Crafting Life

Recent projects, and whats next on the list

January 11, 2016

I’m going to start by admitting that winter is my slow season. In the spring and fall I’m energized and excited, ready to go out and do things and stay in and do things. In the summer I hide from the sun, and in the winter I hibernate.

lily-computerSo today, with nothing scheduled, I’m sitting here in yoga pants and my Avengers t-shirt, watching Little Miss play on her toy laptop and bop around to David Bowie (who we actually listen to on a regular basis, but seems to be the obvious choice today. Sigh. I’m so bummed about his passing). But anyway.

My point is, I haven’t been terribly active lately. I’d like to say I’ve been cooking and crafting up a storm, but after the holiday rush I’m still winding down. I make dinner and bake when we’re entertaining or going visiting, and I’ve been doing my silver work, but I’m not quite in a creative whirlwind. I’ve been taking it easy, playing it safe. Curious what I have been up to?

Done!

  1. I’ve been crocheting for a long time. I learned a few stitches from my parents in elementary school (mom used to crochet and dad picked up the basics from watching his grandmother) and I’ve just continued doing it from there. Don’t expect a large blanket from me, or 2 booties to actually match, but I can make hats. My favorite hat pattern is from Family Bugs. I came across the free earflap hat pattern a few years ago and it has become the base for most of the crochet hats I’ve made. This year I made Little Miss a red/yellow/orange hat like Jayne’s from Firefly, and a spectacular brown one with polyfill stuffed Princess Leia buns. Letting my geek flag fly here, people.
  2. I was never a huge lemon fan until I found this recipe from TexanErin. I’ve made it twice in the past 2 weeks. The base is a coconut and almond macaroon and the top is a thick lemony custard. It’s amazing; gluten free, dairy free, and uses no refined sugars. It’s not difficult to make, and FYI if you need to avoid nuts I substituted gluten free flour for the almond meal in both places and it came slightly more dense, but just as nice. Also, the crust calls for 1 egg white and the custard for 3 eggs and 2 yolks, meaning you’re throwing out one egg white – I use 4 full eggs and the leftover yolk for the custard and it works just fine.
  3. This lady has learned how to solder! I don’t have a tutorial to share for this and it’s not really a skill I think your average person is looking to pick up, but it has allowed me to make some really cool detailed silver charms I’ve listed in my shop. Woohoo!

What’s next?

I’ve discovered that my doors are a little drafty, so I’m thinking I’d like to make some draft stoppers to put under the doors. The kind that stays on the door, not just a weighted pillow, because you just know Little Miss would love to carry that around the house…which kind of defeats the purpose. I’ve been looking at this list of 20 different DIY styles and trying to decide which I want to do (and build up the drive to pull the sewing machine out).

Until next time, stay cozy!

 

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