1920’s Cloche Hat

So here’s my current project: I want to make a 1920’s cloche hat. I’ve browsed the Internet for such a long time and I finally found a pattern. At least, it’ll be my inspiration.

Here’s the hat before I felt it. I just hope it is big enough. I have to specify, here, that I’ve adjusted the number of stitches to the swatch I made with a different yarn. It shrunk about 19%.

Not Felted Yet Hat

Now, time to felt! Wouhou!!!

A few hours later…

Wow! I’m surprised that it went as well! I’m browsing on Google to find the exact way in which it is supposed to be shaped. So here is what I can do…


Being a scanner: the best thing ever!

Well, I just finished this amazing book, Refuse to Choose, by Barbara Sher. This book was written for me. That’s for sure. Because I needed a solution to my having too many interests, not being interested in each of them as long as people usually are and despairing to ever find something to do in my life which would include all the various interests that I have.

So if you feel like you are interested in too many things, like you want to do everything, that you can pick one interest to spend your whole life on, you are probably a scanner. And you need not to be in the depths of despair anymore! Go get this book. You’ll feel like your life is just starting. Trust me…

Now this blog will present my pilgrimage through the experience of the amazing things that life has to offer me! So get ready! Go!

Super chilis!

I grew some super chilis in the garden this summer. We didn’t try them. But I picked some up to make chili tinsels! It looks great in a country kitchen! I might not have my own kitchen yet, but still, I like decorating it. And so I picked the last ones a couple of days ago and I decided to try something: I’ll grow some chilis indoor during winter. I’ve taken the seeds off of all chilis that I’ve picked and put them in the oven to dry them. I’ve also put the chilis that I’ve ripped open (!) in the oven to dry them to. This is what I’ll try.

First, I’ll use the seeds in food. Isn’t that original?!

Second, I’ll crush the dry chilis to make a powder. Chili powder! Woo-hoo!

OK, so what I’ll make is not different. But have I used the right technique???? I have no idea! I’ll see…

But the oven clock just rang and I guess it was a bit too hot (350) because after only 5 minutes, the seeds have turned golden! So I took them off. When I opened the oven, my throat was attacked by spicy and hot emanations and I just chocked! Oh well…! I’ll put the chilis back in the oven when it will be cooler (200). I’ll be back for more results!

The day after…

The chilis are almost burnt and the seeds… well, the seeds are just golden. I guess that they’re edible (and that I hadn’t to toast them!) so I’ll just wait until someone who likes hot food want to try them. As for the chilis, I might try to make a powder

Grandma VanDoren’s White Bread

I don’t personally know Grandma VanDoren. In fact, I learnt about her existence just a few minutes ago. But she used to make really good white bread, or so 2 700 000 tastebuds think on the web (I just learnt that a person has about 10 000 tastebuds on his/her tongue!)! So since I’m looking for THE perfect white bread (at least, perfect according to my 10 000 taste buds!), here I am on my quest!

1st bread tried: Grandma VanDoren White Bread, october 23, 20o9, 2 o’clock pm (forecast: cloudy and windy a little bit (why do I write that?)

Now the bread is rising (first rise, quick rise: 10 minutes, long live Fleishmann’s!). But then I’ll have to clean up the house… if you could see the mess… I’m also trying to paint (acrylic)! Oh! I haven’t written about that. Well, not much to say except that I like it and that the dinner table has been covered with my painting stuff for about 3 days now… Ah… will I ever get tidy and organized?!?

Welcome to The Light Up Bee’s Blog!

So this is my blog! After watching Julie and Julia, I felt inspired to record all the things that lift me up and might lift others up! The things that I like, from ice-cream making to knitting, the things that are important to me and, sometimes, my thoughts…

So if you enjoy creativity, be the most welcome guest!