Sunday, February 14, 2010

Podcast 011 - Mardi Gras

Total length of this podcast: 45:15

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You can skip to whatever segment interests you -- check the minute markers for each segment.


First of all, since I'm recording this on Valentine's Day, here is what my husband gave me today. Tulips, heart cookie cutters, and my favorite candy, Jordan almonds!

Today's bumper music is the French love song Plaisir d'Amour written in 1780.

Don't forget about my Reward program -- send me a photo of your work inspired by my podcast/blog and I'll post it in the Gallery (link is along the right side of the blog). This reward is for a limited time only! Darla of The Scientific Quilter is very happy with her reward! Here's a link so you can see for yourself!

CLICK HERE for my Reward information!

I'm recording this podcast and writing this blog entry on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2010, which happens to be fellow podcaster Jennifer Ruvalcaba's birthday (of Patchwork and Pacifiers fame). CLICK HERE to visit her blog and podcast and to wish her a happy birthday (even if it's late!).

You can purchase my Alice in Wonderland fabrics directly from the manufacturer, Spoonflower. CLICK HERE for a link directly to my two AIW designs. You know you NEED some Alice fabric for your stash!
CLICK HERE to visit my Alice in Wonderland - An Interactive Adventure! Web site. My partnership with Fandango (where you can buy movie tickets and gift cards) should be live soon.

This podcast's Alice in Wonderland Redwork is "Drink Me." CLICK HERE for the free downloadable pattern.

THE FIBER ARTS SEGMENT [Podcast minute marker: 10:30]
Beaded Sachet

Fabric Beading Bibliography
  • Beaded Crazy Quilting, Cindy Gorder, Krause Publications, 2005. 
  • Beading Basics, 30 Embellishing Techniques for Quilters, Mary Stori, C&T Publishing, 2004. 
  • Beading on Fabric, Larkin Jean Van Horn, Inverweave Press, LLC, 2006. 
  • The Art of Bead Embroidery, Sherry Serafini anbd Heidi Kummli, Kalmbach Publishing Co., 2007.
Supplies (minus the potpourri for the filling)

Starting the Lattice Stitch

More of the Lattice Stitch

Close-up of the Lattice Stitch

The Line Stitch

Stacking the Beads for the Flower

The Stacked Flower Almost Done

Making the Flower Bud

Sewn Together -- Trimming the Corners

Turning Right-side Out -- BE CAREFUL!

Filling With Lavender Buds

Sewing the Opening Closed

Five-Bead Picot Stitch

CLICK HERE for the free downloadable project sheet for the Beaded Sachet.

THE PAPER ARTS SEGMENT [Podcast minute marker: 19:08]

Festive Paper Hat (The Pressman's Cap)
 Fold the newspaper in half, fold away from you.

Fold the two sides toward the middle.

Fold the top sheet of paper up twice (this makes the hatband).

Turn the hat over.

Fold the two sides toward the middle, just overlapping (1/2 inch).

Fold the bottom edges up toward the center.
Fold the bottom up . . .

. . . and tuck it inside the hatband.
Fold the point down and tuck it inside the hatband.
Open the hat and flatten it.

Fold the two points in and tuck them into the hatband.
This is what it should look like. You're almost done!

Open the hat.
Square up all the edges. Decorate (or not!).
CLICK HERE for the downloadable project sheet for the Pressman's Cap.
CLICK HERE for the Halloween/Mardi Gras Mask.
THE RECIPE SEGMENT [Podcast minute marker: 25:20]
Traditional Creme Brulee


Special tools

The water bath -- note that the water comes only half way on the cups!

Perfectly baked.

Ted torching the sugar (this one is a little darker than it should be).

Perfect brulee!
THE GRAB BAG [Podcast minute marker: 37:40]
CLICK HERE to check out Joe the Quilter (Joe Cunningham) -- his work is unique and pretty darned amazing! And he's also a talented guitarist/singer/composer! GOOD STUFF!

And remember
Creativity isn't a race . . .
. . . it's an adventure!

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