Posts filed under Minkleton

Honey Tahini Toast

This isn't exactly a recipe, because it's so so simple, but I wanted to share it because it's my new favorite breakfast food. I didn't come up with this myself though (maybe it's even one of those things everyone but me knew about?), I was having breakfast with my friend Joan, and I had only heard about Tahini the day before and there it was on her kitchen table! She toasted a piece of bread, spread some butter on it, then some honey and finally layer of tahini - so delicous! Sometimes I find honey a little too sweet in the morning, the tahini evens it's out perfectly!

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and just to make this post a little more cat-friendly: 

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Posted on July 24, 2013 and filed under in the kitchen, Minkleton.

Catmania

He's here!!! Be prepared for unneccessary amounts of cat pictures, snuck into posts that have nothing to do with cats just BECAUSE. He is of course adorable and already had a long nap with me yesterday afternoon, shortly after he got here!

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As for his name, I've decided to name him Minkleton, Minkle for short (sound familiar?). I'm still debating his first name :)

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To try to make this post a little more interesting for you readers, here's a round up of (cat-related) DIY's and products from around the web:

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1 is from a pair and a spare, and I think this would make a really cool cat basket! Most cat baskets have those kitshy paw prints and are well, not very chic :) So I really want to try to make a basket like that!

2 is a Lampshade you can buy from the etsy shop mostlikelyShop and assemble at home.

3 is technically a dog house, but it could totally be adapted to be a cat house. I really like the homemade modern blog, they have really cool projects, go check it out! I really wish I had some power tools and a garage to do stuff like this...

4 is another idea for a cat bed, made from a vintage suitcase (I see them in almost every thrift store!)

5 is a guest post from Kate of Scathingly Brilliant (who has adorable cats herself!) for the kittenhood blog (love her blog as well, check them both out!)

6 is an image I found online and traced to Hiroko Kubota via google image search. The embroidery is so detailed and beautiful! Maybe some of you remember the piece I embroidered for my art school application? Next time I feel like embroidering, I'll have to try something like this!

Posted on July 21, 2013 and filed under DIY & Crafts, personal, Minkleton.

One Day More...

until I get a cat! If everything goes right, the little fella will be home with me tomorrow afternoon!! I've been having trouble sleeping I'm so excited!

 I went to visit him on Wednesday, he's so cute and friendly! Very playful too, I'll have my hands full the next couple of weeks!Β 

I went to visit him on Wednesday, he's so cute and friendly! Very playful too, I'll have my hands full the next couple of weeks!Β 

Because I've been getting everything ready these past days, I haven't posted about my progress on a dress I made. It's the sketch you can see here, and it's pretty much finished, except I didn't attach the sleeves yet, but I might once fall comes. 

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 I don't have as many mirrors in my new apartment, so I have to resort to standing on chairs :) haha

I don't have as many mirrors in my new apartment, so I have to resort to standing on chairs :) haha

I hope I'll get a chance to take proper pictures of the finished dress, because I forgot to photograph the most important part of the dress (at least for me personally): the back! Why the back you ask? Well, I have finally pushed myself to finally try shirring, and you know what? I don't know what I was so scared of!! It's so much easier than encasing elastic or something!

I shirred the waistband in the back to make it fit snugly, and I'm so happy I finally did this on a dress! There are so many dress designs I've drawn that never got further than a drawing cause I was so scared of shirring! And that's not the only new technique I tried! Since the skirt is a slight circle skirt I wanted to do a rolled hem or narrow hem, and I inspected my sewing machine feet closer and found that I had a narrow hem foot. Again, I don't know what took me so long! Ok, as with the shirring, I'm aware that I couldn't have done it a few years ago, I didn't have dem fine motor skills yet. But I've progressed so much over the last few years, it's like my brain didn't acknowledge that I'd improved and was still scared of harder techniques. I still went slow and the fabric slipped from the foot into a single fold twice, but other than that, I got a perfect hem!

It makes me wonder: how many other techniques (for lack of a better word?) are there that I'm scared to try, even though they're actually easy for me now?  Single and double welt pockets/buttonholes are the first thing I can think of, but I bet there's more that I'm not really aware of. Sewing with slippery fabrics? Chiffon? Do you do this too? Do you get "that technique is too hard for me" stuck in your head?

I have to say, even though the bodice on the dress is a little long and thus there's this balloon effect at my short waist (do you know what I mean?) , this dress has been a success, because I think it's helped me over a couple of insecurities I didn't know I had :)

Anyway, I'm off to cat-proof the house some more, and obsess about which type of kitty litter to get. Not to be dramatic, but:

Posted on July 19, 2013 and filed under Sewing, personal, Minkleton.