It has become quite clear to me that I am in no way a DIY bride ….however, I love crafting, and would LOVE to be able to say I made some of my wedding items and favors. With that, I’ve been on a quest to find the cutest, most appropriate projects for my wedding to work on during my evenings at home. When I saw these matchbox covers on Style Me Pretty who had written about the idea from PaperMade, I knew I wanted to try.
The original intention was to have a sparkler send off, and these matches would help light the sparklers, and in turn be a favor for the guests. I asked our venue if this was a possibility…and apparently its a fire hazard. HA! Guess I won’t be doing a sparkler send off, but does that mean its weird to hand out matches? Maybe….but I’m doing it anyway.
A professional paper cutter I am not. I started this last night, and wasted so much paper, just trying to get the right size. I figure that there has got to be a better way…(I’m pretty sure that Style Me Pretty explains how to do it), but in true form, I just went scissor happy and eventually got desired results.
I bought a bunch of strike anywhere penny matches from eBay. There are other tutorials out there that actually deal with matchbooks but I like the boxes better. I picked up the desired paper colors, and last night got to work. The tutorial offers up a template if you are planning on printing your design, but I bought a rubber stamp and just used it instead. ML2010. Thats a Mick/Lauren 2010 logo now. The stamp I got should have been a little bigger, but I like the way it turned out, so no real complaints.
kraft paper (or any color or decorative paper you plan to use)
computer/printer (if you plan to print out your design)
glue stick (or tacky glue)
For me… I need to invest in a ruler, but I just used a straight edge from a book.
I’d suggest looking at their tutorial for detailed instructions, but its pretty simple. Pull the matchbox cover off and apart so its flat. Cover the sides with the desired paper, glue it back together, secure with bobby pins and wait for it to dry before putting the matches back in.
Alright…so I mentioned last week that I wanted to make homemade ricotta. There are a ton of recipes out there, all easy, but I chose the simple one that uses ONLY whole milk, salt and lemon. I went to Whole Foods and bought the cheesecloth necessary, and came home to get to work.
I got my milk simmering, put the lemon juice in it so it would start curdling…and then realized I DONT HAVE A SLOTTED SPOON! (It felt like a “taste the soup” moment from Coming to America)
How am I supposed to get the curds off the top of the milk if I dont have a slotted spoon? I tried using a spatula, I tried using a fork. Nothing. So, I’d say I got 6 curds total, sitting in my cheesecloth, and have a pot of what is now warm milk.
This is why I guess its good I’m getting married in 5 months. Slotted spoon on the registry..Check.
I want to do this…Its all I can think about. I don’t know why…maybe I want to make a nice blintze? Maybe I want it in my pasta? I don’t know…all I know is the second I saw that you could do this…I wanted to. I think I’m going to get the stuff later and try…seems easy enough! I’ll let you know how it turns out!
This recipe came from BonAppetit.com. Here, New York chef Andrew Carmellini shares his method for crafting it, as well as his signature dishes that showcase ricotta at its creamy, comforting best (whether you use fresh homemade or fresh store-bought). With three ingredients, 15 minutes, and no fancy equipment, I’m a cheese maker.
How to Make Fresh Ricotta
Makes 1 1/2 cups
8 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Line a medium colander with four layers of cheesecloth. Set the cheesecloth-lined colander in the sink.
- Bring the whole milk and salt to a simmer in a large, heavy-duty saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Stir in the fresh lemon juice. Simmer the milk mixture gently until curds form, usually one to two minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon or mesh skimmer, transfer the curds to the prepared colander. Let them drain for only a minute.
- Transfer the ricotta to a medium bowl. It can be served right away, or covered and chilled up to two days.
Hey all, Mick here.
In reference to Lauren’s post about the coffee table we re-did., I’m here to illustrate, and completely sell anyone out there WHY we (mainly I) need garage space.
And in this second installment of “Mick Rants On and On Bloggingly”, im going to take a stand. A stand as a man, and tell you all why i, (as a man) needs a garage.
1. Upgrading my Misery – Seriously. Look at that pic of me sanding the table. Well, you cant see my face, because of the way I’m bent over, and the SARS mask over my grit teeth, but I’m ready to kill someone. Here i am bending over like some Jerk du Soleil just trying to sand a table. I’m doing this in a three foot wide brick corridor to my apartment. “Look at me! Im sanding something!” Goddamn it. I was miserable. I need a place to do this shit. I need ROOM.
2. My Beer - So Again, three foot wide corridor, im outside sanding this shit. Everything is within a close reach. My sander, my wipey rag to rid the saw dust, and my beer. My beer, happens to be too close. Cuz guess what, one plug of said beer, and i feel like I’m drinking a lumberjack’s beard. Had i had a goddamn garage, it would be across the way, out of sawdust range, waiting patiently to be slurped on, pulp-free.
3. Man Cave – Ahhh yes….those words some women dread to hear. “Ill never see him! Hes going to spend all his time in there! Why cant he hang out in the family room?” Because. Were animals. We have these blueprints. Look, let me clear something up. I want my own space where i can do the irritating shit in peace without having to worry about irritating shit. Does that make sense? I like to make random noises. Ask co-workers. Ask neighbors, ask Lauren. Shes used to it, but in my garage i can do this on my own. I can also count farts, pretend im a goat, chase flies with squirt guns and well, act like a jackass to my heart’s content.
4. Cars - Im not even going to go off on this one, because THIS is a reason i want my own garage. I want to build my own car. From scratch, ground up, the exact way my grandfather Bomp would want me. (He loved cars, so ill assume hed love me building them.) So yeah, assume this is a biggie for me.
5. Distillery - Yeah i said it. I want to distill my own bourbon. It isnt some crazy man’s man idea. Its mainly because i love bourbon, and i am sick and tired of making some Kentuckian rich and fat by paying them for it. If i make my own, win win win. (That is, rich, fat and drunk.) Plus, ill have a real reason for a crazy Beard and Hank Williams the III blaring from the garage. Pro - I get my own bourbon. Cons - The garage and all it contains explodes. Yeah, Mick…good luck selling this one.
6. Biggest Reason – It will give Lauren and i an opportunity to work on these awesome badass projects together, Furniture reupholstery? Never done it. But screw it…lets TRY. We got the room. We have this nice armoire were using as a bar (The Barmoire). Lets refinish that and add some new fixtures? Sure….saturday. Done. Hey, you wanna make a friggin jar of pickles? Ill one up you, Lauren. Lets make 30 of them. Why? We have these old bourbon barrels I’m not using anymore from when i almost set the street on fire. Lets use these and fill them all….cuz why? We have the ROOOOM.
So you see….garages are a necessity for everything i illustrated. There are also reasons i am keeping locked away because they are MINE. Any guys reading this will understand.
You ladies dont need to worry about it, because it usually ends with us guys saying “Hey, come look at what i did for you…..”
I have been itching for a DIY project. I read Bright Yellow World, and I see how Abby is fixing up her living space, and I read other blogs of people I DONT know (like Design Sponge), and I want to do something myself. My apartment doesn’t have a patio or a back yard, so alot of painting projects are off limits. I have every intention of someday fixing up my file cabinet, but the amount of spray paint it would take would likely kill me in enclosed spaces. So I wait.
But in the mean time I realized I could paint my coffee table. I bought it a bit ago because we needed a coffee table, and it was $50 on Craigslist. It wasn’t necessarily my style, but its sturdy, and it did the trick. It fit in with my “comfortable” furniture quality, and looked lived in. The whole thing is pretty solid wood, and its painted green on the bottom. I’m going to just make it black. More my style, fits in with some of our other furniture, and hopefully, because its not particle board, it should hold the paint. Still might be tricky, with the small apartment and pets, but I think we can pull it off.
Its been a while since I’ve painted furniture, and wanted it to last, so I was very thankful when I read Little Green Notebook’s blog, and the difference between latex and oil paint was laid out for me. I haven’t decided which one to go with, but its nice to know the pros and cons. What are your experiences with the different types of paint? It’s a coffee table, so its obviously used a lot. I mean…I’m typing this very blog entry with my laptop on top of it, and don’t forget the kitten traffic. I’ll keep you updated as we progress. Gotta go buy the paint now. Decisions, decisions….
Here’s a very basic outline of their experience with both types of paint:
LATEX (water-based) PAINT
Easy clean up with water
Cheap and very accessible (lots of colors)
Dries to the touch fast
Requires several coats usually to get even coverage, usually need primer
Can peel easily – especially if lower quality
Can take weeks to fully harden/cure
GORGEOUS – amazing gloss and depth
Covers stains remarkably well, without primer
A pain to wash up after – as in, you need chemicals
Requires a steady hand and smooth application
Takes 12-24 hours (or more) to dry