Friday, January 27, 2012

reversible aprons

 This here is a mother/daughter set of reversible aprons I sewed up 
for my sister-in-law & niece's birthdays, which are this week. 
I used this tutorial from Michael Miller Fabrics and put 
pockets on each side, without the recommended contrasting edge.
The aprons came together easily and turned out just as I had hoped. 
Thanks, Joanna Armour, for a great little tutorial!

Monday, January 23, 2012

finished product

And voila! Here it is.
 As you can see, this is the birdy bag I attempted to 
make a year ago for the owner of Merdeka studios
However, at that time I used a freezer paper stencil,
and the birdy (which happens to be the Merdeka logo)
came out all blotchy.  This time around, I printed out
the image on paper, covered the back with graphite, 
traced it onto the bag and painted it in by hand.
While this bag was inspired by Handmade Mommy,
I wound up using the drawstring bag tutorial at, because I preferred the lining technique.
So there you have it. One drawstring bag a year in the making.
How's that for tenacity?

Friday, January 20, 2012

drawstring bag preview

This here is just a little peek at a drawstring bag
I made yesterday. It's a gift for a friend, and I have
yet to give it -- so the rest of the photo shoot will
come soon. Until then, have a happy weekend!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

massaged kale

I didn't think to take a picture of the salad I made for dinner tonight,
so here's what's left of it. Can you believe it?! And it was KALE!!

I've been learning the wonders of kale and other dark, leafy greens
over the past year. But how to incorporate them into my household's
diet and actually get people to eat them? Also, some recipes for kale
require long cooking times. I need something speedy most nights.

I decided to go with a fresh kale salad tonight, but when I pulled it 
out of the bag (thank you, Trader Joe's), the leaves were all dry and
leathery. Enter The Kale Massage. Here's how it works:

  1. Cut or tear Kale leaves from the spine (discard spine). Chop to bite size.
  2. Add a dash of oil, a splash of lemon juice, and a couple croinks of salt.
  3. Squeeze, rub, and otherwise massage the kale leaves for about 2 minutes.
  4. The kale will wilt down a bit and turn shiny and tender. Who knew?!?
  5. Now, you could leave it like that or add some salad dressing and the like.  

 I did the following (and people loved it... even some of the kids): 
Warm Bacon Dressing --
  1. Cook up 5 pieces of bacon. Crumble.
  2. In a bowl, mix up 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1 1/2 tsp corn starch.
  3. Add 1/8 cup water and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar. Whisk.
  4. Heat the bacon bits in a pan. Gradually add the liquid mixture.
  5. Heat to a boil, stirring until thickened (but not too thick!).
Kale Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing --
  1. Spoon the bacon bits onto massaged kale and add dressing to taste.
  2. Chop half of a granny smith apple into the salad.
  3. Sprinkle feta on top. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix.
Okay... so it's not fat free. But it is yummy and vitamin packed! I'll let you know if
future experiments in massaged kale turn up something tasty that's less gratuitous.