Sunday, September 18, 2011

Check it out!

Hey guys I'm up and running on Etsy!!! Im so excited! I only have a few things right now but check it out when you get a chance >>>

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A collection of things!

It's been a while since I have been on here so I thought I'd catch up with some of the new things I have been working on! I never posted the cute elephant I made for my pops for Father's Day and my new pillows that I am so excited about! I really love making them! Anyway below are a few of my creations that I have done over the summer. Also we are getting ready to be in a craft fair in a little over a month so some things are what I am making for that!

 Above is the elephant I made for my dad. This is the first time I've ever made something like this so it took a little bit to figure out but once I got the structure together it came together quickly! I'm not sure how often I'd make these but it was fun to show myself I could do something a little different.

These earrings above are for the craft fair. This is my first time making earrings! I love how quick they are to make. When sewing it can be a while before you see the finished product but with earrings it doesn't take long which is awesome! I'm hoping to make some necklaces too! 

All of the pillows above I made to sell at a shop in the northern part of the state. I love these last two!
                                                 The material is so pretty and classy I think!
This photo is of a new design I just learned! It's called a pinwheel. I love it! Its for quilts but I thought it'd make a great pillow top! It's not completed but it's just a new fun idea I have been working on! I have a few other things I have been working on for the fair like coasters and pencil holders but I don't have pictures of them right now so please check back at my blog for future crafts and pictures!  

John 4: 13-15

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My Friend is a Teacher!!!

One of my best friends is officially an art teacher for the 2011-2012 school year!!!!!! I'm so excited for her!!!!! She asked me to make her a paintbrush holder like I had made for another friend of mine who paints. Soooooo this is the finished product!

                            The picture above is before I quilted it and made individual pockets.

                       This picture above is just so you can see the inside before I made the pockets.

                                                             Quilting the pockets!
Finished! I'm very pleased with how this turned out! I can't wait for my friend to be able to store her art teacher and artist stuff in here!!!!! SO EXCITED! 
                                                             This is the holder tied up!

John 4: 13- 15

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday Lunch!

The title of this recipe is Bi Bim Bap Beef Bulgogi.... Bi Bim Bap means 'mixed rice' and Bulgogi means meat that was marinated before cooked. I got this recipe from an old Women's Health Magazine, its sooooo yummy and full of protein!! MMM!! 

What you will need: 

1 lb sirloin steak
1 Asian pear
4 cloves garlic, grated
1 Tbsp grated ginger
4 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp rice wine
2 Tbsp sesame oil
1 1/2 c. brown rice
1 c. bean sprouts
4 c. baby spinach 
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 medium zucchini, cut into strips
2 medium carrots, cut into strips
4 eggs

I made a few adjustments on the ingredients. We already had pork so I used pork instead of steak. Also, I used ground ginger in the powder form instead of buying a thing of ginger. I could not find bean sprouts in the store so I didn't make anything in place of that. The recipe says a cup and a half of rice for 4 people but we only had a little less than a cup and it was plenty, we had leftovers. 

You need to marinate your meat 2 hours before cooking. Slice your meat into strips going against the grain (I sliced against the grain on the pork and it was not tough or chewy).  Place the meat in a bowl and combine the pear, soy sauce, ginger, 2 cloves garlic, sesame oil, brown sugar, and rice wine. After you mix the meat with the marinate place it in the fridge for 2 hours.

After 2 hours you can begin cooking your rice. With brown rice it can take 40 to 50 mins to cook. Rice is typically 2 cups water to every one cup rice. I'm not exactly sure if that's the way it is for brown rice but that's how I did it. Once you bring the water to a boil cover the rice and let it cook til all the water cooks out. 

While your rice is cooking you can start on the veggies!! MMM! 

Bring a small pot of water to a boil and throw in the bean sprouts for about 4 minutes. After that toss them with a tbsp of soy sauce. Next throw in the spinach and cook them about a minute or until they've wilted down. Drain them off and toss with sesame oil and sesame seeds... yyyyUUMM! 

Next heat a skillet with vegetable oil and 2 cloves of garlic and toss in the carrots and zucchini! 

Cook these for about 5 minutes or until they are as tender as you like them! I like my veggies to be still a little crunchy! 

Once these are cooked place them on the side and get the meat out!!!! Heat up 1 tsp and throw on your meat! Cook your meat until its cooked through. Oh, and get your chops ready cuz this meat is soooooo tasty! 

There is really no way to make meat look yummers in a picture... just fyi! 

Once your meat is cooked pull it off the heat and clean the skillet out. Heat up 2 tsp of vegetable oil, crack an egg in a cook them over easy. If you have a big skillet you can do more than one at a time but I'm not that great at multiple egg cooking.... 

Now it's time to serve it up!!!!!!!! Its so yummy! You can do it in a bowl or on a plate.

Grab you a yummy drink and you're about to have the yummest meal you ever made for your taste buds and your belly!!

John 4: 13-15

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My Purse

I just made purses for two of my friends last week so this week I decided to make a purse for me! My aunt had some beautiful fabric that I LOVED and she didn't have any plans for it (she won it at her quilter's group). We found a perfect zipper (in the pile of old zippers we had) to go with it! Below are the pictures of my new purse!

I took this picture to show the lining because I had to use pieces of a gold fabric. The gold was the best color for the lining so I sewed squares of them together because they were already cut into squares.

 I took this picture just to show the quilting on the machine. I put batting between the lining and the exterior fabric.

This is the final piece! I love it! The colors on the fabric look dark in certain lighting but the fabric is so pretty, it has a shiny gold outline around each part of the design!

This just a picture to show the lining incase anyone was curious! The zipper is really neat too because it has a large circle on the pull which I like because it's easy to open and close.

John 4: 13- 15

Sunday, May 29, 2011

A Birthday Present!

My friend just recently had a birthday so I wanted to make her something! I had fabric leftover from a quilt that I am working on so I decided to make a purse for her that my aunt had shown me. My aunt sewed in the zippers (which were part of a huge donation that my mom's blanket ministry had) and I did the quilted part of the purses. I made one for the birthday girls sister too, who also happened to be my amazing roommate throughout college!! ( :( I miss those days!!!) Below are the pictures of the purses! 

There is a wristlet band so it can be worn on your wrist instead of on your shoulder. Its just for a few items when you're going somewhere quickly. This quilted design was a wavy design, which you can't see that well in the picture I took. 

This purse had a straight pattern on it. I think it is easier to see the pattern on this one in the picture than the other one.

I didn't realize until I was uploading the pictures that the camera strap is also featured in this picture... please ignore it! 

This picture is just to show the different shapes! I very much enjoyed this project and I thank my aunt so much for helping me!!!! 

John 4: 13-15

Thursday, May 19, 2011

'Just Cause' Gifts

So it's been a while, but I've been searching hard for a job (unsuccessfully)!! I went to visit one of the most amazing friends I have recently and I decided to make her a gift just for being a great person! I didn't realize that making a tote bag was as difficult as it was but I attempted it and I believe I was pretty successful! Below are all the pictures of my process. I also made a "feel better" pillow for her cute amazing little dog who just had surgery and got 9 of her little bitty teeth pulled :(.

I dont have a picture of the completed tote bag but below you can see the almost finished product. I had to make a piece of binding for the middle of the bag where the unfinished edge was suppose to be on the inside, I may have measured wrong. I made the mistake a pocket and sewed a button on to fix it.

Below are the pictures of the "feel better" pillow that I made for my friends dog.

This is not the best picture of the finished pillow because the stuffing got on the outside and I didn't have a lint roller with me. I completed it while my friend was a church. I hand stitched the letters and hand sewed the opening that i used to stuff the pillow. Next time I would sew the letters on the machine and then put the pillow together but overall I was pretty happy with the end result!!

John 4:13-15