Tuesday, April 4, 2017

March Madness & Spring Cleaning

March was a very intense month with a few Amtgard events and Ben starting his new job (go Honey!). We're adjusting to me being home more often well and I've made it a point to get up with him so I can make sure that he has breakfast and lunch.

Being home a lot can have drawbacks if you do not have a plan. I lay out my schedule everyday, make a to do list, review my long term to do list for future projects, and tackle what I can. I leave myself about 30 mins before Ben gets home to clean up any projects that have exploded and review the dinner plan in case I need to pop out to the store.

Yesterday my big to do was spring clean the living room. We've been discussing getting a cat, but to fit a cat tree in the living room we needed to move things around a bit. I managed to move everything, including the couch, by myself, but our oversize chair just doesn't fit well in our little apartment. I'd like to get rid of it and take one of my chairs out of storage, but we literally can't get it out of the house easily.

See when Ben moved in they had to remove the door, and then door frame to get the chair and couch into this place. They're handy downs from Ben's folks and much better suited for their large airy family room then our postage stamp apartment. To cope I am looking at Ikea for a new couch, because when we move there is no way we're taking those with us. Also, his folk's next tenants likely will not want them as they are a little rundown. Does anyone else dream about red, sturdy, couches? I certainly do.

Today I need to make something for lunches for Ben this week. Last week I made pasta with tons of vegetables and that lasted him all week. My original plan was to make fried rice for dinner and have that be his lunch all week, but there wasn't enough leftover from dinner, and I can't make rice. I know, I know, it's really simple, but I can't do it. We own a rice cooker, I make rice per the directions, but I never get nice fluffy rice. It's either pudding, or it's too dry. I blame the Harry Dresden Effect.

Today I'm making quiche, which has the added bonus of being a breakfast food, so I don't have to worry about cooking breakfast all week.

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
5 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into small slices
3 to 4 tablespoons ice cold water

In a food processor mix together the flour and salt. Slowly add butter while processor is running and once the mixture resembles sand begin to sprinkle tablespoons of water slowly. Stop when dough begins to clump. Trying not to handle the dough too long. Wrap it into a sheet of plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes while you prep the other ingredients. Preheat the oven to 400F. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and immediately roll it on a lightly floured surface, applying pressure from the center to the edges until it is about 12 inches in diameter. Place in your tart or pie pan and bake in the center of the oven for 8-9 minutes. Set aside in it's pan. Turn oven down to 375F.

1/4 pound precooked and cubed or shredded chicken
1 cup sliced squash or whatever vegetable you have on hand
6 eggs
3 tbsp cream
1 tsp salt
1 tsp marjoram

Begin by layering the chicken and squash into your partially baked shell. Thoroughly mix eggs, salt, cream, and marjoram together. Pour egg mixture into your shell. Bake for 25-30 or until top is golden brown, and the filling has set.

To tell if your filling has set tap the side and if the center is jiggling it hasn't set yet.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Better Late then Never

So I have a little catch up to do.

I got a couple old projects done in January:

Dame Linden's Bellator Adamas Hood
Tommy's Boba Fett Tunic

In February I learned to backstrap weave!

This month the theme is to make something that is useful. It can be something for around the house, a piece of clothing, a bag, ect.

I'm going to try my hand at VeraVenus bra pattern or try to make a useable pair of pants. Wish me luck!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Crafting Challenge

January's crafting challenge is finishing a project, or starting one you have been putting off.

I have several unfinished projects to tackle and I am going to finish a Boba Fett tunic I have sitting around.

The person it was originally for decided that they wanted something simpler so I'm going to finish it to get it out of "The Stack" and hopefully sell it.

It has just been sitting around requiring applique, side seams, hemming, and a red sash around the middle. I believe I can finish this in about 4 hours, and I'll then post it for sale.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A year with a Crafter

January is a month of making plans. It's the month that many of us make resolutions and try to start off with a clean slate. It's the month I make a yearly budget, and large goals for the year with measurable monthly steps. My goals are not always serious and one of them is to challenge myself creatively and what I really love is a monthly challenge list. 

This is my list for the year and I ask that if you read my blog that you join me in this challenge. Comment with  what you plan on doing for January and if you have a blog, post about it and add a link to the comments. I would love to see what you are up to!

January –  Procrastination – Finish a project you have been putting off finishing (a UFO or PHD) or make something you have been avoiding starting. 

February – New Skill - Try something new. It can be a new technique that you're interested in, or learning a completely new skill.

March – Useful – Make something that is useful. It can be something for around the house, a piece of clothing, a bag, ect.

April – Gender-Bender – Make an item for the opposite gender. Make something for someone else that does not identify as the same gender as you.

May – Consume – Make something that has a short lifespan. It can be food, face scrubby, ect.

June – Fiber - Fiber arts is such a broad term and this is the month to do anything that uses fiber. Paper making, knitting, crotchet, spinning, ect. 

July – Monochrome – Make anything in black, white, or any shade of grey in between.

August – Color – Make something colorful. Aim for 3 or more colors and make it a complete project. If you spin, spin some yarn and make the yarn into something. 

September – History – Make something with a historical link. It can be something from a historic pattern, a recipe for a historic source, or even a retro costume.

October – Heroes – We all have personal heros. It can be someone who inspires us in our creating, or a personal hero from history. Make something that is inspired by them or reminds you of them.

November – Red – Make something in any shade of red. 

December – You - Make something for yourself. This is the month we usually put ourselves last, but it's good to take time out for yourself.