Sunday, March 28, 2010

Week #8

This week we gave new life to two jumpers that Em out grew. The fabric was so much fun we couldn't toss them ~ so here is how they will spend the next chapter in their lives...

This little ruched flower is pretty quick to work up -
it looks much more
complex than it really is,
I made a smaller one for her hair.
Emily wanted to
add the netting on the underskirt and
I think it is a great little touch!
She looked fantastic in her new skirt.


This next one is a zinger.
I will call it the collage skirt or
"eat your heart out Anthropologie"
It looks a little more hip in real life.
It was just a kick in the pants to do.
She wore it with a red sweater today
and it was amazing!

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So ... anybody else out there
using it up
wearing it out
making it do
or doing without?

or are you just buying more stuff??


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Week #7

The beads came out (they needed some sorting and organizing) so I created. The bracelet on the bottom left is one of my favorite kind to make. Its done with silk thread and knotting. They are so flexible - both in the size adjustment and what you can do with them. I've done bigger focus beads and then others that have been mostly tiny beads. The flower necklace was a blast to do! A friend of mine named *spring* had birthday on the first day of *spring* - so the *springtime* dangle was created. I didn't have enough chain so I added silk ribbon on the ends. (Use it up - that's my motto this year!)

I also took some time for some photography - another *free* thing to do for fun. It's still so brown outside so having these daffodils in the window are such a bright spot in my kitchen! Thanks to sweet friend who drops them by every year!

Healthy eating - green smoothies - more raw foods - and exercise. We are working on these things at our house. I'm pretty sure there will be more to say on the subject of green smoothies in the near future. But I tried a recipe out of the book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World ~ the Coconut Lime Cupcakes. mmmmm they were tasty. After we munched down on them and then analyzed, we decided they were really good and if we were vegan we would be thrilled to have them - but, a little on the heavy side. We thought needed a couple of good old eggs. (Guess we wouldn't last too long without dairy in our diet.) I will include a modified version of them with substitutions that I will be making next time.

Coconut Lime Cupcakes
1/3 cup coconut oil (applesauce or canola oil)
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup coconut milk (Light works great)
1/4 cup soy milk (regular milk with be Camber's preference)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut extract
2 fresh eggs :) * NOT* in original recipe
1 T lightly packed finely grate lime zest
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Lime Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup non hydrogenated shortening (I will omit this)
1/2 cup non hydrogenated margarine (I will use butter next time)
3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tsp freshly grated lime zest

1 1/2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut ( I used sweetened because that's what I had)
Thinly sliced limes for garnish (if desired)

If you are using the coconut oil, melt it in a small sauce pan. Ina medium bowl mix together the melted oil and sugar. Add the coconut milk, milk, extracts and lime zest. Mix to combine. Add all dry ingredients. Mix til smooth then dd the coconut. Bake at 350 degrees for 23-25 minute minutes - til top springs back lightly.

When I made the original icing I only use have of each of the shortening and margarine - just couldn't bring myself to put a whole cup of all of that in. I am a dairy princess at heart. The frosting was very tasty - I mean we couldn't quit liking the beaters and the bowl - but the consistency was a little on the soupy side. Don't know if it was the lime juice or the fact that I hadn't followed it correctly - but we had the get them in the fridge ASAP once we dipped them in the coconut.

This is definitely a recipe to play around with and was fun for St Patty's Day !

Monday, March 15, 2010

Week # 6

I was asked to teach a wool project at little retreat next month and so I have been playing with some wool scraps, fabric scraps, scrapbooking paper scraps and fun little bits and pieces.
I so love to create!
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This is Molly's Quilt. I finally got it finished. A friend of mine did the machine quilting. I used a jelly roll that I had purchased a couple of years ago. It was so much fun to make. The dresden plates are machine pieced and hand appliqued. It is bigger than a crib size - so I guess it will be for the crib and beyond! Hope she knows how much love went into it and how sweet it was to think about her and who she will be while I worked on it.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Week #5

This past week was jam-packed week filled with family. On Sunday our beautiful little granddaughter, Molly was given a name and a blessing by her father. I spent some time with my daughter, Lindsey, helping her make Molly's beautiful little blessing dress. She did a beautiful job with the smocking and stitching. I will count this service of time for my project this week. When Lindsey gets time to upload a photo of her dress I will link. Babies are the sweetest blessing.
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