MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include fabric landscapes and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Monday, May 04, 2020

Not much

There hasn't been much of interest happening around Chez Magpie I'm afraid.  I did finish knitting a sweater for #2 grandson but I will wait until it's blocked and the buttons are on to share a photo.  So...instead of that....

Resident Chef served this yesterday afternoon and it was SOOO good, so thought I'd share a photo and the recipe in case you'd like to try it over the warmer months....

MOCHA FRAPPE
2 c. cold coffee
2 c. milk (we used unsweetened almond milk)
3 1/2 T. chocolate syrup (we make our own)
1 3/4 T. white sugar
whipped cream and chocolate shavings for garnish

Freeze coffee in ice cube trays.  Add frozen cubes, milk,
chocolate syrup and sugar to blender and blend until
it's the texture you like.  Top with whipped cream, a 
drizzle of choc. syrup and shaved chocolate.

I happened to be talking about my clock in my sewing room and took a picture to share with my friend, so thought I'd also share it with you.  This was a Christmas gift from a friend a number of years ago and was found in a thrift store.  She added the bits of lace and buttons before she gave it to me.  

- There's an absolutely stunning CAL afghan design HERE!  As of this writing the site is a wee bit finicky but I expect it's because there's lots of people signing up and downloading the first pattern.  If I had enough stash I'd surely be tempted to try this one!

- Karen Ruane (one of the most amazing embroidery artists I know) has announced her new online class and you can find more information HERE.

- Donna has posted a really detailed how-to HERE for making masks.  And HERE's something else that is really proving to be important to anyone needing to wear the masks made with elastic over the ears.

- THIS is an adorable pattern for a bunny - so cute!

- If you like birds, you might enjoy  THIS you tube 'video', turn your sound up and listen.  If you look on you tube there are tons of similar videos/sounds that you can enjoy.  Very soothing!

- THIS site has super handy calculators that knitters will find really useful!

Today's quote is from Harold Kushner..."Do things for people, not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of YOU are"

20 comments:

  1. I LOVE that mask making tutorial thanks SO much--I need to make extras for us and the family...will be choosing fabrics tomorrow...
    that is the cutest clock--what a lovely thoughtful gift...the Mocha Frappe looks delish...prosit!!
    ~ ~ ~ waving beneath overcast skies julierose

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    1. You're quite welcome! I had two extra masks I had set aside and those will be going out in the mail tomorrow because it appears the last two I sent to #1 son and DIL got lost in the mail...argh. And yes I love my clock!

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  2. Thanks for the bird sounds. Very relaxing while sewing.

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    1. I love the bird sounds too, and it was fun to discover that there are a number of you tube recordings to listen to.

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  3. Yes, YouTube has some lovely nonrepeating sounds, forest birdsong, river and birds, I played one when I couldn't sleep last night.

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    1. At one time I did listen to a lot of the 'sounds' but for some reason hadn't for quite awhile. Nice to rediscover them.

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  4. I am looking forward to Karen's next class. She is amazing! I love your clock!

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    1. I agree that Karen is amazing. Her work is so different than anything else I've seen. I've followed her for years (and taken several of her classes) and it's been a joy to watch her work evolve. (and I love my clock too!)

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  5. Thank you for the mocha frappe recipe! Freezing coffee is perfect.

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    1. You're welcome! I love coffee - hot, cold, lukewarm - doesn't matter.

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  6. I just got to the second sleeve on a tiny sweater before deciding beyond any doubt that I do NOT like the sweater at all, and will rip it all out and try another pattern. Grrrr.

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    1. Sad that you'll be reverse knitting the sweater but there's nothing else for it if you're not happy with it. I would do the same.

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  7. Your Mocha Frappe looks delicious! Just right for warmer weather.
    And thanks for sharing the link to the bunny 'recipe'. So cute with her Liberty fabric dress.
    Looking forward to seeing your newest sweater when it's all finished up.

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    1. It was delicious! There will be a few of them consumed over the summer I suspect. The sweater is done but I have a couple other things to share here first.

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  8. The bird sounds is so nice. Saving that for when I'm quietly working in my craft room and want something other than an audio book, or a podcast. Love your clock So fun!

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    1. I'm saving the bird sounds too - they'll be wonderful to listen to when I'm working. And yes, that clock is fun. I'm surprised she didn't keep it for herself!

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  9. Resident Chef really knows how to spoil you! Your clock is perfect for your creative space. I really relate to today’s quote.

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    1. I found that recipe online and of course he couldn't resist tweaking it a little. It was so good!!

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  10. Thanks for the links. Your clock is perfect for your sewing space.

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    1. I love that clock - it's perfect for a sewing room. I'm still surprised my friend didn't keep it for herself!

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