Cluttered Cables No More: Make A Cable Cosy


I like things organized. If an item doesn’t have a proper place, it gets lost, broken, or just ends up in a cluttered pile. This leads to collecting patterns that will help keep things in their proper place. On Pinterest, I found a picture for a cable cosy and decided to make a few for upcoming travel commitments. I ended up using  the tutorial as an inspiration point and creating a pattern of my own. Along with varying the pattern, I changed up the closure as I disliked the buckle. However, that doesn’t mean someone else would love it: Make It Cable Cozy.

In the end, I made quite a few of these including adapting them to hold action figures and a larger one for Barbie dolls as my youngest nieces and nephew are going on a long road trip this summer.

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Cooking in Thedas: Nug-Nug and Llomerryn red


nugnugillustrationI’ve gone fantasy feasting again. Yesterday, I received a surprise gift from my husband: The World of Thedas, Volume 2 Exclusive Edition. As one would expect, it is packed with Thedas lore. And this time, the authors included recipes!

Well, I saw that as a challenge and whipped up a couple of the dishes. Llomerryn Red is essentially fancy ketchup. It’s tasty, but it’s still ketchup, which I don’t usually use. However, the kid and husband enjoy it on many things. Nug-nug, on the other hand, is a pretty dish. Consisting of rice, mini-meatloaves on a stick, tomato, and garnish. To make it look more like the illustration, I baked whole acorn squash and surrounded the dish with lettuce and root vegetables. I used who cloves as the eyes. It was delicious.

Nug-nug completely garnished and ready to eat.

Nug-nug completely garnished and ready to eat.

Nug-nug with Llomerryn Red.

Nug-nug with Llomerryn Red.

Pittsburgh Graffiti


Last week, the husband and I attended a Pittsburgh Pirates game. Our daughter and her friends wanted to go to the yearly anime convention, and we agreed to pseudo-chaperone – we were downtown, checked them into hotel rooms, but didn’t go to the convention itself. If they needed us, we were available, but otherwise they were on their own.

Since we moved to Pennsylvania, my spouse has wanted to walk across the Roberto Clemente Bridge. The city closes it down on game days, so fans can walk to the park easier. We actually walked all over downtown, and it was glorious. While crossing the bridge I noticed all kinds of locks attached to it, so I had to check it out. I can think of no other way to describe it as Pittsburghers version of graffiti. All along the bridge locks were placed mostly with statements of love, but others that were equally beautiful. They were striking, so I snapped pictures of some of them while wondering about the lives of the people that left a lock on the bridge.

Again with the broken


Again with the broken computer.  I spent a lot to build a computer that could hold and handle heavy graphics editing. It worked for 13 months before the hard drive fried. Now 10 months later, it has done it again. And I can only post by phone until I  fix it. Grrr.

But really, I am being very zen about it. Clearly, this computer and I are not meant to be in a long term computer relationship. I will be positive as I seek out a new digital companion eventually.

Word Fabric


Every since I read the March issue of Crafts Beautiful magazine, I have been obsessed with a little retro bus pincushion. It’s cute and practical – in other colors and designs, of course. The artist designed it to be mainly orange, which isn’t my thing. One of the things I really loved about it was the inclusion of Frumble UK’s Typography fabric, which try as I might is just not available. I have searched for an alternative and haven’t quite decided if I like any of them enough. I might just make my own through Spoonflower or with a fabric printed sheet – might be too uggg though. In my search for fabric, I have found some excellent examples of typography fabric though:

With visiting my nieces, I didn’t make anything this last week. I started a couple of things, but nothing to show for it yet. However, both of my nieces wanted to attend the Bristol Renaissance faire and dress up! I would have never expected it from the 16-year-old. She further shocked us by asking if she could dress as a gypsy in skirt and all! This is a girl who wants to wear her Vans, blue jeans, and an appropriately modest shirt every day, all day – nothing frilly or girly ever.

Let’s Drink: Various Themed Mocktails


I found a page of mocktails that I made for a New Year’s Eve party two years ago. I thought they were lost forever due to the computer failure. These were a huge hit with the teenagers and are why I had the Attack on Titan themed ones. I made one inspired by each teen’s favorite fandom. Hopefully, the rest will turn up someday, and I can share them as well.

Sonic Screwdriver (There are a lot of recipes for this around, but this is the one I used.)

3 oz. Orange Juice
1.5 oz Blue Raspberry Mix (or make your own and dye it blue)
.5 oz Lime Juice
1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
3 oz Ginger Ale

In a shaker with ice add OJ, Blue Raspberry Mix, Vanilla, and Lime Juice. Shake. Pour through a strainer into a glass with Ginger Ale.


1 can Frozen Limeade Concentrate
1 cup Coca-cola (I cannot testify to the taste with another Cola)1 cup Orange Juice
1 cup Water
About 10 ice cubes
Lime Wedges
Green Pop Rocks

In a pitcher, mix Limeade, ice, Coca-Cola, Orange Juice, and Water. This should make a slushy mixture. If the mix isn’t green enough, add a few drops of food coloring or a natural green additive. Store in the refrigerator or freezer until served; it needs to stay slushy. To serve, pour into a glass, top with Green Pop Rocks and Lime Wedges.

Hetalian Sunrise

.5 cup Orange Juice
.5 cup Coconut Milk
.5 cup Ginger AleSplash Cherry Syrup or Grenadine
Whipped Cream

Add four ice cubes to serving glass. Measure and pour the ingredients in the following order: Orange Juice, Coconut Milk, Ginger Ale. Add a splash of Syrup. Do not stir. Top with Whipped Cream and an umbrella.