One Good And One Bad

The good one is a baby blanket I crocheted for my cousin’s son. This is my first crocheted baby blanket and it turned out very nice.

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Double crochet, with a simple border.

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It’s perfect for Spring or Summer.

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But the bad one is really bad. It’s a quilt, my first big quilt ever. I made only one quilt before, and it was a small one which ended up on my dog’s bed. And he loves it! Even though it’s a bit girly. πŸ™‚ I have a very picky dog. He likes to sleep on cotton. My handwoven woolly throws are being pushed away from his bed immediately. πŸ™‚

Anyway, as I was saying, my first big quilt turned out to be a huge mess, which should not be a surprise. I have no experience in quilting, I wasn’t very precise with cutting squares and lining them up correctly, and most of all, why on earth did I start making such a huge quilt in the first place!?! I did try to make it nice and even, with matching corners and things like that, but it just didn’t turn out right.

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It’s not completely flat, I have some ruffled parts which should not be there at all, and I had to cut it and make it smaller than originally planned because some parts were too messed up. But at the end, it does look like a blanket, my husband says it looks absolutely fine (he is so sweet), even though my planned pattern doesn’t look like a pattern at all, but I did use old bed sheets for this quilt so at least I didn’t waste any money. πŸ™‚

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Practice is important, and I will love this quilt as my learning quilt. We will have many happy sleepy moments together and I know my dog will love it because it’s cotton. LOL! That’s just me, sometimes (unlike in other parts of life) too confident when it comes to making things. I always start a project with an idea that it’s going to be just perfect. And almost always it does. But sometimes mistakes happen and that’s ok. I practice, I learn, I discover. And I go to the next project with more curiosity and more confidence.

So here are my two blankets that took me about three weeks to finish and left me with a very sore back. πŸ™‚ But hey, I’m smiling! πŸ™‚

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We Love Kale!

Do you eat your vegetables? πŸ™‚

I love to have a lot of vegetables in every meal. I do love meat, but if you’d give me just a piece of meat on the plate, I don’t think I would be able to eat it. There has to be cooked vegetables with it, and a fresh salad of course. But I also think that not every meal has to have meat in it. There are many vegetarian options that are just delicious! Like this one!

You will need kale, of course.

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Chopped into small pieces.

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Chop onions and garlic, or leaks ad garlic, or all that together πŸ™‚ and fry them on a little bit of oil, just until they are softened.

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Then add kale and cook it for a short time, for about 4-5 minutes. You want it to be green and a little bit soft, and to take all those flavors form onions and garlic. Add carrots and seasoning.

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Then put it into a baking dish, sprinkle as much cheese on it as you like,

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and then pour a mix of eggs and milk over it. Or use cream and eggs, or yogurt and eggs…what ever you like. I used about 400 ml milk and three eggs because I wanted it to be less fatty. πŸ™‚

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Bake at about 200 C or 390 F until it’s golden.

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Yummy! πŸ™‚

You can also add other things to this dish, like bacon or small chunks of meat, or to keep it vegetarian you could add peppers, cooked rice, or potato. So many possibilities! I like to experiment and play with food. πŸ™‚ How about you?

 

 

A Wonderful Weekend

Sunny weather means spending time outside with hubby and our dog. With a bit of shopping of course. πŸ™‚

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A pair of shoes for me!

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Meda probably thought I was going to the moon or something and went completely mad about the swing, LOL!

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Kisses! πŸ™‚

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A bit of swimming.

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Hubby likes to photograph birds. πŸ™‚

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And other things. πŸ™‚

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I photographed some of my journal pages!

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The next two are not finished yet, I’m looking forward to see what I’ll come up with. πŸ™‚

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My cousin gave me a huge bag full of books. There are nearly forty books there, ready to be altered! Pure joy!

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It’s funny how people react when I tell them that I want their “trash”. Old doilies, buttons, ribbons, books, all kinds of things they wanted to throw out but felt bad about it. When they give those things to me, they feel better knowing they will be reused or recycled, and I feel great having more things to play with or to make art. So everybody’s happy. πŸ™‚

 

Journal Pages

Playing again in my journals. I like working in several journals at the same time, adding this or that when I want toΒ  and when I feel inspired. It does make a mess on my table, but who cares! πŸ™‚

Here is a spread I did in my “Texture Journal”, or “Handmade Paper Journal”. I just love the look of the pages, and when I finish working in this journal, which is going to be soon as it is almost full, I plan to make a new batch of papers textural and thick like these. πŸ™‚

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Then some pages from my “Small Journal” that is growing and growing as I keep adding to it. I use old post cards, scrap paper and cardboard, packaging material etc to work on, then punch holes and eventually it will be bound with some fun and colorful yarn. πŸ™‚

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And inchies, of course.

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So much fun!

Have a great day everyone! πŸ™‚

The Easiest Bread Ever!

I wanted to share with you the easiest bread you’ll ever make. It takes about ten minutes to make the dough and there is no kneading involved!

Take a bowl and pour 400 to 500 ml of lukewarm water in it. Then add 10 grams of dried yeast (or fresh one), one table spoon of sugar, one tea spoon of salt, 4 or 5 table spoons of olive oil, and then the flour. Now, for this bread I used about one cup of rye flour, two cups of regular all purpose flour, and whole grain wheat flour. You can use which ever you like, it doesn’t make much difference, except the fact that whole grain is healthier. πŸ™‚

Start adding the flour to the water little by little (that means about a cup at a time). Nothing special about that, it’s just to make it easier for you to combine everything. You should have a very thick dough, so when it gets too hard to mix it with a spoon, but too sticky to knead it (which you won’t do, of course), it is done. And when I say “too hard to mix with the spoon” I mean it should be sticky but able to hold the spoon upright, like this:

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Trust me, there is no way you could do wrong here, less or more stickiness, it doesn’t matter. πŸ™‚

Then, take a baking dish of your choice, (I like to use my Grandmothers 30 cm in diameter baking pan), brush it with oil and pour the dough in.

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That’s it! It took only ten minutes!

Another trick: if your kitchen is not very warm, or if you are in a bit of a hurry, here is what you can do, and that’s what I did today – turn on the light in your oven, and only the light! That will give enough warmth for the bread to rise quickly. Leave the bread in the oven to rise maybe half way (you don’t have to leave it to double in size which is usually the case with any type of dough), and THEN turn the oven on 190 C or about 370 F without taking the dough out of the oven. As the oven warms up the bread will rise even more. So you see, you make the dough, put it in the pan, put the pan in the oven, and that’s it. After about 40 minutes or when the bread is lovely and golden and smells like heaven, take it out and enjoy!

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I never ever cut fresh homemade bread with a knife. πŸ™‚

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A little bit of butter is a must.

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And while you wait for your bread to bake, you could have a wonderful healthy fruity snack.

Mix one apple and one banana in the food processor, with a juice of one lemon and one orange. Add honey to taste, pour into a bowl, add as much raisins as you like, and a Tbsp of pollen.

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Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Creative Block

I’m finally out of it!!! Oh, how I hate when my muse goes away, leaving me uninspired and sad. It’s unbearable! To have ideas, lots of them, and to not be able to do anything, to create one single thing, that is terrible! Thank you my dear muse for coming back! I will make you a cake! πŸ™‚

Or maybe I should thank Deb. She organizes an ATC challenge every month, and this month the theme is “Fish”, which immediately made my fingers itch. πŸ™‚ So thank you Deb! Here are the cards I made:

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Not bad. ? You have no idea how thankful I was when I finished these ATCs. Funny how glue, paint and paper make me happy.

The holidays are to be blamed. They somehow push me out of my normal rhythm, and instead of having more time to make art, I end up being stuck. Strange. (OK, enough about that!)

Anyway, I have to tell you that almost all of my scarves and a poncho have been sold (yay!), along with a wonderful brown crocheted bag which I forgot to photograph! Come on! What is wrong with me?! But I do have another one to show you. Happy, colorful summer bag.

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It was finished a while ago, but I was uninspired to even take photos of it. Poor bag. It didn’t deserve that kind of treatment.

Another thing I must thank Deb for is an inchie fever! Deb committed to making inchies and twinchies every day in 2014, and she already has an amazing collection! You should visit her blog (http://bluetwigstudio.wordpress.com/)and see how lovely they are! It’s been a while since I made inchies, but last night I thought that it could be a great way for me to start making something. They are small so they don’t require too much work (well, you could make them as complex and detailed as you like, but you don’t have to, there are no rules), so it was a perfect thing for me to do! This first batch is a bit simple, but I’m just happy that I played and had fun. And who knows, maybe the fever will continue and I’ll have an inchie for every day of the year! Wouldn’t that be great!

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Thank you Deb once again! πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful day everyone!