Archive for July, 2011

h1

Craft Room: Inspiration

July 25, 2011

I have recently moved into a home and am able to create a small craft space in conjunction with a small bedroom.  I have very little space to work with because it is a small room and must function as a guest room as well (a daybed).

I decided to put together an inspiration board and as much as I’d love to cut images out of magazines and glue them to a board and draw and touch and manipulate, it’s just not realistic.  I have decided to create a blog post with all my inspiration and I’ll show you my finished product whenever that is.

Before I show you my inspiration, let me tell you a little more about my room.

I have a 4.5 foot wide closet that I just installed Rubbermaid shelving in (by the way, I love it!! I put it in every closet).  I put curtains on the opening instead of the bifold doors to save some space and allow some storage at the end of the day bed.  I have a desk next to the closet and it fills the space all the way to the corner.  On the next wall I have one of those fantastic 8 cube bookshelves from IKEA.  There’s a door and then the other walls are covered by a night stand and the daybed.  So I clearly have minimal space to work with, so let’s see what inspires me.

Inspiration for Bookshelf:

 This is just like my bookshelf, and I even have some of those baskets.

This could work if I want to organize other stuff. I like that it’s not all the same.

Small Storage / Organization

Oh. Em. Gee.  Isn’t this fantastic?  Why didn’t I think of it myself?

I think the website I saw this on said it was an old cake stand.. but it could be anything! Love it for a small space!

I’m not sure I’m in love with this.  I’d have to hang a shelf and make space for it… but it could inspire me.

Inspiration Boards
 I love how big this one is, but do I have space for it?

I like the rick rack with clothes pins.  🙂

Broader Inspiration for my room:

This room is cute with the dowel to hold ribbons or other projects or buckets.  I wish I had space for the ironing board like she does!  how great would it be to not have to pick up my iron all the time?

I really think there is a good chance I will end up with at least a small portion with the board like garage storage.  It’s probably good for my tools or adding to storage.  What do you think?

What inspires you?  What are your ideas?  What would you do if you had your dream room? (Even if it’s not a craft room!)

I hope you found some inspiration here… I may post again with more inspiration before I actually complete my room, but we never know!

Happy Stitching, Crafting, and Baking!
-Amanda

ps. A lot of these images came from: http://thenestuk.blogspot.com/2009/09/craft-room-inspiration.html and some came from HGTV “Rate my Room”  🙂

h1

Kermit becomes a Puppet

July 21, 2011

I was recently approached by some friends (Denny and Karen) to create a Kermit the Frog puppet. I was amazed to find out that the REAL puppets are hundreds of dollars. That’s just crazy.

So, Denny did some research and purchased an Eden brand Kermit doll which are known for making the best puppets.

It’s hard to explain just how I converted him into a puppet, but I’ll do my best.

Supplies:

Kermit Doll

Fabric

Sewing Machine

Thread and Needles

First Steps:

I found some fabric I liked to coordinate for his puppet pouch.  Then I cut an opening on his back for the pouch. I quickly learned that his neck is too small to put a hand through, so I unstitched him past that.

Sewing:

From there – I attached the fabric to each side of Kermit by machine sewing as best I could.  He’s a bit awkward to fit under the machine, so I was able to hand sew the remainder.

Once the pouch was attached to each side, I flipped his head inside out, removed the stuffing and a plastic mouth piece that was added to stiffen his mouth.  Once removed, I attached the fabric by hand directly to the existing mouth.

With a few final stitches and adjusting of the fabric, I had a cute little Kermit puppet!

Enjoy.

Sarah

h1

Cookie Class

July 18, 2011

Melissa and I took a cookie class recently at a local bake shop and it was so awesome.  I am a terrible cookie decorator and Melissa has had her own issues with cookies before.

These are sugar cookies with royal icing.  The palm tree is a black cocoa cookie, which is just like an oreo cookie.  We decorated with stiff royal icing, flooding with royal icing, and with fondant.  They turned out absolutely adorable and we can’t wait to make more cookies together!

Thanks for your support!
-Amanda & Melissa

h1

Pull Aparts

July 11, 2011

Growing up, my mom would make pull aparts with us girls.  I think other people call it monkey bread, but that’s not what we called it growing up!  It’s super easy and so delicious!

Ingredients:
One pack of biscuits
Cinnamon Sugar
Butter

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a pan (growing up we used a square cake pan, but I used a round cake pan this time).  Put pan on burner and melt enough butter to cover the bottom.  Once all the butter has melted, pour cinnamon sugar over butter until all absorbed (or however much you prefer).  Now you want to cut up the biscuits into small pieces and fill the pan so each piece of biscuit touches some butter and cinnamon sugar.  Bake it for however long the biscuit container tells you.  (Usually 12 or 15 minutes?)  Once it is baked, dump the pan over and reveal the beauty of pull aparts!

This is a childhood favorite of mine and I look forward to baking this with my future children.  🙂

Happy Eating!
-Amanda

h1

Cheesecake Bars!

July 5, 2011

I have been such a slacker in the blog-o-sphere so here I am to redeem myself.  Yesterday was the fourth of July so I’m blogging on a Tuesday instead!

Cheesecake bars have been my go to dessert of the summer and they’re a hit!  They are easy to make and absolutely delicious.  I can’t get enough!


Crust:
1 package of Lotus Biscoff cookies (those airplane cookies, mmm)
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar (I made it the first time without this)
6 tablespoons melted butter (I did a whole stick the first time. Don’t judge.)

Crush the cookies either in a food processor or bag.  I find the food processor works best, but if you don’t have one, a ziploc bag and your fist works too!   Add butter and stir till combined well.  Press the mixture into a 13 x 9 pan.  I used a pyrex dish, very easy to get out.

Cheesecake
3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
3 eggs
8 ounces sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla (I used vanilla bean paste the first time, its yummy and adds that pretty speckle!)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream sugar, cream cheese, and flour with an electric mixer on medium until light and fluffy.  I did it by hand the second time and it worked great still.  Got a good work out!  On medium low, add eggs one at a time, mixing well with each addition.  Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until combined.  Pour on prepared crust and bake for about 45 minutes.  Remove and let cool.  Prepare ganach while cooling.  (The first time I put it in the fridge. The second time I just left it on the counter.)

Chocolate Ganache
8 ounces heavy whipping cream
2 ounces butter
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
4 ounces dark chocolate (I used a crushed chocolate bar, which was the perfect amount)

Heat cream and butter on stove until almost boiling.  Remove from stove and pour over chocolate.  Stir until completely  combined.  You’ll know it when you see it.  Pour over cooled cheesecake.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  Cut into bars and serve. (I used a sharp knife a fork.  Once you get the first one out, it’s easy from there!)

Makes around 30 bars.

I got the recipe from this site and then learned it’s from Bakerella also.

It is truly delicious!

Happy Eating,
Amanda