Thursday, October 23, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I visited our local Fine Arts Center on Friday and one exhibit really inspired me to finish up the tail on the peacock I'm embroidering on my denim purse.
This is gold sequins in several sizes with iridescent blue, purple or turquoise beads. I also added a small bead for his eye.
The exhibit that inspired me is called All the Glitters and features costume gowns from festivals across Texas. Here's a link to the website here. I wish you could see them in person, it really dazzles the eye. All those beads and jewels!
Here's a link to some of the San Antonio Fiesta gowns and gives some background and other photos.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Sugar is not just sugar.
Of course there are different types, white, light brown, dark brown, raw, etc.
But check out these 2 kinds I ran into at Walmart.
This one in the white bag was $1.98 for 5 lbs.
This one in the blue bag was $2.18 for 4 lbs.
The blue bag sugar is clearly marked as CANE sugar, usually the only kind we get here in TX as this is where the sugar cane grows. The white bag sugar was interesting. If you look at the ingredient list it says "Sugar", that's all, just sugar. But sugar has to be made from something, either sugar cane or sugar beets.
A little search online told me the difference, the white bag sugar is a mix of cane and beet sugars, my guess is more beet than cane. So why don't they label it as such? And why is it so much cheaper?
Could it be they don't want us to know that it contains beet sugar? And that commercial sugar beets are all GMO products now? I don't know about you but I really don't want to eat pesticides if I don't have to.
So I'll stick with the cane sugar, so far they have not needed to play with that genetically as weeds are not a problem with that crop.
And did you know you can make your own brown sugar by just adding molasses to white sugar?