Monday, February 28, 2011
I made this cute little fox over the weekend. I painted the background apple green, drew him freehand, and added a crochet loop for hanging...
he will be added to my shop sometime today...
Sunday, February 27, 2011
I have another Project ReStyle project to share! You may not believe it, but this week I found a bag of t-shirts in the dumpster outside my apartment... the dumpster had been emptied that morning and when I took out my trash there was only one other bag in there and it was full of treasure! T-shirts in various colors, 4 pairs of shorts in my size, and an amazing canvas that I'm totally restyling in another project (more on that in another post...)! The canvas was sticking out of the bag, which caught my attention. When I dug it out I realized that the bag was full of great stuff : )
So here are the t-shirts, freshly laundered and in great shape. I used this genius tutorial to cut them into unbroken strips of t-shirt yarn. I wanted a thinner yarn, so I cut half-inch strips. Then I crocheted some of the yarn into these circular scrubbies...
I've been using one to wash dishes and it works great! I wasn't sure how it would compare to a sponge, but I actually like it better! The yarn is thick and sturdy so I can really scrub with it.
I'm using the rest of the yarn to get started on a rug : )
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Tiny Mini Little Small...
Look at my little garden!
I made it yesterday using a McCoy pot from my collection, some potting soil, and moss
from the little wooded area behind my apartment. Oh, and some adorable ceramic
mushrooms from Jade Flower!
Here are a few more things in my world this week:
an amazing way to grow flowers
a dreamy doll house
a laptop case sewing tutorial in french & english
a simple bedroom
amazing street art
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I spent yesterday making things...
a new embroidery
I'm going to share my recipe for (vegan) Everyday Cake today! This is a super simple, flexible cake that you can make in a million variations depending upon what you have in your pantry. The general recipe uses just a few ingredients and makes a delicious cinnamon-flavored cake. This cake is your blank canvas - you can add tons of different things from the cupboard to make it interesting! Because it uses relatively little sugar and such basic ingredients, I call it the Everyday Cake. It's not complicated or fancy, it doesn't make a pile of dirty dishes, and it bakes quickly - it's perfect to make during the week when you want a dessert!
Here are some examples of "mix-ins" that I have tried and loved:
half a bag of leftover chocolate chips
raisins & currants
a whole apple, chopped into small pieces (this is a favorite and it's the one I made yesterday in the photo)
some canned pumpkin leftover from making pumpkin pie
*once, I didn't really have anything to mix in to the batter, so I made a plain cake and drizzled it with icing made from powdered sugar, water, and vanilla extract. Still delicious!
Last night I had an idea to brew up a little coffee and add it to the batter for coffee cake... I will have to try this next time!
Here is the basic cake recipe:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
Grease a 9 inch (23 cm) cake pan.
In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of nondairy milk, 1/3 cup canola oil, and 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar. Let this sit for 5 minutes.
Now, add 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon baking soda to the bowl. Mix it until all the ingredients are combined.
Next, add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of allspice and mix well.
Last, add whatever you are using as your "mix-in" and stir until combined.
Pour the batter into your cake pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean.