Thursday, November 20, 2008

What are YOU doing today?

Well, for me, I'm headed to the gym here in a little bit. Oh god, do I hate it, but you know, ya gotta go move that ass, right??

Later I'll work on some arm warmers and a hat I cut out yesterday. I might add another color to the hat, so I can have a total of 3 colors that I will braid down the side of the earflaps.

I've never done a fern leaf before. I just did it free-style. Yeah!

The most dreaded part of today's activities will include washing out these batiks that have been sitting in dye overnight. I worked up about a dozen pieces yesterday, with a few more thrown in from the last batch I did. Those needed more waxing and a second (or third) dye job.
Yes, that is a drawer from my little plastic drawer unit. During times of dyeing, I am known to go around the house emptying plastic containers just so I can use the container. Getting the things back into said container after cleaning them out is a completely different story.

Reason I'm dreading it is because of the fucking chill in the air. We are STILL waiting for the Propane we paid for to get delivered. Might just have to call those suckers up and chew 'em out! After they get washed, the good part will come--the boiling. I mean, it's not much fun, but it will warm up the house, bring some humidity in, and then the beauty shall reveal itself!

Other items on the agenda:
  • shortening the sleeves on a jacket for my dad
  • make a pair of arm warmers from the fabric I dyed. (second try for a good purple color)
  • mop the floor to clean up the soda ash and dye I spilled last night
  • clean the FUCKING house
(not sure if I'll get to the last one ;)

I made African Peanut Soup for dinner last night. Making dinner was the last thing I wanted to do after standing up doing dyes for 2 hours. But it is a SUPER easy meal to prepare.

Start by cooking a cup of rice in the rice cooker. Meanwhile, saute up a teaspoon or two (or four!) of chopped garlic in a little bit of olive oil. Chopped onions can be added, too. Add one can of crushed tomatoes, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 2 TBS Balsamic Vinegar, 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more, or less to taste) and 3 cups of vegetable stock. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes. When the rice is done, add about 1/2 cup of cooked rice to the soup. Continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with a rice on top, garnishing with chopped peanuts and/or green onion. I didn't have either, so here it is. Sorry for the blurry pic--no tripod for this quick shot.

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Anonymous said...

I'm making a pair of maternity pants that will stay up (hopefully) and cutting out a coat that I can wear while pregnant but will still fit well when I don't look like a swollen tick.

greencocoon said...

hahah I'm glad I am not the only one who has to franticly look for boxes when dyeing... I've given up ever thinking I'll clean the bin and return them.... Soup looks great, I'll have to try that one!

Heather {naturally crafted mama} said...

Oooo I can't wait to see them finished! I spent the day digging through my herbal bins trying to figure out what I need to restock, then way too many hours on the computer spending way too much money on buying all the stuff i needed. Hopefully I'll still be motivated tonight so i can clean up the sewing room and get some fabric cut out for some sewing!

The Wind & Rain Creations said...

My boyfriend works at a natural food coop - if you ever need buckets, I'm your girl! I have tons of the big Soyboy ones and smaller miso buckets that are great for LWI and little pieces!

trina said...

Ooh, the soup sounds delicious! I'm working on dinner - black beans and rice.

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