Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Iron Craft 15: London 2012

This week's Iron Craft challenge was:

"With the Olympics starting on July 27th and the recent Jubilee the spotlight is on London in 2012. Let’s join in the celebration by doing something that is inspired by London, England or the Olympics themselves." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)


My first plan was to make an Olympic gymnast clown creation that I found in one of my craft books.  But I couldn't pull it off with a vacation in the middle of my prep time. 

So... I started thinking about London.  Then I started thinking about the royal family.  Then I started thinking about royal weddings.

And that inevitably lead me to this...

Those ridonkulus hats that everyone wears to those weddings.

So much fun to make!  I used cardboard as a base and a lot of hot glue to secure the fabric around.

Then I took some violet coloured tulle and folded it all underneath the hat and glued that into place.

Then I took another strong piece of cardboard and glued it to the bottom with a headband secured in between the hat and that piece of cardboard.

For added craziness, I used a violet coloured ribbon around the hat and some pretty decorated feathers and a small glittery leaf as extra adornment.  The leaf is a maple leaf - you know, cuz Canada is part of the monarchy and stuff.

Oooh la la! Don't I look ready to have tea with the royals?

OK - maybe I'm ready to have tea with the mad hatter instead?

What do you think?  London inspired? Or just plain silly? 

I actually really loved making this crazy accessory and might have decided to make more.  This one is available at Tawny Bee for those who are equally as silly as I.


To check out the London inspired projects that the other Iron Crafters have come up with, clicky over to the Flickr Group.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Project Project Runway: New York Times Square Anniversary Party

Welcome to another season of Project Project Runway!  This is the third time I'll be participating. Did ya see my shiny new Project Project Runway button along the side of this blog?

I'm so excited!

To start of season 10 of Project Runway the designers brought a look from their portfolio that best represented their design esthetic. Then they had to make a companion piece to show with it on the runway.

So for Project Project Runway:

"we will give you two choices on how to do this challenge. If you have done Project Project Runway in the past or have designed any doll clothes before, you can use one of those designs as your first piece and design a companion piece to go with it. Or, you can design two new pieces complimentary pieces to show off your design point of view." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

I almost didn't get this look created at all.  I was on holidays from Thursday last week until Monday evening.  And I didn't get to watch the first Project Runway episode of this season until last night. But I made it work on Tuesday night and sewed up a 70's inspired look (cuz that seems to be my aesthetic lately).

Here is Pencil (back for another season as my model) modelling my new look.

If you remember back to the Sew 70s challenge a couple of seasons ago - I had designed this cute romper.


Aurora is modelling this look for us.  The shorts are a little worse for wear.  I don't know what kind of partying and debauchery Aurora has been up to in them, but they've seen better days.

Anywho... I used this romper as my "take home assignment" look.

I think this is a terrific companion piece to the romper.  It incorporates the same colour palette without being too "matchy."  It also shows my love for updating 70s inspired clothes so I shouldn't get dinged for not having a story to tell.

And won't these boots off the Lord and Taylor Accessory wall look awesome under that long skirt?

Here are Pencil and Aurora together again on the Runway. I hope these two don't get up to too much trouble this season!

What do you think?  Am I safe this week?

To keep up with all the Project Project Runway designers (including 2 new junior 11 year old designers, check out the Flickr Group.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

I'd Rather Be...

Yeah... I'd rather be back on vacation right now.


I'm gonna just post up some photos of our awesome vacation at Setting Lake (an hour south of Thompson) for you to check out.

****Warning: I'll probably just post photos for every post this week, cuz I can't seem to get back into the swing of things yet.****

****Another warning: Cute kids alert! They are even cuter on vacation. ****

And Happy Anniversary Terry.  I love you so much!

Ewwww... bugs on the windshield.  We're almost there!

The kids and that silly stuffed fish.

A canoe trip with kids, Terry and Grandma. Lane is helping!

Bon voyage my little Voyageurs! :D

And they return.

Tomorrow I'll feature Terry's kayak adventures, a waterfall and some beachy fun!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Iron Craft #14 - Denim

This week our challenge was:

"I’ve been slowly going through clothes and getting rid of things that don’t fit or are out of style. It is amazing the amount of jeans I have that I don’t wear anymore. Most will be donated but I’m saving one pair for this challenge, make something with denim." (courtesy of Just Craft Enough)

I have been collecting a few weird pieces of denim lately, so I decided to make something out of them.

The first is a painted denim.  Nice - but what on earth do you make with it?

That is probably why it was at the thrift store in the first place. The original owner didn't know what to make with it either.

And the second is a denim with a diamond pattern woven into it.  I like it, but I don't have enough of it to make anything substantial.

So - what did I make?

Ta da!

Pretty pretty flowers!

I made these two first.  I really like how sturdy they are with some felt added to the back.  I handstitched the large one and machine sewed the smaller one.

Then I decided that the large one was a little too large, so I made a couple of smaller ones out of the painted denim as well.

I got lazy and machine sewed both of these.

I liked them so much that I made two more!

These ones are especially precious.  I love the faux pearl in the centre.

But what on earth am I going to do with all these flowers?

I thought about it for a long time.  Then I was also thinking about how I was going to upcyle a bunch of quilt squares cut out of vintage housewares that I found at the thrift store.  Not enough to make a quilt, but enough to make a few Tawny Bee festival bags with!


I added the two projects together and placed a flower on the back of each bag.

I have enough quilt squares to make up about 5 more bags.

Guess that means I better get to work on a few more flowers!

Do you have a favourite project to make with leftover denim?  Do share!


And if you'd like to see what all the other Iron Crafters came up to make with their spare denim, check out the Flickr Group.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Secret Mommyhood Confession Saturday #37

I'm sick and watching Wonder Pets is making it worse!

I swear!

Oh... now that's attractive.

Ugh - I told you I was sick.

It's not the Air Conditioning which broke this week.

And it's not the 35 plus degree C weather that we've been having all week.

It's not the lack of any rain or wind.

It's not the pressure of figuring out what to pack for our trip to visit the in-laws.

It's not the regular mommy activities of feeding, watering, dressing, entertaining the children.


I blame that little yellow duck.

That little baby talking, feathery bitch.

She's making this cold worse.

Or maybe she's actually a he?


I swear that I'm going to reach into the TV and throttle that hermaphroditic duck!

Do you have any children's shows on at your house that make you go cuckoo bananas?


I'm sharing this attractive post with the awesome mommy readers of All Work and No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something.

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Friday, 13 July 2012

Food Friday: Mushroom Turnovers

I make a pile of mushroom turnovers in one blast and then freeze them in "side serving" size to defrost when we want a quick and yummy side dish.

Check em out! Don't they look delish?


1/4 pound fresh mushrooms, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons parsley (fresh if you have it)
2 tablespoons minced onion
3 tablespoons butter
1 can of refrigerated crescent roll dough
2 1/2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons sesame seeds (if you like)


- Preheat oven to 375 degrees (190 degrees C)

- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, slowly cook and stir the mushrooms, parsley and onion in 2 tablespoons of butter until tender. Drain and set aside.
Take the dough out of the can.  You can also make fresh dough if you're a real go getter and have the time.  I always decide to do these last minute and like the pre-made stuff for the quickness of it.  Use the pre-cut crescent  dough triangles. 

- Arrange them on a large baking sheet.  Place 1 tablespoon of the mushroom mixture on each triangle. Top each one with 1 teaspoon of Parmesan cheese.  Fold the triangles over to form a smaller triangle. 

- melt the remaining butter. Brush the triangles with the butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds if you like.  (I actually don't like the taste of sesame seeds, so I don't do this step).

- Bake in the oven 10 to 15 minutes (closer to 10 for me) until golden brown.  Serve warm.

- They can also be frozen. Defrost in the fridge or microwave and serve warm.

 So yummy!

Sometimes the cheese melts and sizzles out of the turnover casing.  Those are the best bites.

I like that these are different than the pasta, potatoes or rice sides that we tend to make.  And they are so delish!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Secret Mommyhood Confession Saturday #36

This is the one where I write about the movie Magic Mike.

Yes, I just wrote those words.


I haven't seen the movie.

I might see the movie.

I honestly just don't get all this hubbub over the boycott of this movie coming from some groups.

Watching this movie is not going to ruin your marriage.

Unless your marriage is in trouble already.  Then you're doomed anyway.

It just baffles me that some women are thinking that somehow this movie is going to turn them into a bunch of perverts that will value physical sex over some sort of higher connection sex that they have with their husbands.

Ummm... aren't they one in the same?

I confess:

I find my husband incredibly sexy.  And I think about him in all sorts of physical ways.  A LOT.

I guess I'm a pervert already.

Watching a bunch of abs on other men in a movie isn't going to make me run out and become a sex fiend.

Having one of those "My 5" lists isn't going to make me run out and become a sex fiend either.

*** My 5 lists are lists of the 5 celebrities you are free to cheat with if ever the opportunity arose, without your partner freaking out****

Yeah... so like if ever Kiefer Sutherland just happened to be filming a movie in Winnipeg, and then his car breaks down right in front of my house and he comes to my door after getting all sweaty trying to fix said car (damn those rentals anyway!) and he says, "Damn Tawny, you are so fine.  I wanna have you right here and now"... well ...

I'm just going to have to say: "Sorry baby.  I know you're number 1 on my little pretend list and all, but Terry has all of me forever.  So hit the ditch!"

Ok - so I wouldn't tell Kiefer Sutherland to hit the ditch.  Hahaha.  I might grope him a little and then phone someone to come tow his car.  A peck on the cheek might be in order.  And I might just have to measure his armpit hair to see if it's the proper consistency and length.

Nothing weird.

Ummm... so where was I?  (I got seriously distracting wondering all about Kiefer's arm pit hair).


Yeah... so Magic Mike isn't going to ruin anyone's marriage.

And I'm a pervert.


Sharing this confession over at Kim's - All Work and No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something.

Play along?


Friday, 6 July 2012

Food Friday: Rhubarb Muffins

I went to a pop up sale by a fabulous artist Nancy Blokland last week.  In addition to her awesome pottery (which I bought two pieces of) she is growing an urban organic farm full of yummy stuff.  I was able to grab some of her rhubarb while I was there.

And I made these muffins with it:


All 22 of them were eaten up in 2 days! Even Logan our pickiest eater ate a pile of them.

Here's the recipe:


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups chopped rhubarb
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


In large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, blend sugar with oil; whisk in egg, buttermilk and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients along with rhubarb just until flour is incorporated. Spoon into greased or paper-lined muffin tins, filling three-quarters full, or spoon into two greased 8- x 4-inch (1.5 L) loaf pans.
Topping: Combine sugar, butter and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes for muffins, 40 to 45 minutes for loaves, or until cake tester inserted into centre comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to let cool completely.
Source : © CanadianLiving.com

They were so fantastic that I'm going to make another batch with the rest of the rhubarb I have.

Oh - and want to see which two pottery pieces I got while I was checking out the organic garden?

I can't wait to put some lemonade in the yellow pitcher and take it outside this summer.  And the blue one is the perfect size for Terry to make his yummy nummy pancakes on the weekend. :D