Friday, May 25, 2012

Foodie Friday: Dalek Cupcakes

There is no better way to vanquish your mortal enemies than to recreate them in cupcake form and eat them.
The Doctor would do well to heed this advice.

These Daleks can't go up the stairs, just into my tummy.
Cupcakes seemed the ideal way to make a Dalek since they
are inherently Dalek-shaped.
The bodies consisted of one full-size cupcake, one trimmed-down
cupcake, and one mini-cupcake.
I "glued" them together with some frosting and frosted
them all the way around.
I used mint sticks for the eye stacks and weapons and
used M&Ms for the buttons for the "bumps." 
Masticate! Masticate!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

TARDIS Thursday: This doorstop is bigger on the inside

Today's post is short, sweet, and freakin' awesome.

An awesome addition to my studio.
An ordinary brick, some craft paint, a foam brush, some tape,
and a marker are all you need.

Tape off the sign and windows and then draw in the panes and panels.
Simple but so much fun.
A quirky gift idea too!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WIP Wednesday: TARDIS Embroidery and Quilt Block Swap

Sometimes, you agree to things without paying much attention to what you are doing.
Earlier, this year I signed up for a quilt block swap. What I neglected to notice is that blocks had to be done shortly after the play...oy...
The fact that it took me three sewing machines to get them done was frustrating, but they are finished and will be in the a mail an entire day before the due date!
I have also started a project that I have wanted to make for quite a while. The TARDIS is a great shape to stitch and will make a cute little plushie when I am done :)

A slow start, but looking good.
The TARDIS pattern and blue floss.
It was tricky to pick the right shade.
The blocks for my swap. The other quilters chose the
colors, I chose the fabric and pattern.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

How Tuesday: Doctor Who Washi Tape

I am not a a girl who is super trendy...geeks rarely are. I was loving Doctor Who LONG before it was the greatest thing going. Granted, the current trendy bit makes it easier to get Whovian merchandise! One trend that I am intrigued by but have not yet embraced is washi tape. 

What better way to celebrate it than to combine it with one of my favorite things? 

Ready to adorn!!
My supplies: double-sided tape, Doctor Who comics (picked
up at my local thrift store for a song), brayer, and scissors.
Chose the images you love and place them FACEDOWN.
Place the tape over the sections that you want.
Roll with brayer to assure maximum stickage.
Cut along the tape to make strips.
Roll, enjoy, adorn to your (two) hearts content!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Metalwork Monday: Wibbly Wobbly Doctor Who Earrings

Okay, so it's out there. I am a geek of the highest order. 
I went to RIT (nerd central), I direct Shakespeare, I have my own Sonic Screwdriver.
True story.

This week is dedicated to my biggest nerd obsession: Doctor Who.
You're welcome.

I chose two types of washers, brass and copper. I also
chose two different fonts and two different
After stamping, I painted alcohol ink onto "wibbly wobbly"
and liver of sulfur gel onto "timey wimey."
I used the dremel to sand of most of the ink and age the brass.
I brushed on the patina gel to make the copper look older.
Unfortunately, they don't go "ding" when there's stuff.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday Funday: Getting back in the swing

Trying to become a regular blogger again has been a bit of a challenge. Given the absolutely gorgeous weather this weekend, we have spent the entire time outdoors, getting things done. Which means that I have done nothing to prepare for the coming week's blog.I also have made those pesky quilt blocks yet. Nothing has been made, much less photographed. 

Luckily, I did today's project just before the hiatus.

It is forecast call for rain tomorrow night, so I can buckle down and get things cranking again!

Bought these awesome bird patterns from So September.
LOVe Corrine's work!! Also, kind of in love with the colors that I chose.
And, yes, I am stitching on a fabric napkin that I picked up at Goodwill
for $.25. 

The finished trio on my inspiration wall. 
It's a lil bit fuzzy, but you get the idea!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Stitchy Saturday: Birdie Brooches

When it rains, sometimes it really pours. Right after getting over walking pneumonia, I had a show premiering and life was just a little bit overwhelming.

 I was really bummed that I had to take a week off, I was concerned that once I took a break that I wouldn't be able to come back with vigor. I admit that I lost my zeal for a little while there. I haven't made anything in over a week. That is rough. I signed up to do a quilt block swap this month (whoops!) and I have until Friday to design, make, and ship four blocks.Yikes!

 My sweetie and I went to a great plant sale this morning and spent several hours working on his plot in the community garden before he left for a business trip. I dropped a pretty sizable chunk of change on flowers, veggies and herbs for the many gardens that surround my home. Not one of them is ready for them. 

But, I will hit my stride again. I can finally run again, albeit in small amounts for now. I will come back, on the rad and in the studio.

A little something that I whipped up just before the show was a series of birdie brooches to spruce up my spring wardrobe. They will help me wing my way back to normal.

The supplies: felt, fun fabric,
embroidery floss, and a pin.
I cut out the pattern out of both felt and a fun fabric. I cut
the wing out of the same fabric.
I stitched the wing on with the back stitch, used the satin stitch for
the beak, and a couple seed stitches for the eye. I sewed the pin to the
right side of the fun fabric. I used the blanket stitch to connect the two
pieces (wrong sides together.) I love them! They are so quick and are
a great way to use small scraps.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Teeny Tiny Hiatus

It is play season, which really wrecks craft season. With our second show tonight, Weasinart will be going on a teeny tiny hiatus. I will spending Weds.-Friday nights working on projects and content and we will get back in the saddle next Saturday. Stay tuned...lots of fun to come!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Foodie Friday: Terra Cotta Roaster Chicken

Okay, so it is a tiny bit morbid to roast a chicken during bird week, but it is so delicious, I couldn't resist

To roast in terra cotta, you have to soak the lid for 15 minutes.
I stuffed my chicken with lemon, garlic, and thyme.
I also put some under the skin.
I roasted it in the terra cotta roaster at 425 for 9o minutes.
Both the temp and time are longer in the roaster.
To go with the chicken, I soaked some quinoa for 15 minutes and
cooked it in chicken broth for 30 minutes.
I added chick peas, sultanas, and sun flower seeds 
to the quinoa and served it with slices of chicken. Yummy!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thankful Thursday: Upcycled Bird Feeder

I love the sounds of spring...the bird song, not the construction noises. I rummaged through the recycling bin to make an easy bird feeder. The project would be good for older kids, too!

Supplies: an empty peanut butter jar, a larger lid (for the perch),
Exacto/utility knife, eye hook, drill, hot glue gun, bird seed.

I drilled a hole in the lid and screwed in the eye hook.

Using the exacto, I cut several holes for the seed to come out.
This was the hardest part!

I glued the larger lid to the bottom with a hot glue gun.

Filled, hung, and ready to please!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Teeny Tiny Birdhouses

Sometimes, you just make something because it is cute. Hence, these birdhouses.

Sweet tiny and sweet.
I used two tiny wooden houses, craft paint, an embroidery pattern
for inspiration, and sealant.

Base painted.

I drew the designs on in pencil and painted over them.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

How Tuesday: Portlandia Bird Mobile

Today's craft--super simple, simply marvelous. Using the Portlandia bird, I created a mobile to jazz up my kitchen.

I downloaded an image of the bird used on Portlandia,
but any bird would do. I traced it onto card stock and cut it out.
I gathered some twigs from my yard and but an eye hook in  one to
hang from the ceiling and attach the other sticks.
I used 22 gauge wire to add loops to the other sticks and
attached all three with jewelry wire. I punched hokes in the birds
and hung them from the twigs with thread.