February 23, 2010

A Laundry Day

So today my oh-so-chic project was the laundry. I've been helping my mother with laundry ever since I was little, but I just had this realization:

Now that I'm married, I am the Underwear Fairy. Just like the Tooth Fairy magically knows that you lost a tooth and comes to give you a note and a quarter, the Underwear Fairy magically knows when you're almost out of underwear. Then she washes it, folds it, and the next day you find it there in your drawer again...even though you didn't tell anyone you were almost out of underwear! It's magic (sadly, you don't get a quarter when the underwear fairy finds out you've worn all your underwear).

When you're the Underwear Fairy, you know the tricks of the trade. But to everyone else, it is definitely magic.

Haha, ok. Pardon my flights of fancy. :) But it just made me laugh to be the underwear version of the Tooth Fairy.

I didn't take any gruesome before and after pictures of the laundry because a) they wouldn't be that gruesome (since there's only two people in this apt.), and b) who wants to see other people's dirty laundry? Not me! :)

But I thought I would share my project with you. 'Til next time!


February 20, 2010

Short Project!

I finished off a jar of Lemon Curd from Trader Joe's today and the jar is just *way* too cute to get rid of, *and* I had some glass marble vase filler things so I *needed* flowers to put in my new vase. So I hauled out my scrap book paper bin, found my flower stencil, got some old beading wire and a few tiny washer beads and went to work. :-)

The flowers.

The flowers in their new vase!

February 18, 2010

Sporks, Foons, and Knives.

That's right, silverware! Yay. :-D Mine has been getting pretty scarily water spotted since we moved to AZ where our apartment came with a dishwasher. (Not dissin' the washer here, since I love being able to load two meals worth of dishes into it and have them *all* be clean in less than an hour. O.O) Anyways, spots, lots of them, and weirdly enough, rust! Yucks.

And I promise, that's not food, it's just water spots.

So this week I hauled all of my scary silverware from its comfy resting place and spent an hour or so scouring all the weird stuff off. It's all so nice and sparkly now! I even washed out the holder!


February 16, 2010

A New Adventure: Wilbur the Sourdough Culture

Here is a very low-maintenance project I am working on: a sourdough starter! Ryan and I are trying to become freakishly healthy people, which means we've not only been eating whole wheat bread, we've been eating sprouted grain whole wheat bread. Oh my. Can you get much snobbier than that? Haha.

But sprouted whole wheat bread is spendy, and I'm trying to find ways to be good and economical. So I'm trying sourdough -- reportedly even better for you than sprouted wheat, and cheaper if you do it yourself.

This is frightening. Sourdough is alive. It's a little civilization living on your counter -- a civilization that depends on you for all its food, water, and warmth. Yikes.

I named mine Wilbur. He's not quite a week old yet, and so he's not a real culture yet. But by Thursday (if he makes it that long, and I don't forget to feed him), he will be a real grown-up sourdough culture, ready to make bread.

So I've spent the last few days peering under a towel every few minutes and seeing if he's growing at all.

Here is a baby picture:

I started him in a measuring cup, but now he's moved into a big red bowl.

I used the kefir sourdough recipe from this page:
Dom's Kefir-cheese in-site
But the guy who wrote those is very lackadaisical about care-and-loving-of-sourdough, so I got my theory and details from this page:
Sourdough Home

Isn't my (almost) sourdough cute? :)


February 10, 2010

Fear Not!

No, we didn't die! The projects I've been working on these last few days are presents for certain people, so I can't exactly post pictures of them yet. :) Haha, that's the trouble with Birthday Season in my family. A lot of projects suddenly become hush-hush.

But I'm thinking about trying to learn to sew again...this should result in amusing pictures, if nothing else. :)



February 2, 2010

Bear with me.

Alright, I (Noble) caught a stomach bug this weekend so progress on getting things looking so pretty and picture-fied has been moving *veeeeeeeeeeery* slowly! And it doesn't help that my stolen wifi is uber slow either. >_< But! I'm feeling much better and hopefully things will get rolling here soon, and without wreaking too much havoc on anyone's life. I'll try to point out any significant updates with a post, but if that doesn't happen you can pretend it's a treasure hunt. *beams*

*edit* So the header is a bunch of pretty pictures for y'all to look at until I can pull together some pictures that go more with the blog. Ciao!


In honor of Groundhogs day (well, maybe Groundhogs day is just a coincidence, actually), we've added another member to HAIH. Maybe you'll see her in the future....