Friday, 28 November 2014

Snow and Hot Chocolate

After an afternoon out in the great outdoors, ya just gotta have hot chocolate

Dreamy Creamy Hot Chocolate
(a Paula Deen recipe on the food network)

1 can condensed milk (I used the caramel flavoured kind) 
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Pinch of salt
6-8 cups hot water
Mini Marshmallows (optional)

In a large saucepan, combine condensed milk, cocoa, vanilla and salt; mix well. Over medium heat, slowly stir in water; heat through, stirring occasionally. DO NOT BOIL. Top with marshmallows, if desired.

Store for 5 days in fridge.  Mix well and reheat before serving.

Blessed Be

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Cats cannot resist...

Cats cannot resist shawls blocking in front of the fireplace. They just cannot help it. 
This is my Exploration Station by Stephen West.  I love it!


Morning Bright Farm: StarPainter Shawl Pattern

Morning Bright Farm: StarPainter Shawl Pattern: Susan Elizabeth has designed another absolutely gorgeous shawl pattern with Morning Bright yarn! The StarPainter Shawl is knit with two ske...

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

DIY Dog Cookies

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup oil
1 beaten egg
3/4 cup water (add a little bouillon to the water for flavouring)
1 clove crushed garlic

Mix together and roll.  I made long strands and braided them together and brushed them with a bit of egg/water

Bake at 300 for about 1 1/2 hours until the cookies are hard and the dogs are drooling.  The recipe can be easily doubled.  Good for dogs and people ;-)

Blessed Be

November's the sockiest month

November's chill is in full swing so I've decided to spend much of the month bundled in a ball of wool.  Knitting soothes the soul and seems to knit together other aspects of life as a person weaves their creation.

Here's a picture of the Hermione everyday socks.  (Not sure what happened with the colours in that pic but my legs are both the same colour...errr closer anyhow) Feather provided the wool last year so I am finally making good on our challenge.  Better late than never.  I finished them last week and dove into another pair.

The socks above are a basic ribbed pattern (k3p1) from Wise Hilda with a twist.  I used the same pattern for the heel as the Hermione socks because that one is easy for me to work the gusset. It sounds like I know what I'm doing hey? 

I should have enough wool to keep me busy until Christmas.  Stay warm everyone!
Blessed Be

Sunday, 16 November 2014

StarPainter Shawl and StarPainter Fingerless Mitts!

Today is the release day!  My latest knitting patterns are now available on Ravelry.

StarPainter Shawl

StarPainter Shawl - by Susan Elizabeth

 StarPainter Fingerless Mitts

StarPainter Fingerless Mitts by Susan Elizabeth

It has been lots of fun designing these patterns.   The testing went well with the group at Ravelry, and now with some luck, the patterns will be popular!

The beautiful yarn, Starry and Night is available in Morning Bright Yarn's,  Etsy shop:   Starry  and  Night

The mitts use about  150 yards of fingering weight yarn and knit up quickly.  I'll be going through my left over bits of yarns now and see how many of these I can make.   They are nice for gifts,  and will look really cute in all different colours!

Also,  in knitting news,  the test knit for the  Late Harvest Cowl is coming along nicely.  The testers are almost finished.  I used super wonderful Alpaca yarn from  A to Z Alpacas for this cowl.  It is so very soft and warm.   I have plenty more yarn, so will be making more of these.
Late Harvest Cowl by Susan Elizabeth

 I am working on another cowl at the moment too.  It has pine tree shaped cable columns ... I will post about here soon enough.  That is all for now in knitting news.

In back yard news however, there is more.  We have snow, of course, and it has been very cold for the last week or so.   There is a pretty brown tabby cat with with white feet and nose hanging around.  She is shy, but I was able to pet her once.  I am putting food out for her and leaving the garage door open  so she can get out of the weather.  I realized that since I feed the birds, I have to feed the cat too,  or else the cat will just eat the birds.   The plan is to catch her and get her to a vet and then the Meow Foundation.      In the meantime, I am calling her Lucy.  If, she is actually a he, then maybe Luke....

The funniest thing I saw the other day at the bird feeders....    A wood pecker, (I think it was a Downy Woodpecker) Fighting with a Sparrow.   It was a one sided battle.  A word of advice to any sparrows out there.  "Think twice before messing with someone who bashes his or her beak into a tree all day..."

and with that, we are done for today.
Stay warm, and be kind to the wild life,  put some seeds out for the birds if you can.

Warm Winter Blessings,
~ Feather ~

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Felted Crystal Soap

Inspiration hit a while back and I went with it.  Do you remember a post a while back where I cleared and charged some crystals in sunlight?  Well, there was a method to my madness.

Crystals connect with us..their energy brings balance, healing, clarity, protection, love and amplifies our connection to source and some amplify the other crystals in their presence.    

I found in order to develop my awareness of the subtle energies that crystals carry, time was needed.  What better time to establish a relationship with your crystals then laying back in a bathtub or the early bird shower to wake up your day, the body enjoying a good scrub.  Can't get much more intimate than your soap so placing the crystals in the soap just sort of was the next logical step.

Crystals immersed in soap.  No fragrance, no colours, just natural pure soap.  Canola oil, coconut oil, palm oil, shea butter, lye, water.

Next, felting.  Organic sheep roving.  Pure, antibacterial, natural exfolliant.  Soap lasts longer when its felted but it's important to let the soap dry between each use.

The neat thing about felted soap is that as you use the soap it continues to felt the wool.  By the time the soap is finished, you are left with a small sealed pouch containing crystals you have already established a relationship with.   At that point, you can poke a couple of holes in it, run a cord through it and wear it around your neck or put it under your pillow and allow the crystals to work their magic while you sleep.

I think that recognizing your relationship with your crystals is unique and truly your own, seems to me the creation of the medicine bag should also be as unique as the one using it.

Anyone interested in trading one creative endevour for another? If so, drop a line.

Blessed Be