Cute Alert: Sock Dolls

I checked out the cutest book from the library the other day.  The book is called “Stray sock sewing: making unique, imaginative sock dolls step-by-step”.stray-sock-sewing

I tell you, this is the cutest idea for lonely single socks I’ve ever seen. I wanted to show you a picture of the cute little creature I made.

CUTE!

CUTE!

I’ll be making more of these little creatures for sure! CUTE!

How to Make Your Own “Ricotta” (soft Paneer) Cheese

A whiiiiiiiile back I did a post bout freezer lasagna. Mmmmm, lasagna! Anyway, I told you that I had made my own ricotta cheese to use in the lasagna. Well, I really make Paneer cheese, which is a cheese curdled with acid rather than with culture, like ricotta cheese is. I can’t tell the difference between the two when I’m putting it in lasagna. Don’t get me wrong, a wonderful creamy ricotta cheese has an absolutely delicious flavor that is very different than paneer. But for the purposes of lasagna (and a bunch of other baking and savory uses) I like paneer cheese just fine!

So anyway, I thought I’d show you how I make it, even though there are a plethora of tutorials online. Gotta give the people choices!

A gallon of whole milk will yield you about 10 ounces of the stuff, just enough for a big pan of lasagna!

Ingredients:

1 gallon whole milk (you can use other milk, but there’s really no point….the more fat, the more cheese. Skim milk will yield about 2 tablespoons of cheese, so please, stick with whole!)

1/2 cup bottled lemon juice (you can use fresh lemons but the acidity of bottled lemon juice is more controlled than fresh juice….stick with bottled)

That’s it! Now, heat your milk up in a big non-reactive pot (like ceramic coated cast iron or stainless steel, NO aluminum) over medium heat until just before boiling, about 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Milk, heating in a pot

If you don’t have a thermometer (WHAT?!? Why don’t you have a thermometer?) just wait until it’s all foamy and steaming like crazy. I’ve make cheese with milk that was boiling all over the place (…oops), and I’ve used milk that was 190 degrees, it’s okay it the temp is a bit off. You’re supposed to stir it the whole time so that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan, but I’ll be the first to admit that I usually just let it go and DON’T scrape the bottom to leave the stuck on stuff for later (like…..when I do the dishes) Really, either way, unless you actually burn the milk, you can do whatever you want. If stirring for 20 minutes makes you feel more productive, go for it!!! TIP: Leave your milk out on the counter for a couple of hours (GASP!) before making the cheese to allow it to come to room temp, it don’t take as long for the milk to heat up!

When the milk is all toasty warm, dump in the lemon juice and stir briefly to incorporate.

after lemon juice is added

after lemon juice is added

Let it sit for 10 minutes. Strain into a cheesecloth lined colander (one or 2 layers will work) or a fine mesh strainer over a big bowl (if you want to save the whey -it’s the liquid left over- and it’s great to use in baked goods!) or the sink. I usually pour a bit, stir to release the whey, pour some more, stir, and repeat until all of the cheese is in the strainer. Allow to sit for about another 10 minutes. Dump the whole mess (it’s messy) into a bowl and you’re ready to go! Oh, and one more tip here: wash your cheesecloth in COLD water in the sink (NOT with other clothes or towels). Trust me.

yay, cheese!

yay, cheese!

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Totoro sweatshirt upcycle

Totoro all zipped up!

Totoro all zipped up!

Smile Totoro!

Smile Totoro!

I made this adorable sweatshirt for my daughter for Christmas. We both love My Neighbor Totoro. Well, “obsessed with” is probably a better way to put it. Anyway, it was really easy to do, I just used printable iron on paper for the face, cut a slit in the front of the sweatshirt, and sewed a tiny smile pocket with a zipper onto the front cut. I think it turned out super cute and my daughter just LOVES it. I got the original inspiration from an instructable. I really want to make one like she did too!

Halloween DIY Picture mash-up

I’ve been a busy, busy garage hermit these days! Whenever my daughter needs something she knows she can find me in the garage. “You’re always in the garage doing Halloween stuff. You’re such a Halloween nerd, mom” she tells me while shaking her head in embarrassment. Whatever, I’m good with Halloween nerd! I’ve made a ton of these cute candles (I’ve already linked to the great tutorial, but here it is for you)

ready to be painted

ready to be painted

candles1

all painted

And here’s a bunch of painted bottles and a couple of other Halloween crafts I’ve been up to!

bottles and such

bottles and such

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creepy cloche, spider/skeleton topiary and skull/crow “statue”

bottles

bottles

And here’s a sneak peek at my tombstones project!

breakdown

breakdown

piles of half-made tombstones

piles of half-made tombstones

More tutorials and pictures coming. What was that you said? You want to see a super cheap, super cool, and super creepy grandfather clock? Okay! I’m still working on it but I’ll post it as soon as I’m done! Until then – BOO!

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Skull Candle Decoration

Hello, I mean Boo! Here’s another Halloween decoration for you. This time it’s a cool skull candle! Pintrest has really been my best friend this holiday season (the day after labor becomes “holiday season” for me, HA!) I’ve been finding SO many great ideas and recreating them.

skull candle

skull candle

Pretty neat, huh? This is another cheap dollar store creation that I found inspiration from online through Pintrest. Go check out the post here. All you need to create this wonderfully creepy candle is a dollar store plastic skull, a candle holder, an empty toilet paper tube, a battery operated tea light paint, and some hot glue!

ingredients

ingredients

First I cut the bottom jaw off of my skull for a creepier custom open mouth look. I hot glued it back on and painted the inside of the mouth black. You can see the hot glue seam here. See the strangely yellow hot glue? Well, all I can say is don’t leave your hot glue gun in the garage plugged in all night! Do what I say and not what I do!!!

re-figured skull

re-figured skull

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overnight hot glue

So then you glue the skull onto the candle holder (I got mine at the resale shop in town for free! Once a year they have a free day to clear out their inventory and I hit the jackpot!) with E6000.  I kept trying hot glue but it broke off like 6 times. Afterwards I “oldened” up my skull by lightly painting it with brown paint in sections and then just wiping the paint off. It took 3 seconds and really made a difference in the look of the skull!

Okay, now you have to make the candle. I glued mine on the skull first, but you don’t have to. Here is a GREAT tutorial on how to make these extremely cheap-yet-attractive candles for pennies! I love this site, go check it out, I know you’ll be inspired!

all glued up and nowhere to go.

all glued up and nowhere to go.

The tutorial I found for the skull candle tells us to paint the hot glue from the candle. Of course we would have to, it’s opaque and not very realistic. Unless you find colored hot glue sticks at the store, in which case you wouldn’t have to paint it! I found these mod podge-mold-glue stick things that are not actually hot glue but it worked for me because I didn’t need to glue anything together, just make the candle look cool. So no painting for me! White or glitter sticks were my only option so I went with white. You could totally glam this up with a bit of glitter, however! And if anyone knows where to get colored glue sticks, PLEASE let me know. Do they even make those? Hm.

not actually hot glue....weird

not actually hot glue….weird

So I guess that’s it! Put a little votive in the top and enjoy! Make one for yourself today (or next month if Sept. is too soon for Halloween for you……..party pooper).

finished skull candle. creepy!

finished skull candle. creepy!

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