Sunday, January 13, 2019

Cold ~ Puppy ~ Snow ~ Soup

Sounds like an interesting title for a recipe, doesn't it?
In reality, it's just what's up at Corelis house.

It feels like winter, it looks like winter, it IS winter.
I have a Cold.
Puppy (Abbey Lane) loves the Snow.
I made Soup.
Nothing more exciting than this . . . but soup always makes you feel better!
For those of you who may not know, in a previous life I owned a restaurant.
Because of this I've always looked at recipes as mere "suggestions". 
So, I will share my "recipe" here, with the hope you will make it your own!
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
(Vegan/plant based - but add or use what you like for you!)
I began with Bob's Red Mill Veggie Soup Mix.
Not really a "mix" just an assortment of split peas, lentils, barley & 
whole wheat pasta alphabets!
 About 2 cups.
2 cartons of low sodium vegetable broth
(WE are on low sodium diet for husbands heart, it takes a little work in the beginning, 
but once you find the right ingredients it's easy!)
1 - 15 oz can of low sodium/no salt added fire roasted diced tomatoes
*Bring to boil, lower to simmer for about 20 min.
Begin to season broth with your favorite seasonings.
My choices:
Smoked Paprika (a favorite)
a pinch of Tyme
Scotty O'Hotty - Roasted Pepper sauce.
(Sub any favorite hot sauce, but note many are very high sodium, 
Scotty's isn't too bad on the sodium and the flavor is mild yet rich!)
While the broth simmers, cut up any vegetables you might have in the fridge.
1 - 2 C. each. (A great time for a clean out!)
I eat ALOT of veggies, so we are never low. 
Just look at the colors of those amazing carrots!
The purple ones with the yellow centers are so fun!
It was a mixed bag of carrots, orange, purple, yellow and white.
Add the cut up veggies.
(I saved the broccoli tops and frozen peas for last as they cook quickly)
Adjust seasonings and enjoy!
Stay healthy, enjoy the snow and eat soup!
Lori Ann

Saturday, January 5, 2019

C'mon . . . you know you do it too!

Do what, you ask?
You buy yourself a little treat at Christmas.
(Or maybe Hanukah too).
C'mon, you know you do!

Is it a reward for keeping calm during the hustle bustle of the season?
Or maybe while shopping for others you came upon something you
just couldn't resist. 
For me, I tend to find things while I'm escaping the holiday "crazy".
I don't like the commercial side of holidays, so I tend to peruse antiques sites
for relaxation. (Yes, I know it's dangerous, but I do try to restrain myself.)

My "treat" is usually a textile of some sort.
Being a stitcher by trade, I feel a kinship with early textiles and their makers.
So, without babbling on further, I'm sharing with you my recent "treat".
Oh my! ~  This coverlet!  ~ The birds "got me" and would not let go.
There are so many design elements in this coverlet that it was no doubt
woven by a master of creativity and engineering!
It's not always easy to date an early coverlet, but by my limited knowledge,
 I'll say 1830 -1850.
(If anyone has a better guess, I'd love to know!)
Birds faced this way and that, amongst differing trees and plants, each element 
part of the one next to it as well.
And . .  Oh my stars, look at those stars! 
8 points, 16 points ~ perfect folk motifs each one.
Stars upon stars,
amongst the leaves.
The reverse is simply beautiful as well and the dark birds remind me a bit of crows.
The coverlet is "signed" tho in cross stitch after the fact, by Jonathan W. Davis.
While many professional weavers were men, it's also very possible that this is the owner's name.
(We may never know - but I may do a little more research!)
Front - leaf/flower,
tiny hatches and grid pattern.
Reverse - leaf/flower,
making a bold statement.
And finally roses surrounded by gentle leaves.
I would love to say that this coverlet has been preserved in perfect condition but alas it
has quite a few issues.  I've re-stiched the center seam, but there are some large holes to contend with.
Some edges are frayed, lots of wear and fringe in parts is missing or beaten up.
(The above also sounds like my body as it gets older, and I'm not ready to retire it either!)
So, to preserve this work of art for another generation I'll work on patching in a "make-do" way,
using antique woolens, linens and what have you's as they would have done long ago.

May the new year bring you health, happiness and a few "treats" !
Lori Ann

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy 2019!

For you . . 

Abbey Lane hopes you all have an amazing year and that your
treat jar never runs low!

Best wishes to all,
Lori Ann, Michael & Abbey Lane

Friday, December 28, 2018

A little sale . . .

Hello there . . . 
If you need a project to keep you busy during the winter months, 
I'm offering 20% off everything in the "Mercantile"
 until January 4th.
Just enter code:  HAPPYSTITCH  at checkout.

Happy stitches,
Lori Ann

Sunday, December 23, 2018

A Merry Giveaway!

Just a quick note to wish each of you 
A Very Merry Holiday!
As a bit of appreciation for your support and friendship this year,
I'm giving away a Teddy Bear KIT to one lucky reader!

The drawing has closed and we have a WINNER!
Congratulations to:
"Teri721" who won the teddy bear kit!
(I'll be in touch right away!)
A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone for your lovely comments!
I wish you all a new year filled with many Happy Stitches!
Lori Ann

You will receive a KIT to stitch your own 10", sweet RED mohair bear.
I hope you'll enjoy the process as much as I do.
*** To enter, please leave a quick comment on this blog post.
I will draw a name & post the winner on December 26th. around 8am EST
(Please check back to see if you've won, because from the comments I might
not have a way to contact you!)

Happy Stitches & Merry Wishes to all!
Lori Ann

Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Mercantile Update - Today!

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand and a talk beside the fire:
it is time for home."

Edith Sitwell
Good morning to you . . . 
Tis not even 7am on this very cold and dark winter morning.
But I'm up, snuggled in my chair by the glow of our "kitchen tree" 
and am already on my second cup of coffee.
(It takes 2 to wake up the mind and write coherently!)
I wish I could stay here all day, but maybe another time.
I'm off to take my mother lunch at the rehab facility, and Fritz, her 
mini dachshund will go along to cheer her.
(She's had a couple falls recently and at 95 it might take a bit to get her
strength back.)
And as "work waits for no one" . . . I'll be updating the "Mercantile"
this afternoon at 4pm EST.
If you receive my newsletter you may have seen a little stitching project 
I have in the current issue of "Simply Vintage" magazine.
The kits for that project will be available today, with or without
a copy of the magazine.
(Tho, you do need a copy for the pattern and instructions)
Included in this update will also be a few other kits, supplies
and some antique bits.

Wishing you warmth . . .  even if it's cold outside!
Lori Ann

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Simple Christmas Traditions . . . .

(This is an updated post from years past ~ in case you missed it in prior years!)

A favorite Christmas tradition here, if you can call it a tradition is:
Our decor is kept simple with greens, candles, pinecones 
and dried orange slices.
The layout of our home really doesn't really allow for a big tree.
 In lieu of that we have 3 (or more) smaller trees nestled in antique crocks. 
Each is simply decorated with lights, pinecones and dried orange slices. 
(Now and then you might find a little nest tucked amongst the branches too.)
I love the translucence and the way the orange slices seem to glow as they 
pick up the light.
I find it quite calming in a season that can be anything but.
I make a new batch of these pretty slices each year.
I love how the house smells as they are drying and to me it's a scent 
of Christmas.
 (I also use some that are years old. Tho they eventually darken
and might not "glow" as much, they are still pretty. 
Don't they look lovely nestled into this antique bowl?
In addition to hanging they make lovely "bowl fillers" and can be hung 
on garlands or added to "potpourri")
If you'd like to make your own, just follow the directions below.

Set your oven to 200 -225 degrees.
Line cookie trays with parchment paper.
Slice navel oranges into about 1/8" -3/16" slices. 
(Eat the scraps to get your vitamin C for winter!)
Lay orange slices in a single layer on cookie sheets and put into oven.
After about 45 min to an hour turn them over.
Check them about every 20-30 minutes and turn each time.
They should take about 2 hours or more as everyones oven heats a l
ittle differently.
Keep a close eye once they are close to done as they can brown quickly.
String with a needle and strong thread.
 May you bask in the warm glow and simplicity of the season,
Lori Ann

Friday, November 23, 2018

Lasting things of beauty . . .

As you go about your holiday shopping and preparations, please keep 
in mind those who create and gather for a living.

Please enjoy this video of our recent
From Our Hands & Hearts
folk art and antique show

Buy handcrafted ~ Buy Antique ~ These things never go out of style!

Lori Ann

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thankful . . .

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving with those you love.
I'd posted this photo last year and had hoped to take a new one this year, but 
we had to take my mother to the hospital yesterday.
She's had a couple falls recently, luckily nothing broken, but at 95 that's a big worry.
Needless to say, no time to play with the camera, as once again,
I'm finding myself needing to be in 2 or 3 places at once.

Have a Thankful day . . . 
Lori Ann
(& Michael & Abbey Lane!)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hello and back to the future . . .

Just a little November hello to all of you before another month (or year) ends.
The "back to the future" part of this note is this . . . 
I've not been very good at posting on my blog for the last year or two,  (or 3) but 
I really am going to do better.
I miss it.
I remember when blogging was the big techy thing of the future.
Then facebook and other social media took over. There aren't enough 
minutes in a day to post, blog, work and attend to the realities of life. We all 
know which of these is most important, right?
I've never been a big "poster" on facebook. I use it mainly for the 
From Our Hands show, and for that it works well to get the word out.
It's also a great place for stitchers all over the world to unite.
But . . . . 
I'm finding facebook too political and too filled with anger.
It moves too fast for me, it's too many people and I need my world to quiet a little.
(I will still promote our show there, but you'll find out about my work, shows and life here and thru my newsletter ~ see sign up in right sidebar.)
I do like instagram as it's more about pretty photos, but I'm sad that it's owned by facebook and afraid of what it will become.
I guess it's a lesser of 2 evils, so for now you will still find my photos there.
Pinterest ~ I loved it in the begining . . . I still use it for inspiration and try to keep my work page up to date, but all the ads make me anxious and are SO distracting. 
Shouldn't looking at pretty photos be a calming experience?
To this end . . .  I'm going to be blogging more.
I can type, breathe, post a pretty photo and go along my way.
(No need for me to "like" everything ~ no need for you to feel obligated to comment ~ 
just know that I appreciate your taking time to share in my little world.)

So back to what was once the future, it may be "old fashioned" now, 
but ~ I'm kinda old fashioned too!

Lori Ann

Monday, October 8, 2018

A little late in announcing, but . . .

Monday, October 8th.
Please join me for:
7pm EST
On the Gallery page of this blog.

Happy Fall,
Lori Ann