A Canadian Wintery Roadside

Canadian Highway
Canadian Highway

Check out how dirty my easel is getting!

This was one of my first canvases that I made from scratch; by cutting knotty pine to size and using wood glue and staples to secure the rectangular shape. I don’t think i had discovered gesso yet, so I made a mixture of white acrylic paint, Elmer’s glue, and wood glue to prime the cotton material for painting.

As a sewing aficionado, I have a rather large collection of fabric that I keep in my studio. It has resulted in a great segway into stretched canvas creation for my paintings. (You can bet your pants that I will explain more about that in a future post)

-s

Bubble Universe- Exposed!

Into the Bubble-verse
“Into the Bubble-verse” by Konu (2015)

This is an experimental design of acrylic on canvas that I completed a few weeks ago. I call it: “Into the Bubble-verse”. My idea was to illustrate a universe of blue bubbles; however, without knowing that they are bubbles, an observer could draw other observations. I’m actually inspired to paint another similar piece that connects more abstractly to the idea of a bubble universe. (*giggles* I hope you can tell how much I enjoy this new hobby).

Alas I have gifted this piece to my dear brother for his birthday, after he mentioned how much he liked it.

’till next time!

-s

Red pepper quiche with cornmeal crust

One evening, I was tinkering around my kitchen when I had a serious craving for a delicious homemade quiche. I began to fret about the amount of fat, flour and time I would need to make a savory and worthwhile crust, when an idea came to me.

I am sure that I have seen this recipe elsewhere, but the memory of it presented itself to me at the best possible moment…

Instead of using a crust, I thoroughly greased the glass baking dish with vegetable shortening (you can use butter if you so please). I can’t stress enough how important it is to have the dish well greased, as this is what enables the quiche to “pop” out after it has been cooked, and not stick to the dish (also be sure to grease the sides). After greasing the dish, I sprinkled a thick helping of cornmeal to coat the bottom and sides of the greased dish. Ensure that every corner and crevice is generously coated with the cornmeal. You can buy cornmeal at most stores- although depending on your area you may find it under Caribbean or Portuguese sections of your grocery store. It is a great substitute/ addition to flour as it is much coarser and less processed.

It’s a quiche (with all of the normal ingredients) including: 5 eggs, milk, veggies, cheese- blended together lightly. In this particular example the fifth egg was unbeaten- you can sort of see the yolk sticking out in the middle of the photo.

When it cooled- the quiche “popped” out quite easily, and all of the cornmeal stuck to the sides and edges. Below is a quiche-selfie…although I use the term selfie loosely as crustless-quiches do not have arms with which to take photos of themselves.

Enjoy!

-S

Delicious fritata (or crustless quiche)
Delicious fritata (or crustless quiche)

*UPDATE**

I also decided to include an image of what the glass dish should look like after coating the entire surface with butter (or shortening) and a healthy dusting of corn meal. (see below):

Dish greased with butter and dusted with corn meal
Dish greased with butter and dusted with corn meal

Little Apron for a little girl

Kid's animal apron
Kid’s animal apron- a view from my studio

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As you can see in the photos above, I’ve free-handed a very cute child size apron for a girl- size 4. Instead of a regular hemline, I decided to add a frill made from the same material as the bodice.

The neck ties are also made from the same material- I did this by making a simple bias tape that I stitched together over top of raw edges. The result is a very finished look- and a garment that will last for years to come. 

Bam! Sexy aprons on model chicks!

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Gladiatrix apron- modeled by Kamilla

Both designs are available in my LillyBoChic store on Etsy!

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Model- Kamilla Koral ECE
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Throwback to an early LBC apron modeled by yours truly

My dear friend helped me model a few of my apron designs- and honestly, the product shows so much better on a real person, as opposed to a mannequin. I will definitely continue to use models, and I will try to actively recruit friends and family for this.

What a sexy and cute thing you have there!

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Model- Kamila Koral ECE.- Design available in my LillyBoChic Store on  Etsy
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Model- Kamilla Koral ECE

This was a freehand design from a while ago. Really original and totes hot look!

I really let my imagination run with this one, (No sketches, or pre-determination of how the apron would turn out). I dare anyone to find something exactly like this!

I started with the concept of a drawstring waisted apron that would feature a deep front pocket and incorporated frills. The best part about this design is that the waist is slotted into the bodice of the apron. This pretty much guarantees that the waist ties will never come detached–ever! The full execution of this design took me about 6 hours, and it is a lovely addition to the LillyBoChic collection.

Do it yourself: turn a men’s dress shirt into a cute blouse

 

 

Press entire shirt flat at seams with iron on high- always consider the type of material when using an iron. Never burn your threads!
Press entire shirt flat at seams with iron on high- always consider the type of material when using an iron. Never burn your threads!

 

Cut sleeves off evenly- avoid any "jagged" cuts.
Cut sleeves off evenly- avoid any “jagged” cuts.

 

 

Turn the shirt inside out and mark curves to give a more feminine fit to the shirt.
Turn the shirt inside out and mark curves to give a more feminine fit to the shirt.

 

Take both sleeves that were separated from the shirt body; and cut down the arm seam.
Take both sleeves that were separated from the shirt body; and cut down the arm seam.

 

 

Lay the cut open sleeve flat on your ironing board- press with your hot iron
Lay the cut open sleeve flat on your ironing board- press with your hot iron

Yes- this quadrilateral is supposed to illustrate a sleeve cut open and pressed/ironed flat. In the next step it will be clear why we did this…

 

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Cut strips of fabric that are two inches wide using a ruler to get uniform cuts. Do this for each sleeve, as you will be using this material as bias tape.

We will use the sleeves to make bias tape for our sleeves and add an accent waist strap for our new re-fashioned top.

I will post future items on how exactly bias tape making works- but for now you can check out this blog at www.danamadeit.com to see how it is done.

The finished product includes bias taped sleeves, and a waist tie accent.

 

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Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men's dress shirt diy.
Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men’s dress shirt diy.
Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men's dress shirt diy.
Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men’s dress shirt diy.
Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men's dress shirt diy.
Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men’s dress shirt diy.

That’s all for now, thanks for stopping by!

-S