Thursday, May 28, 2009

Every Body's Blogging for the Weekend

My group at work all agreed one day that we would take 30 minutes to break, whether for lunch or for a walk or whatever, to make sure we are not stressing ourselves out.  My whole division had a "repot and share your plants" break today, which I spent my time on today.  

This little aloe looking guy was one of the plants I broke into about 5 different plants for folks to take.  Hooray for sharing!  

That means, however, that my lunch time blog post must be short.  So, for today, I offer you my yummy peach iced tea recipe.

Peach Iced Tea
- 4 black tea bags (we use red rose)
- 4 peach tea bags (we use celestial seasonings)
- 4 cups boiling water
- 3 cups of peach juice (we use juicy juice, which is not strictly all peach but is 100% juice)

Put all 8 tea bags into a glass container.  I like my large pyrex measuring cup for this, and add 4 cups of water that you boiled and let sit for a minute or two while you got the cup and wrangled the tea.  

Let this steep for at least ten minutes.  If you wander around the house because your two year old desperately needs someone to play cars with for a half hour or your spouse needs help moving the sofa to vacuum and it sits for 30 minutes or even an hour, it will probably be OK.

Remove the tea bags with some tongs and pour in 3 cups of peach juice. 

You can pour this into a glass over ice and enjoy it immediately, or you can put it in the fridge and wait for it to cool off, serving over ice as needed.

It's just sweet enough without being overpowering, and it's sweetened with juice and not sugar, so you can feel at least somewhat healthy about it.

Yummy summer drink!

(This works equally well with cherry tea and cherry juice, by the way.)

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Giveaway Day!

It's Giveaway Day on sewmamasew's blog!

To celebrate, I am giving away a pair of earrings to whoever has the most creative answer to the question "What is your true nature?".

I'll post a picture of the earrings when I get home from work tonight. They are silver toned with turquoise and red coral chips. Why is red and turquoise such a hot combination right now? I don't know, but I love it, and you will, too, if you win the earrings.

If you would like to participate, please leave a comment to this post answering the question. Once the winner is chosen, I'll post again.


Edited to Add:
I forgot to ask people to leave a means of contact! If you have a blog you'd like me to comment in if you win, that's fine, or an email address.

Monday, May 11, 2009

What's in a name?

Naming a blog is hard.

I want to start this blog to be specifically about my crafts and creative efforts, since I seem to have an ever-expanding list of them.

I have been investigating creating things for as long as I can remember. My combination love of books and making things meant that I spent many hours at the Carnegie Library on Mount Washington in the crafts section, reading books about how to make dolls, jewelry, candles. How pretty things are made fascinated me at age 4 and still.

Pretty things I have learned the workings of include:
- People (undergrad degree in Psychology)
- Photography
- Bookbinding
- Scrapbooking
- Sewing
- Knitting
- Quilting
- Jewelry making

I almost always forget to list "cooking" "baking" and "reading" on lists of my interests on the back of product cards or facebook or whatever. To me, they are kind of like deep breathing, essential comforts I automatically end up doing.

So anyway, naming a creative blog after any particular craft seems like a bad idea, since I flit in and out of them so quickly. Turning away from names related to a particular craft, I started thinking about my own personality and what names might come from that. In the Meyers Briggs personality schema, one of my facets is "Intuitive" which apparently means "discerning the true nature of things". I find that appealing, and here I am at True Nature.

Welcome. :)