Archive for May, 2011

May 25, 2011

Plaid Ties for Groomsmen

 Once I said I wanted plaid ties for the groomsmen in our wedding my friends and family thought it was a cute idea. Then I said I was going to design and sew all 9 of them and order wool plaid fabric from Scotland,  I got a few crazy looks!

I have never made a tie before, but how hard could it be! The hardest part and most time-consuming was kneeling on the hardwood floors cutting  each individual piece because the fabric has to be on the bias.

I have one officially completed and  8 more to sew. The guys are going to be SO handsome! I can’t wait until October to see all of them together!

Completed tie on my mannequin

May 23, 2011

Raised Garden Bed and Bricks

This weekend has been filled with lots of decisions and beautiful things. First I met our plumber and contractor on Friday to finalize our unexpected home renovation due to ice dams this past winter. The renovation could not come soon enough after the massive storms we had this weekend. Thankfully my mom came over to get our yard nice and beautiful and more importantly get me more relaxed.

First step was to dig up the hostas along our yard. I went through two cast-off wooden handle shovels. One from each of our dad’s they deems not good enough, but passed them onto us because we did not have lawn gear. Now I know why they did not want them. So I cruised over to the hardware store and bought myself a lifetime guaranteed titanium shovel. Take that hostas!

After the success of our first raised bed, or should I say over planted first bed, my dad built me a second bed to ensure our plants have enough room to breath and grow.

Bunny proofed and planted raised garden beds, complete with a bluebird of happiness perched on the edge.

We added garden bricks to separate the grass from the backyard garden.

Complete with a pot of flowers on the rock.

Best vitamin’s for plants come from compost.

Next step…fill the empty pots with pretty flowers and herbs

May 17, 2011

Plarn!

A group of  my co-workers every Friday get together for a ‘Craft Lunch’ and bring whatever type of project we are working on and eat lunch together. The projects mainly revolve around crocheting, knitting, scrap booking, or whatever is easy to transport on the bus into work. When one of my co-workers mentioned we should “plarn” we all were intrigued.

What is Parn? Well, plarn is making yarn out of plastic bags, hence the ‘pl’ (plastic) and ‘arn’ (yarn). So for the past few lunches we have been busy making our plarn and just start to crochet a few cute items as below. The next time you get a funky color plastic bag from your favorite store, you may just think twice before you throw it in the recycle bin.

 

Bowl: 5″ x 4″

Flower: 3.5″

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May 14, 2011

Healthy Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Lemon Zest Cream Cheese Frosting

I have always wanted to make fresh homemade carrot cake cupcakes. Once I found this recipe from Ellie Krieger from the Food Network, I knew this was the one to make! The healthy ingredients and fresh twist of lemon zest in the frosting makes this recipe a keeper.

  • 3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1/4 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Cinnamon
  • 1/4 TSP Canola Oil
  • 3/4 Cup Firmly Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Natural Applesauce
  • 1/2 TSP Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Cups Fined Shredded Carrots (2 medium carrots)
  • 1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Pecans or Walnuts
  • 8 OZ 1/3 Fat Cream Cheese
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 TSP Finely Grated Lemon Zest

Cupcake

1. Sift together the first 6 ingredients

2. In large bowl, whisk: Oil, Brown Sugar, and Eggs

3. Add: Applesauce, Vanilla, and Carrots

4. Add: Dry Ingredients

5. Stir in: 1/4 Cup Nuts

6. Line 10 muffin cups with paper liners (I only had Halloween themed available)

7. Divide batter between muffin cups

8. Bake until toothpick comes out clean

Frosting

1. With electric mixer, Beat: Cream Cheese and Powdered Sugar  (add more sugar to taste)

2. Add: Lemon Zest

  • Convection Temp: 325 (350 non-convection)
  • Bake Time:  20 Minutes
  • Amount: 10 cupcakes
May 10, 2011

Wedding Flowers in the…Growing

This past weekend I decided I needed to get my little succulents out on the porch for the prime growing season! After getting engaged last year, I quickly started accumulating little succulent plants. It all started when my fiance and I were on our Sunday night walk. We strolled past a house in our neighborhood that had  succulent plants for sale in the front yard. Sitting next to a huge beautiful jade plant was a little  kiwi succulent (green with pink tips).  I slipped the 50 cents in the mail slot on the door and we walked home while I chatted all about the grand plans for my kiwi succulent in my hand. Soon after that night the gathering, splitting and growing of succulents soon took over our porch. Due to the unique shapes and not typical wedding flowers I had in mind, my fiance was all for the succulent farm to begin.

My first trip of the season to the local nursery Leitner’s, I saw these beautiful “Living Art” arrangement and needed to capture the beauty.

If you are wondering “what could you do with those cactus looking plants for a wedding” … Here are some cute succulent wedding images for inspiration!

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Succulent apothecary wood slices bark centerpieces vintage teapot vases

May 2, 2011

Heirloom Seeds..Become Plants

After a few weeks, little plants have emerged from our milk jugs with  Rouge Vif D-Etampes leading the pack. The crowded plants needed to get moved into individual biodegradable pots to allow further healthy growth.  Once again I believe I planted too many seeds this year. Pumpkins and Squash alone, we have well over 50 plants. Included in the count are: Squash Turks Cap, Squash Triamble, Squash Jumbo Pink Banana, Squash Long Island Cheese,  Rouge Vif D-Etampes Pumpkin, and Squash Atlantic Giant Pumpkin (growing to 800-1500 lbs!)  

Once the plants get big enough you will want to cut the top off. I have labeled the bottom half in the beginning to keep record of each plant.

Here is the gear:

  •  Biodegradable pots
  • Soil
  • Fork

1. Gently loosen the small plants inside the milk jug with an old fork keeping as much dirt with the plant as possible

2. Place one plant into biodegradable  pot

3. Fill with soil and water

4. Place biodegradable  pot directly into ground when ready to plant

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