Sunday, January 27, 2013

Falling into Middle Earth...


Well, after a few awesome complete cross-stitch projects, I thought it would be a fantastic idea to start one of the things that I really wanted to do, thinking it wouldn't be that hard.

Didn't take into account how different stitching on linen if compared to stitching on aida cloth....

Or how small it would be...

Or how to read an actual pattern...


Well, you get what I mean.  However, I have started Heaven and Earth's Map of Middle Earth about two weeks ago and so far I think I'm doing an alright job.

So far, I think I've done an alright job!

But, it will be a long time in stitching!  First, I have maybe a fourth of the needed threads.  Maybe.  Might be less that that.  And on my budget, I'll only be able to buy a few threads a month (shipping can be a biotch, and there is no Michael's or JoAnns or anything like that where I live.  Yay for small town living... :'( ), and this thing is over thirty pages long...

Well, here's to me and my weird sense of 'progressing' from point A to point B.  "oh hey, I rocked that elvish design and the Winter is Coming on 14point aida, lets do this awesome map of Middle Earth on 25point linen!  It won't be that hard!"

Psha... yeah right....  Its been fun so far, and I will enjoy the coming months years of stitching one project.  At least I can do other things during it (like the ones for niece and nephew (and upcoming nephew due in March!!)).

When more progress comes forth, another update shall be posted for M.E.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Almond extract

So, I was searching through my cupboards this morning for something for breakfast when I found one lone little baggie of slivered almonds.  It seemed like it was calling out to me to do something that I've never done before.

So, I toasted the little buggers up, and added vodka and water, and it is now sitting in my back room cupboard for the next three months to magically transform itself into almond extract!


The little baggie was a half a cup of slivered almonds, so I modified the recipe that I found to reflect that.
1/2 cup almonds, toasted
1/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup filtered water
Lightly shake the jar every 3-5 days for 3 weeks - 2 months.

So I toasted them up, stuck them in a clean jar, added the vodka and water, shook it up, and it instantly clouded!  I think thats a good thing... it looks kinda like orgeat syrup (I used to be a barista) so I think its right.  And yes, I am using a high-end vodka.  I know it doesn't matter what quality is used, but I can't drink the cheap stuff so I don't keep it in the house.  And, why spend the money on cheap stuff if I won't touch it?  Besides, here in Washington, liquor prices are ridiculously high anyway, so yeah.  This one, the Bainbridge Island Legacy Organic Vodka is my favorite, and its (relatively) local!  Only about a half-hour drive from my house to the distillery   And yeah, I have been there.

So yes, here's to my attempt to make a little bit of extract!  Experimentation!  We shall see how it turns out in a few months.  I shall keep this posted.  Well, I'll post the end result.  ^-^