Sunday, March 15, 2015

Quilting Day MAR 15. 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Quilting Day

In 1991, the National Quilting Association decided to create a special day to celebrate and inspire lovers of quilting and to encourage others to take up this charming and addictive craft. Quilting Day was born, and has been celebrated ever since by quilt and patchwork lovers every spring.
Quilting is basically a form of sewing where small pieces of fabric are stitched together. It has been practiced for hundreds of years and is particularly associated with the pioneering culture of North America; many famous quilting block patterns, such as ‘Log Cabin’, ‘Wild Geese’ and ‘Tree of Life’ were created in this period.
You could mark Quilting Day by joining a quilting group and learning how to make your own quilt – there are numerous classes throughout the country that will teach you different stitches and embellishing techniques. If you are already an experienced quilter then why not share your love with the next generation?

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Idyllically rustic.
Usage:Last I heard he bought a cottage on farmland and now leads a perfectly pastoral existence.


Archie Comics

Archie Comics is an American comic-book publisher that started out as MLJ Comics in 1939. Its early titles featured generic superheroes that were innovative but failed to find popularity. In 1941, a teenage humor strip called Archie became a hit with the emerging youth culture, prompting the name change to Archie Comics. The comic varies with regard to character details and settings, but Archie is perpetually mired in a love triangle with Betty and Veronica.

Beware the Ides of March

Now used as a metaphor for impending doom, the "Ides of March" was originally simply a name for March 15th. In the ancient Roman calendar, the term "ides" referred to the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October and the 13th of all other months. The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god of Mars and often marked with a military parade.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Nicknamed the "Thurgood Marshall of women's rights," Ruth Bader Ginsburg graduated at the top of her class at Columbia Law School in 1959. During the 1970s, she became the first tenured female professor at Columbia, led the Women's Rights Project, and won several important Supreme Court cases before she was appointed to the US Court of Appeals in 1980. Confirmed as a justice of the Supreme Court in 1993, she was the second woman to sit on the nation's highest bench.

Raising the Smoking Age Could Bring Big Benefits

The public health benefits of barring people under age 21 from buying cigarettes could be tremendous, including "4.2 million fewer years of life lost" among the next generation of American adults, according to a report released this week by the Institute of Medicine.

44 BC - Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated by high ranking Roman Senators. The day is known as the "Ides of March." 

1875 - The Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, John McCloskey, was named the first American cardinal. 

1892New York State unveiled the new automatic ballot voting machine.

1913U.S. President Woodrow Wilson held the first open presidential news conference.

1934 - Henry Ford restored the $5 a day wage.

1937 - In Chicago, IL, the first blood bank to preserve blood for transfusion by refrigeration was established at the Cook County Hospital. 

1948 - Sir Laurence Olivier was on the cover of "LIFE" magazine for his starring role in Shakespeare’s "Hamlet."

1956 - The musical "My Fair Lady" opened on Broadway. 

1964 - In Montreal, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were married.

1971 - CBS television announced it was going to drop "The Ed Sullivan Show." 

1979 - Pope John Paul II published his first encyclical "Redemptor Hominis." In the work he warned of the growing gap between the rich and poor. 

2002 - In the U.S., Burger King began selling a veggie burger. The event was billed as the first veggie burger to be sold nationally by a fast food chain. 

The FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives is a most wanted list maintained by
the United States 
Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI). The list arose
from a conversation held in late 1949 between 
J. Edgar HooverDirector
of the FBI
, and William Kinsey HutchinsonInternational News Service
(the predecessor of the 
United Press International) Editor-in-Chief, who
were discussing ways to promote capture of the FBI’s "toughest guys"
and the discussion turned into a published article, which received so
much positive publicity that on March 14, 1950, the FBI officially issued
the list to increase law enforcement’s ability to capture particularly  
dangerous fugitives. Only eight women have appeared on the Ten
Most Wanted list. Ruth Eisemann-Schier was the first in 1968.


Petula Clark appeared on the Sullivan Show for the first time. She performed live 
and without rehearsing because her flight had arrived 45 minutes prior to her performance, 
leaving her with no time to rehearse. That night she sang her #1 hit “Downtown” as well as “I Know a Place.” Petula Sally Olwen Clark turned 82 
in November.

If You Were Born Today, March 15

You possess much personal magnetism and inner strength. Often you are drawn to the more challenging of any chosen paths, and you have a strong sense of responsibility. Success comes to you through hard work, as well as a personality that is sweetly persuasive and very likeable. It's important for you that others see you in a favorable light, and you are helpful and thoughtful not only with the people  close to you, but with strangers as well. Famous people born today: Eva Longoria, Fabio Lanzoni, Phil Lesh, Judd Hirsch, Will I Am, Kellan Lutz.

Picture of two sailfish headed toward a fish shoal in the Gulf of Mexico

The Twins

Photograph by Fabrice Guerin, National Geographic 
Every year, a sardine run occurs in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, says Fabrice Guerin, who adds that this is when it’s possible to spot the fastest fish in the ocean—the sailfish—hunting fish shoals. “They drill the balls of terrified fish, offering us a stunning show,” he writes. “When I saw these two sailfish going toward the sardines against the sun, I shot as quickly as possible.”

Easy Mobius Capelet pattern by Haley Waxberg
The pattern is very simple, fast, and satisfying for time when you just need to produce something FAST. It is knit in the round using a really long circular ne...
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Lilla Lisa - stickad blöjbyxa med virkad volangkant (Dia...
Lilla Lisa är en stickade yllebyxa med virkad volangkant. Byxan är perfekt att använda som överdrag till tygblöjor eller som “finbyxa” på en bebis med en...
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Sock Feat! Pattern

knit, 2 - 6 yrs
SamSleigh pattern by Michele Czekala
SamSleigh is a child’s cardigan with truly seamless construction. The only sewing is grafting of the neckband and underarms. The neckband includes incre...
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Corona pattern by Teresa Gregorio
A hoodie with a youthful edge, Corona is comfy, cozy and sexy all in one. A virtually seamless design creates a less fuss knit.
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crochet, vintage

St Patrick's Day - March 17th
Vintage St. Patrick's Day


thanks, nancy

Crispy Parmesan Baked Potatoes (from Kraft)

a nice substitute for fries.

serves 2
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
8 small potatoes (1 3/4 lbs) ( i used red potatoes)
3 Tbsp butter, melted
Heat oven to 400 degrees F
Mix cheese and garlic powder in a shallow dish.
dip cut sides of potatoes in butter, then in cheese mixture. Place cheese-sides down, on baking sheet. drizzle with any remaining butter.
bake 30 to 35 min or until potatoes are tender.
You can serve with some sour cream and fresh chives or just as is.

crockpot recipe
strephanie o'dea

CrockPot African Peanut Soup

I was looking through All Recipes the other day and stumbled on African Peanut Soup. The ingredients were simple, and we happened to have everything on hand. I was excited to give it a go, as there were 111 positive reviews.

The result was delicious--a thick, hearty soup with a bit of spice and a beautiful peanut flavor.

The Ingredients.

--1 yellow onion, diced
--2 green onions, chopped
--2 red bell peppers, chopped
--4 cloves minced garlic
--1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes, with liquid
--8 cups vegetable broth
--1/4 t black pepper
--1/4 - 1/2 t chili powder
--1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
--1 cup peanut butter (to add later)
--dollop of sour cream and a bit of tabasco sauce (optional)

The Directions.

--wash and chop all of the vegetables, and put into the crock. Add the entire can of tomatoes, the uncooked rice, and the spices.
--pour in the vegetable broth.
--cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for about 4. The soup is done when the onions are fully cooked and are translucent.
--stir in peanut butter, and cook on high for 20-30 minutes, or until fully heated through.

add a dollop of sour cream and a touch of tobasco sauce

The Verdict.

I really liked this! I REALLY liked it the next day for lunch. It had thickened overnight, and the peanut butter flavor was much more pronounced. The original recipe asked for 2/3 of a cup of crunchy peanut butter, but I used a whole cup of creamy all-natural. I don't like the little pieces of peanut in crunchy peanut butter in a sandwich, so I was pretty sure the texture in soup would weird me out. The rice kind of disappeared, and just added to the thickness, which was okay with me, but is something to note.My kids refused to try this. I tried, but they were pretty stubborn in their decision that peanut butter shouldn't be cooked unless it's in cookies or brownies.

OMG! Make your own clock from any photo!

'where's the bathroom?' in Flemish - Waor is 't gemak?

The latest works 55


Ambrose Everett
Ambrose Everett Burnside was an American soldier and Civil War General. His unique facial hair style led to the term, “sideburns.”



Milk Colors

 I'm sure you can tell by the photo above, this project is the perfect mix of art, science, and fun. 

It's a good bet you already have everything you need for this one in your kitchen - milk, food coloring, dish soap, and a toothpick.  Start off by pouring your milk into a small dish with a lip.  We found tupperware lids worked really well.  Also, we experimented with a few types of milk (with a baby and a toddler in the house we have non-fat, 2%, and whole on hand at all times) and whole milk definitely worked the best. 

After the milk is poured, add a few drops of various colors of food coloring all around your dish.  Now comes the "magic" toothpick.  Dip said toothpick in a little dish soap and ask your kiddo to put it in the food coloring.  The reaction of the soap disrupting the surface tension of the milk causes the colors to radiate away from the toothpick. 

The more you dip, the more the colors swirl and mix.  Trust me when I tell you, the results are pretty spectacular.

Eventually, your milk will start to look like this as the colors begin to muddle together.

Which means it's time for a fresh dish.  We did this activity three times total and this blue/green/yellow version was my favorite.

Once the color-mixing excitement was over, we did what we ultimately end up doing with a lot of art projects and turned it into painting time.  A few paper towels on top of a cookie sheet is our go-to canvas.  


Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. - Maya Angelou


Fabric Drawer Pulls
16 Creative DIY Projects With Usual Stuff


Cathedral architecture dazzles in vertical panoramas

Mother Nature Network
thanks, patty

Vertical Churches: Holy Name Mumbai
All photos courtesy of Richard SIlver
After being overwhelmed by the grand architectural beauty of a cathedral in New York City, photographer Richard Silver asked himself, "How can I photograph and capture the full experience in only one single shot?"
It was this moment that inspired his mind-boggling "Vertical Churches" series, in which Silver uses vertical panoramas to give viewers a head-turning look at some of the most beautiful architecture in the world. In the image above, we see the extravagant arches and colorful decor of Mumbai's Cathedral of the Holy Name.
While horizontal panoramas are arguably more common, their impact isn't quite the same as what you would get from a vertical panorama. Take, for example, this cosmic view of the Milky Way, which almost seems to take on a subtle moving picture quality as you scroll down the page.
In the case of these mind-boggling cathedral photos, don't be surprised if you catch yourself physically tilting your head up and down while scanning the winding image.
Vertical Churches: St. Vincent De Paul in Los Angeles and a church in Iceland
(L-R) St. Vincent De Paul Church in Los Angeles, Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjavik, Iceland
Although he appreciates all the different architectural styles, Silver is especially drawn to churches with especially ornate decorations or lots of windows. He explains, "If I can capture the beauty of the colored stained glass windows along with the ornate workings of a pew, I did my job."
Of course, as with any location, there are often varying stipulations or restrictions with photographing cathedral interiors. Some churches prohibit tripods or photography altogether, so shooting opportunities are often the luck of the draw.
"My perfect situation is to go into a church and be the only person in there, set up my tripod, take my photos and leave," Silver tells MNN. "I can do all of that in a matter of less than five minutes."
Continue below to see more of "Vertical Churches," and be sure to check out Silver's website and follow him on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.
Vertical Churches: Church in Johannesburg, South Africa and St. Ignasius in Shanghai
(L-R) Cathedral of Christ the King in Johannesburg, South Africa and St. Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai
Vertical Churches: St. Bartholomew in Brighton and Salisbury Cathedral
(L-R) St. Bartholomew's Church in Brighton and Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, England
Vertical Churches: Church of the Transfiguration in Krakow and Yangon Holy Trinity
(L-R) The Piarist Church of the Transfiguration in Krakow, Poland and Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Yangon, Myanmar

1 comment:

  1. Was surprised to see Petula is still with us. See you at B & N:) That little dog in the taco reminded me of your wee one. Think how little he must have been at birth. We had several St. Bernards and I think they only weighed a pound or a pound and half at birth. Casey must have been a butterfly!