Saturday, November 29, 2008


Saturday, November 29, 2008

Survey Fun
Here’s what I want you to do:1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Mark any items that you would never consider eating.

1. Venison- would not eat
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos Rancheros
4. Steak tartare – would not eat
5. Crocodile -forget about this one
6. Black pudding -
7. Cheese fondue -
8. Carp -
9. Borscht- absolutely not
10. Baba ghanoush.-
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart- never
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn or head cheese - no, I don't think so
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda- don't know what this is
31. Wasabi peas- NO
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi -
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar - I don't smoke
37. Clotted cream tea - this sounds disgusting
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo- never had this
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects – I’m not eating them – whole or parts
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky
46. Fugu-
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel - only in sushi (unagi)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi -
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst - no, but we were brought up on liverwurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beigne
68. Haggis -
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill - not eating it
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail - did I mention that I'm becoming a vegetarian?
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom Yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee- had this coffee not all that great
100. Snake –

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

What Is Your Level of Sewing? Part I

Is it beginner, intermediate, advance, gifted or master of the craft?

After reading Carolyn’s blog I have been thinking this over. I read the comments to Carolyn's post, and I agreed with others viewpoint.

I used the calculations and I fared horrible.

Well, my sewing is not awful; however I am not an expert or a master of the craft. I consider my level of sewing intermediate. I have been sewing since the 9th grade. I sewed window treatments, slipcovers, my weeding gown and bridesmaid’s gowns, my girlfriend’s weeding and bridesmaid’s gown, I sewed my daughter’s christening gown etc.

I have learned some great techniques such as zipper insertion (lapped and invisible), making bias binding and pattern drafting.

I strongly disagree that time spent is an adequate measure of my sewing skill. Some folks are gifted; they can draft and create a beautiful garment with little effort and without dedicating a lot of time. Other like me honed the skill through practice and research. Your skills will not improve if you are not willing to experiment and take risks in order to take your skills to the next level.
There are a wide range of sewists, from those that have the "gift"(masters of the craft) to the ones whose sewing is awful. In the end, whether you are a born with the gift of sewing or you are struggling to master simple techniques, the most important factor is to enjoy the process and sew, sew, sewwwwwww

Do I think 10,000 hours equals expert?"

Carolyn posted an article asking this question. The original article was posted at a dress a day.

This was the formula giving:
Number of hours you sew a month x 12 months x the number of years you've been sewing equals _____________ hours. This number then designates whether you are an expert (best of the best), good or mediocre.

Carolyn got many responses. The overall consensus was “the number of hours spent sewing did not determine the type of sewer you are”.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Only In The United States of America

My fellows blogger, yesterday we saw the citizens of this great and magnificent country participate in a historical event. I am proud of everyone who waited on long lines for hours to cast their vote. I am proud of my fellow citizens who stood on long lines to vote early. I does not matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat we the people spoke loud and clear.

I am proud of my country and I congratulate all my fellow citizens. Let us join together and work to restore America's credibility and self respect in the international community. Let's roll up our sleeves to help rebuild our economy.

The road to recovery is not going to be easy; however we the people have shown the government the price it will pay if it does not put we the people's health and well being on its agenda.

Now, back to my favorite topic SEWINGGGGGGGG

Thank You

Thanks for your comments on my last post. I am still working on organizing my sewing room. I created an index of sewing and non-sewing related items in 2003. This binder helps me keep tract of patterns, articles, books etc. I will post more about this binder system later.

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