Saturday, September 29, 2012

Craft book month - Denyse Schmidt eye pillow

This month was Craft Book Month at Craft Buds. They had a whole month dedicated to craft books and a blog hop to go along with it. The blog hop inspired me to try something that wasn't on my WIP or to do list. Just something quick and easy.

Eye Pillow

I made this eye pillow from Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects, which luckily for me was at my local library.  I have to tell you, other than the drama of trying to get the photocopy machine to enlarge the pattern, it was a really simple and fun project. I love how it used up some my scraps. Especially because I am trying really hard not to spend money on any new projects until I finish a few or the many that I have going on around here.

Eye Pillow book vs mine

I really like the original in the book. However, blue just is not my color. Purple on the other hand is my absolute favorite color. Plus the Anna Maria Horner scraps just make me oh so happy.

Eye Pillow back

And on the back of course I added some Tula Pink.  So both sides are beautiful and make me happy!

Eye Pillow

The directions for this project were super clear and it didn't take much time to make this. Just what I look for in any craft book. Clear directions and something that doesn't take me forever to make.

I am looking forward to trying other projects from the book. I am pretty sure that I am renew the book as I really wanted to make the heating pad cover since my heating pad and me have been such good friends recently, but I had trouble enlarging the pattern, so I need more time. My suggestion is to take the book to a copy shop to have the make the copies, trying yourself only causes frustration. However, this book is now on my wishlist because there are so many lovelies in it that I really want to make.
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Friday, September 28, 2012


Let's just start by saying I had a very busy weekend.

It all started with this little one deciding to blow her coat. I used the FURminator on her so I could just get it all out at once instead of having to pick up big lumps of hair for 2 weeks. Which I just realized that they have one that connects to a vacuum and  if the vacuum wasn't her arch-nemesis I might think about getting it.

Luckily, German Shepherds do this only twice a year and I have a great vacuum.  Too bad  that I have two German Shepherds that never blow their coats at the same time.

Then I taught a Saturday class for our new iLearn group. It was a lot of fun and can't wait to see what everyone does with the iPods in their classroom this year.

Right after the class my husband and I headed out to San Francisco.His company had party at the California Academy of Sciences to celebrate their 20th anniversary of the Davis site. His company is a Danish company, Novozymes, that has been around much much longer, but the Davis site was excited to celebrate their 20th year. 

I wish I got more pictures, but it was really dark at the California Academy of Sciences at night and my phone camera wasn't doing it any justice, even my big camera didn't get much use because almost everything was no flash photography. Plus I really need a new phone. This one is still acting up, but I am just going to have to reset it again and make due for a while. 

The next morning we headed to a place that was featured on dinners drive-ins and dives. It was 4 blocks from the hotel we stayed at, yet we had to walk through a very shady area to get to the place. The restaurant  Dottie's, has some very yummy coffee cake, but other than that we weren't too impressed with the food and didn't feel the wait wasn't really worth it. 

After that I had a pretty uneventful week. I spent my days working. 

And my nights resting on the couch as I try to let my body get rid of this nasty kidney stone, which also means I did a lot of water drinking. 

I did get a little sewing done yesterday, but of course I didn't get a picture of that, but I will soon since the project just need to be stuffed and it will be done. 

Also, this little guy visited me in a parking lot. Isn't he just the prettiest birdie and such a great poser too :)

That is it for this week. I hope your week went well! oh and just in case you want to follow along with me on instagram shockingly you can find me at jenniffier. 
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Work In Progress Wednesday

 Zilch. Nada. Nothing. Nil. Zero accomplished this past week. I haven't even taken more than two steps into my sewing room and that was just to grab my camera.

We had a busy weekend. I haven't been feeling well. And work has been keeping me very busy. So no progress this week.

I do have pictures to share of the quilt that I finished earlier this week, but I haven't even felt well enough to take them off the camera yet. However, so far today I am feeling a bit better, but let's not curse it by assuming I will get anything accomplished tonight.
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Friday, September 21, 2012


What an eventful week, ok maybe not so much. I mostly spent my afternoons and evenings on the couch.

My kidney stones have decided to reappear and cause me some issues. I am starting to get get tried of not feeling well and of course everything hit me at once. The ct scan found lots of things that are all reoccurring issues but nothing to terribly bad (meaning all just things I have to live with and deal with) at least now I know why I often just feel sick.

I also made a library stop on Saturday.

I owed a fine from 2009... at least it is paid now and I have already tried recipes from 2 of the 3 cook books. Ok fine my husband cooked one of the recipes but I did eat it so that counts as trying.

This one is chipotle beef with onions and classic red rice from the top Rick Bayless' book, Mexican Everyday .

I do cook occasionally, but mostly I am good at baking, frying, and reheating at least that is what Randall says.

So I baked these two some cookies and they L-O-V-E them. They drool so much when I get them out and I often have to remind them that I want to keep all 10 of my fingers when I give them one. The recipe was so easy. Maybe I should share it soon, I just have to find the website I got from and type up the changes I made. Next time I make a batch I will do that.

Other than that I have been working. It is funny how hardly working a working really hard now look so much alike. I have been trying to wrap my head around our new language arts curriculum program treasures.

That is about it for this week. Notice not  much quilting this week. Oh Friday night I finish the baby quilt, but that was it.

Mostly it is because me and the couch have been friends too much, maybe I will feel better next week and get to share some quilting and sewing.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Work in Progress Wednesday

Lot of process last week. I started and finished a quilt in 5 days. Of course it was a baby quilt.

This turned into this.

 I will be sharing all the details next week. After the new mama gets it in her hands.

I also checked out some books from the library.

We have already tried a couple recipes, but I am most excited about the second book down. I found lots that I would like to work on, now I just have to make it to a print shop to get them to enlarge the pattern.

I also have some fabric cutting to do for a commissioned quilt.. Hopefully I will get to it tonight!

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

We Made Homemade Pasta

I don't know about you, but I have a love for carbohydrates. I am pretty sure they don't have the same love for me, but for me it is all about the carbohydrates. Well, it moderation, but still they are oh so good and believe it or not this recipe was actually relatively health.


For my hubby's b-day he wanted Pasta-Extruder Attachment for our kitchen aid.  Luckily for him it when on sale right before his b-day, and we were able to get it for him. Of course he had to order it for himself and have it shipped to his work. Which means, no surprised happy face of unwrapping the gift. However, there were lots of happy faces, during the pasta making process.

We decided to make the light wheat pasta from the KitchenAid recipe book that came with the  Attachment, which is why the pasta is brownish instead of the normal cream color of pasta.


We used the ginormous pasta board that my mother-in-law had made for us.


She also got a new one for herself and two more for her other kids. It was such a nice gift. I have used it a few times for bread making, but this is the first time for pasta.

After the pasta was done mixing in the KitchenAid, my hubby did the kneading.


We found it was a little hard to make it come together in one ball as the recipe said. Also, pasta dough is really dry and crumbly. (Did not know that!)

The next step is to make little pasta balls to stick in the extruder. Some of ours were a little to big, but we just made the smaller and went with it.


Then you put the pasta in, and wait while it does its thing.


You also use the little pusher tool to make sure it all goes down the tube. Then put more dough in and wait some more.


Ok fine you do have to cut the pasta off when it gets to the right size but it is a lot of waiting to get 1 lbs of pasta.


Of course, now, you have to cook it.

It cooks up super quick.


And that little bowl of pasta turns into this giant platter of pasta. I should have taken a picture to show the different sizes of the bowls, but this bowl is the big huge pasta serving bowl.


We decided to go really light with our sauce. We just did Trader Joe's pesto, some heirloom tomatoes and  fresh mozzarella balls. It was really good and just the right amount of everything. Plus for wheat pasta it wasn't bad at all.


Recipe: Pesto Caprese with Homemade Pasta


  •  3/4 cup Pesto (homemade or store bought) 
  • 6-10 small heirloom tomatoes 
  • fresh bocconcini (bite sized) mozzarella
  • 1 lbs pasta with ridges (we choose rigatoni) 
    • white flour
    • wheat flour 
    • water 
    • and eggs 
Preparation instructions:

Make the pasta. Use your favorite recipe (I don't feel comfortable sharing the recipe out of the book since I didn't alter it at all) or use store bought. Place cooked pasta in a large bowl. 

Cut the tomatoes into bite size pieces. Add to bowl. Cut the mozzarella into halves. Add to bowl.Add pesto to the pasta. Mix well. Add a spoonful of pasta water (the water left after removing the pasta) and stir to help it all come together. 


Serving size 1 cup

*Since we are on weight watchers we of course tracked this recipe and found that each serving was 9 points. How we figured it out was: we took all the ingredients, put them in recipe builder and divided by the number of cups that it made. Oh yeah and I didn't even it the whole cup of pasta because the light wheat pasta was so filling. 

*By the way, this is not a sponsored post. It is just our life experiences. The links are just so you can see what attachment I am talking about. I do have a amazon referral account but it would take so many purchases for me to meet the threshold for payout that it doesn't really matter. 
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