Oct 31, 2012

A Hobbit's Tale

A Hobbit's Tale

When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton....
The party was a success, after which Bilbo left in a hurry to travel to Rivendell, the home of the elves. 
His nephew, Frodo was entrusted with the One Ring that the family kept carefully hidden in their Lord of the Rings Risk game. However, it was time to finally destroy the One Ring, which was the cause of a lot of troubles. 

Frodo volunteered to take the One Ring past Sauron's Eye that was always watching to gain the Ring back. Of course, Frodo needed traveling clothes first. His faithful tailor quickly whipped up a vest made out of the finest corduroy and simply cut off the collar of white shirt that fit Frodo well. But the trousers gave the tailor a huge headache. She measured and measured and started drafting the pattern for the travel trousers....but no matter how long she stared at the drawings, she could not bring herself to finish the pattern. In her plight, the tailor turned to Oliver & S and bought the Sailboat Pants pattern. After that it only took a couple of hours to make Mr. Frodo's trousers. Mr. Frodo himself picked out the shiny gold buttons, even though his tailor tried to convince him that traveling with such fancy things might not be the most... authentic.  
Obviously the tailor lost that argument. 

Oct 29, 2012

Spider Web Pizza

I have excepted that morning sickness, tiredness and insomnia are following me into my second trimester and that this pregnancy is simply more challenging than the last four. Since I quit waiting for that burst of energy and feeling good - it was easy to decide that during my better hours/days I need to grab the opportunity and instead of folding laundry and catching up on housework, do something fun once in a while.

This week we made Spiderweb Pizza. 

 I used whole wheat dough and very little sauce, because my boys do not like pizza sauce. We simply used string cheese cut in fourths to make the spiderweb with. I think using even thinner strands would have been better. Next time I am going to cut the string cheese into eights.

And used pepperoni and large olives sliced lengthwise for spider bodies and legs. There you have it. A fun Halloween lunch or dinner!

Oct 27, 2012

Pin Tuck Wave Beach Blue Pillow

A few weeks ago I saw a pillow at Target I really liked. I am not very good at home decorating and this pillow would not have matched anything at all, so I was not even tempted to buy it. Still, I kept thinking about it, simply because I was intrigued. It had 3 tones of grey and wavy pin tuck design all over it. Last week I was at Joann's to pick up some paint (and fabric), I saw these beautiful blue and turquoise cottons. Right away I thought of the pillow and I knew I had to make it. So here it is.

It was really simple to make.

Oct 23, 2012

Avengers Stenciled Shirt and How To Make Silhouette Stencils From A Picture

Two tutorials in one post! If I were blog savvy, it would  make more sense to split this into two posts...however, I decided a while ago that I want to have fun and not worry about things like that.

I have 4 boys, all huge fans of various superheroes. When Avengers came out last week they all wanted a shirt. Freezer paper stencils were out - that's just too much hassle.

Originally I was going to use DIY screen prints ( I still want to make some more detailed pictures,  that's for later though) and for some time now I wanted to try to make stencils from poly folders.

Oct 18, 2012

Leather Cord Macrame Bracelet

The art of macrame has come a long way. The materials you can use today give you far more choices than a few decades ago. They also look much better. I have done basic macrame with my boys and we used hemp. Recently as I was browsing at Hobby Lobby (by the way, I am NOT getting paid by Hobby Lobby, no matter how many times I go there and mention it in my posts) and found some skinny leather cords. I picked up some wooden beads and large rings and lobster claw claps to make a bracelet with. This is probably the simplest form of macrame ( just Google "macrame jewelry" and you will see some truly amazing and beautiful pieces) but with using the right materials, simple can be also beautiful.

It took me maybe 5 minutes to make this simple bracelet. Here is the supplies:

Oct 10, 2012

Frozen Macaroon Delight

Or something like that. I cannot recall the name of this dessert I learned from a friend years ago. It was super easy and I just memorized the recipe. Not the name though.
I tweaked her original recipe a tad bit by adding toasted nuts and used home made whipped cream instead of Cool Whip.

The dessert itself is light and cool, perfect as a summer treat. Also, you can change it up by using different flavored sherbet.

3 c of whipping cream
2/3 c powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

1-1 1/2 c pecan bits
1 package of macaroon cookies (or coconut cookies)
1-2 boxes of sherbet (I used raspberry for the one pictured, but love it with pineapple sherbet too!) depending on how much you want to make ( I used 1 1/2 boxes)

Toast pecans over medium low heat in a pan. Stir often, set aside and let cool. While the pecans are cooling, open the package of macaroon cookies and start breaking them into small pieces.
Whip cream with sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Fold in cooled pecans and macaroon cookie pieces.

In a 9 by 13 glass dish (or any casserole dish, I prefer glass) spread 1/2 of the whipped cream mixture. Then spread the sherbet on top and add the rest of the whipped cream mixture. Cover with a plastic wrap and put it in the freezer for 2+ hours, until it is all frozen.

Tip: run the knife under hot water for a minute before you cut it into squares.

Oct 9, 2012

Stamped Pillowcase

 I went through some boxes in storage and found my old rubber stamps. Over a decade ago I loved making handmade cards.
I marveled at the fact that I had forgotten how much I loved them.

 They are all from the fabulous Impress Rubber Stamps store. ( I am not getting paid to advertise them, I used to go there all the time and took classes there too. Sadly, we moved away. I still love their stamps though!)

Oct 8, 2012

DIY Screen Printed T-shirt - Airplane

My youngest is turning 3 this weekend and I decided to make him a few gifts. Since I dilly dallied all week, I did not have time to make the superhero backpack I planned along with some superhero peg figures. Maybe for Christmas. I had a few t-shirts on hand and decided to make him screen printed T-shirts.

To be honest, I was going to make freezer paper stencils, but I ran out of freezer paper. And I was not in the mood to make a trip to the store for freezer paper. I remembered reading in a magazine somewhere about DIY screen printing with sheer nylon chiffon or more well known as sheer white curtain fabric and decided to give it a try. I had some fabric on hand from a Halloween ghost project, the embroidery hoop, Mod Podge and some acrylic paint. 


Oct 4, 2012

Langos - Hungarian Fried Bread


Hungarian Fried Bread or Langos is a yeast bread with mashed, boiled potatoes in it and fried in oil. My Mom and I often grabbed some from a street vendor in Budapest and had it for dinner. It was always delicious and I loved it fresh and hot, with sour cream and cheese on top!  Of course you could ask for it with cinnamon sugar on top....