Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Peek-a of Our Halloween Fika

What, you might ask, is a Fika? (pronunciation: fee-kah) It's simply a time to get together to share coffee and a snack - usually a sweet one - in the tradition of the Swedish who know how to take a break!
When Halloween fell on a Saturday this year, we decided to go all out and host a fika in our city nest. The guest list included our kids, of course, and those we've been wanting to come over for visit...those who've recently graduated from NPU especially. Costumes were optional, but a bin of vintage thrift store clothing was provided to "inspire" a festive fact the outfits Wes and I wore were from thrift stores, too. (Thanks to Earleen for the dress and Barb J. for the accessories!)
Take a look at some of the fashionistas/ fashionistos:
Our Lovebirds arrived in Western Wear.
Check out Rod Blagojevich on the left!
And here's the WHO YOU GONNA CALL? guy.
Check out the "Jersey Boys." (Get it? Jerseys.)
Costumes. Cider. Coffee. Cookies. Muffins. Chocolate. Candy. Two games. Lotsa laughs.
H A P P Y H A L O W E E N !

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Other Annual Must-Do Walk

Earlier this fall we did our (partial) walk around the lake Up North. We also have started a local walk in the fall: the walk around the paths at Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve. Luckily, the weather dried up a bit this weekend, so we could make our trek - only one spot was flooded and impassable. (This is the place where I found that very very odd leaf last fall, Pam S. and you tried to identify it and we came up with it being a mutant!)
The peacefulness of this place is much needed these days as we scurry here and there. Please consider taking a fall walk wherever you live and making it an annual tradition, too. And, now for the walk with no further narration...

Friday, October 23, 2009

"Baby Jack" (Copycat Challenge #1)

Like Julie (the Julie in the book and movie Julie & Julia), I am blogging my way through a book as mentioned in an earlier post. The book: Blanket Statement - one thrifted wool blanket repurposed into 40+ projects by Vicki Haninger.
Project #1 on pages 26 and 27 is complete! My blanket is green, and baby pumpkins are green, so I decided to make a little toothy baby Jack-o-Lantern. This little pumpkin, however, has a little secret...he's got a little pocket for slipping a baby tooth into for the Tooth Fairy to "collect."
Two quarters are placed inside the tooth - remember when Tooth Fairies left those? Probably a one dollar bill could be folded to fit in there. Or whatever the going rate for baby teeth is these days.

I used the pattern for the 4 inch pumpkin. The wool felt pieces are appliqued with a blanket stitch. The leaf is also made from felt and lightly stuffed with fiberfill. The pumpkin tendrils are made from jute that was coated with Tacky Glue and wound around a knitting needle to set.

Now, if only I knew someone who had a loose tooth or two...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Prom Season

We have once again had a lovely time at what some call The Swedish Prom. (In other words, the annual Swedish Covenant Hospital Benefit Dinner.) This year we were again the guests of Diann and Larry at the gala held at the Palmer House in downtown Chicago.
How I love seeing women in their dress attire - be it pantsuits with sparkling jackets or skimpy "little black dresses" and men in their tuxedo suits.
I love the floral arrangements on the tables.
I love the printed keepsake menus on vellum paper and finding out that the soup served will be Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Soup.
I love seeing a former favorite news broadcaster as Master of Ceremonies (Bill Kurtis).
And I love, love, love the desserts.
But what I love most about this prom night is spending time with family and friends AND DANCING!!!!
We're certainly no Dancing With the Stars stars, but we certainly know how to have fun! Thanks, D and L for another wonderful evening together!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The (Kind-of) Copycat Challenge

Be a Blogger :: check!
  • Read a Book about an Area of Interest:: check!
  • Find Inspiration and Do Something about It:: check!

Seeing the movie Julie & Julia twice recently inspired me to find a little challenge of my own. Yes, I want to be a bit of a copycat and experiment and blog about the results within a fixed time limit. Just like Julie.

It would be highly unlikely that I would find a cookbook and create all the recipes as I am not a "foodie" or even wish to become one. So what to do? The solution nearly fell right into my lap. As I sat at my computer, Amazon "suggested" I buy a certain book based upon some of my past purchases. It had all the elements going for it - "repurposing," sewing, creating little treasures that a certain little dear one might like (eventually), and using what I have on hand and have been saving for special projects.

The Author: Vicki Haniger
The Book: Blanket Statement

The premise is that one woolen blanket can be used to create 40 - count 'em - forty projects ranging from baby slippers to pincushions, Christmas ornaments and the cutest little stuffed elephant ever complete with a party outfit and crown!

And I already have the woolen blanket on hand and ready to go! It is rescued from the packing blanket pile and is a lovely shade of soft green.

Here are just a few of the projects...I can't wait to get going on this challenge and post my results here under the title of Copycat Challenge! There will certainly be tweaking on my part to make these forty projects have a stamp of individuality. And like Julie, I want to have these 40 creations done within one year's time. Ready,!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Even Sweeter.

Frango Mints will get me every time. They have the perfect combination of chocolate creamy-ness with that irresistable touch of mint. Mmmmmm! Did you know you can even see these squares of pleasure being made at the Macy's State Street store? (Field Trip, anyone?)
Recently, we were the recipients of a fresh new box of Frango Mints. Have you seen the fall box? It is so, well, perfectly fallish! The colors of burgundy, mustard, dark chocolate brown and orange with patchwork designs of leaves, pumpkins and can almost give the box as a gift itself! Don't you just love it? (Thanks, Lee S. for the lovely gift!)