Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Happy Anniversary Mr. Beating Hearth...This is Your Life...on my Blog

Eleven years have come and gone in a blink.  Because I have the best husband around (definitely top ten), I am going to devote a little love to him by showing my favorite posts featuring him....or at least him as a doll.

The Mister's Mini Me
Alright, I did it.  I made a doll in the likeness of my husband...as Lord of the Dance.  With itty bitty nipples and chest hairs and a be-sparkled belt.  One of my favorite things EVER!  Not so much HIS favorite thing.  But let me tell you, those nipples make me chuckle every time.

The first and last time I ate a banana boat.
One of his favorite treats from childhood.  Banana boats.  Pass. But, how cute is he?

Snort, The Mister reveals his nerd past
Pssst....D&D nerdery in this post...need I say more? Lots of nerdery and giggles.  This post is one of my faves because he is so sincere and I am so wicked.

The baby booty fiasco
Once upon a time The Mister gifted me with some REALLY WEIRD CRAP...and by that I mean, awesome craft supplies that anybody would love to own...except for me, I mean, definitely me.  If you are in the market for wicker baby booties, drop me a line.  They are going for cheap!  I mean, really cheap.

Kale
The Mister's favorite plant.  He's asked me to make sure I plant several next year so he can enjoy their beauty all over again.

Deer quilt
What he thinks is a man quilt.  It's really a girl quilt disguised as a man quilt.  Very tricky, I know.

VW pillow case
What to get the man who thinks the VW Camper is the best way to take a family vacation.

Love you The Mister.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Maple Leaf Patchwork Fun

I found myself with a little spare time this last week and knew I needed to make an autumnal wall-hanging for my living room.  I have a Halloween Wall Hanging.  I have a Christmas one.  I have a Valentine's Quilt, and who knows how many more, but dang it, I need one with falling leaves...for Fall.  That's now.  I need it now!

But it had to be pretty, falling leaves.  I am partial to the maple leaf.  I have several friends who are Canadian.  The lovely, Feral Turtle, comes to mind, so that could possibly be why I love the maple leaf as much as I do.  The Mister loves hockey, so that could be it...naw, that's not it at all.  I'm sure it's because of all the lovely Canadians in my life.  Or maybe the maple leaf is just a naturally pretty leaf?  Whatever reason, the maple leaf was what I desired.

Quilting a maple leaf is a bit tricky, though.  It has this long, pointy bit in the middle, and a stem.  I mean, to be fair, most leaves have a stem, and I guess they would cause just as much trouble as a maple leaf stem, but forget about all that.  My point is this, it's tricky with patchwork quilting.  Trust me.  Maple leaf or birch.  Even an elm...

So, I did what any quilter would do.  I  got an idea, and I made it my own.  I decided to design my leaf using half paper-piece for the middle pointy bit and the stem and patchwork for all the rest.  Half -Square triangles to the rescue.

Pretty good!  Need to change the stem up a bit, but by George I think I've got it!

I assembled all my prettiest, fall-ish fabrics and got to work.  I wanted it to be scrappy and fun.

Because I'm wild, I decided to use burlap for my trim.  But then realized I wanted a kind of, white on white effect and so put corner squares in using my main fabric.  I think I love it.

p.s.  burlap loves to unravel.  Be aware.  I would recommend using a 1/2" seam allowance, except I didn't have enough burlap to accommodate that.  Living on the edge over here!  Unraveling bedamned.

Uggghh!! Now I need new pillow cases.  Hi, cute niece.

I hope you like my new Fall wall-hanging.  I'm pretty darned pleased.  If you are interested in buying this pattern, I will have it up on My Etsy soon

Thanks for reading!

Heather

Friday, September 12, 2014

My Favorite Yogurt

I have been known...once upon a time, to make home-made yogurt.

I have actual proof.

That's MY yogurt that I made my own self.  This yogurt-making tutorial has GREAT pictures but, I changed up how I made yogurt and did another post on it.

This post has a better technique, but read it at your own risk, because there's a bit of a rant there and no awesome pictures

So, what's a girl to do?  I could continue making my own yogurt or..

I could eat this. I have been waiting for this yogurt.  Waiting for a yogurt that isn't 0% fat and isn't Whole Fat.  This is Chobani's 2% Greek yogurt and it is amazing.  It doesn't have the off texture of non-fat Greek Yogurt and doesn't have the calories of full fat yogurt.

I am writing a love letter to this yogurt because it's that good.  Smooth and yummy (except for Mango, eww), that's a treat to gobble down.  The passion fruit is good, but strange because the seeds are in it.  I actually had to Google if my yogurt was supposed to have seeds.  Yup, turns out they have lots of healthful antioxidants.  These three are maybe my favorites.

They have done studies again and again about the healthfulness of yogurt.  This yogurt has 12 grams of protein.  The most recent study I heard was that eating low-fat milk products help you stay slim. Low fat, so it can't be whole fat.  So this 2% yogurt is my dream because I am not a non-fat yogurt kind of gal.  Sour Cream, either.

I eat this yogurt every day for lunch...in fact, this is what I had to do today.  Yup, eat it with a fork because all my spoons had been used in a picnic adventure gone awry last night and are currently in the dish washer.

I hope you don't mind this public service announcement.  I just found a product I really love, and wanted to share.

Thanks for reading!

Heather
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