Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pumpkin

For several weeks, I have been craving pumpkin. Yes, I know what you're going to say: "silly girl, it's Spring not Fall". But if you think about it, pumpkins deserve to be loved year-round......right? That's my new theory anyways.

So I decided to try out a recipe for Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread. Now I don't know if this particular region of Maine is especially well-known for pumpkin products, but I figured that 3,483 reviews and a 5 star rating had to be a good sign. Luckily I was right. :)


Even after my multiple blunders extensive modifications (I thirded the recipe, substituted pumpkin pie spice for the nutmeg/cloves/ginger, and used a 9 x 5 pan instead of the recommended 7 x 3), it turned out really well! So moist and pumpkin-y! This is the first time I've ever made pumpkin bread, but I will definitely use this recipe again.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Splash of Color

Ok, so I'm going to cut down on posting pics of flower pins....starting in about 5 minutes. In the meantime, here's the latest. The red fabric was another remnant bin find. :)


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Color Purple

I rummaged through the remnant bin at Joann's yesterday and found some great purple fabric. I decided to use it in a flower pin for my aunt (she's very pro-purple). Since it's cotton, I couldn't melt the edges...but I think it turned out pretty well regardless. :)


Update: I trimmed the tulle on the bottom-right...so hopefully it's more balanced now. I didn't feel like taking another photo though. Soooo lazy. haha

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Funny Farm

Yesterday I spent the whole day with my brothers on our family's farm. We went for a walk, lounged in the grass, hung out with the animals, explored. It was nice to get some quality time with them especially on such a gorgeous day.

Here's a quick glimpse...


This is their chicken, Lucky. My dad has a different name for her -- Henzilla. She's ginormous and tends to keep food away from the other chickens. Once he saw her running across the yard with a whole hot dog bun in her beak. Priceless.


Me & my buddy Clyde. He's a miniature donkey with loads of personality. I think he would be perfect for tv commercials...haha


Never a dull moment with these two. Normally my sister uses this barrel in the horse arena, but the boys have decided that there are much better uses for it. I'm still not sure how they managed to get it all the way from the arena to the yard...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Jump On The 'Band Wagon

Last month, my cousins & I found some super cute headbands at Anthropologie.....BUT they were about $20 each. Yikes. Sooo I decided to try to make my own.
I bought some plain headbands at Walmart and glued a couple of fabric flowers on one of them. VoilĂ ! Not perfect, but it'll do. :)


Here's a close-up...


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Best Things In Life Are Free

In the past month or so, I've made a couple of discoveries...

Discovery #1: Amazon.com has free music
Yes, that's right: FREE. They have lots of songs and albums avaibable for download at no cost to you (hmm...that sounded a bit infomercial-y...sorry). Plus, they have a wide range of genres so there's something for everyone! (ok, the informercial stops here..)

Discovery #2: House of Heroes


While browsing through the aforementioned free music, I was introduced to the band House of Heroes. A few songs later, I was hooked -- which is a big deal because I'm not usually a big music person. I can officially say I LOVE THEM. If you get a chance, check 'em out.

Monday, April 12, 2010

If At First You Don't Succeed

A slight improvement from my first blob-ish attempt of DuhBe's original tutorial... :)


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Playing with Fire: A Flower Pin Tutorial

Awhile back, I stumbled upon a neat blog post by DuhBe about making fabric roses. In her tutorial, she uses fire to curl the edges of the fabric to make them more petal-like. I decided to give it a try, but my attempt at a rose didn't turn out so well. It was more of a blob. Whoops.

A few days later, I decided to try again. This time, instead of using one long strip, I cut out individual petals and used hot glue to piece it all together. While it's still not perfect, I had much better luck with this second attempt so I decided to share. I apologize in advance for the picture quality -- my iPhone is waaay more convenient than my actual camera.

**Warning: Please use extreme caution when attempting this tutorial as a flame is used in the process. I am not responsible for any accidents or injuries resulting from this tutorial. In other words, try this at your own risk.**

What You'll Need:

   * Fabric for the petals (Synthetic NOT natural fibers. Synthetic melts, while natural fibers catch fire)
   * Fabric for the backing (I used a polyester/rayon this time)
   * Pin
   * Button, bead, or other trinket for the center of the flower
   * Scissors
   * Hot glue

1. First you'll need to cut out the material for your petals. It's not an exact science, so feel free to experiment.


2. Next comes the fire. Bring each petal just close enough to the flame to melt the edges -- if you hold it too close to the flame it will start to burn...I learned the hard way. If you want tips from an expert, check out Step 3 of DuhBe's tutorial.


Here are a few of my petals afterwards...


3. Next, I cut out two pieces of fabric to use for the back of my pin. I used circles, but pretty much any shape should work.


4. Using hot glue, I began to attach petals to ONE of the circles that I cut out in the previous step. There's no real technique for this...you can arrange them however you wish.


Continue gluing and arranging. You can use as few or as many petals as you want.


5. After that, I made two small slits in the SECOND circle from Step 3. That way I could slip the pin in-between the two circles. Hot glue it all together & it should look something like this...


6. Finally, hot glue a trinket onto the center of your flower. Beads, pearls, old jewelery, fabric scraps...whatever you desire. For this pin, I used an old button that I had lying around.


And that's all there is to it. Pretty easy. To simplify the process even more -- especially if you don't feel like cutting out a bunch of individual petals -- you can just use circles and give them scalloped edges. You'll end up with something like this (my third attempt & a present for a friend):


As you can see, there's a lot of leeway. Just be warned that these flowers are addictive. Once you start playing with fire, you'll be hooked.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Getting My Feet Wet

Last year, my friend Caitlin introduced me to the blog world. The sharing of ideas, the overflow of creativity, the sense of community, the abundance of photos -- I fell in love. I quickly created a Google account and began following several blogs. Fast forward to now.

For several weeks, I've been toying with the idea of creating a blog of my own. The main thing holding me back was the fear that I would have nothing to write about. I don't travel. I'm not an avid photographer. I don't get fired up about politics. In short, I have no serious hobbies; I merely dabble. However, I've obviously overcome these doubts and decided to give it a shot. And who knows, maybe blogging can become my "serious hobby". Although after this first post, it may be difficult to continue blogging about blogging...

If all else fails, I suppose I can just make things up.

Or plagiarize.

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