Sunday, September 27, 2009

Crochet, soup, crochet...

I previously posted how excited I was that I found more yarn by taking apart a previous project (a shrug). Sadly, I have run out :(....again. Here's how far I got. I am probably 3/4 of the way done if not more and I'm really excited about it since this will be my 3rd wearable project that I have been working on. I am hoping that they get the yarn in soon, and I'm crossing my fingers that they still make it and carry it. PS--not my foot, lol.




I also made some soup, it was SOUPER easy (hahaha). You pretty much used whatever veggies you have around in your place, cut them up, throw them in a pot, boil 20-30 minutes and dinner is served! Here's my recipe:

6 boullion cubes (vegetable or beef)
7 c. water
1/4 c. shredded carrots
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 small can tomato sauce
pinch fresh rosemary
3/4 c. pasta, uncooked
1 c. cut up spinach
3 potatoes cubes
4 T. dried parsley

Like I said before, throw everything in the pot except the pasta, which you want to add about 15 minutes before it's done so it doesn't get soggy. You can use any type of pasta, elbow macaroni, alphabet noodles, you can even break up spaghetti and use that. It's a very forgiving recipe. You don't have to use spinach, you can add cut up tomatoes, celery, etc.

I recently restarted working on a blanket that I started about 5 years ago. I started it freshman year, but a year or so after that I set it next to a heater in a plastic bag. Naturally, the bag melted to it, yellowing the yarn. I stopped working on it at that point in time since I didn't have the heart to take out the 1-2 feet out that had partially turned yellow since I had put so much work into it. So I took it home and my mom and my boyfriend were nice enough to do it for me after I had left the room (I was really that disappointed). But I recovered and now am working on it again. It is not from a pattern, it's just a shell stitch, so I am just going to continue on it until A) I get sick of it or B) I decide it's long enough. I originally made it with the intention that it would be big enough to completely fit under it. As of right now it is 55" x 67" so I could fit under it now, but I'm still going.

I am also really excited about Halloween that is coming up since it is my favorite holiday. I will focus my efforts on Halloween projects for the month, especially since I have almost no decorations for the holiday, surprisingly enough. Well, signing out....happy crafting!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Back from a long vacation

I finished my "secret" project over the weekend, and I was so excited! It was a blanket that I made as a wedding present. I forgot to take a picture, but it turned out really well. Here is the original pattern that I got off LionBrand.com

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70408AD.html?noImages=

The pattern itself is fairly easy, although it was smaller than I liked so I made two of them and put them together, and it turned out good. I used purple for the circles, then white, and then black for the main color. Hopefully I can get a picture of it at some point in time, when I get to it, lol.

After I had decided on what the wedding present was going to be, I realized that I had nothing to wear! I had several formal dresses and some really casual dresses, but nothing in between. So...I decided to get creative on a pinky-lilac strapless that I had (Sorry no before pic). I had bought it originally on a whim at Goodwill. The original color was way too light for a fall wedding, so I dyed it purple with fabric dye in the washing machine. I would recommend this type of dying because it is quick and easy, and the color comes out even since it is constantly being agitated. I sewed the ribbon on the bottom and the bow under the bustline. Easy and quick, the hardest part was deciding what to originally do with the dress since it was a blank canvas.





I found a bolero that I never wear that I made a while ago. I never liked how it fit, and I thought it came out too small, so I took it apart and have been using that to make the purple shrug that I stopped working on. I probably would have been done by it now, but I have had to continuously take rows out because I keep forgetting either the chain or the other double crochet on the "V" stitch. I have also quickly decided that I don't like the "V" stitch, lol.


I figured out the problem on the sweater I started last week thanks to my mother :) I was definitely reading the pattern wrong. I am also really happy that what I am making is looking like the pattern (that means I'm doing it right!). However, I have now run into a problem with the shoulders. It seems like the pattern was written completely different for both sides. Not just backwards so it would look the same. I set it down last week, and haven't picked it up since because I just came back from vacation on Wednesday (yey for long vacations!).

One more thing I made was "pizza pockets". I used the same pizza recipe that I used for the calzones, but folded them into little pockets similar to hot pockets. Mine are not as flaky, but I'm told it's a good thing. It was also more convenient to have the sauce already in them then dipping them.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Last week's projects

Sad news...I used up all the purple yarn on the shrug that I was working on, and neither Joann's and Michael's has more :( So that project has been permanently on hold. Good news, I found the lost hook that I was using to make the hairpin skirt (who would think that I would loose both hooks I had?)! I started a new pattern:

http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/Apparel/LW1526+Weekend+Crochet+Top.htm
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But I'm having trouble with it. I understand how the panel pattern fits into the pattern, but I am stuck on the 2nd row of the panel pattern. I have tried it several times with no avail, at least the way I'm reading the pattern. Any help would be appreciated :)

On to the pictures! Well sort of. I made Vegetable Rice Salad for a Labor Day cook out. It was so easy and tasted really good.

Vegetable Rice Salad

1 c. Mayonnaise
1 T. Vinegar
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
2 c. cooked rice, cooled
10 oz. Frozen peas, thawed
1/2 c. shredded carrots
1/4 c. chopped green onions

Combine first 5 ingredients. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and chill.

I substituted yellow onions instead of green onions and used cut up green beans instead of peas. You could always add other veggies too or omit the ones that you don't like.

I also decorated a pumpkin this weekend. I got the idea off a picture I saw and ran with it. This is a fake pumpkin, but I'm sure you could use a real one. I took aluminum wire, spiraled it, and added beads here and there. When I was spiraling it, I made sure to point the wire down at either ends of the spirals so that I could stick it into the pumpkin and added glue to secure it. I also added a spiral around the stem to tie it all together. It took me about 2 hours.


Another project I started on is this dress:
I just made the dress from scratch. I cut 2 long rectangles that were as wide as the measurement from my armpit to the middle of my boobs. I put the band underneath my bust to measure how long it needed to be. To make the bottom, I just used as much material as I had and sewed it into a tube. I then pinned it to the band, sewed. Sewed the two rectangles so they slightly overlapped, and then sewed them to the band as well. I like how the top fits because it is supportive even without a bra (and I need that), but the bottom makes me look like I have a huge butt and thighs. Since I don't need that kind of attention, I seam ripped the bottom off and am going to make it shorter to just make it a top. I am also thinking of putting a ruffle on it or some type of decoration because the fabric itself is kind of a blah color.


I am working on one more project, but it's a secret :-x It has been taking the bulk of my time, but I cannot post pictures because it is a present for someone, but I will post them later :) Wish me luck!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Recipes galore and a shrug :)

I started taking pictures of the food that I make because I figured that I take pictures of everything else, so why not?

I just made some friend rice that turned out really well for slapping it together last minute. I even made my boyfriend stop eating so I could take a picture :) I based it off of this recipe that I found:

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Fried-Rice

Since I'm last minute, I didn't make the rice ahead of time. I also forgot that I didn't have eggs, so I was really disappointed when I looked at the recipe again after I started making it. Here's the recipe that I made:

3 T. oil
1 carrot
1/2 onion
1 1/2 celery stalks
1 vegetable bouillon cube dissolved in 1/4 c. water
2 t. garlic powder
1 1/2 t. ground ginger (this is an estimate)
2-3 T. Soy sauce
5 shakes of pepper
2-3 T. Parsley (this is used mostly just for looks rather than taste)
4 c. cooked rice

Boil rice in water with 1 t. salt. Set aside. Saute onoin, carrot, and celery in oil. Add rice and remaining ingredients. Mix well because rice will try to stick together.
**I would recommend adding the egg after you sauteed the veggies but before you add the rice.

This takes about 20 minutes if you have the rice precooked.

I also made pizza....a recipe that I have mentioned before on here, but now there's a picture!! This time I topped it with broccoli (I just pulled it out of the freezer and defrosted it), garlic (I just cut up the cloves and put them on there), onions, and green peppers. I also sprinkled parsley on top as a finishing touch. The vegetables are slightly crunchy after the pizza is cooked. If you are not a big fan of this, I would saute them before you put them on the pizza.


While I didn't make these muffins, they were definitely worth mentioning. These are banana crumb muffins that my boyfriend made, and they turned out awesome.


http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Banana-Crumb-Muffins/Detail.aspx

They are really moist, easy to freeze so they can be defrosted later in the microwave for a quick breakfast, and filling. That and I'm not a big fan of nuts because a lot of times they seem to make things drier.

The last thing that I started working on is a shrug.

http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/AfghansThrows/LM0311+Crochet+Magic+Shrug.htm

I'm not a big fan of boleros and shrugs, but I figured that I would give it a shot. I also don't particularly like the picture, but after reading the pattern, I think it will turn out a little different. It already looks different because I am using a different yarn and tighter stitches. Here is the progress so far, although I know I will need more yarn other than what I have. However, I can't find the sleeve that tells what color it is and I looked at Michael's and I couldn't find anything like it. It may have been a seasonal color so I'm crossing my fingers that it will come back this year :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Lots of projects

I've been busy crafting to the point where I can't stop....not even to show you guys a quick blog about what I'm working on :-/ I have also made

I have been working on a craft book with all the free patterns that I have found on the internet. I just took a binder and sectioned it with colored paper (or dividers if you prefer) into 4 categories: sewing, crochet, knitting, and crafts. Hole punch your printed patterns and stick 'em in there! I have a feeling I will be adding more sections to break down the categories further with all the patterns I have.

I have been a baking a bit lately. I made a double layer chocolate cake with chocolate frosting (Hershey's has one of the best chocolate cake and frosting recipes ever).

http://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipes/detail.asp?id=184&page=1&per=707&keyword=perfectly%20chocolate

I also made 2 loaves of banana bread (the recipe is in a previous post) and have many more bananas to make....well I still haven't had time to look.

I was hard at work on a plain button down shirt I inherited from my boyfriend. It has awesome vertical stripes that you can't see in these pictures because of the lighting. I used the pinch and pin method to make it fit my shape.

Pinch and Pin: Put the shirt on inside out and pinch and pin the fabric where you want it to lay on your body. This way it will be tailored to fit you! Cut off excess fabric. (There is a tutorial on Threadbanger.com) PS- always try on first before you cut off the excess!

I cut off the sleeves to make them 3/4 length, and then sewed the cuffs on the new sleeves. I also took off the collar via seam ripper and sewed some black ribbon around the top of the shirt. I replaced all the white buttons with black using an awesome video tutorial from Threadbanger.com. To make the tie at the back, I chained 25 using regular sewing thread and a size 5 hook. I threaded it through the seam twice (the beginning and end of the chain) in between my stitches and tied it together on the other side. This way it creates a loop for your tie to go through...repeat on the second side. I just used a piece of black ribbon I had lying around. The number of stitches will vary depending on the width of your ribbon (mine was 1.25" wide). You could also use black thread to make your loops so it blends better with your ribbon, but I left mine white just in case I didn't feel like wearing it with one.

I also crocheted some earrings with more copper wire and with the same type of style as the ones I previously did on here. I just crocheted the wire using a size F hook. I chained 10 and tied it off. Instead of weaving in the ends like you typically do with crochet, I wrapped the wires around the ends to make it more stable. I added washers and was done. Super easy, quick and flashy! That and they make noise as you move...for some reason I like earrings like that but don't know why?

I am also in the process of making some capri-like business pants. But am not sure how I feel about them yet. I think they maybe too "old" for me....not to offend anyone, so I will probably take them apart and make them into something else. I'm off to crochet and make banana.....banana....banana stuff?