Saturday, June 21, 2008

Fabric Covered Box

In my quest to organize everything in my apartment, I came across lots of boxes. For some reason, I tend to hold onto boxes and bags, in hopes to re-using them; though they just end up piling up and taking up lots of room in my closets. Instead of throwing them all away, I decided to keep a few and use them to organize my stuff. But first, they must be covered in cute fabric!
Fabric Covered Box
If the box has writing on it, it might be a good idea to give it a quick coat of paint. Since this box was going to be kept in my bathroom drawer, I didn't really bother.
Fabric Covered Box
I also only covered the front, to save fabric. As you can see, the writing on the box shows a bit.
Fabric Covered Box
It's a nice little caddy for all of my hair products and lotions. Best of all, it cost virtually nothing to make.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Summer Cleaning

Since school has been out, I have been a little confused with all the extra time on my hands. I'm just not used to it. My brain has to constantly be busy, or else I go into deep cleaning mode. Well, during the past few days, I have thrown away many bags of junk and organized all of my closets and drawers in a very librarian-like fashion. I have even cataloged all my books online -really. I have also tried to cute-up all my drawers, starting with my bathroom.
Getting Organized
I was going to show what this looked like with all of my stuff in it, but decided against it. Too messy for the world to see. A few dabs of glue and some wrapping paper later...
Getting Organized
All organized!
Getting Organized
More on bathroom organization tomorrow.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Group Quilt

As requested, here pictures of the group quilt I am helping out with.
Getty Quilt - in progress
So far, I've only contributed a square, but I hope to make more of a contribution soon, with the border and back.
Getty Quilt - in progress
As you may have noticed, it's a lot different from the quilts I've made in the past. This is my first time working with a quilt group and the other members are so talented, that I tend to stay a bit quiet. I'm not sure if my quilting style is for everyone. Either way, I am really enjoying being part of a quilting group! I'm learning so much and making more of an effort to sew my lines straight and get all my seams to match!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summer In The Valley

It's very hot here in LA. I have been crafting, though it has been way too hot to post. I did get a new toy to play with...
My new toy
I had been patiently waiting for this food processor to go on sale. It originally cost $200, but I snatched it for $100! A deal that even made my mom proud! So what's the first thing I made with my new toy? A nice cool drink to make the heat a little more bearable.
Sparkling Wine Puree
I pureed a nectarine, an apricot, and a handful of raspberries, then stirred the mixture into some cold sparkling wine. It was pretty refreshing, definitely a drink to make for a brunch with the girls.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

A Pumpkin For Andrew

I know it's not halloween or fall, but my nephew, Andrew, loves pumpkins.
Andrew's Pumpkin
Tomorrow is my Andrew's birthday. Along with his other gifts, I decided to sew him a little pumpkin too. Why a pumpkin? I have no idea, but the boy is totally obsessed with them. He just loves pumpkins. And I know it's not the cutest pumpkin, but I think Andrew will appreciate it simply because it's a pumpkin.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Mexican Crock Pot Casserole

Sundays have become crock pot days in the Annette household. While my Internet was down two weeks ago, I experimented with things around the house, and made an enchilada/burrito-like casserole in my crock pot. Enchilada sauce, tortillas, cheese, refried beans, chilies, chicken, sour cream, and green onions.
Mexican Casserole
I let it simmer for about 7 hours.
Mexican Casserole
It turned into quite a sloppy mess.
Mexican Casserole
The tortillas disappeared, so I had to heat up some fresh ones. The casserole turned into a whole other beast, best eaten like a burrito. Although it looks messy, it was really good. So far, this crock pot has never let me down.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Monday, June 02, 2008

I'm Making A Lasagna

Quite possibly the best lasagna I have made, actually.
Layering the Lasagna
One layer of sauce (with extra lean ground turkey), then noodles, then cheese and spinach. Another layer of noodles and sauce, sprinkled with cheese.
Lasagna (pre-oven)
Bake at 350, for 40 minutes, until the cheese turns to a golden brown color.
Lasagna (after baking for 40 minutes)
Usually, I bake the cheese and sauce layers next to each other, but separating the cheese and sauce with the noodles let each flavor hold it's own, rather than blending together.
Lasagna Layers