Monday, May 4, 2015

Spring is in the air...and tree...and...

After we have all suffered through the entire Eastcoast and the far reaches beyond, I do even think skier are regretting and happy that spring has "FINALLY" arrived. "Phew!" You'd think it would have never gotten or just got skipped over the way thing were going with the weather.
...but now...just look around you...spring is most certainly here and in what an amazing way of beauty it is...more of these wonderful images highlighting nature at its best can be seen in a newly created folder label in my online gallery; "Fine Art n Commissions". Nitch out a little time in your day, swing on over the website and take a look around the update collection of Mother Nature at her best; spring in bloom.
click here to view Fine Art n Commissions

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

On A Stormy Sunday...

I am ready to go...or so I thought...or so I thought. The snow is coming down, the flakes ore thick, heavy and although they are coming down fast; they light up the night sky with a brilliant white light.
Not sure I can go anywhere as I wait...wait for possibility of two outcomes; one, I get a call postponing the trip...or two, my ride come and we brave the storm like any home-grown-storm-adapted New Englander would like any other day.

To my surprise there was an option three; ride show up suggesting to bunk overnight (on the couch) to make heading off the next morning that much more quicker. Errr, not what I was expecting since I intentionally did not buy groceries knowing I am going out of town so dinner option are more than limited to say the least. Ha ha Instead of cooking or shopping for dinner, we go to a local restaurant which on the way I find out is no easy task because many of local restaurants have either closed early or not open at all on Sunday; some due to the storm while it is just the schedule for others. As luck would have it, we do find one spot open for service, Piccola Italia Ristorante, in downtown Manchester. I think the price is high but I gotta admit...the food; "Wow!" They pictures are thousand words. Well, they are can also be thousand taste buds...because the food is far better tasting than the delightful photos you are about to see that honestly do not give enough credit in spite their beauty to just how great a dish taste.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

For Knitters, Crocheters, and Crafter alike...

There is a major blizzard blowing through the Northeast regional cluster of states this month. Some states getting hit harder than harder but everyone in Blizzard Juno's path is truly suffering to one degree or another.

While online to check the status of state of New Hampshire where I live and also Massachusetts where my family live, I came across an interesting article about what not to say to a knitter. Being a knitter myself, the article obviously peak my much so, I had to share. It is worth knowing and learning for those who do crafts but mostly for those who do not so they can understand, appreciate, and properly compliment a crafter.

click here for a good read

Below of some of my projects
Working on a thumb for a how-to video

The pattern for these cute booties is available on the Garnstudio website but you can also refer one of my
earlier blog post for links to the pattern and video(s) Click here for video and pattern link

A lil biker friend whom I also made a safety helmet for to wear
when riding along its cyclist dad, my brother
Here is the sane lace piece drying during a process known as  Blocking: a process to finalize
the knit item to give the fibers a nice clean professional finish look

Modeling a knit lace bandana type scarf

This winter weather inspiration is another free pattern on the Garnstudio website.
There is a step by step how-to video on how to knit this ear flap hat on YouTube: "How To Knit Ear Flap Hat on the Estellos Best channel Click here How to knit Earflap hat
Twin bunnies made for a very special lil' girl

Monday, January 12, 2015

One Color Beautiful

While the scene is all covered mostly in white, it only takes the splash of one small but very bright bold color to fill the entire scene with such beauty; a Cardinal...just outside my window pane.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Top It Off

What better way to cover up and stay warm...well, cover up one's head any way, now that the first snow has fallen here on the East Coast but with a super-duper warm, soft, and comfy ear flap hat.

This cute item is a first knit. I knit this ear flap hat for the first time and pretty happy with the finish product. It is knit slightly larger on purpose for better coverage not just over the ears but also the back of the neck and under the chin like an attached mini cowl. The braid ties are the perfect finishing touch for a perfect snug fit every time it is worn.

For the knit enthusiast or just plain curious, a link is below to the Raverly website with more detail about the cozy knit hat including a link to the pattern. A video tutorial will soon follow so check back here (and there) often for updates. "happy crafting".

Ear flap hat on

Friday, November 14, 2014

Putting The Best Foot Forward...

In a cozy pair of knit cabled slippers.

It took sometime (and some procrastinating) but finally bit the bullet and upload a how-to on YouTube.
This particular lesson has been in the works for over a year almost; having a how-to creative channel has been longer.

It is a very satisfying feeling to finish a project. I get and have seen many questions about tips on how to finish (or sew) this one in particular project I shared in a well known Raverly craft community. The project is Drop Design's Lil' Red Riding slipper on the Garnstudio website.

I have to agree, the pattern is somewhat vague and confusing to understand let alone knit. I myself am more of a visual learner rather than an analytical one. So you could imagine my delight to find a video to clarify the rock science of knitting instructions. However, I was equally disappointed that some steps along the way (in the video) were left out. As a scroll down to read comments from other viewers on YouTube, I saw I was not alone. There were others who also desire to see the steps not include for viewing. I did figure out how to fill the gaps of missing information on my own but also decided to record the process to share with others so their troubling mind on how to fill the void of missing visual could be answered as well. The link below is answer so many, including myself, are looking for. Or at least I hope it will be the answer for others.

You can also click the following words that are links to the following:
 Click on the words "Free Pattern" for the Lil Red Slipper (on the Garnstudio website)
Click on the words, "Cabled Slipper" to view more pictures of the Lil Red Slipper as the slipper was being created. Here the video:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall Foliage...

... also transcends its kaleidoscope of color; dancing and popping into dishes (drinks and deserts) during the most colorful season of the year...the fall.

"A nice thing about the fall season, is the the harvest. There are so many beautiful dishes cook at this time of year that are so colorful, full of flavor, and smell absolutely amazing. The side dish I got to cook with my team mate, Mark, who help prep the food, is one of those beautiful dishes. It's is Kale with peppers. Also included was Swiss Red Chards. It came out so well, I brought some Kale and Chards to make some tonight for a dinner side dish".
                                                                                                              - a Facebook comment

Much like looking out the window, driving down the road or standing on a mountain trail, you see so many different colors amongst the tree all around you during the fall season in New England. However, it does not stop there. We see fall foliage in the harvest of plenty in so many other ways like the food we cook today at the NH Food Bank in vegetable side dish; a Kale with Garlic & Peppers dish. It is a dish cook with Red Swiss Chards, Kale, Green Peppers and Garlic. They are few ingredients with many colors. The vibrant red bursting through the veins of the Red Swiss Chards, the stems from the same plants are a color wheel of red, yellow, green pink and white. Mine you, this is only the take on just one of the ingredients. " Is not a sight?!" Do not take my word for it...let the images below, speak for themselves. 

Note: The images you are about to view where taken and edited on my cellular phone; I cannot take photo with a camera it is a classroom and all silly-nilly. We gotta get dishes cook. "Phfff!" ;-)

Outside of contrasting deep leafy greens poking out, all these color came from the one vegetable; the stem of various Red Swiss Chards

The one leaf resembles a tree trunk rich with deep red hues 

Look at this, wow! It immediately catches your eye, doesn't it?