Monthly Archives: February 2010

pincushions, cookies, and… bears? oh my!

Its Monday, and that means that it is time for a new Craft Challenge!
Since I still have quite a bit of reading to do in my sewing machine manual before I tackle a real sewing project, I figured I’d do something that would assist me in my sewing endeavors from here on out.

Whilst digging through my mom’s old sewing basket I stumbled upon her “pin cushion” which resembled a dusty old patchwork quilt, complete with faded floral designs on navy blue and grey patches. The wicker basket my mother kept her craft supplies in had not protected it well from the elements; time had faded the designs and the ghastly arizona heat had dried the fabric to its breaking point.
So when I stumbled upon this little picture I just about fell in love.
Cute, right? I found the link to the tutorial in the Threadbanger Blog Archives, but the link to the tutorial will be at the bottom of the post.

I was pleased to find that I had enough fabric left over from the curtains my mother made for my bedroom a few years back to make a matching pincushion. I have until next monday to finish this project, I’ll keep you posted!

Update on the baking project:

Last night I attempted to make the Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies that I linked to in last monday’s post. However, my mother asked me to use up the rest of the store-bought sugar cookie mix that she had purchased a few months back before I baked any from scratch. The box had two different recipes on the back, one for drop cookies and one for cut-out. I followed the cut-out cookie recipe, thinking that it would be the most appropriate for my cookies.
I mixed up the ingredients, chilled them for a bit, and tried to roll half of the dough out, but it wouldn’t hold its shape at all. I was finally able to get everything flat enough and sprinkled on the brown sugar and cinnamon, but I couldn’t roll it into a log. I ended up with this giant crumbly mess of dough and spices that I couldn’t even ball up into drop cookies!

Sounds like a disaster, right?
I scrapped that half of the dough since I couldn’t really salvage it after I’d added the cinnamon&brown-sugar and turned to the remaining half to try and make it work.
I’m going to tell you right now that despite what you might think, adding butter to really crumbly store-bought dough doesn’t really save it. So after trying to patch the dough with 1/3 cup butter, I just decided to add a bunch of brown sugar and cinnamon for cinna-swirl drop cookies.
They didn’t look like pinwheels, but they tasted yummy, so that was awesome.

Links:

http://www.purlbee.com/very-easy-pincushions/

http://picky-palate.com/2010/02/11/cinnamon-roll-sugar-cookies-yes/

Thanks for reading you guys! Check back tomorrow to find out how the real *from scratch* cookies worked out!

-Korbe

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A Surprise, A Thank You, and A Plan

This blog comes to you in Three Parts:
(nerdfighter moment anyone?)
First things first:
So this Monday I challenged myself to make a pair of gloves in two weeks. I finished them yesterday….


I gave myself a little too much time on that project, so good news I will be starting another new project this upcoming week!
Now the only problem is deciding what I want to make, which brings me to:

Part Two!
This last week I’ve talked to a lot of people about this blog that I’ve started and the projects that I’m working on, and most people are really nice and at the very least pretend like they are interested in what I’m talking about. However one woman has gone above and beyond to help me in any way she can to make this blog and all of my projects possible.
Ms. Paula, this is a major thank you for the wonderful Singer Sewing Machine you so kindly gave me, that GORGEOUS bright red Farberware Mixer that you found, and the perfect vintage teacups for my windowsill garden that you bought for me. Your gifts are going to make so many projects possible and I cannot thank you enough for your kindness.

Which brings me to Part Three
Now that I have a mixer and a sewing machine I will be a little more equipped to handle some new projects, but they need to be for beginners, especially with the sewing machine.
I need suggestions for beginners sewing projects, whether it be a clothing mod or an easy pattern, it doesn’t matter, I just want some suggestions!

I can’t wait to get started on next weeks projects! I’ll see you guys on Monday ^.^
-Korbe

Craft Challenge #1: Fingerless Gloves

Alright, well it is monday the fifteenth of February and, as promised, I am starting my first set of challenges.

Craft Challenge: Fingerless gloves

Yesterday, I finished a scarf that I learned to make from the following threadbanger tutorial:

After I was finished, I wanted to make some matching wrist warmers/fingerless mittens, but since I’m a knitting novice I devised a plan to make my own using the stitches I already have learned.

So, I have two weeks to knit the button-up fingerless mittens that match this scarf
pidgescarf ohcanada2009 threadbanger

The Plan:
knit a long rectangular piece that goes from my knuckles to roughly mid-forearm, leaving a hole for the thumb (using the same technique for button holes) and ending in a series of 4-5 buttons that will close the “glove” around my arm.
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What do you think? I don’t see any major flaws in the design, but if you do, please let me know!

Note: I’m still looking for a good baking project, I’m thinking about these Cinnamon Roll Cookies from Picky Palate
http://picky-palate.com/2010/02/11/cinnamon-roll-sugar-cookies-yes/
Yes? No? Leave a comment telling me what you think!

Welcome to My World

Okay, lets give this a shot.

My name is Korbe, I am a seventeen year old high school senior who is rather eccentric in personality and incredibly eclectic in passions. I have decided to create this blog to help document this upcoming year, and possibly beyond, depending on how this goes.

In the fall I hope to study musical theater on the east coast, but in the meantime, I am pursuing some of my other interests and passions.

I have decided to learn how to sew and knit before I go to college, so that I can create a wardrobe as equally strange as I am on a budget that is virtually nonexistent. So I have been perusing many a blog and forum looking for beginners projects/clothing mods and have made a bit of a list of things that I’d like to make.

Learning to sew and knit seems like it would make a decent blog, right? Maybe, but this is about my odd assortment of crafts, so here goes number two. I used to work in a bakery, mostly I ran cash register and answered phones, but when I worked there I always had these ideas for really good recipes, however since I didn’t have a degree that said I was a pastry chef, my boss never really wanted to hear about my recipe ideas. It was ¬†understandable, but unfortunate, so I had a list of cool ideas that never really made it anywhere except the snack table at family gatherings. I want to start coming up with new recipes again and find ways to make them in my limited kitchen space.

So here is The Challenge:

Starting on Monday, the 16th of February, I will have two weeks to complete a craft project and a baking project. I’ll have two new projects starting on the 1st of March and so on and so forth. I will also be posting a new blog AT LEAST once per week, if there is anything to report mid-craft, there may be some mid-week blogs, but there will always be a report at some point during the week.

Due to my limited amount of supplies and equipment, the projects are going to start small. I will soon have a sewing machine, but in the meantime most of my projects will have to be no-sew or hand-sewn. Also, I lack a decent mixer in my kitchen, so I may not be able to make everything from scratch and just have to settle with embellishing something pre-existing.

If you have any project ideas or suggestions, leave a comment. I hope you enjoy the ride, I know I will!

-Korbe