Archive for January, 2010

* Cross stitch card

Posted on January 31st, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.

It’s been a loooooong time since I’ve done much cross stitch, even though it used to be my go-to craft (archive check:  not that long ago, I guess).  I needed a special card and fortuitously came across this half-completed design in my embroidery box.  It’s a Danish kit I got on a trip lo many years ago.  I still remember the charming shop: some basement in Aarhus, crammed with Danish flower thread and other lovely supplies, and tended by a nice old lady.  I still wish I’d bought one of every color of the flower thread since I really love the matte finish and soft hand.  I think I was a thrifty grad student at the time, so I’m forgiven. :P

Finished it up in just one evening of TV.  I’d forgotten how enjoyably mindless cross stitching is.



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* candied lemon peel

Posted on January 30th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Martha.

One of my postdocs made candied citrus peel to share with the lab, and it was so tasty I had to try a batch.  I used this recipe from Martha, except that it took a little longer than advertised for the meyer lemon peels to turn translucent.  I also kept them as “flakes” instead of slicing them into thinner strips.  We’re having them tonight with strawberry shortcakes!



* makeup bag

Posted on January 24th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

Forgot to post this present I made for my sister. She’s interviewing for internships and traveling a lot, so I made a little zip bag for makeup or whatever. It’s made out of a plastic bag I got at Ikea for 99 cents. The plastic was a little annoying to work with (you can see the crinkles from turning it), but at least it’s sturdy and spill-resistant. The pattern was made up as I went along, according to the size zipper I had and just eyeballing how much to square the bottom corners.


I still have more of the bag material left, so now I’m trying to think what to do with the rest of it.


* Hinky compost bin

Posted on January 23rd, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Home and Garden.

Yard work of the weekend: drilling holes in a garbage can for use as a compost bin. The giant bin of dead/decomposing stuff I cleaned out from our ornamental grasses will be the first material to feed to it.

btw, I’ve renamed the “home” post category to “home and garden” now that we’ve got a yard to take care of. It needs quite a bit of work, so hopefully that’ll feed the blog. My mom got me a neat garden journal/organizer for Christmas, where I’ve been keeping track of stuff, but I realized craftlog would be good for some of that too. :)


* A Collection a Day, 2010

Posted on January 16th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.

In line with my appreciation for assemblages, here’s a new collection blog.


Makes me want to photograph some of my collections.


* 2010 calendar post

Posted on January 13th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Art, Wants.

My awesome calendar collection for this year (2009 collection).  I waited until January to see if any of them would go on sale, so a few of them I don’t have in hand yet.

Amy Marcella (Etsy).  I like the lined design, for keeping track of birthdays.  One of my resolutions is to mark birthdays on time this year.


This one’s going in my office: Pawling print studio (Etsy)


Perpetual Pacific Northwest gardening calendar, krank press (Etsy)


Red Prairie Press, with Dzama-esque artwork by one of my new favorites, Rachel Bone


And I’m considering getting the Sewing Day-to-Day calendar for my craft room if I can find it on sale somewhere.  Man, I love calendars.

[All pictures taken from their respective creators.]


* mini musubi

Posted on January 10th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Random.

Too bad it’s past party season now, but I just unearthed this picture and had to post it.  These are bite-size spam musubi, 1/4 regular size.  We thought that we’d invented them, but, of course, a Google search proves otherwise.  We got the taste for these on a visit to Hawaii last summer, and now we make them at home every so often (get a mold if you can find one; it works so much better).  mmmmm, spammmmm.




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