12
Sep

I Love Sock Knitting

Written by Sarah. Posted in DIY, knits, socks, style

I’m not going to lie. I stopped posting because I started making socks. And I haven’t stopped.
I always swore that I’d never make socks. Mainly I didn’t like the idea of them eventually getting holes in them. All that work for nothing! Also, I hate entrelac and silly lace socks. I really like plain old socks with cool colors. Maybe even chunky socks. Oh, and I don’t like pictures of feet. Mostly pictures of my feet.
(a picture of a foot)
Anyway, I made socks. And everyone is right. Socks are amazing. This is my first pair. I adapted this cable sock pattern to make a pair for Jon. I took the cables out of them for something a little bit more modern-business. I got a gorgeous skein of Madeline Tosh Pashmina in Mare. I definitely can’t stay away from MadTosh. It’s my favorite yarn and I won’t knit anything else!
I’m really happy with my first pair. They knit up really quickly and, once again, everyone’s right, they really are great for commuter knitting. And since then, I’ve made two more pairs for myself.
Sock knitting, love it or hate it?

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27
Jul

We All Scream

Written by Sarah. Posted in baking, cooking, DIY, recipe, summer

Hey there! Hope you all beat the heat! Now that it’s cooled down a bit, I can get back to blogging. In case there’s another freakishly hellish heatwave, here’s a delicious Green Tea ice cream recipe to chill us out.

I’m so excited that we now have an ice cream maker! We’ve always wanted the Kitchen Aid attachment. I think it’s one of the main reasons we bought the mixer in the first place. There is probably no feeling greater than digging into a pint of your own homemade ice cream!

Green Tea Ice Cream
adapted fromĀ Alton Brown’s vanilla ice cream recipe from “Churn Baby Churn 2”
3 cups half-and-half
1 cup heavy cream
8 large egg yolks
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons matcha powder

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine half-and-half and heavy cream. Stir occassionally, bring to a simmer, and then remove from heat. Wisk egg yolks in another bowl until light in color. Gradually wisk sugar into the eggs. A little at a time, add small amounts of the cream to the eggs until a third of the cream is added. Then combine the rest of the cream. Return to the saucepan over low heat and stir. The mixture will thicken and coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and pour into a container to cool for thirty minutes before adding vanilla and matcha powder. Refrigerate this for 8 hours. Pour mixture into ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Then freeze overnight for desired texture.

It is not a short process but it is well worth your patience!

AB’s recipe is based on a rich, gourmet-style ice cream. The kind you find in those tiny $5 pints at the bodega across the street. Way more delicious than those bargain ice creams you can actually afford to enjoy.

And, if I may just take a moment to brag, I was lucky enough to meet Alton Brown at a surprise book signing a few weeks ago. I had him sign this Polaroid of us. He wanted to know where I got film these days! šŸ™‚

Have you ever made ice cream? What’s your favorite flavor?

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31
May

Uncork!

Written by Sarah. Posted in DIY, holiday, party

Hello, World! I hope you had an amazing holiday weekend (if, of course, this weekend was a holiday for you). I had a wonderful stay-cation which included well-deserved massages, long-overdue manicures, and lots of grilling and wine! I hope you all saved your corks from all of the partying you did because I have some fun wine-centric projects!

A few weeks ago, at brunch, I snapped a quick photo of this cute cork table. The table is a frame lined with wine corks and topped with a piece of glass. Pretty simple idea but super cute result!

It got me thinking and here are some other wine-spired projects.

First is this bath mat. Very fun! There is a great tutorial for making your own atĀ CraftyNest.

Next up, this cool cork ornament posted at Green Wedding Shoes.

And lastly, this handy trivet from Whole Living. Very easy to make!

I’m excited to start crafting these corks! But the first step is collecting them so bottoms up!

What cork designs have you seen? I’d love to hear some more!

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23
May

Be a Part of Making Art!

Written by Sarah. Posted in blog spotlight, DIY, new york city

Good morning, lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I feel like I got a lot accomplished and I’m ready to take Monday by the horns. We’ll see who’s laughing on Memorial day, Monday!

Today I’d like to share a cool project my friend Andrew Escoto is working on. I posted his work a few months ago but recently he’s been working on all kinds of new collections and he could use your help.

Andrew is putting together a collection of works called “The Romantics”. It looks like it’s shaping up to be totally awesome. Here is his statement on the project:

The Romantics are emotionally identifiable representations of relationships thatĀ are caught in ā€˜the mixed emotions periodā€™.Ā The physical, sexual aspect of relationships are just minute momentsĀ during countless hours of mixed emotions.Masked with their own insecurities, TheĀ Romantics portray those feelings of loneliness and self doubt.

 

The artwork is based on real relationships. And right now, Andrew is collecting stories to create artwork around. He is using all different mediums (most recently photography and video) to represent the friction in our relationships. I can’t wait to see more of his work.

He’d love to hear your stories so he can keep the project going. Feel free to email him at hello (at) andrewescoto (dot) com to tell him about an argument or fight you had with a loved one. Maybe you will see some of his work that’s oddly familiar!

And, as always, don’t forget to follow him on twitter and check his site to see how the project is coming along!

08
Feb

Super Simple Screenprinting

Written by Sarah. Posted in DIY

Jon was cruising LifeHacker this weekend. It’s such a fantastic, tech-savy DIY blog. It’s like crafting for nerdy boys. I’m a fan. I made him watch this instructional video. If I ever have a kid, I think she’ll be bubbly, clever, and creative like Mini-Maker Sylvia. She reminds me of the title character of B’s film Dot, which is now making the festival rounds.

Featured on Make’s online magazine, Sylvia shares how to screen print using budget-friendly tools. It’s so easy a kid can do it.

I haven’t tried this DIY yet but it looks like so much fun. As a big stencil-er in high school, I’ve always aspired to screen printing. Once things die down with work and redecorating (update about that coming soon), I will attempt this project. Until then, you’ll just have to enjoy the adorable video.

I’d love to see some other home-grown screen prints. Anybody have one?

photo by ATOZ

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