Saturday, July 30, 2011

Picture Saturday: Australian Seed

Who knew that  this?
A type of seed pod from Australia

Could be turned into this?

Beautiful hand turned container

I saw these while watching a turning demonstration at Lang Pioneer Village 

Friday, July 29, 2011

FO Friday: BP Kelenföld Painting and traveling to Vienna

If you want to go to Vienna from the 11th District of Budapest or neighbouring districts I would recommend that you leave from this train station.  The last time I checked, it was 31 Euro to travel round trip (including public transportation for 4 days) and it takes about 2.5 hours if you go from Kelenföld.  Since it is not the main train station it is a little less crowed, but the ticket sellers do not always speak English.  By choosing to traveling by the Austrian high speed Railjet you will be treated to a modern, comfortable European trains.  I have traveled once to Vienna this way and once to Salzburg by Railjet.  They by far have been the nice trains I have travel by in Europe and in Canada.

A few weeks ago I showed you the beginnings of a painting of the station.  Now here is the finished version.  It is my  first serious effort in acrylic painting and I think that it turned out well.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WIP Wednesday: Cross Stich Baby's Bib

While staying at my parent's house this week I started to get a little bit antsy, so I went rummaging through an old stash of yarn.  I didn't find any yarn that I wanted to knit or crochet, but I did find an old cross stitch baby's bib to finish. I am thinking of putting it on a teddy bear and giving it away.  Any other suggestions about what I could do with it?
I also went over to the yarn store and bought another ball of the Canadian coloured cotton, so I could make more face cloths.  This time I decided to make it a little bit different shape.   I decided on Tricksy Knitter's  Leafy Washcloth:
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Picture Saturday: The Classic East German Car

A  month or two ago I was walking to the bus stop in the Village (where my school is located) and saw this curious looking car:
What is it?  A convertible Trabant

The regular version of these cars were everywhere in Hungary during communism and just after the fall of the Iron Curtain.  My dad's uncle had one that we would ride around in when I visited Hungary in 1993.  He would take it up to the top of a hill and then just coast down in neutral. Today he just has the tires left.  Here is a picture of a regular Trabant:  (It was originally posted when I wrote about my trip to Germany.)

Friday, July 22, 2011

FO Friday: Face Cloth and Laurel Letter Opener

It has been a slightly productive week for me.  I completed the Canadian Coloured face cloth/dish cloth.  I decided that I will try it as a face cloth and if I don't like it then I will use it as a dish cloth. I have already used it to cool my neck in the sweltering heat.

Project Info
Name: Face cloth/dish cloth
Yarn: Kertzer Coolspun Cotton
Colour: Peppermint (9191)
Needle size: 4.5

My mom's wood turning progressed well.  The results was this letter made out of laurel wood which is grown in Appalachian Mountains. 

Bark side up
Bark side down

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WIP Wednesdays: Dish Cloth and Wood Turning

 Wednesday already?  How time flies!  Sometimes I don't know where it goes. 
I was away from Thursday until Monday visiting friends and a church in beautiful Welland. I had a chance to visit my favorite place in Welland - Merritt Island:
It was peaceful sitting at a picnic table looking out onto the river

This was also peaceful until so people decided to turn on their rap music

I also had a chance to sit out by the old canal watching some women's quads rowing.  It reminded me of the time when a lady who lived in my building in Welland was trying to recruit me for a coxen.  Unfortunately, I was moving to Hungary, so I couldn't join the fun.

 Now to WIP Wednesday. Do to all the fun I was having I didn't have a lot of time to work on anything, but last evening (Tuesday) at Soper Creek Yarn's Knit Nite I decided to start something small:
I was going to make it into a dish cloth, but now I am thinking of using it as a face cloth.  It is our national colours, so in Hungary it can remind me of Canada.

My mom has also been working on her own WIP this week.  This piece of wood is being turned into a letter opener.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Eastern Europe Missions Trip

Do you have a heart for prayer?
Would you like to pray for the CRWM missionaries working in Eastern Europe?
Why don't you consider joining the CRWM prayer mission trip to Eastern Europe this September?
For more information see Mission Link or contact me for more details.

You better act fast - registration deadline August 1st!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Raspberry Dessert Recipe

Last week on FO Friday as promised I would give the recipe to the Raspberry Dessert:


1 1/2 pint      raspberries
1/4 cup         sugar  (can adjust to taste)
1/2 pounds  marshmallows
1/2 cup        milk
1/2 pint       heavy cream (whipped)

1. Wash berries and drain.  Mix with sugar. Chill for 2 hours.
2. Put marshmallows and milk in top of double boiler, heat until marshmallows dissolve, stirring occasionally.
3. Cool until mixture begins to thicken.  Fold in whipping cream.
4. Arrange alternate layers of raspberries and marshmallows beginning and ending with berries.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Picture Saturday: Shopping in Budapest

Like most large cities Budapest has a number of places to go shopping.  Here are two of the malls regularly shopping.  By clicking on the links you can see the malls' websites. (There is more information in Hungarian than English.  This is something that makings living in Hungary difficult since I am still learning Hungarian.)

This is my favorite: Allee Bevasarlokozpont.

Savoya Park: In here is a gigantic Auchan Hypermarket (aka a department store with the emphasis on food)

Here is a link to a YouTube video featuring Allee.

Friday, July 15, 2011

FO Friday : Raspberry Parfiat

The answer to WIP Wednesday is:

Raspberry Partiats
The recipe was originally from my grandmother:
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P.S.  I will post the full recipe next week when I have a little more time.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WIP Wednesday 2: BP Kelenföld

Last week on Wednesday I posted "Hope of Painting Something." Well in the past week I stated acrylic painting.  I painted a few flowers that were disappointments:

I chose to paint the flowers because they were based on the first project from a beginning acrylic book.  I didn't really like doing them, so I decided to paint something I actually wanted to paint: the train station near my flat named Kelenföldi Palyaudvar.  (I have gone to Vienna from here.).

The painting is based on this picture.  I like to think that there is some resemblance between the picture and the painting. 

To see more WIP Wednesday see Tami Amis' blog.

WIP Wednesday: Raspberry What???

The other day I made something out of all of these ingredients, but what was it?!?

Whipped Cream

Marshmallows and Milk


Tune into FO (Finished Object Friday) for the answer.....

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Picture Saturday: The Reformed Church next to the Danube

During our spring break back in April a friend and I took a walking tour from the Budapest edition of Blue Guide.  One of the stops was this beautiful Reformed church that sits a the bank of the Danube river:

The roof of this church was made my the Zsolnay company .  The company also makes beautiful porcelain.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

WIP Wednesdays: The hope of painting something

My friend from Kittens with Mittens was giving me some ideas today about what I could put on this blog.  One of her suggestions was Work In Progress Wednesdays, so this is my first WIP Wednesday.  I bought these after a short trip to Wally-Mart.  I am hoping to use them to paint when I am in Hungary.

10 Stiff White Nylon Brushes

Fanned out:  You can see the bright white in the light of the flash.