Over the course of my life to date, I've made many things. Several memorable ventures stick out in my mind such as:
- Glitter Play-Doh earrings with needles sticking out of them that I expected my mother to wear
- The classic I Love You Mom alphabet necklace--white round alphabet beads strung on hot pink flimsy thread as the "necklace" portion)
- A yellow gingham curtain for what I called the "playhouse," which in reality was a pig house with a flat metal roof that sat on the other side of the fence in my backyard. Don't worry, there were no pigs in there. Oh, and I wanted blue, teal and fuchsia sequin trim on it...
- Candles shaped and scented like desserts, such as cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies
- Glycerin soaps--once I made my grandmother a bar of cinnamon and oatmeal soap, in which all the contents sunk to the bottom of the bar. :(
My days of craft have since improved and look more handmade in what I hope is an aesthetic way and not in a my-ten-year-old-made-this-for-you way. I've become totally addicted to sewing apparel. It's turning into my thing...Sewing clothing is great for me because I really enjoy sewing (so I'm going to spend the time and money on it anyway), and if I can wear what I sew then I don't have to buy as many clothes (not that I really have to buy clothes, but what girl doesn't like a new shirt every once in a while?).
I have a suggestion for beginning apparel seamstresses: start with a simple, A-line skirt, maybe even a wrap skirt (that was my first apparel project). Skirts are more forgiving than shirts, as I learned when making my second piece of apparel, this white shirt. And also, it is a good idea to become familiar with garment construction in general, as it will save you a lot of time.
If you're a super seamstress and/or thinking of opening a sweatshop to produce your fabulous designs (or you feel like doing something silly), you should play this game. Fashion Incubator wrote a little review for it if you're interested in reading it.
Yesterday, I ran across a craft that I'd never heard of or even considered. It involves violently shaking a printer. Check it out.
For dinner the other night, I fashioned a chicken parmigiana casserole. I love casseroles for two reasons, deliciousness and longevity. Hip hip hooray for casseroles!
Here's the recipe:
1/2 box thin spaghetti cooked al dente
2-3 cooked chicken breasts, cubed (I used a Rotisserie chicken)
1 1/2 jars red spaghetti sauce of your choice (I used 1 jar of Classico tomato and basil sauce and it was not enough because I like it super saucy)
fresh whole-milk Mozzarella, sliced
breadcrumbs (I used semi-stale sourdough bread made into crouton-sized toasted pieces)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a casserole dish, layer the ingredients in the following order: spaghetti, chicken, spaghetti sauce, Mozzarella, breadcrumbs. Cover top with foil and bake for 30 minutes; remove foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes until breadcrumbs are golden. Obviously, if you want to get gourmet, you could make your own sauce or add some fresh herbs, but I was in the mood for quick...if you try it out, tell me how it goes!