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Black & White Tuesday

February 15, 2011

Sisters in the garden.


The Ugly Duckling Sweater

February 12, 2011

There once was a tacky sweater….

It felt it was destined to be picked up by some youngster and worn to an Ugly Sweater Party, then thrown into the closet, never to be seen again. But then a woman came and picked him up and…….

Made him into a pillow!!!

I found this sweater at a thrift store with the intention of making it into a pillow, but regretted it immediately. Then finally I made one just to get the sweater out of my closet and I actually like it!

I’m feeling much better about it now. 🙂 Welcome to the family, beautiful pillow! We love you even though you’re still a bit lumpy. Oh, and you can see my headboard in this picture! I built it with siding from a 100 year old house. But that is another blog post for another day. Happy Saturday, everyone!

Black & White Tuesday

February 8, 2011

Hey, Sorry about missing out on last week. I picked a fantastic one this week to make up for it. This couple can’t contain their excitement about spending the rest of their lives together!

Hold on. Actually, they are fantastic at holding it in.

Basic Milk Glass Math

February 5, 2011



I had really been wanting a milk glass cake stand, but when I looked on Etsy, the prices were outrageous! So when I found this big milk glass plate at a thrift store, I knew I had to make one of my own. I just glued them together with an epoxy glue and voila! Beautiful new cake stand! Now I just have to bake a cake!

Another thing I’m keeping busy with…. to my shame, it’s a new project. But 2 years ago I made the Owls sweater from a Kate Davies pattern.

I loved the pattern so much that I’m doing it again, although I’m just planning to knit stockinette instead of doing the owls. Or, it’s possible I don’t have enough yarn, in which case it will become a vest.

The yarn is really soft wool, but it’s just some vintage stuff that I bought at a thrift store, so it’s not like I can acquire any more. That’s all for now. What are you guys crafting these days?


Blooming Tank Tutorial

February 1, 2011

I have been really interested lately in clothing refashioning and wanted to give it a shot. I have seen things kind of like this around on the internet, but didn’t know of a tutorial, so I made my own.

It was really simple. First I took an old tank top I wasn’t crazy about and some extra fabric I had around. The fabric is kind of a rough silk. I took a bowl and traced a circle onto my tank top.

Then I cut up my secondary fabric into one inch strips and sewed it at a very high tension, causing it to ruffle up.

I pinned the ruffle into a spiral on the tank top, starting with the line that I drew on it and sewed it up! It was so quick and simple and I really love the way it turned out. The texture is fantastic! I also think that it would work really well on a throw pillow.

A Little Change…. Stuffed Mushrooms Anyone?

January 29, 2011

I really don’t want to make a habit of posting a ton of recipes, since that’s not really what this blog is about, but I have a recipe that is just too good not to share. I started with a recipe from a cookbook, and ended up ultimately changing it entirely.

First I washed my mushrooms and pulled out their stems. I used 27 largish white button mushrooms.

Then I got a pan with a lid and I put in about a half inch of water and about half a teaspoon of butter. Why the butter? I just wanted to. I don’t know if it really changed the flavour that much, but it seemed better than just water. Warm that up to a simmer on about medium heat.

Then I placed as many mushrooms as I could into the pan, smooth side down, covered them, and let that go for 5 minutes.

Then I pulled them out with tongs, dumping out the water that accumulated in them and put them on a baking pan. Be careful! Those are some slippery buggers.

Now it’s time to make the filling! Chop up about 4 cloves of garlic and about 4 of the mushroom stems finely. Put the rest of those stems in your fridge for later! Don’t waste them!

I emptied the buttery water out of my pan and added about another teaspoon of butter (this one is necessary, I promise) and melted it on medium- low. Once it melted, I  added my garlic and chopped stems. I sauted that for about a minute, then you could add about 3 handfuls of spinach, but since I was out of fresh spinach, so I just used half of a package of frozen spinach with the excess water squeezed out. I then added one brick of cream cheese, cubed up so that it will melt and mix in faster. Then I added 1/4 tsp rosemary and sage and 1/8 of a teaspoon thyme.

While all of this was melting, I grated about 1 1/4 cups of asiago cheese finely. I took the spinach mixture off the burner once melted and added one cup of my asiago.

Then I stuffed the caps and sprinkled the remainder of the Asiago on top. Finally baked it at 375F for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the top is bubbly and brown.

Hope you enjoy!

Black & White Tuesday

January 25, 2011

My Grandmother- in- law and her little sister. This one is my official favourite. Something a little creepy about this picture is the way that there is a haze above each of them. It’s most likely a glitch in the old camera or developing, but creepy nonetheless.