Brugmansia’s First Bloom

After shooting this series of photos, the bloom opened FULLY this evening. The smell is INTOXICATING. My “Pink Favorite” Brugmansia came from http://www.katzkuntrykuttins.com/brugmansia.html

Brugmansia

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1500sm

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Brugmansia

Day 2

1567sm

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There are 5 additional pods, so looks like more blooms on the way. :)

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Aeyla Jean featured by AKC on Instagram July 4, 2015

https://instagram.com/p/4uxIHyhHP3/?taken-by=americankennelclub

Aeyla Jean the Afghan knows how to accessorize perfectly for the 4th of July! @angelsunphotos

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July 9, 2015 My Blog was hacked and my entire website was disabled. Everything was updated and reinstated on July 10, 2015.

I discovered that this content was apparently removed from Instagram. :( I’m not sure what happened as we were delighted to be featured. I used a repost app, so the original content is still here as shown below:

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Blobbers the Blobfish Pattern

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There’s little to smile about being a Blobfish. They were voted the World’s Ugliest Animal in 2013. Blobfish live at depths of 2000-4000 feet in Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. Blobfish look very much like a normal fish until brought to the surface where their gelatinous bodies decompress. Regrettably, they are a casualty of deep sea fishing for lobsters and crabs and now listed as an endangered species (Psychrolutes marcidus).

The sad expression of a decompressed Blobfish both expresses their plight and makes them very endearing creatures.  This pattern will make an approximately 4” finished Blobfish.The body is unique in that it is constructed in one piece with the lips, nose and dorsal fin incorporated directly into the design rather than being sewn on as separate pieces. Only the pectoral fins are sewn on.   As with all patterns that are proportionate, the finished item can be reduced or enlarged proportionately by using a larger hook with corresponding larger yarn.

This pattern is now AVAILABLE  for $6.99 in my Etsy shop.  I also have ONE prototype available for $40 + shipping.  http://www.etsy.com/listing/237956238/blobbers-the-blobfish-pdf-crochet

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Peacock Pattern Now Available on Etsy

Frank the Peacock Pattern by Kelly Lynn Smith

Frank the Peacock Pattern by Kelly Lynn Smith

http://www.etsy.com/listing/235551782/frank-the-peacock-pdf-crochet-pattern

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It’s the beginning of the growing season here in Ohio and while many plants will have to wait until Mid-May; it’s not too early to begin plans. While looking for various types of seeds on eBay; I happened across some … Continue reading

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Macarons Anyone?

I wanted to try making French Macarons for some time but read that they were very difficult to make, even for experienced pastry chefs. This was my first attempt at macarons and Voila! Success!

Start with a great recipe ~http://allrecipes.com/recipe/macarons/detail.aspx

Almond Flour

To make “fine” sugar, just put in a food processor or blender.

Silicone Baking Set  This set worked out perfectly.  It was bit larger than my air bake pan, so I cut it to fit.

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Here are my macarons baking in the oven.  Just fill to within the outer circle on the baking sheet.  The DecoMax “pen” included in the set makes the batter go exactly where you want.

I did increase the baking time to 22 minutes.  I’d advise setting the timer to 15 as directed and then checking.  Ovens/cookie size are both variants.

Let cool sightly and then remove from the silicone sheet.  I found that it worked best NOT to use any baking spray and just put the batter directly on the silicone sheet.

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Madagascar Vanilla!  YUM!!

I mixed up the Buttercream Icing from this recipe WITHOUT any flavoring and then divided it up and added the flavoring (Commercial Real Vanilla & Madagascar Vanilla Bean Seeds, Commercial Plum Flavoring) to the smaller portions.

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My only regret was that I could not find anything but the star tip for my Wilton Dessert Decorator so the icing is flared rather than smooth.

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Here’s the Plum–Purple Food Coloring and Plum Flavoring.

These Macarons were not difficult at all to make.  One just needs a good recipe and the proper tools.  I’m looking forward to trying NEW flavors the next time that I bake.  Raspberry anyone?  😉  How about Champagne?

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Looking for Great Photo Printing? Try Shutterfly!!

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Reindeer Games Afghan Hound Snood For Sale

Reindeer Games Afghan Hound Snood

Reindeer Games Snood–IN STOCK, READY TO SHIP!  Hand Knit. As shown in Black and Silver. You will receive the exact snood pictured. Size Small. Fits Puppies, Small Female Afghan Hounds or other breeds of similar size. Measures 15″ under chin fully stretched. To fit properly, your dog’s neck should measure 14″ or less. 15″ long.

ALL SALES FINAL ~ NO RETURNS

ONLY ONE AVAILABLE
No warranty is implied and no liability is assumed. ALL snoods should be worn with FULL time adult supervision.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/213393990/reindeer-games-dog-snood-in-stock-ready

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Welcome to the Breed

An Original Poem by Kelly Lynn Smith

An Original Poem by Kelly Lynn Smith

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What is a Stack?

This is a CANDID photo taken on a small incline (i.e. hill) in my front yard. This photo was on the cover of Afghans Online.

This is a STACK.
Declan wanted the flowers very badly, so had to be moved back a tad. It is not a perfect stack. As win photos go, it’s pretty nice though.

This is a FREE STACK.

This is a Reverse STACK.

Please note that ALL of my photos are copyrighted. I also purchased the copyright of the official win photo. This means that you are NOT permitted to copy them, post them to your Facebook Group and make nasty comments.

Declan ~ 22 Months Old

Declan ~ 11 Months Old

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