Sunday, June 25, 2017

Bed Sheet Culottes

I had to alter my culottes pattern, so I wanted a fabric that I could use as a muslin to test my alterations. Culottes require quite a bit of fabric, so I bought a bed sheet from a thrift store (and thus had an ample amount of fabric to work with).

I didn’t run into any issues sewing this pattern; it was pretty simple. It uses buttons for closures, rather than a zipper. And it has pockets—which is awesome. The culottes took me a bit of time to finish them (as I slowed slowly here and there during the weekends). And overall, I’m satisfied with the results. I’d like to try this pattern again with a heavier fabric, and perhaps one of the different versions of it.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thrifted for $13.48

I got this black shin-length skirt for $6.99. It’s originally from Korea, and I liked the cut of it and the decorative stitching around the waist. However, I did not like the two buttons on the front, so I removed them.

I also got this teal top for $3.99. I’m a bit annoyed because I think it shrunk (even though I followed the washing directions). It feels tighter than it ought to—and had it felt this way in the store, I would not have bought it.

Finally, I got this black boat neck long sleeve shirt for $2.50. It’s not an exciting purchase, but a pragmatic one.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Things I Didn’t Buy 44

While I have a Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book, this one for juniors is pretty adorable.

This English in Action cover is awesome.

And I love the vintage look of this atlas.

This Wildlife Portfolio book cover is so cute.

And this bloopers cover is just amusing.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Things I Didn’t Buy 43

These two tins are awesome—I love the design and color of both.

I really liked this leather purse and thought about buying it (it was only $3). I liked the stitching design and the chain—it was just so cute. But I knew if I bought it I would probably never use it since I despise moving the items from one purse to another.

This blue glass was adorable—very 1960s.

This serving tray was pretty cute.

And I like these wooden crates.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thrifted for $4.99

I got a tin and bed sheet for $3.99. This Premium cracker tin is awesome.

I thought I could turn this bed sheet into a pair of culottes. It’s not a color or pattern I would normally wear, but it feels very summery.

And then I got a garlic press and two spice tins for $1.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Things I Didn’t Buy 42

This yarn art was interesting in a crafty way. I can appreciate the time and effort it took to create.

This vintage Valentine is adorable.

I thought the box for these pinking shears was nice.

I liked this Ball Good Luck jar rubber packaging.

And this owl makes me smile.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Things I Didn’t Buy 41

I found some adorable Japanese children’s books.

This is a cute old teaching clock toy. Front and back.

And a Care Bear from the 1980s.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Things I Didn’t Buy 40

I love this 1940s dress pattern.

I thought this 1940s dress pattern was interesting.

I liked this reprinted 1935 sewing pattern of a cute suit and cape.

This 1950s blouse pattern was nice.

I thought this 1970s skirt and vest outfit was really cute.

I liked this peplum top pattern that seem like it’s from the 1980s. In particular, I like C version with the large puffy sleeves.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Creamy Gochujang Pasta

I like to cook…mostly because I like to eat. But I’m a recipe follower, not a recipe creator. On the rare occasion I try to “whip something up,” I’m generally left dissatisfied by the results. However, this time I created something that I actually liked: Creamy Gochujang Pasta.

Some months ago I saw a pasta recipe online that used gochujang with milk and cheese (and a list of other ingredients), and while I didn’t make it, it did sound good to me. And the idea stayed in my brain…which brings me to yogurt.

While I can eat yogurt, I don’t particularly enjoy it—I’d rather just cook with it. I had bought a container of yogurt for a specific recipe, but had quite a bit left over and I didn’t know what to do with it. I recalled that cheesy gochujang pasta and thought I could just substitute the milk with yogurt to create a creamy sauce. So I did, and I liked it. It’s a quick recipe and takes about fifteen minutes to do.

1 serving

1 bacon strip
1 tbsp gochujang
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground garlic
2 tbsp water
¼ cup chopped kimchi
1 tbsp whole milk plain yogurt
1 serving angel hair pasta

— 1 —
In a nonstick frying pan, fry bacon. Once bacon is cooked, remove bacon from the pan and place on a paper towel to drain the excess grease. Keep the bacon grease in pan.

Once cool, break bacon into pieces.

— 2 —
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to directions. And drain pasta once cooked.

— 3 —
Add the water, gochujang, ground ginger, ground garlic and kimchi to the pan with the bacon grease. Over low heat, stir to combine.

— 4 —
Add the yogurt to the pan and stir to combine with the sauce. Add pasta to the pan and stir until coated with the sauce.

— 5 —
Place pasta on a plate and top with bacon pieces. Serve immediately.

Variation: Cheese
I also tried this replacing the bacon with cheese—mozzarella or cheddar works well. Cut a slice of cheese into 16 squares. In Step 5, once the sauce coats the pasta, add the cheese squares. Stir to combine as the cheese melts. Serve immediately.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Things I Didn’t Buy 39

While I thought this tea set was adorable and very retro, I didn’t need it…at all.

I considered buying this cigar box, because you know, I love boxes. But I remained strong and resisted.

This candy tin was nice.

I also liked this sea green box (that I think was meant for playing cards).

This glass jar was pretty cute.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thrifted for $6.63

I got this red wool jacket for $3.50. It looks like it’s the inner jacket that can zip into an outer jacket. It fit well and I like the collar and snaps down the front. I didn’t need another wool jacket—but it’s different than my other jackets in that it’s more casual...and I liked it because it’s red.

The next two items I got for $3.13; I probably shouldn’t have bought either of them. First is a gray and maroon wool sweater—it’s clearly a man’s sweater as it’s large on me. It also appears to be handmade (since I can see the yarn ends on the inside); it’s a well-made garment. I like the design and color choice of the sweater.

And I got a petticoat that I thought I could wear under skirts and dresses to make it more voluminous…and it does, but perhaps too much for me.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Things I Didn’t Buy 38

This Santa doll is sooooo creepy—it’s hilarious. Look at his eyes; he’s saying, “I know you’ve been naughty. NO TOYS FOR YOU!” And I didn’t realize it until later, but there's a clown photo bombing the picture.

I thought about getting this old Nancy Drew book from the 1950s. However, besides missing the cover on the spine, there was mold growing on it.

This was just an interesting electric power book cover.

This serving tray was cool—so 1960s.

I liked this serving tray was well.