Monday, April 27, 2009

Try These-!

(Makes about 12 Large Muffins
Preheat Oven to 400

Sift together:
3-1/2 Cups Sifted Flour
3/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Sugar
4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
2 Teaspoons Nutmeg

Beat in a separate Bowl:
4 Eggs
Add to the Eggs:
4 to 8 Tablespoons Melted Butter
1-1/2 Cups Milk
2 Cups Baked & Mashed Sweet Potatoes
1 Cup chopped Pecans or Walnuts
4 Teaspoons grated Orange or Lemon Zest

Combine the liquid and the dry ingredients with a
Few swift stokes.
Fill well-greased Muffin Pans to the Top.
Bake 20 to 25 Minutes

(This is One of The Best Recipes for Muffins From "The Joy of Cooking"
We've Ever Tasted-! Enjoy-!)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

French "Country Style" Sofa & Chair #2

Fabric for the Sofa & Chair - Acrylic Painting - 24"x24" By Mary Maki Rae

We're nearing the completion of this long - albiet absorbing - project-! We're learning some new techniques and procedures - from installing springs - to nailing in webbing - to the classic use of Horse Hair for padding. An Upholstered Piece of Furniture seems simple on the surface - but underneath are many layer of supporting materials. We learned that they need to be applied in a precise method and in a certain order.
It's a long, Classical Process, but well worth the End Result - Which will be not only a Great looking Chair - but a Comfortable one as well, that will last for many years to come-!


Chair with New webbing & springs installed

Chair with Burlap Cover - Stitches Sewn in to hold Stuffing -
New additions to curved top Frame

Mr. Fix It helps Sewing in the Edge Roll
(EggHead Doll By Mary Maki Rae-2009)

Classic Horse Hair Padding for the Chair

Chair completed to the Muslin Cover Stage - Ready for Final Fabric

Nailing in the Fabric

Chair with Fabric applied - ready for cording trim & a Cushion

Napoleon Note Holder - 18" By Mary Maki Rae-2009