Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Nazare...

from above...... and believe me... that is a loooooong way down.  People on the beach appeared the size of tiny ants.... if you click on the photo... enlarge it and squint reeeel hard you might be able to see them.  There was an elevator, more accurately, a funicular, in which to ride down and back again if you wanted...but, we drove down and wandered around the beach and the beach front.....another perfect day.  We have been so lucky weather wise.. not hot...but, sunny and breezy and just right.









Property is through the roof price wise...

This appeared to be our only viable alternative....a fixer upper.   However, Mr. BV... a veteran remodeller... was slightly overwhelmed..... ..so.... we opted for free stuff.  We could look at the beautiful ocean instead ...


Saturday, March 26, 2011

....we didn't even have to pack a lunch...

When we were kids...our Mom used to pack us a lunch if we said we were running away.... if we had brought anything here from home it would have been like taking a ham sandwich to a banquet.  There is wonderful food everywhere we go....and the prices are so reasonable we feel guilty when it comes time to pay the bill. 
   
..it a person was really hungry?...oranges and lemons fall from the local trees.....

 Cheeses and olives are abundant..

Okay...now this was just shockingly amazing!!  At a lovely little seaside restaurant in Peniche..

These were starters even before we got our meal!!

...and this is the sort of thing we make at home after our meals there.... fresh fruit is inexpensive..the veggies are huge.  I have never seen peppers as big as my head... and they are almost that size@! People in the markets must think we are lunatics...laughing and having fun being amazed by the food.  It could be just because we are on holiday...but, I've never tasted fruit so sweet and amazing.  Of course, stuff at home is shipped from such distant lands.... it is probably picked well before the sun has a chance to give it any flavour.... no idea where the fruits here come from...but, I'm sure it is much closer....
Downtown Entroncamento... everybody goes walking... and they all stop for all sorts of coffees during their day.... and well into the evenings after their suppers....

... and the "pastelarias"....ooooohhh.........

Mr. BV...the chocolate nut, found this ultra tasty morsel..... 

.... and....this one's for you Anne.........I have indeed fallen in love with the local favourite.  Some type of egg custard tarts... this one was my best yet... a twist on the original I'm told... slivered almonds on top instead of the usual "torching" that the locals love.  MMMM>>>> ffff...... must get a recipe...somewhere.....

Saturday, March 12, 2011

... crazy crafters....again..

We really are a crazy bunch, us/we(?) crafters.  We save the darndest things. "In case need them" .. or  we think, .. "hey, I can use that", and we stash it in our ever growing little (and sometimes not-so-little) container or containerssss (very plural)  of bits and bobs.

Here is my latest.  Look at the beautiful satiny ribbons I've been finding on even the cheapest of t-shirts I've bought in the past few weeks.  Extra little straps for hanging them so they don't slip off hangers I guess...... when the heck did they start doing that for $9 t-shirts?   I haven't bought any for a few years........maybe it is not that new to everybody else.














Menswear has always been so nicely finished with edges encased and nowadays with the insides of collars even having velvet ribbon.  I love looking at mens clothing and marvelling.  And...the past few reeeelly cheap little articles I've purchased.... look at this!  Instead of just zigazg crap finishing ..... ribbon!
On my 2/$20 t-shirts for heaven's sake.  I was very surprised, to say the least.















And.....look how much of that ribbon for hanging there actually is....















Fully fourteen inches on each side .....















I can use it for a multitude of things...trim..bows... collars.... attachments.  Cute little bows .. and how many.... now I'm thinking these t-shirts are an even better bargain.  For $10 I also get 28 inches of 1/8 inch satiny ribbon.  Such a deal!  I've now got some black, pink, yellow and turquoise...... I think I need to begin another bits and bobs box.  Wonder if Rubbermaid has some on sale.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I think I have a cold....

.... ........ my nose is dribbling so I guess it's a cold...... I kind of forget what one feels like.  This is the first for ...erm.... 16 years? .... haven't had one since '95.  Broke my lovely long streak.   Darn it.  Probably my own fault... I was getting a bit cocky...thinking I was now totally immune to cold germs.  But, this time Mr. BV brought home more than he could handle on his own I guess and some appear to have marched right in.  Probably 13 abreast or something... the little buggers.....

Oh, well....it was a good run.  And, if this is the extent of it... big deal.....

Did a tiny bit of work on little Rumpel...that's what I've taken to calling him.... but, not much really..... no time to play.  I'm in holiday mode...and am busy organizing things......













Worked up a wire armature for a body.... wrapped it with some cotton batting and tape..



















some foil on arms and legs in case I decided to put clay on top.... but, ... haven't really decided yet.... it may be clay..... it may be thicker padding and taping...



















He's going to be a funny looking little manny..... his feet will eventually be larger than they are here.... for now..they are just wire bent to hold him up.... you can see he is not very big.  Only 9 inches tall....















..I've decided if he could spin straw into gold....he certainly didn't have to be of the "common" portion of the realm.... he could be more "of the court" if you know what I mean.... .....didn't have to wear any old woollens or shabby duds, did he?  My Rumpel is going to be in rich fabrics.... ... perhaps velvet..... and cloth with shiny gold highlights.....  a dapper little manikin....

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

check out this giveaway....

Hurry over to Shelley's blog and get in on a great giveaway!  Make a cute little dolly with her pattern.
We all need one of these to carry around don't we?

Look at the sweet little gals she makes...  I'm waiting for a certain other little bear or kitty to appear on her site.... so I can buy one.




















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Well, that was pretty funny.  Mary Ann guessed right off.  Rumpelstiltskin.   But, maybe I should have chosen something or someone with a much simpler name!  Every time I write it... which, of course, now is quite often...  I have to look back at it, say it out loud to nobody in particular, and assure myself it's correct!

I put on ears and baked him...but, kind of forgot about him because I was on the treadmill.... jumped off and raced upstairs just in the  nick of time....whew...only the tips of his ears got over toasted.  And...in the long run...I could have left him a few more seconds to a minute longer anyway.  He would have been a bit browner on the tips and perhaps a perfect colour.

As it is...I did some painting... with several shades of pinks, browns, and yellows to get what I liked for his face, lip and mole colours.

It is a bit difficult to get a perfect shot that shows the real life colours.... but, ehhh...you get the idea.





























Still a bit more work to do on the colouring.... but, he's close.... and, of course....some hair..... hmmm...but, what...I'm off to have a look in my stash of goodies...                                                                    

Wednesday, March 2, 2011