Sunday, 25 January 2009

Last minute Gift------ Plastic Canvas watermelon coasters

This set of plastic canvas watermelon coasters was a gift to a couple, I finished them on last Saturday and sent out on the very same day. I think I'm really a last minute person, no more how early I start, things always end up being finished at the last minute.

This color is a bit off due to the light, there is no way to photo again. :)

Put them together.

I made some mistake when cutting canvas, so here comes these two. Can you tell where are the mistakes? I put extra stitches on to make up where I cut off wrong.

That's the real color. :)

Here are the mistakes. I cut off one gird more.

The pattern is a freebie in Uniek Inc.'s website. Littledeer, a nice friend I met on internet, found and shared it with me.
Here is the link:

Monday, 19 January 2009

"Are you crazy?"

"Are you crazy?" My husband asked me, when he saw me cutting tons of 5" squares, sewing them together to make a big piece, and then again cutting the big piece into 3 1/2" square tilted windmill blocks, over 200 of them.

This made him believe that he's right about patchwork: it's all about cutting big pieces into small pieces and then sew the small pieces into a big piece again, repeat the process if want to make it more complicated.

"Not quite." I said, "Wait and see it finished. You'll know it's worth it."
"When?" He asked.
That question really shut me up. I have so many unfinished projects, who knows when I can finish it.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Coconut Almond Oatmeal Cookies

Once I wanted to share a lamb recipe with my eldest sister. I told her to put a little bit this and a little bit that..... She asked: "How many is a little bit, 0.5g, 5g? Give me the amount of ingredients." She is physicist and wants everything to be precise.

I don't work that way. I rarely cook or bake anything completely according to recipes, I frequently make up my own. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. My dishes taste differently each time, at least slightly. Sometimes, my husband said " It tasted better last time." The problem is I've never written down recipes, I don't remember what I put in last time.

I baked some coconut almond oatmeal cookies yesterday, they taste really good. This time I decided to write it down in case that next time I want to make cookies tasting exactly the same.

Butter 1cup
Brown Sugar 1/2 cup
white sugar 3/4 cup
All-purpose Flour 3/4 cup
Corn starch 1/2 cup
salt 1 tsp
baking soda 1 tsp
Vanilla extraction 1 tbsp
Oatmeal 3 cup
chopped almond: 1 cup
coconut flake: 1/2 cup
large egg: 2

Soften butter in room temperature.

1.Pre-heat oven to 350 F .
2.Beat butter until creamy in a mixing bow. Add sugars, continue to beat until fluffy. Beat in eggs. Then add vanilla extraction. Beat to mix well.
3 Mix all-purpose Flour, Corn starch, salt, baking soda in another mixing bowl. Stir into the mixture made in step 2, stir in almonds, coconut flake and oatmeal.
4 Spoon out the mixture onto parchment papers, make cookies. I made a big one, cut after it baked.
5 Bake about 12 minutes, until cookies looks brown.

I cut about 30 square cookies and some odds.

Monday, 12 January 2009

New template

I spent the whole weekend on customizing this template, it's based on a template named "Scribe" created by Todd Dominey, which is provide by Blogger. I changed the width and length of the body and the side bar, background picture, pretty much everything.

How do you think about the new look?

Here is the original template

Thursday, 8 January 2009

A New Project

Today it's a happy day. I'm starting a new crazy quilting project! After finishing the top, one of the scrape bins was half empty(I have two of them). And I can start to do decorative stitches, it's the creative fun part.

Another good news is my friend got the hand purse and she loves it!! I'm always really happy when people appreciate my hand-made gifts.

Monday, 5 January 2009

A gift for a far-away friend ------a small hand purse

Happy New year!!!
A another busy holiday season has gone. Except from visiting & being visited, I left many unfinished holiday projects for next holiday season. :)

I made a small hand purse for a friend I met on internet. It's being mailed for a while, she should have it very soon, not in time for Christmas, not in time for New year either, but still good for the Chinese Spring Festival, which I believe will be at the end of January.

It's small, but took me some time to make a patchwork lid and cross-stitch maple leaf on the purse body. Hope she'll like it. I always worry about people's reaction to my hand-made gifts, do they like them?

Shot in action, a zipper bag in the back

Inside look, it's good for a cellphone and some card.

Here was the gift I got from my dear husband, a fabric trip, 200km drive, 3 fabric stores. He said I was a fabriholic.