Jun 29, 2010

Nearly Knee High

The garden is growing! The heat wave that is upon us is doing wonders for most of my garden.

garden

One of the tomato plants is outgrowing its cage and another is quickly following suit. I really wish I remembered which tomato plant was which! Here you can see the flowers and a single tiny tomato!

tomato flowers
tiny tomato

The pumpkins are doing really well too; the leaves are getting quite large and there are even blooms and those swirly things pumpkins get!

pumpkin
pumpkin swirls

Overall, the watermelon plants are doing pretty good. At least one, maybe two plants fell victim to the horrible fungus that spread from the pumpkins.

watermelon

The corn I planted especially for my father really picked up the pace this last week. I didn't think the stalks would be "knee high by the fourth of July" like the old saying goes because of the cold wet spring, but they are nearly there!

corn

A downside to the heat for the garden is that my lettuce and spinach is bolting! I am hurrying to eat as much of it as I can before it is all gone. I hope everybody's crops are doing just as well as mine. Happy Growing!

Jun 24, 2010

Lots of Popcorn!

On Tuesday I invited friends over to watch TiMER, a romantic comedy I have been waiting months to see, and made lots of popcorn for everyone to eat.

popcorn trio

There were three varieties: Buttery, Parmesan and Spice, and Chocolate and Pink. For each type I started with air popped popcorn.

For the Buttery Popcorn I drenched it in melted butter and sprinkled on salt.

buttery popcorn

The Parmesan and Spice Popcorn was a modified version of this Spicy Popcorn from Lisa's Kitchen. I think I over did it on the Parmesan and didn't add any amchoor because I didn't have any. I had never heard of amchoor before, I am quite intrigued by it and will have to try some soon.

parmesan and spice popcorn

The Chocolate and Pink Popcorn followed this Pink Popcorn recipe from Erin Cooks. I obviously used chocolate for most of the coating; there were some technical difficulties while trying to melt the white chocolate... it turned into a chunky paste instead of becoming smooth. I tried to make do, but it just wasn't working. If you try this recipe I definitely suggest you avoid using cheap white chocolate chips.

chocolate and pink popcorn

There were a few other popcorn recipes I wanted to try, but didn't. Maybe sometime soon I will try these: Maple Bacon Popcorn from Eat Make Read and Buttery Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn from Purple Foodie.

Jun 22, 2010

Hanging Pom Pom Cat Toy

About a month ago I got a kitty. His name is Winslow. You can see more pictures of him here.

This weekend I made pom poms to hang from Winslow's cat tree:

hanging pom poms

I used rainbow colored yarn and made sure to tie them extra tight. They are attached to the cat tree with cup hooks.

While I was attaching the pom poms Winslow had to come find out what I was doing. Here he is sniffing and then licking his new toy.

winslow sniffing


winslow licking

Jun 17, 2010

A bow tie for my father.

I made this bow tie for my dad for Father's Day.

blue bow tie

My sister and I were recently looking through some old photos and came across these pictures of my dad and aunt. Don't they look adorable?

my dadmy aunt dd

Inspired by the photo of my father, I decided that I needed to make him a bow tie for Father's Day even though he isn't a tie sort of dad. I used Burda Style's David Pattern and attached Velcro to the back so he wouldn't have to tie it.

Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures before tying the bow and tying it was a bit of a fiasco so you only get to see what it looks like tied.

blue bow tie and stitched paper bag

I also made another stitched paper bag as wrapping. Here is the full bag:

stitched paper bag

And here is a detail shot of the stitching:

stitched paper bag detail

The stitching isn't very straight, but it still looks good. I think the slightly uneven stitching gives these bags more charm. If you want to make your own stitched paper bags, I have a tutorial you can follow.

Happy Father's Day!

Jun 15, 2010

Padded Handle

I made a padded handle for my sister's tennis ball caddy using fabric I had on hand, some batting and leftover binding.

padded handle

Here is a detail shot:

padded handle detail

I think the triangles look like paper airplanes, tiny pastel paper airplanes.

Jun 10, 2010

A Beaded Necklace

I made a necklace with some of the leftover beads from this bracelet.

beaded necklace

There are two more pictures of the necklace on my flickr here and here. I still have tons of beads left! What else should I make?

Jun 8, 2010

Cinnamon Rhubarb Bread

Over the weekend I made this cinnamon rhubarb bread from a recipe I found on use real butter.

cinnamon rhubarb bread

The rhubarb was from my garden and needed to be used up quickly, this recipe was just the ticket! In my search for a recipe it seemed like everything called for strawberries too. Why are there so few rhubarb recipes that don't have strawberries?

When making this I added about half a cup more rhubarb than was called for in the recipe to use it up! I also had to add some extra cinnamon (about half a teaspoon more) to the batter and decided to pass on the sugar topping. It tastes great!

Jun 1, 2010

Patterned Envelope

I made another free printable for you!

blue star envelope

This patterned envelope is inspired by some vintage envelopes my grandma gave me years ago.

vintage flower envelopes
vintage photo envelopes

These envelopes are so fantastic, a lovely surprise for whomever receives a letter in them. The one I designed for you has a blue star pattern and prints on a standard 8.5" x 11" piece of paper. All you need to do once it is printed is cut, fold, and glue the flaps together.

blue star envelope detail

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download blue star envelope.pdf