It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…

A fellow BEST member and Virginian wrote this post over at Paint Floats about my books.  She also ordered one and I will be shipping it out in the morning 🙂

She has gorgeous marble paper items (I’m really digging the magnets) over in her Etsy shop.  Go check them out!

Today I attended a reception and exhibit opening at the Historic Crab Orchard Museum. The exhibit is of quilts from various quilters from my area.  There are around 75 or so quilts on display.  Some of them are very old though I’m not sure on exact dates.  It was also the 25th anniversary of the museum.  There were several speakers there including Virginia Senator Phillip Puckett and Virginia House of Delegates member Dan Bowling.  There were many people there that I rarely get to see.  One is a very lovely woman who makes beautiful handmade baskets and the other is a fellow bookbinder.

I picked up some antique wooden textile bobbins from the gift shop while I was there.  I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with them but I just had to have them…. they just kept calling my name!

Tiny Books

I’ve had a productive day. I made a tiny Coptic stitch book ornament and a tiny case-bound book ornament. They are both approximately 1 in x 1 in. These are for the Artist Tree at the Appalachian Arts Center. I’ll be dropping these off on Wednesday along with my knit & crochet stuff that is finished. I have until Nov 9th to get everything else finished. Here’s a few photo’s of today’s craftiness:

Tiny Coptic Stitch Book Ornament

Tiny Case Bound Book Ornament

One of my comfort foods…

I have a several comfort foods. The one that I’m enjoying at the moment is Candy Toast. It’s really unhealthy, as most comfort foods tend to be. This is something that my dad used to make for me when I was a kid. It takes some time to get the timing down but when you do, the toast turns out as pure heaven. You have to really watch it while it’s under the broiler.

Candy Toast aka Butterscotch Toast

White Bread (thicker bread works better – I sometimes use leftover hamburger buns)

Butter spread (not stick butter)

Brown sugar

Spread the butter on the bread in a thick layer, don’t skimp or it won’t work. Sprinkle about 1 table spoon of brown sugar per slice of bread. If your brown sugar was packed leave some small chunks of sugar. Place on cookie sheet and put in cold oven. Kick the broiler on and watch carefully. The sugar and butter will melt, mix together, and begin to bubble. When the edges of the toast are almost ready to burn or when a bit of sugar gets really dark take it out immediately.

If it’s done right, it will create little hard sugar candies that you can pop off the top of the toast.

The reason I’m enjoying this tonight…. I’m on vacation! Hurray no work until Nov. 5th! I spent my evening completely cleaning and organizing my extremely messy studio. I even pulled out all the furniture and vacuumed around the baseboards where my broom wasn’t doing a very good job. I’m prepared for a week of crafting!

The Tiny Clutch You’ll Never Give Up


The Tiny Clutch You’ll Never Give Up

Originally uploaded by coco8199

Ok, I’m on a blogging roll tonight. I finished this today. It’s a pattern from One Skein called The Clutch You’ll Never Give Up. I made it using smaller needles and thinner yarn. I used knit picks Wool of the Andes in Black Cherry Heather. I’m thinking of adding some embellishments after it dries.

Also here’s a scarf that I’ve been working on since June. The yarn sucks to work with and hurts my wrist after three or four rows. It is so pretty and feels so nice when it is knit up that I keep going.

Another Monkey


Another Monkey

Originally uploaded by coco8199

This Monkey needs a name. He will be traveling very soon to the AAC for the Winter Gallery Show. I think it would be great if he had a name and a little bio. If I could just come up with a name I could develop a personality for him….. Anyone have any suggestions?

Made with Paton’s Merino in Aran and Natural Mix.