One of my favorite chocolate quotes is:
"I could give up
I'm not a quitter."
Chocolate & ZucchiniI feel the same about Chocolate & Zucchini. (C&Z)
Though the blog was only created in 2003, I have been a fan of C&Z for what seems like more than 10 years.
C&Z author Clotilde posts a weekly column called Edible Idioms. This clever column speaks to my love of idiomatic expressions.
Today Clotilde posted an Edible Idiom that was new to me: faire son miel de quelque chose. It means to profit from a situation.
In honor of today's edible idiom, let's "make our honey" with a crafty tatting contest!
Image: Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Tatted Chocolate Box ContestTo compete, you will need 1 empty chocolate box.
How you choose to empty it is entirely up to you. ツ
Or, if you're feeling super crafty, make your own box. Here is a link to a commercial site showing several different styles for inspiration. It can be big or small, any shape, whatever suits your fancy.
Please note, however, that hand-made boxes will not get preferential treatment over up-cycled chocolate boxes.
Tasteful entries that make me laugh will get preferential treatment. Please no nudity, zombie apocalypse or chocolate Jesus art.
(Alright, for all you Gleeks, the most tastefully decorated "grilled cheese-us" that includes 50% tatting will get an honorable mention. Apologies to tatters who have never seen the TV show GLEE.)
The RULES1. Decorate your chocolate box with tatting. You may also use decorative trims, ribbons, papers, fabrics, flowers, beads, beer labels, etc. But 50% of the decoration must be tatting.
Any theme. (honey, holidays, Elvis, spa day, knots, pets, wine, Jane Austin, shoes, chain mail, passion for tatting...) Let your imagination run wild.
2. Photograph your tatted chocolate box and leave a clickable link to the image, along with your name (screen name) and contact information in the comments of THIS POST. Comments left on other posts will not be considered.
3. Entries that do not include name and contact information will be disqualified.
4. International entries accepted!
5. Deadline to submit your entry is November 30, 2010. Winner to be announced December 7, 2010.
A Honey of a Prize!
Here's what you could win: 25 free balls of Lizbeth thread, in the colors and sizes of your choice.
Yes, I will ship internationally! (Or, if Barbara Foster at Handy Hands agrees, Handy Hands will ship direct to you at my expense. I am still waiting for a return call from Barbara on this point.)
Finally, Chocolate Fantasies
At the risk of veering off into an unrecoverable tangent, let me just add that Clotilde's blog posts (remember Chocolate & Zucchini?) frequently speak straight to my love of food and romance. Take, for example, this post about Quail and Rose Petal Sauce from the movie "Like Water for Chocolate" (1992)
"Like Water for Chocolate" is a perennial favorite at Silly Hat Central. But then, foodie movies have always held a special place in this chic's flick-friendly heart. Consider this foodie flick top 10. I have seen them all (more than once) with the exception of "I Am Love."
So go pop in your favorite foodie movie (or make a date to do so) and think about how you will decorate a box of chocolates. Remember, 25 free balls of thread are waiting for 1 lucky winner.