The 4 Elements

A fantastic collection featuring my plurky buds with items inspired by the 4 elements


Glittens

Blue Glittens

Glittens

So I’ve decided to get a head start on my Christmas gifts this year and have already finished one! I like to make my gifts instead of buying for two reasons: one, money is tight and we have 9 nieces and nephews so by making the gifts we can give nicer items that are less expensive. Two, I very rarely get to see the bulk of my nieces and nephews but I think of them often and want them to know that and I hope by making them something they know that I do love them.

I am making “glittens”, fingerless mitts with a fold over flap. I based my pattern on this pattern by Kathy Cochran. I did not do the colorwork and made a few other adjustments:
Any time it said to cast on more stitches (except at the end for the fingerless mitt part), I didn’t. I only picked up 3 or 4 stitched at the thumb.
Over all I really like the way these came out


Different Weaves for Different Tastes

Many pieces by my fellow members of the Artfire Chainmaille Guild


Red Riding Hood Review

So I saw Red Riding Hood this past weekend. Overall I would call it enjoyable and if you can see it cheap or for free, I would do it.
The story itself is good, if a bit cliche. It’s a re-imagining of Grimm’s Little Red Riding Hood. Not terribly original, the wolf is actually a werewolf and it’s a guessing game as to who is the wolf, which you can guess fairly accurately in the first actual reveal of the wolf. But still lot of potential if you had a decent director and dialogue writer. Which this movie had neither.
Good Points:
The acting was actually fairly decent. I think they did the best they could with the material. The scenery and backgrounds were very beautiful and worked well with the costumes which were beautiful.
Bad:
Dear Gods! The dialogue was cheesy and redundant and inane. The scenery went from early fall (or mid spring) to mid winter in a half of a scene. It was clearly shot on a sound stage (or did an awful job of decorating a location). Clearly they had never seen Legend, which was shot on a sound stage with a gorgeous forest that looks like a fantasy forest but could exist in the real world. The direction…well I saw on Catherine Hardwicke‘s IMDB page that she’s going to be directing Hamlet and I wonder what the hell people in Hollywood are smoking.
The costumes as well. They were beautifully rendered and designed but they lack a consistency of era, location and season. They were extremely disjointed.

The biggest flaw was the direction, all the other flaws could be fixed by good direction and it lacked through the entirety of the movie.


Deronda Inspiration

I made this collection up for my friend Deronda of Deronda Designs of jewelry made by others featuring her amazing lampword beads


Chained Together


Things I want for this year

Win the lottery

Just kidding…well no, not really. This is more of a list of things I want to do for my shop and home, new items and such.

  • new corset/cincher skirt
  • chainmaille circlets
  • beaded chainmaille necklace
  • chatelaine belts/necklaces
  • hand embroidered sachets
  • productive vegetable garden
  • paint/reline jewelry cabinet

Of course winning the lottery will assist in facilitating making these things.


Celtic Inspirations


Happy Bithday to ME Sale!!

In honor of my birthday, my destash shop will be 50% off from approximately 9 PM February 9th to 9PM February 10th 2011. There are many fabrics to choose from including some pieces of lace, chiffon and crepe that are over 4 yards of 58″ wide fabric!

Please visit my 28 Sides Destash shop on Artfire.com

in case the above links are not working destash URL: http://28sidesdestash.artfire.com


Cecily’s General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso's Chicken in wokI cobbled this together from a few different recipes from a few different sources and then added a bit more flavor to it. The recipe consists of 2 different parts, frying the chicken and then stir frying it all together. The sauce isn’t very saucy. It’s more like a glaze. If you want more sauce to pour on your rice, I would at least double the sauce recipe

Batter for chicken:
2 tbl flour
2 tbl cornstarch (I usually don’t have cornstarch so I use more flour)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tbl soy sauce (I use the light soy sauce to cut back on the sodium)
1 tbl sherry or vinegar
2 tbl water

Whisk together all ingredients then toss in about 1 lb of boneless chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces. Let marinate in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes (don’t let it sit too long or the batter won’t be light and fluffy once fried)
Fry up the chicken in your preferred oil in your preferred method (skillet, dutch oven, deep fryer), let drain on a towel

Sauce:
2 tsp cornstarch or 4 tsp flour
2 tbl white wine, chicken broth or water
1 tbl vinegar
1.5 tbl sugar
3 tbl soy sauce
Dash or 2 ginger, red pepper flakes, cumin and black pepper (to your preferred taste)

Mix the sauce together and set to the side.

Stir fry:
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 small bulb garlic, minced
1-2 (or a 1/4 bag of frozed) diced bell peppers
6-8 oz (or half a bag of frozen) brocoli
1 can (5oz drained) of water chestnuts
you can use what ever veggies you like and/or have on hand

heat some oil into a wok or large skillet (I used olive oil with a touch of sesame for flavor) when hot toss in onion and garlic and sautee until onions are clear then toss the rest of the veggies in. Stir fry until heated then toss in chicken and sauce and cook until sauce is thickened nicely.

This serves about 3-5 people and serve on steamed, boiled or fried rice.