You say Potato – I say Erdäpfel!

OK – I’ll say potato too otherwise most of my friends won’t understand me and life would get complicated. If you must know, Erdäpfel is the Viennese slang for Kartoffel, which  is the German word for potato, which is a starchy, tuberous crop from the perennial Solanum tuberosum of the Solanaceae family. I’ll just say potato…

So in an effort to actually do something with my pinterest pins I decided to try the Swedish Baked Potato. Not bad. Not at all bad. Better watch out Wolfgang Puck!

POTTER!!!!!!!!!!!

No, no – not to worry. Not Snape calling Harry. It’s ME! I’m now officially a Potter!

Seeeeee:

Yeah, I’m not really that good at it, but here is a selection of some of my master-pieces. They are all classified as “Before she was famous!”:

And then of course there are my favorites:

The Very Important Experiment

YES -it’s true! Pinterest does that to one. What used to be Facebook’s job has now been taken on by Pinterest – giving us ample opportunity to massively waste time. But not so fast!!! What if one actually did attempt one of the projects? What would happen?

So, as an experiment, I will take on one  project off my pin-wall and do it in real life. Hands on. Outside of the computer. In person. I will single-handedly prove to the world that Pinterest is not just a time-pit, but that one can find useful things to make that inspire the creativity and hone our crafting skills. Think about it – what if all electricity is gone? We’d have to rely on our bare hands for survival. Creating things by hand might  give us the necessary skills to face the wilderness some day. Pinterest may save our lives.

So here is the project – 1st picture was taken straight off the website. 2nd picture is my handy-work.

Toilet paper origami. I now feel equipped for survival under the toughest conditions.

PS: It really wasn’t that easy! TP does NOT stay folded. LOL

The Denim Quilt Experiment

I seem to be suffering from Kindergarten-Syndrome: “I don’t care about this doll, buuuuuut if YOU have this doll then I want it more than anything else in the world!!!! A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G.!”

I don’t play much with dolls anymore, but I do get my hands into all sorts of crafts nowadays and the syndrome is rearing it’s head. Case: The Denim Quilt.

Although I plan to reach project runway levels on the sewing-machine, quilting has never been that interesting. I want fashions – who needs grandma-quilts! Until my friend Kathya started one and showed me this tutorial.

Ooooooooohhhhhhhhhh!!

Nothing in the world was more important than making a denim quilt. N.O.T.H.I.N.G.!!! It get’s cold in the winter in Southern California – we need heavy denim blankets! Now.

It took me a couple of Saturdays to make it. First day to do all the cutting and attaching back and front side of the squares. Second day to lay it out and putting it together. Then a trip to the laundromat and voila – the denim quilt (cat not included):

It’s really cool.

A couple of notes:

  1.  In the video tutorial she uses some obnoxiously bright baby colors – this is probably so that the demo is clearer. At the very end she shows two finished examples. One is a denim version, which is opposite of mine – she has the denim as front, and colors as back. Nice either way.
  2.  I used various colors of denim for the front, and 5 colors of homespun in the back.
  3. Go to a laundromat for the first washing/drying. I removed lint by the bucket! (Shout-out to my laundry-buddy: “Zuuuup Lisa!”)
  4. Keep old jeans – use them for squares.
  5. Thank you to Michele, from whom I inherited a pile of denim when she was cleaning out her fabric stash. Now she wants it back. Too bad I say!