Sunday, August 28, 2011

Craftroom Redo

Finally finished up my craft room.  It started out as a lilac wall mess (although it will soon turn into a cream wall mess I'm sure, lol)



So painted it with the discarded guest room paint.  It ends up being a nice cream and not as peach in this room with the better lighting.  Plus I had to match the strange sage carpet.  Then I put up my la push beach picture.  It moves!  And then painted my tribal wolves.  I love love the wolves.  And the best part was I painted them.  By doing it myself and not buying wall vinyl, I saved probably $80-$100. 






Saturday, August 20, 2011

Simpsons Gag Wedding Gift

Anybody who's seen Simpson's will get this, otherwise don't worry if you're out of the loop.

Made these cufflinks for my brother for a gag gift for his wedding.  He absolutely adored them.  Laughed and laughed and not only did he get it right away, he actually knew the exact season it was from.

Made from polymer clay and then baked and attached to cufflinks.  Probably took around four hours.  A lot for a gag gift, but his reaction was plenty worth it.




Here's the picture from the episode for comparison.



Saturday, July 23, 2011

Guest Room Redo

My brother finally moved out so got my guestroom back!

Before the walls were a light blue which wouldn't have been too bad, but the previous owners decided to sponge it.  On top of the sponging they only did it a foot from the ceiling.  LOL!  So away with the blue!

Coming in the room, North Wall


Closet

South Wall

West Wall.  This is probably the best picture of the blue. 
 

In the process, we changed colors THREE times!  One was too peach with the blue carpet, one seemed to olive, third was just right.  A nice sweet cream.  We also pulled all the base boards and changed them from a raw wood to white.

You can see the transition colors here.  Yes, we let our girl's help paint and this is their work.



And into....

Closet, with my five gallon food storage buckets.
A small TV will be on this wall after we can get a mount.

The cabinets contain all of my canned food storage now. 
Across the top of the headboard will be three framed pictures of olden parchment constitutions.  That will have to wait until our next paychecks roll in though.
This photo shows the color the best. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tree of Life Pendant

Made this for a birthday present.  It's wire wrapped around a geode in a tree pattern.  I've been making quite a few lately and putting them in my etsy.  Usually I have them hanging as a necklace on a black cord, but this one probably won't be worn so I made this wire hanger for it to be displayed.


Some making of shots.



Monday, July 11, 2011

Sourdough Start

I'm not the biggest fan of sourdough bread, but I'm trying it again to see if my tastes have changed, lol.  If not sourdough start can be made into pancakes, english muffins, .... whatever.

Sourdough Start

2 cups warm water
2 cups flour
3 TBS sugar
1 TBS yeast
1/2 tsp salt if desired

Mix all in a large bowl or container.  Cover, but leave loose for escaping gas.  Leave at room temperature for two days, stirring with a non-metal utensil when you think about it.

Make it at least a six cup container, I made this in a glass quart jar once and it oozed out all over my pantry.  Cleaning that up wasn't fun!  You can see my container here is way large.  If I decide I like sourdough again I'll probably be on the look out for a smaller container.  However, a plastic container with a cover like this is a great option as you can just shake the jar instead of stirring it.  Just tighten the top and shake then loosen the top when you are ready to leave it again.



 
*after one day.  Very nice and bubbly

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Strawberry and Raspberry Jam

I was down to my last jar of peach jam (dundundunnn) so I decided I needed to refill the jam supply.  Had some strawberries on their last leg in my fridge and a frozen block of raspberry puree in my freezer waiting to be jam-ized, so my fruit supply was already to go.  Washed up some jars, and picked two pectin boxes out of my year supply and I was ready!



If you are thinking about trying jam, go for it.  It's really easy, you just follow the instructions in the box.  Basic recipe is pectin, sugar, and fruit.  Sometimes lemon juice is needed for color, but both of mine didn't need it. 

Puree fruit
put in a large pot, heat on high
add pectin
bring to a rolling boil
add sugar
bring to a rolling boil
cook 1-4 minutes
ladle into jars
screw on tops
place upside down for 15ish minutes
place right side up and let sit overnight




Made 18 jars today.  And would have made more if I had extra jars.  It's a piece of cake!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Cheese Sauce Nachos

Had some veggies about to go bad, so decided to use them up!  I made a cheese sauce and heated up a can of chili, chopped the veggies and put the toppings out in a little buffet.  Build your own nachos night.


Cheese Sauce

2 TBS butter
2 TBS flour
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded cheese
salt and pepper

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until it forms a paste. Gradually stir in the milk so that no lumps form. Cook and stir until thickened, then remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until smooth.  Add salt and pepper to taste.      
*For a thicker sauce add less milk.


Our buffet included:
Taco chips, chili, cheese sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, olives, sour cream.
      

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fourth of July Bows

Here's a lot of bows I made for fourth of July.  Some of them were on my etsy, but never got sold.  The plan is to just take some around the neighborhood and give to the girls around here.  Spread the patriotic spirit!



Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Homemade Ice Cream

Made some extraordinary ice cream.  A silky smooth chocolate.  Was perfect for a hot summer day and even better with our homemade waffle cones and yes, even homemade sprinkles.  But those are posts for a different day.




I went looking for a recipe that would use my getting old half and half.  And eventually went "oh!  Ice cream!"  Dug out my ice cream maker and tada!  The ice cream maker I use is one that you put the base in the freezer and then stir the ice cream as it freezes yourself.  This recipe came with the machine.


Chocolate Silk Ice Cream

1 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups cream
1/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp vanilla

Beat milk and egg yolks together.  Blend in sugar.  Cook over medium heat, -stirring constantly-, until thick enough to coat the spoon.  Remove from heat, -sift- cocoa into the mixture, then beat until well blended.  Cool.  Add cream and vanilla.  Mix well.  Refrigerate overnight. 
Place in ice cream maker next day.
(makes a quart)

I used half and half for both the milk and cream and turned out just fine.  And before I put the mixture in the fridge I strained it through a thin strainer.  For me it was a needed step as some of the egg mix was too cooked, and a few bits did get caught.  After all was said and done it was a deliciously chocolate ice cream and made with no preservatives.  It even lasted in the freezer for my husband to have some the next day.

~Add some marshmallows, whip cream, and a cherry and you have yourself a sundae any ice cream shop would be jealous of!





Friday, June 10, 2011

Mermaid Necklace

A. had a birthday party coming up for one of her school friends, so I made her this cute little necklace charm out of polymer clay. A. added the charm and some beads onto a cord and a sweet present was made.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Cookie Dough Frosted Brownies

Cookie Dough frosted Brownies??  Is that even possible!  Why yes it is!




Whatever brownie recipe or mix that you like, cook and cool completely.

1-1/2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
4-1/2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
1 cup mini chocolate chips.

Spread on top like frosting! Chill if you want to be able to cut easier, but I dug into them right away. haha
It was heaven!