January 28, 2010

Button Earrings

Another project for my online craft class. Button earrings! So easy and fun. I might have to buy more button makers and make more.

Alas, if only all craft experiences were so easy. I've had two craft fails this week. One was this embroidered necklace I was trying to make but the fabric was too stiff and everything kept fraying or not staying tight enough. Ugh, it was a mess.

The other was a stuffed animal who's tail was not cooperating. Oh, and the cat kept trying to eat the paws I made out but had not yet attatched to the body. I think I'm still missing one. I realized what went wrong with the tail but now I've decided to start over from scratch. I've cut out the new pieces and sewn eyes and a mouth but that's it so far. When I'm finished I'll post a nifty tutorial. It will be a super cute animal. I promise!

Bike Rides

I bought this bike along with a bike rack sometime last year (don't really remember) and Justin and I went bike riding a few times together before it got blisteringly hot outside. We haven't been out riding since until now.

No, wait, there was one other time. We rode about half a mile down to this new subdevelopment that has a pond and trails and nice roads to ride on. But the minute we arrived my tire went flat. Justin had to ride all the way back home then drive back to get me so I could put my bike on the rack on the back of my car. Struggling to get the bikes on and off that bike rack is a whole other complaint all together.

So this time we loaded up the bikes and road down to that same development and this time no flat tires! I wanted to go ride around the river downtown but I knew traffic was so bad I'd never make it there before nightfall so this was the second choice.


I'm pretty broke until the first so I've been trying to save money and do fun free things instead of the usual movie at the Alamo and dinner at Kerbey Lane. Like eating dinner at friend's houses and trying to craft without buying any new supplies. Justin and I tried to have a picnic last weekend but it was so windy we and cold we ended up just driving back home. Lame. Oh, well. There's always bike rides!

Oh, and Justin washed my Tom's shoes and now they are wearable again! They were caked in mud after The Great Mud Fest of '09 aka Austin City Limits in October.

Thanks Justin, and thanks for putting up with all my annoying orders on how to take pictures. ;)

January 25, 2010

This weekend I...

Made this for my online craft class - chalkboard painted clip boards.


Ripped apart my sewing machine to clean it and made this pillow, also from that class.


Saw the best cat in the world go to a loving new home.


Signed up to volunteer for this year's South By South West. I hope I get on the crew I want!

Ate dinner at Adriane's place with her and her sister Anna and Jordyn. We made our own take on Indian food. Jordyn was doing art homework. Made me want to go home and paint something.


an attempt at samosas, still really good


anna!


crafty paint

Added more candles to my shop

I got my Real Simple issue in the mail today. Excited to read it!

Daisies are my favorite flower



I am ever so slightly aching for spring. Winters are mild here and these past few days the weather has been tempting me with 70 degrees and sunny skies even though it is January. I can't help but look forward to blooming flowers by the lake, bike rides, music festivals and my birthday.




The problem is that here springtime fades so quickly in to brutal summers and while I love summer here in theory with swimming and vacations and ice cream, an Austin summer is always so so hot that just going outdoors between noon and 5 is like asking to be hospitalized with heat stroke.




I wish it could be SoCal weather here in Texas where I could get away with wearing light jackets on summer evenings and tights all year round. Maybe I should just migrate up north in the summer time and avoid all the sweat and boiling temperatures.




It's a tough call. On the one hand I want spring to get here as soon as possible but knowing that means that summer will catch up to spring so quick it will be gone in a flash. I should stop being so restless and just enjoy my January.

all photos fromwe heart it

January 24, 2010

Houdini has a new home


Houdini, my foster cat got adopted yesterday by a really nice guy and his girlfriend. I'm so happy she's going to a great home but I will miss her a lot. She grew on me and she was an awesome cat. At least I will finally be able to breathe! My allergies are terrible. It'll probably be another couple of days before I'm cat histamine free.

Bye Houdini! You be a good cat for your new family!

(Houdini was a face licker, weirdo)

January 22, 2010

Style School Wreath




Another project from my Style School craft class a cute little yarn wreath. It is currently hanging from my bedroom door. Made with regular and fuzzy yarn, buttons, scrapbook paper, pearl strangs and tulle

Scraptastic

I've been feeling very inspired lately so I made a couple layouts this week featuring some of my very favorite kids.


My cousin Raven.

Harrison and Gavin

I found this lovely little Canadian shop online, Papier Valise, that sells all sorts of nifty little things that can be used for scrapbooking and jewelry and collage and all sorts of projects that your heart desires and the prices aren't bad either.

Too bad I'm broke or else I would find something to make with all of these wonderful embellishments.






They also have a very cool collection of vintage product labels. I'd probably use them on fun cards or something.





Hope everyone likes the new blog design! Have a great weekend!

The Perfect Yellow?

I'm going for it. I'm going to paint my bedroom yellow. I've already planned a painting party for it and if you're reading this then you're invited! (unless you're some strange serial killer or something, in that case you can stay home)

But I need your help. I bought three samples and painted spots on my wall. Which do you think is best? I've already decided against the smaller one on the left. I think it's too bright for the look I'm going for. Here are some pictures with different lighting. These pictures have not been enhanced in any way so you get a clear idea of how they look.


Just afternoon daylight through the big window with no other lights on.

Afternoon window light with the fan lights on.

At night with only the fan light on, no outside light.

January 20, 2010

Craft Class


I'm taking an online craft class for 6 weeks hosted by a couple of crafty bloggers I like. There are five projects per week and I'm trying my best to keep up. We'll see.



Here are a few completed ones:

Inspiration binder: I'm supposed to fill it with pretty pictures and goals.


Colored Pencil Sketchbook: cute little notebook cover with pockets


Photo Frame Wall Art: used some old photos from my mom's trip to Europe in '71.



Craft Tool Tote: it was supposed to be an apron but I knew I wouldn't wear it so I made a bag instead.

Once I finish some of the other projects I'll post those, too.

I'm thinking of going to see Avatar tonight? I need to stop spending money. I'm broke.

January 19, 2010

Indian Food

I admit that I have only eaten Indian food twice in my life. Once in Prague, of all places, and once cooked by an actual Indian person, friend of a friend, who was concerned about stinking up my friend's apartment and kindly decreased the amount of spices in the recipe because she feared it would be too hot for us. I can see why.

So, coming home from Adriane's house the other day after being thoroughly whipped in my first game of Risk I decided to make her Aloo Matar recipe that I stole from her cookbook. I also stole her naan recipe but didn't have enough flour.


This recipe is for four servings but I halved it because I can't eat that much.

* 1/4 cup vegetable oil
* 2 medium onions, finely chopped
* 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste (I just grated some ginger and crushed up some garlic)
* 1 bay leaf
* 4 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
* 1 cup frozen peas
* 1/2 cup tomato puree
* 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala (Indian spices)
* 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
* 1 teaspoon white sugar
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Directions

1. Heat the oil in a wok over medium heat. Stir in the onions, ginger garlic paste, and bay leaf. Cook until the onions are tender. Mix in the potatoes and peas. Cover and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Remove the bay leaf.

2. Stir the tomato puree, garam masala, paprika, sugar, and salt into the vegetable mixture. Continue cooking about 10 minutes. Mix in the cilantro and continue cooking about 2 minutes.


It was quite delish and I remembered that this is what the Indian friend of a friend made for us that other time I ate Indian food. I probably should have used a nonstick pan. Some of it burned at the bottom but it wasn't a big deal. Also I don't think my potatoes were cooked all the way through but that's just Justin's opinion and he doesn't matter, does he? They tasted good to me!

I probably should have made some rice with this but I couldn't find my bag of rice. Maybe I'm out? That naan also would have gone great with this. Maybe I'll make that to go with the leftovers. Instead I just ate it plain with a big cold glass of milk. Spicy!

One thing about having the cat is that I have ridiculous cat allergies and cannot smell a thing. I could barely smell the spices which means my whole place must smell like curry right now even though I had the fans on and my balcony door open. I made sure to brush my teeth extra well last night and this morning.

January 18, 2010

Earrings


I bought the beads to make these earrings about a year ago. I can't believe I let them sit around for so long. We'll I finally made them! Pretty simple but I like 'em. Jewelry pliers are an amazing tool.

I've been in a creative mood lately.

January 12, 2010

Painting?


I'm thinking of painting my room yellow. Or maybe my living room? I'm just getting a little tired of the turquoise...

I decided against moving and rather I resigned a six month lease here instead and I'm even saving $120 a month! Too bad most of that is going toward health insurance now instead.

But now that I'm sticking around for a little longer I thought I'm maybe up for a little change. Painting Party anyone?


Maybe yellow will go better with the couch.


My bedroom is a bland beige right now. It needs a little more sunshine.

Crafty shopping wishlist

I've been feeling inspired lately. I really wish I could get some of these goodies:



Bulk zippers. I want to make something useful from all my fabric scraps (I always seem to buy too much for whatever pattern I am using) so I thought I'd make cute little pouches.



Fun patterned Japanese masking tape.


I love letter stickers - paper, felt, chipboard, glitter, foam, whatever. maybe my favorite scrapbooking supply. Especially Thickers, they make the best.


some yummy scrapping kits like this one from studio calico. I wish I could afford to do a monthly kit club



Lovely hand screen printed fabrics. maybe I can use some of these for an upcoming project.