Sunday, February 25, 2024

Sunday Song

This is such a good song, for a Perfect Day!!



Love this version also........you'll see a couple of faces you know.....well when they were younger this one is also good

Saturday, February 24, 2024

If you have a KitchenAid mixer

 have you seen these:

They are hooks/knobs that either stick or can be screwed into your cupboards to hang up your mixer attachments too.  I didn't use the screws, just stuck them up.  Other's don't come with the adhesive, just screws.

They come in packs of four and I got mine from Amazon.  I find them awkward to store, so popped mine in the back of a cupboard.  They are $16.99 per package and you can find them here.  I don't know if it will work for other stand mixer attachment brands.

I just realized while I was writing this I have had my mixer for 20 years.  Mine is cream in colour and still works great.

Do you have a KitchenAid mixer, what colour is it, and how old is it?

Friday, February 23, 2024

Bonus points if you can identify what it's supposed to be:

Wednesday was the monthly craft club meeting.  I managed to snag a spot again, so that was good.  Now I knew from the meeting last month, that the regular woman who runs it was away and another woman was taking over this meeting.  So imagine my surprise when I walked in and a young-ish guy was there and was handing out supplies.

Turned out he had drawn the "short straw," and although he is a librarian, he is also an artist on the side.  He was a smashing young man originally from Nigeria; but he had such a long name that no one could pronounce in this country so he went by the initials of his name.  Unfortunately for him they were very close to be IBM.  So all I could think of was IBM, so whenever I asked for him, my mind went automatically to IBM, then I had to think to remember the one initial it wasn't.

He started handing out supplies, first there was a sheet of legal size paper, then a piece of card stock, then a paintbrush......at this point I asked him are we painting, and he said yes.  I said you do realize that I have no talent whatsoever when it comes to painting, and a couple of ladies said they were the same.  He said this project was super basic and anyone could do it.

He handed out kids washable paints and some kids stencils and told us to experiment on the legal size paper.  The card stock was to mix our paints on.  I just sat there looking like a deer in the headlights........totally and utterly clueless.  He then announced we could transfer what we had done onto a 4 inch square piece of plywood/coaster.  So I made he give me the coaster, to help visualize the finished product and everyone else wanted theirs as well at that point.

My stencil was a bee, which turned out to be useless with the brush, so I gave that up pretty soon and my neighbour took it.  We fiddled on for a while, then I gave up and did my own thing on the coaster and this is what I did.

While talking with another lady we got talking about these Tik Tok video's we watch called Andrea Nelson Art, if you click on her name it will take you to her page.

So mine is sort of inspired by what she does.  It's a flower in case you didn't know, and I won't be at all offended if you had no clue....LOL

It cannot be used as a coaster unless I decide to put some varnish on the top of it to protect it.  Did I enjoy doing it...........not really but it pushed me to do something I would not normally do.  I don't have enough imagination for this sort of thing.  Paint by numbers is more my thing.

Although he was a lovely guy, he didn't really instruct us in anything.  I enjoyed doing the mobile more.  Everyone else was a mixture of very creative too, very basic and child like, like mine.  

Again I don't have a spot for next month's session, so will have to wait until the beginning of March to see if anyone drops out.

P.S. The children's paint which was washable, stained the tables and your hands like crazy..........goodness knows what was in it!!



Thursday, February 22, 2024

Popcorn

I purchased a Tupperware Popcorn maker the other week.  I LOVE Tupperware.  I am not obsessed with it, but do enjoy Tupperware and have been buying it for many years.  When I saw this come out I knew I was going to purchase it.  One of the upsides to this is that it microwaves popcorn without the need to use oil or butter.  So for one portion you need 2 tablespoons of unpopped popcorn, which is around 110 calories.

Another upside it flattens into itself.  Taking up less storage space.  This is it when collapsed.

In the bottom of the popcorn maker is a glass "plate" which you put your popcorn on.
It also comes with a lid, and below is when it is full height.
I tried it out and put it in my microwave for 2 minutes.
It turned out perfectly.
I sprinkled some of the this ranch style mix on top, but it wasn't that nice, I need to buy actual popcorn seasoning.
Overall it worked great and the portion size was perfect for a snack and low on calories.  

It wasn't cheap, but it will pay for itself over the years.  You can see it here.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

I'm cheating and thank you

Now that I have my painting finished, I decided to bring out another puzzle.  I got this one for Christmas.  To be honest, I think I will be pulling my hair out with this one.  All those pinks and purples will make it hard.  This also is not my typical type of puzzle, but I am ready for the challenge.

Now where the cheating comes in.  When I get a puzzle, the first thing I do is separate the edge pieces from the rest of the pieces.  Generally when pieces are stuck together like the ones in the photo below I separate them, as I class this as cheating, when I haven't put them together myself.
As I said though, I think I am going to have a witch of a time putting this together anyway.  I have set this up on the kitchen table and will pick away at it whenever I have a few minutes.  Trying to put together a lot at once isn't my thing.

Do you enjoy doing puzzles?  Do you set them up and pick away at them, like I do?  What size of puzzle do you like to do?  I prefer 1,000 pieces as I can set up everything on the kitchen table.  Anything bigger and I am struggling to get all the pieces laid out.

Also a huge thank you for your input on air fryers.  I will be honest I am still on the fence about it.  Will think about it for a bit longer.


Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Question for you

Do any of you own an Air Fryer?  Family members have them and are encouraging me to get one.  The two family members love theirs.  What is holding me back from getting one is that I use my upper/small oven all the time; it's the perfect size for the two of us.  The second thing is space, I don't want any more clutter on the countertop and storage is limited.

So what are the pro's and cons for you who own one.  Also if you have one, what size is it and how many people do you feed?  What brand is yours?

Thanks for your input.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Cross stitch and paint by numbers

Another week done on the temperature cross stitch.  As you can see, we have some more blue this past week.  It has been colder and we have had a bit of snow, probably 6 + inches.  Have had to get the snow blower out.  This upcoming week's weather is going to be all over the place.

I finally finished my paint by numbers picture on Sunday.  From a distance it looks really good, and I am very pleased with it.  For a dollar store product I think it was well worth it.  I would do another one.  I found it very therapeutic and this one didn't require you mixing the paints to get the correct shade; some do.

I would do another one, as the more I look at it the more I like it.

What have you been doing craft wise this past week?





Sunday Song

This is such a good song, for a Perfect Day!! Love this version also........you'll see a couple of faces you know.....well when they w...