Aunt Suzy

My Aunt Suzy rocks.  Keep in mind, my whole family rocks, but today I’m going to focus on Aunt Suzy.  She’s an artist, teacher, and traveler.  She takes old things, ideas, and cultures, and gives them a new look or point of view.  And that, for me, is a great purpose for a do-it-yourselfer. 
Read about her travels at Connecting Threads ( a MUST if you love Italian art and culture) and see her art here.    
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Beading Night: Crystals and Glue Guns

Up until last Saturday, I didn’t own a glue gun. (The horrors! A crafter without a glue gun?! For shame….) Now I do, because I needed it to do my fun little project for this week’s Beading Night.
I didn’t bead this week, but Deb did some of beautiful wire wrapping work. She picked the prettiest crystals for her latest creation. It’s just lovely. You can see a picture, as well as it with some of the other beads that will be going into necklace it is for.
Me, I discovered this fun hair accessory kit at A.C. Moore, and the reason I bought the glue gun. I decided to do that instead. I completely messed up the directions, but ended up with some neat results. I suppose I should pay more attention, but sometimes it’s nice to throw caution to the wind and do your own thing. You can see me and Deb modeling my creations.

Crafting Then and Now

This past Saturday I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and got to admire work from artisans of the past, and it made me think of their crafting legacy.  Crafting used to be a way of life for a lot of people, truly a DIY effort.  Being an artisan was a source of work.  Families would craft their own clothing and other household items.

It’s interesting how crafting mostly has become a hobby nowadays.  I mean, sure, there are some people lucky enough to do their craft as their job, but many of us do crafting as a source of relaxation and enjoyment.  It’s amazing how times have truly changed with industry and mass production.

I encourage you to reflect on how crafting has changed over the millennia.  It’s incredible the legacy we have.  Times have changed.  I also encourage you to gain inspiration from these artisans, too.  I know I certainly have.

Jenn’s Easy Curry Recipe

I figured I’d do something a little different today.  How about a simple recipe?  This is Jenn’s Simple Curry, which was made from ingredients that I already had, including the random vegetables.  It’s a vegetarian meal, too.  I always have curry paste and a can of coconut milk on hand in case I need to make a simple dinner.  This recipe serves about 4-6 people.
1 can of cooked chickpeas
1 can of string beans
1 can of spinach
1 can of coconut milk
1 fresh green pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons of Patak’s Mild Curry Paste, or as much as you like
Open cans and drain water from vegetables.  Combine ingredients into a large pot and simmer on low heat for about an hour.  Serve over rice and with naan bread.
You can use whatever vegetables you prefer, actually.  Tomatoes taste good in the curry, but make it watery, though. 
Enjoy!

October Crafting Ideas

October is one of my favorite times of year.  Well, mostly because my birthday is in the month, but it’s when fall really kicks into gear without being too cold and quite pretty with the foliage.  It’s a great time to get crafting, and here are some ideas that I have come across, along with some ideas of my own.
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  1. Go beyond the traditional jack o’ lantern.  Get a kit and carve that pumpkin in a creative fashion.   Make a picture or go for a 3-D look!
  2. Check out this Squidoo lens about Halloween knitting crafts.  I got some great ideas from here! 
  3. Join in on Socktoberfest on Ravelry.  Even though I’m just doing tube socks right now, I still am going to join in on the fun.
  4. Get some black and orange beaded jewelry and see what lovely Halloween glam you can come up.  I have my beads ready to go!
  5. Get your own Halloween costume together.  Sewers, this is a great time to show off your talents.  Fabric.com has some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
  6. Start your Christmas crafting.  I know, it’s only October, but the holidays will be here before you know it.
  7. Bake something!
  8. Gather some fall leaves and use them in a creative manner, such as putting them under plastic for a decoration.
  9. Make your own Halloween candy to give to the kiddies and your neighbors.
  10. Create a big birthday present for me.  (Just kidding!)