Saturday, June 23, 2012

More Deer, Strawberries, Pie and Pajamas (I think thats everything)

Went for a walk yesterday with mum and seen 2 deer...
hi guys
and some tiarella trifoliata or foam flower
Speaking of deer I've been looking at these really cool painted painted antlers and came across this tutorial for tribal thread wrapped sandals and decided to combine the two. I did a search and found out that this person was already way ahead of me. So I went down to my mum and dads house and snagged a set of antlers from the carport and here is what I came up with.
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out so bright and cheerful. If anyone wants to know how I mounted my antlers let me know.
Now on to strawberries, we have a some suckers appearing on our strawberry plants and need somewhere to start planting them once we have them established in pots, so I went out to collect some sphagnum moss to get a hanging basket ready.
here's the basket all ready to go.

Our strawberry plants we got these at a plant sale last summer and they seem to be doing very well. We did get some aphids but I hosed them off and they seem to be okay now.

Such pretty blossoms

yum strawberries
I made a strawberry rhubarb pie from this recipe, my first pie ever as a matter of fact so here it is..
Here we go all ready to go in the oven fingers crossed

and here it is all done
Now a few things about the recipe, I ended up having to almost double the cooking time as it was VERY watery when it came out of the oven. Upon reading the comments (guess I should have done that from the start oh well hines sight is 20/20) I found out a lot of other people had the same problem and there where some solutions, such as a lattice crust on the top,  precook the filling with cornstarch and my mum said she adds a tiny bit of instant tapioca to the bottom of here pies to soak up moisture. So anyway if you try the recipe just be sure to glance at the comments.  I was happy that my pastry turned out (I used joy of cooking) I was really worried it won't as you always hear how hard pastry is but I needn't have worried so much it was just wonderful. I meant to take a picture of a piece cut but it went faster than I thought, the boyfriend got up twice in the night to have a piece and since I promised my mum and dad a piece I took the remainder right over in the morning.
   And last of all I made a pair of pajama bottoms and managed to figure out the timer on my camera so I got a picture, not a great picture mind you but hey it's a start. If anyone wants to know I used Simplicity 4048 view D XL...
Simplicity 4048 Sorry it's blurry

  They are very comfy I wore them to bed last night and the pattern was very easy I made them in less than an hour. My hair is wet as I just hopped out of the shower.
   So anyway there we have it there is what I've been doing, I hope everyone else is having a good day and finishing lots of projects.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I just watched this video over at root simple about city officials hacking down this woman's entire garden. It was really sad I can't even imagine how I'd react to that.
woman sues city of tulsa for cutting down her edible garden
   I sure hope she wins her case and at least gets a bit of compensation.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Delicious Rhubarb Cheese Cake


  Yesterday I got some rhubarb from my neighbor so  I decided to try this rhubarb cheese cake recipe and it was delicious. It was my Great Aunt's birthday so I took it with me to the party and it went over very well.  So anyway here it is...
This is the first cheesecake I've ever made

and a slice
I was really unsure of the sour cream on top, I've heard of it being mixed into cakes and things but on top really, but I went with it and in the end it was very good and no one even knew there was sour cream until I told them.  It was very nice a bit tart but not to sweet and I would defiantly make this recipe again. Also it is a very simple cheesecake to make so it's great for beginners like me.

 So I got about 5 pounds of rhubarb I'm going to make a strawberry rhubarb pie as well but that only takes a pound and the cake took just under a pound so I decided to freeze the rest. Now when you freeze rhubarb you should cut it up and freeze it on a cookie sheet before putting it in freezer bags.
Here is the rhubarb with the bottom and top trimmed off I did this outside at my mums to avoid making a mess inside

Here it is just out of the freezer, I chopped it up and laid it out on this cookie sheet with plastic wrap between the layers. Doing this prevents your rhubarb from freezing in a solid block you should do this with berries and banana slices as well.

I'm freezing it in 1 pound lots as that is what most recipes call for

I learned the hard way to always mark everything before you put it in the freezer.
There well I hope this was useful and if you get some rhubarb and you like cheesecake I'd defiantly give this recipe a try.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Fish and an Octopus

I decided I would try to do something with a couple pieces of canvas I bought a while back. I wanted a picture for the wall in our bedroom so here is what I made.
Here is the fish he was supposed to be a chinook salmon but ended up not looking a bit like the picture I drew him from. My boyfriend says he looks prehistoric so we have dubbed him the Fishasaur.

Here is the octopus I'm not super happy with how he turned out but the boyfriend likes him and he is growing on me. I made the love sigh with sand and rocks from the dollar store I'm not really thrilled with how it turned out but it's also sort of growing on me.The frame was black when I bought it so I painted it blue and I think it improved it some.
 Below are a few more things I've done to brighten the bedroom a bit.
I made the earring hanger a while back but I just added the love signs and the 2 pictures. The green clock sort of looks out of place now but I'm not to worried. I really do hate the cord hanging from the ceiling but we rent so it's not as if we can chop it off.

This was canvas from the dollar store which I spray painted red then laid wooden letters on it and spray painted it blue. I was hoping the letters would turn out nice and crisp but there was a lot of bleeding and I ended up having to tidy up the edges of the letters with a paint brush after

These are the wooden letters I used as my "stencil" on the canvas. I painted tiny red hearts on them and strung them together with those closed ring screw things and braided embroidery floss.

This is a picture from an old national geographic I liked the colors but may choose something that goes more with the love theme.

I love the little birds in this picture, this is a tea add out of some magazine I love the colors.
 I have been looking for art for a while but it's just so expensive so I decided to try and get creative and am happy to have a bit of color in the bedroom now, it makes it feel more homey.

A walk with my mum

 I went out for a walk with my mum the other day and got a few photos
this crow feather was on mum's front lawn, I thought it looked pretty with the water droplets on it

Queen Anne's Lace

I don't know what this is but the flowers sure are pretty

More roses they're growing all over the place here

and then we saw this cute little fellow, he had some friends with him but they where camera shy.

Tofino

The boyfriend had to go to Tofino for the day last weekend to do some work so I went along for the ride.
I love these little purple flowers I think they are some type of blue eyed mary but I'm not 100% sure.

Salal, this gets edible purple berries later on in the year
 They have some kind of program in Tofino that traps the wild cats running around then fixes and releases them. There is a fenced area with a little house for them to hang out in and stay warm and I think they feed them as well. I spotted these two kitties hanging out when I arrived.
This guy was laying outside the fenced area but when he seen me coming he went inside

This guy was inside already when I arrived

Lots of wild roses in bloom the bees where very busy

get back

I loved the color of this guy

The salmon berries are out

Sorry ladies I know how hard it is to resist a man in sweatpants and gum boots but he's taken so hands off.
So anyway besides that I've got a few home decor projects on the go and am hoping to start a sewing project soon.
   Hope everyone is well have a lovely day.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A couple more things

So carrying from my last post what I've been up to lately. We had a Asian import sale at a local hall that was on for four days. We stumbled on it quite by accident when we were out for a driving lesson (I've gotten my learners license for the third time and will hopefully actually learn how to drive this time. I guess it is about time since I'll be 25 this year) so we stopped in, there was a lot of lovely things but most of it was well out of my price range I did find a pile of lovely prints for $15.00 a piece and I decided to choose one. So anyway here is what I choose and how I framed it.
Here is my print I thought he had a friendly looking face

I had this frame I picked up a while back for another project which I never got to, it wasn't quite right though so...

I painted the frame black and the mat red and I think it turned out quite nice
 So after I got this guy done I remembered some cute Asian embroidery pandas I picked up at a yard sale a while back and decided to get them out and try to frame them up.
Here are my supplies I picked up a red piece of poster board and a frame from the dollar store and

I think it turned out okay I stenciled a couple flowers with a store bought stencil to fill in the empty space a bit.
I also had these cranes

and another panda the one above it is a travel add for Hong Kong from and old National Geographic
Here it is so far I need to find a couple more pictures to fill things in a bit more.
Covering the hole in the wall ha ha
So besides that I've been sewing the last couple days. So I had this t-shirt...
ya that one I got it for free when Kelloggs had a give away. My boyfriend eats a lot of Mini Wheats I don't know how anyone can like cereal as much as he does but any way I turned it into...
this dolman tee using this tutorial from Corinne over at threadbanger (she's back at threadbanger by the way for anyone who missed her) and she has her own channel here called Craftovision. I'll try to remember to get a photo of it on when the BF comes home he's off at work again.
 I also made this sweater
Okay it does not look good with these pants. It turned out alright this is my first attempt at drafting a pattern from scratch I'm pretty happy with it although it does need a few adjustments I'm working on a second one with adjustments.

I was attempting to make one that looked similar to this from marks (which is part of Avon)
 I received a package from my Grandma and Grandpa in law the other day which included
One of those really cool moldable vases which we picked some flowers for on our rose foraging expedition

a wine chart that explains all the terminology which I'm exited about because I always get so confused when choosing wine.

and this lovely card and a picture of a flowering turnip (who would have guessed tulips flowered) The card had a quick note in it for Aaron and I and a lovely Quote that read:

Emulate a sunflower turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.
    Maori Proverb

And last of all today I picked some clover for my tea and dehydrated it and I picked up a spearmint plant which I will have to re-pot tomorrow
red clover all dehydrated

spearmint plant from Canadian Tire
Well I think that's about it around here hopefully I'll get back to blogging more regularly again.