Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Domesticity Revisited

I was asked to post pictures of my sewing machine, so here they are. Notice the TV to the right.

And this is the spinach quiche I made last week. It looked great on top but the pie crust wasn't completely done in the center. If I had left it in longer, the top crust would have burned. My oven is sort of crappy.


Here are some things I did over the weekend that have been unusually domestic for yours truly:

  • Set up my sewing machine (finally!)
    Last weekend, I decided to clear out some of the stuff in the back bedroom. It had basically been turned in to a junk room where we put all of the stuff we have no place for. I finally got tired of not being able to walk through it, so I started throwing out things and consolidating boxes. I cleared off some of the junk on a little dressing table that is a family heirloom and Sunday, I decided to set up my sewing machine on that table. I got it all set up, threaded (I had forgotten how to do it and was glad the manual was in the box) and even sewed a little something but it turned out kind of bad. In my defense, I wasn't using a pattern, so I didn't cut the fabric even, which made the stitches not parallel. Oh, well, it wasn't too bad for being the first time to sew in 15 years!

    Then yesterday while I was at work, MK hooked up a TV for me in that room. We have this thing that mounts it to the wall, so it is to the right of my sewing table. The antenna isn't hooked up yet, but I can still watch DVDs whenever I'm sewing or doing a craft project. I'm glad that room is slowly becoming useful.

    Here are some projects I'd like to do eventually (I'm ambitious)
    -Square-Bottomed Canvas Bucket (to hold living room junk/clutter)
    -Hip Mama Diaper Bag (to give as baby shower gifts)
    -Coffee Cozy (to give as miscellaneous gifts or for myself)
    -Camera Cozy (for gifts)
    -Beautiful Tote Bag (for myself)
  • Made shrimp dip
    I was looking through recipe books trying to find some light summer meals since I haven't had much of an appetite lately (this is a good thing!) when I came across a shrimp dip recipe. It looked easy and I decided to try it so we'd have something to snack on. I will list the recipe if you are interested:

    Shrimp Dip
    4-1/2 oz. can tiny shrimp, drained and rinsed
    8 0z package of cream cheese, softened
    1/4 cup of sour cream
    1 package dry Italian dressing
    2 tbsp lemon juice

    All you do is mix all the ingredients together. I suggest you make sure the cream cheese is very soft because when I made mine, the cream cheese was very hard to mix with the other ingredients and it basically pulverized my shrimp. You might want to mix everything minus the shrimp together and then add the shrimp at the end. Chill in the fridge for 3 hours before serving. Serve with crackers or pita chips. Enjoy!

  • Played nurse (sorta)
    Well, I thought I had some others but I guess that was it. On a different note, MK has sciatica. We are treating it with anti-inflammatories and arthritis pain medication. It seems to be helping and I read that it will most likely go away in 2-3 weeks.

Hooray for creativity and domesticity!!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

What I Did This Week

I haven't painted a mural for two or three years now, and I remember why. It's very demanding. I love the creation process, but by the middle of the job, I'm very ready to be finished. I've also discovered that even though regular craft paint is non-toxic and water based, I have developed a physical reaction to it. I've had a headache and stuffy nose the entire time I've been working on my latest commission. So, unless it's someone very special, or something I desperately want to do, I will decline most future requests.

I did two rooms for a former co-worker. I love her dearly and miss being with her. She has a little boy and this is what we painted for his room.

She also has a baby girl, and this is what we added for her.

I can tell I'm getting too old to be crawling around on the floor trying to paint details on a wall. My body is yelling at me. But, I'm glad I did it, and am reasonably pleased with the result.