Saturday, April 28, 2012

Old Ties Still Bind

For instructions on how to make several belt styles from neckties see:

I've included two different styles of card holder case patterns for you here.
With all the punches and stamps at the local coffee shops and hobby centers,
you're gonna be glad to have a neat place to keep them all!

Now this is something I have never yet attempted, but I'm game!
Here I have a video tutorial and written, as well.

This looks like a GREAT baby gift!
I totally have to do this!!!

I love these ideas for dressy doggie duds!
This looks like a very good toot:

This is the closest I could find for a lampshade pattern for neckties.
Put your clever cap on, measure thrice and cut but once:

This particular lampshade was created by Nancy Gamon:

For the footstool toot, you'll need to stitch your fabrics together first.

I could not find any instructions for this magnificent throw,
but I did find out that this gal goes by Eileen Away,
and she has made other such beatiful pieces.


Creating this will be easier than you might expect,
but you will need a grand collection!
This would make a great masculine quilt for the good fellas in your life.

Check my Etsy shops for possibly available upcycled neckties,
I keep my eyes peeled:

Monday, April 9, 2012

Egg Salad Week

Rachael Ray's Deviled Egg Salad on Pumpernickel


8 large eggs

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon hot sauce (Tabasco)

2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard

3 tablespoons mayonnaise or 3 tablespoons ranch dressing

1/4 cup onion (white, grated or minced)

1 celery rib (small, from the heart with greens and finely chopped)

2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped

3 tablespoons green salad olives and pimentos, drained and finely chopped


black pepper

8 slices pumpernickel bread

4 lettuce leaves
1 teaspoon paprika 

Friday, March 9, 2012

She's Baaaaack

Forgive me!! 
I seem to have fallen off the edge of the earth
just before Christmastime. 
Well, I won't claim to have returned,
but I'm going to try. 

I'm working on clearing out my home.

knick knacks, collections,
"useless" nostalgia,
had-to-have-its, things, stuff, and the like. 
We're switching two of the kids' rooms around,
painting them as well.
How's that going?
Just note that I have no photos.

My house is a mess,
with a capital "M".
A sty.

And, because I didn't have enough on
my plate, I started a business!
Oh, yes!
I'm selling all my glorious treasures
on my Etsy shop -
full time now,
although the pay is certainly not so.
Perhaps it's the getting-started breaks.
That's what I'm telling myself.

I've changed the name of my little shop, too.
From "Restless Fingers" to
(insert drum roll here...)
"Compass Jannock".

No.  It doesn't have je ne sais quoi,
but it's quirky
and has meaning.
Jannock is an old, old word
that means
pleasant; outspoken; honest; genuine; straightforward; generous.
I like that.
I want to be that, to emulate that.
So I also choose Compass.

My talent is clearly not with naming businesses,
This isn't likely to prove memorable.
My first choice was Knackatory,
but that was taken.
C'est la vie.

Well, I suppose these piles won't organize themselves...

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