Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cooking and Shopping and All Good Things

Well, my last post was briefer than I meant it to be becos it was also supposed to have sundry creative musings from the last few weeks and proud pictures of thrift store finds and home made meals, and etsy wanties too!

So, I have been shopping at a local thrift store in the cellar of a nearby church and it is simply fantastic! Here are some lovelies I have acquired...
This book was actually from the free pile outside. It has a gorgeous red leather cover, and it is a children's reader with excepts from The Wind in the Willows (above) and other stories such as The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis.
These sunglasses were also free, but the little rhinestone in the lens makes me feel so ridiculous that I can hardly bring myself to wear them anywhere people I know will see me... but seeing how clumsy I am with sunglasses I thought it just as well to grab them for backup when I break my favorite ones.
Ooh la la so glamorous. Not the pearls, the case, of course. It isn't real leather, just an old cassette holder that now holds alllll of my flashcards from Japanese. Maybe not so glamorous then...
 Scrumptious sewing and knitting sundries Buttons for 5 cents a piece, 25 cents for stitch holders and thread on a super kewl wooden spool in barbie pink.
10 cent cookbook, apparently belonged to one of the thrift store volunteer's 90 year old mother! Sweet 5 dollar electric mixer.
This is for sure one of my best finds EVER. 25 cents for a brand new gorgeous SIGG water bottle. Shwaaaaa. That is essentially it for the pics of my thrifty finds. I got, on my Saturday trip, a cute vasey cup thing for 25 cents, a brightly colored mug for 10 cents, a 50 cent polka dotted hankerchief, and FINALLY a good grater. The one I have has such small gratey holes that it essentially blenderizes whatever I try to grate. So I am very GRATEful to find such a GRATE thing... (chuckle snort). Today I got a few knives and buttons and a funnel. Really, it is the most awesome place to stock an apartment kitchen on the cheap with sturdy wares that you know will hold you through the most miserable day in chefdom!! Speaking of which, here is documentation of various cooking projects from the last several weeks... mostly delicious.
This is probably the most delicious meal I have cooked, in my opinion. Artichokes, 4 dips, my favorite salmon, and french bread :) . The dips were: garlic-mayo, olive oil & oregano & balsamic vinegar & garlic powder, peanut butter & cider vinegar, and butter & garlic powder. Nom nom nommm...
Really gooooood chicken pot pie! Made it the week before my midterm and it lasted a while, but I never got tired of it.
Zucchini tomato quiche. This was my first go at making quiche, and I was relieved to hear from a bunch of my friends who I forced it upon said that they liked it quite a bit. Happy dance of food making yess.
This dinner was pretty exciting too... Blackberry Sesame Pork Chops:: BROILED! I didn't even know what broiling was, but thanks to the interwebs a quick google revealed that it is cooking food in this crazy secret drawer under the oven that looks like the pits of heck. It was so scary, because all of the websites warned about how easy it is to burn food when broiling. I didn't burn the pork chops! Hurrah for that, but when I was making popovers later I realized that I forgot to take the dripping pan out and it was (and still remains) really gross and burney. Ah well.

I think that is it for the catch-up posting, hopefully more to come soon with etsy wish lists, awesome cupcakey goodness, and.. whittling? I am going to try to update more often with shorter, sweeter posts rather than bloated ones every several weeks. Hope you are all enjoying :: crafts :: cooking :: shopping :: life!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Coming Up for Air

These last few weeks have been a terrible hurricane of being sick and gulping lemon-honey tea, and trying not to fail my Japanese class. As of yesterday, I have officially completed an entire semester of Intermediate Japanese in 5 weeks! How well I did is another question, I am afraid, but I guess that will work itself out and what not. [Update: as of this posting I got an 86% on my midtermy final nonsense so HURRAH]

On a happier note, I have managed to get in a lot of crocheting craftosity within the last few weeks in my stolen moments of free time. Here are some samples of my sundry small projects...
 Here are my apple cozies! They are cute little fruit hold-ey type things that stop fruit from getting bruised in your bag when you are taking it along for a snack. The red one is mine, and I gave the blue one to my mum. Found the pattern on Ravelry, and you can find it here. (You have to have an account, but it is free, and totally awesome!)
This is a bookmark I made for my Japanese textbook, because we always have to flip back and forth between the workbook and worksheets and the textbook and the dictionary. It is really easy because all you have to do is make a heart from this super simple free pattern, and then tie a piece of yarn in a complimentary color on in the length you need for whatever book you have in mind.
I am afraid this is a rather poor picture, but here are my crocheted Mary Jane house slippers. They were a quick Saturday morning project, and while I started off a Ravelry pattern, it was just looking So I made up my own. Here it is:

Mary Jane house slippers (for a woman's size 8-9 for narrow feet)

Chain 3
R1: Dc 12 into furthest chain from hook.
R2: Dc 2 in each around :: 24 sts
R3-R5: Dc in each around :: 24
R6: Dc in each for 15, leaving 9 uncrocheted.
R7: Ch 2 to turn, and then dc in each til end. Repeat R7 until the slipper is long enough to just meet around the back of your heel. Then, finish off and sew together the back to form a slipper!

Finishing touches
In another color, slst to start at the heel. Sc2tog around for 2 complete rounds. Finish off. For the Mary Jane effect, slst on one side of slipper, ch 20, slst by original slst and finish off. Sew a button on the other side from the slsts and you're done.

If I was going to make these again, though, I might want to sew in a lining for a sole on the bottom because depending on how much I have been on my feet the knots of the crochet can be a little uncomfortable. Happy hooking...
This is an adorable et petit coin purse. It is a great beginner project, and I just whipped it up on a 45 minute BART ride. The pattern can be found here.

Well, I was planning on putting a whole lots more about cooking and thrifting and all that, but as this draft has been sitting in my to be posted pile for a few days, I think it best to just get it out into the world, and follow up with more soon!

Cheers <3