Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Grandma's slippers

Winter is coming, which means wool sweaters, warm blankets, hot chocolate and cozy slippers. I had a pair of slippers that my Mother-in-Law made me last year and I loved them! I wore them all day everyday... until the felt sole wore through. I did put slippers on my Christmas list, but my cold feet couldn't wait that long, so I hooked some up myself! I give you Grandma's slippers!

They are three hexagon granny squares sewn together with the sole crocheted onto the slipper. The pattern jumps around a bit making it a little confusing to follow (just ask my Mother-in-Law! She taught me how to crochet, yet when she was trying to make them herself, she was coming to me for questions.)
I used a regular worsted yarn for the hexagons and "Thick & Quick" yarn for the soles to slow down wearing over time. Granny Squares are great because you can use any colors you want and make them your own. If anyone is interested I can post the pattern for you all to give these a try. Happy Homemade Christmas!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

pizza night

Growing up, my Mom always made homemade pizza. A few times I remember asking for Pizza Hut pizza for my birthday dinner because we rarely went out. Now that I have a place of my own, I want to make the pizza, so last night was pizza night.
My husband and I made a rule that when we made pizza, we have to make it different each time. That was another thing, my Mom always put on the same ingredients... and still does. (I love you, Mom!)

Tonight's pizza: Hawaiian!
Ingredients: ham, pineapple, banana peppers, garlic, mushrooms, cheese and sauce.

We have our pizza making down to a science. Preheat the stone in a 425 degree oven while assembling the pizza on a cornmeal covered pizza peel.

Because of the cornmeal under the dough, you can  slide the pizza onto the hot stone. This makes a great, crisp crust.

After about 15-20 minutes you have a delicious pie! Add a spring mix salad and your favorite beverage and *presto!* it's pizza night. (And if your husband happens to surprise you with flowers, all the more beautiful your table will be.)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Let me introduce: Mountain Pie Press

For the past two weeks I have been printing holiday cards. Yes, I know- it's not even Thanksgiving yet! Well, like any store this time of year, you need to set up early to get some good business. So far, I've only been printing cards, but I will be making holiday banners (pictures coming soon), too.
It has taken me a while to think of a good press name to stand behind. Alliteration is a good tool; I wanted it to be catchy. After all the brainstorming, I settled on "Mountain Pie Press." Mountain pies are delicious concoctions made up of two pieces of sandwich bread filled with pizza makings or even pie filling, then put in a pie iron and cooked over an open fire. I was first introduced to them when I went to my husband's parents' house. Long story short, I liked the rustic and homemade feeling of the name.

So far my cards have been printed on 100% recycled Kraft Taupe and White cardstock. I hope to get more colors soon. Each card has 2 or 3 colors and comes with a Kraft Taupe envelope.
I will be selling my wares at the First Friday Holiday Sale at the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education's Printing and Book Arts Center, Dec 3rd. 6-9 pm and also at my sister's apartment where she'll be having a Holiday Sale on Dec 4th from 10-7 pm. (If you'd like more information, just leave me a comment.)
I hope this gets you in the Holiday spirit! I also encourage you to buy from local artists this upcoming holiday season, or better yet make handmade cards and gifts. 'Tis the season to be crafty- Fa la la la la, la la la la!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

calendar girl: part 2 & 3

For those who have been sitting on the edge of your seats in anticipation of my next post, I'm afraid this is shamefully overdue- for that, I apologize.
I have been regularly working at the print studio to finish up my portion of the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education Printing and Book Arts Calendar - that is a mouthful - and I am pleased to report that it is finished! Through a series of editing/proofing all the artists' names and processes have been corrected and I was able to print my final color yesterday afternoon.
For the back cover, I used three colors.
First color, very translucent yellow to print the wood type.
Second color, light opaque yellow to print the paragraph about the GCFAE & PABA.

Third color, black to print each of the artists' names, processes and such. (My name is smaller and at the bottom right.) Proof on the left, final print on the right.

It has been a good learning experience for me. I'm really fast at finding and setting type from the cases and this was my first time (ever!) printing with more than one color. I'm excited to start working on my own projects now: Christmas and Holiday cards. I just ordered some more paper and envelopes, so I will be posting my cards on here as early as next week.
-> If you are interested in purchasing a calendar, please let me know, so that I can set one aside for you. They are priced at $25 cash/check or $35 with a credit card. They are really fun & show a wide range of style and creativity... totally unbiased here, totally.