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Something New for Spring

A Buttercup Yellow and Violet Lapel Pin! What better way to add some colour to a blouse or a spring jacket than with a one of a kind item!

butter cup pin for spring

Made using an old pin and some even older buttons. I used shades of yellow and violet to brighten up my wardrobe this spring! I took the idea from my former co-worker Kathryn – a crafty and creative gal in her own right.

violets in the sun

buttercups in the sun

violet pin for spring

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Being Crafty Means Being Crafty in the Kitchen Too!

I’ve discovered a wonder food and wanted to share it (and my recipe) with you, oh and it just happens to be in season—RIGHT NOW!

Kale

kale

Kale

I’ve always wondered what this crazy, crinkled green mass of vegetable was in the supermarket. Even when I worked at Price Chopper, all it was, was a code of 4 numbers to me. Had I known it’s nutritional value and yummy taste back then I would have started eating it a long time ago.

When cooked, Kale comes with it’s own seasoning, you’d swear you sautéed onions or garlic along with it – but that’s how it tastes, earthy, rich and delicious. And it’s low-cal.

Part of the Brassica family (cabbage, collards, Brussels sprouts) – Kale is jam packed with health-promoting, sulfur-containing PHYTONUTRIENTS (don’t be intimidated). All this means is kale s loaded with good things, things that help prevent cancer (ovarian, breast and colon), helps to prevent cataracts (Vitamin A), boost the immune system (Vitamin C), healthy skin and healthy blood cells, (Vitamin B6) and healthy bones (manganese)—this combination of vitamins and nutrients makes Kale a rock star among the veggie community.

How to buy kale:
• Look for organic. In my opinion, kale is hard to wash and when pesticides are being used, it’s even harder because of all the crinkly, creased leaves. Organic not only tastes better, it’s a safer option against ingesting harmful pesticides.
• Look for smaller leaves, with deep coloured leaves and moist stems, these will taste the sweetest and be tender.
• Look for firm, deeply colored leaves and moist hardy stems.

Wrap the kale in a paper towel, in a bag and in the refrigerator. It should be eaten within 2-3 days, the longer it’s kept in the refrigerator, the more bitter it will taste.
For more information on kale and its benefits, visit http://bit.ly/3hyOtd.

My Kale Recipe

kale

Wash the kale well under cool, running water

kale

Strain and break up leaves, removing the stems (you may choose to cook the stems as well, they may be a bit tougher than the leaves but are edible)

kale

• Heat pan on low-medium, add a splash of olive oil

kale

Add kale to pan and cook on the pan until it turns a rich, vibrant green colour

kale

Remove from pan and add a touch of sea salt and a squeeze of lemon juice

kale

For added crispiness, broil your kale for a few minutes in the oven—it’s delicious!

Buttercream Crochet Scarf

Using single crochet stitch I crocheted this buttercream scarf and pinned it with a vintage broach. I’m also wearing one of my featherbands.

Crochet cream scarf

Buttercream Crochet Scarf

 

 

New Featherbands added

These are selling fast! If you’re interested in any let me know! I can ship them out as well!!

If you're interested in a featherband for yourself ... let me know!

If you're interested in a featherband for yourself ... let me know!

one of a kind featherbands

one of a kind featherbands

One of a kind featherbands for any occasion

One of a kind featherbands for any occasion

The Pre-Loved Varsity Floor Mat in 8 Steps

When I lost my mom to lung cancer 4 years ago, I wanted to hold onto some of her t-shirts and golf shirts but knew I’d probably never wear them. So I thought of cutting them up and reusing them in other ways, like creating groovy shaggy floor mats! And since they’re made from cotton or cotton-blend, you can easily toss them into the washing machine! This is an example of the Varsity floor mat I just made for my cousin heading back to University! 😀

Here’s how I do it:

  1. Grab an old t-shirt you’re not going to wear anymore

    Any old t-shirt will do

    Any old t-shirt will do

  2. Cut it into 1-1.5” thick strips
    Use sharp scissors to get the job done easier

    Use sharp scissors to get the job done easier

    It doesn't matter how long or how short your strips are

    It doesn't matter how long or how short your strips are

  3. Roll it into a ball, tying the ends into knots

    This will make it easier for you to crochet later

    This will make it easier for you to crochet later

  4. Using single-crochet stitch, crochet until desired size is obtained

    Using single-crochet stitch will create a tighter mat with small holes

    Using single-crochet stitch will create a tighter mat with small holes

  5. All done! Now give it to someone to love again!

    This is what your mat should look like

    This is what your mat should look like