I brine it my way


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After trying a few recipes for pickling cucumbers and jalapeños, I have tried to come up with my own brine. The first I made was not salty and sweet enough, but the second one turned out almost just right and this morning I tweaked it and pickled one jar of Pot Black chilies and one jar of mixed chilies and this brine is kind of yummy.chilli

This is my brine, enough for two small jars (as in the pic):

300ml water

50ml applecider vinegar

50ml white vine vinegar

4 tbs caster sugar

3-4 tsp sea salt

1tsp cumin seeds

1tsp coriander seeds

1tbs black pepper corns

A few allspice corns

A few pink pepper corns

1tsp mustard seeds

2 kaffir lime leaves

4 whole peeled cloves of garlic

Divide the seeds and corns in two jars, then put in the chilies . Divide the corns and seeds as you like. Put the water and vinegars in a pot with the sugar, salt and the garlic, simmer on medium heat until the sugar and salt is dissolve. Turn of the heat, take up the garlic and put tow cloves in each jars and pour the brine until it covers the chilies (or whatever you want to pickle). Let the jars with the lids of until they have cooled down completely, Screw the lids on rather tightly and put them in the fridge. IMHO it takes around 3 weeks until the chili/cucumbers/whatever is ready to taste. How long they will last in the fridge? I have no idea, but since it’s cool I hope they will last for a long time :) We even had some of the pickled cucumbers with our home made burgers last night. Nice!

Here the fall is upon us, but thanks to glorious sunshine me and the dogs have been able to lay out on the veranda for a couple of hours each afternoon. Normally fall is not my fav season, but thanks to this I can almost persuade my SAD brain that the horror of dark and dankness is still far ahead. The birches are shedding their leaves and the maples as well as ornamental vines are turning into blazing colors. Hope the weather will keep over the weekend so the last of the chilies in the greenhouse grown to a pickable size.


Fab night out


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Last night me and my best friend at work B, went to town for a “Salon” with designer extra-ordinaire Camilla Thulin and the director of fashion at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Karina Ericsson Wärn. We got a guided tour at the exhibition of Camilla’s work over the years and my oh myyyyy, it was fantastic, mind boggling and so flippin good. Camilla Thulins kostymer från "Amadeus", Stockholms stadsteater 2004, ingår i utställningen på Kulturhuset.Picture from dn.se

There was many best things (like to hear Camilla talk about her history and work) but for me the top one to be able to study the costumes and dresses, to be able to pick up a hem, turn up a sleeve and practically ogle the embroideries at a like 2cm squinting distance. I’m in total awe of that guy at Camilla’s’ studio who does all the embroideries. Thousands of questions went through my mind and I did manage to give voice to a few. I didn’t even tried to take any pictures, no one else did and I thought it wasn’t allowed.

We did got to see the theaters costume storage. Did you know that they don’t only make one costume for a main character (maybe two), but a copy for the understudy as well? Everything in the storage was sorted like mens white shirts, women raincoats, angel wings, black boots etc etc. And – there was even some shelves with fabric bolts ranging from nice cotton gingham to the most gorgeous embellished lace. I think I would give a LOT to get inside Camilla’s’ studio and just sit there to see how they make all these costumes …. Jokingly asked if she needed an assistant ;)

After the costume storage it was time for a three course dinner and me and B was lucky to sit next to an amazing lady who had been working at the Armory (Livrustkammaren) all her life and traveled all over the world creating exebitions. She was so fun to listen to and a dog lover too.

After all that wonderfulness we was lucky that B’s man picked us up and drove me all the way home. Sat up late talking to The DH, sipping a small glass of wine, recapping the evening . Due to all that sensory overload (count in going on public transportation into the city at rush hour) I had the hardest time falling asleep and felt like a walking dead this morning. But I’m lucky oh so lucky that I took this opportunity and that B wanted to come with me. And we plan to see the exhibition one more time and then bring our friend L with us. Stylish powerful woman rocks!!

Eau de – WHAT???


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You know that I have been “in to” perfumes most of my life. Sad thing that I didn’t have the sense to save all the bottles I have owned over the years. If I had, I would have been able to find my all-time summer cologne love from the late 80th. As it is, none of the perfumistas I have talked to over the years have any idea of what I’m talking about. It was a green, grassy and very fresh almost dry scent and it came in a straight cylindrical clear glass bottle with a straight silver cap with black grass blades print (on the cap, not the bottle). Thought it was a Gres scent but nope.

Move forward to today; lucky for us who love perfumes there is a place called The Perfumed Court where you can order samples of perfumes etc to your little fragrant hearts content. I amuse myself every now and then and browse through description of scents and what notes they are composed with and then I order some samples of those who speaks loudest. And at times I order samples of fumes that I have read about. Most of the time nothing agrees with me and I give the samples away to friends. Last week I got four small vials in the mail and I think I will give up all but one, namely 1ml of “Eau de Celeri”
from a house called Monsillage in Canada. First – the name is a bit off putting, I mean Eau de WHAT?? But open the stopper and put your nose to it and inhale! My poor little heart went pittetypat – green, fresh, dry and it kept that way through the dry down and after. It is as close to that perfumed grail I can ever find and I have used up half of that little sample. Needless to say it only took me only a day or two to decide to purchase a full bottle and the other day it arrived with our friendly mailman.

celeri_grande(Picture from Monsillages website). Oh my, I’m in fragrant heaven and it’s made up of galbanum, coriander, cut grass and vetiver to mention a few notes. It’s classified as a green chyper and for an Eau de Toilette it has great sillage and the staying power is unusual, I can smell it on my wrist after +6 hrs still.

I can imagine that for many this kind of scent is a spring summery one, but I will use it into the fall and maybe beyond.

let’s get started


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As I said before, I have done nothing much creative worth in ages. A few ideas here and there, even bought these silk laps but have done nothing except fondling them.

Then a couple of weeks ago I came up with the perfect project that isn’t too big – new covers for the couches in the RV. The ones I made a couple of years ago is honestly, butt ugly.

The color scheme as it is in the RV, isn’t the prettiest one – brown and some strange kind of beige upholstery. What will get along with that? Some different of smokey pastels and dark blue? Went online and ordered these from ToB:tob-150815

Not the best pics colorless, but natural light at my desk upstairs isn’t that good. So now I have an adea, fabrics so what to do with them that does’ shout homespun allover? But of course Kaffe Fasset’s Double Diamond pattern from the book “Quilt Grandeur”. These covers are small enough so it won’t take forever, but the diamonds a bit tricky enough not to finish it over a weekend ;)

Tomorrow is the new turning point in our family life, when John starts gymnasiet (upper secondary school) at Rubeck school here in our municipality. In three years of time he will be graduating and be on his way into the life of a grown up. How did this happen? Where did the time go? I’t just 16 years (in a few weeks) since that little chubby bundle was placed in my arms. OK, confession time, I like them best now when you can have a conversation (and an argument) like more or less grown ups, baby years wasn’t that much fun ;o

Two more weeks of vacation to go and the sun is still shining = yayyyyy!!!


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Yesterdays mail brought a package all the way from Australia with the much awaited silk laps. Just look at them silk-laparen’t the just the most gorgeous things? And soft, they are soft, so soft I’m toying with the idea to make cuddly toys…They must be carrying some secret scent cause Diego (my JR boy) went absolutely bananas and tried to get up on the dining table. I haven’t dared to open them up yet, my work table if full of Pokemon cards and I don’t want to ruin my sorted piles. Lordy me, that must be a fortune that I paid for them and I doubt very much that I will get them back (the money) when we try to sell them. Batter kickback from Lego which we have quite a few kilograms of.

Tonight Swedish fresh crayfish the Swedish way (they are cooked in water, dill flowers, salt and suger – each supplier have their own recipes), we splurge when they are in season). During the weekend we are probably have new neighbors moving in. Gonna bee interesting to see if they can behave and park their cars better than the quite famous TV star who used to live here ….and her friends….Yeah yeah, bitchy me ;o



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45Picture from The Thread Studios website.

Yesterdays mail consisted of a bill and the latest issue of Machine Quilting Limited. I swear, that magazine always raise my spirits, even though I am so far from a machine quilter you can come. There was an article that really made my creative juices flow ” Algeria Color for the soul” by Michelle Mischkulnig. Never heard of silk laps before, but I went to the site suggested The Thread Studio as a source. Oh my, the pictures Are gorgeous and my brain went bing-bing and thought that maybe they can be used in my new project, get a sort of 3D effect? And the colors in the pictures are so – yummy, so I ordered two pieces and truly look forward to their arrival. If they ever do, cause so far 3 packages from around the world has gone missing in the postal service the last month, they don’t even show up on the postal services tracking function… For me it’s beyond questionable how a small envelope from Paris, France still hasn’t shown after a week

Meanwhile I’m re-constructing Sams new Cosplay costume and boy am I happy that I saved my old mannequin from the 80th, makes the shortening of the cape so much more easy. But it’s far from easy to work in black polyester fabric with a lime green polyester lining.

Ha, I made it! After sever trials I hand busted both the outer fabric and the liner, hung it on the mannequin and pinned it together. All +2m of it and then hand stitched it all holding my breath that there would be no unevenness or “bumps”. Happy to say that the cape is as good as new, only shorter. Well done me!!

Hey Mickey


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I can’t say that I have done much creative work lately and while waiting for the muse to hit me I have read. A lot. Of novels. The one I’m reading right now is called The Saffron Trail and is good in a light kind of way.

Talked to The DH some days ago about the lack of enthusiasm and he went: why don’t you do something like this, with that and he even had a name for it LOL. Did some small try out appliqué that just looked strange so back to thinking and then I remembered that thanks to Beth I do have some jars of Jacquard fabric paints stored away. So back to play and this is what I have come up with so far.grapes1OK, it don’t look that great in a close up, but from a meter or so I find it promising.

Sam is still home working hard with the bartender course and he is doing great. Fun to hear and learn about something new like flair and free pour…and it’s not laid back at all, but quite demanding. Anyone need to hire a bartender in a bit more than a week, you know who to contact ;)

The brief days of real summer that we had last week is over and back to rain and wind mixed with a bit of sun. Well, managed to do some real good pool time during these days, sure hope there will be more before the summer is over.

Clean it up



So I canceled the cleaning service that’d I have hired for almost 18 yrs. Figured I could do it myself an save 2000 SEK per month. As of last week, John opted to help out and vacuumed  the entire house while I did the rest. Took round 3.5hrs of continuous hard work. The thing is – the cleaning service took 5 hours for the same job. Duh????

And yes, the son if available for hire LOL. And yes – the son get paid for his services :) In a bit less than three weeks oldest son is available too, for bartending.

Earning your keep



It is very hard here for kids to get a summer job, so John came up with a solution; he could help with cleaning the house and move the lawn. I took out the cleaning things before I left for work yesterday and when I came home John was cleaning the kitchen (the bathroom already done and let me tell you, it was way better done than the pro we used to hire. When The DH came home he showed J how to use the mover and before dinner the whole front lawn was cut. AMAZING!! Today he went with me for grocery shopping, fetched and carried. If this keeps up, I won’t have to do anything around the house = wishful thinking LOL.

Just a small purchase


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I don’t know about you, but for me it seems like whenever I’m startting a new project (like a Lily of the Valley) I don’t have the right fabrics in my stash. Well, honestly, that happens even when I’m into a project, always something new that I need. How I long for a quilting friend that lived nearby to swap bits of fabric with. Fortunate, in lack of such a friend there is on-line stores and I just placed a small purchase with Thousand of Bolts, one of my favorite suppliers. It’s kind of hard to choose a background fabric where both greens and silvery whites shines, but I think I got the right one. Hopefully I will be able to start cutting next weekend, until then I read The Girl in The Photograph.


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