Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October Madness

Has it really been almost a week since my last post?? I always forget that just when I think September is the craziest month of the year, along comes October!!

I promise more soon (dare I say more before Halloween! I have costumes to share!!) but for now, I leave you with these craftastic photos brought to you by Queenie Laio. Click here to see the entire collection of photos.

 Wish I had thought of this!!!Instead, I'll leave you with the most recent photo I have of Doodle passed out after a night where he was fighting sleep tooth and nail. I finally went in my room and told him to do whatever he wanted, but to please give me a little peace. He decided the best place to fall asleep would be in the hallway on one of my pillows. I just didn't think to stage a whole fairy or wooded creature or under the sea scene because I was busy trying to figure out when exactly will bedtime become easier!!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

the sorbetto top

I recently finished this "sorbetto top" a free download from Collette Patterns. 

This was my first time working with silk (I was too afraid to use the serger on silk). It was not the easiest fabric to work with and I spent a lot of time ironing before sewing (a step I'm usually happy to skip.) But I'm really happy with the results! I'm finally making clothing that I'm almost not embarrassed to wear! This is a marked improvement from past projects that will only be worn if my entire wardrobe burns down in a mysterious fire. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

craftastic! (art on a plane)

So, when you're bored out of your mind on a long flight there's only one thing left to do....go to the lavatory and recreate 15th century Flemish paintings...duh!!

That's why  Nina Katchadourian gets my craftastic label. Her work made me say "why didn't I think of that!" and it makes me laugh out loud every time I look at it (I can't stop looking at it!!!) I think the one that uses the neck pillow covered in the paper seat cover is my favorite. Brava, Nina!!! 

To read more about her project, click here! 

Friday, October 11, 2013

pumpkin spice latte

I've tried these before at reputable coffee shops and regretted every dollar I spent on them. Too sweet! Pumpkin spice took over my mouth. 

Well, after reading the directions for this DIY pumpkin spice latte on Huffington Post this morning, I decided to give this fall favorite one more try. 

And I have to say, I'm sipping it as I'm typing this post and this is how a pumpkin spice latte should taste!!! More like coffee than like a pumpkin pie - with just a hint of something special. 

I'm in. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Halloween is coming!!!

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love that things are a little cooler in Los Angeles. We don't have a dramatic change in the leaves here, but when I see orange or yellow on a tree, I get so excited. Plus I have an excuse to make soup. And orange is my favorite color. And I love me a cozy scarf. Oh fall, can't you just go on forever??

And Halloween is just around the corner! This weekend, Doodle and I took a trip to the fabric store to procure costume supplies. Doodle, age 4, would like to be a baby elephant. Mr. P. wants to be someone named Hero Bob from Minecraft (he described to me what he looked like and I told him that was fine but to just realize that many people won't know who he is so he'll have to explain himself. He decided he'd be Hero Bob for the school parade and then a yellow ninja on Halloween proper.) Have I got a lot of sewing to do in the coming weeks!!

In honor of Halloween, I'm sharing today collections from my Halloween Pinterest page with the hopes of inspiring some new projects! 

There's these no carve pumpkins from Martha"

Dry Ice Pumpkins (the link is dead, but you can figure this one out)

Creepy Apples. Thanks Martha!

Balloon Pumpkin (I did this one last year, the kids loved it!) You guessed it, Martha.

Glow in the Dark Jars from Lil Blue Boo:

Spooky Milk Jars from Lil Miss Redhead:

Origami Bats from How About Orange:

Floating Ghost from Buzzfeed:

Mummy Dogs from The Idea Room:

Monday, October 7, 2013

kitchen aid: The Kitchen Cure 2013

So I'm a little behind sharing this news, but the kind folks over at Apartment Therapy have deemed now to be a fine time to spruce up (read: completely organize and clean) your kitchen! Even though it officially started on September 30, you can still join in the 2013 Kitchen Cure by signing up and receiving daily emails each with a task (ranging from 15 minutes to an hour) that will have your kitchen ready to entertain!

For example, day one was declutter and clean out your fridge and freezer. Day 2, declutter and clean out pantry and food storage areas. You get the drift. 

The 2013 Kitchen Cure ends on October 11th, but you can always revisit the cure if your kitchen is in need of some love. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

fall garden

I spent some time in the garden yesterday pulling out a bunch of dead and dying plants. So long cucumbers. Adios eggplant. The dead plants piled up in the yard like corpses. 

 I added new soil and then planted some lettuce! The strawberries, kale and thyme have taken over the garden. And the colorful peppers that I planted a few months ago have started producing! I also added some broccoli and fennel to the mix. Next, I have some pole beans to start from seed and for the first time, I bought some watermelon seeds. We'll see how that works out. 

I made such a simple lunch yesterday with home grown kale. I sauteed the leaves in walnut oil and served them over brown rice with fresh lemon juice squeezed on top. Delicious!!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

fruit wall

How cool is this fruit wall!!

Well, you can help make the dream possible by donating to their kickstarter page! 

Why a fruit wall, you ask (besides the fact that they look awesome!!!) 
Here are the reasons listed on the website:

1. The fruit can breathe
You can arrange the fruit so it doesn’t touch. The fruit doesn't get piled on top of each other so the bottom fruit doesn’t get crushed.
You can easily see when something is starting to go bad, allowing you to use it up before that happens. This will save you a lot of money by making use of fruit and vegetables you might normally have had to throw away.

 2 Rotate your food for freshness
 Fruit-Wall allows you to organize your fruit by what needs to be eaten first. You can avoid the older fruit going bad by eating them before the newer fruit. How does Fruit-Wall help with this? It’s as easy as shifting them to the left, for example, and adding the new pieces to the right! But that’s up to you.This way, kids and absentminded adults can just grab the apple on the left without having to think about which one needs to be eaten first.

 3 Eat your fruit at room temperature
 Keeping your fruit at Fruit-Wall it can ripen naturally and will taste even better.

 4 Save space on the counter and in the fridge
 Hang up to 22 pounds of fresh fruit an vegetable in your kitchen, you can use this space where nothing else would normally fit.
We also save space in the fridge by not filling it up with fruit and vegetables.
Fruit-Wall takes up very little space!!!
To store the same amount of fruit on large model Fruit-Wall we could need up to 6 fruit bowls, taking up your counter space. With Fruit-Wall you only need an empty wall! Measuring just 48 x 24 x 3 in, Fruit-Wall is more narrow than most conventional kitchen shelves. By hanging one.

 5 Easily make your shopping list 
Having everything right in front of you helps see what you really need. In just one glance, you can see which fruits and vegetables you have on hand and what you’re missing. This helps you decide what to cook that day and easily make your shopping list.

6 Promotes eating fresh fruit for the whole family
 Easy access to the fruit is another great advantage. Fruit can be stored outside the refrigerator and can be eat eaten at room temperature at any time. This is a delicious way to enjoy all its natural flavor.
 Having the fruit in plain sight makes you want to eat it. Especially kids.

 7 Easy to clean
 A damp cloth is all you need.

 8 Height is no problem
 Personalize your Fruit-Wall to be up to six shelves. Unneeded shelves can be removed simply and easily and conveniently stored anywhere.

 9 Life-time usage 
 Great durability. Simple and efficient design. High-quality materials.

 10 It’s easy to hang.
 You only need 2-3 screws, depending on the size of your model.

 11 And of course, Fruit as has aesthetic value too! It looks beautiful!

Want to help fund their Kickstarter Page? Click here! 

And now you know why you NEED a fruit wall!!