Saturday, March 06, 2010
I recalled going on a spontaneous hike through Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve during a visit by my brother and sister-in-law. It was odd to drive so far outside of town only to hike just down the road from our work, but everyone had a good time. It was not a very strenuous hike as we constantly stopped to take photographs. My photos were put into another PicasaWeb album, and they are also available on my albums page. (I still have not decided if I prefer one format over the other.)
Thursday, February 18, 2010
As my mind wondered later in the day, I realized it has been a while since a new post was made here. One reason is a friend suggesting I experiment with Picasa Web Albums. My most recent photographs were uploaded there rather than on this site as a result. It does offer some interesting features such as viewing the pictures as a slide show. Visitors are also able to leave comments with is neat. I will most likely put future pictures in both locations. Right now you can go see photos taken during my road trip to Florida last Christmas. I also used a couple film cameras, but those images have not been scanned and uploaded yet. I will try to get to those over the weekend.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
There were a number of classes being offered around Austin, but I always ran into some sort of issue. Mainly the classes were scheduled for days and times during which I had previous commitments. When I did locate a class I could attend, they were always full by the time I tried to sign up.
Well, my mother surprised me with sewing lessons as a Christmas present. She located a custom bag store in Fort Lauderdale, Sassy BB, which also offers classes. I attended the two part beginner course during which I produced the sweet apron pictured above. Most of her fabrics are feminine in nature due to bags and purses being her primary business. Luckily she had a bit of the fabric used to make shirts for Florida Turnpike tollbooth operators. It is a great way to remember my trip to Florida!
Now that I am back in Texas, I want to put my new skills to use. Joann's put their novelty printed cotton fabric on sale for 40% off last week. I managed to find some with a skull pattern that looked somewhat manly. Around $14 bought me enough to make two shirts.
I also took home red and black thread. My research said to sew the cut ends of fabric before pre-washing it. This was also an opportunity to see which thread works best on the pattern. Turns out I find both appearances pleasing. The first shirt will take advantage of the red thread's tendency to blend it better, therefore hiding some of my mistakes. Hopefully that experience will help the second shirt to turn out nice with contrasting black thread.
By the way, I also started up the dinner blog again. I will make every attempt to maintain it on a more regular basis this time.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
My work organized a potluck get together this evening. I decided to try making an appetizer this time. Generally I avoid those since most are better served fresh and hot. I found a recipe for spinach and cheese swirls which I thought might hold up okay. They probably would in fact be better warm, but they tasted good enough that a couple people requested the recipe. These took advantage of pepper jack cheese to get a little spice kick. The intention was not major heat but just another layer of flavor for everyone.
I also prepared a dessert for the party. Everyone at Thanksgiving enjoyed the individual cookies and cream cheesecakes I took. One consistent comment was that they could not finish the entire serving. This time I tried reducing their height by half while doubling the finished quantity. It seemed to work out pretty well despite the slightly reduced wow factor of the taller cakes. The only negative aspect was that I worked rather late cutting, sanding, and cleaning the shorter sections of PVP pipe molds. At least that was a one time preparation so I am ready for the next party.