • You must replace all items that you take with items of equal value and replacing with more than you take is welcome.

I bet you’re wondering what the box looks like now … right?  Okay let’s see….

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This box had so many things in it that was just calling my name for some projects that I’m currently working on or will be in the near future.  So what did I take and what did I add…..?  Well…I took these items…

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… but then I placed all this into the box…

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Okay so the little tomato didn’t make it… and I thought I was share some of my corduroy sample with you.  I just read in a quilt magazine recently that corduroy was the “new” modern fabric.  And as you can see, these are from Marcus Brother’s Textile Inc.  Yes all three are in the box.  {{wink}}.  After lots of fold, stuffing & what not, this is what the heavy box looks like now…

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So now that you have seen all the box has to offer, would you like a chance to win it?  It’s so easy!  Just by leaving me a comment below before Sunday @ Noon on the the 16th to be entered to win.  I will be pulling the winner’s name to be announce later on in the day when I make posting.  So be sure to come back to see if you won!!    I’ll be listing where the other boxes are on that day too!

Man … what an eventful week I had.  It will be nice to slow down a little but now I think it’s time for more coffee and nibbles.  Don’t forget to leave a comment if you want to play in the “TSB”.  Until next time…

Toodles,
Tricia

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Try Again With This Weeks Book Worm Wednesday…

The first week of the month is very busy around here.  Yesterday was my doctors appointment and that makes for a long day.  See  doc’, get blood work done, &  pick up needed medicines.  6 hours later, I’m ready to fight with a grizzly bear for a bone.  LOL.

Well I guess I should get on with the books for this week.  This one comes to me through NetGallery in exchange for my personal but honest opinions.   First book up is “Roomies” by Sara Zarr and  Tara Altebrando.  The description is provide by NetGallery.

Description:

It's time to meet your new roomie.

When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl's summer -- and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.
As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they've never met.
National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful e-mail that assigns your college roommate.

This is a wonderful book for teenagers as they start thinking about leaving for college.  The book’s characters are complete opposites in all aspects in their young loves.   It’s interesting how things that can change a matter of a few text across country and how the other comes across in their emails.  The realistic characters came through the writing.This made for a charming read.    I did enjoy the story and will give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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The next book from NetGallery is “His Secrets” by Lisa Renee Jones.

Description:

In this dark and sensual e-novella, which ties into Lisa Renee Jones’s bestselling Inside Out series, Chris’s dark point of view comes to light as he tries to win—then hold onto—Sara’s heart.
In a world where my only escape has been my art, Sara has been the light in my darkness. And there is darkness, the kind of inky black that can bleed from my life into hers.
She doesn’t see it. She doesn’t understand what I’ve shown her. And my biggest fear is that soon...she will.

This is the second book by Lisa Renee Jones that I have read and I did enjoy book even though I was a bit lost since I haven't read the others yet.  I'm in the process looking for the first two books. Looks like I have some catching with Sara & Chris.  It appears that Chris has many deep dark secrets from his past that need to be shared/resolved with Sara... his newly engaged fiancĂ©e. There was a taste of some other adult themes in this book that would be better with mature reader.  This novella got 4 stars out of 5.  But maybe I could give it 5 once I read the books before it.

Again this one from NetGallery was provided for my honest opinion.

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This  book is also from NetGallery.  “Love the One You’re With” by Lauren Layne.

Description:

Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series simmers to a boil as two high-powered magazine writers find love amid a war of words.

As a leading columnist for Stiletto, Grace Brighton has built a career warning women about rotten, cheating liars. She just never suspected her fiancĂ© would be one of them. After Grace takes a heart-mending hiatus, her first assignment is to go on a couple of dates with a counterpart from the men’s magazine Oxford and report her impressions. Grace 1.0 may have been instantly smitten with the gorgeous correspondent, but Grace 2.0 has sworn off relationships for six months, and she’s not falling for his outstanding bod and trophy-winning kisses . . . or is she?
Jake Malone wants to get back to the fly-by-night, who-knows-what’s-next guy he used to be, and he knows exactly how to do it. Oxford is adding a travel section, and Jake—with no wife and no kids and a willingness to live anywhere, eat anything, do everything—is perfect for the job . . . except that his playboy reputation makes his new editor nervous. To get the gig, he must agree to a fluffy joint article with Stiletto. But after just one date with snooty, sumptuous, sensational Grace Brighton, Jake starts taking this assignment a whole lot more seriously

Awesome!! The second book in this series is not one to disappoint!  Lauren you have a new follower! I loved how plot comes together as Jake and Grace are on assignment that comes about when each of their magazine editors make a bet.  This is one funny, sassy, interesting book that will have you laughing at the back a forth banter throughout the storyline.  I'm already forward to the next installment of the series.  I so give this book 5 stars out of 5. 

This book comes to me from NetGallery for my honest opinion.

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cover38060-medium Description:

Ali’s parents force her to help care for an Appaloosa suffering from severe neglect and malnutrition. At first she’s reluctant, having already lost her beloved pony in a traumatic accident, but working with Wind Dancer does distract her from life at home, where everyone is walking on eggshells trying to deal with her brother, recently returned from Iraq with a missing leg and PTSD.

This thought provoking book  has me connecting with the author  with her  uses horses as a bridge into difficult topics such a animal cruelty, family issues dealing a brother/son that returns from Iraq as wounded Veteran. For young readers, this would be a decent length book that helps bring these subjects to them in an easy to read and engaging way.  I think the book deserves 5 out of 5 stars. 

This ARC was provided by Net Gallery for an honest opinion.

 

Well there we have it for this week.  Sorry I was late this week but I’m working on the next installment of books for next time.  I hope you find these reviews helpful and that you might want to read any of them.  Until next time…

Toodles,
Tricia

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Habits of This Quilter & So Much More

So here we are as March roars in like a lion outside this weekend.  It is snowing again filling in the footprints from when we went to run errands this morning.  The sound about the house is just the sound of me clicking away on the laptop at the moment to the untrained eye doing a quick observation.  The rest of the house mates are taking naps so ear buds contain the music that I have playing not so quietly.  I love to listen to music of all kinds at all times but must keep the volume down.  I fill it with music that fits the moment.  And I must confess to have one habit that could be annoying to those around me.  I like to sing with it…. to myself … under my breath… just above a mumble.  It appears this can be annoying or so I have been told. 

I think this singing comes from many many years of Chorus and Choirs classes in school about 95% of my school career.  This was before Choirs were referred to as “Glee” classes like they are know as now.  Back when it was white shirts, a dark skirt of either navy blue or black depending on the school and black flats.   There might have even been some “robes” scattered in there too.  They always made me think of Church for some reason.  Where we had concerts in malls, schools etc standing on those tiered risers.  You know the ones I’m talking about.  Flashback to audiences full of parents staring at the back of the choir master as they directed fidgety stacks of students and everyone hoping that no one locks their knees and falling off.  I remember that for the most part the boys are almost away in the middle to be flanked by the the altos and the sopranos on the outer wings as I sit here rolling my eyes at the mere thought of it all.   

Okay now that the trip down memory lane has ended, what was I saying?  Oh yeah… habits.  So as I was saying – I tend to sign along – a lot.  I guess it’s an ingrained habit that is second nature to me.  So much so that I can run my sewing machine with one foot and keep the beat with the other one at the same time and which foot is doing what is interchangeable at any given minute.  LOL.  I can chair dance as well as the rhythms of the sewing machine runs.  I have several preset “playlist” listed in my media player, including one called '”sewing machine mix”  that is about 30+ hours long.  Now I have been know plug in, tune out, & hit the “tunnel vision” at full tilt.  That is the makings of a good sewing marathon to me.  Only to take break as necessary for the necessities. What does this on going rambling  amounting to?  All this nonsense about music and sewing.

Well the last couple of days of February ended with this to show for such efforts.  This, my friends; uses the “Pop Stars” pattern from Stitchin’ Tree Quilts.  This runner is 18” x 60 1/2” .  So understand how that relates to me -  I’m a mere 5’3” and about 18” wide in the shoulder.  Yep -- it’s dang near as big as me.  LOL.  I used what was on hand, as that is the theme of the year, hence the white background.   I’ve named mine “Fractured Stars”  and well be quilted this month as soon as I figure out how want it to look.  This one is destined to go in the “Gift-A-Month” box for the end of the year. 

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What you think?   Doesn’t get  any better than that … right?  So okay … what do you doing while you sew?  Are you as extreme me?  Or are sitting there shaking your head… muttering “Oooo-kay Doe-key?”  Come on ‘fess up ... did this mental image pop in your head only to have it cause you to giggle in agreement saying “ Boy … she sure hit it right on the head with that one!”   not caring who actually hears you when you do the same thing.  Nice thing to know… cats don’t even bat an eyelash when this happens.  They will just curl up on whatever project you’re working on and take a nap if possible.  {{Shake your head in agreement here … hee hee}}  Shhh!!! I’ll let you in on a little secret.  About mid-month I’ll have to TWO days with out Mr. S being here.  So loud music and a marathon is in order I think. 

I even have the project all picked out.  Now I can’t talk about the pattern until Bea @ Beaquilter  gives me permission to reveal it – but I’m going to be working on a test pattern for her.  I do have to confess that I did by some fabric for this one for a couple of reasons.  I picked out a fabric that I wanted to use but I didn’t have anything to work out with it.  But it’s the only fabric purchase since fall time.  The fabric I had was the green floral fabric print in the center of the picture.   My plan is to use that for the binding.  It’s not going overly girly but the subtle brown tone-on-tone floral and the binding will lend itself to it quietly.  The small nonpareil dots are the same scale and will have nice balance with the two solids. 

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Let’s see what else have I been up to?  Well remember last week when I mentioned that I was designing an One-Of-A-Kind bag for a friend (OOAK).  It’s is done!!   It’s BIG… like take it to quilt shop BIG!!   This is standing on the floor in front of my Kenmore freezer chest.  If you look real close, you can see the Kenmore badge. And the hand is wrapped behind the jar to hold them up. 

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This is standing on the floor in front of my Kenmore freezer chest.  If you look real close, you can see the Kenmore badge. And the hand is wrapped behind the jar to hold them up.  In the body of the bag is a 17” x 23” cutting mat, a partial bolt of navy blue cotton and a half a bolt of 45” white muslin. 

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In the frontal packets is my 3” x 18”  ruler, a full yard of flannel and a 7” triangle ruler.   That last pic just shows some of the seam stitching on the top of the bag & on the handles.  When I showed it off the library it got good praise.  Not bad for flying off the cuff if I can humbly say myself.   It’ look like it even passed the Kitty Inspector too.

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Also this week I moved along on my other goal of getting the background on the brass bookmark.  I got that done and moved on to the letters.  I have started & re-start it a couple of times before just getting down to business.  But progress was made and that’s all that counts I guess.

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So we can check that off the list along with doing the 3 B’s and  starting the hand quilting on “Autumn’s Trail.”   I got “Pop Stars” put together and sandwiched, that goal is met.  Okay the means that the 3 main quilty goals where completed which is good.   As for the reading challenge I have 4 more books to add to the finished count.    Now I guess I need to contemplate this month’s goals.  How about we go with:

    1. Quilt “Fractured Stars”
    2. Complete Bea’s Test Pattern & provide her with photos by April 1st
    3. Get half of the letters done on my book marker
    4. Make 2 of my Thangle Blocks from Ms. M of Wisconsin
    5. Read at least 5 more books for my reading challenge
    6. Make One of 3 Quilt Stitchery Sampler blocks from LMS

Oh… if you look to the right you will see two new buttons there.  Let me explain those.  I’m going to join up with Corey over there @ Little Miss Shabby as part of her Quilt Stitchery Sampler.  This looks to be very interesting as I start my fledging adventure into the world of cross-stitching.  These little darling “quilt” blocks are only 1 3/4”  in size if I use a 14ct. Aida cloth.  I have a ton of flosses but currently have a piece of 18 count of Aida, but I guess in theory I could just double the size of my stitches to make them large until such I time I can invest in some different sizes of Aida clothes.  So since I have a doctor appointment on Wednesday, I can take this with me to work on.  Who knows I might get one of the 3 blocks done while I sit there.  I’m going to be digging through all those flosses here shortly.

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As for that 2nd one…. well now is where things get interesting.  I finally won one of those “Traveling Stash” boxes that have been traveling around the States the last couple of years.  I have received my box this week but I have yet to decide to what I want to keep … (okay I admit I want it all …lol) and what I’m going to trade in & out.  This week is extremely busy for me so time is a little tight.  But I will get some pictures of it and the trades for next weeks post along with the rules on how to play.  I’m thinking that the drawing for this will being following week and announced on the 16th.  So if this might be something that you are interested in playing in, be sure to come back for that.  Here is a peek of the very full medium flat rate box.

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Here’s the even bigger announcement.  Katie over @ http://karmawillowdesigns.blogspot.com/  needed someone to take over the “Traveling Stash Box” (TSB) and after some consideration, I volunteered once I heard she had no one else interested in it.  Viola!!! Just like that I have got a new hat to wear here in blog land.  She seems to have a great deal of faith in my abilities to do this as she hands over the preverbal reins to me this month.  I on the other hand take them with a tad bit of apprehension and “What was I thinking” mentally.   But here we are … and I just ask for a little patience as I try to make the transition as smooth as possible. 

Whew!!!   What a busy week.   If you haven’t guess by now, I’m kind of a “closet” foodie.  I did play with my new cookbook some more.  This time I made Rice with Green Tea & Salmon.  That was awesome!!   I had most of the ingredients on hand except for the Sencha – a Japanese loose leaf green tea.  Instead I used two bags of Twinning's Green Tea with Jasmine.  Some for the dish and some to accompany my meal as a drink.  It’s actually pretty and with the bouquet of the jasmine, pleasant smelling too. 

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 Rice with Green & Salmom before tea Rice with Green Tea & Salmon after Tea

                                           Mine Before Tea & After Tea is added …Yum … Wasabi

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                                  Here you can see some of the white rice underneath all that Salmon!

This was very tasty without being heavy.  The different textures was pleasant.  I would be making this again the future.  Hummm…. maybe I need to find a pretty oriental dish set for such dishes.  It’s only seems right that pretty food should  go into pretty dishes.  Sounds like a mission is at hand.  Wish I still had my one set…. but … well that is a sad story.

As for the “Girls”  I got a couple of pictures that kind of reminded me on book ends.  I went as far as making the first one my current desktop photo.  It just makes ya want to go “aawwww.”    The starange thing we have noticed with Miss Honey is she almost always hold one foot or the other up.  We looked and there isn’t any seeable reasons why.  She reminds me of my corgi who would do that when he was waiting for directions. 

Book ends #1     bookends 32

Wow now that I have gone over 2000  words {{ whaaatttttt!! big eyes here … lol}} I’ll wrap things up for the week.  Just remember a couple of things.  Book Worm Wednesday has several reviews coming.  Then be sure to watch out for those TSB details & pictures next weekend.  Comments are fun to get and the “Girls” loving & responding to the other furries that stop in to visit their “Mommy Staff” personal.    Until next time…

Toodles,
Tricia