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Fabric Origami Fan Necklaces

A couple months ago, I read this post by Jessica Jones at How About Orange, one of my very favorite DIY/craft blogs. She does a lot of simple, beautiful origami projects, and introduced me to one of my favorite products, fabric stiffener. (She uses Stiffen Stuff in that post, but I strongly prefer Aleen’s Stiffen Quik.)

From her post, I created this fabric necklace (and many, many more).

Yay!

 

She mentions at the end of that this paper project could be tried with stiffened fabric, which I started thinking as soon as I saw that first picture. So here’s my take on her lovely project. The fabric used here is one that Jessica designed, Skiff in Dusk (that link is where I got it). It’s home decor weight, which means it’s as sturdy as a canvas. I’ve also made these with quilter’s weight cotton and t-shirt jersey. Continue reading

Chalk It Up, Part Two: Hoarders

It’s a special, lovely, rare day when what you think to yourself, “Wow, I’m really glad I obsessively saved this certain type of garbage.” It hasn’t happened with the plastic yogurt cups yet (shout out to my late Grandma Lois), but much to Jeff’s surprise and relief, we have found a purpose for my growing pile of clean, de-labeled glass jars.

When I ordered the tins for the spice rack, I couldn’t help pick up a few glass swing-top jars for our most commonly-used grains. Ideally, I’d love to re-do the entire pantry in glass jars, but the shopping cart got expensive quickly. So I started to re-purpose. Continue reading

Chalk It Up, Part One: Ooh, Spicy

Today’s post is a lesson in Learning From My Mistakes. If you like drinking games, grab a beverage and drink every time I say, “In retrospect…” Maybe go ahead and get two beverages.

Cabinet space is very limited in our cozy kitchen; our spices were housed in a tiny above-the-stove cabinet that is completely impossible to navigate, even for tall folks like us. It’s a miracle we never got hit in the forehead with a rogue jar of cumin.

Apologies for the terrible photos. Big surprise, the lighting in the tiny kitchen is awful.

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Nerd Love

Normally, we are not huge on Valentine’s Day or cheesiness or big red hearts in general, but we wanted to share few things that we really love, and then how they are so important to our life together, because it’s our blog and we can, so there.

Distance. Science. Spaaaaaaace!

The first part of the “Space” episode of RadioLab, in which Carl Sagan’s widow describes the moment they fell in love. The whole episode is worth listening to, but this story starts at 3:18.  I’m a total ball of mush.

Again, with RadioLab. The beginning of the “Desperately Seeking Symmetry” episode is one of the most lovely things I’ve ever heard, and I listened to this during one of my many hour-long drives to see Jeff  during the first few months of our relationship. This is a mythology from old Greece, and is similar to a Greek proverb that resonates with me, “The pot rolls around until it finds its lid.” Continue reading

Dragon o’Clock

I wish we could say we timed this project to correlate with Chinese New Year, the year of the Dragon. But we did not. The truth is, we’ve been on a marathon session of How I Met Your Mother, which, despite its laugh track, is actually a really good show! And on the show, they’ve decorated their way-too-big-to-be-for-real New York City apartments with all kinds of vintage games, like pinball machine displays and Chinese checker boards.

I have been marginally obsessed with clocks lately, so it seemed natural that we’d make a clock out of a Chinese checkerboard.  Continue reading

Freaky Produce: Sunchokes

Every week, we get a a box of gorgeous, fresh produce from Papa Spud’s*. It’s like having the farmer’s market delivered to our door by a guy wearing a tie-dyed tee-shirt. We love PS’s because, unlike some other produce deliveries, we can choose exactly what’s in our box each week, and because we definitely get our money’s worth. Seriously, we are overwhelmed with vegetables at times. (How many ways ARE there to cook turnips, and does anybody need a carload of serrano peppers?)

Sometimes, when we’re kale-and-rutabaga-ed out, we pick out something we’ve never tried before. Here’s our review of the ugly darling of the root vegetables, the sunchokeContinue reading

Holy crap. We made bacon.

One of my favorite things, and there are many, about my dear friend Carolina Gypsy are the Intimidating Food Parties she throws. The rules are deceivingly simple; stick to the theme, and make a dish that is intimidating to you. This could be making toast, mastering a family recipe, or deboning a duck, depending on your experience level and degree to which you want to stress yourself out. This past party’s theme was “Bacon and/or Beer,” and seeing as how we won the last party’s Most Intimidating award (with mole, for the “Latin” Foods theme), we were not to be outdone.

We took this challenge very seriously. Bacon or beer? We chose bacon. Just bacon. From scratch.

Thanks, Carolina Gypsy, for providing this picture, as we were too ravenous (and late to your party) to remember to take one ourselves.

It should also be pointed out that I’m a *cough* “vegetarian.” Most of the time.  I don’t eat it as an everyday rule, but I don’t deprive myself of wonderful food experiences.

SO! Here’s how we made bacon in 8 days and without a smoker or a grill.   Continue reading

I feel melty.

EDIT 11/5/2012: We are no longer selling custom crayon pieces in our Etsy shop. We are now focusing on a new jewelry project, so please check that out and we hope you enjoy the tutorial below!

Edit: We are now selling custom crayon pieces in our Etsy shop! If you have questions about commissioning your own artwork, please see the shop or email us at lightandspoon@gmail.com.

Here’s our contribution to the melted crayon craze on Pinterest. My original inspiration was this one, though original source is apparently unknown, because I found it on Pinterest. Grumble. *Edit! Thank you to commenter SoKnitpicky, I have now seen the original “crayons through a glue gun” pin. Not much more to it than the picture, but she answers a lot of questions in the comments about how to make the crayons work in the gun.

Anyway! We wanted to put a little more of ourselves into it, literally. We started by taking a silhouette photo of ourselves, which Jeff traced on the lightbox and transferred to the canvas with pencil and tracing paper. (We were both smiling in the picture, which means we sort of don’t have lips in the silhouette. But I like it that way.) Continue reading

Sparklin’

I made my own dishwashing detergent! Following this tutorial from a blog that sadly no longer updates (and which I discovered on Pinterest, of course), I spent a few dollars and five minutes to whip up I-don’t-know-how-many loads worth of detergent. How many? I don’t know, I’m bad at math. Hold on. 

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Pantry

When we moved two houses into one small apartment, we knew we’d be limited on space. We knew we’d be tripping over extra furniture and Craigslisting a lot. I almost wish I could say we combined two full kitchens into one, but that’s a joke. My contribution basically consisted of a mixer, two pots, five beer glasses, and a half-stale package of grits.

Even so, we very quickly ran out of room to store all of Jeff’s culinary equipment. Small appliances like the rice cooker, electric griddle, and a waffle maker (this was actually my birthday present, and I freakin’ love it), filled up the cabinets immediately, leaving the pots and pans out in the cold. Spices alone fill the over-the-stove cabinet. This man came with a real pantry, full of things like vegetable stock, pomegranate molasses, and 12 types of grains, and we had nowhere to put it all.

So we got creative with our “pantry,” AKA the water-heater room off the kitchen. A cheap shelving unit and a pegboard (and one delightful trip to the Container Store) later, our pots and pans are now just behind the door. The lid rack isn’t exactly meant for pegboards, so we need some zip ties to make sure it stays put.

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