Archive for January, 2011

FROM THE HEART VALENTINE’S DAY PROJECT

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

FROM THE HEART VALENTINE’S DAY PROJECT

What you need:

1 -12×12 piece of wood

White acrylic paint

Paintbrush

38 nails

Hammer

Red wool or Red string

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How to Make:

1-Paint the square of wood and the sides and let dry

2-Enlarge the image of the Heart below and print out

3-Put that photocopy on top of the wood

4-Hammer a nail in each numbered spot

5-When finished remove the paper

6-With Red String or Wool, tie a knot around nail #1

7-Go back and forth following the numbers 1 thru 38

8-You are all done when you get to #38 and tie a little knot

JOLI COEUR

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

American Hazelnut finder

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Agnes Baddoo just sent me this link which explains to you how to find and/or spot Hazelnut trees in your area: http://www.arborday.org/programs/hazelnuts/consortium/locate.cfm

It’s a really nice website!

If you want to buy fresh Organic Hazelnuts online, Gail Colombo gave me the link: http://www.localharvest.org, which will help you find not only Hazelnuts for sale in your area but also Farmer’s Markets and CSA’s and much more. It’s an invaluable resource! ¬†Through this site, I found an orchard on the west coast that grows Hazelnuts and you can order them from http://www.freddyguys.com

Thank you Agnes and Gail so much!

Hazelnuts

Natural Dyed-Wool

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

I haven’t actually ever dyed anything but this way looks so wonderfully earthy and healthy, and I would love to learn how do this one day! Apparently, Wool is the preferred fiber to use because it takes on natural dyes so easily. Those natural dyes, which are either Herbs, Flowers, Leaves or Roots, could be Camomile, Stinging Nettle, Marigold, Onion and Tumeric, to name a few, and which give these gorgeous subtle color variations. I found out that each time you dye this natural way, you will never get the same colors twice because the weather, the season, the maturity of the plant, its position in the sun or shade, and the quality of the water used for the dyeing is different with each plant. No chemical dye can create the beautiful variations and soft colors of these natural dyes.

Natural Dyed-Wool

Mighty Hazelnut

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

I was in Paris early fall last year, and chanced upon a cache of fresh Hazelnuts at a little marche’, which I scooped up into a paper bag. Three days later, I was still eating them for breakfast, mid morning snack or really anytime snack. I loved that they were still in their natural Hazelnut wrapping, which I had to peel back to the hard shell, which I cracked open to reveal the raw and pure Hazelnut inside. Hazelnuts have many health benefits, such as being rich in folic acid, enriching red blood cells ( essential for oxygen transport throughout the body), and provide the body with proteins, which are considered the building blocks for the formation of tissues and muscle mass. Hazelnuts are so delicious too!

Mighty Hazelnuts