Last weekend we took a drive to Nuremburg to restock our pantry with some asian food. I bought lots of smelly things like bagoong (a filipino shrimp paste...smells horrid but tastes good with things like mango or rice), small anchovies for frying, bin bin crackers, seaweed...I also found noodles to make Pho.
Pho is a Vietnamese soup that is SOOOOOOOO good. It has a very delicate flavor. I found a recipe for a quick Pho and it really was just as good.
I also made a filipino dessert called Casava Bibinka which uses Casava (Yuka root) as the main ingredient. The topping is condensed milk (YUM). It's a chewy consistency, but really yummy.
Week 4's challenge was to make a mini with only red, white, and blue as the main colors. You also had to use certain words throughout. I based mine on Josh's graduation from boot camp and utilized an iPod holder for it.
Then our extra credit assignment was to use the mail from the day before, chipboard, tape, something from the pantry, needle and thread, paint and staples. nothing else. For the base, I used the outer envelope (the portion you throw away) from our netflix movie (Johnny Depp..i mean..Sweeney Todd on bluray...yum!) I then used a mesh bag that held garlic, attached it with embroidery thread. Chipboard letters were outlined using white paint and a needle (since a paintbrush wasn't on the list). The chipboard heart was painted white, then while the paint was a tad wet, i peeled some of the top layer away for distressing. The tape is by Prima. The yellow folded flower is made with those yellow "notify sender of address change.". The little heart is cut out of the inside of a bill...i liked the design. The words are cut out from my USAA insurance bill.
This week's challenge has turned out to be my favorite!!! The challenge was to creat a wall hanging utilizing jeans as your main medium. I altered the canvas. Have to give credit to Jenn Star though! I totally got inspiration from a canvas class she taught in Holland in June. She used the back of the canvas to make a shadowbox.
This is nearly all made out of jeans! The tree bark is dark denim. The "leaves" are made from an old white jean jacket, added the color with glimmer mist. Stuffed it for more dimension using the stuffing from one of my kid's old stuffed dog that was bound for the garbage. The bird is the inside of the dark denim, and the fawn and grass is the white jacket too. The bushes are made using the lining from the jean jacket and from a velvet vest my son had oh so long ago. I really enjoyed this challenge...mostly b/c my walls are bare and I needed a prompt to get some decorating done. ;)
I still can't decide where to hang it though.
Made another mini for the Fancy Pants design team call. Altered the iPod holder so it actually opens up like a book. The theme is "the Random ABC's of You and Me" which is random memories that Josh and I have had the 7 years we've been together.
I really like it. Each page has a mini photo...thinks like our favorite type of Sushi, where we met, our first date, etc.
I have other things, but I'm trying really hard to get published in magazines, so they're under wraps. Haven't heard anything yet :\ so I may be showing them soon.