Monday, August 22, 2011

Made This: The Green Lantern


Mark Eden lantern via April and May

Feelin' crafty... I saw this beautiful lantern and decided to give it a go myself as I've a little experience in building wire caging. Mine's not quite as graceful as its inspiration but it was successful enough to keep me interested in a second attempt.

A note of advice to anyone who feels they spend too much time reading blogs and posting images to Pinterest that will never be actually put to use. Force yourself. Just pick up the materials you need and force yourself. Pursue at least one idea or project a week that you find online and you won't feel so miserable about all the time you spend there. In fact, it will probably cut the time you spend online significantly. And you'll have something to show for it.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Made This: Little Turbans



Today I made these spiced tahini cookies that look adorable and taste divine. I was craving cookies last night and have always wanted to make tahini cookies, so I did a little research for basic recipes, stewed around in my cupboard for spices, and then whipped my own together... Not bad for an original creation. I dubbed them Little Turbans because that's what they look like and they're inspired by eastern flavors. Yum!

High Altitude Note: Cut baking soda to 7/8 tsp, add 2 T more tahini and 2 T milk. Bake at 345°F for only 11-13 minutes. 
Salt Note: If you use unsalted butter add 1/4 tsp salt to the recipe with the flour. 
Sesame Seed Note: Use hulled seeds.


Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons softened salted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup tahini
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup sesame seed
  • 1/8 cup raisins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine butter and sugar.
  3. Add tahini and vanilla.
  4. Using a sifter, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves and add to wet ingredients. Combine well.
  5. Pour sesame seeds into a small bowl. Make 2 tablespoon balls from dough, about 24 plus some, and roll in sesame seeds. Top each with a raisin.
  6. Place cookies about 2 inches from each other on non-greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 11-13 minutes. Do NOT over-bake. The cookies need a little moisture to keep from crumbling apart.
  8. Leaving the cookies on the baking sheet, cool on baking racks for 5 minutes before handling. Again, to control the crumble factor.

    Hope you enjoy!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dreaming of Orange Creamsicle

Etincelle Creative Studio


Habu Textiles

Laurie Herrick via Museum of Contemporary Craft

Mary Button Durrell via LLOSO

Orange is a color I often find myself fighting with... But I do love it, especially with cream and soft grays, and I love all the crinkley lines present here...


Lovin' The Bows On My Feet

credit unknown via Hold On...

Hudson

credit unknown via *bon*chic*bon*genre*

Anthropologie

Chie Mihara 2010

Ain't nothing like purty bows over your toes.




Saturday, August 6, 2011

Made This: Drawing Again



So just as I picked this book up and am attempting to flex my painting muscles... I am also following along the guidance of the book, Drawing Lab by Carla Sonheim, in an attempt to flex my drawing muscles. Would those be my fingers, exactly? Anyhoodle. Above are the first fruits of my labor- blind contours. I forgot how much I love blind contours. I was busting a gut while drawing these jirafas, but with a little of my own magical seasoning... the baby jirafa went from a joke to an actual drawing. Cool, huh?


Again- I totally recommend this book. Art how-to books are generally pretty cheesy and fairly boring, but this one is interesting and fun even while covering the basics. Buy it here




L'artiste: Guidette Carbonell




I just discovered the work of late contemporary folk artist, Guidette Carbonell, thanks to Lisa Congdon's Pinterest. These photos are from a retrospective of Carbonell's work that took place at Paris's Galerie Mercier at the very beginning of this year. I don't even really know what to say. I'm so blown away by those tapestries. The artist was a true master of color and shape. And I am encouraged by the artist's use of many media. 

(photos via Mercier & Associés)


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Color Patch Love

Lois Mendez

Karen Barbé

Fabienne Lasserre via Textile Arts Center


I'm in the mood for patches of color.

All hail the swatch.



Made This: Chrysanthemum Washcloths


via Sugar 'n' Cream


While visiting the in-laws and indulging in snow cone after snow cone a couple weekends ago, I made a pretty pile of these cotton washcloths. I intend to give them away as I don't need that many but needed something to keep my hands busy while my Mister worked his butt off fixing his parent's roof. I used this pattern (photo above) and I have to say it was simple, quick, and very rewarding. These little wash rags are pretty and full of character.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Yo-Yo, So Inspired

tutorial @ The Purl Bee

via Birch and Sycamore

tutorial @ Design*Sponge

via Beach Vintage

tutorial @ Red Brolly

Yo-yos have been calling my name lately...