Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
from how about orange
some mid century bottle cap clock magnets
the lovely graphics are also included.
i have a LOAD of blank bottlecaps i ordered a while ago. i know what i'm making!
pic from the how about orange tutorial linked above
here's a link to the howaboutorange etsy shop
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
........spotted this amazing piece of art that lives in the office of advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy. The heart of their office is an artwork that uses over 100,000 push pins that spell "Fail Hard". The wall mural took 351 hours to create.............
Friday, May 21, 2010
is this envelope
pic is from the diy at heartworks linked above
she painted it and sewed buttons on and piped it in leather (i'd use the fake stuff of course). i absolutely LOVE this and i think they'd make great gifts.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
in the food section yesterday. i make my own as well. i DO use a yeast dough. i'm not dependable enough to make my own starter (you know you have to stir it and add more water and flour over a couple of weeks. i just don't like schedules).
i love making my own pizza. it's fun and it's a great activity for friends and family to help with. they can make their own mini pizzas with toppings of their own choosing.
i loved mashed potatoes on a pizza with onions and a little olive oil (cheese is nice but as you know i'm vegan so no more. although i have just discovered the best non-dairy cheese i've tried so far. it's daiya and it really melts and gets stringy. the taste is decent too). spinach is great on a pizza too. a little sauce, some mushrooms, onions perhaps and some blanched spinach. cheese too if you're not vegan (try the daiya if you are). i use what i have on hand for my pizzas. that's how i roll.................
if you've never made your own pizza, give it a try. it's NOT as hard as you think.
(and yes, when i think far enough ahead, i have always allowed my dough to rise at least ONE whole day in the fridge
The Slow Route to Homemade Pizza
By OLIVER STRAND
THERE’S little point in trying to match the horsepower available to a pizzaiolo. Their professional pizza ovens, especially the models that burn wood or coal, are the muscle cars of kitchens: when blazing at temperatures that range from 800 degrees to an infernal 1,000 degrees, they can turn raw dough into a blistered, bubbling pizza in as little as 75 seconds. It puts the home cook, whose oven typically reaches 550 degrees, at a permanent disadvantage.
No wonder some of the pizza-obsessed do everything to coax their ovens into performing above their limits. (Making pizza on the self-cleaning cycle seems to be popular.) The Johnny Knoxville approach has its appeal. But after cooking more than 200 pizzas over several months, I learned an easier way to edge closer to the kind of airy, creamy, chewy, thin crust you find at pizzerias that have otherwise sane people waiting in line for an hour. And it has less to do with heat than good baking technique.
I let the dough rise overnight...............
the daiya cheese packs from the daiya website
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
eco friendly art and craft supplies
Written by Wenona Napolitano
i also came across this blog with a ton of good ideas eco friendly crafts
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
a great tutorial on how to make a
felt raincloud brooch (it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO wicked cool)
it's unclear if i can use one of her photos or not so i'm just NOT. but i do insist you stop by and check it out. it's so whimsical!
here are some links to lupin's shops:
online shop (£) plus lots of felt squares and other supplies. I also have shops on Etsy ($), DaWanda (€) and Folksy (£).
Thursday, May 13, 2010
make your own crackle finish for cheap tutorial
i may have posted crackle finish tutorials before, but it never hurts to go over it again. i've used this technique before and it DOES work. i used it on a wooden box i am making for friends
pic from the tutorial at the link above
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
on how to craft a corset (part i)
By Alaina Zulli
pic from the craftzine link above
(me? no no no. i ain't makin' no corset. i have a couple as a matter of fact, but i bought them. no no no. i ain't sewing one!!!! but i think it's cool if those of you out there want to make YOUR own)
corset illustration via
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
...........Lady Lindsay has designed a series of Amigurumi dolls that can be used as gifts if you are visiting a geek. In fact, she would do custom orders and you could tell her which Superheroes, fantasy characters, popular movie characters, or anything else you want.
Monday, May 10, 2010
crafting a green world points us to
from Becky Striepe at crafting a green world..........
Monika Nowaczyk’s family fled communist Poland when she was 6 years old. They relocated to Canada, and it was on this journey that she picked up knitting and crochet. Maybe this formative event is what opened her heart to the plights of Cambodians evicted from their homes and relocated to areas far from the city centers, where it was hard to make a living.
Years later, Monika read about a group in Bangladesh that was supporting over 2000 families through knitted goods, and something sparked:
Stitch by stitch. That is what appeals to me most about knitting. It is a slow and laborious process, sometimes monotonous, always meditative, that results in an end product completely unlike what one starts with: two sticks and some yarn. Now, stitch by stitch I hope that I can help people in Cambodia improve their situations through fair, flexible and rewarding employment.
In the summer of 2009, Monika launched Cambodia Knits, which she’s financing with her own savings and money from family and friends..................
pics from the cambodia knits website
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Make Fabric Flowers (and a flower wreath) for Mother’s Day
(pic from the dabbled link above)
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
some cool chunky yarn covered bangles
posted by AnnieB
Mags Kandis in on set with a funky bangle project using thin, fine yarns as embellishments over even the chunkiest projects. This bangles pattern is an exclusive excerpt from Mags's book Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet (Interweave, 2010). .................
pic from the bangles link above
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
once again, i didn't exactly follow a pattern. i used two yarns and TOO LARGE needles resulting in a VERY large brimmed hat. i don't have any green ribbon on hand, so i'll get some. once i do, i'll thread it through the 2X2 ribbed brim and make a cute little tie. for the time being, i just used the yarn.
i used a corn/cotton green yarn and the white yarn was a silk/cotton yarn. both were sock weight. like i said, the needles i used were WAY too large. it's lightweight and just a tiny bit shiny. it will be GREAT for bad hair days in the spring and summer. it's a good thing the first time i knit something i usually knit it for me. that way, i can fix my mistakes for the next one.
i was inspired by the following two patterns (i sort of combined them)
the lion brand beret (you'll have to register to see pattern)
the purl bee beret
here are the brownies. the pictures are HORRID but i'm telling you the brownies are MOST EXCELLENT. they're just like i like them too. gooey on the inside. i've frozen them and they're PERFECT that way. here's a link to the VEGAN tahini brownies. super moist is all i have to say
Saturday, May 1, 2010
IF they come out, i'll post a picture (the batter was kick ass). NOTE: if someone had a gun to my head i could NOT follow a recipe exactly. i did NOT use rum (didn't have any) and i used vegan cane sugar and not confectioner's sugar (didn't have any). in addition to the bar of chocolate (i used a vegan semi-sweet baking chocolate bar), i used some semi-sweet cocoa powder and added a TOUCH more oj and tahini too
keep your fingers crossed for me