Monday, November 29, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
So I thought about it. I talked about it. I asked people for ideas. I thought about it some more.
Seriously, I spend too much time on these sort of things and trying to figure it out.
And this year Tilly and I were....
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
So a few years ago, a certain friend of mine was getting married... and I was in her wedding. And so my intake of wedding blogs each week went crazy... and has not stopped. During that time though, I found some favorite authors who I started following on their personal blogs. Well of course, since they have gotten married, some of them have added to their little families. Which means I've moved from some wedding blogs to pregnancy blogs to baby blogs.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I forgot to get a picture of the piles and piles of my 36 squares cut in to quarters, but i'm sure you get the idea...
So then I picked a space for each one of these little buddies so that there was not too much of one pattern next to another and so on and so on...
Then I sewed each of the circles back together again...and then all of the rows together.
I had to cheat and add a white strip because it was just too difficult for me to get all of the edges to match up. And I thought that was a better solution than giving up on the project...so I pushed ahead and I have the top part DONE!
Now I just need to decide what I am going to do with the back and get some batting in and quilt this bad boy!
You could participate in an ornament exchange! To do so, sign up here by November 20th EST. Then you'll be sent someone's name where you should create them an ornament and put it into the mail by December 11th. You'll get to add something new and fun to your tree this year! Please make sure that if you sign up, that you'll actually participate.
After the exchange, we'll post the pictures of the different ornaments on the blog!
Friday, October 29, 2010
So I decided I wanted a long term craft project. And as anyone who knows me knows....this is a recipe for disaster. But I am trying to overcome my ADD crafting tendencies. I have also really wanted to make a quilt for a long time now. It has just been too big of a committment for me though. I did try once, but I am too hasty to get squares to match up for very long so it was VERY short lived....like maybe 30 minutes.
I am not very fond of the "old lady" quilts. I wanted to do something fun and funky. And I found what I was looking for on the blog Click Click Sew: Raw Edge Circle Quilt
So I decided I wanted to do a little pink, black, and white. So I decided to take it slow and pick out 8 fabrics I liked from Joann's...and here is the result:
It is going to be my off and on project for the next couple of months (hopefully) as I have lots of christmas and birthday presents coming up. So I cannot dedicate my entire crafting free time to it. But I am hoping that if I announce it on the blog then I will have to somewhat keep up with it. Keep me inspired guys...and I shall keep you updated!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 1 plastic wrapped package of crackers)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
5 T unsalted butter, melted
5 oz. premium dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup whole milk
2 T unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
18 large, fresh purchased marshmallows
1. Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, mix the graham crumbs, sugar and melted butter until well blended and crumbly. Transfer to a 9-inch freezer-to-oven pie pan and lightly press onto the bottom of the pan. Bake until set and fragrant, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature.
2. Place the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl . In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the milk and butter until the butter is melted and small bubbles form around the edges of the pan. Stir to combine. Pour the hot milk mixture over the chocolate. Let stand for several minutes, then stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the salt and vanilla until blended. Let cool completely. Pour into the crust and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.
3 Heat the oven broiler to low. Cut each marshmallow in half crosswise and arrange the halves, cut side down, to cover the top of the pie. Place the pie on the lowest rack of the oven until the marshmallows toast. Watch carefully; once they start to brown, they toast quickly. Serve while the marshmallows are still warm.
Recipe from Deep Dark Chocolate: Decadent Recipes for the Serious Chocolate Lover by Sara Perry
Thursday, October 21, 2010
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
3 cups All Purpose Flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Sugar or decorator icing
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
In addition to crafting and cooking, I have another time consuming addiction. Games. It really doesn’t matter what type of game it is either. If it can be played and won, I will pretty much love it. When I was young, I couldn’t get enough of the board games: Life, Monopoly, Sorry!, Parcheesi, and Chinese Checkers. As I got older my gaming became slightly more sophisticated: Scrabble, backgammon, and the occasional game of Chess. Now a-days I still play loads of games but mostly on line, on my DS Lite or on the iPhone. When I am playing a game, I lose all sense of time and reality. I go completely into the game zone, which has it’s pros and cons. I can kill time in an airport better than anyone I know (and I spend approximately 5-7% of my life in an airport or on a plane). My logic and patience meter can be off the charts when I need it to and I really do think a lot of that comes from games. Many of the cons of loving games a little too much might be obvious: competitiveness, time killer, seeing the world as though they were jewels or coloured square blocks (thank you bejewelled and tetris), but it is the not so obvious cons that I feel compelled to share with you.
Just yesterday I boarded the 29A, climbed upstairs (all the buses in Dublin are double decker), and sat down in the front row next to a woman with several shopping bags (this detail will be very important in the coming minutes). I pulled out the iPhone and pulled up Angry Birds (*if you have a gaming addiction, I do not recommend this simple in theory, difficult in execution, time vacuum). For those who know the game, I want 3 stars on every level. For those who don’t, consider yourself lucky.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I suppose I could be considered a video gamer in the very loosest terms. I am not one who beats levels or earns all the little badges and trophies available or even finishes games. I am more of the play the parts that I like over and over again. And if I cannot beat the game I am cool with it. I mean my favorite games are the sims (and I don't ever finish playing a family out before I move on to the next one...too sad to see the sims I spent all my time working on get old and gray and just die!) and racing and fighting games where I can just push buttons and do cool things.
Wow. Quite the rant on a non-crafting and non-cooking subject. But it is definitely a big part of my life. In fact I would say the most used gift my husband and I got for our wedding is MarioKart for the wii. (Yep and the wii was bought with giftcards from the wedding as well) So for the last several years I have dreamed of making my 2 little furbabies Mario and Luigi for Halloween. And it is absolutely perfect for them as one is fat...uh i mean stocky...and the other is a skinny minnie. And they LOVE to get dressed up. No lie. One of their favorite games is to wear those little plastic leis and pretend to be powerful and sneak up and attack each other.
Anyways, I didn't want to just buy them costumes so I needed to learn to make them.. That is where the 3 year snag happened. But I have been getting really good at building my own patterns and sewing my own creations that this seemed like the perfect time to get it done. (minus the whole work thing being my busiest time of the year from august thru november)
So I scoured the world wide web for inspiration and came across my ideal inspiration for my kitty costumes! It is a blog featuring a fantastic etsy shop called Young Urban Puppy. (link)
Now to construct. To be honest I made a pattern after I had all the pieces cut out, just in case I would want to make another similar costume later. I really just held up fabric on the boys to determine a rough size and cut the additional pieces as they would look good.
Then the sewing was fairly straight forward. I may have messed up a few stitiches with my hastiness with the sewing machine (we tend to have a rather rocky relationship) but I think all and all for a kitty costume that will most likely just be see in pictures they will be sufficient and a point of pride for future generations.
Now on to the more challenging section, the hats... I once again googled for inspiration and found exactly what I wanted quickly. (link)
They ended up being fairly straight forward and working out super well... So here are the final products!
Amaretto as Mario:
OJ as Luigi:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Since it was a summery dress, I picked a heavier fabric, hoping it would be more appropriate when paired with something under it. I also decided the dress was going to go to a former co-worker of mine, who has a darling little 2 month old. The pattern was for a 1-3 month dress, so I enlarged it a bit in the hopes that it will fit for most of the winter.
Gathering the skirt....
Almost finished product. I bought the wrong trim and had to go back to exchange it, so I didn't quite finish it on my sick day. Close though.
And here it is, trimmed up, tied up, and ready to be put in the mail! Hopefully baby Audrina enjoys it! :)