The Journey

How vague, right? A lot has been going on but it is mostly revolving around two things: my Etsy shop and my hair. Both are a journey.

All of the crafty things done lately have revolved around my Etsy shop NimbleNimble. I’ve sold a couple of things, thus having to add a couple new!

I cut out five animals this morning, including some bunnies and cats of all colors!

I cut out five animals this morning, including some bunnies and cats of all colors!

 

Today I worked on a “Climbing Buddy” for a coworker who is very into rock climbing. The animal gets a D ring sewn onto its back, so it can then be attached to the harness. I absolutely loved this idea and ran with it. 

The beginning of the cat. You can see the head with the ears attached.

The beginning of the cat. You can see the head with the ears attached.

The half sewn/ half pinned body.

The half sewn/ half pinned body.

 

Because of the smaller scale I found it difficult to put in some of the sewing detail on the body. To make up for it I did some special embroidery for the face. She said she wanted a cat, so I went with a mountain lion.

The finished body with a cute little nose.

The finished body with a cute little nose.

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I was very happy with the outcome! I plan on exploring more embroidery detail on my next pieces.

I was very happy with the outcome! I plan on exploring more embroidery detail on my next pieces.

 

 

 

On a side note: Since I haven’t been exploring different tracks of craft-dom, I’ve noticed myself getting a bit restless. One of those restless bouts that make you do something drastic to your hair. I just cut it and I’ve really been liking my natural color lately so those things were out of the running. I’ve been annoyed with my hair lately because it seems very lack luster. Boring. Not as wavy as it could be and just plain thin.

To combat all of this I’ve ventured into the land of No-‘Poo. As in no shampoo. As in washing your hair with diluted baking soda and apple cider vinegar. I should just make an entire post on this, but since this is not a beauty blog, I shall refrain. If you’re wondering why the hell I would choose to do such a thing check out this girls blog. She has tons of information on the subject and it makes me feel less insane.

I will let you know that my hair is pretty greasy for now, which is normal. It should calm down and I will turn from a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. That is my hope, at least.

Until then, I will continue to craft my butt off for my new store.

Enjoy!

 

A Little Extra Cushion

I recently inherited a sewing machine from my Mom, which really opened up my options as far as crafting goes. Alas, once I got the sewing machine propped up on my little kitchen table I realized that I possessed none of the materials needed to actually create stuff. My Mom’s entire sewing room always overflowed with sewing materials, and it never occurred to me that I’d someday have to buy my own stuff. It never occurred to me how expensive it would be either- Yikes!

On my trek to Hobby Lobby I picked up the very basics: pins, thread, rotary cutter, cloth measuring tape and a seam ripper. A pin cushion was one thing that I desperately wanted to make for myself and there are a ton of cute options out there. I did a search on Pinterest and discovered a no-sew pin cushion. I realize how silly this is since I now HAVE a sewing machine, but it still appealed to me because the cushion is meant to go in a cute little tea cup for the base.

No-Sew Teacup Pin Cushion

You can see the outline around the green hoop. I just took a small plate used it as a template. I hate measuring, so this method was the best for me. I chose some blue material that I had in my stash, but it was a little bland for me.

 

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I decided to dress it up with some embroidery.

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Actually, it kind of looks like the embroidery monster threw up on it.

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I like it, though.

It was very important to iron it out after it got out of the hoop. I didn’t want a weird, wrinkled pin cushion.
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I followed my guide and cut the circle out. Then, I took a sharp needle and some thread and followed the edge of the circle, weaving the needle in and out as I went. I kept the stitches far apart from one another, so I could easily pull the string to gather the material and make a little poof.

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I filled the cushion with standard poly-fiber stuffing, then closed it up for good.

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The only step left was finding a little cup to put it in! Really, very simple.

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This entire project made me excited to use my sewing machine! I can’t wait to find a new project to work with.

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Enjoy!

 

 

Research Project Makeover

I am terribly sorry for my absence!

Life is tricky and full of schedules. Lately, my schedule has been full of travel, work and school- I barely have time to make myself food at night! (My options have been reduced to chicken flavored ramen.)

Please, take this post as my apology.

Yesterday I spent the afternoon creating a project for school. What does kind of projects do culinary students work on you might ask?

Caviar. A research project on caviar.

Chef made it very clear that creativity boosts the grade, so I went all out and made “A Pocket Guide to Caviar”.

A Pocket Guide to Caviar

Isn’t it cute?! The size is roughly 3×5 inches, with a felt cover, a sewn on red fish and a red ribbon to wrap around it.

Trout Caviar page

Inside, there is a brief history on caviar, a how-to-eat-it guide, and 18 different types of fish and their caviar. Not to mention a caviar cocktail recipe in which you put ice cold vodka in a glass and allow a spoonful of caviar to sink to the bottom before you drink it. The Russian influence is very clear, there.

Besides this little book, my crafting projects have been on hold. My goal is to create the final piece of my Halloween costume this weekend and show it to you all on Sunday.

It’s all about the small goals.

Enjoy and have a great day!

Lipton Landing

I have smelled like soup this entire week, but I am not complaining necessarily.

We began with French Onion Soup (soupe a l’oignon gratinee), Consomme Brunoise, Potage Mulligatawny (creamy curry soup with chicken and bacon), and Potage Cultivateur (vegetable soup with consomme). More soups will be coming in the upcoming week.

Potage Cultivateur

I added a little chicken in my Potage Cultivateur once I got home, and it was delicious.

Potage Mulligatawny

‘Potage’ is a fancy word for soup in French, but then again, so is the word ‘soupe’, go figure.

Browsing the soup aisle you probably have seen consomme. Before I made consomme, I honestly had no idea what made it any different from a broth or a stock, but now I have the answer! Consomme is clarified, stock is not.

You begin with stock, then add a mixture of raw ground beef, egg whites, onion, celery, carrot, and tomatoes to it. As you bring the stock to a simmer, the egg whites and beef coagulate and form something they call a “raft” that floats on top of the hot stock. While the stock simmers the bubbles find a thin spot in the raft. The bubbles carry any impurities from the stock or the meat and the raft filters all of that junk out. It looks a lot like a volcano. In the end you are left with a crystal clear consomme. To tell if the consomme is good, you must put it in a clear bowl and be able to read a newspaper through it. Or you could just taste it and judge it that way!

On Tuesday I will be doing something I never really had thought about when I signed up for culinary school. Something my vegetarian friends will certainly cringe at or anyone that loves animals.

I will be killing a lobster.

During the Demo today, our substitute French Chef Instructor ripped into this poor little guy with gusto, starting with the claws, then down the tail before he split his tiny little head right between the eyes. It was kind of brutal. I always thought you were supposed to stun the lobster first before hacking away? According to Chef, that is unnecessary. However, I am making it necessary. I can’t bring myself to chop up a lobster before stunning it. I’m no vegetarian, but I’m a little sentimental towards how quickly something is killed.

Oh yeah, the lobster will be for Lobster Bisque! And dammit, if Lobster Bisque isn’t one delicious soup.

Sorry, my little lobster compadre.

Update Alert!

I have been diligently working on my first go-round of the “Me Time” embroidery project, and I have finished one!

Reading Lady “Me Time”

I am treating it mostly as a rough draft to see what kind of stitches, colors and fillings to use. Also, I am going to mess around with the background fabric color and see what kind of effects I can create color-wise.

Hair detail on the Reading Lady

I’ve been sketching some more “Me Time” ladies, and I can’t wait to put them into stitch.

Have an enjoyable day and thanks for reading!

Me Time

Recipe for  Blissful Moments

1 Large cup of coffee sweetened with honey
1 Basket filled with embroidery floss and a current project
Pandora’s 60’s Folk Radio or Classic Indie Radio (to taste)

It looks a little something like this

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That weird looking red embroidered hair blob is my next endeavor!

Reading

 

I am perusing a series titled “Me Time”. It will encompass all the things I love to do by myself; the things that always cheer me up or calm me down. The things that keep me sane. The characters won’t look like me necessarily because I believe these are things that a lot of people do to relax. It’s for everyone. (I am testing my first doodle on some scrap fabric, so please pardon the fabric pills.)

Enjoy the sneak peek and keep visiting to keep up with this current project!