Ok, so all my ice-cream buckets are toast. The ice pushed through the bottoms instead of the tops. 😦 And I have yet to master the five gallon bucket or garbage can methods. However, I did have one experiment that turned out great…an ice candle ring.
You will need:
A bundt pan
about three quarts water
3 drops food coloring (optional)
winter or a freezer
votive or tealight candle
long fireplace lighter thingy deal
This is almost too easy. I should check the Thrift Shop for more bundt pans and jell-o molds… Anyway, I just set the pan outside and filled it with water. If you want to add food coloring, rock on. The first ring I made popped right out of the pan, but the second one was tougher, so I asked myself,” What would Lois do??” She said to place the pan in a sink of hot water for a few minutes. It worked like a charm :).
Add a tealight or votive candle, and it’s probably best to light it with a long grill/fireplace/candle lighter. Unless you like burns and frostbite at the same time. (We usually have the candles, food coloring, balloons and lighters at The Barn if you’re local.)
Short video clip of candle flickering here. It was COLD out (-15 F), so it’s a short video. I recommend placing ice candles away from your house, yet visible from a window. It’s very possible they will freeze where they are placed, so make sure it’s not a tripping/shoveling hazard. Safety first, people! Or top five, anyway.
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Hi, friends! Summer is wrapping up in northern MN; there was frost in our area last night, but it didn’t go below 39 degrees here at the House on the Hill. Whew!
The apple trees produced like mad after last year’s drought and late spring frost. Even the Linden tree didn’t bloom last year. And not. one. apple. Luckily my sister Jacqueline lent me her Mehu Liisa steam juicer. Holy hell does that make crab apple harvest suck a LOT less! It’s been 3 years since I could make my Candied Crabapple jelly, and I’m so grateful. (I add a few Red Hots to the crabapple juice, and it’s my favorite jelly ever!)
Rhubarb had an excellent, long season due to cooler summer temps, too. My last harvest yielded 16 cups of chopped rhubarb, and was so huge I couldn’t carry it all in my arms. Almost all of it will be processed into Rhubarb Raspberry and Rhubarb Strawberry jam for farmers’ market. I did notice this week that I could sell jam on Etsy!! I’m not sure if I will, but it may be worth a try. If the jam lasts through the last few weeks at market, that is!
Speaking of farmers’ market, I had a fun year there, too. There were several new vendors this year, but my booth kept me too busy to shop 😦 🙂 Sisters Jacqueline and Martha urged me to try sewing crossbody bags, and I think I have that shit down now, and you can find them on Pajari Girl’s Etsy shop. $25 and they include an adjustable 60 inch strap. There are two pockets inside for a debit card and a phone, and they hold a 20oz beverage, too.
I got to spend lots of time with His Majesty, AKA The God of Thunder and Lightning this summer, too, and he loves to help harvest between aventures in the woods around our house.
I have a few craft shows lined up for fall and winter and am looking forward to weather not being a factor in my displays. Wind and rain can wreak havoc in no time, and we were all grateful to have great weather almost every Saturday.
First up is the Nashwauk Boo-tique on October 7 and 8. I’ve never been to this show, but a Halloween-themed craft show? Hell yes. I plan to read tarot cards there, too. Should I dress up? I have so many pointy hats to choose from…
Then there is the Up North Shop on November 12 in Cook at the community center. Deer season brings a lot of people up from the cities, and there are a lot of spouses out there ready to do some revenge shopping. Bought a new gun? That’s nice. Now your spouse can buy jam and bags and other goodies guilt-free.
I haven’t been doing much photography this summer– summer is short and there is so much to do! My favorite thing is to put mini gnomes on mushrooms. They make cute greeting cards 🙂
I did have a show at the Northwoods Friends of the Arts Gallery with photographer Connie Stone this summer, and it was so fun. And scary. But mostly fun. I sold lots of jewelry that month!
Ok, time to get back to staring at the steamer, waiting for it to boil. Catch you on the flip side! And hope to see you at some events!
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This weekend is the annual Festival of Skalds in Angora, Minnesota. Did you even know we HAVE a renaissance faire up here? We are so lucky! Last year was my first trip to a Ren Faire of any kind, and I wonder how the heck it took me this long. I knew right away I was BORN for this!! I even applied to be a vendor, and will be there this weekend! 🙂 Hope to see you there! I’ll be reading fortunes with my tarot decks, and selling bags, pouches, and jewelry galore. Come check it out- you’ll be glad you did. Here are a few things I’ll be selling:
Custom Koztumez – Unique one of a kind renaissance garments, accessories, Jewelry, and leather too.
Natures Treasures MN – Hand Crafted Wood Burned Art, Cribbage Boards, Hand Crafted Jewelry made with Natural Stones – www.naturetreasuresmn.com
Tamarack Farms – Goat Milk Soap, Buckwheat Hull Pillows, Bamboo and Hemp Washcloths, Recycled Fabric Rugs, and Wooden Clipboards
Mythical Menagerie – Fantasy Poeable Art Dolls, Fantasy Watercolor prints, Fantasy Watercolor Stickers, Fantasy Pendants – www.mythicalmenagerie.com
Henna by Anya – Henna body art and resin fantasy figurines.
Art by Sarah Riley – Original Paintings and Prints, Ornaments, and Norse Rune Readings – artbysarahriley.smugmug.com
Art from Ann to Zak – Original Pastel creations, Prints and Greeting Cards, and Hand carved Wooden Spoons – www.annsolyst.com
Pajari Girl, LLC – Jewelry, Suncatchers, Horeshoe Art, Photography, Metal Stamping, Bird Feeders, and Tarot – www.pajarigirl.com
Arachne’s Garden – Nalebinding (the oldest know method of creating fabric from yarn, sometimes referred to as “Viking Knitting”) Nalebinded hats, mittens, pouches, etc. Also handcrafted herbal soaps, creams, and salves. Blacksmithed Tools and Survival Gear – @arachnes_garden on Instagram
Magical Musings Books – Handmade journals, wood-burned gifts (boxes, spoons, coasters, wall hangings, boards, fabric and leather), runes (wood and stone), and pendulums – www,magicalmusingsbooks.com
Heidi’s Haus – Cold-processed soaps, beeswax candles, balms, and broom corn fly swatters – facebook.com/heidishaus
My latest project has been tarot bags. I love my cards, but wanted a better way to store, display, and use them.
The first attempts are now up on my Etsy shop , Pajari Girl. All these bags are titled Tarot Bags, but they are awesome for crystals, rocks, runes, etc., too! I started with a complicated design that included square bottomed cotton fabric bags with velvet and fleece linings, as well as little finishing touches on each bag like charms and pendants. I’m charging $20 for these because they were a total pain in the ass to make 😜.
Next up is a simpler bag with no lining, which will be a less expensive option.
Hey, y’all! I hope you had a safe and happy Halloween full of spells and candy. 🧙♀️🧙♂️🍬🍭
I was obsessed with the movie Labyrinth the first time I saw it. It was the first movie I bought and I wore the VHS tape out 🙂 The deck’s major arcana did not disappoint. Ludo as the Hanged Man, Fireys as the Devil, and of course Jareth as the Magician and Sarah as the Fool. The foreword by Brian Froud, co-creator of the movie (the other was Jim Henson of the Muppets) reveals the story was based on the journey represented in tarot. Anyway, I’ve been using it in readings for myself and others and I love it.
I was so excited to hear last spring that there was a Labyrinth tarot deck coming out that I pre-ordered and waited. And waited. The shipping date was moved back so many times I lost count. I started seeing posts on Instagram and did a Google search. A bookstore called Blackwell’s in Oxford UK had them in stock, so I took a chance and cancelled the Amazon order. They shipped so fast, FREE.
I spent a lot of time making jewelry and suncatchers for the Cook Area Farmers’ Market this year. (Last year we did pre-orders only for market and people picked them up in the park.) It was great to visit with the other vendors and customers again.
Now the indoor shows are starting but I’ve opted out due to Covid. Instead, I’ve been concentrating on my Etsy shop. It’s a lot more work than selling in person, but I enjoy the challenge. Please go check it out, and ❤ my shop to keep updated on new listings. Free shipping over $35! Christmas is around the corner, and none of my goods will get stuck on a ship from China.
I bought a new camera this spring and love having a longer lens. I’ll probably add photo prints to the Etsy shop, and I have several Suck Less and other inspirational AF photo greeting cards up already.
Thank you for looking! If you favorite my shop and subscribe to this blog, you’ll be the first to see new shiny things.
Hey folks, it’s been a while. I hope this finds you as well as can be, considering the shitshow of a year we’ve all had.
Because I’m in a high-risk group, I am still basically sheltering in place. However, our four adult children work in health care and Mr. Wonderful’s job is essential, so I have plenty of time and reasons to stress tf out. I needed to do something to feel less powerless, per my therapist, stat. I decided to sew masks.
Before this year my only sewing experience was a brief obsession in the sixth grade. I recieved a nice Singer that Christmas, and Aunt Martha taught me the basics. I made a nightgown and a quilt and that was about it. I loved flooring the pedal, but the meticulousness of patterns, pinning, and ironing was beyond me and my machine ended up rusting out in the basement.
My first masks were sewn entirely by hand, including the ties, which took hours.
Then my cousin Shanna in California added me to Facebook group called Stitched Together. They match mask needs with sewists, entirely free, all over the country. I’ve learned so much about sewing in general and masks in particular from those amazing sewists.
Unfortunately, one thing I learned quickly was that mask-making supplies were almost as hard to find as other PPE. It took months to get my first order of elastic. Same story with bias tape, which can be used to make ties in a pinch. Getting aluminum nose pieces took even longer, so for a while I used wire. Also, my sewing machine was dead, so a friend lent me hers.
My productivity increased steadily. After spending a day at our house, Grandson Raiden told his mom, “Granny makes maskes. LOTS of maskes, really fast!! Buzzzzzzz!”
Now, over 900 masks in, I’ve decided to sell some masks to fund more donations.
If you would like to buy a cool mask and help fund more donations, here’s a link to my Etsy shop, Pajari Girls. All masks are 2 ply cotton with soft elastic ear loops and aluminum nose pieces. And of course, they are made with love. Most are $7 for adult size and $5 for child size, except the RBG tribute masks, which are $10 each since the lace is hand stitched on. And with every mask sold, we can donate even more to those who still need them. Thanks in advance, and stay safe out there.
Hi again! The summer was pretty busy so Mr. Wonderful, Danny, and I took a Sunday off to make another hike up to Vermilion Gorge. The leaves were still beautiful, and the high temp was 88!
People often mistake Vermilion Falls with Vermilion Gorge. The Falls are the really short hike that was shortened a few years ago. It’s right before Crane Lake. Here is the USFS sheet on that one.
Vermilion Gorge is the 3 mile round-trip hike that takes about 3 hours “at a leisurely pace”, according to Vermilion Gorge USFS info sheet. Drive all the way through Crane Lake and park in the private parking lot for Voyagaire Houseboats on the left. In the fall and early spring, the lot is full of said houseboats, but there will be signs pointing you to the trailhead.
The hike starts in a birch/aspen (popple) forest, and the sky was perfect this day. Most of the maple leaves were on the ground, but the vibrant yellows popped with the deep blue fall sky. We spent a lot of time looking straight up.
As the trail climbed into the Norway pines, we noticed a million types of mushrooms.
And writing this post, I noticed we got photobombed by a bald eagle!! Very top of the photo, left of center. The reflections were breathtaking.
Some kind soul had left a walking stick at the trailhead, so the Boy happily used it, returning it for the next person.
I could be wrong, but I think this is a glacial erratic. I didn’t get any good shots of it on this trip, so this pic is from last year.
We sat for a break (for me, not them lol), and Paul noticed this birdnest in a birch tree overhanging the gorge.
Yep, he has his device. But he got some awesome photos and is reading in this picture. No gaming.
It was during this break that I noticed cairns farther upstream. Paul and Danny did some scouting, and were sure I could make it, with help. I’m so lucky to have these two; I wouldn’t have attempted this hike without backup. Not that it’s super-difficult; it’s just too much for me, with bum hips, knees, and ankles. They were such troopers, helping me up and down stairs and steep sections of trail.
Anyway, I remembered being on the other side of the monolith with a friend several years ago, and had pretty much given up the idea of making it there this time. Luckily the lure of getting photos with the sun hitting the gorge dead-on and a little encouragement from my family got me over the hump.
Would you believe that not counting the canoeists, we only saw two people on the way in, and a group of four as we were almost back out??
This was one of the prompts at our last Summer Writers’ Group, and it was a great one! Easy to write, and fun to listen to everyone else’s answers. Do you write? Why?
I write to make people laugh, and to help myself cry.
I write to educate, elucidate, enumerate and illuminate.
I write because in seventh grade, Mr. Durbin told me to never stop doing so.
Sometimes I write to reason things out for myself and others.
I’ve written a few moral inventories to save myself from myself.
Lately I’ve been writing to advertise, trying to build a dream and share it with the world.
When I was a child and young adult I wrote because I knew my brain would forget the important, terrible truths of life. Even at 5 I knew the inexorable nature of denial. It took many years to see denial differently; a tool the mind uses to protect itself.
Sometimes now I write for posterity–hoping future generations will be a fraction as grateful as I am toward previous generations efforts, to capture the present for the future’s past.
First, I took all the molds outside and then filled them using pitchers of water. (This idea came to me last summer, so every time I saw a Bundt-shaped mold at the Thrift Shop, I snagged it. I’m happy to report that even the plastic ones worked great, and have yet to crack.)
Then I did it all again so there were two of each design.
To release them from the mold, I ran a little hot water in the kitchen sink. They pop out after a few seconds. Sometimes, if the water freezes too fast, there will be a bulge in the ice. You can chip it off carefully, use a warm cookie sheet to melt it flat, or if you’re not a perfectionist, just build up the other side with snow later when you put the two halves together.
Now here is the genius part: Solar garden lights will work, depending on their size and the diameter of the hole in your mold, but this Halloween, I found these awesome solar-powered jack-o-lantern lights at K-mart for $5. They change color, so I didn’t have to add food coloring to the water to color the ice!
Now, of course you could use a real wax candle, too; but dang, that’s a lot of candles. And, you’d have to go out and light it. Solar lights come on automatically! Even regular white garden solar lights work, but they aren’t as bright as the one above.
Mr. Wonderful even admits this is one for the “Nailed It” File, so please Like, Share, & Pin away!
Another fast, cheap, and easy craft idea brought to you by the Pajari Girls. If you’d like a few more ideas, check this post out:
Ok, my hands are killing me, but I wanted this post done before Halloween’s over. Here’s the Cliff Notes version:
Back in September, I covered my sunflowers with old white curtains to protect them from frost. My neighbor thought I was just decorating early for Halloween! Which was a great idea; I’d already tried coloring eyes and mouths with Sharpie but was a failure. I was muttering about the problem when Paul (aka Mr. Wonderful) suggested using fabric. “But it hurts to use scissors!” I whined. Then I remembered the cutting board and rotary cutter I invested in a few years when Cook got a quilt shop (Thanks again, Susan Covey of Cabin Quilting!)
Sewing hurts too, so Paul suggested fabric glue. Woohoo! We were business. I have almost no range of motion in my wrists lately, so he helped position the ghosts, too. One of the best things about making Halloween decorations is that they don’t have to be perfect! Get a kid to help. Or someone with crappy range of motion. It could be therapeutic. 😀
Another Halloween craft project that’s fast, cheap, and easy. Like my sister. Just kidding! Please Pin, Like, Share, or comment this project, or better yet, do it yourself!