Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Knowing your server can be fun

Gin and tonic garnished with tomatoes
You can tell you know your server well when they will do something extremely silly with a drink that they have poured you.

I was telling a server that I didn't want cucumber or olives in my gin and tonic because I don't like either of those two vegetables.  My husband made a silly comment that he doesn't like tomatoes so he gives me his because I love tomatoes.  So this is what happened.  Yes those are grape tomatoes floating and then sinking in my gin and tonic.  It did make for an interesting conversation when another server came over to say hi to us.

tomatoes do sink
The tomatoes don't get any flavour because they aren't in the gin too long but it would be very interesting to see what would happen if you put some tomatoes in straight gin for a little while.  Would they get the gin flavour or not.  Maybe that is something that I need to try just to see what actually happens.

Now to see what happens next time we go to this restaurant because we normally do have a good time when we are there.

Until next post it's time to go and find some tomatoes.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Stitch Night

This is what Stitch Night means to me and I will admit that I do enjoy going to them when I can but I cannot always go due to work commitments and I don't need to get grief because I miss Stitch Night. Stitch Night is a great get together but it doesn't help pay bills.

People do to stitch night for different reasons
  • some to chat
  • some to stitch
  • some to shop
  • some to do all of the above

If I don't feel like stitching, I don't have to stitch even when I am at Stitch Night. Sometimes the project I thought I wanted to work on when I picked it at home turns out that it isn't the project I want to work on while sitting at Stitch Night. To me, Stitch Night is suppose to be fun and a chance to see and visit with friends. A lot of these friends are only seen at Stitch Night so it is monthly and sometimes it can be 2 – 4 months because when we see each other. Of course a lot of us enjoy spending the time stitching today but we always want to catch up with each other and talk about other things.

Workshops are an OK part of the Stitch Night but they need to be on a limited basis and the instructors need to know that a lot of us will chat during the evening. If I have learned what the instructor taught don't tell me I would get more stitching done if I didn't talk so much. If I understand what I am doing it should be up to me how I spend the rest of the evening. I stitch at Stitch Night because I want to not because someone else is making me stitch. I know I am one of those that if you tell me I should be stitching and not talking, I will slow down my stitching even more. Also if I don't want to do the workshop I shouldn't be made to feel any different than those who are taking the workshop.

Stitch Night to me is a chance to see friends that I don't see very often, stitch on a project that I want to work on and enough myself.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Earth moved under us today

Well this morning was going to be a nice and quite morning for me until I was sitting and felt things move around me.  What I was feeling was an earthquake that happened near Ottawa, Ontario.  It was a 4.8 magnitude earthquake and thank goodness there is no report of any damage anywhere.  We don't even live that close to Ottawa so it was a surprise.  Basically most of Southern Ontario felt it as it happened around 9:45am here.

Glad that there is no damage and now it just means that the nerves need to settle down. 

It has been interesting talking to people as some people felt it and others didn't and in some cases they are not far apart.  Now to get back to work so that I can have a relaxing weekend where I can craft.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Crafting Progress

Demented Chain - Brenda Franklin
So while sitting and thinking about what I have done in the last little while I thought about something that I haven't posted and  really enjoyed.  This was a workshop that I took at Gitta's in April done by Brenda Franklin.  The course was called "Demented Chain" and I loved doing it.

What the class was, was taking an aluminum chain and adding beads to it so that you can use the chain for a name tag, eye glass holder so whatever you wanted.  The class was just over two hours and I was so happy because by the end of the class I had completed by name tag lanyard and it is now ready to be used.

Since taking this class I have picked up some more chain and beading thread so that I can make some more items with this method.  I think I may end up with some earrings and a necklace and not sure what else will come from this idea but I can say that I really enjoyed it.
Demented Chain - close up

My crafting has been a bit of all over there lately so really don't have much to show because of that.  In some ways I just can't seem to sit and work on a project for very long before changing to something else.

Ok, I know I am not a mono-crafter and I am sure not a mono-project crafter either.  Of course I have quite a few projects on the go and keep thinking of other projects that I want to do.  Maybe I should focus on getting a few of the started projects completed and then I can start working on some new things.

Well maybe it's time to turn off the computer and curl up and craft for a while today.