Tuesday, February 28, 2012

To Do: Sewing Skirts

I can't wait for all the snow to melt and for the weather to warm up so I can go back to my regularly scheduled wardrobe of dresses and cardigans. Since I've made it my goal to learn something new and break out of my fashion rut, I decided what would be better than combining the two into a great project? I've wanted to learn to sew for a long time and flirted with the idea a few years ago but never got around to it. I'm thinking of taking classes since I really don't know where to start and jumping right in seems like a recipe for disaster (at least for me).

Here are a few tutorials I've had saved for awhile. I'd love to see these hanging in my closet!

Knit pencil skirt tutorial.
(Source: Suburbs Mama)

I would wear this skirt all the time.
I vow to make one in every color when I finally learn to sew!
(Source: Welcome to the gOOd life)

Can you believe she made this out of a rug?
(Source: A pair and a spare)

This skirt is so cute. I'm a sucker for anything with buttons and a scalloped edge.
(Source: nettevivante.blogspot.com)

Monday, February 27, 2012

DIY Household Products

I keep coming across DIY household products and I thought it was about time I tried one out. My little apartment gets almost no ventilation (especially in the winter) so I decided to tryHomemade Fabreeze to freshen things up. I swayed a little from the instructions I found (I used 1/4 cup of fabric softener instead of an 1/8th) and I it works great. I spritz it around my place a couple times a week and it never leaves any stains or residue.

What you'll need:
- a spray bottle
- fabric softener (1/8th to a 1/4 cup)
- baking soda (1 tbsp)
- water

Put the fabric softener and baking soda in the spray bottle then fill the rest up with water. Give it a good shake and you're ready to go. The whole project cost me 3$ and I have enough for about 15 - 20 spray bottles worth. One spray bottle lasts me about a month. Not bad, eh?

Here are some more money saving, DIY recipes for household products:
Turn a bar of soap into liquid handsoap
DIY gel air fresheners
DIY Windex
Make your own dishwasher detergent
Make your own laundry soap
Homemade oxyclean
25 DIY cleaning recipes for the house

Skin Brightening Kiwi Mask

On one of my many Craftgawker adventures, I stumbled across a Skin Brightening Kiwi Mask. I happened to have a whole box of kiwis laying around so I thought this mask would be perfect to try out. I always get a little freaked out when putting food on my face (why isn't it going in my tummy?) but I really liked this mask. The tingle of the kiwi was somewhat annoying but it's a price I'm willing to pay for pretty skin. My face looks brighter, more even toned and less flaky than it did before. I will definitely be putting this mask in my skin care rotation.

Here are some more DIY face masks I found and want to try out:
Baking Soda and Orange Face Mask
Aspirin Mask
Honey Yogurt Mask (+ others)
Pumpkin Mask
Milk of Magnesia Mask
Seaweed Mask
Vitamin C Mask
Cranberry Face Mask
Oatmeal Mask
Turmeric Face Mask

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Today has been a very lazy day and it has got me thinking about goals. I've spent the majority of my day on Craftgawker and looking up DIYs online but I never actually get around to making anything. My to do DIY folder has 200+ projects in it and I have a few partially done project in my sewing pile. I keep putting off doing all the things I want to try and then I get frustrated for never getting anything done and being the laziest person. It's always a vicious circle with me. Get annoyed by lack of progress, make a plan/goals to turn things around, rediscover how comfortable my bed is, repeat. I'm in the "make plans/goals" stage right now so, here's my list for March. Hopefully by April, I will have started some new and productive habits and won't be laying in bed, watching movies and eating a bag of chocolate chips (like I just did... whoops.)

Goals for March (tho I will be starting a few days early)
- Start (and finish) 5 of the crafts from my to do folder
- Spring clean and thoroughly organize my apartment (and keep it clean with daily tidying)
- Get off my butt and workout
- Start learning something new (Maybe needle point? Jewellery making?)

Wish me luck, I'm off to start my cleaning.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Budget Bytes

My friend and fellow Pinterest addict friend, Christina, sent me link to Budget Bytes. It's a great site with delicious recipes on the cheap, you should check it out. I've always been a big fan of Tex Mex flavoring. In Calgary, I could always find premixed seasoning but I've never been able to find it in Montreal. Luckily, I found a DIY Tex Mex recipe on Budget Bytes. I made a huge batch this morning. Admittedly, I probably botched it somewhere along the way since I was too wrapped up in Calendar Girls to really pay attention to what I was doing but it turned out yummy anyway. You can find the recipe here if you want to give it a try. I added 1/2 tsp garlic powder for a little extra somethin' somethin'.

Here are a couple recipes from the site that I'm going to try out this week. I'll update on how they went.

Honey Balsamic Carrots

Black Bean Quesadillas
Spicy Sausage & Broccoli Pasta

I couldn't keep myself off the food blogs today, especially Budget Bytes since I blogged about it earlier. Here are even more recipes I want to try!
Black Bean Burgers
Cumin Lime Chickpeas
Slow Cooker Potato Soup
Pico De Gallo
Salsa Poached Eggs With Grits
Kale With Tomato And Feta
Sloppy Joes Plus
Spicy Coconut And Pumpkin Soup
Spicy Pickled Carrots
No-Knead Focaccia

Monday, February 20, 2012


After far too long, I've decided to restart my blog. Just a little somewhere I can rant and rave about my latest cooking adventures and of course, my arts and crafts.

So, let's hop right into it then.

Food. I've always wanted to be a chef (amongst other things.) Hopefully, if I'm accepted, I will be attending culinary school in the fall. Aside from a couple cooking classes here and there, everything I know about cooking and food has come from my family. My Mom and Grandma are fantastic cooks. My Dad's idea of haute cuisine is burnt porkchops and Spam.

Last week, I successfully made my first batch of pizza dough. It was easier than I thought it would be. I ran into a big snag aka my boyfriend doesn't own measuring spoons (I was making it at his place, who doesn't have measuring spoons?) so I just had to eye it the best I could. I'm sure I made at least 3 mistakes but the dough turned out perfectly. I'm pretty sure my boyfriend was getting quite annoyed at me jumping up and down, squealing and insisting he come watch the dough rise with me. I was making the Potato Pizza recipe I found on Design Love Fest. I thought it was good but could have used a few tweaks (Garlic! Onions!) but it did push me out of my comfort zone and that was my goal. I ended up making a garlic olive oil, brushing the pizza with it and baking it for a few more minutes. After that, it was fantastic. It was even better when I had it for breakfast the next morning.

Tonight, I made a mish-mash dinner of everything I was trying to get rid of in my fridge. I ended up making a Caramelized Onion and Carrot Soup. I didn't follow the recipe because I'm lazy like that. I upped the garlic and omitted the celery but it was still delicious. I should have used more stock since it was the consistency of baby food but I really didn't care when I was hoovering it down while rearranging my bathroom cabinets and watching Once Upon A Time. Damn, I'm an excellent multitasking. Not really. Not at all. Since I'm never done eating, then came part two of dinner. I needed something quick, tasty and contained cheese. I ended up whipping together a Roasted Red Pepper Grilled Cheese Sandwich With Pesto. So tasty, gooey and melty.

I hope to cook my way through my recipe bookmark folder by the end of March. Hopefully I don't burn down my apartment.