Welcome to the Playroom at 14 Peonystreet!

Why we call it the 'Playroom': the place whence objects pleasing to the eye are brought from the drawing board to reality, after much discussion with the ancestors.....

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Ironing Board Cover and Spring

I Finally stopped sewing long enough to re-cover my ironing board! 
Sewing things I actually NEED sometimes gets on
my nerves, because they take time.
I had to take time to do this project though, as my old
cover was torn.
It was easier than I thought it would be!
I followed Joanna Figueroa's instructions in her
Fresh Vintage (TM), FTQ#FV550, Issue #19
which you can get HERE.
Oh, and by the way- it's SPRING here!  The trees are
a'bloomin' and the robins are out in force!
But it's a blustery, humid day and we are
probably in for some storms today....
I love how the cover turned out!  It only took me about 30 minutes total!!
Which only took a little time out of my day!!
The fabric is by Joel Dewberry for Westminister Fabrics, Buttercup. 
LOVE IT!!
Did I mention it's Spring here?!!  These hyacinths
are from a single bulb I planted here
two years ago.  They're multiplying!
Happy Spring!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

OO- La La! - Beignets!!

I sort of fell in love with New Orleans, back in 1978 to be exact.
The plane I was on had a layover at the New Orleans airport.
I had time on my hands.
I decided to venture into the Big Easy- by myself.
This was back when a young person could do this by themselves,
and really not have to worry about much danger, as long
as you were aware of your surroundings.
I got a cab - I went.
I walked the cobbled narrow sidewalks,
walked past the baudy music,
heard the sights and sounds.
It was fascinating.
I ate at a little French restaurant on a side street.
I could only afford a salad, and it had anchovies in it. 
I didn't even know what they were, so I bit into one and oh
it was awful.
But in those few hours, I was enamored of the city, in all
its sinfulness.

Since then, I've visited the city, never for Mardi Gras, and seem more of what it had to offer.
The raised crypts in the graveyards, the Hurricanes (drink),
the wonderful food, and the river delta.  So much fun!
And I fell in love with Beignets.

Since I can't visit there, I can at least love what I ate there,
and even make it myself.  I made them for the first time over this
past cold weekend.  OH MAN-- they were SOOOO GOOOD!
and so so easy to make.
I kept saying to myself, if people knew how easy they are to make,
they'd make them!!
I tried someone else's recipe, so I have to tweak it and make it mine, and
once I have my own recipe,
I'll share it with you.

By the Way, I am watching my weight.  I've lost a pound so far and
have been able to keep it off for two weeks.  And I've still been able to
eat Beignets and drink my Chicory coffee!
Love ya- will write again soon, hopefully with the recipe and
instructions for you!

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