If you are on Facebook, I’m sure you’ve noticed all the new crafty like things I have been up to. I don’t really know what has inspired me to do all this, but I’ve taken on some new things. I’m finding it fun and satisfying when I accomplish something new.
For Christmas I received an ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchen Aide mixer. It has been fun! The first time I tried did not go well. However, it was a bad recipe and not so much that I didn’t do it right. I learned my lesson and used one of the Kitchen Aide recipes (instead of something random off the internet) the next time. I successfully made cookies and cream ice cream. Homemade! It was a little more work then I expected, but not bad. You should have seen my face when I tasted it and yelled out “it tastes like real ice cream!” Hahaha. I was pretty proud of myself. I have also made a blueberry sorbet. If the next time you see us we have gained 50 lbs, you’ll know why. ;)
Making the ice cream
I also used my Christmas money to purchase a sewing machine. I have been thinking about doing this for over a year now. I’ve used a sewing machine once or twice before, but nothing extensive. This came about because I would like to be able to hem my own pants. Much more convenient (and cheaper!!) then taking them to the tailor every time. So, I shopped around and did some research and purchased myself a Brother CS-6000i. It’s a computerized machine and pretty simple to use. I also bought a book called the Sew Everything Workshop that has been very helpful. The first half is all about using your machine, fabric, cutting, and the basics. Then there are about 20 beginner projects that I could actually use. The first thing I decided to try were pillows. They did not come out perfect of course, but I’m pretty happy for it being my first real sewing project. I think next I’m going to make a wrap skit that is in the book.
My new machine
The first project, a pillow. (Still needs to be stuffed)
On top of the ice cream and the pillows, I finally completed my first afghan. Yep, a little over a year after learning my first crochet stitch, I made an afghan. Thanksgiving 2009 Grandma taught me a few basics when she came out to visit (along with the cannoli cream recipe!). Since then I have done a few small projects, like hats, scarfs, potholders, dishrags, and fingerless gloves. All have been very basic. I found a very simple afghan project and with the help of YouTube videos, taught myself another stitch. It got a little tedious and made me appreciate all the work that Grandma has put in the many afghans she has made for the family. I learned that I won’t do this one again. I didn’t like having to sew the strips together at the end. I’d rather make a continuous pattern. This was also the first time I learned to change colors too.
The finished product. (Before tucking in the tails)
So, don’t’ be surprised if you get a few homemade items from me next Christmas! :)