Sep 27, 2012

Floral Stamps

I carved a set of floral stamps from rubber erasers!

floral stamps

There are six petals, two leaves, and a round center that can be combined to make different flowers!

floral stamps

Here are a few things I stamped while testing them. I really wanted to try layering petals with a color gradient, but stamp pads are expensive (I didn't realize this until I went to purchase some) so I only bought white.

flower petal stamped

leaves stamped

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They are a bit difficult to line up so I will probably cut off the corners/excess stamp. I even used them to decorate a present:

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Sep 25, 2012

Sharpie Decorated Egg Crates

I kept seeing the porcelain mugs decorated with sharpie on Pinterest and I had to do it too. These are my sharpie decorated egg crates:

sharpie egg crate diy

sharpie egg crate diy

I sort of followed these instructions from A Beautiful Mess, but ended up baking at a higher temperature and for a longer time because of various comments I read and doing some wash tests.

sharpie egg crate diy

sharpie egg crate diy

Now I have a sharpie decorated egg crate, a fancy place to put my eggs.

Sep 20, 2012

Embroidered Circle Purse

I finished sewing the dashes embroidery it into a purse!

embroidered circle purse

It is a fairly large purse, the circle is 14 inches in diameter, but only an inch and a half deep so it isn't really a big purse.

embroidered circle purse

This was my first totally-made-it-up-as-I-was-going sewing project in a really long time and I forgot how much sewing drives me crazy when you actually baste and press and pin!

Look at my zipper installation, I am very very pleased with how well I did:

embroidered circle purse

embroidered circle purse

What did I tell you, great zipper installation, possibly my best ever.

embroidered circle purse

The handle caused me a few more problems, but it is attached and I put in some tacking stitches to hold it in place a bit better.  These tacking stitches weren't really needed after attaching the other side, but I am going to leave them.


Update: I closed comments because I was getting way too much spam!

Sep 18, 2012

Dashes Embroidery Nearly Finished

Technically I have already finished the dashes embroidery and have started sewing it into a purse, but I only have these pictures of my nearly finished embroidery project to share with you.

embroidery wip

embroidery wip

I am working really hard to finish the purse and will share it with you on Thursday!!!

Sep 13, 2012

Dr. Pepper Ice Cream?

Another treat I made over Labor Day Weekend was Dr. Pepper Ice Cream.  While perusing Pinterest I came across the recipe from Mary the Kay the Blog and thought that it sounded totally crazy and I needed to try it. My sister LOVES Dr. Pepper and since I spent the long holiday weekend with her I made it then.

dr. pepper ice cream

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Dr. Pepper ice cream is really more of a slushy texture and induces major brain freeze! It tasted like a a Dr. Pepper float probably tastes like; creamy with a cola sort of flavor. We aren't really fans, but it was fun to make.

Sep 11, 2012

Mozzarella

Over Labor Day Weekend I made some mozzarella using this recipe from Delectable Musings.

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The cheese tasted like mozzarella, but it was a bit rubbery like cheese curds. I am sure the problem was that it was over kneaded. It wasn't very smooth looking when formed and it didn't really melt when I used it to make a pizza.

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I am definitely going to make mozzarella again and next time I won't be so rough with it!

Sep 6, 2012

I have a poblano pepper and more on the way! So excited the blooms are no longer falling off! My first few tomatoes had blossom end rot and were kinda gross, but I ate a 'good' tomato last night (my first from this plant) and am pleased to say that Ananas Norie/Black Pineapple tomatoes are quite yummy.

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my first poblano pepper. pepper plant. blossom end rot. good tomato. underripe and yummy.

Sep 4, 2012

Yarn Bomb No. 2

I put up another yarn bomb! They are sort of addicting; I can't wait to do more!

yarn bomb - bench slat

yarn bomb - bench slat

yarn bomb - bench slat

yarn bomb - bench slat

This one is on a bench, near a pizza shop that I frequent. I originally wanted to knit the entire thing with the lotus flower/star stitch, but it was taking FOREVER so I added in some stockinette stitch. This was a good way to try out a new stitch!