DIY Duffle Bag! Grass Hammock! Doughnut Towels! Chicken Lamp! Candy Heart Quilt! Picnic Utensil Carrier! Jambox Bag! Decorative Scissors! Boozey Bird Feeders! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories

 

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I’m just packing the car, and hitting the road for a Quilt Alliance road trip and board meeting in historic Grafton, Vermont, this weekend.

See you on Monday, kids!

 

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I’d really appreciate it! xoxom

 

YOKE DU YOUR 

 

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A 3-year-old boy examined his testicles while taking a bath.

‘Mom’, he asked, ‘Are these my brains?’

‘Not yet,’ she replied.

 

ARTspiration

Artists or art that turns me on and feeds my muse! Like it or dislike it, what about this art inspires your own art or creativity? By artist, Robert Paul Galleries.

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DESIGNspiration

Look around you. Design is everywhere! How can you incorporate the beauty that surrounds you into your art or craft?  Brickwork.

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A human can never have enough duffle bags, that’s why I want to make one of these in every color!  Speaking of color, I’m frantically packing for a Quilt Alliance event in Grafton, Vermont — so no colorful commentary this morning!  Here’s the pattern to make a duffle bag (with a little more ‘personality’ I might add):

 http://sewing.about.com/od/bagstotespurseproject/ss/dufflebag.htm

 

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My heart be still!   Can you just see yourself sipping rum and Cokes while swinging on your grass hammock this summer?  I’m making that my personal goal.  Realize your dream here (and it’s not really made from grass):

 http://www.instructables.com/id/Grass-Hammock/

 

IDEA I LOVE

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Great for housewarming or hostess gifts, fun as a little powder room accent, you have to construct a set of simple doughnut towels!  I’ve been on a diet and am FINALLY coming off sugar — hide the towels when I visit unless you don’t care if I eat a ‘doughnut sized hole” in them.  Here is the tutorial:

http://hellogiggles.com/sew-cute-donut-tea-towel

 

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YIKES!  A design fair of epic proportions descended upon Switzerland last week, bringing with it a barrage of equally beautiful and bizarre objets d’art.  I present:

The Chicken Lamp

Or A Piece Of Absurd Contemporary Design You Absolutely Need

Take a look at the article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/23/the-chicken-lamp_n_5509514.html?utm_hp_ref=design

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YUM

(HEALTHY) ZUCCHINI FRITTERS

Recipe by Our Best Bites

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4  cups grated zucchini
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 egg white (reserve the yolk)
olive oil (I recommend our Garlic Olive Oil)

Place shredded zucchini in a strainer over a bowl or in sink.  Toss with salt and let sit for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Press zucchini down with hands to expel liquid through strainer.  Transfer zucchini to several layers of paper towels and place another layer of paper towels on top of it.  Press and squeeze to remove as much moisture as possible.

Place zucchini in a bowl and add remaining ingredients.  Toss together.  If needed, you may add a bit of the yolk as an additional binder.

Heat a large, non-stick skillet to medium-high heat.  Add 1/2 tablespoon Garlic Olive Oil (or enough to lightly coat bottom of pan).  Drop zucchini batter by 2-tablespoons full into pan and lightly spread/flatten.  Cook for 2-3 minutes until golden brown and crisp on one side and then flip.  Continue cooking until golden and then transfer to a wire rack with a paper towel on it.  *note cooking time greatly varies due to pan type, stove, etc.  Go by color and cook until they’re nice and golden-crisp.  Serve with a small dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt if desired and garnish with green onions.  Yields 12.

Source & Photo Tutorial:  http://www.ourbestbites.com/2014/07/zucchini-fritters/

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It’s cute, I”ll give you that.  Some fused and raw edge appliqué, rick rack, and ruffles can transform this super easy, “Candy Hearts” quilt into something that might catch your eye – or somebody’s eye.  Here’s the pattern:

 http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/03/candy-hearts-quilt.html

WORDS TO LIVE BY

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Who would even think of an outdoor meal without having a utensil carrier along with them.   Wouldn’t it be ghastly to be caught without one?   Here’s how you can make one for every one of your guests:

http://hellogiggles.com/sew-cute-picnic-utensil-carrier 

HIC!   

 

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Now THAT’S a Jello Shot! Step by step tute and recipe can be found on this website:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/xxl-watermelon-jell-o-shots

MEMBA?

Presto Hot Topper Automatic Electric Butter Melter and Dispenser!

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IDEA I LOVE

 

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Yes, I have a Jambox that I use everyday along with my iPhone or iPad and haven’t turned on an actual radio in years.  This bag is a little too prissy for my personal tastes, but I can totally see carrying one in a more masculine look to the beach, the pool, or picnic.  I may be soulless, but I won’t be tuneless.   Here’s how you make one to fit your Jambox!

http://www.brit.co/jambox-tote/

Oh, what’s a Jambox?

DESSERT!

 

A Cherished Canadian Recipe

BEST EVER NANAIMO BARS

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Ingredients
  • BASE:
  • ¾ cup butter or margarine
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (*see note for substitutions)
  • 1 cup coconut
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (OPTIONAL)
  • MIDDLE LAYER:
  • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 4 tbsp custard powder
  • 4 cups icing sugar (aka powdered sugar or confectioner’s sugar)
  • TOP LAYER:
  • 8 oz semisweet or dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. BASE: Combine first 6 ingredients in large saucepan. Heat and stir over medium-low heat until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir in graham crumbs, coconut, and walnuts. Pack firmly into ungreased 9×13” pan. Chill while you prepare the middle layer.
  3. MIDDLE LAYER: Beat all 4 ingredients together in medium bowl until smooth. Spread over first layer. Chill for 45 minutes.
  4. TOP LAYER: Melt chocolate and butter in a small bowl at 50% power in microwave. Microwave for about 1½ minutes, stir and microwave another 30 seconds or longer if needed, stirring frequently. Spread fairly evenly over middle layer. Chill for 1 hour, then score chocolate with a sharp knife and return to fridge to chill completely before cutting into bars.

Notes
Scoring the chocolate just means making shallow cuts in it so that it will not chill into a solid mass, which will crack when you eventually go to cut these into bars. If there is some cracking don’t worry about it – they taste just as delicious 🙂 To make these gluten free, replace the graham crumbs with gluten free graham crumbs, ground gluten free Chex cereal or gluten free Rice Krispies. Oreo crumbs can also be substituted for the graham crumbs. The chill times are approximate – you just want each layer to be set enough that you can spread the next layer on without pulling it up. You can also leave the layers to chill for much longer if you’re busy with other things, it doesn’t matter 🙂

MUST HAVE

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Hmmmmm,  I’ll have to get a set of these soap-holding kitchen scrubbers for  . . . .  Mr. Electric!

 http://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-2014-hot-sales-Cleaning-Brush-products-for-the-kitchen-kitchen-gadgets-tools-Free-Shipping/1940182399.html

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What a fun idea for your sewing area or “studio.”   By the way, what’s the difference between a spare room, sewing area, and a studio besides being a tad pretentious?  Just sayin’….

No pretense here.  These scissors are both plastic and found in the Dollar Store or Dollar General in the toy section.

http://www.morenascorner.com/2012/08/large-scissor-wall-art-from-dollar-tree.html

 

Ladies and gents . . . The Scissor Sisters!

SHOEspiration

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

Impera Lasercut Pumps, $1,295

 

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IDEA I LOVE

 

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Make a dozen or so of these bird feeders from liquor bottles after making your XXL watermelon Jello shot project (see the recipe link above):

http://upcycledstuff.blogspot.com/2014/06/how-to-make-bird-feeder-from-liquor.html 

 

 

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3 Comments on “DIY Duffle Bag! Grass Hammock! Doughnut Towels! Chicken Lamp! Candy Heart Quilt! Picnic Utensil Carrier! Jambox Bag! Decorative Scissors! Boozey Bird Feeders! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories”

  1. Stephanie
    July 17, 2014 at 1:53 PM #

    Now, that’s a shoe!!!!!! Love LOVE me a red sole shoe.

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  2. ajs mom
    July 17, 2014 at 11:36 PM #

    As a”Good Canadian” I have to make Nanaimo bars every Christmas. An addictive tradition.Friends start asking in November when I am making them!! Cut them small. 3/4 inch square. Lots for everyone!!

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  3. twallisstone
    July 22, 2014 at 12:14 PM #

    Thanks for the blog ! Entertaining as ever.

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