Friday, November 30, 2012

Shop Update- Magnets Are Here!

As promised...

...And new jewelry:

The two purple and gray pieces are embroidered with my mom's handspun thread! Yarn. Whatever. It's a mix of cashmere and silk, pretty much the luxurious-est of luxury. I just wanted to put the ball of yarn in my mouth. Don't worry, I didn't though. I'm looking forward to using some more of that, and using my own handspun!

Things That Make Me Happy #6


3:15 through the end makes me sweaty.
We saw her in April and I smiled so much that my cheeks were sore. I think I might have even squeezed out a couple tears of sheer euphoria. That makes me sound like a crazy stalker, I know, but I admit without shame I am crazy in love with her!

Favorites Friday

Paramecium Magnet Fused Glass Pink Protozoan
Paramecium Magnet by trilobiteglassworks

Mexican Fire Opal Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring... Sequined Fire...
Mexican Fire Opal Ring by CamloDesigns

Adorable - Framed Kitten Stitched Wall hanging with Ball of Pink Yarn
Vintage Framed Kitten Wall Hanging by AssemblyLines

Pale Fire ruffle front skirt Sz 6
Ruffle Front Skirt by LoveToLoveYou

Blue flash rainbow moonstone ring, dark sterling silver, recycled 14k gold, size 6 and a half ring, one of a kind statement ring
Rainbow Moonstone Ring by littlebugjewelry

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Peanut Butter Ginger Chicken Recipe

This has been a family favorite since I was little. I have no idea where my mom got the recipe, but we love it! Obviously it's super easy, or I wouldn't be able to pull it off. I think this is technically a Thai or Chinese or Something Exotic dish, but growing up we typically wouldn't eat anything but the plainest of plain things, so I promise it doesn't taste too adventurous.

The recipe calls for just one teaspoon of ginger, but I like a handful in mine. And then I lick the grater. Carefully, of course! (LOVE ginger!)

Peanut Butter Ginger Chicken

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, trimmed and diced
  • 14oz chicken broth
  • 2 TB soy sauce
  • 1 TB cornstarch
  • 1/2 C peanut butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 TB water
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • olive oil
  1. Coat large, deep skillet with olive oil. Saute garlic and ginger until soft. Remove from pan and set aside. Wipe pan clean and re-coat with olive oil.
  2. Add chicken to pan and stir fry. Meanwhile, cook 2 cups white rice according to package directions.
  3. Combine sauce ingredients in small bowl: broth, peanut butter, red pepper, and cooked ginger and garlic. Dissolve cornstarch in 2TB warm water and add to sauce. When chicken is cooked through, add sauce to frying pan and simmer until bubbly and thick, about 5 minutes.
  4. Serve chicken and sauce over rice. The end.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Things That Make Me Happy #5

#5: My daughter's imagination

I came downstairs to this impromptu game of bug race yesterday. She nagged Daddy into playing with her, but she makes up the rules, which of course change with every turn :)

What kind of little girl likes to play with plastic cockroaches?? I get creeped out just holding them in my hand haha!

It's little things like this that make me happy. I hated to clean them up and put them away (sort of!) because they made me smile whenever I walked past. She's so precious!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thank you

I'd like to interrupt our regularly scheduled posts to say a little thank you to everyone who was so sweet after my ...ehh... incident last week. I haven't really wanted to talk about it much, which is strange because usually I just want to talk things to death until they're satisfactorily resolved. Maybe that's why, because this can never be resolved? Well anyway I just want to say thank you, to everyone who sent supportive comments, tweets, and emails. It helped, it really did. You guys are the best.

My posts on this blog are usually scheduled ahead of time, when I'm feeling good. Then I go into a photography frenzy and whip up as many as I can, especially the Things That Make Me Happy, because I know it won't stay that way and I need these little reminders for myself that it was that way and it will be again soon. I'm getting used to some new-ish  medication and things are just very confusing a lot of the time. So that I'm not repeating myself, I'm reblogging a post from my semi-private Tumblr o' Feelings. What happened is not over, maybe it will never be, but I just wanted to be real for a minute. I'm using the tumblr less these days, which is maybe a good sign, and so I could possibly kind of merge the two efforts together  (including my impressive collection of Liz Lemon gifs) when I'm sure I can be trusted not to blather some truly crazypants stuff all over the interwebs :) I just don't want to be fake. I don't want to have that secret blog where I act human and then come over here and pretend I just make things all day and do whatever I want. Well I mean, that is pretty much exactly what I do but that's not the point here. 
Ok anyway here goes...

Let’s review the last three months. I went nuts. I did some awful things. I got pregnant. I got UNpregnant. I was happy. I was sad. I was euphoric. I was suicidal. And really, none of it was all that long ago. It was only a few days ago that something inside my body DIED. And what am I doing? Sewing. Crafting. Cooking. Blogging. Joking with my friends. Planning menus and parties. I’m like, here’s a word vomit-y blog post and thennnnn I’m done. It’s over. Finished, MOVE ON. Who does that? What kind of person am I? Why can’t I cry? Why am I not completely devastated? Why am I still showering and brushing my teeth and shaving my legs? Ok, well I’m not REALLY shaving my legs. Even though my husband put a shiny new expensive razor in the shower as an unavoidable hint. Shrug. 
I have feelings, I do, just more like intellectually I recognize this as an appropriate response. Like I’m a freaking robot or something. Ironically this is kind of what I always wanted but… I dunno, it’s not really that pleasant.

DIY Painted Magnets

Another project inspired by Pinterest.  The popsicle stick magnets were actually supposed to be a project for kids, I think, buuut... I waited until Carly was out of the house to do this haha. What? I'm very particular about my fridge magnets! The round wood magnets post shows you how to use the paint and tape off the straight lines if you were so inclined. Which I obviously was not. Shrug.

But really, it was very simple and cheap. These four were done during Craft Night, so you know I was doing a lot of talking/giggling/drinking/acting like a moron. AND painting. Yes, I'm talented.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Library Day

Up for consideration today is Stitchy Kitty Fuzzy Puppy by Ayako Otsuka. According to the cover, this book contains "60 motifs to stitch everywhere," and that is totally true. Who would not want a fuzzy little puppy on the corner of everything they own??
Well, me. Because I'm not really a fan of dogs. I know, I know- I have no soul. BUT I do love cats, so this book was still adorable to me. This is the project I want to do:

That may actually be the only design in the whole book that is not textured and just an outline, so I'm probably really misrepresenting the book here. All the other designs have THE CUTEST animals done in textured stitches to make them look fuzzy and furry. 

I don't really like doing different stitches, I stick to my plain old running stitch with the occasional french knot if I wanna get really fancy, so this isn't a book for me. BUT if you like learning new stitches, definitely pick this up. She gets really creative with placing the embroidery designs too, like a little furry cat peeking out of the pocket of an apron. It's absolutely worth looking through.

Also I got Carly a copy of the Little Master Shakespeare Romeo & Juliet. This is part of the BabyLit series, which includes precious versions of Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice for little ones. I mean... COME ON!

I was really excited to take a look at the whole series, but this is the only one my local library has. Boo. Also it's actually a board book, not a condensed and simplified version written just for kids. Boo. But if your kids are still small enough for board books, you'll love them. This one is a counting primer, and the illustrations are A-dorable:

I'm glad I didn't rush out and buy a whole bunch since they are actually board books, but I think they would still make nice framed illustrations for a nursery.

Have you found any good craft books lately?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Things That Make Me Happy #4

#4: My tiny trays.

These are the little trays I keep on my vanity to catch all the sparkly bits of loveliness that float around the house. I think the floral one is an ashtray honestly, but oh well. The brass one is an antique hand-carved coaster from India. Or at least I think it's a coaster.
Anyway, lately they've been holding a random rhinestone button, the vintage brooch from my wedding, a pair of vintage beaded earrings from the thrift store, and the engagement ring that's too big now. Little sentimental things too, like a floral hairpin from a special occasion, and some old cocktail rings from my ex-mother-in-law (she loves me!)

Haha, look at all the paint stuck in the crevices! Ah well, more memories...

I just love looking at these when I pass by, and how the sunlight catches the sparkles. It just a little thing that makes me happy!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Free Shipping in My Shop!

Now through Tuesday, November 27, shipping on any items in my shop is free! Here are a few new pieces:

I also wanted to get your opinion on magnets. I don't know why I've been so obsessed with magnets lately, but I was thinking I could make little embroidered felt ones. Felt is pretty light, so I thought it would work out well. Is it just too weird? Would you put felt on your fridge?

Things That Make Me Happy #3

#3: Feeding my kid. 
I know, this is kind of a thing you have to do, not the kind of thing that generally makes you overly happy. But it really does! Especially when I can give her healthy things. Since I've been back home, I've been trying really hard to cook everything from scratch and omit the good stuff like heavy cream, lots of butter, and too much pasta. (We kind of have a thing for pasta.) And it just feels so good to take care of her.

I love making these lunch tins for a once-in-a-while treat. Mostly healthy stuff like fruit and nuts and cheese and yogurt, but some fund stuff like goldfish crackers too. She really can't eat this much of course, but it makes a nice afternoon snack for the rest of us!