This is the first month I’m trying a more organized “project log.” These are the notable things that I’ve produced in the past month, including crafts, visual arts, pieces of writing, new recipes, and more. I’m still defining exactly what I consider a “project,” especially in the writing category, but it is what it is for now. I’m sure I’ll make adjustments and improvements over time.
— CRAFTING & ARTS —
Stenciled photo transfers on canvas
I wanted to attempt some Mod Podge photo transfers on canvas after stumbling across a tutorial on Pinterest. I also wanted to play with my Silhouette Cameo. Put the two together, and this is what I made.
Fuzzy yarn was on super clearance at Michael’s. While not a Fuzziggle (someday I shall have one, I shall), it’s still pretty darn cute!
“Dover, NH” alphabet photos (in collaboration with my mama!)
My sister works at the Dover Chamber of Commerce and was in need of some office decor. So my mom and I spent a sunny Sunday going around town hunting for letters in iconic landmarks. The photos are hung on decorative clips on the wall (not pictured).
I needed an apron so I made one using this reversible pattern. The cute monster fabric was on sale at JoAnn Fabrics.
— WRITING —
- “Two Roads” — my take on Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”
- “The Beast in the Basement“
- “Limericks: South America Edition” — 4 South American country-based limericks
- “The Ghost in my Toaster” — modeled after Poe’s “The Raven”
- “To Be Better” (2 drafts; 849 words)
- “Rugutog” (1 draft; 2,690 words)
- 4,000 words of first draft novel, “Aether” (working title)
— NEW CULINARY —
From-scratch pizza dough
I’ve never made homemade dough before, with the yeast and the kneading and whatnot. And my first time was a success! I was amazed when it ended up tasting like real pizza dough! Blew my mind. It’s still blown. Making bread feels almost mystical. I used it to bake this hummus and grilled vegetable pizza!
Do you know how satisfying it is to bake a whole cake and then DESTROY it with your BARE HANDS?!? Well I do, thanks to my spur of the moment cake pop experiment. I can’t for the life of me find the recipe I used, but it involved mixing a baked cake with frosting, forming into balls, freezing, and then dipping in white chocolate. Some came out prettier than others, as I had some dipping issues, but all of them were tasty!
Drying fresh herbs (in collaboration with Justin)
Justin got an herb garden for his birthday. We harvested about half of the fresh greens, then bundled and strung ’em up by clothespins for drying. Thyme, parsley, oregano, and basil. Smells great and dried great!
Other new recipes (the ones I remember):
- Spanish chickpeas and rice – super yum
- Vegetable polenta casserole – yum
- Thai peanut chicken – ehh
- Chicken shawarma – yum
Some JULY project priorities & ideas:
- Pick up drawing again
- Photo transfers on wood plaques
- More bread making — try a full loaf, pita, or naan
- Take better quality photos of projects!