Experimental Cooking: Popcorn Nachos

DIY, Food & Drink

Due to various dietary restrictions (some old, some new), we’re trying out different versions of old favorites and recipes completely new to us. This means food experiments! Here’s Husband’s latest: popcorn nachos.

Experimental Cooking Popcorn Nachos

It works surprisingly well, even if the result is a bit crumbly. As long as you’re using a fork, it’s fine.

You don’t need a recipe as such, but here’s the how-to:

  • Pop a batch of corn and pick out the unpopped kernels. Spread in the bottom of a baking dish.
  • Top with a light layer of salsa, chopped peppers, olives, mozzarella, etc. – whatever you’d put on regular nachos.
  • Bake in the oven at 350 Fahrenheit / 175 Celcius until the cheese melts.

Did you try it? What did you think?

Colorful, Geometric Paper Jewellery

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers, DIY

This amazing geometric paper jewellery pings the same receptors in my brain as the geometric quilting patterns I found earlier.

The House That Lars Built Paper Earrings Necklace

The House That Lars Built; photo by Jane Merritt.

They come from a set (tiara, earrings and necklace) inspired by the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of Britain.

How inventive – kudos! Visit The House That Lars Built for the tutorial.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

DIY Padded Book Sleeves for Traveling

Arts & Crafts, Books & Mags, DIY

Nicole Collins at The Yummy Muffin made these book sleeves for traveling:

The Yummy Muffin Nicole Collins Book Sleeves

Nicole Collins at The Yummy Muffin.

Nicole used ¼ inch (6 mm) thick flex foam for padding and lined the sleeves for good measure.

What a great idea – your books are padded but easily accessible. And the size, shape, opening (with or without closure) and materials are infinitely customizable.

Visit Nicole’s how-to for more!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Wall Art: All We Have to Decide Is What to Do with the Time That Is Given to Us

Arts & Crafts, Books & Mags, DIY

Kristine at The Painted Hive made large-scale book quote printables available for free. Among the five options there’s one of genre interest, too:

The Painted Hive Kristine Tolkien All We Have to Do

Kristine at The Painted Hive (selection).

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Thank you for sharing these fantastic wall art pieces, Kristine!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Quick Tip: Bobbin Case Cleanup with a Makeup Brush

Arts & Crafts, Behind the Scenes, DIY

For a quick and dirty (pardon the pun!) bobbin case cleanup, I use a small makeup brush. A narrow-tip brush fits well into the crevices of the bobbin case as well as the sides and the back of the bobbin area. A wide-tip one (like for spreading blush) works really well for dusting the bobbin door.

Sewing Machine Bobbin Case Cleanup

I bought an inexpensive set of brushes specifically for the purpose. (The brushes should be good enough quality to not lose bristles inside the machine, though.)

This quick cleanup isn’t good enough to replace a thorough cleaning, of course, but it seems to tide my machine over quite well. Besides, it’s so fast and easy that I’m more likely to do it often. 🙂

Do you have any favorite tips for sewing machine care? Do share!

Online Finds: Free Printable Harry Potter Valentine’s Day Card

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, DIY, Geek out!

This printable Harry Potter Valentine’s Day card project by Nicole at Tikkido is clever – and it’s even possible to make the larger size with an optical fiber wand that lights up.

TIKKIDO-harrypottervalentines-6

Nicole at Tikkido.

“You are the ‘lumos’ in my life.” Very apt for Harry Potter fans!

Visit the post by Nicole at Tikkido for more.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Latest Sewing Project: Heart Patch

Arts & Crafts, DIY

My latest personal sewing project involves repair. Apparently I have a habit of crossing my legs at exactly the same spot and wearing out the fabric. Since this pair of knit pants is for home use, I didn’t shy away from patching it with a heart cut from an old, ratty t-shirt.

Heart Patch Collage

Repairing is not as exciting as, say, making something useful and beautiful from scratch. However, I’ve truly come to appreciate being able to extend the life of an otherwise perfectly serviceable article with a minor adjustment or addition.

Heart Patch Done

This isn’t the first pair of pants I’ve mended, and I suspect it won’t be the last. 🙂

Online Finds: Gilded Insect Cookies for Halloween

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Food & Drink, Stunt Double

We do Halloween in a very minimal way in our house. I do, however, love seeing what creative decorations and tips other people have shared. This year, Claire’s gilded cookies top it all:

The Simple Sweet Life Claire Gilded Insect Cookies

Claire at The Simple Sweet Life.

How elegant! And such detail – wow. Learn more from the tutorial by Claire at The Simple Sweet Life.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Multicolor Coordinating Bag Tassel

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Fabrics & Materials

Do you ever make tassels? Back when I was playing with book bag prototypes, just on a whim I made a tassel for one of them:

Fuchsia Book Bag w Tassel Closeup

It’s attached to the top of the side seam, so it’s not really a bag charm.

Fuchsia Book Bag w Tassel

 

I made it with yarns that match the fabric colors, with fuchsia on the outside and pale yellow and two different greens on the inside.

I still like how the other shades peek through the hot pink. I’m just not sure how practical it is. Thoughts?