Sunday, January 25, 2015

Weekend Time Wasters - January 25

Embroidery flowers with 3D details

Incredible paper art work by Diana Beltran Herrera. Check out the birds a ways down the page. Wow.

I think a lot of artists could use these paint water/not paint water mugs. :-)

A tutorial over on the &Stitches blog: How to Choose and Lay Out Text for Stitching.

Images of more than 40,000 works in the Smithsonian's Asian art collection has been made available to the public (for non commercial use). So many interesting things to look at!

A LEGO version of Pompeii! Shame it's in Australia, because I'd reaaaally like to see this!

Bedding that looks like crocheted granny squares.

I need a gold bird temporary tattoo. Need.

I set up a Society6 shop. Just for fun, but I do plan on adding more designs. For now it's just my sketchy gems you can get on a variety of products. Find me as polkaandbloom. :-)

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Meanwhile on Instagram

via Instagram Managed to get most of the blocks done for this new quilt yesterday. Feel like I'm the world's slowest piecer of quilt blocks. They're just big half square triangle blocks so they should be quite quick to do. Right? Is there a trick to speed things up or is it all down to experience..? #carinascraftblog

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Fabric stash sorted - sort of

Fabric stash
It's still all about working behind the scenes overhere. I'm happy to say that I have found a solution that will let me keep running my bizniz post VATMESS without too much extra work. Atleast once I've set it all up.

I've not had much time, or energy, to work on anything creative, so nothing pretty to share on the blog. Normally, I'd sit down with a bit of embroidery in the evening, but lately I've just plonked down on the sofa and watched ancient episodes of Law & Order with Tony.

But tomorrow I plan on having a bit of a day off! Maybe get started on a quilt idea I've had in my head for a while.

Speaking of quilts - or rather fabric for the quilts - how to you sort your fabric stash? At the moment mine is sorted by colour. Except for where I have a bunch from the same collection or by a certain designer. Like Denyse Schmidt for example. Or Leah Duncan. I think it makes sense to keep those together. Although that does mean that sometimes I forget that I have a particular.. green DS or whatever, because it's not with the other greens.

And I have serious trouble cutting into some of the precious prints. How do you get over that? I don't want to use it up because what if the Perfect Project comes along and I've already used the Perfect Fabric?? Hash tag fabrichoardersproblems. ;-)

Hopefully I'll have something actually creative to show tomorrow or Saturday. If nothing else, a pile of cut fabric for that quilt. :-)

Happy Thursday, friends. xo

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Weekend Time Wasters

How amazing is this Kona solids hexagon quilt? Love. It.

And while you are there, check out the Confetti Pillow Tutorial.

Speaking of hexagons, if you're pondering how many hexagons you'll need for a hexie quilt, here's a tool for calculating that.

I know, Christmas is over, but I think these paper stars are so pretty and with the right colours they won't seem too Christmassy.

I love this Tipsy Log Cabin Quilt by Blair over at Wisecraft. Reading about the process of the quilt is really inspiring too.

You can never have too many tote bags, and especially not when they sport pictures of the Pleiades, Hubble Ultra Deep Field or the Magellanic Cloud. Space geeks take note! {via}

Super useful Windows shortcuts that most people don't know about.

New high-def pictures of the Pillars of Creation from Nasa.

My friend June released some super cute cat crochet patterns. Go check 'em out!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Recipe :: Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce with Polenta Cubes

Spaghetti in tomato sauce with polenta cubes
Ok, I call this a recipe, but really there isn't much to it. It's more like an idea that you can run with. This is really delicious but maybe not something you want to eat every day, especially if you are carb conscious. ;-)

This is what you will need (serves about 4 people)
1 pack of ready made polenta, cut into ½" (1.25cm) ish cubes.
Olive oil for frying
½ tsp garlic granules
½ tsp dried rosemary
Salt & pepper

Spaghetti for 4 people - around 300 grams I think.

500 grams of tomato passata or tinned chopped tomatoes if you prefer
2 cloves of garlic, chopped or minced as finely as you like
1-2 fresh chili peppers, chopped finely
1 tsp dried oregano
Salt & pepper

How to make it
Boil spaghetti in plenty of water with some salt. When the spaghetti is al dente, remove from sauce pan and rinse with cold water. Rinsing it with cold water stops it from continuing to cook, it helps prevent the spaghetti from sticking together too much and removes excess salt.

Set the cooked spaghetti aside.

In a large sauce pan (why not use the one you cooked the spaghetti in, save on the washing up!), sautée the garlic and chili in 2 tbsp of water. When you start to smell the garlic, add oregano and salt & pepper. Add 1-2 tbsp of water if things are looking a bit dry. Stir and mix for a minute or so. Then add approx. 2/3 of the tomato passata. Stir well, then leave to simmer at low heat.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a frying pan. You want a nice amount of oil, so the polenta will be fried in it.
Heat the garlic, rosemary and pepper in the oil for a minute and then add about half of the polenta cubes. Fry on all sides, then put on a plate covered with kitchen roll to soak up some of the oil.

Prepare the rest of the polenta cubes in the same way. You may want to add some extra herbs and spices since some of it is sticking to the first batch.

While the last polenta batch is cooking, add the rest of the tomato passata to the tomato sauce. Taste the sauce and add extra oregano or salt & pepper if you like.

Add the cooked spaghetti to the sauce and mix well to coat the spaghetti with sauce all over. Serve piping hot with polenta cubes on top.

You can easily save any leftovers for the next day, just keep the spaghetti separate from the polenta cubes. Re-heat separately. The polenta is best if re-heated on a frying pan.


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