Thursday, May 19, 2011

Let's Craft Talk

Leslie Hall is my hero.

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Work through the pain.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I'm not modest.




















Inspired by a cross stitch I saw on http://www.feelingstitchy.com/

A (kind of) fat/health rant

I don't rant often here, so cut me some slack on this one...

So, I'm trying this better healthier greener living thing. The green stuff I had covered, but healthy, not so much. I don't eat that badly but i'm sure I could make changes and cut backs. So, I'm trying for the 29887545788th time to cut out sodas. So far, so good. Day three and I don't want one! Plus, I'm eating even healthier (which is so much easier to do with all the yummy summer fruit!) and I've found a new liking for working out. I did 3 miles in 30 minutes on the elliptical on Monday, weights yesterday, and I plan to do 3 miles again today! I've also rediscovered my passion for the challenge of cooking healthy alternatives to the unhealthy stuff I crave!!

(cue rant...)
Please understand that my goal is not to get "skinny", but healthy. I am happy with myself I'm pretty fat-positive. I think we have the wrong idea when it comes to beauty and health regarding body size. There is nothing wrong with being thin, but I don't think it's something a naturally more filled out person, like myself, should aspire to. Some people are naturally thin and some, like me, are built like Russian gymnasts. I'm naturalky more muscular, and I may never be thin like I was when I was a starving teen, but I can strive to eat better and work out without it becoming an unhealthy obsession. An by the way, just because you are skinny doesn't mean you are healthy, just like being chunky or big doesn't always mean you are unhealthy. I have great blood pressure and a good cholesterol level, for instance.

I also get aggravated at fat-positive women who shun diets and excersise because they think it's being done to lose weight. There is nothing wrong with wanting to live a healthy lifestyle. Again, as long as it's being done for the right reasons. Let's NOT strive to lose half our body weight for some dude/girl, or some silly outfit or event, and instead focus on getting healthy so we can live past 55. And let's not revoke fat-positive cards because someone wants to live healthy. Sound good?


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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Catching up- Blog of the Week

I follow TONS and tons of blog, many of them food blogs.  I just ran across this ditty a few weeks ago.

http://www.joythebaker.com/blog/




















Joy writes the best little blurbs and has great recipes on her page.  The photos are also awesome.  She inspires me daily to not be bashful about being silly on my blog and to make delicious food.















Yummmmm!  I want all of the above.


She also has a recipe index on her blog, so if you're just looking for something new to make, check her out!  

Catching up! Etsy Shop of the Week!

Needles and Pins!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/katiekutthroat?ref=seller_info

Katie Kutthroat will rock your face off with her unconventional cross stitch patterns and already done cross stitch projects!














I've only purchased the Beer Me pattern from her and I've not stitched it yet, but I plan to purchase more, of course.  I'm her friend on Flickr and she's super nice as well.   So, check her out sometime!

The Story of Spordically Blogging Jonesy

Sorry I've been neglecting the blog again.  I've just been really busy and lazy.  How can I be both at the same time?  Busy with family visiting, friend baby shower stuff making, getting a healthy lifestyle on track, and lazy about getting online.

I cross stitched something super rad and am working on a stitchalong from Feeling Stitchy (http://www.feelingstitchy.com/).  I'll post pictures of both soon.  If you are reading, thank you for sticking with me through my flakiness.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Weird Science (ooh!)

I have been on an experimental kick lately.  My friend called me a mad scientist on Facebook, and I think that I like that description.

First, came the salted caramel cupcakes.  A little too messy and sweet for my personal taste, but everyone else seemed to like them.















Next came avocado banana bread bites with drizzled chocolate.  Piece of cake and way yum.















Then, I tried snickerdoodle cupcakes.  They were a great success and to date, I think a favorite.  They're simple, yet so good.



















I tried peanut butter and chocolate whoopie pies with both cake mix and my own mix.  My own mix works better, by the way.  It doesn't fluff up too much and doesn't rise as much as regular cake mix.
















I made meringue cookies and they were really good!  I think next time I'll put lemon in them.  Sorry for the bad pic, they were really pretty!















I did some strawberry cupcakes with chocolate icing.  I made them pretty and then decided to ruin them by putting strawberry slices on the night before I served them.  EPIC FAIL.  This photo is from before they went to mush.















I made my mom some cookies for mothers day with Heath toffee bits in them.  They came out so hard they could break your teeth.  Another fail.  Boo!

So, out of... 7 new things I've tried (the avocado bread I've done but not in the tiny brownie bite pan and not drizzled with chocolate), only two have been a complete failure.  I consider this a success, and therefore, I am encouraged to sally forth and try even more yummy stuff!


So, I've learned a few lessons over the past few months on making tasty treats.
-Caramel inside cake makes it really good, but too sweet for me and way messy.
-Banana avocado bites and snickerdoodle cupcakes are some of my favorite things to bake and to eat.
- Whoopie pies are more popular with my from-scratch mix and buttercream icing is much easier to make than I thought.
-Meringue cookies are easier to make than I thought, too, and it's really fun to whip those egg whites and sugar into little peaks!
- Don't put strawberry slices on anything the night before you serve it.  Probably best to put them on right before serving.
- Heath bits in cookies will not yield soft cookies.  At least not in the quantity of Heath I put in the dough.
-I love experimenting and am surprisingly undaunted by little snafus!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Blog of the Week

Another new feature!  I'm gonna mix these up, my posts won't be, of course, all blog features, but I do want to try some out!

Today, I want to share the blog "Turning over a new LEAF".  It's my friends' blog about their new Nissan Leaf, which is a 100% electric car.

http://www.canxas.com/leaf/may5.html

Isn't it cute??
















I don't know a lot about the Leaf, but I'm sure to be gettin skooled reading his blog.  I can't wait to read more!


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Two shirts!

This one was inspired by Seibei.com.  It was the first time I've used the freezer paper stencil method and fabric spray paint.  I got a little anxious and forgot to put newspaper between the top and bottom layers of the shirt on the top part.  I quickly shoved something in there and the "i like" sort of ran together.  I used a white paint pen to try to separate the letters.  So, I learned a few things.


The next one was inspired by Hilah from Hilah Cooking (http://hilahcooking.com).  She had an event called "Mouth Party" and for some reason, I thought that was really funny.  So I made a shirt that says Mouth Party and has mouths.  Because everyday for me is a Mouth Party.  I used the freezer paper stencil method again (my new favorite thing ever) and some fabric paint, and I printed some mouths out on iron-on transfer paper and ironed them on.




















I can't wait to try these out on me!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Some other things I've been working on


This is from Subversive Cross Stitch.  www.subversivecrossstitch.com

















And an adorable flower from Cate Anevski!  Get it here:
http://cateanevski.typepad.com/cateanevski/

I'm super inspired lately, mostly with cross stitching, so I'll be posting more soon!

Etsy Shop of the Week

Here's one of the new features I'd like to try- Etsy Shop of the Week!

The first of many I'd like to feature is Andwabisabi. Grace Kim has come uo with THE cutest cross stitch designs! I've purchased several to make gifts.





























You can find her here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/andwabisabi?ref=pr_shop

If you like cross stitching, or know someone who does, you really should see this shop!

Sorry...

Hi, all. I know I've been kinda quiet in the blog world of late. I'm researching and looking at maybe adding some new features to mix it up here a little. I tried a music thing and thought of doing a DIY feature, but i'd like to add a couple more. Maybe a featured blog of the week? I'd like to get more followers as well. Soooo please bear with me, especially if my posts seem a little random! Also, i'll be blogging about my camping trip soon, so stay tuned!

Oh! Here's some new hair!