It’s bigger on the inside!

12 Apr

What did I do tonight? Oh, nothing much, just turned my phone into a TARDIS! I must admit that I only recently started watching Doctor Who but I am so in love. I watched all of the new series within a month! If you haven’t seen it definitely check it out on Netflix Instant or buy it if you can. My favorite doctor has to be Ten, David Tennant <3

This was actually fairly easy once I tried to stop overcomplicating things. I made a template to fit into the back of my clear iPhone case, found a picture of the TARDIS that fit, cut it out, and just slapped it into my case! I actually specifically got the clear-back case so that I could do papercraft stuff and have it show through–I think ahead with my crafts!

Attempting to learn crochet…

11 Apr

I recently inherited a wide array of crochet hooks. Now, I’ve been wanting to learn to crochet for quite a while but never wanted to invest the, er, $3 or so to get a hook and it seemed completely over my head, so this was the perfect time for me to try my hand at crochet.

And guys? I’ve discovered something amazing. Crochet is magic! No, really, I watched a video and at a certain point the person just stopped making sense but they still ended up with a finished product!!

Ok, maybe it’s not quite magic, maybe I’m still just oblivious as to how this could possibly work. I guess I’ll just have to wait until I see my mom next so she can teach me what in the heck to do.

See? I tried! This is where I got lost.

Custom Starbucks Tumbler

8 Apr

So I’ve had this custom Starbucks tumbler for over a year now and I hadn’t done anything with it. I’d tried cross stitching an insert (which I can only find my 2/3 completed picture here) but it ended up being too thick to insert. So I’ve just left the blank black one in my tumbler for like 9 months. I’ve started using it again so I finally decided to just make something, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to put on it.

Suddenly, it hit me–my friends have told me I look like Starbuck from the new Battlestar Galactica (which I may or may not believe but I appreciate the sentiment!) so I found an image saying “Starbuck’s coffee” and the Colonial logo that looked like the normal Starbucks logo. Snip snip, tape tape, ta-da! I’m very happy with this; it’s subtle but still custom.

Berry Oat Muffins

4 Apr

How in the world did I get so many frozen berries? I’ve had almost 2 pounds of frozen berries in my freezer for the better part of a year. Thankfully they don’t go bad but I had no idea what to use them to make. I had blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and a berry mix. I made some popsicles (strawberry banana and strawberries and “cream”) which those of you who follow my Twitter may have seen. I also made strawberry lemonade! But I still had about a pound of berries left and I was getting sick of popsicles.

I also happen to have a ton of quick oats from when I used to have oatmeal every morning. So I decided to get rid of some of the berries and some of the oats and make muffins! The end result was delicious, moist, had a great texture from the berries, and tasted healthy–in the best possible way. I didn’t feel guilty at all eating two of these when they were supposed to be cooling.

Because of the blackberries the batter turned a bit dark–they’re not burnt, I promise! First, let’s see these beauties, then we’ll get to the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk (can be replaced with cow’s milk)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup (up to 2) of frozen berries, thawed and mushed/chopped up (I used equal portions strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries)

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with baking cups. You could grease them but I found muffin cups worked best as these muffins can be delicate to remove.

In a large bowl, mix flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, soy milk, oil and sugars. Mix in berries (and any berry juice that may have come out in thawing). Stir berry mixture into oat mixture until evenly moist–make sure it’s evenly moist or you’ll get bit chunks of flour in your finished muffins. Spoon into prepared muffin cups.

Bake 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let sit for 10 minutes. Or maybe just 5. Or maybe just long enough to grab a glass of milk ;-)

These would be amazing with strawberry or apple butter or perhaps a bit of honey but they taste fantastic just as they are.

Makes 12 muffins

Strawberry Soymilk Recipe

9 Mar

I love milk. I love 2%, 1%, fat-free, chocolate, strawberry milk, I love it all. But I’m trying to cut as much animal products as possible out of my diet, and milk was an easy thing to change since my honey already drinks exclusively soy milk. And so, my beloved moo juice no longer has a place in this household.

In its place is something vaguely reminiscent of moo juice but that I just can’t bring myself to drink as-is. Soy milk (and my preference, vanilla soy milk) is wonderful in cooking and on cereal or in milkshakes/smoothies but I just can’t enjoy drinking it plain like I used to with cow’s milk. And of all milk’s incarnations I’ve been missing strawberry milk the most.

This evening however, a thought struck me: what is strawberry milk, exactly? Milk, well heck I’ve got soy milk and that’s pretty darn close. Strawberries, well I have some frozen ones that I’ve been meaning to get rid of. And maybe a bit of sugar, which since I need coffee to even consider making breakfast in the morning is always available. And then something to blend them all together–I’ve got that, too!!

So off to my kitchen I went and I left mere minutes later with a wonderful, sweet, slightly creamy, strawberry-licious concoction. Now I know I normally include pictures in my recipe posts but I have a confession to make…this delicious strawberry soy milk didn’t even last the 20 feet it took to walk from my kitchen to my desk. Next time I make it I promise to take some pictures ;-) The second best part about this recipe (the first being a tie between how delicious it is and how simple it is) is that it’s vegan, so I can enjoy this with my sweetheart :-)

Ingredients

  • 4oz vanilla soy milk (I like 8th Continent’s Complete or Light Vanilla)
  • 8 large frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)

Toss everything into your blender and blend until smooth! You could strain out the seeds if you want but they didn’t bother me.

Branching out

23 Feb

I’ve been a horrible crafter of late. Simply horrible. I haven’t updated with anything craft-related in far too long!

It’s because I have a new obsession. Nail polish! It’s become so bad I’ve started another blog just for my nail art :x

If you’d like to take a moment to check it out I’d be very appreciative! And I promise I’ll still try to update with some crafts when I can :-)

DIY Nail Stamping Storage Tutorial

19 Jan

Nail stamping is the art of using etched metal stamping plates to create designs on nails. You can create some truly amazing designs that would be otherwise impossible to do by hand. For the design below I did a light green base coat and stamped the blue argyle over it. Super simple and it came out clean and (fairly) neat! Forgive the smudges, this was my first time stamping!

The problem with stamping is that there’s only a few designs on each plate, so they can be sort of cumbersome to store. My solution? A Dollar Tree photo album modified to be able to hold all my stamping supplies! And I’m gonna show you how to make one yourself.

Materials:

  • Flimsy plastic photo album
  • Double-sided tape
  • Something triangular shaped that tape won’t stick too strongly to (I used a stiletto dagger)
  • Elastic scraps
  • Needle and thread

Directions

First, get a simple 4"x6" plastic photo album with the opening for photos closest to the spine of the album (as opposed to the top). I got mine from Dollar Tree (it even has removable inserts for the cover so I can put whatever I want there!) You will be turning each photo pocket into TWO plate pockets. I suggest folding it over like this to create the pockets, it's much easier than it laying flat.

Next, grab your handy-dandy stiletto dagger (or something else preferably triangular that double-sided tape won't stick to too badly) and place a ~2.5" piece of double-sided tape on the bottom as shown. The tape only needs to cover the center and not the entire width of the album because the plates won't be able to fall through so long as the middle is stuck properly.

Using the top of the triangular blade (tape facing down) slowly lift the plastic film and place the tape centered both horizontally and vertically. Press the tape down to adhere it to the thicker plastic (not the film) portion of the album ONLY, then slowly rotate the dagger (or other implement) to one side to remove it from the tape. Pull out dagger and set aside until you do your next pocket.

Make sure the tape and the film don't touch each other yet, then very slowly and starting from the outside edge of the album press the film onto the tape. Slight wrinkling may occur, you can generally lift the film carefully and try again. Repeat for as many pockets as you need, I only did half of my album since I ran out of double-sided tape.

Place one plate in each new pocket and begin contemplating how you're going to store that bulky stamper!

Cut a piece of elastic about 3" long. When finished, you'll want a snug fit so test for fit before sewing; the elastic should require a bit of stretching to fit snugly around the center of the stamper.

Take a needle and thread and sew the elastic into a circle. Open your album to the very center and carefully sew through the thin plastic. It may take a bit of force to get through, so be careful. My album already had thinner areas so I used those as a guide.

Put your scraper/old gift card in one of the pockets and slide your stamper into place. Now you're all set to stamp!