Saturday, January 18, 2014

Finishing Projects

I have focused on completing projects over the past three months, and not bringing home new ones!  Here are some pictures of my three biggest projects.  I have also finished up or gotten rid of a number of smaller things that have been sitting around my sewing room.

Started on this probably a year and a half ago, before I was even pregnant.  This project was inspired by a similar book my mom made when I was a toddler.  It includes pages made by Mom and Melody, as a swap, since Melody is also working on one.

A sample of some of the pages:

Melody did this page.

And Mom did this one.

I hope to add a few more--maybe some buckles & closures, and some "boy" pages!

This project was acquired about two months after we got married.  It was free in front of a house when we were out walking one day!  I had already started sanding before remembering to take a picture, but the highchair was in very good condition when we got it.  I just really wanted it to be in the soft aqua/robin's egg color that we have in our house.

It was a lot of work painting all those rungs!  Not enough to deter me from acquiring a coffee table to paint, as my next project, though!

Dad, this one's for you--look at those rice puffs!

And this is the last one for now--turning a stack of squares and collected bits of fabric into a picnic quilt.  I don't even know how many years ago I started this one, but I'm guessing at least eight!

I have 109 different fabrics represented in this quilt, and not a single repeat within the collection of squares (I did use the monogram and border fabrics more than once.)

Just big enough for a play area!

Some Cooking

This winter I made eggnog for the first time.  It was really tasty and fun to make with fresh milk and eggs.  Check out the recipe here: Amazingly Good Eggnog

I also made chicken noodle soup and biscuits on a gray at-home day, when we all had colds.  Comfort food!

And some chinese (inspired) food!  The Honey Chicken was from a blog of asian cooking, and the "fried rice" was my creation.  The rice was using up left over brown rice; I think some kind of white rice would have been a nicer texture.  The chicken came out well, and was my first try at deep frying anything.  (Messy, messy...)