Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Anyway, it's been a fun day with some new ideas and activities a brewin'.
What did you do today?
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I found this recipe from a website about frugal cooking. It is super versatile recipe that I altered by substituting 1 cup flour for 1 cup cornmeal. I added 1 cup or so of frozen blueberries and like a tsp of dried lemon peel. Next time I'll add more lemon peel (we can't taste it) and more blueberries. They turned out well though! Can't wait to try out more variations.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
They were kind of really annoying to do, so tiny and hard for me to see, but I think I'll make some more anyway because they are so cute and Jane keeps begging for me to make her some clip-ons.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Now back to business.
Here are some of the flower designs I worked on tonight from scraps leftover from yesterdays project and some other old t-shirts and lace. I want to make some t-shirt headbands and a couple of barrettes from them.
I actually completed one, as a little sassy black barrette for Lucy. She's still pretty thin on top, but I'm hoping it will work on her soon.
Monday, August 23, 2010
I still have clothes from 1997 (at least) that are sitting in my drawers or hanging in my closet that I probably haven't worn since 1997. I'm working on that. And to help myself conquer that disorder, I decided to cut up some old stuff to make new stuff that WILL GET USED. I got the idea from the book "The Feisty Stitcher" by Susan Wasinger (pages 40-41), which is now on my wish list, thank you free library system.
Thanks to a classic old black T from The Gap and a hand-me-up (I'm the oldest, so...) from my little sister, I now am the proud owner of a totally rad tote bag with Kip's face on it. (If you don't know who Kip is, you are lame and need to click here and here.)
Anyhoo, it took me an hour to do it, because, as you all know I have authority issues and don't trust people's directions...but I digress...
Regular people could probably do it in like 20 minutes. I bet I could whip out the next one faster.
I want to see what you guys can do!
Send me pictures of your craftiness!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
cutting out all the fun stuff to put on it...
Also, yesterday I cooked with turnips for the first time (put them in a yummy "throw it in the pot" soup, i.e., throw whatever is left over in the fridge into the pot and boil. I chopped the turnips into cubes, sauteed in butter for 10 minutes and dumped it ALL into the soup.
The Soup = Leftover chicken drumsticks from a failed Weight Watchers recipe [failed our tastebuds], kale, carrots, chicken "better than bullion", water, pepper, basil, northern/white canned beans. Yum!)
And, yesterday, for my friend's birthday, I made this flower, va-va-voom!
into a brooch so she can put it on a bag or jacket
and made another brooch with 3 poppies out of some fabric sample scraps I got from an estate sale and buttons I got from another estate sale.
Those are my favorite things now, estate sales...except that I have a huge garbage bag full of awesome fabric (that cost only $5!) taking up space in my living room...so many projects, so little time.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
I figured it out. I think. I tried another stretch stitch and it worked MUCH better (i.e. it actually sewed instead of ate my fabric). Also, I moved the seam over to a little bit bigger than 1/4" so the edge had no possible way of getting pulled down into the depths of the machine.
Why do I need a serger? Why not?! I could have saved me some major time with the edges of this thing. Zig zag and cut at the same time? Heck yeah! That is my next craigslist purchase.
And, why am I so excited about Onesie Extenders? If you have skinny kids like I do, you'll understand. My kids NEVER grow out of something because they get too thick, but only because they get too long. So, these are a perfect solution! Lucy is enjoying the pink ones right now. Hooray!
Friday, August 20, 2010
I finished one onesie extender, only to realize that one side of snaps was facing the wrong way. (That has to do with my issue with authority and deciding that the girl in the tutorial didn't know what she was thinking so I decided to sew them my way instead of hers...sigh.
I'll never learn.)
So, I cut it apart to fix it and now my machine will NOT sew the stretch fabric without freaking eating it to bits and it getting stuck inside the machine every time!
So, this is a day of attempts, with no results.
Help! What is wrong with my machine? (OR, what is wrong with me?!)
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The only change I made to Cupcake 5 was to add a little Coconut flavoring to the buttercream frosting for the Mango cupcakes.
Just so you are prepared, the Chocolate frosting is SUPER THICK, like playdough thick, but still really good. I put some mini chocolate chips on top the of the Chocolate Frosting to add some texture and make the cupcakes look a little cuter.
I'm taking these both to a department party for Scott's school. Hopefully they go over well and don't melt in the HOTTTT sun!
Let me know if you make any of the other cupcakes and how they turn out.
I just ordered some butane fuel for my kitchen torch so I can make a Smore Cupcake soon and torch the meringue frosting. Yahoo!
Flames + Food = Good Times for my belly
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I found this recipe on MANY blogs, but this one was the best because she was real about the outcome and felt the same way I did regarding the lack of salt and the chewyness of the cake. But seriously, it pretty well satisfies at midnight.
Let me know if you tweak your cake and how it turns out!
“This is for all you chocoholics! We used a 12 oz. mug in our 1000 watt microwave and it turned out great! Now we’re in trouble!”
5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons chocolate chips ( optional )
3 tablespoons oil
a small splash of vanilla extract
1 coffee mug
Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again. Put your mug into the microwave for three minutes at 1000 watts (vary the time just a little either way according the the wattage of your microwave). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed. Allow to cool and tip out onto a plate if desired. EAT! (This can serve 2 if you want to feel sightly more virtuous).
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Jane actually tried a bite and enjoyed them enough for 2 bites, then ate her first taco! (She is a typical picky toddler.)
Scott, my ever sceptical palate, ate them right up!
Here is his happy face.
Lucy is struggling with solids and did not like me trying to get her to eat some before her bottle. Instead, she just played in it for a while.
I also started a project I've been meaning to do for 2 months now. I am making a rosette necklace out of hot pink chiffon with a chain wrapped throughout. This is a TERRIBLE picture because I was feeling lazy, but it will not the be last. Once it's totally done I'll take another and post it.
Monday, August 16, 2010
I'm not sure yet where I'm going to use this new fancy flower...any suggestions?
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
For your listening and viewing enjoyment, here are two classics!
Oh man, I've never seen the original. Maybe there's a reason...
I also had a blast celebrating two of my friends birthday's this weekend, sleeping over at a B&B. Last night was my first night without a kid in almost 3 years! It was a much needed good time. Thanks ladies and Happy Birthday Ashley and Cheryl!
Friday, August 13, 2010
For my friend's birthday I decided to be brave and try making something I've been wanting to do for a while.
I made a flower headband out of old t-shirt material, a scrap of lace I found at my grandma's house, some beads and a little piece of elastic.
I copied the (way cute and easy!) headband idea from this website and based the flower loosely on flowers I found online at various sites.
What do you think? I can't wait to make one for myself!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
We had a nice little tour by a cute little old lady with an odd Midwestern accent that was hard to understand (example: "Ohia" = Ohio, "Cince-natty" = Cincinnati) . The museum used to be the home Robert lived in as a boy and is now used for local parties, one of the rooms is also a gallery for 2 local artists. The tour was okay, but the lady didn't really know anything about the home or any of the artifacts (especially since probably 95% of what was on display didn't belong to Robert's family), but she was cute.
The girls did well on the tour, probably mostly due to the fact that I bribed Jane with a sucker if she didn't yell or touch anything during the whole tour. She even "oooh'd" and "ahhh'd" with Scott and I as we responded to the tour guide's vast knowledge.
It was a fun little stop that allowed a little more experience than a gas station or rest stop. I think in the future I'll start looking up other little places like that to use as rest stops.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Yesterday I found an awesome Photoshop magazine at Costco while I was supposed to be doing something else...and today since we are at a hotel I decided to experiment with Photoshop for my creative duty for the day. I couldn't figure out every command that was explained, but also, the internet wasn't cooperating so I couldn't find the help I needed. Anyhoo, here is an almost finished version of a Lith Print on Photoshop. It was fun to experiment and learn new tricks!
P.S. The Wi-Fi at Little America is slooooow.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Ahhh...I'm finally done! It only took forever, but I'm so proud of it! I haven't made a book in 6 years, so I feel like I've accomplished something big! Man, I forgot how much work it takes to get it done. I don't know if I'll be whipping out another stab stitch anytime soon, but I do like how it allows me to create a prettier looking spine that it would look otherwise. I also experimented with ribbon for the sewing instead of using waxed linen thread. Hopefully it will hold well. I didn't make the wholes large enough to be able to pull the needle through very easily, actually breaking 1 needle and stabbing myself in the thigh at least 3 times, but I learned my lesson and hope that next time it won't be so ridiculous!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I also cut out the fabric for the spine (sort of misleading because I am doing am open spine).
I am going to try a new type of stitch that I have never done, so that is what is overwhelming me. I need to get my bottom moving though. I technically only have 2 more nights to work on this before we are leaving for home...
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Also, today I went to Ikea with my sister-in-law Steph. I LOVE Ikea and it was fun to walk around with someone else who also loves it. I bought 6 brackets to use for 3 shelves that I want to install over my craft desk using wood from our broken coffee table as the shelves. I will be going to my friend Sarah F. to get her to cut my wood up for me since she is apparently a power tool queen. (Gotta love friends with connections.)
Also, do you love the meatballs at Ikea as much as I do? I guess it's really that amazing gravy that they slather them in. I have also officially stopped getting the mashed potatoes with the meatballs and only get the fries now. They are probably my favorite fries. They taste like the ones DQ used to make. And, they are also amazing dipped into that luscious gravy.
And what is it about that Lingonberry stuff and meatballs?! I don't necessarily like the combination all that much, yet I feel compelled to eat them together because they are placed together on the plate, touching each other so you have to eat some meat with Lingonberry sauce if you want to eat every delicious meat morsel. Usually while eating my meatballs with Lingonberry juices on them I am thinking, "why am I eating this, it doesn't even taste that good...", and today for the first time I thought, "hmm, this is kind of good together. I get it." So, I had a culinary enlightenment at Ikea today. Lingonberry sauce and meatballs. I get it.
(P.S. The chocolate cake is the best dessert they offer. The others are mediocre, the chocolate cake is decent. I guess Swedes aren't so good at the sweets, just the meats.)
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Had my first Lau Lau today. It was pretty good. I don't know if the pork was wrapped in spinach too, but having it steamed inside that taro leaf made it super moist and soft. Can't wait to go to Hawaii some day to eat at a real Luau. Until then, I'll just have to be content with this place (that's where I got this picture too) in SLC. They are yummy. Not sure if I'm ready to try the Loco Moco yet though. Seems a bit intense for me.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Bergamota soda. Sounds delicious!
Also, I tried their Red Velvet cupcake. Not my favorite. But their Chocolate cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream was sooo good. (Had that one last week.)
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Because she is.
Also, she and I rocked it on a giant tramp for the first time too. Baby bounces. She loved it. Had a little coy smile going on. Cutie pie.