December 12, 2011

CraftLife Episode 18 – Bah Humbug

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“Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you”

Congratulations to MelodyJ, the winner of the Hello Kitty Online Premium edition giveaway!

Many thanks to Shine of Shine and Lee’s Christmas Trees for sharing a little about Christmas tree farming. You can find info about the different trees they sell, wreaths and decorations that are available, and pictures of the farm and family at the website, or on their Facebook page.

Shine and Lee got the idea for starting a Christmas Tree farm after visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. (BTW, Biltmore is one of my favorite places in the WHOLE WORLD)

“A soal, a soal, a soal cake. Please, good missus, a soal cake…” You can find a recipe to make your very own soal (or soul) cakes in this NPR article.

There has been much premie hat knitting lately, including my favorite red one which has the word “HUMBUG” duplicate stitched in green around it.   I have also put in a bit of work on  the Dovahkiin Gauntlets for Adam.  Here’s my progress so far:


November 20, 2011

CraftLife Episode 17 – Bumps In The Road

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:56 pm by treacleandinketsy

Ebenezer Scrooge opens this week! Tech week is upon us, costumes and props are being worked in, sound and light queues are next in line.

Pearl Fryar is a master of topiary sculpture. You can learn about his story in the documentary “A Man Named Pearl”. You can check out the trailer at that link, too.

One of my favorite holiday movies, and where I first learned about Hot Buttered Rum, is White Christmas. Bing Crosby and Christmas music are synonymous in my house.

Hot Buttered Rum

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup unsalted butter

2 cups vanilla ice cream

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp all spice

1/2 tsp clove

1. Combine sugar, brown sugar and butter in a saucepan over low heat until butter is melted.

2. In a large bowl, beat ice cream, sugar/butter mixture, and spices at medium speed until smooth.  Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks, or in freezer for 1 month.

3.  To serve, fill a mug 1/4 – 1/3 with mix, add one ounce (2 Tbsp) of rum and fill the rest of the way with boiling water.  Sprinkle with nutmeg.

It’s giveaway time! Leave a comment in this post between now and 11:59pm CST on 12/1/11 to enter to win a copy of the Hello Kitty Online Premium Edition. The random number generator will be used to chose TWO winners, each of whom will receive a copy of the Premium Edition, which comes with $15 worth of in-game points to shop and spend as you play, an exclusive virtual pet to follow you around and assist on quests, and 2 Hello Kitty Online collector’s postcards. (System requirements include Windows 2000/XP/Vista (32 bit) and 512 MB RAM minimum)

Speaking of giveaways, Janeen of the Clothed in the Lamb podcast just had a 1 year podiversary giveaway, and I was the lucky winner! I’m looking forward to casting on the Gypsy tank with my winnings.

I’m working hard on the Dovakhiin Gauntlet’s for Adam. The Lustrous Extrafine Merino DK by Sublime Yarns is working beautifully!

Thanks to Fraydele on Ravelry for suggesting this week’s song!

Lyrics to this week’s song (based on the song “Whip It!” by Devo)

Rip it!

Frog that sweater
Then re-knit it better
Take out your sticks
Get right to the fix

When a problem comes along
You must rip it
If you want to fix what went wrong
You must rip it
One sleeve is far to long
You must rip it

Now rip it
Frog it back
Back it up
Don’t be slack
You must go backwards
To move ahead
When you detect it
It’s not too late
To rip it

Rip it good

If you mess up the design
You must rip it
If you put in a life line
Then you can rip it
It will look better in time
If you just rip it

I say rip it
Rip it good
I say rip it
Rip it good

Frog that sweater
Then re-knit it better
Take out your sticks
Get right to the fix

When a problem comes along
You must rip it
If you want to fix what went wrong
You must rip it
One sleeve is far to long
You must rip it

Now rip it
Frog it back
Back it up
Don’t be slack
You must go backwards
To move ahead
When you detect it
It’s not too late
To rip it
Frog it back
Back it up
Don’t be slack
You must go backwards
To move ahead
When you detect it
It’s not too late
To rip it
Rip it good

November 8, 2011

CraftLife Episode 16 – Scrooge Ate My Homework

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , , , , at 9:45 pm by treacleandinketsy

Put on the teapot, or fill up the french press, whichever is your preference.  Let’s take a few minutes to chat and just catch up on what has been going on lately, what do you say?

I’ve been moonlighting with Ebenezer Scrooge quite a bit lately. If you’re in the Dallas area this holiday season, come on down to Pocket Sandwich Theatre for a musical re-telling of a Christmas classic in a casual dinner/theatre atmosphere.

If you get an opportunity to take a class with the ever-fabulous Ysolda Teague, don’t let it pass you by! Her “Perfect Sweater” class was wonderful.

Many thanks to the staff of The Woolie Ewe for hosting the “Perfect Sweater” class. The day of the class was the first time I visited this LYS, and I have already been back a second time. 🙂

I’m very excited about spinning up my new Icelandic roving. Here’s what wikipedia has to say about Icelandic sheep. Any ideas what I should knit with my

Very focused on learning short rows during our train ride.

finished product?

If you’re looking for something out-of-the-ordinary to do in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, why not give the Grapevine Vintage Railroad a try?

Ready to tackle short rows? Check out this video from

11-11-11 marks the arrival of a video game for which I have been waiting years. And I’m not exaggerating. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Tease me if you must, but I am taking the day off of work on November 11 to celebrate.  This game is also the inspiration for Adam’s special request knitting project. Any ideas what it might be?

June 28, 2011

CraftLife Episode Eight – Crafting For Good – Part Two

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , , at 11:19 pm by treacleandinketsy

I had an absolutely lovely time va/stay-cationing with my family in and around my home town of Newberry, South Carolina.

If saving the world at the point of an animated gun is your idea of a good time, I might peg you as a Call Of Duty: Black Ops player.

Yes, I went and did it. I made the cut! And, you can too. Locks of Love and Pantene Beautiful Lengths are two places you might want to consider sending your donation.

Before "the cut"...

... and after.

1 hr post-donation. Grabbing a quick pic in the the bathroom to shoot to my bff.










If you did NOT want to knit in public with me on WWKIP Day, you could have joined me for a little cruise on Lake Murray.

Though Treacle and Ink on Etsy has been shamefully neglected lately, it is all due to preparations happening in the background for Treacle and Ink Goes Pink for breast cancer research fundraising in the month of October.

The Ravelry rumor mill reports that a magazine full of Jane Austen inspired knitwear will be coming out late this fall! I read about it in this thread.

CraftLife has spread its wings! You can now follow CraftLife on Twitter.

May 1, 2011

CraftLife Episode Four – Hacking The Craft

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , at 7:36 pm by treacleandinketsy

Hey, hey all you hackers out there! This one’s for you!

WARNING! Before you precede any further, please familiarize yourself with that hacker genius, MacGyver.

If you’re looking for inspiration from other crafty hackers, check out the works of Rachel Betty Case and Hye Jin Lee .

And if you’d like to do a little more reading about hacking in general, take a peek into “The New Hacker’s Dictionary”.

So you still want to try your hand at cow tipping?? This how-to video provides step-by-step instructions.

Indy Mogul offers up some great inspiration and DIY goodness. Their Backyard FX series is full of incredibly good how-tos. You can watch their Fallout fan Film, Nuka Break, and then see the episode about how some of their props were constructed.

About that yarn swift that Mr. E. Bunny told me about… check it out for yourself here.

I have managed to cast on and complete the Waterfall Scarf since the last episode… though it may get frogged and re-knit.

August 9, 2010

Tee Shirt Quilt – Part One

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**Quick follow-up to my last post**

Along with his love for coaching football and playing video games, my hubby also has a passion for directing and editing videos, which is a good thing, since it also happens to be what he does for a living.  He has recently combined these three areas of expertise, and begun a You Tube video series called “Anatomy of the Game”, where he uses the Backbreaker video game to coach football technique.  At this moment he has three videos up, and is working on the fourth as I type.  It’s really neat, and he does a wonderful job!  Check him out at  And just to whet your appetite, here’s his trailer.

Now, on to the crafting!

I have finally begun work on my theatre tee shirt quilt.  My sister’s first attempt at this project turned out so well, that I have been inspired enough to once and for all begin work on my own.  (You can check out her finished project in my post Keeping The Memories.)

Instead of doing a How To for this project once I have completed it, I have decided to chronicle my progress as I go, since it is such a large project.  We will all find out together if it turns out well in the end!

For starters, I came up with a design.  As I said in Keeping The Memories, I liked Julee’s design so much I used it as inspiration.  After printing out a few pages of graph paper, and taping them together, I drew up my design using queen size comforter dimensions as a general guideline.

Quilt Design - Descriptions are written in "code"...aka: my terrible handwriting. 😛

Once I had all of my piece measurements worked out, and not forgetting to add a bit for seam allowances, I measured and cut out some cardboard  templates to use for the multitude of pieces that will have same dimensions.

After washing and drying my tee shirts and blue jeans, I ironed on some interfacing to the insides of the front and back of the tee shirts before using one of my templates to cut out 14″ x 14″ squares from each side.

Front and back of both "Noises Off" and "The Sound of Music".

Some of my older pairs of jeans that have also mysteriously gotten too small to wear will supply the rest of the fabric in the pattern.  Included with these jeans is a pair that I wore as part of my costume in “Godspell”, my first college production.  These jeans have a an awesome embroidered design all the way down the outside of both legs, from the hip to the ankle, and they’re going to make a great addition to the quilt.

I wore these jeans with a pink and red horizontal striped shirt and a pair of bright red sneakers. Oh, what fun!

Yay for good memories!  And what a great way to preserve them.  Thanks to Julee for putting a bit of fire under my bottom to get the project going.  I’ll have more updates as things progress. 🙂

August 6, 2010

Relieving The Suspense

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 10:38 pm by treacleandinketsy

In my most recent Features Fridays post, I alluded to an exciting request that was made of my husband.  At the time, I was not at liberty to share with you the specifics of that request, however, the time has now come to reveal the particulars.

My hubby is an avid video gamer.  He is also a wealth of football knowledge, having played the game from the time he was a little boy, all the way through college.  So, whenever a new football video game is announced, he gets all giddy with excitement and the hope that this game will finally be the one that plays like the real thing, and never more so than five years ago when it was announced that a new football game was in development that would utilize real world physics and reactions rendered “on the fly” rather than canned animations.  The name of this game is Backbreaker.

For five years he followed the progress Backbreaker, being very active on the forums, and savoring every morsel of information that was announced, up until the game release date.  However, like any true fan, he didn’t stop there.  Having already made the acquaintance of one of the game’s developers, he began offering feedback about the gameplay, and details about the game of football that needed to be incorporated, or perhaps even fixed, in the video game.

He has been such a big help that he has now officially been credited in the “Special Thanks” portion of the game credits!  That’s right, if you play Backbreaker and view the credits, you’ll see my hubby’s name scroll right up the screen.

But, for those of you who aren’t gamers, or have no intention of going out and purchasing this game, here’s a little screen shot I grabbed today.

Special Thanks to Adam G. Scott

How neat is that?!

June 4, 2010

It’s Not Just All About Crafts…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 4:27 pm by treacleandinketsy

The main theme of this blog, from the beginning, has always been Etsy and crafting.  Of course I have veered off the straight path here and there, because I am more than a crafter.

I’m a wife,

Leaving the reception.

a daughter,

Mom and Dad!

a sister,

Julee, me, and Stephanie.

a musician (and BFF!),

Me and The Marvelous Maven.

an actor,

Saying "goodbye" to Beth.

a cook,

My totally-from-scratch Thanksgiving gingerbread church from '08. I know it was a little while ago, but I'm still so darn proud of it!

a traveler,

I like a cruise... but I"m definitely up for something a little more off the beaten path.

an amateur photographer,

Somewhere in Asheville, NC, I believe.

a tea lover,

Tea at Biltmore. Ahhhhh.

dog lover,

Jan Austen fanatic,

video gamer,

fantasy football master,


…And so much more.  More than likely, all of these different aspects of me will show up here in my blog, so please feel free to read what interests you and skip over what doesn’t.

Now, what about you??  I know there is more to you than our shared interest in Etsy and crafty goodness.  (Or maybe, like The Marvelous Maven, you’re not not so much into the crafts, you just like me for me.)  I want to hear what else makes up you. What other skills/talents/passions do you have?  What do you just LOVE…and what could you totally live without?  Leave me come comments below!

May 22, 2010

Mid Century Modern and Atomic Design – My New Obsession

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 4:27 pm by treacleandinketsy

I recently listed this totally awesome luncheon set in my Etsy shop, Treacle And Ink.

I completely fell in love with this set as soon as I saw it, and it was so hard to give them up.  I love everything about it – the colors, the pattern, the milk glass, the shape of the plates and texture of the cup handles.  As I was doing a little background research on the pattern and maker, I came across an old listing by another Etsy seller for a set that was identical to this one.  Glancing through the tags that this seller had chosen, I noticed one that said “atomic.”  Curious, I plugged atomic into the Etsy search engine to see what exactly that meant.  And so was the beginning of my new obsession.

At the risk of this post becoming a full-blown novel, I’ll try to stick to the main points.

I first became interested in Atomic Design (only I didn’t know it at the time) while playing Fallout 3 on the Xbox 360.  This game takes place a few hundred years after a fictitious nuclear fallout:

Okay, okay, now don’t go thinking, “You want your house to look like THAT?”  Try, instead, to look past the rubble and imagine the interior as it originally was.  I loved that 1950’s feel.

Back to my “atomic” search.  As I clicked through page after page of the Etsy search results, I stared in wonderment.  People still made and used stuff like that?  It wasn’t long before that little curiosity became an intrigued internet scavenger hunt and then a full-blown obsession.

I love it for so many reasons!  I love the look of old futuristic, not so much new futuristic or “modern”.  I love the concept of the Jetson’s meet Ozzie and Harriet.  I think the post-war era also draws me in with ideas of solid family values, G-rated TV, and being able to unashamedly ask the blessing in school before lunch.  And, as an added bonus, this just might be where my taste and my hubby’s taste will come into alignment.

Now, to bring myself back down to Earth, I currently have absolutely nothing in my possession that would even come close to falling under the heading of “Atomic Design”.  So, for now, I’ll just share a few of my recent inspirations.  Enjoy!

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February 3, 2010

Does “Classic” Mean I’m Old?

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 7:17 pm by treacleandinketsy

Okay, so not only am I an actor/crafter, I am also a part-time nanny and avid video gamer. It is this last trait that lead to two hours of my life mysteriously disappearing this morning.

Wednesdays are my day off from my job as a nanny – which I very much enjoy, by the way. Usually, I try to get as much Etsy related stuff accomplished on Wednesdays, because the only other time I can devote to such things is on the weekend. This morning, however, my priorities got temporarily rearranged.

Enter SimCity Classic.

Now, if you grew up playing this game, like me, you would remember it as just plain old SimCity. I LOVED playing this game at school, but could only get so far during a single class period. Now, of course, there are much improved Sim games of all types, but there’s nothing like that sense of nostalgia that washed over me yesterday when I discovered the free-to-play SimCity Classic online.

Now, there a few differences in this online version of the original. I got none of the message reminders that I remember (incorrectly?) keeping me on track and up-to-date with the goings on of my city.
There was also the ominous message at the top of the page that kept telling me: “You are playing your daddy’s SimCity…”

Wait, what?….Whatever.

After what seemed like only a few minutes of city planning and development gloriousness, the well timed SimCity Earthquake of ’75 brought me back to reality, and a realization that half of my morning was already gone.

Another day, another city.

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