Monday, January 30, 2012

Sewing 101


I have been looking into sewing and embroidery machines for a few months and trying to find a good beginner machine that I would be able to use and could afford. Turns out, there is.

Last week I received my Brother SE 400 sewing and embroidery machine. And I love it!

I have already gotten it all set up and used both the embroidery and sewing components.

Sew far, sew good. Can't wait to share my projects with you!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Nautical Knot Rope Door Stop

Look at the adorable rope door stop that I whipped up this weekend!

I was inspired by some pretty cute pictures that I found on Google and posted on my Pinterest board. 

At first, I had some difficulty tying the Monkey Fist knot just using an animation, but after finding this tutorial, I was able to follow along while the guy was knotting, and TA-DA! Monkey Fist was knotted. Thank you to Design Sponge for the step-by-step.

So, if you want to make one, too, I would suggest following the tutorial and step-by-step above.
I am so excited about our new little friend. One of our french doors has the tendency to want to sneak closed, and now, we have the perfect solution.

Happy Naut-ing!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Starfish Basket Accents Tutorial

Recently, I have been inspired and had the desire to get crafty. In fact, I have a big new addition arriving on Wednesday... a new sewing and embroidery machine!

I am sooooo excited about it. I have a whole list of projects lined up.
Until then, though, I have been preparing for the new arrival by shopping for fabric and sewing supplies, stripping down the settee (with the help of Steve) that I am going to reupholster, organizing my crafting supplies and working on small projects.

Like, my new starfish basket accents!
Let me say this. This project is about as simple as they get.

But quite cute, don't you think?


Baskets (to hide things like DVD's and Wii games, say)
Jute cord
Starfish (I ordered mine here)
Glue gun
Fray check

Measure jute cord by wrapping it around the basket handle to judge where the starfish looks best.
Cut the jute, one length per basket/starfish.
Apply fray check to edges of jute. Allow to dry.
Make loop with jute- around the handle of the basket- (I like the look of a "tear drop" shape, and thought that that allowed the starfish to lay better, so that is how I made mine) and use glue gun to glue edges together. Allow to dry.
Apply hot glue to back of starfish finger and attach it to the jute.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Handrolled Sushi

Yum. We love sushi. I could eat sushi everyday and never get tired of it.
So what could be better than making our own sushi dinner smorgasbord? Not much!

We used brown rice, cucumber, real crab meat, tuna, fresh basil and avocado and came up with some delicious rolls.

First we prepped our veggies and fish, while our brown rice cooked in our rice cooker.
To get sticky rice, add about 1 & 1/2 cup water to 1 cup rice, rice wine vinegar and a little sugar & salt. There are lots of great tutorials online that can help you cook the perfect sushi rice. One good website with video tutorials is My Sushi Daddy.
After perfecting the rice and prepping the other foods, we started rolling. Seaweed = rough side UP. Press a thin layer of rice mix onto rough side of seaweed.
Flip seaweed over, so shiny side is now up and rice side is on your sushi rolling mat (I cover mine with a gallon sized plastic bag, for easy clean up.) Place fish, veggies, etc on seaweed.
Use sushi mat to roll sushi into a sushi log!
Use a very sharp serrated, wet knife (I wiped my knife off before each cut and dunked it in a tall glass of water with a splash of rice vinegar) to cut sushi log in half, the place the two halves side by side for easy cutting.
Once they are cut, they are ready to eat! Garnish as you like, we added tuna to some, chili powder to a few of the crab rolls and some Siriracha to spice up our tuna rolls.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone is enjoying 2012 so far!

Steve, Bella and I spent our first night of the new year in Urbanna with our Corbin, Tyler and friends. We had a delicious dinner at Cafe Mojo and grooved to the sounds of a reggae band for the rest of the night.

It was a nice relaxing night after our action packed week+ in Florida.  Happy 2012!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Let's Go, Hokies!

Tonight is the Sugar Bowl! So excited for my Hokies to play.

Unfortunately, I have the head congestion / sore throat winter mix (and it seems like I am not the only one- almost everyone on at my work is either sick, or has a family member that is not feeling well) so we are going to relax and watch the game at home while I try to get my voice back and not breathe on Steve. :o)

After a season of cheering on the Hokies to a nearly undefeated season and watching great games (minus Clemson, twice) I am excited for Logan Thomas and the team to play tonight.

Hopefully, tonight, we take home some sugar.
Thanks for the image, Bleacher Report.


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