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Moving time!

I’ve been talking the talk, now I’m walking the walk! My website is up and running! I’m planning a big give-away to celebrate, so check here tomorrow for more details:

http://www.candiedfabrics.com

Subscribers,  if you could please change your reader settings for my new feed:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/candiedfabrics/MxgA

I would be much obliged! The fun never ends!

I’m a little distracted this week…I’m trying to get ready for my other big show of the season:

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Here’s hoping all goes well and it launches next week soon, (no jinxing here!) I’ve got a fantastic giveaway planned! WooHoo!

If you’ve been reading here for awhile, you know that my hubby is the chef and the family. When it’s my turn to cook, it’s leftovers or something really simple (cereal anyone?) (Please note, I am a pretty good baker, but should be our main source of eating!) Anyway, Amy from Park City Girl is looking for new things to cook for dinner, so i thought I’d share a recipe for roast chicken that EVEN I can do and not screw up!

Awesome Roast Chicken

One 2 ½ – 3 lb whole chicken

salt & freshly ground black pepper

¼ c fresh herbs (basil, parsley, thyme), finely chopped

olive oil

1 lemon, halved

4 bay leaves

2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

  1. Preheat the oven and a roasting tray to 425o. Wash the chicken inside and out and pat it as dry with paper towels. Rub the cavity with salt. Slide your fingers under the skin over the breast the breast meat. Stuff some of the chopped herbs under this skin. Rub the bird with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Make slashes (3 or 4 for each side) in the legs and thighs (cut to the bone.) Rub herbs into the slash, over the bird and in the cavity. Place the lemon, bay and rosemary in the cavity. Tie the legs together.
  2. Heat the roast pan (no rack) in the oven. Add some olive oil to the pan. My pan is non-stick so I only use a few tablespoons. Put the chicken, breast side down, in the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Turn the bird on one side and cook for another 5 minutes. Repeat until all sides are browned and the bird is breast side up. Cook for 1 hour or until done..
  3. You can add parboiled small potatoes to the pan to roast in the juices.
  4. Allow the bird to rest before serving.

We’ll roast 3 or 4 at a time, and then have lots of chicken to do other things with (pot pie is one of my favorites). And of course, my hubby makes a stock with the bones,  one of the secrets to his awesome cooking!

I don’t have a picture of roast chicken, but I think this little birdie from my Branch & Bird series will do:

 

Botanical Sketches

In the rush to get stuff finished for my big show a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t really get to take nice pix of my Botanical Sketches, and they didn’t even get their own post, which the really do deserve! The motif is one I’ve worked with on my Going Green Totes, Journals, and the Freshly Picked baby outfits, but they were all warm ups for these little art quilts. It was close to 2 years ago when I was inspired to sketchily stitch a sprig of leaves across an asymmetrical color block after seeing the work of Skinny LaMinx (an entire post devoted to how she inspires me is in the pipeline…). I loved it, and stuck it up on my design wall (of course, I should show you a picture of it, but it fell down a few months ago and Stirling ate it…)

Any old who, it ticked away in the back of my mind for awhile, but I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to construct the quilts, but in the meantime worked on my free motion sketching skills making the bags and journals. When I tried using Peltex in the quilt sandwich in this quilt, I knew I had the construction method I wanted, then it was a matter of finding the time, and Bob’s your Uncle, my Botanical Sketches series:

 

Here’s a movie of me stitching a Black Eyed Susan. This was one of the movies I had playing all weekend long in my booth. A common question was whether or not I marked on the fabric first – No, I do not. I mean for these to truly be sketches, to show that these are done by hand, with spontaneity.

I’ve finally got them listed in my Etsy shop. Pictures of the whole series are up on Flickr, but here are a few more, cause I love them so:

Halloween 2009

Boy, did we have fun!

Pumpkins were carved:

 

Our 1st trick or treater was a really cute Saint Bernard named Maren:

The evil dentist, his assistant and his patient get ready for trick or treating:

The evil dentist then plays trombone at the Redlands Halloween celebration, some folks go all out.

Phew! LONG day! Even more pictures here.

Well, not much more got crossed off the list since the show. I did add some more things (in green) though: But a lot of stuff has been simmering,

blog about it! Be that as it may, the show starts tomorrow, so how did I do in the prep for Art for Heaven’s Sake?

Item Date Due % Done
Dye lots of scarves & fabric 10/15/09 100%
New, simple portfolio printed 10/15/09 100%
Label everything for sale in booth 10/15/09 100%
3 Cool Messengers 10/15/09 100%
Oct RAA Newsletter 10/13/09 100%
Going Green Baby Onesies 10/15/09 100%
Matching leggings for onesies 10/15/09 100%
Going Green Totes 10/15/09 100%
Small quArt: Natural Silhouettes 10/15/09 100%
More Going Green Scribblers 10/15/09 100%
Make DVD of Free Motion Quilting to show in booth 10/15/09 100%
List Branch & Bird Series in Shop 10/30/09 100%
List Botanical Sketches Series in Shop 10/30/09 25%
Custom 2T freshly picked baby outfit 11/5/09 5%
Custom Big/little sis freshly picked tees 11/5/09 5%
2-3 Cool Large Totes not gonna happen 10/15/09 0%
Simple Totes not gonna happen 10/15/09 0%
Laptop bag for Mary 10/30/09 0%
3-d Birdhouses 10/30/09 0%
3-d Row Houses 10/30/09 0%
Photograph Scarves for website ?? 70%
Website?? ?? ?
Baby Quilts 10/30/09 0%
Large Messenger for ME! 10/30/09 0%

But a lot of stuff has been simmering, and I’ve got some big things coming up!

  • Fingers & toes crossed, the website may actually be happening soon, and I’m planning a doozy of a giveaway to get it started!
  • I’ve got another show mid-November, I’m on the operating board for this one, and it’s been a lot of work. Hopefully our work pays off and we have wonderful weather and LOTS of customers.
  • Hubby has a conference in San Diego just before Thanksgiving, so the 4 of us are gonna have a couple of days down there (R&R for me and the boys, work for Daddy).

I’m in need of new focusing, and lo & behold, it’s time for another goal check in – just what I needed!

Item Date Due % Done
List Botanical Sketches Series in Shop 10/30/09 25%
Custom 2T freshly picked baby outfit 11/5/09 5%
Custom Big/little sis freshly picked tees 11/5/09 5%
2-3 Cool Large Totes 11/15/09 0%
Simple Totes 11/15/09 0%
10-15 Little Wallets 11/15/09 0%
10 Going Green Totes 11/15/09 50%
6 Freshly picked Outfits 11/15/09 50%
Order refill journals 11/5/09 0%
Photograph Scarves for website ?? 70%
Website?? This could happen!   ?
Baby Quilts 11/30/09 0%
Large Messenger for ME! 11/15/09 0%
Laptop bag for Mary 11/30/09 0%
3-d Birdhouses 11/30/09 0%
3-d Row Houses 11/30/09 0%

And because no post is complete without a picture, here’s one I was tweaking just yesterday:

 

Hooray – Halloween is on a Saturday…we’ve got all of tomorrow for pumpkin carving, costume making…no Halloween decorating for me though, I’m just not that into it. In fact, I’m not much into decorating for any specific holiday, except Christmas. I love making my house look good, and I like changing it…but now for a holiday. One big reason: storage! Where does all the stuff go when it’s not out and around the house? Another reason: time. Big surprise, I like to do things myself, and I usually run out of time.

Case in point – my kids Halloween costumes. I abhore store bought costumes, always have, I used to make some pretty crazy contraptions in my youth. (I remember making myself into a Hershey’s kiss with oaktag, a stapler, masking tap and tinfoil. Where are the old pictures when you need them???) Any old who, I’ve made costumes for my boys since Liam was an 8 month old Piglet. As they’ve grown older, I’ve tried to include them more and more in process. But I do encourage them to re-wear the better ones from year to year.  SO I had a fun digging out photos from my hard drive, so here’s a look at the Glendening family through their digital years. If you need to see more, I’ve but a whole load here, but for most of you, I’m sure these will suffice!

2001

Liam is 4.5, Logan is 6 months. After 3 years a “Blue” from Blue’s Clues (no digital pix, but you’ll see the costume in a couple of years!) Liam really wanted to be a red Kangaroo, so of course Logan had to be a Joey! We went trick or treating at the Columbus Zoo and the boys got Lots of smiles!

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Dear God, is he the cutest baby ever, or what?

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2002

Instant replay! WooHoo, THAT was an easy year!

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Sigh…look at the awesome hardwood floors in our old house in Ohio…moving on

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2003

Here’s Liam’s Blues Clues Costume, back on Logan! Liam was a mad scientist – easy peasy, borrowed a lab coat and geeky looking science plastic stuff & driy ice from my work. Phew! They were both happy!

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2004

Our 1st year in CA, Liam was a werewolf, Logan wanted to be Blue AGAIN, and I’d left the costume behind in OH, so had to make ANOTHER one! Oh and…it’s  still hot in CA on Oct 31!

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2005

Gotta love a good thing! Logan was Blue AGAIN! Liam wanted to be a vampire…so I made a nice cape in hopes it would be used for dress up as well as Halloween. They haven’t used it for dress up (they were never that into that) but it’ll be seen again!

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Liam didn’t like the plastic fangs…

2006

No more Blue from Blue’s Clues! But LOOK, the kangaroo costume is back, and it’s year # 2 for the vampire – this year Liam allowed more makeup and wore the fangs. And if you look closely, you’ll see that Logan’s beloved corduroy has his OWN little kangaroo costume! Can I hear a big AAAWWW!

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2007

As the boys get older, their ideas get more elaborate! This year needed a LOT of help from Daddy as they made the “Spooky Express”. I was not very present for this year, having just finished doing my 2nd ever show, the big one I just finished 2 weeks ago. And, I totally caved on the no buying things this year. I bought the hats for both boys as well as the watch on a chain for Logan. We were very lucky to have the navy suit jacket as a hand me down in the closet.

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2008

This was the year of way too much stress. My hubby was playing a concerto the very next night, I’d just finished Art for Heaven’s Sake, the costumes really got the short shrift this year. All I got was one picture, with only Logan in his costume, a “caveman” costume that was just a piece of fleece, cut and pinned to stay on. Liam was a vampire again, but had a “gig”, playing with his jazz band in the middle of the center of town trick or treat extravaganza.

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Let’s hope I get more pictures this year! If I do, you know you’ll see them here!

P.S. I just re-read the entry I referred to just the paragraph above, and it seems that a year ago, I didn’t feel like putting too much family stuff on the blog, and I didn’t want to blog if I weren’t blogging about making things. 1 year later I say HAH! to that! I’m now delighted when I have time to share some of the things & people I find are inspirational, and now am limited by time, not intent. What has changed in that year? I think that last year my blog felt like a diary, and now it feels like a conversation. I LOVE THIS CHANGE and am so HAPPY that it’s happened. Don’t look now, folks, Candy just had a big  “a-Hah!” moment!