I’ve finally got the chance to sit down and write something. Okay so in truth I was going to write the other day but for some reason my internet and wordpress were just not liking each other so I gave up and went to bed kind of early – early for me anyways.
First I’ll get shop [LINK] related things out of the way. I know it seems that’s all I talk about any more, but I swear it’s not.
I made a pair of Hello Kitty ribbon earrings a while ago, well I sold them so I used the new ribbon I got not that long ago to make another pair. Plus I’ve just added a bunch of earrings to the earring section of the shop [LINK].
Okay, 14 pairs of earrings may not seem like a lot but I used to only have around 4 pairs in the section.
I’m also working on a few little pencil pouches. The first one I made turned out fine, but I don’t like it well enough to put it in the shop. So I have two more cut out. I just have to sew them together and put them up in the shop.
I’m also going to do a few cat toys – cat nip free – to put in the shop. They’ll only be around $1.50 per toy.
I did finally finish sewing up Christmas gifts too!
My mom found the front of the pillow in fabric someone gave her. So we held onto it until Christmas time. She also had the back fabric. A little boy we know is in love with dinosaurs, so I made the pillow for him. I was going to make a dinosaur plushie to go along with it but I honestly don’t know if I’ll get it finished or not.
When I make plushies I like to do all the sewing by hand…I know that’s kind of weird. I do have a dinosaur pattern printed out. I haven’t cut it out or even looked for fabric yet. I guess the good thing is his birthday was last weekend and they’re waiting until after the holidays to have his birthday party – plus his mom had his little brother two days before Thanksgiving. So I could start it and just see where I’m at by Christmas.
I did make this birdie plushie for his little brother since he’ll only be a month old on Christmas.
As for my niece, I’ve been working on her gifts for weeks and I’m finally finished with what I set out to make.
The first thing I made was a baby doll quilt. I know she’s at least getting one baby doll for Christmas so she’ll need a blanket to wrap it up in. I had all the squares cut out once but I couldn’t find them. After I started cutting a fresh batch of squares out I found the others – the kittens had been playing with them. At that point I was honestly ready to give up on it.
Sewing it together went by so fast. Super simple to get it together. And the reason I used the farm fabric on the back of the quilt is because my niece has a love for pigs – for some reason. My mom even found her a pig purse for Christmas.
And since she has a baby doll she’ll need something to put everything her baby doll needs in so I made a baby doll diaper bag. It turns out so much better then I thought it was going to. As usual I was just making it harder then it really was. I’m going to take the pattern and double the size to make myself an overnight bag. I know the fabric doesn’t really day “little girl” or “baby”…but I wanted to use a heavy fabric. And well as long as all her baby doll needs fit in it I don’t think the kind of fabric is going to matter to her.
I did find a baby doll carrier pattern last night – one of those you strap onto your front. I honestly thought about whipping one out, but I haven’t looked at the pattern to see how much fabric I’d need. If nothing else her birthday is in May so I could slowly buy up whatever I’d need.
If I make her anything else for Christmas it’s just going to be hot pads to go with her kitchen – and I found out she’s getting an easy bake oven from my mom. And making hot pads for her would be a great test run because hot pads are something I want to add to my shop. ^_^
I’ll warn you all now, there’s going to be a bunch of food related pictures…
Since Jamie [LINK] asked me about couscous I was kind of weird and took pictures of it while I was making it. The picture on the left is the couscous before it’s cooked and the picture on the right is the couscous after it’s cooked and fluffed. It’s super simple to make – all you do is boil water, pour the water into a bowl, add couscous and cover. You treat it like rice – well as far as using it for a base and having vegetables (or meat) over it. Couscous is made from durum (wheat).
On the 13th I found this great vegan chicken. So I used a piece to make spice crusted chicken with couscous.
On the 14th I made cream puffs, which there were only a few left by that night.
On the 15th I made a simple piece of vegan chicken with rice and warm roasted pepper salsa.
On the 16th I made veggie dumplings – my version of chicken and dumplings. I always make my dumplings HUGE and add spices to the four.
For lunch yesterday I made Amritsari cholle with couscous. It’s an Indian dish of chick peas in a spicy sauce. It was the first time I tried it and it was so good!
For dinner yesterday I made a piece of lightly breaded vegan chicken – I spiced the flour with onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, salt and cayenne pepper – and garlic mashed potatoes.
That’s all the food porn I have for now. Haha. Sorry to everyone for sharing all those food pictures.
Tomorrow (or Friday) I’m going to be making gingerbread! I’ve never made it before so it should be an experience. haha. Oh and my niece will be here to “help”. The first thing I’m making is gingerbread whoopie pies – mini ones! Then I’m going to make like a half a batch of regular gingerbread – but I don’t have anything to decorate the gingerbread cookies with…well as far as I know. My mom got chocolate chips to make fudge with and I’m not sure if there’s any other chocolate chips in the kitchen. Guess I’ll be looking through everything tonight to see.
I had to buy a good sized bottle of molasses and since I’ll never use it again I want to try to use as much of the bottle as possible so I’m not wasting it. So any recipes that use molasses, please share! ^_^
This afternoon my mom and I went out – which was a horrible mistake. First she had to go to Staples, which I didn’t mind because I was still looking for a stylus for my tablet and she was looking for an external dvd burner for my older brother. They have a whole section of Hello Kitty products for tablets. ^_^ So I ended up getting a Hello Kitty stylus for my tablet and I’m going to go back after the holidays to get the Hello Kitty case – a black one because I know the white one would be so dirty in just a short amount of time. And she didn’t end up buying my brother the dvd burner because they only had one and it was just so much.
We went to a local drug store too – oh my gosh, it was packed! We had to drive around the parking lot twice just to find a place to park. Then school had just let out so there was a group of three boys following me into the store…okay not following me in but walking on me! I finally told my mom “You have to walk faster, I’m getting run over by a bunch of brats.” – they heard me too and well honestly that’s what they were acting like. They had no respect for others. I did see something in the store I never noticed before – a toy sweeper! My niece has one but it’s pretty banged up and this one is only $10. So if I come up with $10 before Christmas I’m sending someone out to pick it up.
I’m really not going to any stores until after the holidays – unless I really have to.
Blog Title: Imagine by John Lennon