Monthly Archives: June 2012

working hard.

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for the past few weeks, i’ve been busy making things. lots of things. it distracts me from the frustration of not having a job. here’s what i’ve been doing:

knitting socks. i’m on my third pair and i’m not slowing down. i got a hint over at one of my favorite blogs, Grainline, about this yarn from Knit Picks. it’s so soft, and i love that it’s sport weight because i like thick socks! more pictures to come.

sewing shirts. i’ve been sewing a lot of shirts lately, five Sorbetto shirts from Colette Patterns and two of my own design. pictures soon!

crocheting. i made a granny square quilt for my sister Ruby’s birthday. i had a huge pile of wool acrylic blend yarn from years ago, so i used this project to use up some of the yarn. and the fact that it is washable made it perfect for Ruby. i’ll try to get a picture from her to show you as i’ve already given it to her.

quilting. i’m still in the process of hand quilting a lap quilt for a certain someone’s birthday.

i’m planning on getting pictures of all of these projects soon, but i need someone to help me. i can’t take pictures of myself!

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I’m back!

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It’s been a while since i posted last. A long while. And i’m feeling really guilty about it. Mainly because i was having such a good time posting everyday, and this blog was an exciting creative outlet for me. not that i’m trying to make excuses (or maybe i am…), but things have been pretty crazy for me. My cat injured her eye in a cat fight and i had to play nurse to her for a week. Getting an outdoor cat to use a litterbox is no small feat… i’ve also been considering a major change in my future. More on that later. Anyway, i’m glad to be back and i’m excited to share a lot of things that have been going on around here!

margaritas and guacamole.

hello! it’s been a while since i’ve posted… and i don’t really have an excuse… forgive me!

it’s gotten a little crazy around here… everyone comes home at a different time. i’ve been making tortilla chips and guacamole (or guaca-salsa as my mom likes to call it, much to my chagrin) for dinner a lot. and of course you can’t have chips and guacamole without margaritas! here are my recipes:

Guacamole:

chop up a handful of cilantro and add to a small bowl. add about a quarter of a red onion diced fine, a pinch of kosher salt and two cloves of garlic minced. juice a lime into the bowl and add a splash of red wine vinegar. cube up three-four avocados and add to the bowl, smashing them with a spoon or fork. then add two to three tomatoes diced fine. mix it up and taste!

Chips:

preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. spray a few baking pans with canola oil. cut some corn tortillas into wedges and arrange on the baking pans. spray the wedges lightly with oil. sprinkle lightly with salt. bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

Margaritas (makes one):

in a shaker, juice one lime. add 1 1/2 ounces of tequila, 1/2 ounce ounce triple sec, 1/2 ounce water, and two Splendas. add a handful of ice and shake. rub the rim of a glass with a lime and dip in salt. add some ice to the class and strain the alcohol mixture. enjoy!

the girls.

you may remember that a few days ago, i was sitting in a car full of chickens. here is the story:

my family has had egg laying chickens for over ten years. we love the eggs that they provide, and they are great pets. tragically, a raccoon somehow got into out chicken yard and killed four out of our six hens. the worst part was that it didn’t even eat them. it just killed them and left them. it was a hard couple of days for us, and we all felt really bad for the two surviving girls. since then, my mother has been trying to find a place to purchase young chickens. we didn’t want to raise chicks at this time, so she was searching for already laying chickens. a colleague of my father’s just so happened to have around thirty chickens, and offered him some. he said that he would appreciate it, but they hadn’t made any plans to exchange the chickens. well, the next morning, my dad got an email from this colleague saying that she had placed three hens in a crate in the back of his truck… surprise! so it was my job to drop off my mother at her appointment and then use her car to go rescue the hens from the parking lot because my car is too small. and that’s how i ended up in a car full of chickens!

so welcome to the new girls!

ombre shirt diy.

okay, i hate to be a complainer, but my allergies are really bad this year. i really belong in the Allergy Pride Parade ๐Ÿ™‚ the other night, i was having an allergy attack, and i was hot and uncomfortable. i needed to wear a sleeveless shirt, but i couldn’t imagine being comfortable in a tight tank top. since i didn’t have any loose sleeveless shirts, i decided to make one…

i call it my Dobby shirt because it reminds me of the little dress that ย the house elf wears in the Harry Potter movies (i’m a nerd, okay?) i grabbed a really large white t-shirt from our pile of clothes to donate to Goodwill. i cut off the sleeves and neckband, and made it into a racerback tank. i whipped out the sewing machine and took the sides in about 5 inches on each side so that it wasn’t TOO huge. the whole project took less than 10 minutes. it wasn’t the cutest shirt, but damn was it is comfortable. it really hit the spot!

i decided that it needed a little bit of an update appearance wise, so i grabbed a pack of fabric dye and got to dying!

here’s the shirt before dying.

i filled a plastic tub with warm water. i also spread out a garbage bag on the counter to protect my work surface from the dye.

i measured four tablespoons of salt, like the package of my dye instructed,

and i dissolved it in the water.

since my shirt was clean, i just ran it under warm water and squeezed it out.

i grabbed some gloves to keep my hands from turning pink…

and poured in the dye! i used Dylon in flamingo pink. i started with about half of the package so that it would create a lighter pink for the top of the shirt.

i dipped the entire shirt into the dye and took it out very quickly. i wanted the shirt to range from a very light pink to a darker pink. i squeezed out the excess dye. then i held the shirt by the straps and continued to dip it in, each time dipping less and less. about half way through i added the rest of the dye. since my hands were covered in dye, i wasn’t able to take pictures of this process. when i was satisfied with the effect, i squeezed out the excess dye and headed to the laundry room sink.

i rinsed the shirt until the water ran clean, then i hand washed it in Woolite.

then i threw it in the dryer with a couple beach towels.

now my Dobby shirt is a little bit cuter! i loved this project, and i’m itching to dye more clothes!

i hope you try this out! i’d love to see pictures of your projects ๐Ÿ™‚