Monday, September 7, 2020

Tea Stands for Tuesday - 9/8/2020

I'm so happy to be able to join Elizabeth and friends for Tuesday Tea.

I drink my coffee first thing in the morning and hope.  CA is experiencing a record breaking heat wave.  Wild fires are happening all up and down the state so we have smokey skies.  That is on top of the underlying pandemic and the fact that many things are closed.  I was thinking about this because Labor Day in the U.S. signals the end of summer and is often a time for picnics and bar-b-cues.  Since I couldn't attend either of those, I was thinking of recipes I might of used in the past.  Then I stumbled on this......

Here is a little trivia about a condiment in regular use today: Tomato-based ketchup quickly caught on in the U.S. during the first few decades of the 19th century. At first, it was made and locally sold by farmers, but by 1837 at least one company was producing and distributing it on a national scale. The H. J. Heinz Company, a name that's synonymous with ketchup for most people today, was a relative latecomer to the game and didn't produce a tomato-based ketchup until 1876. They originally referred to their product as catsup, but switched to ketchup in the 1880's to stand out. Eventually, ketchup became the standard spelling in the industry and among consumers, though you can still find catsup strongholds sprinkled across the U.S. (via

I didn't know Heinz has been around that long. I'm apparently in the minority as I say catsup. How about you?

Happy Labor Day - 2020


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Second on the Second - 9/2/2020

Today is the day Elizabeth offers us the opportunity to join her and others in reposting something for a second look.  I dug way back for this one.  Candy tins are fun to play with.

EDIT:  I'm not sure it is apparent but this is a necklace.


Altered Candy Tin

Front of altered tin

I knew I wanted to use one candy tin to make something honoring a friend, a women I admire for going back to college to further her education and making it through graduation.

Inside of altered tin

I'm not sure it is obvious from the photo but the two leg milagros dangle inside the tin.

I always enjoy making art but when I'm creating something with a special person in mind and for a special purpose it enhances the experience.

I've set aside the second tin for the moment but I already have some ideas for working with it.

What do you do with all those empty candy tins?

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Welcome September

I enjoy the beginning of September knowing the winter holidays are coming up soon.  We really don't get fall weather here until nearly November but I can dream of crispy leaves and warm fireplaces.