Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Annabelle Quilt: Applique Process

I finally did my research on applique.
Update on the Annabelle Quilt
Update on the Annabelle Quilt
I used a super thin, double-sided adhesive webbing, and fused one side of the webbing to my fabric. On the other side of the adhesive webbing, I traced a flower template onto the protective paper backing. I then cut out the traced shapes and peeled off the protective paper backing, and ironed them onto the quilt.
So far, that's all I have done. I was going to sew them on, but then realized that I might have some overlapping with sewing my quilt squares. Something to figure out this weekend, I hope.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Lettuce Wraps

I'm still sick, but now I'm sick with a doctor's appointment on Thursday. So, all is good.
Lettuce Wrap
Lots of crafts were done this weekend. I will try to get updates in more daily! Last night Brian and I made lettuce wraps. The inside meat is not pictured, because it kind of looked a bit like dog food. I almost couldn't eat it based on that, but they were tasty!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sick Day

Ever since our show last Sunday, I've been trying to fight something off. Headache, nausea, soar throat... dizziness... etc.. so no work for me today. Instead, I am lying in my bed all day long and doing some laundry.
Hand washing clothes is so relaxing.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Smell The Glove

For the show last weekend, part of my job was to play tambourine. I have small hands, so the tambourine was leaving unsightly blisters. I decided to re-make some gloves, to match my dress. I started with a pair of sparkly, silver gloves, which I had around the house. I think I originally paid less than a dollar for them.
Silver Gloves
I dyed them black, using Rit. I let them soak while we went to band practice, for about 4-5 hours.
Dying them black
By the time they were ready, we didn't have much time left. Brian dried them off with a blow dryer while I did my hair.
Brian blowdrying them for me
I sewed on some bows, made with ribbon.
Sewing on some ribbon
I was ready for that tambourine!
Black sparkly gloves
Of course, I forgot to put them on during my tambourine songs. I had tied a scarf I knitted around them part that gave me blisters, and that did the trick. I did wear the gloves all night though, and they were a hit.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

If You Live In The LA Area...

... come see us play! I'll be playing the organ with the Brian Young Band!
Flyer I made for Brian's show
The show is expected to sell out, so come early or buy tickets online now!

Brian Young & The Promisettes - 8pm sharp!
Coulter - 9pm
Casper - 10pm

Brian Young on Myspace
Coulter on Myspace
Casper on Myspace

Friday, July 20, 2007

Inspiration At Work

During one of my walks up and down the hill...
Dew Drops on Spiderwebs
dew drops on spiderwebs. They looked like little gems, jewlery for the leaves. It was bizarre, because without these dew drops, I have never noticed all the spiderwebs. There were so many of these little spiderwebs, almost like little spider communities splashed all around the foliage of the Getty walkway up and down the hill.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Vegitarian Tacos

Vegitarian Tacos
I was off work a bit earlier than usual, so I actually had time to make me a proper dinner, before school.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

New Chair, New Cushion

I sold my big computer desk this weekend. I haven't really figured out what I want to do about building my new one yet. I keep changing my mind. In the meantime, I bought a new chair for my future desk. I really wanted an Eames chair, but sadly can not afford one just yet, so this will have to do. It's a good chair, but since this is the chair I am planning on sitting in a lot for the next 2 years of my schooling, I thought I'd make a little cushion for my tushion. Using tracing paper, I made a little template of the chair's funny little base.
Then, I cut some fabric and sewed a little pillow. I left a small opening to stuff my pillow and then sew in some ties, to tie the pillow onto the chair.
Chair Pillow
I almost stopped there, but then I found this neat button.
Chair Pillow
So, I tuffet-ed the little cushion and well, it's a bit awkward, but cozy. I was a little worried that the button would bother my bottom, but it kinda disappears into the fabric, so it's a pretty cozy cushion!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Apple Tart

Every time I visit my parents, they bombard me with fresh fruits and veggies from their garden. I love it. This weekend, they had a very full apple tree and I was the lucky girl who got to take a bag of them home.
My Peach Tart came out so yummy last time, I decided to go with an apple tart this week.
Apple Tart
One small change. Well, two small changes. First one, I forgot to add sugar! Such an important step, considering how tart these apples were to begin with. The tarts were still good, but each time I took a bite, it was like I was reminding myself of what a dork I am for forgetting one of the most important ingredients.
Now, the exciting other small change was that I made this a two layer tart.
Apple Tart with Cream
Apple Tart
That was exciting. Even more exciting were the little apple hearts on top.
Apple Tart Love
Lots of crafts were done this weekend. Tomorrow I will post those and all my loot from Felt Club!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Thursday, July 12, 2007

How To Not Boil An Egg, While Getting A Quilt Top Done

I've been doing research on the perfect way to boil an egg recently. I've heard so many different methods and decided to follow this video on www.allrecipes.com. It just seemed to have such authority, so I gave it a go. Here are the basic rules:
-In a saucepan, cover the eggs with water. Make sure they are covered with about an inch extra water.
-Bring water to a rolling boil, then turn off heat.
-Cover saucepan for 14-17 minutes.
-Drain the eggs and cool them in cold water. This keeps the yolks yellow, and prevents any green film from forming around them.
-Crack the eggs, and let them sit in the cold water for one hour. This gets the water under the eggshell, for easy peeling.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Now, the things I did wrong:
-I was quilting at the same time and I lost track of time, so instead of letting the eggs sit for 14-17 minutes, I let them sit for about 25 minutes.
-I cooled my eggs in cold water, but I know I did something wrong with this step, because my yolks had the green film around them, so maybe not.
-I didn't crack my eggs before letting them sit in the cold water for an hour, so my eggs were extremely hard to peel.
-I actually fell asleep and let the eggs sit in the water for about 2-3 hours.

With all this error, they still tasted good! Plus, I did get my quilt top done!
Annabelle Quilt Top
I've got my sandwich layers all ready..
Annabelle Quilt Detail
but before I go straight to basting, I think I might play with some embroidery, and possibly applique details.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Yes, We Are Cool

An article worthy of mention, A Hipper Crowd of Shushers from the NY Times July 8, 2007.
ny times article
photo by Michael Nagle for the New York Times

I have to admit, I totally have "librarian ears".

Peach Puff

Puff, tart, tort, I don't really know what to call this thing, but it was good! All I did was line up a few peach slices onto puff pastry.
Add some cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, butter (I used a fake low fat butter substitute), and bake on 400 for about 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
Add a little whipped cream and you'll have one tasty treat!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Baby Annabelle Quilt

Months ago, I purchased fabric for a new quilt and now, I finally started the cutting.
The Annabelle Quilt
I've already put half of the squares together. After doing a queen-king size quilt, this baby one just seems like it'll be done in no time.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Vegetable Stew

The backbone of the stew:
The veggies that made the stew
Parsley, red bell peppers, eggplant, green bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, green pepper, yellow squash, lots of garlic, mushrooms.. and there was a bit more. Chopped, simmered and a little while later...
The Stew made of the veggies
Healthy and hearty!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Fireworks Over A Trifle Matter

Guess what this made?
Guess what it's going to be?
It made my famous little trifle! I thought this would be a perfect treat for the 4th of July, and it was.
A Trifle!
I used a fat free creamer and it made the cream a little more watered down, but it still tasted good, and was a lot less fattening!
Top view of the Trifle.
Speaking of sweets, we also payed a visit to the lovely Canter's this week. We actually ate at Nova Express, but it's a short walk across the street for a good cookie at Canter's!
Canters Baked Goods
Tonight, I'm going to make a fresh veggie stew! Pictures tomorrow (if my internet connection stops acting funny).

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Internet Problems

I've been trying to post for days now, but my internet has been acting funny. I'll make this a quick one, before I get disconnected again. Here's progress on my little desk!
New Desk in progress
It's a small start, but it's coming along. It's a bit low, so finding a chair low enough might be a problem. It's so hard to concentrate when the weather is so hot. It must have been in the late 90's today in the Valley. Yuck. I'm going to go fall asleep under a fan now.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Road Trip

I went on a little road trip up the California coast this weekend.
Road Trip
Highlights include:
-Morro Bay
-Nitt Witt Ridge
-Hearst Castle
-The Madonna Inn
More pictures to come soon.