I'm just doing a quick post so I can get this in before the end of the month. When I get back from vacation, I'll have to go back and see what I missed in this last week!
Prompt: July Battle- Dogs! Team: textbook Event: Craftology Bonus Points: UFO Project Name: Boston Terrier Tote Bag Project Link: n/a Brief Description: My sister used to have this great little Boston terrier (she rescued him), but she recently gave him to my sister-in-law's parents so he could be the only dog (my sister has 3 other dogs who are much bigger... he was getting trounced on a near daily basis). Near the end of my school year, one of my students was wearing a shirt with this cute Boston Terrier image on it. When I went to the store, I picked up 2 of them (kids size small) in the hopes of making a pillow for my sister and I. But, then I realized that my sister probably wouldn't really appreciate a cute, decorative pillow as much as a cute tote bag for carrying books to the library. I put some fusible interfacing on the back of the graphic, trimmed around the image and zig-zagged it onto the tote bag (ever so slowly so I didn't mess it up). So, here it is! And, only about 3 weeks late for her birthday
What a great start to the gallery! I absolutely love the gnome (what a cute little face!), and the dove is just lovely. I also received today and have two more fantastic patches to add to my science collection- I'll have enough to start my wall hanging before I know it!
Mine are also from Watsonc7, and came in cute wrapping:
And then I opened them to reveal... a quote by Thomas Edison (the text is stamped so neatly!):
And.... A PLANT CELL!
I can't believe how great my patches are! Thank you Watsonc7!
Prompt: July- Geography Team: Textbook Event: Paperology Bonus Points: n/a Project Name: Mountain View note cards Project Link: n/a Brief Description: These cards don't represent any one particular mountain, but rather mountains, in general. Mountains off in the distance always make me feel calm. I used to hike a lot, and there was nothing I like more than reaching the summit and seeing the view spread out around me. On my way to work in the mornings, I pass a mountain, and it always makes me happy to see it. I used my Silhouette to cut out the trees, and I finally tried out the Silhouette sketch pens, which is how the text and the mountain image was done. I can also use regular pens (once I find my pen holder), so I'm excited by the possibilities!
Prompt: July- Midnight Opening: The Princess Bride Team: Textbook Event: Craftology Bonus Points: n/a Project Name: As You Wish t-shirt Project Link: n/a Brief Description: The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies! And, this shirt represents one of my favorite lines ("Anybody want a peanut?" wouldn't translate as well on a shirt, and I already have a "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya..." shirt). I found this image of the Dread Pirate Roberts and so I swapped out his name underneath the image with the line from the movie. I especially love it when the grandfather says it to the little boy at the end of the movie.
Prompt: Team Spirit- Team Fandom: FAN-tastic Team: Textbook Event: Craftology Bonus Points: UFO (this was supposed to be my brother's Christmas present... last year) Project Name: Avengers T-shirt Project Link: n/a Brief Description: My brother and I both love movies based on superheros, so it's something we get to do together. Even though I never read many comic books as a kid (or even now), I watched a lot of Saturday morning cartoons and superhero shows were my favorite. I also loved the live action versions (Batman, Wonder Woman, even The Greatest American Hero). Last year, I made this same shirt for myself, and when my brother saw it, he asked me to make him one. I even made it with the same glittery paint (although, he might not like it, so I might have to re-do it), and I fixed the alignment error I made on my shirt on the Avengers logo on the back. I think the front image might be a wee bit crooked (which might drive my brother crazy... so again, I might have to re-do it).
Brief Description: These were supposed to be ready for Father's Day. My step-dad makes a wreck of his shirts whenever he is working on a project and my mom is forever on him about wrecking his good shirts. So, a couple of years ago, I made him a set of shirts and I gave my mother specific instructions that he was allowed to wreck them. It is now a tradition, but this year, they weren't ready (the design was ready, but the stencil wasn't cut- freezer paper cut with the Silhouette). My mom said that I should just give him the plain shirts because he needed them, but then I knew that they'd be indistinguishable from his "good t-shirts" and he'd just get yelled at for wrecking them. This way, everyone knows that these are his work shirts. The funny thing is that he wears them out and about and people have asked them for a business card so he can do work for them! Every year, the design is different.
My step-dad makes a wreck of his shirts whenever he is working on a project and my mom is forever on him about wrecking his good shirts. So, a couple of years ago, I made him a set of shirts and I gave my mother specific instructions that he was allowed to wreck them. It is now a tradition, but this year, they weren't ready (the design was ready, but the stencil wasn't cut- freezer paper cut with the Silhouette). My mom said that I should just give him the plain shirts because he needed them, but then I knew that they'd be indistinguishable from his "good t-shirts" and he'd just get yelled at for wrecking them. This way, everyone knows that these are his work shirts. The funny thing is that he wears them out and about and people have asked them for a business card so he can do work for them! Every year, the design is different- Acme Demolition Company (1st year), Jim's Fix-It (2nd year), Jim's Repair Shop (3rd year).
Instead of working on my Research Project this morning, I worked on this little project
Prompt: July- Wee Bit Team: Textbook Event: Yarnology Bonus Points: n/a Project Name: Wee Monstie Project Link: n/a Brief Description: I used this pattern to make a mini version of a Monstie! I made a small version once before using sock yarn, but this one is even smaller, and is made with #10 crochet cotton. His eyes are 12 mm safety eyes. I've included a comparison photo of one made with worsted weight acrylic (made by OnePinkHippo).
Prompt: Team Spirit- Textbook: Knowledge is Power Team: Textbook Event: Foodology Bonus Points: Textbook Team Spirit Points, Engineering (recipe given) Project Name: Cold Yogurt and Pea Soup with Mint & Lime Project Link: n/a Brief Description: Yesterday, I picked up my half of my CSA share (I split it with a gal I work with) and we got a bunch of sugar snap peas. They were very fibrous and not easy to eat raw, so I decided to make soup. I found a recipe that sounded tasty, but I didn't have all of the proper ingredients, so I had to do some substituting. I also had to blanch the peas.
According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation: " Blanching (scalding vegetables in boiling water or steam for a short time) is a must for almost all vegetables to be frozen. It stops enzyme actions which can cause loss of flavor, color and texture.Blanching cleanses the surface of dirt and organisms, brightens the color and helps retard loss of vitamins. It also wilts or softens vegetables and makes them easier to pack.Blanching time is crucial and varies with the vegetable and size. Underblanching stimulates the activity of enzymes and is worse than no blanching. Overblanching causes loss of flavor, color, vitamins and minerals."
While I wasn't freezing the peas, I did want to soften them up without them losing their flavor or color, so blanching made perfect sense!
Here's my modified recipe: Cold Yogurt and Pea Soup with Mint & Lime
Blanch about 2 handfuls of peas in water.
Reserve about a cup of the cooking water and add a dash (1/8-1/4 tsp) of boullion granules (I had to use beef, since it was all I had).
Add the zest of about half a lime, 5 finely chopped mint leaves, about a tablespoon of lemon juice (I used bottled lemon juice instead of freshly squeezed lime juice because I needed the limes for another purpose), and about a teaspoon of onion powder (I didn't have any shallots or onions).
Add the peas and use an immersion blender (or a regular blender) to puree the mixture. If necessary, strain to eliminate any remaining fibrous bits.
Pop the puree into the freezer to chill (I chilled mine for about a half an hour... ice was just starting to form on the edge of the puree).
Mix in about 6 ounces of Greek yogurt (no creme fraiche on hand, so I actually used some mango yogurt that I had...). If needed, pulse a few times in the blender to evenly combine (I also had to break up the mango chunks).
It only made one portion, and was very delicious. The flavors played together quite nicely!
I am putting my other Research Project on hold, because I have finally reached the point where I can't take it anymore...
Research Project Name: Kitchen Nightmare Overhaul Team: Textbook Brief Description: My house was built in 1920 and had a pantry area with a sink (but the sink was moved to the main part of the kitchen at some point) and cabinets. When I first bought the house, my step-dad ripped out the pantry so we could convert it to a laundry room. Twelve years later, the dryer is still in the kitchen (and it shares an outlet with the stove, so I can never cook and do laundry at the same time). It also means that I don't have any real cabinet (or counter) space, except for a cabinet over the sink that holds the dishes/cups/mugs and a cabinet area under the sink (pots/pans & cleaning supplies). The available counter space is about 2 feet square. Since there is no real storage, every available surface is piled with something (see the evidence photo below). After setting up my kitchen rack during the last round, I decided that I could probably use another one to create a second, more efficient storage area. So, I am planning to organize every available nook and cranny of my kitchen. This will involve:
1. Removing all items from the kitchen that do not belong in the kitchen. 2. Assembling a second kitchen rack (on order and should be here in a few days) 3. Emptying two bookcases and a cabinet (currently used for food and kitchenware storage) and transferring the contents to the new kitchen rack 4. Repurposing the bookcases and cabinet for additional kitchen storage 5. Cleaning and organizing the refrigerator (and the freezer) 6. Organizing other areas (existing counter space, top of dryer, kitchen island cart) 7. Labeling whatever I can label! And, maybe creating a few dust-cover-thingies (I truly can't think of what they are called right now) for the appliances.
My goal is to have it finished by the 20th of July (which is 3 weeks from tomorrow!).
This is my coffee/tea area on top of the dryer, but it's crowded with other items. It's the least offensive spot in the kitchen right now (except for the top of the stove, which is very clean at the moment!). If I showed you what the rest of the kitchen looked like, you'd be horrified... trust me... stuff is everywhere... It's a good thing I have 2 solid weeks off to work on it starting after the 4th of July (although I'll be working on bits during the evenings this week).