Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
I also added about 1/2 a cup of vinegar to the water as a dye fixer
Let them soak until they are as dark as you like.
Also note: Because I didn't fluff them apart, the ones in the center of the stack were much lighter since the liquid didn't penetrate as well. I liked the different shades of green. If you want them all the exact same color, you need to make sure you separate the filters before dying them.
Drain the filters in a colander
Seperate them and allow them to dry. At this point many of the filters may stuck together in small stacks of 3-4. If you want them to dry faster you can take the time to peel them apart one by one, or let them dry a little and they will peel apart much more easily. The less filters per stack, the faster they will dry.
Just cut it to length and tape it into a circle.
To make the ruffles, first fold the filters into quarters.
Twist the folded corner and fluff the little floret.
Using a hot glue gun add the filters to the wreath form.
Stuff them in pretty close together, to give you the fullest effect
Continue all the way around the wreath.
If you have any extra filters at the end, you can go back and fill in any areas that may show a gap or that don't seem very full.
To hang the wreath I used a small segment of ribbon, attached with two straight pins. Add a drop hot glue to the pins so they don't pull out.
And there you have it!
I love how it turned out, and I LOVE the fact it was only $4!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
I am still working on my sewing room. It is a big project..
no it is HUGE.
I have a lot of junk in that room that needs sorting, organizing and pruning. The kids can barely walk in there:
Remember how I was going to paint that big IKEA Expedit system white and fill it with my stuff? Well... that didn't work out. After I lived with it for a while I hated the white.
So I still had the big.blank.wall. yearning for some color and a garage full of white MDF.
I settled on Bleeker Beige by Benjamin Moore:
I was originally going to paint the entire room, but really liked how painting only two walls accentuated the weird high ceilings and strange little interior window.
I then decided to paint the entire Expedit system the same color and set it up in that open space:
I spent 8 (YES EIGHT) hours folding all my fabric using this technique that I found on Pinterest. It was great to get my fabric out of the plastic bins and where I could see it. I had forgotten about a lot of half finished projects that had been hidden away for years.
I really liked how the shelving unit receded into the wall and that the color fabric is what you focus on. I am glad I didn't leave it white.
On top of the shelf I added a bunch of my antique sewing tchoskies.
And at the ceiling hangs my $1.05 chandelier.
I am LOVING it.
Now that I have organized all my sewing stuff, the built ins on the other side of the room are much more open. But they are screaming for a coat of paint. Now that I have seen how nice the other unit looks and how the actual items on the shelves are the focus and not the shelves themselves I am more convinced then ever that they need a paint job.
And I thought folding that fabric was a lot of work!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
It has been an unseasonably warm and dry summer here in the Bay area this year, so the flowers are already staring to bloom and the trees are budding out. I thought this would be a great opportunity to try out my new camera that I got as an (early) Valentine's day gift.
The mall was fun because there were a bunch of waterfalls which gave me a chance to mess around with my shutter speeds:
To catch the duck taking off I set my shutter to 1/200s
To catch the duck taking off I set my shutter to 1/200s
To show the water flow (over the same rocks as above) I lengthened the exposure to 1/20
Here is another example (Remember to increase the aperture to make up for loss of light with a shorter shutter speed):
I am slowly learning to use my camera, and it is amazing all the things you see when you looking through a viewfinder.
Monday, February 6, 2012
I have been using Pinterest a lot lately in order to pick recipes. I posted a few of them here, here and here. But that is only the tip of iceberg. I thought today I would post a few more that I have tried along with my opinion of them.
Super Easy Cinnamon Rolls: And they really ARE super easy. This is my favorite food pin on Pinterest thus far.
Buttermilk Carmel Sauce: This was really good, and it made a TON. I was able to fill my old maple syrup jar with it. One thing that wasn't noted in the recipe, but that happened to mine, was that it tended to solidify when I stored it in the fridge. I have to microwave it to pour it but the flavor is great
Nantucket Cranberry Pie: Originally from the Pioneer Woman. The recipe called for fresh cranberries and I used frozen. They floated to the top of the "pie" and it wasn't nearly as pretty as Ree's, but it tasted good.
Honey Whole Wheat Bread: This was a great recipe. Mixed it in the bread machine and baked it in the oven (the photo is only the dough. It baked up to a nice golden brown) I liked that it had really common ingredients that I always have lying around.
Apple Cranberry Pie with Streusel Crust: This was good. Too tart for the kids, but a nice alternative to apple pie. I was able to use up leftover cranberry sauce which was a plus
Hasselback Potatoes: These were only okay. The edges were crisp while the centers were flavorless and mushy. The kids liked them, but I wasn't a fan.
Icing worthy sugar cookies: These were highly rated and so I gave them a shot. They weren't super sweet which made them perfect for icing. Overall they were good, I would make them again.
Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Cake: I made this for E's birthday party. Not really a recipe, but it was Pinterest inspired.
They went along with these cupcakes that were baked directly in ice cream cones (just make cupcakes in muffin tins without wrappers and stick a cone upside down in the batter):
Overall, I would say about 80% of the recipes I have tried thus far have been at least okay. I have only had a few total failures, which is better than my track record for google.