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It is nearly eight and I just got the kiddo to sleep. The hubs is at his weekly meditation group. I am unshowered with a Mt Everset sized pile of laundry in need of folding and I am writing. On a blog. Some days it is about priorities. In this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Choreplay
Early this week my local quilt store (better known as my favorite fabric pushers) sent an e-mail letting me know my first block in the Gypsy Wife Block of the Month Club was ready for pick up. Immediately my heart lept for joy then just as quickly landed with a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Chica English
Tropical-esque Pumpkin Pie Pastry Crust (recipe from Cuisinart Food Processor Booklet - link to recipe on 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup very cold unsalted butter, , cut into 1-inch pieces 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup ice cold water Pumpkin Pie Filling (Based on Libby's Pumpkin Pie recipe)... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at Chica English
All hail Caesar! Halloween at the beach in Costa Rica did not offer an abundance of costume options. But fabric scraps from curtains, green felt, a little creativity and evening sewing sessions ensured H had a costume for his first Halloween. Since I am history nerd, I must first confess... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2013 at Chica English
I love eggplant especially when slathered with a tasty red sauce and topped with cheese. Seriously, what is better than eggplant parmesan? I tell you what, an easy healthy version that is a snap to make and a breeze to clean up. When you skip the messy dredging and frying... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at Chica English
It is official. Soon our little family will grow by one. We couldn't be happier. In the coming months I hope to oversome exhaustion and hormone induced grumpies enough to share handmade items and other DIY projects for our little one. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2012 at Chica English
I finally finished the Chevron Baby Blanket from Purl Soho. Finally! The pictures hardly do the vibrant colors justice. My intentions were to write up a clever little post with the kind of quips that would have made Dorothy Parker proud. Though I doubt anyone busted out knitting needles and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at Chica English
My crafting eyes are so much bigger than my crafting tummy. That explains the stash of counted cross stitch projects, beading supplies, oodles of yarn, fabric and Rowan magazines crammed into my tv room closet. Clearly, I have a problem and need to destash. Let't put a pin in that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2012 at Chica English
If my blog were a child the Department of Child Welfare would have taken it from long ago. In my defense, I've been busy. Work and home have kept busier than ever. Trust me when I say I would rather be blogging. Of course, that requires that I write a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2012 at Chica English
Recently, my mother-in-law mentioned that between her children and stepchildren she has 11 grandkids. Thinking of Christmas she let out a heavy sigh and said she was hoping everyone was done having kids. She should know better than to tempt fate because shortly after my husband's brother told everyone he... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2012 at Chica English
 Before blogging about the Ravelympics kerfuffle I decided to let my thoughts marinate a'la Jennifer Stein. I lacked that level of restraint on twitter because it was easy to spout off 140 characters when I am hot under the collar. After a good night's sleep and a little thought... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2012 at Chica English
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May 5, 2012
It recently occurred to me that I have written very little about Costa Rican food. A bit odd when you consider that not only do I live in Costa Rica but I am also half-Costa Rican and grew up eating Tico food. It may be cliché but for me beans... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at Chica English
Nearly a year ago things went topsy-turvy and I could no longer access Typead from Costa Rica. Rather incovenient considering it is my home. Proxies provided access but hardly a reasonable solution. Eventually, I walked away and tried to accept being relegated to blogspot while spammers cluttered my precious blog... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at Chica English
The title says it all, I am feeling flumoxed. I've been at the jewelry game for over 2 years now with little to no traction. The competition is stiff and I am not appropriately geographically located to participate in craft fairs. But these excuses are nothing more than challenges. My... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at Chica English
My brain has been stuck in neutral for over a week. I want to blog but I get blogger's block and nothing gets done. Rather than continue to post bupkus, I decided to grab a picture from my library at random and blog about it. Whatever "it" maybe. So here... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at Chica English
The past two weeks have yeilded bupkus in the world of Chica English jewelry. My department (at my real job) is down a man. So while someone enjoys a richly deserved week off, I am putting in 9 hours days. So nothing aside from e-mails and end of year reports... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at Chica English
The tv show, Mod Squad was a bit before my time. A bit sad really when you consider how much I love jewelry and clothing design. The wardrobbe on the show, especially Peggy Lipton's, rocked. Link was pretty stylish too. With spring approaching, I am thinking about predicted trends and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at Chica English
My husband says I am like a bird because I am distracted by anything shiny. I think it is a compliment because from the bird's perspective a soda can in the gutter must look like a priceless treasure. Bird's Eye View is my attempt to do justice to the bird's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2010 at Chica English
I am pleased as punch to be posting my very first tutorial just in time for New Year's Eve. This year everyone is donning colorful beaded statement necklaces. They are lovely but why go with the crowd? My solution, a bright silk flower brooch that gives a pop of color.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2010 at Chica English
Christmas is over which means you can now officially turn your attention to 2011 and the dreaded "r" word. Resolutions! So get out that a pen and a piece of scratch paper then write. Personally, I love resolutions. As much as I want to map out my 2011, I am... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2010 at Chica English
I am sure this is breaking some kind of artisan jewelry blog rule. Truth be told, I like breaking rules. I am a prolific ay walker, regularly lie on surveys, believe you can wear several prints at the same time and sometimes seat myself at restaurants. So my rebellious streak... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at Chica English
While I work on my next post. I thought I'd give a little something to tide you over. So please to enjoy pictures of my dog, Monty riding the wild waves of Costa Rica. Hang 20 little furry dude! Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2010 at Chica English
In the past year my voice as a designer has become clear. I gravitate towards modern organic pieces with a rustic touch. So I've decided in the coming year to resurrect my kitchen inspired spice line. I'll be making more Star Anise rings and maybe a necklace too. Along with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2010 at Chica English
Please send me your home address and the best time to break into your place and steal that gorgeous blouse. Note I will need more time if you wear a size 7 shoe. ;-)
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2010 on New Old Stuffs at Some Girls Wander