Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Craft room "tea"

No tea today as I start some crafting in my main floor craft room. In fact, today almost didn't happen because my internet has been down for four days. I finally had to call my internet service provider who walked me through resetting the modem, after which I had to reboot the computer, then reset some internet settings. Sadly, they were unable to help me with my e-mail problems, which means I am still unable to access my e-mail.

Back to tea, or lack of it today. I got this game idea from my friend Kathy, who bought one of the games in order to see how they were made. Although mine will be a lot different from the original game (which costs $20.00 US), they will be similar to (although mine will be larger than) what Kathy made.


I also have some very burnt lime slices. Last week for Tea Tuesday, I asked Kimmie (who keeps our tea links) how she managed to cut her orange slices so perfectly and she told me she used a chef knife. Then Jean suggested a serrated bread knife. Just like scissors, I have no sharp knives. I have a paring knife that is relatively sharp, and I use it for everything, including making simple cuts in erasers. So now I know. I need a sharp knife that has been sharpened. Just my luck.

Of course, I had another real problem because I set the oven at 180 degrees F. like I always do when I dehydrate fruit or veggies, then went off for a couple of hours to visit a few blogs. When I came back, I was shocked. It normally takes a good eight to 12 hours to dry fruit. This time, the limes were not just dried, but burned. I've never had anything dry that quickly before. So much for the limes! And that was three pounds of limes, too!


To honor the limes, I have started drinking Key Lime Clear. I learned after I started drinking it (yep, right out of the bottle) that it is sparkling water. Since I don't normally buy anything carbonated like that, I was surprised. And just think, I even paid for zero caffeine, too!

The object is to drink the flavored water, rinse out the bottles, dry them for a few days, then fill them with bird seed and various tiny surprises like a straight pin, a hex nut, a screw, a kernel of corn, a penny, etc. I understand the penny is about the last thing you find. You give recipients a sealed bottle, along with a list of the items and they tick them off once they have found the items. I thought it would make a fun Christmas gift for people who are hard to buy for and those who don't appreciate my art.

So today, I'll be drinking at least two of these bottles of sparkling water. If I don't, I will never get these games made. You could always come and help me drink them. I'd even give you your own bottle and a glass if you don't want to be an animal like me drink directly from the bottle!

Have a great Tea Tuesday (and yes I'm grateful to be back online) and be sure to visit Kimmie for the rest of my Tea Tuesday friends.

12 thoughtful remarks:

La Dolce Vita said...

no internet?? oh dear, thought I would stop by for tea so sad about the limes! hope your day improves!! lol!!

Helen said...

Oh, poor Elizabeth! I would be a wreck without my internet for 4 days...hope you get back to your email soon.
Shame about the limes, I have never tried drying fruit but they (usually, lol!) look so fabulous.... Enjoy the rest of your day.

Steph said...

ah well never mind my friend....it'll get better....
warm hugs from this end...

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Great idea for those non art appreciators. Glad your email/internet issues are resolved. If you drink all that water
you will be well hydrated! xox Corrine

Nancy said...

What!? there are people out there who don't appreciated art!! Oh well, each to there own.
I find that it is easier to drink (more) water when I drink from the bottle!
I'm drinking coffee this morning, happy Tuesday day to you :)

Julia Dunnit said...

OMGee..you're going to get into your inbox and find about a million emails! I can't believe you know non appreciators, but I must say that this bottle game is a great idea. Only way I can drink these fruited waters is to make them fizzy...2 a day - you'll be fizzing yourself!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Oops! Sorry to hear about the limes. I've never dehydrated anything. We have a gas stove so I don't really like to leave it on for that long. I tried to make some shortbread this evening but it got too brown. Probably not a good idea to bake when you have a migraine. Time to hit the hay. Have a great rest of the week. Tammy

Marilyn Rock said...

I'm reading more and more about Internet problems - sorry. I hope yours is resolved for good - it's very frustrating and I hope your email woes get resolved soon. Love the thought of Key Lime Clear! Thinking of you.....Marilyn xxoo

voodoo vixen said...

Burnt limes and fizzy water... hmmm, methinks I will pass!! LOL So glad you are back on the interwebs... have missed you!! You know people who don't appreciate your art? And they are still on your Christmas List? LOL

~*~Patty S said...

hard to do without the internet...it's almost like being without electricity!

glad you're up and running again...so strange about your email access

you will be bubblier than ever drinking two bottles ;)
sounds fun and you get to feed the birds afterwards too...cool

oxo

Steph said...

HI E my apologies for the missing link on the book/movie...some challenges with technology I must admit....I've just added the link....

kimmie said...

So glad you're back on line ... And so glad you were able get the help you needed! I'm so sorry about your limes though! Limes are so small, I think they must dry out fast! You might try grapefruit - that works pretty well. Your liter bottle project looks great - is it for kids? I think it's similar to a toy they have in the dentist office ... My kids love it!