August 20, 2012

felt food making-bacon

Its been a while since I've shared another of the items in Ella's felt food collection, but since we had bacon wrapped jalapenos poppers (with jalapenos from our garden) last night, I thought it was appropriate to share the felt version.

It was a very simple one to make. Two 6 inch dark red pieces of felt with curvy sides sewn together and two white wavy stripes of felt sewn on top. Voila! Bacon without all the calories!

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August 18, 2012

30 before thirty

I didn't mention it but my birthday was a couple weeks back and I turned 27. Ugh, just the sound of it bothered me in the months leading up to the actual day. This was the first year that getting older really freaked me out. 27 isn't exactly old I guess, but it sure feels like you're on your way and thats the part I loathe. You can't say you're in your early 20's or even mid 20's anymore. You're officially in your late 20's and my book that's old.

So I got all nostalgic and started thinking about my life. The things I have accomplished in my 27 years so far and the things I want to accomplish in the future. After thinking long and hard (oh who am I kidding, it was more like wallowing in my "oldness") I came up with a list of 30 things I'd like to do/accomplish/have before I turn THIRTY years old. So here it is:

1. Run a 5k
2. Run a 10k
3. Have another baby
4. Pay it forward
5. Give blood
6. Get another tattoo
7. Reach my "ideal" medical weight
8. Re-connect with someone from my past
9. Master cooking classic Italian recipes
10. Read some classic novels
11. Make homemade pasta from scratch
12. Own something from Tiffany's
13. Research/make a family tree
14. Go on an overnight vacation with just Travis
15. Go on a missions trip
16. Family trip to the beach
17. Get/raise chickens
18. Take a spin class
19. Disneyland
20. Try a new food I've never had before
21. Throw someone a surprise party
22. Fill a journal
23. Get my colors done
24. Organize the whole house
25. Sew with leather
26. Watch the sunrise
27. Family portraits
28. ???
29. ???
30. ???

I know I'm missing a few but I figured that in the next 3 years something else is bound to come up and I'll add it to the list then. I'll check in along the way and keep you updated as I check things off of my list. And I encourage you all to think about some of the things that you'd like to do before you turn 25, 30, 35, 40...whatever your next birthday milestone is. I've made a button to share with you all, so grab it, use it, link up and join in on the fun!

August 1, 2012

hand stamped jam knives

I shared on Monday about my jam making adventure. I also left you with a preview of a small project I did as an accompaniment to my gifting jars of peach jam to friends and family. Im sure we've all seen the hammered flat spoons with stamped lettering, right? Here's another spin on silverware stamping, butter/jam knives.
I made a stop by the thrift store and picked up a variety of spreader knives for $.10 each. Then using the metal stamping kit I already had I picked a phrase and steadied my hand. One good whack of the hammer on the end of the stamp was all it took. The hardest part is lining up the letters straight and getting a good impression on the silverware. Hit it too hard and you'll double up the letter, too soft and you wont get the full letter stamped into the knife.
After the knives were stamped I used a permanent sharpie and filled the letters in. Then I used a magic eraser to wipe off the excess sharpie, leaving the letters darkened. Then to make sure the knife is food safe I ran them through the dishwasher. Easy peasy!
Don't they make the most darling accessory? And they were easy! I'm going to help a friend stamp names into spoons as favors for the kiddos at her daughters ice cream themed 3rd birthday party. How cute is that idea?!