I came across this word while reading an article in the Sunday paper and immediately had to look it up.
gallimaufry [gal-uh-maw-free] noun, plural - gallimaufries. a jumble; hotchpotch (another good word); hodgepodge, jumble
Since I usually have a random assortment of things to share, it seemed as good a title as any. Think of this as Rosie's Word of the Day.
Since I've been on the computer for a little while, she decided to make herself comfortable on the couch. Are you horrified? I thought you already knew. Rosie is just a tiny bit spoiled. (My brother would disagree - he thinks Rosie is a lot spoiled.) She sleeps on the bed too.
Life here has been rolling along - Rosie is good and so is my Mom. I've been trying to catch a cold in between the thermostat issues but overall, it's a minor thing and it hasn't really been a problem. I've gotten some sewing done - not as much as I would like - and I've gotten some work done on patterns - not as much as I would like there either - and I've been busy with all the normal "how can it be Thanksgiving next week" preparations.
But I have managed to have some fun.
Best. Bond. Ever. At least that's what I think... but I should know - I've seen them all multiple times. Mom's favorite Bond will always be Sean Connery, and while I think Pierce Brosnan was terrific, Daniel Craig is my favorite Bond. Everything about the movie is terrific - the cast, the locations, the action, the humor, the little nods to past Bond movies and the filling in of Bond backstory. Yes, I think I'm going to have to see it again soon.
I also got in a tiny bit of "crafting". Have you ever been to a Paper Source store? This is their website - www.paper-source.com. While I had been to the store in Houston a few times, I had to content myself with their catalog and website until a store finally opened in Scottsdale - the Scottsdale Quarter - a few months ago. When I saw that there was a workshop for a "Festive Holiday Swag", I signed up. Make that, I signed myself up, and I signed Ginger up. It was either call her at 11:30 at night to ask if she wanted to go or sign her up and hope for the best. I went with Plan B. We had so much fun and by the end of the two-hour workshop, we had both finished ten of these twelve projects.
A couple of the boxes are die-cut plain cardstock that is decorated with stamping, embossing, glitter, decorative paper, etc. The burlap and muslin bags are stamped, decorated with ribbon and string. Pretty cute.
Two more things to share... before the workshop at Paper-Source, I stopped into Anthropologie. I know, that was probably a bad idea. Even though I told myself that I was only there to get a tube of hand-creme, it never seems to work out that way. It's like going to Costco - if you go there for a rotisserie chicken, you still wind up spending about $200.00 on other things. And if you go in just for something else, it's impossible to leave the store without buying a rotisserie chicken. Or maybe that's just me.
But I digress.
Back to Anthropologie - when I first saw these in a basket, I thought they were balls of yarn. But this is actually twine made from silk saris - Silk Sari Twine. It can be used to tie packages or whatever. I suppose it could just be left sitting out looking pretty. Which it does.
The other thing I wanted to share is this wonderful cookbook. What Katie Ate by Katie Quinn Davies.
Have you ever read the What Katie Ate blog? I love it. The recipes... the photography... the styling... everything is perfection. Since it's debut, it has regularly made the lists of the best food blogs in the world. The food is essentially traditional but it is infused with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy ingredients. Yes, she uses pancetta frequently but seriously, I do not have a problem with that at all. While I haven't made anything from the cookbook yet, I've made a few recipes from her blog/website... which I can't show you because the website - www.whatkatieate.com - is currently offline while it is updated and re-configured.
This is the sort of thing Katie makes - it is first on my list of recipes to try from the book.
And that's it. Sewing on Monday, errands on Tuesday, some stitching with friends on Wednesday and then Olde World Quilt Shoppe on Saturday. But I'll be back before then to show you what I'm working on.