Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Inspirations: Sweater Hat!

Remember when I posted this unfinished hat in a WIP Wednesday post recently? Well, after much nagging from my kiddo (despite our fair city's continued 80-degree weather), I finally finished it while watching Captain America Winter Soldier. Which, by the way, was SO good! I'm ashamed it took me so long to watch it because I am a ginormous fan of the MCU. It was awesome!!!

Anyway, this is an Inspirations post because absolutely no part of this hat came from my own brain. I relied entirely on the inspiration I received from other wonderful crafty bloggers on the wild wonderful worldwide web. Click "Read More" to find out where the ideas for this adorable (if I do say so myself) hat came from!

Monday, September 29, 2014

I Made a Thing Monday! Sweatshirt to Precious Cardigan

Attack of the horrible sweatshirt!!

I don't even wear this around the house because of how bulky and unflattering it is. So, it's ripe for a refashion. 

I'm gonna detail below how I made this thing, but please, please forgive my awful pictures. One day I'm going to make this again, and I'll take better pictures and make a new blog post about it. Sorry!!!

Click "Read More" for the complete tutorial!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Foodie Friday: Peanut Butter Hummus

Happy Friday!

Man do I love food. I mean really, really love it. I have a relationship with it. In the bad way. Fortunately, I happen to have a deep and abiding love for a lot of relatively healthy stuff. 

In particular, hummus has been one of my main squeezes for most of my life. Even when I was a kid, a favorite sandwich was a thick layer of hummus spread between two slices of toast. Hell, that's still one of my favorites. I've had it for lunch every day this week.

I've made "poor man's" hummus before. You know the kind: a can of garbanzo beans, some garlic and lemon juice, blend it together, done. It's not great...but it does the job all right. 

My main issue is that I can never find tahini. Or I never remember to look for it. At that point, I might as well just buy store made hummus, which is becoming more and more popular these days. So usually that's what I do (Costco has a spectacular deal on what appears to be a quart of hummus and it is SO good). But sometimes I don't wanna do that. I want my OWN hummus. 

That's where, just a few short days ago, Nigella Lawson came to my rescue.

(Click that "Read More" button down there for basically the hottest photograph ever taken of a human being.)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: Accessorize Me, Bitchez!

So as I've mentioned before, I took a little trip to the local Goodwill this past weekend. Well, glass thingies and colorful tees weren't the only things I picked up. Sometimes I get stuff at the Goodwill that are perfectly fine all on their own. No cutting, sewing, gluing, or embellishments needed!

For instance, they have this lovely rack along the back wall filled with purses. Those purses are, each and every one of them, $3.99. Now, a lot of the purses are pretty shabby; they're worn out or faded or ripped or dirty or just plain ugly. But sometimes, if you look real hard, you'll find something neat. 

Now, my purse collection is a sorry state. I have a couple of handbags, including one vintage Dooney & Burke that is classy but kinda boring. I don't really enjoy carrying a purse, overall. At least not every day. I have a small orange wallet with a pocket for my phone and for the most part I just carry that around.

However, even I understand that sometimes a purse is both useful and aesthetically effective. Sometimes, a purse completes a look. And sometimes you need to carry more than the most basic essentials. So I'm building my purse collection, piece by piece, looking for both functionality and form. I think I did okay on my first purse-buying "spree".

Click "Read More" to see pictures of my score!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WIP Wednesday: T-Shirt Quilt with Bonus Tiered Jewelry Stand!

It's the middle of the week again and I can't wait until the weekend so I can have time to make stuff again!

I made so many things last weekend. I couldn't stop! I've got the bug, for sure. I made another thing I didn't tell you about. When I was at Goodwill on Saturday, buying shirts for yesterday's skirts, I picked up a few other items as well and made this thing!

Isn't it pretty??? It was so easy I was shocked...I keep waiting for it to break suddenly or fall apart or disintegrate into its component atoms...

Click "Read More" to find out how it was done!