quilt + progress.

Ok, so I’ve never finished my granny square blanket. Im not giving up on it – no way – I just do more crocheting in the winter when I hibernate in the house and watch alot of movies. Summer leaves me wanting to sew for some reason. I was looking at some new projects to take on, but the thought of buying more fabric gives me anxiety. I wanted to do something to use up the fabric stash i have, so I had the idea to make a quilt. I started sorting my fabric and notice I had alot of blue, brown, green and grey type of stuff so I went with those. Alot of it is leftover scrap fabric. Decided to go with 3 1/2 in squares; updated my rotary blade, bought a long acrylic ruler and went to town on cutting squares. This is made up of fabric scraps from previous projects, old sheets, old shirts, old pants and new fabric. I thought I would make a baby sized blanket; but then realized I have so many squares cut, might as well make a bigger one for milo. Plus its my first one, probably not going to be well done enough to give away anwyays. So i got all my fabric cut and laid out and you know what?….this hardly put a dent in my fabric stash! Doh! I used up alot of the smaller scrap pieces I had but I feel like i put back just as much as I took out. I think I see more quilts in my future.

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Heres everything laid out and ready to sew!

I started sewing some squares and then rows together. I found that putting washi tape on my machine as a guide to keep a 1/4 inch seam allownance helps tremendously. Also when pinning the rows together, MAKE SURE to pin the seams. My seams arent perfect, but so much better now that I have been doing this.

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Here is my progress after week 1! about eight more rows to go…Then Ill decide if I’m going to add more….

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And as you can see here, the quilt is already a hit! More updates to come….

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beaded suncatcher.

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My mother-in-law recently unloaded a lot of random craft supplies on us, and in there we found a BIG tub of various beads. One evening a friend and I started stringing them and came up with the idea to make these little suncatchers.

What you need:
Fishing wire
Scissors
beads
Small plastic bracelet or top of a mason jar lid
string or twine

String beads on the fishing line and make a bunch of strings of beads.
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When you are finished, tie them along the perimiter of the bracelet and cut loose threads. Tie string or twine to the top for hanging. Hang it and marvel at the lovely colors as the sun hits them.

hawaiian korean bowl.

I recently took a trip to portland and, as to be expected, ate the most incredible food. One night we went to one of the food truck parks and I chose the vegan bowl at Hawaiian Grill.  It was pretty tasty! It was red beans, brown rice, kimichi (the kimchi was SO good and spicy!), pickled cucumbers, avocado, spinach and drizzled with peanut sauce. I figured I could try to make a version when I got back and I took a stab at it. I have been trying to figure out more ways to eat kimchi, and I can add this bowl to that list!

Cooked beans ( i recently used this recipe and made THE BEST black beans from a bag using my crockpot)
Cooked Rice (I currently really love red rice)
pickled cucumbers ( You can use something like this recipe to make some)
Avocado
Kimchee
steamed spinach
Seasame seeds
Peanut sauce (recipe below)

  • 1/4 cup salted natural peanut butter
  • 3/4 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • hot water to thinPut in a mason jar and whisk together. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Assemble the bowls:
Put rice and beans in bowl; Add cucumbers and spinach. Add some peanut sauce; top with kimchee and avocado and sprinkle with seasame seeds.

plushie.

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Remember when I made this rice bag plushie?
I made another one, but used stuffing this time!
I actually made two – i brought one to my friend’s baby in Japan and recently gave the one above to a friend’s daughter for her birthday. I love making these little guys!

The pattern is found in this book, which is still one of my all time favorite craft books! Its such a great way to use up fabric scraps!

strawberry rhubarb scones.

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I bought a rhubarb plant at the end of last season for a few dollars and now I currently have way more rhubarb that I know what to do with. I gave alot of it away, but have about 8 more stalks left or so. I took a stab at making these scones, which used only about half a stalk of rhubarb, so Ill probably make some more scones and freeze the rest.

But these scones. Whoah. These scones are delicious. Finally the texture is right on, without having to have a million tablespoons of earth balance.  These only use a 1/4 cup of coconut oil – I do want to play around with them a bit, trying to use a healthier flour, or possibly oat flour – but all I had on hand was white flour, and that seemed to do the trick.

Recipe is adapted from here. 

2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid
3/4 cup finely diced strawberries
1/4 cup thinly sliced rhubarb, finely chopped
1/2 cup almond milk

Topping
2 tsp almond milk
1 tsp sugar

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Grease a large pan with oil or line with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, salt and baking powder. Pour in the liquified coconut oil and use a pastry cutter to work the oil into the flour. Add the strawberries and rhubarb and toss to combine. Create a well in the center of the mixture and pour in the almond milk. Scoop the dry ingredients from the bottom of the bowl and fold over the wet ingredients. Repeat this just until the mixture is combined. Do not over mix the dough. Firmly pat the crumbly dough into a large circle on the prepared surface, making it about 2″ thick. Brush the dough with milk and sprinkle with vanilla sugar. Cut the dough into eight triangular segments and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Bake at 375˚F for 18-20 minutes, or until golden on the edges.

homeade wedding gift.

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My good friend got married this past weekend and milo made her this watercolor painting as a gift. We put it in a vintage frame and wrapped it up. I drew a heart very lightly with pencil, then had him outline it in red watercolor paint. Then he filled in the middle using different colors and blending them together.  Once it was dried, he used a sharpie to write “LOVE” across it. Then he signed the bottom and I took care of framing it. Thinking we might need one for our house!

granola bars.

GRANOLABARS

I started packing milo’s lunch for school – so I’ve been trying to find healthy snacks (and main courses) for him to bring. I had everything on hand to make these granola bars. They are pretty healthy – not having any added processed sugars and are pretty easy to make your own combinations of flavors. I stuck with dried berries and chocolate chips, but I think next time I will add almonds as well! They can be nut-free if you aren’t able to bring nuts to school – just substitute sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter.

1 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup oat flour
3/4 cup dried unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4 cup  chopped dried fruit
3/4 cup choc chips
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil, warmed until liquefied
1/4 cup maple syrup

Heat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-by-8 inch square pan with two sheets of parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine oats, oat flour, coconut, quinoa, salt, dried fruit and chocolate. In a separate, small bowl, whisk together sunflower seed butter, oil and sweetener of choice until smooth. Pour wet mixture into dry and stir until combined. Transfer to prepared pan, spreading until flat, then use an addition square of parchment paper to protect your hand as you press, press, press the ingredients tightly into all corners of the pan. Press hard to make sure they are in there good!

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the tops are golden and the edges are light brown. Let cool completely before cutting; they’ll be even easier to cut without crumbling if you chill them in the fridge first, so feel free to cool them there. Once cool, use the parchment “sling” to lift bars from pan and transfer to cutting board. Use a sharp, serrated knife in a very gentle sawing motion to cut bars into desired sizes (I usually go for 16 2×2-inch squares).

lego friendship bracelets.

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The perfect craft for your lego-obsessed kiddo! Actually mine loves making bracelets too so this really was the perfect craft. We had everything laying around at home, even the correct drill bit!

Flat LEGO bricks
Drill and 3/32″ drill bit
Embroidery thread (three colors per brick)
Scissors
safety pin or needle

Using a drill and the 3/32″ drill bit, drill 2 holes in each LEGO brick; We found it was easier to do it from the back and through the round hole because when we did it through the front the lego broke.

Cut embroidery thread in a few different colors to one length.  Put all of the colors together and fold them in half. Thread the loop through one of the holes.Pull the loose strands through the loop you have formed once pulling part of the thread through the hole. I used the a safety pin and the top of a needle to help push the thread through the hole because the hole was kind of small. Pull the thread tight. I had milo hold the lego while I braided the thread. Tie knots at the end and you are done!

I found the original idea here. 

pizza rolls.

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This mastermind of a recipe comes from the super genius Shutterbean!
Its a super fun take on pizza and was absolutely delicious.

I also have this thing with daiya cheese. I dont really like it on pizza, but when its IN something, it gets kinda creamy and delicious; and since you bake the cheese IN the dough, I’m all for it!

I added some spinach, olives and tofurkey sausage to mine. I will definitely be adding these to the mix! Loved them!

Preheat oven to 450F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease the baking sheet with olive oil.

On a floured surface, roll out pizza dough into a rectangular shape, roughly 9 x 16 inches and position so the short sides are parallel to you. Spread the sauce evenly on the rolled out dough, leaving about a 1″ border around the dough. Place about 1 cup shredded cheese, followed by your veggies and some of the basil.

Using your hands, lift up the bottom edge of the dough and roll it forward into a tight cylinder. Place dough cylinder, seam side down, on a cutting board and, using a thin, sharp knife, cut cylinder crosswise into 8 equal-size slices. Nestle the slices, cut sides up on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush 1 tablespoon olive oil onto the edges of the dough and bake until golden brown about 15-20 minutes. In the last two minutes of baking, pull rolls out of the oven and top with more cheese if youd like. Place rolls back into oven and bake until cheese melts.  Remove rolls from the oven, let rest for 5 minutes and sprinkle with chopped basil for serving.

wind chimes.

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Milo and i worked on making these windchimes as mothers day gifts this year.  He had alot of fun, especially the painting part.

you will need:
Small terra cotta pot
paint (something like this)
large buttons
Jewlery wire
hot glue gun
beads, bells, bottle caps (stuff that makes noise!)

First we painted the pots.  turn it upside down and put it on wax paper. Squirt the paint towards the top of the pot and let it drip down. its ok if the colors run together. Get creative!  You can also add ribbons or other embellishments when dry.

When it dried, i sprayed it with some spray enamel to kind of coat the paint, in case these are out in the rain. I didnt think the paint would come off, but wanted to be sure.

Next i used a nail and a hammer to hammer a two holes in my bottle caps. I used jewlery wire to connect them, along with some bells and beads.

I took a long piece of jewlery wire and put it down through the hole in the pot. I made sure there was a big button on each sides of the hole as well, which i later hot glued to help keep things in place – I added beads and bells and then looped it back through, adding more beads on the top.  Seal up the top, and there you go!

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