Sunday, April 20, 2014

I've been sewing my heart out lately, almost a new project every day, along with work on two ginormous UJ quilt orders. I know, I know, I said no more...but then a girl needs fabric, which means money, which means either work it on the corner/or sell some quilts yo!   I choose to sell quilts.  

I've been drinking a lot lately. Green tea infused with jasmine, which is amazing. Peach oolong is one of my faves too. Not sure where this thought sprung from, but there it is. 

I've been thinking a lot lately about what makes me truly happy. I think it's the little things that are so enjoyable in life, especially when one takes note of them. So, here goes:
1. Tea and Coffee
2. The smell of flowers, esp hyacinth(s).
3. Hearing children laugh, esp my own.
4. Learning new things, tidbits of information, trivia...whatever. Anything that makes me ponder.
5. Sewing!!!! !!! !       !!! ! Even when it's not perfect, it's the process, I love it. *But I do tend to cuss a lot little when it goes pear shaped, I won't lie. 


More things that make me happy:

Have you  met my amazing planetary galaxy trousers yet?

 Feast your eyeballs:

They make me slightly giddy as they have a knit smocked waistband (which = eat whatever you want day) and also 80's elastic cuff bottoms.  Hello! I love cuffed bottoms, it's so 1985 tight roll memory happiness for me.  Like, totally!

 I have at least a six inch vertical there. I blame the camera for making it look like less.

New dance move craze. You didn't know? 

In other sewing news:

 Forgive me for modeling this dress but I was so excited to add pockets to it I decided to make a tutorial. It will be up tomorrow (or within the next 10 days lol) here on the blog. This dress is from Roxy-(love that brand, so Cali)--and it's my friend Angie's, not mine...but....but.....I think it's a sewable item for sure! 

It's been holiday time for us (two weeks of it!) so we've been painting, baking, playing outside, and exploring. Here's Mia's Mona Lisa in progress.
She's been talking a lot about DaVinci and Michelangelo lately.

And Ruby is the muffin and sweetie sampler.

See the Dragon eye?!!

I made myself a leopard print canvas bag. It didn't turn out exactly how I envisioned it, because I lost patience and didn't wait for dark brown webbing for the straps....but hey, it works. 
It's going to carry my gym gear. 

'Coz somebody gotta represent the kitty crowd!


My six year old wanted to shoot some pictures with me, so I let her take over. I think she's a natural! We were only in the back yard, and had just finished planting seeds (hence the bag of dirt there)- but next time I'm gonna have her take creative control somewhere cool. 

And---I can't wait to share this quilt I made, but I haven't given it to my friend yet so it will have to wait a few days. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

That's all I've got right now.
I hope to see you back soon.


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Ok guys, let me give it to you straight up.

I am not a donut person. Or a pastry person. I rather eat my calories in pure chocolate.
But, this past Holiday in Italy opened my eyes to the world of Heavenly Donut Making. Yes, it's a real world.  

On a weird whim I ordered a donut (or is it dough-nut?) from the Italian hotty behind the cafe counter.

Ladies, that lemony piece of perfection was life changing. I promptly ordered another one (or two) all in the name of discovering the recipe.

Don't judge.


These can be baked the night before and then sugared or glazed in the morning before your coffee percolates.

2 cups flour
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk (I used 2%)
2 eggs beaten / whisked 
2 tbs lemon juice (half a lemon)
2 tsp vanilla
2 tbs lemon peel

Preheat oven to 325 F   

Spray the donut pan with PAM or other greasy spray.

Mix the flour,sugar,baking powder, and salt.

Whisk the two eggs together.

                                              Stir in milk, beaten eggs, lemon peel, and vanilla.

This mixture will be thick, that's ok.

Pour into a zip lock baggie and snip a small corner off with scissors. 

Carefully squeeze the mixture out into each donut cavity filling only 1/4  (max 1/2) of the way up. 
Trust me on this one, LOL.

Bake 8-10 minutes until springy to touch.

Pop out onto a rack to cool.

When ready to sugar, melt 1 tbs butter and let it cool.

Get a zip lock baggie ready, put 1 to 2 cups powdered sugar in there (icing sugar).  

 Dip donut into semi-cooled butter, then pop it in the bag and shake it gently to coat with sugar. This may take several goes. I shook my donuts twice, (bahahahaha) then if they needed some touching up I spooned on a bit of sugar here and there for prettiness.

* Do not butter twice, only dip in the butter once and shake it in the sugar twice or three times if need be. 

*If you'd rather have a glazed donut, mix 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 tbsp hot water. Dip top of donut into glaze and set on rack to dry. 

Garnish with sprinkles if you dare.

This recipe makes 12 nice fat donuts, or 14 wimpy looking donuts.

Get the kids involved--it's messy but fun.
Everything in life worth doing is messy anyways.


Nom nom.

Go ahead and have two---they're baked not fried.

heeheheheheheh Again, it's the age of reason, remember?

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DIY Galaxy Nebula t-shirt tutorial

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Put  two ounces bleach (1/4 cup) and one ounce water (1/8 cup) in a spray bottle and mix.

Insert a plastic shopping bag or garbage bag in between your shirt layers and prepare your area for artistry. 


Get your fabric paints (I used Tulip brand) ready with sponges, paint brushes if you fancy, and at least one toothbrush, at the ready. 

Spray your shirt in any manner you like, there is no right or wrong way. I did my front shirt super bleached and the back shirt less bleached with more dark space. I prefer the back, as pictured, spraying blobs rather than a full on mist--but it's personal preference.

back shirt

front shirt

I used a miracle sponge because my art sponges went missing. I tore the sponge into pieces and applied paint like this: lightest colors first as center nebulas, then built around them gradually with darker colors. 

You can do it however you like.

I found I did have to reapply several times to the lighter colors for vibrancy.

With the toothbrush, flick splatters of paint (in white) over the shirt for the starry look.

I then added some lines for star twinkles with my paint brush.

Let the shirt dry overnight then wash in cool water and tumble dry on medium. (Or hang dry if you're Earth friendly.) My shirt ended up just slightly "crispy" on the front part, which I attribute to the full on bleach mist, so I put it in a brine for 24 hours and now it's fine. 

*Brine for t-shirts= 1/2 cup salt + 1 quart water  Let t-shirt soak in brine for 24-72 hours depending on how thin and soft you want it to feel. 

Don your galaxy/nebula/space shirt and shine like the star you are!

Doncha' just love tutorials with little to no "absolute" directions?!

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