Dress for a Special Teddy

This pair of teddy bears are very special to me, I’ve had them for nearly two years now.

I knew I wanted to get my grandma something soft and pink, hopefully something that could bring her at least a little bit of comfort. David found one and I loved it straight away, knowing it was what I needed to give her. I put a big, bright pink ribbon around it’s neck. It was a hard time for my family, David took me back to the newsagent and bought me another one. When my nanna passed away, I was given the option to look after her teddy so chose to keep the pair together.

I recently made a dress for one, it was very easy. I might make another one in a different colour for the other teddy.  I simply made a circle chain with a circumference as wide as the chest, rows of single crochet make up the bodice. Then I used a shell stitch for the skirt. Last to do was 2 shoulder straps leaving holes for the buttons, and sewing on the prettiest buttons I could find that would suit. I chose ones with a nice shell texture.

It might be fun to make a frilly pair of underpants to go under the dress, if I ever get around to it.

Awesome Sauce

And so here we have it, Awesome Sauce.

We’ve become dissatisfied with the hot chilli sauce you can get from the supermarket as we find them too mild. So there was nothing left to do but to make our own using our bumper crop of home-grown chillies. And is this sauce Hot! Just the way we like it! /nomnomnom

David made this using a recipe for hot chilli sauce at taste.com. And who’ve known it, that maple sauce bottle I saved for no good reason has come in handy after all!

My best cure for hiccups.

I have a theory about hiccups that I’d like to share!

There are many home remedies to cure hiccups. Teaspoons of sugar, deep abdominal breathing, breathing in a paper bag and getting startled with an unexpected ‘boo!’ are all well known hiccup cures.  My best friend from highschool Karen, was convinced the only way to cure hiccups was to get a glass of water and drink it upside down. I never quite got that, even though I saw her do it with my very own eyes! But have you ever noticed a common theme through all of these cures? They all make you do the same thing … stop whatever it was you were doing when you got the hiccups!

I believe hiccups are caused by stress. Stress in the body, which is caused by the mind not listening, so the body says ‘hey, stop that!’ and starts to hiccup. Apparently, scientists don’t know what causes hiccups. Well, I think they should look at what is common between all the cures and there is the answer. The cures all make you stop what you were doing by making you do some other little thing to give yourself a break. And why wouldn’t a spoonful of sugar work? And if it doesn’t, just go and sit in a pretty and quiet place with a nice cup of herbal tea and admire the garden or sky, it’s bound to fix you right up!

/smiles from me

Elder Uma Dings 80!

My druid Uma just dinged level 80, so now I have 5 x 80 toons on Nagrand!

For want of something better to do, it’s been my plan to level all classes for a while now. The reason is to improve my understanding of all the classes so I can (hopefully) lead raids better. I don’t think it’s possible to play all classes exceptionally well at the same time, but good raid leaders must have a basic understanding of at least most classes. And of course, I was reminded by one of my kind guildies that ‘didn’t you get free levels?’ referring to the recruit a friend deal David and I did a while back. Isn’t it funny that when you do something that might be impressive, there is always someone there to explain how it possibly could have happened? I mean, it couldn’t be because I can play well, right? There must be some reasonable explanation! The fact is, after a considerable about of planning together, there was only 5 of my characters that could take advantage of the deal, and they could only get to 60. And the R.A.F deal is a legitimate levelling aid, so it’s not like cheating. It means we could plan well together to take full advantage of it, and that’s smart gameplay.

Geminda, Blood Elf Priest, 80 – duo levelled with Hydde to 70 then Nathaniell to 80. (no R.A.F.)
Sigora, Orc Hunter, 80 – R.A.F. from level 1 duo levelled to 60 with Wolffish, solo levelled from 60 to 80.
Yulara, Blood Elf Paladin, 80 – duo levelled to mid 20s with Steelle, R.A.F mid 20s to 60 with ?, solo levelled 60 to 80.
Summonatrix, Blood Elf Warlock, 80 – duo levelled with Avastin to 70 then Nathaniell to 74, solo levelled from 74 to 80 (no R.A.F.)
Uma, Tauren Druid, 80 – solo levelled to mid 20s,  free R.A.F levels from mid 20s to 60, solo levelled to 80

And before I forget, I may as well write down how my other 4 Nagrand toons levelled…
Swiftmyst, Blood Elf Rogue, 70 – R.A.F level 1 to 60 duo levelled with Amberthorn, duo levelled with Hexlord from 60 to 70
Maryrose, Undead Warrior, 76 – solo levelled to 50 …  solo levelled from 60 to 65, JC Dailies with Nathaniell to 70, duo levelled with Wolffish 70 to 76 (no R.A.F.)
Darkmystress, Blood Eld Death Knight, 62 – R.A.F. with Hexlord 55 to 60, then solo levelled
Zye, Troll Shaman – solo levelled to 45 (no R.A.F.)

Sweet & Salty Pickled Ginger

I was pleasantly surprised how easy this was and how well it turned out. I was worried the fresh ginger in my ginger pot wasn’t going to last, so I quickly whipped this up while I waited to go on a raid!

I did not follow the recipe exactly, but I did get the idea from the taste recipe for pickled ginger. All I did was peeled the ginger, then sliced it thinly with the veggie peeler. Then I blanched it for 20 seconds in boiling water, drained it then sprinkled the ginger with some salt. In a small jug, using enough white vinegar to cover the ginger, I dissolved enough sugar to saturate it. There was only a little bit of undissolved sugar granules in the bottom. I pat the ginger dry with paper towel, then put it in a small jar.  Then I just added the sugar vinegar, and several hours later it was ready. Like I said, I was surpriised how it tasted, just like the pickled ginger you can get in the sushi bars! LOL, maybe not, but its very good for homemade!!!

A Child's Cardigan in Progress

I wondered if I could make a bigger version of the baby’s hexagon jacket, so I used the two balls of $2 wool I got from Lincraft. There’s no one in particular that I’m making this for, I just felt like making it! I don’t know if it will fit a child of any age, I’m guessing it might fit a toddler? I won’t cut the wool yet as I’m not sure if the collar is right, or even if I’ll just unravel it and reuse the wool! Maybe I’ll take it with me when I visit my sister and see if it fits any of the children. They come in a variety of sizes!

Every Heart stands for Love

What do you give the couple who has everything? Something sweet, simple and thoughtful, complete with your very own homemade touch – homemade is best!

I have named these homegrown second generation chilli plants “Spicy Hot Love Trees”, to bring good luck and passion to a newly wed couple. I’ll pick the most handsome tomorrow, but I’m thinking the one with the red fruit is a favourite to win! To bring spicy hot lovey-doveyness into the home, this chilly plant will need lots of sunshine and happiness. A good drink of water everyday is in order, but this special plant will not like to sit in water for too long,  so it’s best it doesn’t have a saucer and is well drained. Keep it in a pot, so that in the winter its easier to move into the sun, or to a sunny window indoors. I’ve written about our homegrown chilli plants in a previous post.

Fresh herbs are usually best, but these “Love Sprinkles” are a lucky love charm to add when cooking food to share. These herbs were homegrown, dried and prepared with love for good luck! Marjoram is well known as the herb of weddings, rosemary is for love, and just a few little chilli flakes are for spicy passion. These herbs would be good to add to a pasta sauce dish. I’ve written about drafting this idea in a previous post.

I’ve also made my own gift card and wrapping paper for our other gift (another simple gift for goodluck, to help with homebaking). This is a magical gift card with its matching paper. Every time a heart was handdrawn, the word ‘love’ was whispered for goodluck.

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