Friday, May 15, 2009

Domestic Depot

I've been so addicted to crafting lately. All types. Cooking, baking, sewing, anything with a hot glue gun. I'm on a huge sewing kick right now. I tried sewing in high school and even in college during summer breaks with my mom but for some reason I just never quite got it. I like to blame it on the machine. Every time I used it the thing would jam on me. I got so frustrated I just quit. Now I have a nice machine that behaves well and I love it. Here are some recent projects:

Clockwise from left: nursing cover, burp cloths, wipe case, diaper case. All for my friend Courtney who is due in a month!

I made a couple sets of these for some friends having babies.

I started making these for my mom, at her request, like a year and a half ago. They are sooo quick but for some reason I quit after the first one. Well, I finally finished them over Christmas break and gave them to her. But then I forgot to take a picture of them so when she came up in March I had her bring them so I could capture them on film. They're fingerless gloves with a mitten flap, in case you couldn't tell. Oh, and they're knitted.

I've had this project planned since before Summer was born, but just never got around to it. Then during my excursing to Hobby Lobby a couple weeks ago I found these letters and decided to just do it already. I love how it turned out. I got the metal flower thing at HL too.

I also have some other projects in the works but they are gifts and shall not be revealed yet.

On the kitchen front, I've pretty much only been making recipes from Our Best Bites. Favorites include: Creamy Pesto Pasta, Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos, Brazilian Lemonade (which I'm chugging as I type), and Chiptole Chicken Taco Salad. Those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head. There are dozens more. And I know one of the girls who co-writes it, which just makes me love it even more.

I've also been wanting to make mozzarella lately. While in TX my cousin Jessica and I were thisclose to making it but the closest rennet we could find was in Austin and we just weren't up to making the trip. But last Friday Linda and Jessica came over and we made cheese. And then we cut it. Hahaha. Seriously though, it was awesome. And delicious. And super easy. And cheaper than buying it in the store.

What's a Cinco de Mayo celebration without Mexican flag inspired Jell-O? That sucker took a long time to make, but it was def worth it.

Remember my disaster trying to make artisan bread? Well, I used the stupid broiler pan like I was supposed to and the bread came out amazing. I totally had a bad attitude about it after the death of my Pyrex, but now I'm totally sold on the method. I had to return the book b/c there was a hold on it, but I think I just may have to buy it so I never have to give it up again. I asked Derrick was he thought of the bread and he said for a minute he thought he was in France. Good answer. Really though, it's pretty tasty.

Well, I think that wraps up the Craft Corner for today. Stay tuned for next time, where we'll be making our own candles. Not really. But now I kinda want to.


Yours, Mine, &, Crazy Daisy said...

you are a machine!

Emmy said...

Wow aren't you the little suzzy homemaker! You made cheese?? Do tell how, I want to try!

Her name is so so cute!!

DeAnn said...


Stewart Family said...

WOW!! That is a lot of "homemade." The bread book is awesome. I have it to.

Sarah said... gotta go back to work. Hahahaha...

Lara said...

Okay...creepy...*I* was at Hobby Lobby a couple weeks ago...and *I* bought letters to spell Carson's name on his wall!

Great minds!

Jill said...

Wow, cute projects. I like the wipe cases--I'll have to try that sometime. And don't feel too bad about the pyrex. I recently broke my water pitcher because I poured hot water in it trying to make iced tea. I love the Artisan BRead book though. Our latest favorite is the oatmeal bread recipe. It has a few obscure ingredients in it, but I found them at our natural foods market and it's delicious!

Jessica said...

I am so jealous that you're making the cheese.

Lara said...

Oh, and PS--I just ordered the Artisan bread book online! Woo!

Samantha said...

You are really talented. I still think of that yellow sweater you gave me for Zara and the nursing cover and am in awe of how cute and well-made they are. I have major talent-jealousy issues with this! That matching set in the first picture is SO cute.

Jennifer Gilmore said...

awesome crafty woman! I wish I had the time to do stuff like this. :( Hmmm - maybe I have a cousin-in-law that likes to make it so much - she makes me some too! ha!