Thursday, May 31, 2012
|These will soon be in my Etsy shop.|
They've inspired me to keep trying new things. I'm thinking about hemp bracelets with larger beads. I've also seen aloe yarn out there, maybe I'll try it. Who knows where this well take me....
What has inspired you lately? Trying anything new?
Saturday, May 26, 2012
|Not pictured: white vinegar (b/c I always forget about it until it's time to add it) and a jar of roasted peppers and onions (b/c I didn't know I was going to use it.)|
- hard boiled eggs
- ground mustard
- prepared mustard
- Tabasco (optional -- my family LOVES it!)
- fresh thyme
- piccalilli (or substitute)
- salt & pepper
1. a mess
2. yucky looking eggs
I learned the best trick for fool-proof hard boiled eggs from my mother, who learned it from her father. Let the eggs sit out overnight then, after they're boiled, shake the pot to crack the eggs & THEN fill with cold water. The cold water gets under the shells and helps to separate the membrane from the egg white. They peel like a dream! Since I always have trouble with eggs cracking in the water, I add a pinch of salt and that also works every time. I bring the water to a boil (with the eggs in it) and then turn off the burner, put the lid on and let the eggs sit for 10 minutes. At the risk of repeating myself -- it works every time!
My store didn't have piccalilli (it's hit and miss) so I substituted sweet salad cubes, which were pretty similar. Since I wanted more peppers in mine, I also added some roasted peppers and onions from a jar (we'll call this piccalilli.) Any filling like this will be too big to pipe and will be very wet when added to the egg yolks. We'll remedy that by draining the piccalilli and then chopping it.
While the piccalilli is draining, mash the egg yolks and add the dry ingredients.
Rough chop a bit of fresh time and reserve some leaves to top the finished deviled eggs.
|My favorite knife -- it's a vegetable knife with a really big blade from Cutco.|
Lastly add the mayo. As you can see, I used only a little bit -- just enough to make a smoother filling. Mix and taste. Then you're ready to fill.
Another trick I learned from my mother, I use a disposable bag with a pastry tip fitted into the corner. Clip the corner and...instant pastry bag. I then place the bag, tip-down, into a glass so I can fill it. It makes filling so much easier. Now all that's left is to pipe the filling into the bag.
|Sorry for the fuzzy picture. It's hard to pipe and shoot at the same time.|
- one dozen hard boiled eggs
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard
- generous pinch of salt
- pinch of white pepper
- 5 drops of Tabasco
- 1/2 cup piccalilli or substitute
- 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme (with leaves reserved for garnish) or 1 teaspoon dry thyme
- 2 Tablespoons vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons prepared mustard
- 1-1.5 Tablespoon mayo
Cut boiled eggs in half, separating yolks from whites. Mash yolks and stir in dry mustard, salt and pepper. Add Tabasco and stir.
Drain piccalilli to remove as much moisture as possible. Finely chop piccalilli and add to yolks. Rough chop fresh thyme reserving some leaves for garnish. Add to yolks and stir. Add vinegar and mustard and stir. Add just enough mayo to make a smooth filling, but make sure it's not runny -- 1 Tablespoon should be enough.
Mix and fill egg halves. Garnish with reserved thyme leaves.
Hope you enjoy the recipe. Happy Memorial Day from Cherishables!!
Monday, May 14, 2012
So I made this purse as secret gift for my Mom and now that Mother's Day has passed, I can blog about it.
The idea behind this purse was to make something a little more planned. I'm still totally in love with all the white & thought it would be pretty if each square had just one color, so I made squares with a white center & border and a single round of color.
For this purse I wanted to line the squares in diagonals. I drew it up so I know how many of each square I needed:
If only I knew what I was doing. <sigh> The purse body isfine. I totally messed up the side and bottom gussets. I really don't know what I did wrong on paper, but once I had the purse together I saw my mistake.
You see, the squares were supposed to wrap around the purse and continue the pattern on the sides & bottom. But when I got it together, I messed it up...
|Side view: the top square should be yellow & the middle should be green. I have no idea what the bottom one should be. <shrug>|
As the designer, I'm pretty much the only person who know that it's wrong, however, so I continued on. I finished the purse by crocheting around the top for a few rows and then skipping a bunch of stitches (while making a chain) to create a handle. A few more rows around (including stitches into the chain to make a more substantial handle) I then made a little pleat on each side and sewed it in place. Then it was off to be lined.
I lined the purse in a cherry blossom fabric with pockets on both purse walls. Since you can see through the purse, the lining has two fabrics -- cherry blossoms on the inside and plain white on the outside. Between the layers is a light interfacing.
Unlike a lot of linings I made, this lining is pieced together -- there are separate pieces for the two side gussets and the bottom. This allowed me to use a much thicker interfacing on the bottom which helps give the purse structure and a nice sturdy bottom. The purse can stand up on its own.
Despite my design flaws, I think the purse came out great. I'm really pleased with it and Mom likes it -- which is really the only opinion that matters. As long as Mom's happy, I'm happy!
I hope the last few posts have encouraged you to try a granny square. They're quite fun and make a lovely summer purse.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
I cut out all the lining pieces and the interfacing a week ago. I even ironed the interfacing to the fabric. For some reason I just didn't feel like sewing it all together.
Well, I finally got around to that today. The lining is done! It's all sewn, the pockets are in & it's ready to be attached to the purse.
|Why yes, those *are* Truffula Trees.|
|Lining the handles was kind of a pain, but it will be worth it.|
All that's left is to sew the lining on & attach the handles. My summer purse is almost done! I can't believe I'll have this done before the summer. Now off to finish a few more!
Friday, May 4, 2012
So, off I went to pick up supplies from my local craft store. Of course, I bought the wrong gauge wire, but it's close enough.
Here's my first attempt, which is made with brown round and oblong beads (I have no idea what the "real" name is for these types of beads. We'll have to go with "oblong").
|This is based on a pattern that was sent to me. I'm sorry I don't know who designed it. If you recognize it, please let me know so I can give it a proper credit & link back to the designer.|
This one is with a mix of round beads called "champagne mix." I wish they made champagne in these colors!
Lastly, I made another with the brown beads but this time added a small bird's nest charm I made.
This one came out a little big. That's what I get for winging it!
Speaking of bird's nests and wings, as you can see I also tried my hand at making a bird's nest.
These pendants are all over the interwebs and I just love them! I bought one from an Etsy seller about a year ago and promptly lost it before I could even wear it for a day. So careless of me! I've been wanting a new one ever since and when I found a tutorial on how to make them, I had to give it a shot.
Here's my first ever bird's nest pendant. I used a ruler for scale.
|Follow this tutorial by Sarah Ortega to make your own.|
I really like it, though. I think it looks neat and it's the one I'm wearing today. Sometimes we make happy mistakes.
I'm really enjoying making jewelry. It's nice to learn new skills. Plus, I'm sure the ladies in my family will be very happy to get something different for Christmas this year!
How about you? Have you tried crocheting with wire? What about beads in general? Do you use them? Let me know in the comments.