Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bon Appetit

So, stalking pinterest I found a recipe that I just had to try. Of course I had to change some things because that is how I roll.
They are little bags filled with cheese and jelly, baked in the oven till they are so good you want to smack your mama.
I used puff pastry for mine because I love the taste and texture of flaky pastry. So this is how I did it. Mine do not look as pretty as these, but I wasn't really trying to make them pretty; I just wanted to eat them.
1) Cut your pastry into little squares. 2) Brush some egg on it. 3) Place a little piece of Brie and a dollop of jelly on the pastry. 4) Cover with another little piece of pastry. Make sure that the Brie is not too big so you can still fit a lid on it.

5) Use a fork to close them, even if it means the jelly runs out. 6) Brush on more egg and throw some sea salt on them. 7) Put them in the oven.  I had to bake them for 20 minutes, but that is because I used a different pastry.
Now as you can see, mine got puffy (duh)

The next time I make these I will use a sharper cheese, something with a little more zing to it. I liked it with the Brie but I think with a different cheese these could be even better. Make sure to put on the salt because without it, they would have been bland.
You can also spice them up by using a jelly with a little zing and sticking with the Brie.
So give it a try -- they are so worth it!

Monday, January 30, 2012

DIY Fail

Glitter in the morning...glitter in the evening...glitter at supper time.......I love glitter...!
Glitter makes everything better and prettier no matter what it is. Yes, it is kitschy but who cares?
Of course, if you don't use 10 pounds of glue you will have glitter everywhere in the house and usually stuck somewhere on your face......probably up your nose, too because you picked it while crafting. (Not me, I'm just saying.)

If I haven't mentioned it, I love glitter so when I come across a recipe that claims I can make my own glitter with little to no fuss, I jump on it.
I found the recipe on Pinterest (where else) and decided to try it.

Well it didn't work....it wasn't a total disaster but it did not look like glitter.

Recipe (This is what they say)
Interesting!...Make Your Own Glitter out of Tin Foil! Need: * Baking Pan * Tin Foil * 1/4 cup of salt * 1/2 teaspoon of food coloring * Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Directions: * Mix 1/4 cup of salt with a 1/2 teaspoon of food coloring in a small bowl until the salt is uniformly colored. * Spread the mixture out in an even layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. * Bake in the oven for ten minutes. Allow your homemade glitter to cool before using it. NOTE: * You may also store it in an air tight container for several months. * This glitter can be used for almost any type of project and may even be mixed with glue for special crafts.

This is what I did.

So, I did what it said and the outcome was blue salt -- not glitter or anything close to glitter. I threw it out because I have no need for blue salt.
But it was worth a try.
I guess if you wanted to make a vase or a candle holder with colored rocks or salt in it, this is the way to go.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sewing for the procrastinator

Week 40 and still no Baby.
Today I am making burp cloths for my baby. I don't really think that a tutorial is necessary to sew a rectangle, but here it goes:
Cut two rectangles of fabric. I used a towel that I bought at Ikea and cotton fabric that I have had forever.
Cut two pieces and pin them with the right sides together. I used an old burp cloth for measurement.
Sew all the way around leaving a 1cm edge but leave about 6cm for turning.
Make sure that you cut back your seam allowance and your corners.
Turn it right side out and pick out the corners. Iron it no matter what; that is important for a clean finish.
Then, sew all around with 1cm and you are done. This is really cool for the scraps that are too big to cut up but two small to sew clothes.If you want to give it a more quilted look, you can sew a pattern or a zig zag on it. I wanted to be done with it so I left them plain.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sock Bun

Being pregnant really does a number on your body and your moods (but that is a different story). One of the things that it has done to me is really mess with my hair. I have really thick hair anyway and now it is like monster thick, and worse, it is not accepting my hair color at all. I have the blackest roots and I am not coloring it until this baby is out or it will be wasted effort. Being pregnant has turned my normally pretty, blond into a yellow mutt colored brassy, trashy, streetwalker color.  No offense to the Ladies of the night; they do a service for us all.
So I decided to make a sock bun because it is easy and looks nice and clean, and because I just cleaned out my sock drawer and I had lots of loose socks.
So let me show you how to let out your inner black swan.

I used one gym sock and a leg from a pair of pantyhose because I think that the hose makes it slide better (but you need the thickness of the gym sock). Cut off the toes of both socks.
Now, put your socks inside of each other and roll them like a donut. I put the hose on the outside and kept pulling it tight as I rolled.
Pull the ponytail through the donut and start rolling it, tucking the hair under as you go. It doesn't have to be neat.
Tuck and pull all the way down to the base of the ponytail. You can use bobby pins to make it really secure, or you can just use a little hairspray.
Of course, you can make it neater than I did, but this was after pulling it out and putting it back in 5 times.

So, there you go! Release your inner J-lo with this and look neat and tidy even if you have roots like Courtney Love.

Monday, January 23, 2012

I used to be a shirt.

Have you been infected by the Pinterest Bug yet? I know I have and right now I am very thankful for it because it keeps me busy while I am laying around.  You find so many things that inspire and todays inspiration is the T-shirt scarf.  Sorry about the crappy pictures but I think you get my drift.
Find a shirt that you won't mind cutting up. I used a fairly short shirt the next time I think I will use a mens shirt in extra large.
Make a straight cut underneath the armpits. ( I think armpits is a gross word)

Now cut strips in your shirt as long as you want and as thick as you want. The longer you cut the longer fringe you will have (duh)
Now you pull it so that it gets that curly stretched out look. I also put a knot in every tail but you can leave it as is. Or thread a bead on it and then knot it whichever you prefer.
This shirt was a medium and you can see how far it hangs down. I like it and I think I will do it again with a bigger shirt. Took me about 20 minutes so it was an instant gratification project. ( And yes I am repeating myself) It's the pregnancy brain.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Still Preggo

So, tomorrow I will be 39 weeks and still pregnant unless something happens and Mia suddenly decides her one-bedroom apartment is getting a little crowded.
The Dr. told me yesterday that he is not going to write the weight down anymore but just that she will be a biggin. Really? That makes me feel a whole lot better knowing she will probably have a head the size of Texas.  She hasn't even started to pack her bags yet, so she is feeling really comfortable in there. I have barely felt her all day so maybe that is a sign that she is getting travel ready.
I kept myself busy today washing and curling my hair, putting on makeup and making sure my toes are polished. . . . . don't wanna look like a hag when she comes.
After that hour, I went in search of something to do besides cleaning, and decided to sew a baby blanket for the "Madam."
It is basically two squares of fabric sewn together and then a stitch all the way around it -- real tough. I was going to embellish it but then I thought,"What if she sticks the flower, heart, butterfly, etc. . . in her mouth?"  So I left it as is. The front is minky fabric in powder pink with brown spots and the backside is brown fleece. Toasty warm....
The baby room is coming around, and I did manage to work on it a little bit today, but not enough to post the whole room yet so I will leave you with some pictures.
3D Butterflies that I did not make myself even though I totally could.

Ladybug lamp from Ikea for the little lady.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mia's DIY Mobile

This pregnancy has been different than the other two. The first one, I thought I had to have everything matching and everything bought before-hand. My theme was Winnie the Pooh (yes, I had a theme). Everything matched from the light sockets to the curtains. The second pregnancy I was a little more relaxed but still really anxious to have everything perfect because I was having my first girl.

This time, 8 years later and 13 years older than I was the very first time, I still catch myself wigging out about stupid stuff.
The room has to be painted. the baby doesn't give a shit
The rest of the bedrooms need new furniture and have to be painted. They did but it was not a priority
I wanted to make some of the baby stuff myself and thought I would have all the time in the world.
But between throwing up exorcist style for almost 5 months and getting my degree, married, and having aches and pains in my ribs, back and swollen hands, I didn't get as much done as I had pictured, imagined, planned, hoped, whatever. . . . you catch my drift. The best part about having this baby come soon is definitely that I won't have to listen to comments about how big I am or if there is more than one baby in there. Seriously people. . . . give it a damned rest! It is not nice to make "big" comments to a pregnant woman who has gained a ton of weight and is afraid that she won't lose it.in other words, shut the **** up already. 
I know that I am big and the only reason I am posting about the baby not being here yet is because I am sick and tired of people calling, texting and getting all up in my business. Warning: if one more person tells me I look big, fat, really pregnant or that I look like I am carrying twins, I will probably make a voodoo doll of your stupid ass and kill it. Having said that, I am still excited and trying to enjoy my last days being pregnant with my "probably last" child. I am looking forward to cuddling something small and precious, knowing that it can't get away and I can kiss it all I want.
So without further ado here is my tutorial for a mobile that I made.

 DIY Mobile

I bought a ring for curtains but you could also use a picture frame.
fishing wire
felt butterflies
crochet stars ( ikea Christmas ornaments)
and pearls for the end.

I started out by putting the ring on a can so I could balance out the strings which was  kind of a pain.
I just strung the white stars first on my fishing line and made a knot, then the butterflies and finally strung pearls at the end and glued them.
You could do all kinds of things: bells, paper hearts, pretty pearls, sea shells or anything else that you like. 

I really, really like it and without wanting to I managed to have a theme anyway. It is butterflies. I will reveal the room when I have everything where it belongs.
If things keep going like they have been, there might be a baby in the bed by the time I show you.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Fairy Coasters

When I decided to make as many gifts for Christmas as I could, I wanted to make things that were practical but still pretty.
My mom is a big fan of Fairies so I decided to make coasters with Fairies using the napkin technique, and this was a project that my kids could do for Grandma.

I used a glitter mod podge and a clear seal afterwards.
She loved them and it was nice that the kids were able to help.
Sorry the pictures are so dark, but the craftiness usually happens at night.

Friday, January 13, 2012

I shall call them my Lucky Boots!!!

So I found this awesome tutorial for Glitterboots and I decided then and there that I had to have them.
There is nothing better than glitter to make a day brighter; I have said many times that there is nothing that doesn't get better or prettier with a little glitter on it. Even Vampires for heaven's sake!

I wasn't sure what kind of glue to use so I bought a glitter paste that put a really solid coat of glitter on it, but I wasn't as happy with the color because it was more of an antique gold.  So, I did  2 coats of that and one coat of fine sparkley gold glitter mixed with glue. I topped it off with clear coat so I wouldn't lose any glitter.
After 3 coats and three days of drying, they are perfect and I can't wait to wear them.

It's pretty self-explanatory.  Just tape them off where you want your glitter and slap it on.  If you click on the link above, it will give you a great tutorial.

PS:  In case you're wondering.......yes, those are my hands in my dirty window. 

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