Friday, July 29, 2011

vintage linens + maker faire detroit

i've been busy preparing for maker faire detroit by cutting up some lovely vintage linens and fabrics. boy, do i love me some vintage linens. they come in such great designs and allow for a limited run of items to be made from them. (which is both good and bad!) here's a sampler of some of the goodies i'll be bringing to maker faire detroit this weekend:
what's maker faire detroit? it's happening this weekend! it's a huge event that celebrates making and the DIY ethic and is happening at the henry ford museum in dearborn- which is such a great location considering it's a place of invention and innovation. this is the second year it's been in "detroit" and will be my first time attending. apparently this family-friendly interactive faire is better understood in person. in addition to gadgets, science, technology, exploding things, cars, robots, rockets, and other such makery, there will also be a craft area inside the museum. i'll be set up in handmade detroit's craft faire where folks will be selling handmade goods. there will be oodles of craft demos and other fun happening both days.  if you're attending, be sure to check out the program and map to see what's happening where. i'm looking forward to it! see you there!

now, back to sewing....

Sunday, July 17, 2011

triangles & organizing

a recent trip to the thrift store left me with some new fabrics to work with, including a bag of small triangles. to read more about their story and insipiration, check out my full post about them over at the blue house blog.
on that same thrift store trip i found a card catalog, finally. well, sort of. it needs a bit of work, as it has no top or sides. the plan is to do some woodworking and make it into a small end table. looking forward to the project! and time to work on it!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

a crafter's kale confession

since september or so i've been quite enamored with kale. i eat it pretty much daily in some form, be it saladized, stir fried, sauteed, smoothied, etc. it's quite a versatile green, and packed with nutrients like a ton of vitamin A, vitamin K and vitamin C. it even has a bit of iron, calcium, and potassium, among other vitamins and minerals. i love the fact that there are so many different kinds of kale that are good a variety of ways, both cooked and raw.

i don't like to force my kale beliefs, or food beliefs for that matter, on folks. i just mention kale a lot, so people mention it back!

here are some of my favorite kale recipes as of late:

i make a variation on 101 cookbook's yin & yang salad with peanut-sesame dressing.

a friend brought the true recipe to a potluck and i about died and then made out with the salad! i generally mix whatever greens i have (kale & lettuce here), with carrots, turnips, and green onions. and toss with the fabulous peanut-sesame dressing. (peanut butter, maple syrup, ginger, cilantro, and sesame oil make for some magic. i can safely say i'm OBSESSED with this dressing.) i marinate the tofu, but i haven't baked it yet. i'm impatient, and it's hot out, so why use the oven for a salad.

i make it as the recipe states. the salted-massaged dinosaur kale really creates a nice flavor and adds a lovely texture to the kale. the simple dressing of honey, lemon juice and fresh ginger could not be a better topping for this medley.
i love making green smoothies to include more greens, and use up the MANY greens i get in my CSA share each week. this is a favorite that consists of kale, frozen pineapple and coconut milk. it's a tropical wave of freshness.
and finally, if one is to pimp kale as i do, no kale mission is complete without wearing an "only kale can save us now" t-shirt from herbivore.

in my yard i have curly kale and dinosaur kale growing. the growth has been stunted a bit due to the full on summer heat. and i believe it's chipmunks that have been dining on the dinosaur kale. d'oh! rabbits also love kale.

i've made A LOT of recipes using kale over the months including lasagna, kale chips, a few soups, stir fries, salads, wraps, etc. i can pretty much add it to most dishes as a kicker.

if you have any knock 'em dead kale recipes, send them my way!

Monday, July 04, 2011

happy 4th of july!

last night i attended a lovely display of fireworks. i haven't seen "real fireworks" since i saw them at disney world three years ago. they were great! i am still ever-enchanted with the grand finale, or as i called it as a child, the grand bananny. 
sure, i have two craft fairs in the next six weeks. but i took part of my off-work day today to make this bike bag for myself. i don't often make bags for myself. (crazy, right?) i bought this towel from fellow michigan crafter art goodies, with every intention of hanging it in my red kitchen. but as it sat there folded and pretty, it called to me.