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Vertigo Exercises

Apparently I have vertigo because I’ve angered the crystals in my ears. Or they’re out of alignment or something. It’s hard to understand, because I didn’t even realize I had crystals in my ears until my doctor told me I’d messed them up. I feel like I have align my chakras now. But I don’t even know what that means.

Actually, what I need to do are the exercises illustrated above. There’s no medication for vertigo (except meclizine for motion sickness, which I seem to be immune to.) Instead, you do these rolling-around-in-bed exercises, which make your ears happy, and re-align your ear crystals. Maybe. In a few days.

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Vertigo (and Cookies)

I’ve had vertigo all weekend, but I’ve still managed to make it somewhat productive. Saturday, I went out the farmer’s market, and despite the heat it was a good morning.  Of course, then I wasted most of Saturday afternoon taking a post-market nap. I used up a bunch of CSA veggies making Curried Chickpeas and Rice (tasty, but I think maybe it needs a can of diced tomatoes added next time) and Kale with Sundried Tomatoes and Chickpeas. We are big chickpea fans around here.

Today, I started working on 18 new card wallets made from recycled fabric (a.k.a., old pants. Recycled fabric sounds nicer, doesn’t it? The pants were fine, just a little frayed at the hems, and perfectly clean, but still… which would you rather, “recycled fabric,” or old pants?)

I also finally got myself out to see the last Harry Potter movie, and was surprised to see I wasn’t the only one at the theater. I was a little wary about going to a movie while feeling dizzy, but fortunately if I stare straight ahead, I do alright, and there were only a few dizzying scenes in the movie.

I’m wrapping up the night by baking Pumpkin Spiced Cookies (no icing necessary), after getting all inspired by JCasa *handmade’s post mentioning pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and finding a can of pumpkin hiding in the back of my cupboard.

Now, if only I could lose this vertigo. I don’t know where it came from, but it’s been hanging around for a few days now, and I’m tired of feeling at sea.

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First Spring Flowers

A good piece of advice my grandmother gave me: wait to see what pops up in the garden in your new home before you start digging around.

Now that I have a home with a yard, I see what she means. Moving in during fall meant I only got to see the tail end of what was going on in my yard. Now that spring is starting to creep in, unexpected flowers are popping up, too. And just in time… winter was really wearing out her welcome.

I recognize the crocuses, and they are a marvelous splash of color. But there are some things starting to pop up that are a mystery to me, too. Can anyone tell me what these great curled leaves belong to?

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Snow Day

We’re snowed in today! We got a couple feet of snow, and with all the strong winds, it’s been piled in to high drifts. We spent the first part of the morning enviously watching our snow-blower-owning neighbors clear their driveways. I’m baking a carrot cake now, and then it’s my turn to go outside and try to dig us out. I’m wondering now why I didn’t think I needed a snow blower…

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Time flies… when you’re working all the time.

Whoa! Where have I been?!

I got a job… a massive, time-sucking, blog-abandoning job. But I missed you. And I never meant to abandon the blog. So this is me, peeking my head in to say, “hey, I’m sorry. I’m still alive, and I’m going to be better about blogging again.” Are we cool?

Speaking of time sucking, I’ve been working on making some clocks as a way to create something functional, and highlight fabulous bits of fabric. If you stick around, I’ll get a picture when the light is good, like, tomorrow, and share my latest effort with you… and for now, back to the salt mines.

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Peanut Butter Kisses

I baked some cookies today. SciFi Man is crazy about peanut butter, so I made a batch of peanut butter kisses for him. They are so simple and tasty, that if you haven’t made them, you should. Right now. Seriously, how can you go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate?

Peanut Butter Kisses

Peanut Butter Kisses

1 (8oz) package of Hershey’s Kisses
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup white sugar for decoration


1. Heat oven to 375F. Remove wrappers from kisses.

2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in a large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup white sugar and brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.

3. Shape dough into 1″ balls. Roll in sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately place a chocolate piece into the center of each cookie. Cookie will crack around the edges. Cool on wire rack.

When I make them, I get about 45 cookies. But maybe you want to tell people that it makes a few less than that, so you can keep some just for you.

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Happy Monday! (And did you know about this giveaway?)

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend. My weekend was a bit spotty. Saturday I set up shop at the Peoria Heights Art Fair. On the upside, I got to meet all sorts of wonderful people. On the downside, it was ridiculously cold and windy! It took me hours to thaw out. The weather was much nicer on Sunday, and SciFi Man and I went out to celebrate a little holiday my family created to celebrate one particularly lucky day back in 1997. We had some delicious Japanese hibachi food. You know, the sort that is cooked right at your table and involves flames and the squirting of sake into the diner’s mouths. Yum!

This week started out with the lovely surprise that Liesl (of Liesl Made, and whose work I adore!) really likes the Little Birds Journal she bought from me awhile ago. I discovered this via her interview on Whimsy House. It’s a good interview– you should take a moment to check it out. As if that weren’t cool enough, the interview is paired with a giveaway. Leave a comment over there and be entered to win one of Liesl’s marvelous Butcher’s Aprons. I’d like to win one myself. I love the combination of gorgeous fabric and simple, clean styling.

Bloomington Farmer's MarketThe Fancy Schmancy Market is coming up this Saturday, so I’ve got a lot of work to do to prepare for that!  Also, the Bloomington Farmer’s Market is starting up this Saturday. And since I can’t be in two places at once, my good friend from yellow dragonfly designs will be there with her jewelry and some lovelies from Anodyne Design. (And in reverse, I’ll have some of her awesome earrings on display at Fancy Schmancy!) The Farmer’s Market runs from 7:30 a.m. until noon, and the Fancy Schmancy Market runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. You should stop by and see at least one of us!

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So Very Cute: Embroidered Buttons

I recently received a ridiculously cute set of embroidered buttons from Mollie at Wild Olive. We were partners in the Feeling Stitchy Embroidered Button Swap, and I couldn’t have received a better partner. Seriously, how adorable are these little guys?

Embroidered Buttons by Wild Olive

I love them all, but I definitely think the little sock and the cube are my favorites. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to use them, because I like thinking about how I could use them so much. I don’t know if I can give them up. I guess I’ll have to wait until the perfect project comes along. Fortunately, Mollie also has an Etsy shop, so if I can’t part with this cuteness, I can always get some more.

Thanks, Mollie! You are so talented!

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April first is not the first day of spring, but today sure feels like it! It’s finally sunny and warm enough to open the windows. The kitties and I are all enjoying the fresh breezes blowing through the house. And just a couple days ago, I finally saw buds on the trees. I can’t wait for the explosion of green that’s about to happen. I thought I should take the camera out and document a few signs of this much-awaited season.

Look at these pretty little flowers I found, just beyond the patio! They are so small, I almost missed them. They remind me of some of my favorite flowers, little white flowers that would randomly pop up in our yard when I was a kid. They were special because they were so small, and because you never knew where they might appear. I’d tell you what they were, but I really don’t know, and searching for “little white flowers” isn’t very productive. (Updated: My mom saves the day! They are Bluets.) I also found some tiny blue flowers, a few dandelions, and some vibrantly green moss. But otherwise, it looks like spring is just getting started around here.

I have also spent the last couple days preparing and sending out applications for several area art shows and farmer’s markets. Should they pan out, I’ll have a busy and fun spring and summer coming up! I’ll keep you posted.

One place I’ll definitely be this month is the Earth Day Festival at Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights. It’s on Saturday, April 24th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from what I hear, there will be all sorts of local artists, live entertainment, food, and general earthy goodness. I’ll be featuring my handmade goodies made from recycled materials, such as bags and wallets made from repurposed linens and clothing, and paper goods made from perfectly lovely scraps of paper that would otherwise be trash-bin-bound, like outdated maps. I hope I’ll see you there!

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A Visit to the Shedd Aquarium

SciFi Man and I spent a long weekend in Chicago. We met up with some of his friends and visited the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium. I’ve always had a soft spot for fish and watery places, so I really loved spending an afternoon at the aquarium. They had exhibits covering a wide range of habitats, but my favorite was the Wild Reef exhibit, which was absolutely full of vibrant, beautiful corals and fish.

I also really liked seeing the “coral nursery,” where the aquarium was raising new corals for the exhibit. There were several tanks full of baby corals, and it looked as though two fish were helping to tend them.

Obviously, there was more to see at the aquarium than what I’ve posted here, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you with pictures. You can see more aquarium photos on my flickr stream.