Monthly Archives: April 2011

When close enough just doesn’t cut it

M has been wanting to try recipes from “Star Wars Cookbook II:  Darth Malt and more Galactic Recipes”.  Padme Pad Thai was a smashing success.  Appropriately spicy.  Next up:  Darth Maul Dip.  M and Jim had done all the prep work for the dip, and it was chilling in the fridge when I got home from work.  All that was left was sprinkling the poppy seeds over the Darth Maul template to make the scary face.  And for some reason it was up to me to do the sprinkling.  I should have smelled a setup.

First of all, some background information is in order (I mean, let me make excuses for myself):  this cookbook is a school library book.  I didn’t think it was a good idea to press the template into the dip. Because it’s a school library book.

Have you ever made anything with a template?  Then I’m sure you know the template has to be flush with the surface under it in order to transfer the shape, right?  Well, I know that too, but it’s a school library book.  I didn’t think it was a good idea to mess up the template.

How do you think that turned out for me?

Darth Mess


M took one look at it and walked out of the kitchen.  Not a word was spoken though some tears were shed.  Clearly he was crushed that I had wrecked his creation.  My name was mud, akin to the Tooth Fairy forgetting to pick up the tooth or leave the cash.  That one FOR SURE wasn’t my fault.

Anyway, some quick thinking and scraping off the poppy seeds and starting over.

Viola!  Darth Maul Dip.

Appropriately accessorized with action figures and a dash of redemption.

PS Anakin and Darth Vader are fighting in the upper right hand corner.  What did you think they were doing?


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Shameless Thievery From a Sticky-Fingered Typist

UPDATE:  Since I originally posted this entry (and the previous) I did something (I have no idea what) to fix the fonts.  Could have been deleting the fonts from the Typekit thing, clearing the cache, as was one suggestion, or simply closing the browser and opening it up again. It was not, despite my post below, the result of borrowing someone else’s fonts.

The world will never know.  And neither will I.


I’m a thief; I admit it.

I stole someone else’s font choices since mine became so spectacularly mucked up.  I’d use stronger words but I’m a lady.

I was blog hopping and came across a crafty blogger who had that little Typekit icon in her menu bar so I peeked into her font stash. Then I shamelessly copied her choices.  I guess I didn’t actually steal her fonts since she can still use hers.  And I can use them too.  Wouldn’t that be more like imitating then?  And isn’t imitation the sincerest form of flattery?  I think that’s my story.

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What’s the penalty for killing my WordPress?

Hello!  Hello! Can you see me?  I’m down here!

The other day I thought it was a brilliant idea to mess around with my fonts so I added Typekit so I could get me some new fonts.  The free Typekit version, mind you.  Not the fancy-pants pay version.  Uh uh, not me.  Then I decided I didn’t like the fact that no one could actually see my blog any more b/c the font is too flippin’ small.

So I searched the WordPress forums for some help, as in, how do I make my font bigger; i.e., a readable size?  Or how do I go back to the default?  (Ya think I could have checked that out before making the changes?  Ha!)  Turns out, you can’t actually change font size unless you know CSS.  What the hell is CSS?  Turns out CSS is some kind of coding for blogs, or web pages in general or WordPress blogs.  And I’m not sure, but I think you have to pay for the ability to alter the CSS.  I don’t know.  Don’t care either.  All that matters is that I don’t know CSS and apparently it’s tricky for a novice like myself so I am going to heed the warnings not to mess with the CSS.

In the meantime, if you can read this, can you tell me how to go back to my default font?

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In Wisconsin, if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute, it will change

Late this morning we had about 3 minutes of pea-size hail after night like darkness, thunder and lightning.  Crappy weather, even by Wisconsin standards.  A frosted bowl of suck, as we like to say around here.

This is hail covering the ground, not snow:

My youngest son experienced it first-hand, in his pajamas and soccer sandals.

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Kitchen Window Quilt Done!

I’m so happy with the way this turned out.  I really liked every aspect of the creation and I think my friend will love it.  I finished it over a week ago now, but have been too busy (working a lot, getting ready for vacation) to post it.  Here goes:

The backing is an Ikea twin bed sheet that I bought last year for about $7.  The prints are all Anna Maria Horner, primarily from Innocent Crush.  The binding and window borders are Kona Berry and the sashing fabric is Quilter’s Only Solids in Tea Dye.

I was unable to free-motion quilt it, though that’s what I really wanted, because the tension on my machine is all messed up.  I quilted it at our quilt guild sewing day a few weeks ago and was all prepared to dig in without practice or preparation when my friend Amy said, “Um, have you ever free-motion quilted before?” (answer: no) “Don’t you want to make a practice piece first?”  In my mind there was no doubt in my ability to do it (mind over matter, you know, and a rare burst of confidence), I just figured I’d dig in and see what happened.

Thank God I had brought a baby quilt to practice on.  I totally messed it up.

In fact, my hands were able to make the free-motion quilting movements and I was really psyched about that, but every once in a while I’d hear a “clunk” from my machine that sounded suspicious.  Sure enough, when I turned over the baby quilt, there were huge amounts of thread that the machine threw out when it made the clunk noise.  Either that, or it would just make little knots here and there.  My friend Kait suggested turning the tension up to 9 (maximum) and see if that helped.  It actually helped a lot, but then the machine had a death grip on my quilt so I had to dial down the tension just to remove it.  I knew I couldn’t do the whole quilt that way.

I made a quilt sandwich from the remains of the bed sheet and practiced again.

Practice piece front


Practice piece back

You can see the front looks fine.  Not great, but fine.  The back looks OK too, but only at the bottom where I turned up the tension to 9.  At the top you can see all the little knots that were created from the loose tension.  I’m afraid that this problem isn’t going to fix itself, so I’m going to have to take the machine to be tuned up, or simply straight line quilt all of my quilts which isn’t a good solution.

In the end, the Kitchen Window quilting is diamond-patterned and really looks just fine.  It’s not what I wanted but it got the job done and overall the quilt turned out really pretty.

By the way, I think I mentioned this before but it’s worth mentioning again, the Kitchen Window pattern is from The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman.


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