Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Braided Cowl - easy knitting pattern

It's time to start knitting again! In summer... in Oklahoma... I just did NOT want to be holding yarn. So for several months I put my patterns on the shelf. To kick off the season, I wanted to learn to cable. It's not nearly as difficult as I had imagined!
I used a braided scarf pattern I found on ravelry, which can be found here.
Now, I'm a pretty lazy knitter, which means that when I get to the end of my skein, I just bind off! This usually causes me to end up with too-short scarves. In this case, I just sewed the two ends together and made my too-short scarf into a very fashionable cowl!


I used one skein of Lion Brand Jiffy Quick and Easy Mohair Look Yarn (135 yards), color Fisherman.
I just love the look of this! I plan to make a lot more of these cause it was EaSY!

Obviously, I also downloaded a new photo editing app to my phone.  It's called BeFunky and it makes very purty pictures.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

DIY Library Card

I really want to have a book exchange party! Basically, everyone who comes brings a book, new or used, that matches the theme. For example, you could have genre themes, like horror, or themes like, "The Book that Changed your Life!"
So I tried to imagine what my invitations would look like for this party...
Library cards!
I created a library card template that everyone is free to steal.
Here is a link to the pdf. They will print 4 to a page. After you cut them out and trim the sides, you can tea-stain them!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Lovely Tattoos

I'm always going to be a tattoo lover. Here are a few I think are neat.
If you haven't visited fuck yeah, tattoos!, you betta!


Starry Night Van Gogh tattoo

Weird but cool deer tattoo

Bob Dylan tattoo!

Hunter S. Thompson tattoo

Alphonse Mucha Art Nouveau tattoo

Pin-up girl tattoo

Sewing Machine tattoo

















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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Contemplations of Faith

This morning I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Prairie Hen, and looking over her beautiful new tattoo, when I noticed a bible verse she had posted. Now anyone who knows me knows I have never read the bible nor do I consider myself a Christian or follower of Jesus. The closest teachings to those in my own heart are those of Buddha. I have never really tried to explain my beliefs. But this bible verse prompted me to do some contemplating.

Luke 12:22-27
22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 
23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 
24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them.
27 Look at the lilies and how they grow."

For a while now I have been considering the perfection of the Earth and the connection there to god. The Earth works so perfectly, all by itself. Our society has, at some point, decided that we are the conquerors of nature, but in truth we are products of it, just taking part in its majesty. I know I am sounding a little Tree Hugger right now! But people have always searched for a God that is perfect, that creates life and takes life, that takes care of us, that has a plan. I see all of this in our planet, our universe, the workings of nature.
This bible selection made me think of that even more this morning. Even the bible points out that nature takes care of itself. We worry so much about having necessities, about living.
I realize that the bible attributes this to "God," but isn't that just a word, a label, a name? I could call Earth "God" and it would have a lot of the same attributes.
I'm not saying I believe anything one way or another. I wouldn't dream of saying I had anything in this world figured out. I'm just saying... think about it.
Anyone here read any Daniel Quinn?
Thoughts, anyone?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Low-carb Cream Cheese Mousse

I have been to low-carb heaven. It tasted like cheesecake.
The inspiration for the recipe can be found here.
Get ready for bliss.


Yin Yang Cream Cheese Mousse with Raspberries
16 carbs total













To make the filling:
 
1 8oz package low fat cream cheese (check the label and make sure it says 1 carb per tbsp) allow to soften at room temperature at least 1 hour
2 tsp Splenda
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp Hershey's Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder (added later)
 
Beat heavy cream in a bowl until it forms soft peaks. Add softened cream cheese, Splenda, and vanilla. Beat whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture, using low speed of electric mixer.
Remove half of mixture into one half of a bowl.
Add cocoa powder (add more to taste) and mix well.
Add to the other half of the bowl.

You can line your bowl with raspberries first, and then garnish some on top, or just use this as a dip! Or hell, just eat it with a spoon.
 
Chill at least one hour. This will keep in the refrigerator for several days.