Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Making a Meal with the Divine Ms. Clara - Great Depression Era Cooking

I just stumbled across this wonderful lady, Ms. Clara, on youtube this morning & I wanted to share her with y'all!
She hosts a cooking show & in this one, you'll see her make a poor man's feast from the depression era. It's a simple recipe & a little history lesson too! Enjoy!

She is a true gem & reminds me of my Nana who lived to be 98. I miss her so much.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

So I Submitted My Table & Sushi Seat to Ikea Hackers

It was published today!!! Check it out!

Have you ever heard of ikea hackers? It's this fanastic site where you can submit your 'hacked' ikea furniture, housewares, etc.

I did my hacks last fall, but am just now finally getting around to blogging about it & submitting it to the blog. I have no idea if they will be published & it takes about 10 days or so for a new hack to appear once we'll see I guess.

First I altered the ikea "vitamin" stool to make it into a piece of stylized sushi! The seat cover is constructed with sherpa fabric to represent the rice. Various colored fleece was appliqued onto it for the filling as well as the seaweed wrapper in black...which I sewed all around the edge to make the roll.

I love how it turned out so fun!

I then altered my work table. It is a tovik corner table in unfinished wood.

I painted it with leftover interior paint from my babygirl's room.

After the paint was dry, I covered the table top in a thick coating of resin (following the manufacturer's instructions)

...& various pink glitters.

It really has a lot of sparkle! I now use my table in most of my product photograpy for my etsy shop.

Now I'm thinking about glittering my kids' picnic table. I bet it would look fabulous in silver!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fresh Springtime Fat Quarterly Embroidery Pattern

Hello dear readers!

My cup of excitement is overflowing this morning & I can't keep it in any longer... so I'd just like to share that I've submitted a fresh new darling embroidery pattern to be featured in Fat Quarterly!

Fat Quarterly is an ezine dedicated to sewing, quilting, & fabric... so if you sew, embroider, or quilt, you may want to check it out!

This is just a tease! To see the whole pattern, you'll have to wait a wee bit!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Whoopie Pie Recipe ...You'll Thank Me Later!

I just whipped up a batch of these yesterday as we were lacking something sinfully sweet in our cupboard & I didn't have the ingredients to make the cupcakes I've been longing to do on hand. (note to self: pick up some Baileys Irish Creme)

These are traditional New England Whoopie Pies!

The outer part is like a cross between chocolate cake & brownies.
The filling is a cross between frosting & oreo cookie filling.
Any way you slice them, they're wicked yummy!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Cream together everything until it's well mixed & fluffy looking. Drop by spoonfuls onto a well greased cookie sheet. Spread batter out until it's app. 3" across & 2/3" thick. Batter doesn't spread much during the baking process, so the final size will be what you create on the pan before baking.

Bake app. 10 minutes. You'll know when they're done when the surface no longer appears shiny & a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Allow to cool.


Cream together filling ingredients & then spread filling onto half of your pies & finally add another pie on top to make a 'sandwich'.

*For a lower calorie version of this recipe you may substitute all sugar with 'Splenda' or equivalent sugar substitute...but seriously with this much shortening, you may as well just indulge!

Enjoy! Please share with friends!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Another Swap Embroidery...A Gift from the Sea... My Own Design of a Mermaid & Sailor

I was working within the theme of 'through a porthole' ...things one might see when gazing out a porthole from a ship or a submarine.
My partner had given me 2 different fabrics & suggested to either use one or the other or both...even combining them to make a horizon between above & below water. I was inspired by the latter & the pattern just came into being from that inspiration.
I thought it would be very cool to be given a gift from the sea by a mermaid.
I've always been fascinated by mermaids ever since I first saw "Splash" starring Daryl Hannah & Tom Hanks as a little girl. I remember my Nana had gone on a European tour & brought back a souvenir plate from Denmark with the image of the little mermaid statue on it. It broke my heart a few years back to hear that the statue was vandalized several times, but it isn't the original & is always repaired thankfully. One day I hope to travel there & see it myself. Ok, I admit that my babygirl had been watching a lot of Disney's "Little Mermaid" & maybe inspiration was drawn from Ariel & Eric as well.

Back to the embroidery:
I stitched up the sailor & sailboat using a single color & then stitched the mermaid in a variegated make her a little more magical. I like the contrast of using the lighter color to stitch on the darker fabric & the darker floss on the lighter fabric.

I love how it turned out & it took awhile for me to part with it as my partner can attest to, but as I say "I'm flaky...not a flaker" and always fulfill my swap obligations.
One of the best things about swapping like this is you can end up working on something you never would've created otherwise. It's a great creative exercise...especially to get out of a rut or your comfort zone.

Wait until you see the next piece I've's unlike the other designs I've worked on ...and I did a lot of french knots!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Please Vote for my Jar of Stars Nightlight for the Craftster #60 monthly challenge!

If you love this project I made for my little girl... please show your support & vote for it to win this month's craft challenge on craftster!

This is a jar full of fallen stars I'd made as a nightlight for my babygirl when she was sick. We've been getting a lot of use out of it & now I'm crafting more. I'd like to have a huge jar of them on the dining room table for romantic dinners & also some to keep out on our sunporch for lazy summer night ambience!

I appreciate your vote & hope that I have inspired you as well!


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It Goes in with a Sprinkle...Comes Out with a Twinkle - Makit & Bakit

I purchased a couple of those "makit & bakit" suncatcher kits for the kids to try from Hobby Lobby.
It was a good project for their age(4 years & up). This activity kept both of them interested & busy for a good half hour or so!

I had a lot of fun because I remember making one of these with my mom back in the 80's.
Although we had a couple of re-do's because the frame had lifted off the tray & the plastic crystals all ran together, they were determined to start over & make it work.

They had fun matching the colors to the sections based on the packaging photos & were so proud to see how well they turned out after I had baked the suncatchers in the oven.
They proudly hung them up in their rooms!

If you'd like to do this activity with your kids, you can find the kits at Hobby Lobby or buy them online here at Craft Supplies for Less.

I give this craft kit 2 thumbs up for ease of use, affordability, & great nostalgic sparkly fun!