More Owls

So doing the owl swap left my head storming with ideas of owl-y things to make. I made this for my niece, and hopefully that gets the owl obsession to stop for at least a little bit.

I keep seeing really cute nesting doll/matryoshka themed things online, so it inevitably melded with my owl obsession in my mind.

I got a set of blank, unfinished wood matryoshkas at hobby lobby and they were pretty cheap. I coated each of them with a different color of watercolor paint. Once that was dry, I painted on the owl details with black acrylic paint. After another length of drying, I did two coats of mod-podge.

I really liked the finish after the mod-podge, but I'm not entirely sure how practical it is for use with a toy, so I told my sister she should probably use it as a decoration until she gets to be a bit older.

I've been working on a lot of ideas and such for wedding things... hopefully I'll have something tangible to post about that sometime soon.

Wedding planning has been pretty fun so far too. I got my dress already. We toured a few venues for the ceremony/reception, and decided on one, and even put down a deposit! I have some hardware for my centerpieces (which I'm really excited for).

Once I actually make something, I'll put it here for you to "oooh" and "aaaah" over, or whatever it is you do on the other end.

Strawberry Galette

So the strawberry galette I decided to make on an UNGODLY HOT DAY, came out perfect. So much so that I didn't get a picture of it before Jon and I devoured it.

Jon called it toaster strudel-pizza... t'was a fitting description. I said to serve warm, but we ate it after it was well cooled, sliced like a pizza.

I've also played around with making one with store-bought pie dough with strawberries and canned peaches, and that was decent too... the made-from-scratch dough I first used though was so much more flaky and perfect though.

I have a post about a peanut-butter pie I make coming up!

And, I really need to post more. What kind of person starts a blog saying, oooh I'm going to make stuff then doesn't?! Me apparently... that will end now.

Side note = yesterday I bought some things necessary to begin embroidery. I'm pretty psyched!


What the hell was I thinking?!

What the hell was I thinking?!

Do you want to know what the hell I was thinking?

I apparently thought it was a good idea to make a pastry dough, on a day that is peaking over 100 degrees, and no access to a food processor.


As of now, this is seeming like a horrible idea... but I'll let you know just how bad of an idea it was when I actually finish the Strawberry Galette I'm making for Jon's birthday tonight...

Check out the recipe by Martha at her website: http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/strawberry-galette
I'm going without the fried basil and the cream, I am however going to throw a few slivers of fresh basil over the top after it has cooked and cooled.

Wish me luck!


Corn Salsa Rip-Off

I should probably post more often.

I have pictures of things I've made in the past few weeks, I just haven't gotten around to posting them.

One of the things I've made in the past few weeks is corn salsa! It's pretty much my rip-off version of how I assume chipotle makes theirs...

It's really easy to make, and the recipe is somewhat vague... You can adjust things to your taste, and you really just throw some stuff in a bowl, let it sit, then enjoy...

1 Bag Frozen Corn DO NOT DEFROST (not the 5 lb. economy size, just the standard bag. If I were thinking I would have taken note on the actual size before throwing it away)
1 or 2 Jalapeños Diced (discard the seeds for less heat, keep 'em if you like it hot)
1/4 to 1/2 Cup Onion Diced
Juice of 1/2 to 1 Lime
Handful of Cilantro Chopped
1 to 3 TBSP Kosher Salt

After dicing the onion, jalapeño and cilantro, place into bowl with the bag of still frozen corn (choose bowl large enough to hold the recipe).  Add the juice of 1/2 a lime, and mix until the corn, onion, jalapeño and cilantro are well mixed and coated in lime juice, if you feel like you need more lime juice, add more! Once you've settled on the lime juice amount, add your salt, and toss again.

Once all ingredients are mixed, leave on counter to defrost (or in fridge if not using that day)... As the corn defrosts, it soaks up the lime juice, salt, and cilantro flavors. Its pretty damn good, and tastes a hell of a lot like Chipotle's corn salsa.

I figured this out after Jon and I decided to try and replicate a Chipotle dinner at home one night... this time though, we had cheese quesadillas with black beans and cilantro lime rice. It was damn good.

So other than this, I made something really cute for my niece and a super tasty treat.

Oh, and my friend Ashley had a birthday party for her dog... It was the cutest effing thing ever. All the dogs got to frolic and play, and their people sat and ate and talked while they galavanted about our feet. And, OH AND, there were PUPCAKES! Cupcakes friendly for dog consumption! Oslo really enjoyed it, and it may inspire me to make doggy things.

Love & Rockets
(I watched an episode or 3 of My Life as Liz earlier today, don't hate me!)



So. Let me tell you. This craft swap thing, is pretty much the shit.

If you have any extra time and cash, you have to do this. I did this swap through craftster, and it was owl themed. The swaps are moderated by the creator of that swap, all of which have specific (or sometimes not so specific) themes. My swap was 6 points... I had a little trouble figuring out what qualified for how many points, so I just made a whole bunch of stuff to make sure I was covered.

To start out, you fill out a questionnaire about yourself, the crafts you do/would like to do, and what you like (theme-wise) and what you would like to receive from your partner.

I was paired with a girl from California named Brie. She was adorable and her favorite kinds of owls were barn and screech owls (where I favor more of the illustrated/tattoo flash/kitschy owls).

So here's what I made and sent to her!

So. Let me tell you about this whole mess o' stuff.

Let's start with the clock.

In her questionnaire, my swap partner said she would like to receive a clock... after further communication with her, I found she wanted an alarm clock, since hers wasn't working... I tried to figure out a way to engineer crafting an alarm clock, but I was not nearly confident enough in my idea and was running out of time. I am really very happy with how it turned out though.

The base of the clock is an unfinished wood circle, on which I did a wash of watercolor. After it dried I sealed it with Mod-Podge (all hail the mighty glue).

The stars, barn and owl were done in watercolor on watercolor paper, then Mod-podged onto the clock face. The clock face itself was a kit I got from either Hobby Lobby (boo) or Joann's (yay).
(It is likely that I will someday explain my disdain for Hobby Lobby, but not today, dear.)

The t-shirt, as seen above was inspired by an image on my swap partners Wist. If you do not know what Wist is/do not have a wist. Go. Now. Go to Wist, sign up, and make yourself a sweet electronic wish listing profile. Here's a link to my wist, in case you want to make/buy me everything on it.

Oh, back to the t-shirt. I love making t-shirts like this. Essentially, you draw an image (flipped) of what you want, on poster board, in pencil/marker. I then traced my drawing with a bottle of "puffy paint", I believe it was Tulip brand fabric paint, and I always use a matte paint for this... I use this puffy paint drawing as a stamp of sorts, and place the painted image on the poster board onto the shirt (paint side to shirt), and press to make sure all the details are transferred... What I like most about this is the uncertainty of how exactly it will look, when you press it some of the details smear, some lines you drew were thicker than others and it ALWAYS comes out looking nice.

The necklace and earrings were my first try at jewelry making. I feel like I may need further instruction on this... I like how it came out, but was grasping in the dark, guessing at how to do it.

The earrings I especially like because I did little drawings and placed them into the bezeled charm frames I used... These were hard to get a decent picture of since they're so small, and I have a crappy point-and-shoot camera...

This cup, I didn't want to give up... Jon even thought I was going to keep it for myself.

If you ever need to make someone a gift, and have a short-ish amount of time and little money. You should make a cup/bowl/dish of some kind like this... its really easy, and really cute.

To make a piece like this you need 2 things: a dish, and a Pebeo Porclaine pen. These pens write like any paint marker, but after drawing your images, you let the paint dry for 24 hours, then bake it in your oven at 300 degrees for 35 minutes. Once it cools, you have a permanent awesome mug. They don't recommend use of these on the surface where the food/drink will touch, or placing it in a dishwasher... I think this makes it perfect for making mugs, because most people rinse/wash theirs once they use it, and you don't typically put coffee/tea on the outside of the mug.

There are some extra things there that I bought when I was gallivanting around the craft stores looking for owl things.... so I sent those along because I knew she could use them!

I think I'm going to post some pictures of what she sent me after I get permission from her.... She send me the MOST AMAZING STUFF. I can't even describe it and do it any justice.  My next post will absolutely be a documentation of what I've received from her.

Doing this whole swap thing has been better than I could have imagined. Crafting on a deadline is certainly a learning experience... and seeing the work everyone else is doing is super inspiring. I have ideas out the wah-zoo.

Oh. and let me disclose one more piece of info... Monday, the day I received my wl Swap package...
guess what else happened??
I was proposed to. By Jon. In the parking lot of my work (cuter than it probably sounds).


Which only means more opportunities for crafting, because I'm broke, and will be putting most this wedding together by hand (happily).

Stay tuned for more crafty-fun-times-island.


Not dead!

I promise I haven't made a blog, and left it for dead after one post!

I've been working a lot, and working on things for the owl swap! I can't post pictures of what I made for the owl swap until my partner receives her package.. I want to make sure it remains a surprise (in case she stumbles upon my blog here).

I do have an idea of what I'll be posting between this post and that one... you'll just have to wait and see what that is.


Whoa, First Post!

Well, hello blog world.

I'm not too entirely sure where to begin, as this is my first blog that is not rooted in my
immature angst ridden ramblings about how irritated I am with the world. I've grown, or attempted to,
and moved on from all that...

Let's just delve right into this then.

My name is Heather. I'm 21. And, lately I've noticed an obsession with all things crafty, domesticated, hand-made-with-love. I especially drool over super kitschy household things, and cooking. (who doesn't drool over a perfect recipe for a loaf of braided lemon bread?)

I'm making a pact with myself to make more. MAKE MORE... sew more, crochet more, cook more, everything more. I'm sure the cooking more will be supported with vigor by my loving boyfriend of two years, Jon.

So from now on, whenever I make something, hell, when I make anything I'm going to post it here. I'll share with you my crafty adventures.

Here are a few things I've made in the past:

Refinished table from Salvation Army (this table was only $1 !!!) Now being used as my sewing table:

Crocheted headbands for winter; made 2 with functioning button holes:
Action shot: ( I look real happy.)

Hand cut stencils for faux-screen printing Arrested Development themed pillow (given to Jon as a gift.):

Watercolor owl, mounted on wooden plaque:

I'm looking forward to documenting all of my attempts, successes, and yes, even failures here.
I'm working on an Owl themed Craft Swap through Craftster... Once I finish all of my pieces for that, I'll post 'em!

Well... Until next time, I suppose!