And then to top off the evening, we saw the trees at the Pedernales Electric Cooperative. Every trunk of the old live oak trees were completely wrapped in white lights as well as lights in the leaves of the trees. It was quite a winter wonderland and something one should see if in the area during the holidays.
Last year, after Christmas, my daughter Amy and I started couple of projects for the next Christmas. These little Santa ornaments were my project. I gave them away as favors to all the friends and family that visited during the holidays this year. They are made with chili peppers that I bought by the bag at the grocery store. I used craft paint to paint the faces and beard and glued a pom-pom on the end of the stem for the hat. All of the chilies have a natural curved stem that gives an adorable, unique look to each Santa. The stem is also used for the hanger. Cute, huh?
My next craft is a crocheted project. They are scrubbies crocheted with nylon net. they are a little labor intensive but worth it. You buy the net by the yard and have to cut it into 2 inch strips, then you have to tie the strips together. This is a vital step, because the tied ends provide the stuffing for the scrubbie. You crochet two discs and then slip stitch them together. The stiff, rough net makes great dish scrubbers. The softer net makes a great bath loofah.
Stay tuned for more projects.
At lunch, we were throwing around some ideas for the rest of the day. Someone brought up the idea of making cookies. I am always game for someone to help me make cookies. So I enlisted Lindsay and Mike, and we made cutout sugar cookies of flags and fireworks.
The Ballpark is a fabulous place to spend the 4th. They had about 150 young men and women take their oath to be inducted into the Air Force.They had an F-16 flyover, which is guaranteed to get me fired up. They had a huge flag in the outfield and some great singers singing the National Anthem.
Several years ago, when I was going through the process of being approved for bariatric surgery, one of the things I was asked was, "What do you see yourself doing when you are 100 pounds lighter that you can't do now?" I answered, "hiking with my husband in the parks." That became a reality this trip.
I watch the Martha Stewart Show practically every day. By the way, I hate her politics, but I love her style. I'm interested in a lot of the things she is interested in. Every spring, she starts talking about her peony garden. It is huge with maybe a couple of hundred peony plants.
Peonies, like lilacs, are a mystery to me, because we don't have them this far south. I loved the lilacs when I lived in Iowa and Colorado. They were magnificent. There were big, tall, long hedges of lilacs--absolutely beautiful. The smell was almost overwhelming.
Peonies have huge flowers and many of them are pink. I decided to start naming my crochet projects. So instead of calling this afghan a pink and green afghan, I am now calling it my peony baby pink afghan.
Silly huh? Maybe. But I am practicing my word pictures. Some of you that know about peonies, got a picture in your mind didn't you?
This is my newest finished project. This is a large baby blanket made from Caron Simply Soft yarn. I made it from some yarn that I had left over from another project. I am crazy about the combination of colors (blue, green and purple). I am afraid that it will probably stay with me rather than me giving it to someone. The colors are a little too girly for a boy and a little boyish for a girl. Oh well, a Nana blanket.
1 c. butter
2 c. sugar
For the frosting, I use a Royal Icing recipe.
4 c. powdered sugar
4 T. meringue powder (comes in a can in the cake decorating supply section of craft stores or WalMart)
1 t. almond extract
1/4 cup water
As you well know, presentation is everything. If I am taking the cookies someplace, I individually bag the cookies and seal them with a twist tie. I carry in a big basket of cookies. It makes quite an impression to give someone a beautiful cookie in an individual bag. The cookies pictured are some examples of my cookies.