Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cooking Craftiness

Yes I would like to add cooking to my repertoire of all-things-crafty! I love to cook and wish I had more time or less hunger at the times I'd like to make a big fancy dinner. (Most times I'm too hungry to wait long enough for the food to finish before I've snacked on half-a-dozen other things!). So last night, even though I had no time whatsoever, I really, REALLY wanted to make this recipe I saw online for Hearty Potato Soup. Better yet, the soup was in delicious-looking bread bowls, which I quickly noticed they also had a link to make from scratch as well. If you know me, I love making anything from scratch... it totally goes hand-in-hand with the craftiness and art of cooking! Here are the results of my bread-making "experiment"... my little loaves weren't big enough to hold really any soup at all, so I just cut them in half and ate the soup with chunks of bread... oh well! It was still very tasty. One of my goals is to master the art of bread and pie dough from scratch.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Oops, kind of forgot about my blog for the last week or so... I have no excuse! We haven't been doing much and I haven't gotten many crafty projects worked on in the last week. We did manage to go snowboarding last Saturday, which was nice since we haven't been up at all this season (last year we went EVERY weekend!). We also attended a 1-year-old birthday party, a 50th birthday party and a wine and cheese party.
I need motivation to get into top running shape again... so Corey and I signed up for the Shamrock Run in March and decided to run a relay with his brother and sister-in-law in June. We hit the gym yesterday for the first time in forever (for me anyway) and it felt great! I ran about 2 miles, which is a good starting point for me as that's how much I was running before I stopped trying altogether (lol). Unfortunately, today I feel the onset of a cold: stuffy nose, sinus pressure, sore throat. Oh joy! I get sick so easily, how frustrating.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Tired... and it's Sunday.

Yes, I am starting out the week tired by staying awake long past when I know I should head for bed. I just have too much to do and not enough time to do it at my casual-leisurely pace! Part of the weekend was spent with Corey and I chatting about our upcoming house projects that will become a reality sooner than later (wahoo!). Corey started our taxes this weekend and we were making a wish list of what to spend our return on... right now it's heading for new granite countertops and hopefully enough leftover for a new fridge. I can't wait! Our kitchen will look so different with the stark contrast of dark granite and white cabinets; along with my avocado green walls and tangerine details. Wow, I better post a picture of the said kitchen in it's before (and then after) state so people can see how all this craziness works and not try to visualize it.

I put down my Plath cropped cardi knit project (I'm to the sleeves part, ugh) and started a new knit project... I've been itching to do this since I got my new Harmony needles. I started the Something Red cardigan, except mine will be a nice plum purple color. I've had the yarn for this project for well over a year now and it's just been waiting patiently for me to find the perfect project for it. I think this is it! My gauge was perfect after swatching so I dove right in last night and am already have a lot done. I guess this will be my February sweater of the month, although I'm nervous as I have A LOT of 100% wool yarn to use for future projects. This will not be happy times come warmer temps... think sweaty fingers (ugh) working unwillingly toward a project you can't wear until fall (double ugh!). So I better start planning out my projects a little more according to season or else!

I also purchased a sewing pattern from Etsy on how to make a needle storage case. After reviewing the 20+ pages, I remembered I had some great fabric I bought on sale and without a project in mind a long time ago... perfect! Gotta use that stash! So I started this project with a little nervous hesitation, but so far so good. I need to buy a zipper (gasp!) for the next part and I've never sewn a zipper before in my life, so this should be interesting. Updates will be coming...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Weekend o' crafty-ness

Wow that was a busy weekend. I kept thinking, I need to write my post about how busy I am, but I was too busy. Go figure. I taped 2 TV segments today for work and they were both on sewing projects. Sewing when on a deadline kind of sucks! I just kept pressing my pedal to the metal (literally) to get them done on time. One project I made I absolutely LOVE and is the first TV segment project that I'm actually keeping.
I sewed cafe-style curtains for our kitchen in a bright tangerine color (matches my Kitchenaid mixer!) and used oversized black grommets along the top, so cute! Now I just need some blinds for this window and to finish the other side, then I'm good. I love bright colors!

Allison's shower went well and she loved her gifts, which made me very happy! I was so nervous about giving 'handmade' gifts... I knew she (of all people) would appreciate them as she's pretty crafty herself, but still, you never know and most people don't realize that creating a gift is usually much more expensive and time-consuming than just getting a store-bought present. I was excited when my blanket got passed around to everyone to feel the softness and the sweater was questioned if it was store-bought (that's a good sign if you knit it yourself, FYI!).

I've really dived in to the 'get organized' mode the last few weeks; we've done our bedroom closet (sooo much better now!) and we've been working on our office/craft room. I am subscribed to emails from BHG (Better Homes & Gardens) and received an email today that I found totally motivating. I fell in love with this peg wall idea:

Friday, January 8, 2010

Another late night, another new venture

I guess I am doomed to a life of tired-ness, being that I am most productive between 10pm - 12am every night. Last night, being no exception, I had to finish an additional "embellishment" to a baby blanket I am working on for a friend's baby shower... this weekend. (I've been slowly working on the blanket for the past 2 months). The embellishment is a personalize label that I wanted to embroider. No matter that I've never embroidered before in my life, right?! And that the material I planned to embroider on was pretty stretch, non-cotton... not the best fabric for beginners. So anyway, I got down to it after referencing a book, and I think it turned out pretty good. The baby's initials are MZ and the blanket and material is Minkee (or cuddle soft fabric) by Shannon Fabrics. I absolutely LOVE all their fun colors and crazy prints... there's definitely something for everyone. Just an insider's note: Craft Warehouse will be having a sale on Minkee fabric come February... $13 per yard if you can wait that long! Plus there's lots of kits for blankets there too to make something like mine (I'll post pics once I've sewn on the label).

Yesterday Corey and I made our favorite dinner ever: homemade pizza. I make the dough from scratch in my Kitchenaid Mixer (basically yeast, water, a bit of sugar, flour, salt and olive oil) and then we load it up with tasty ingredients! Our pizza always has artichoke hearts, tomatoes, olives, garlic, mushrooms and lots o' cheese. We used to make it on a cookie sheet, but we got a nice airbake pizza pan from our wedding registry that works great! We topped it with fresh tomatoes and green onions, mmmmm!

Right now in my other life as a knitter, I decided to attempt the IntSweMoDo2010, which stands for International Sweater-a-Month Dodecathon. I'm taking part in this group (which consists of about 800+ other dedicated members) on Ravelry... I thought it would be good motivation to keep my knitting mojo going and really push me to finish a sweater project every month. Plus, as I realized yesterday, it will take a bit of pre-planning of what exactly I'm going to make each month, which is a step up from my usual queue and dream about it. I'm currently working on the Plath Cropped Cardigan for January, which in the end, will hopefully look something like this. My next project will probably be The Betty Minisweater , which has an interesting stitch pattern and only 2 skeins of yarn for the project in my size. Yahoo!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Year, New Ideas!

I try to restrain from making New Year's resolutions because I don't like to be disappointed when I can't stick to them! But one thing I have wanted to do for quite a while now is start a blog. This is actually my 3rd attempt at writing and keeping up a blog; it's mostly the latter that I have the issue with. So instead of a resolution, I'm going to make a 'commitment' (that sounds better than 'resolution', lol) to write more often, and what better way to do it than in a casual blog setting?!

I stopped by the store the other day to pick up a few supplies to finish a baby blanket I am making for a friend's shower when I saw this pattern:

They are 'bootie' slippers, lined with Cuddle soft fleece!! I must make a pair soon. They are designed by Lila Teuller Designs and her blog is full of amazing fabric and projects. I described them to my mom and she has already lined up for me to make her a pair once I'm done with mine! I am still trying to come up with projects to use all the fabric I bought for our wedding and I think I could definitely use some of it here.

I'm also busy knitting away; I just ordered some new supplies that I'm very antsy to receive from One of these items are blocking boards and I have a project finished and ready to block right now (hurry up FedEx!). It's funny because the blocking boards are simply 12"x12" foam squares that interlock together, just like the sets you buy kids to play on or you can buy for exercise areas. In my attempt for instant gratification of having them right now, I tried to find them at a nearby store. NO luck! I started at Fred Meyers (bought some mascara here), then went to Target (almost bought some shoes here), then over to Kohl's (my iPhone said they had them, but later realized they were online only) where I found some amazing sweaters for only $10 as the store was closing. So of course I had to buy 2 sweaters! Then I went to Wal-Mart and of course they didn't have the blocks either, so on my way out I discovered an amazingly cute line of clothes (I know, it's Wal-Mart of all places)... but a few shirts caught my eye and I couldn't resist. Come to find out, they are by a combo of Miley Cyrus and Max Azria (perfect) and then when I saw they were $12 a shirt, I bought 3.
So I came home empty-handed as far as the blocks go, but a bought 5 new shirts and some mascara. Talk about random. I don't know why those blocks were so hard to find in a brick and mortar store... they are all over the place online! It seems like one of those things that are everywhere when you don't need it and nowhere when you do.