Tuesday, May 23, 2017

City Gym Shorts

One of the blogs I follow is The Purl Bee, where you can find anything on sewing, crocheting, knitting and other things involving yarn and/or thread. Most of the time the posts are very inspiring and come with nice patterns. And every now and then I make something I found at The Purl Bee.

After a spring clean up of my cabinets I found this Hawaiian fabric, that I  bought a while ago. So long ago actually, that I had totally forgotten all about it. Don't even remember where I bought it. I haven't seen my sewing machine for quite some time either, but the combination of the fabric found and the inspiration I found on The Purl Bee, made me want to make this short.  I made the biggest size, because I like wide leg pants on shorts. The taille is elastic.

 www.betweennapsontheporch.net

You can check out the (very easy) pattern at The Purl Bee. There's one for girls and one for women.

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This week the Pink Unicorn I made for my youngest daughter was featured by Creating My Way to Success!!
 

Thank you so much, Jill!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Since we went to Sicily, Italy a couple of weeks ago I love almost everything that's made with lemon. Lemons are used a lot in dishes in Sicily and you see lemon trees growing everywhere, as if it is weed. 


Before I wasn't very fond of lemons, but now I can't get enough of its freshness. Makes me feel like summer has already started immediately. So today I made these Lemon Cookies with Poppy Seed. The recipe is to be found here


So delicious!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Made It! #19

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make one thing every week that I find on Pinterest. Since I have lots of pins (that, until now, I've just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can be anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to paper crafts. Just small projects that don't take weeks to make ~

And here's the bag I promised to make this week for Made It!. I was delayed a little bit, because I always try to post three crafts in a week, on Friday, Saturday and Tuesday, but I found it becomes harder and harder to keep up with my own crafting pace, due to other obligations. I think I have to choose projects that take a little less time for Made It!. Anyway, this week I'm just in time for midnight (CET) to post the result. 

In the end I choose a pattern of waves instead of pineapples or palmtrees. This pattern makes me think of Hawaii and surfing and I love to make things that bring back great memories!


I found the idea for the waves on the same page as the pineapple and palmtree. 

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Next week I want to make a key chain for the bag, to embellish it a bit. The idea is something as in the picture below, but made by myself instead of store bought.





I found this pendant here.

  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Crochet Whale

Seven colleagues expecting babies. Seven! Busy (crochet) times ahead. The first baby present is finished. For a baby boy I made this little whale. 


The pattern I found here.

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I just saw a lot of my projects were featured on the Pinterest board of Strawberry Butterscotch.


Felt Swan


Stroller Toy


The Cat in the Hat


Lucky Cat


Thank you very much, Anna!!!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Market Bag

One of the mothers I always meet at the schoolyard of the school my daughters attend, knows my favorite hobby is crochet and asked if I could learn her to crochet, too. She also knew someone else who wanted to learn to crochet. I told her I would look around for more fans, so I could learn them all at once and wouldn't have to reserve my beloved day off for a couple of weeks to teach crochet. 

I didn't think there would be much eagerness among friends, family, colleagues and schoolyard mothers, but now I've ended up with ten applicants and have to part the group into two smaller ones. 

I chose two simple patterns to choose from and am busy now to make them as an example for the workshops, that will be in three weeks. I already finished the market bag beneath. The pattern I found here.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Made it #18

 ~ I love Pinterest and would like to make one thing every week that I find on Pinterest. Since I have lots of pins (that, until now, I've just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can be anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to paper crafts. Just small projects that don't take weeks to make ~

Last week I showed  you the Blue Hawaii Mandala (free pattern) I wanted to make. I used other colors and named mine Lua Pele Melia Mandala (lua pele meaning volcano and melia meaning plumeria).



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Before I went to Sicily I saw this great bag, but I just hadn't enough time to make this one to take with me on vacation. Our next trip is planned in two months, so I would say: plenty of time now.
The last couple of years we go on vacation in our own country in summer, because it's just too hot around the Meditarranean, and with two kids we don't want to take hour long flights, since after just two hours they just have enough of sitting in that plane. No patience (and indeed, that's my share in their character). So for next week I planned to make this bag, or maybe both, because I don't know which one to choose. Love them both.

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My Hand of Fatima from last week's Made It was featured by Simple Sweet Home!


Thanks, Jerri!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Crochet Unicorn

My youngest daughter has a new crush, namely The Unicorn. We already had Rabbits, Flamingos and Angler Fishes and now we have Unicorns. And because I had some rainbow colored yarn left from a never finished project, I could finally use it: for the manes and the tail.

I made up the pattern myself and didn't write it down on the go, but my daughter wants another unicorn, a male (and the male unicorns are blue, as you certainly knew), so hopefully I don't forget to make notes next time.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

String of Red Peppers

Food is good in Italy, nobody can deny that. In Sicily it isn't any different, of course. A lot of the souvenirs in tourist shops have to do with food. Cook books, magnets of lemons, cooking aprons, attributes to cook with, name it and you'll find it. 

What I wanted to buy before we left, was a string of red peppers, one of the local foods we ate a lot. The night we arrived, our host even welcomed us with spaghetti aglio e olio (pasta with garlic, red peppers and olive oil). So it seemed like a proper souvenir. But from the moment I started looking for the pepper strings, I only came along shops that didn't sell it. Have you ever experienced this, too? Fact is: happens to me all the time. Beautiful painted hornbill in Costa Rica, great Hawaiian quilt, the nicest Menorcan avarcas ever seen, I all had to buy them the first time I laid eye on it, because when I wanted to buy it (another time or another place) it was sold, stores didn't have it in that particular town or they didn't have my size anymore.

I still haven't learned my lesson, I guess, because I came home without the string of peppers. So I made it myself, that of course isn't as nice as bringing them from the island, but they look nice in my kitchen anyway.

 www.betweennapsontheporch.net


I used this free pattern.

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My Bare Foot Sandals were featured this week by Crafts a la Mode, Creating My Way to Success and Pieced Pastimes!


Thank you, Linda, Jill and Suzanne!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Made It! #17

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make one thing every week that I find on Pinterest. Since I have lots of pins (that, until now, I've just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can be anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to paper crafts. Just small projects that don't take weeks to make ~

Last week I skipped a week of Made It, due to vacation and a broken laptop, but this week I make it up. The Hand of Fatima (idea found here) is finished. 


I made it of white polymer clay, carved flowers and figures in it, rubbed it in with different colors of water color paint and dabbed it dry afterwards, so paint would only stay in the carvings. 

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What I want to make next week, is something bohemain-like again. In summertime I always love to decorate my garden with bohemian stuff. I found this free pattern for the mandala here



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Penne alla Norma

Just home from our trip to Sicily and as said in the post before, the food was excellent! Even in restaurants that locals would consider crappy, for us it was much better than a lot of Italian restaurants we find in our own country. Ingredients were always fresh, for example. People sold food beside the roads, from their own land I guess, so maybe fruits and vegetables weren't even genetically manipulated, too. 

One of the things we ate a couple of times was Penne alla Norma. As a vegetarian I loved to find a dish like this. There's no meat in it, but it's not vegetarian per se, and that are the recipes I like the most.



Want to try it?

What to use (for 4)
Pasta (the original used pasta is penne, but any pasta will do)
olive oil
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
1 egg plant
 1 pound of tomatoes
basil leaves
ricotta

What to do
Cook the pasta as said on the packaging
Heat the oil
Cut onion and garlic in little pieces
Add to oil and cook until soft
Cut the egg plant in slices and season with salt and pepper
Cut slices in four pieces
Add to onion and garlic and cook until moist is released
Cut the tomatoes in four pieces and remove the core
Add to onion, garlic and egg plant and add 100 cc water
 Tear the basil leaves in little pieces and add to the sauce
Cook until all ingredient are soft
Stir until it looks like a sauce
Put the pasta on 4 plates and add the sauce
Scoop a tablespoon of ricotta over the sauce
Top with basil leaves

Buon Appetito!



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