Friday, April 11, 2014

Stumbled Upon Favorites

Street that is impressive.

Love this Grandma on a Roller Coaster

I want these pajamas.

Rat on the NY Subway...I would totally be one of the people screaming.

Well this is impressive...Piggyback Backflip.

Mini Masters funny!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pesto Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Asparagus

My hubby whipped this up for us the other night and it was so delicious. 
Head over here to satisfy your craving!

Monday, March 31, 2014

March Focus: Graphic Novels

I've read a couple of graphic novels in my day and I've always enjoyed them. After reading Persepolis in January, I decided to give them a whole month of 2014. I didn't do any graphic novel themed movies this time but I was happy with the variety of books that I did get to read.

Here is what I read and watched:

*Read: The Arrival
*Read: The Invention of Hugo Cabret
*Read: Anya's Ghosts
Read: The Walking Dead (Vol 1)
Read: Habibi
Read: American Born Chinese
Read: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life 
Read: Watchmen 
Read: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

*The first three were probably my favorite but it was fun getting into more superhero themed ones towards the end of the month. If you are new to the graphic novel world, I would definitely recommend The Invention of Hugo Cabret!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Easy Sesame Dinner Bread

Terrible picture...but delicious bread. Trust me.

I love bread. So much. I gave this recipe  a whirl and I was quite pleased with the results. I told my husband how easy it was to make and he said, "Good..because I could eat this every night..."

To make your own delicious loaf of bread heat your oven to 375°. Line a 8x4 bread pan with parchment paper. Then in a mixing bowl add and mix:

3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 eggs
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup plain yogurt

After mixing, add these dry ingredients to the wet ones:

1/4 cup milk
1 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoons salt

 Spoon the batter into the baking pan and sprinkle 2 tablespoons sesame seeds on top. Bake in oven for 50 minutes.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Easy Sweater Bunny

My friend, Molly, loves bunnies so I wanted to make her one. I used an old sweater of my hubby's for the body and a pair of my old sweatpants to add some little soft patches to it.  And what do you get when you turn it over? An adorable little pom pom bunny tail!

It is so quirky its lovable, right?!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Fern Ridge Reservoir

In order to celebrate one of the first warm and sunny days in Eugene, my hubby and I took a long bike ride out to the Fern Ridge Reservoir. It was such a nice ride and it was beautiful seeing the mountains in the distance and the birds flying in the skies. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Easy Rice Pudding

I made too much rice for dinner so I decided to whip up a batch of rice pudding for dessert. I've never made it before but it was so easy..and delicious! To make your own...

Combine in a medium saucepan:

1 Cup Cooked White Rice
1 Cup Milk
5 tsp Sugar
Dash of Salt

Cook for 20 minutes on medium heat....stirring a lot! After it thickens up, remove from heat and stir in a splash of vanilla. Scoop into bowls and sprinkle with cinnamon.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Quirky Little Stuffed Bear Round 2

I made a little gal pal for this stuffed bear I made.
Isn't she too adorable with those little bows?!

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Rainy Day on the Coast

One of my most dear friends came to visit a couple weeks back and we took a trip to the coast to celebrate. It was a windy and rainy day but it was pretty amazing to see the ocean in all its glory.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Stumbled Upon Favorites

This girl and her mom are so great.

Yawning Looks Like Yelling...hilarious!

This...and this. So funny.

Human Loop De Loop!

Butterfly pancakes...that is impressive.

Domino Chain Reaction...I love videos like this.

Um. I love this little video.

Love this video about these two playful girls. 

Ooh, I want my own portrait stamp!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tasty Broccoli Bites

Wow...these broccoli bites are delicious. Head over here to find the recipe.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Critter Finger Puppets

I made these little critter finger puppets for my friend. Aren't they too cute? Head over to Handmade Charlotte for the template to make your own!

Monday, March 3, 2014

In Progress Painting

The other day I had the urge to work on a painting that has been in the works for a while. Here is the progress thus far!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

February Focus: Classics

I was going to go a different route in February but I kind of fell into reading some classics! I've been watching the web series Emma, Approved for the past couple of months and was just itching to reread Emma. After I finished that, I decided to just stick with classic coming of age stories stories about young women!

Here is what I read and watched:

Watching: Emma, Approved (a modern day telling of Emma)
Read: Emma
Read: A Little Princess
Read: The Secret Garden
Read: Mr. Knightley's Diary  (a retelling of Emma)
Read: Anne of Avonlea
Read: Anne of the Island
Read: Pippi Longstocking 
Watched: Tess of the d'Urbervilles (ep.1)
Watched: Pride and Prejudice
Read: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Watched: Mansfield Park
Re-watching: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (a modern day telling of Pride & Prejudice)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Stenciled Baby Onesies

Like I said earlier, I have three wonderful pregnant ladies in my life so I've been down right consumed with making baby things. Here I used some stencils from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby. I LOVE how these turned out. Aren't they adorable?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Stumbled Upon Favorites

Here are a couple of my favorite things I've stumbled upon recently:

Beautiful...Data in Data Out

A good motivator to keep on creating....For Everyone in Doubt

This Olympic Badminton Rant is too funny.

What an interesting commentary and piece of artwork...House of Worship

I wish I was in Michigan right now so I could go check out these Island Ice Caves.

I watched this Dillo Jean video probably 35 is just too funny.

I can't wait to read this book...Show Your Work.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tag Blanket for Baby

I whipped up two tag blankets for some baby presents.
Here is a good tutorial to make your own!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Easy Baby Quilt

I made this adorable little baby quilt for my soon to be here niece! My pregnant sister-in-law lives many many miles away so I packed up a box of homemade baby goodies and sent them off...and this little blanket was inside. I think it is so precious and can just imagine her little baby girl wrapped up in it!

How I made it: I pinned two yards of fabric (one side is a grid of six different fabric patterns that I sewed together) right sides together then sewed around the edges. I left about six inches open and flipped the quilt inside out. I then stitched the hole shut and sewed all the way around the edges again about 1/4 inch away from the edge. I then did freestyle top stitching along the top.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cookies n' Cream Oreo Cheesecake Bars

Like I said earlier, I made a bunch of goodies for my hubby for Valentine's Day...and this was one of them! Head over here for a variation of the recipe!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hawaiian Print Stegosaurus

Steggie the Hawaiian Dino
Steggie in Action!
 As you've been seeing in my recent posts, I have three pregnant ladies in my life all due this spring/summer.  I've been having a blast picking out various projects to make for each of these special babies. I saw this pattern in One-Yard Wonders and wanted to make one for my brother and sister-in-law's baby. I picked out a lively Hawaiian print and got to it. It was a little tricky at times (mostly around the legs) but I'm happy with how it turned out!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Chocolate Dipped Wafer Cookies

For Valentine's Day, I decided to make a bunch of goodies for my hubby.  I saw these here and thought they were too adorable to not make. I had some leftover dipping chocolate from a batch of chocolate covered strawberries and decided to give it a try. I couldn't find any heart sprinkles in the store, but I think they still turned out pretty adorable!

An Icy Day in Eugene

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Felt Baby Shoes

I've seen this tutorial around for a while and wanted to give it a try. They turned out a little bigger than I wanted but I think they are still pretty adorable!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Stuffed Birds (For Future Baby Mobile)

A while back my sister in law asked me if I thought I could make this bird mobile for their soon to be born baby. I wholeheartedly signed up for the project. So the other day I sat down and whipped out eleven of these little birds. I absolutely love seeing them all lined up. Aren't they adorable?

Friday, February 7, 2014

A Snowy Day at Lake Michigan

One of my favorite things to do in the winter is going to Lake Michigan. (Ok, of my favorite things to do ever is to go to Lake Michigan...) I just love how still it is and how crazy the ice formations get along the lighthouse. When I was home in January, my parents and I went to the lighthouse at South Haven and it was so great!