Monday, November 29, 2010
Here are some of the posts that I collected for this holiday season or next year.
-I was thinking about making dishtowels these are cute.
-Inspiring crochetted and embroidered projects.
-These sock ornaments are cute ideas I was thinking maybe white socks with some beading.
- Colorful stars for any season.
-I know we are a long way off from spring but these flowers are cheery.
-Crochetted gift tags for any occasion. Hmmm... I'm thinking maybe next summer making a batch of these for all occasions.
-I could just hug these owls.
-For Thanksgiving I tried a Cranberry Nantucket Pie which I'll share tomorrow.
-The salmon recipe from the last Monday list was very good. Hope to have pictures next time.
-The wooden bowl and beads in this post was a thrift store find over the weekend. I added string and keep it in the kitchen for my busy 2 year old when she can't prep meals with me.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Went to Field Wonderful to look up the recipe. There weren't exact quantites to this recipe so I pulled the clipboard out to write down what I was doing.Next pulled out the ingredients I had: cooked sweet potatoes, 1 onion,1 garlic, curry poweder, coconut milk, chicken broth (didn't have any homemade) and ground ginger (because I didn't have any fresh ginger). Continued following the recipe and then went on to slice fresh bread I made that day. Watched out for the bread thief while soup cooked.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
We put curtains up to hide the storage utilty shelves. The curtains are from the Ikea "As Is" bin. They not only hide the shelves but make a great stage. To the left of the curtains is the art studio.
It was in need of a clean up and an area carpet to cover the cold basement floor. Across the way is my sewing studio.Covered the chairs with new fabric and made pillows.
Made copies of the fabric with the patterns to be used as templates for doll clothes or paper dolls.
Oh and the little red table finally made it into girls' room.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
These are the fabrics (Alexander Henry Collection 2008) I'll be using. A friend found them at Mardin's over the summer. I'll have pictures of the finished chairs tomorrow.
Almost done with this night stand for the younger girls' room. The paint is still drying and hope to have it in their room by tonight.
This is next on my painting project list. A friend found this and thought it would be perfect in my home. I'm thinking a white night stand in the older girls' room.
Monday, November 15, 2010
I have a small basket of thin crochetting yarn that I found at a yard sale and started out with the red and a US H8/5.00mm crochet hook. It was not coming out too pretty so I went with a smaller hook.
I think I'm getting closer to actually making it look like ric rac using a C/2-2.75 mm crochet hook. So far I'm liking this and getting the hang of it. The red would be great for Christmas and the other colors in the basket could be for wrapping gifts, embelish skirts, pillow cases, curtains, blankets or anything that comes to mind. Now I just have to make it look a little more consistent.
This is one of the links on my Monday List that I wanted to share today.
Inspiring crafts and ideas that I would like to try:
- The ric rac directions are from Foxs Lane.
- As I slowly decorate my home I keep in mind that paint and spray paint are my new friends. Love the spray painted tree and candle holders .
- Fabric tape! I just thought this was cool a good way to use up those fabric scraps and a nice touch instead of just plain tape.
- I haven't done any felting yet but I hope to felt rocks someday.
- This circle craft would be great on white cloth and then hung on the wall. I hope to try this sooner than later.
- Love these sweet Christmas ornaments.
- I know already mentioned this in my last post but I love the idea of crochetted eye and make up remover pads.
- I love this sweater for a little girl. I'm optimistic that I could make this someday.
- I hope to make this sweet potato soup for one of our lunch this week.
- Alright a new salmon recipe this looks tasty.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I have been trying to replicate the hat in the book and a matching scarf. I know wouldn't be easier to just follow the directions in the book? The problem is I don't follow directions well lol and started my own pattern for the hats along with a matching scarf.
Lately I have been thinking about little doilies for the Christmas tree. Ok now these little doilies I actually did follow the directions. I'm using a finer crochet yarn and 3.75 mm hook. I'm hoping to make a few for when we decorate for the holidays.
These are my crochetting hopefuls. The two on the left (pink and blue) are a suede yarn that will be made into a shawl for a Christmas gift. The grey in the middle will be an afghan for my bed. The two cotton yarns on the right will be used to make little crochetted make up pads. I thought how cool is that so soft for eye and make removal. Great gift idea too.
Oh the possibilites with yarn the problem is getting it down before the holidays. Hope you too are enjoying a favorite project.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
The successful part is when everyone enjoyed it for dinner and there were only two slices left. Phew.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Diced carrot, onion and tofu.
On the left wooden ears and on the right dried mushrooms. Both were soaked in hot water for 4 minutes.All the ingredients simmering.I apologize that the picture doesn't make this look appetizing but it was good.
My version of Hot & Sour Soup
1 small onion diced
1 carrot diced
1/2 cup dried mushroom (soaked in hot water for about 4 minutes and drained)
2-3 dried wooden ears (soaked in hot water for 3 minutes and drained)
1 cup diced tofu
1 cup cooked ham or pork (shredded or diced)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon chili oil (or more if you like it spicy)
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
10 cups water or 8 cups soup stock
1 beef boullion cube
In pot heat 1 tablespoon oil then add carrots and onion. Sautee till carrots are soft and onions are clear. Then add water or soup stock and the rest of the ingreadients. Bring to a boil then simmer for about 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately.
-I don't know exactly how much this yields I would guess about 4 adults. I stretched this out for more for my family.
-If you don't have grated ginger the orginal recipe uses 2-3 slices fresh ginger. It's cooked for 2-3 minutes then discarded.
-This soup is more like a broth not like the restaurant. It's because in the original recipe a cornstarch solution is added as well as an egg. I don't do either one. If you choose 4 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 3 tablespoons of water are mixed and then added to the soup cook till thickened about 1 minute. Then remove from heat and mix in 1 beaten egg. I omit this from my recipe because it doesn't come out well for me.
-To make this vegetarian skip the meat it's just as tasty without it.
Enjoy and keep warm :)