Crochet Chrysanthemum Pot Holder

This is a very pretty crochet pattern I got from RedHeart, here is the link: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/pretty-petals-potholder

I made this 2months ago, almost forgot to share it with you.

 

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Brioche Bun with Raisins

I’ve made this recipe several times, and have always been happy with the outcome… I can say that this is fool proof brioche recipe since even me who just started baking bread not long ago can not mess it.

The original recipe is by Simply Delicious, Brioche Loaf.

If you don’t have bread maker or fancy standing mixer,  hand mixer and elbow grease will also do, hopefully this tutorial will help.

 

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  1. In a bowl combine 125ml warm milk, 70 gr sugar, and 10 gr dried yeast.
  2. Let it stand for 5 minutes until creamy and start to froth slightly.
  3. Add 4 eggs, beat with mixer until well incorporated, light, and creamy.
  4. Slowly add 500 gr all purpose flour and 2 tsp salt, continue to mix until all the flour has been incorporated, then continue for another minute. At this stage, the mixture will start to form sticky rubbery dough and your hand mixture might not be able to go further. It’s ok, next step we will continue with hands so you can put aside the hand mixer.

 

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5. Add 175 gr butter, cubed. Butter has to be slightly soft for our hands to knead it.

 6. Knead for 7 minutes. At this point you might wish for kitchen aid mixer to the rescue or doubt yourself whether you are in right direction ( just like I did). Don’t worry, it is a tricky and sticky dough, just try your best to knead it 🙂
7. Remove from the bowl and place it in buttered bowl.
8. Cover with clingwarp, allow to rise for 2 hours. Place it in fridge to stand overnight.
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9. The next day, remove it from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature.

10. Add some raisins ( soak the raisins in warm water first), divide the dough into small buns, place them in muffin tin, cover with cloth and allow to rise for 2 hours.

11. Preheat oven to 180C.

12. Brush the buns with eggwash, bake about 20-30 minutes depending on the size of  your bun, until golden brown.

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13. Remove and let to cool.

14. Enjoy!

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DIY Sewing Chair Slipcovers

Clipcover 1

This was the sewing project I did for my friend to rescue her chairs. The chair is still in good condition except for its seat area, as you can see the leather cover is slightly ripped. She needed a cover to protect them as her kids like to explore they might use the chairs as their creativity project and causing further damage 🙂

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Slipcover 2

First I made the template for the areas that have curve, drew it on large paper (this one was large shopping bag). Then I transferred the template onto the fabric. For the straight sided area I just measured and drew it directly onto the fabric. Next step was to sew all the pieces together. Didn’t take much time as I initially thought, really enjoyed making them.

 

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DIY Rustic Picture Frame

Recently we just changed all the windows in our house, there were old one pane wood windows original to the house when it’s built. I actually like those old windows, though they look old and outdated but they were full of characters. Considering how much energy wasted if we keep using them, we decided to changed it, and our power bill went down right away the next month after installation.

I kept one window, picked the best looking one, and use it as picture frame. Instead of refinished it I used it as it was after cleaned it thoroughly. I like how its scratch, old paint, chips, dents, holes tells the story of it existence. Thank you for being the window for this house for 24 years and I’m grateful how it now serves its new role as Rustic Family Picture Frame.

 

Rustic Pic Frame 1

I printed the photos in black and white 6x8inch, I think this is the best in this project… Sepia will do well too.

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Make a mat to get a center and uniform position, so you don’t have to measure the frames one by one.

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Love how it turned out. Hope this inspires you!

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DIY All Seasons Felt Strawberry

My little one was very excited when we visited strawberry farm during strawberry picking season last May. Since then she often says “petik strawberry” which means picking strawberry and tries to describe what she saw and did in that farm with her very limited vocabulary, so cute. So I made these felt strawberries last week, named it all seasons felt strawberries… she can now have strawberry picking whenever she wants. It’s very easy to make, also a cute addition to her kitchen play. The basket was made from recycled paper brown bag, I don’t have the tutorial here but it is also very easy to make, pinterest has lots of tutorial of it.

 

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A. Cut the red felt in half circle, to get the size of my strawberry the diameter is 3″. Cut the green felt in star shape. Some poly filling for stuffing.

B. Sew the half circle’s ends together.

C. Turn it inside out. continue to stitch around the opening.

D. Put the stuffing, pull  and tighten the thread that you sew in C, secure with stitches.

 

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The next step is to glue the Green felt onto the top to cover the opening, I use fabric glue. Done!

 


Blue Whales Dress

Lately I saw many whales pattern fabrics in store and online, they were all so cute made me hard to decide. In my opinion whales are not a cute creatures, they are big and mysterious. Often I associate whales with the words mighty and respect. It’s amazing how those giant whales images can be translated into cute lovely fabrics for children. This dress is a summer racer back dress ( like the one I made before) with tiered bottom. To differ it with previous Whales Dress I named it Blue Whales Dress… believe it or not, creating name for dresses sometimes is harder than sewing it.

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And this is always be my favorite part, seeing my little darling in mommy’s made dress.

 

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Mushroom Hand Pies

Mushroom is definitely one of my favorite thing in cooking… it is versatile and tastes delicious. Often times I only saute it in oil and add generous amount of garlic and that’s it, this simple menu’s never failed me. Mushroom in pasta is a perfect addition, mushroom in quiche is also very good. Though we, my husband and me, like mushroom very much, my little one does not. Luckily she likes this mushroom pie. This recipe is so good and easy, perfect for my little one snack time, I got it from King Arthur : http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/spinach-and-mushroom-hand-pies-recipe. For the dough I followed  the original recipe, for the filling I excluded the spinach.

 

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Making the pie dough is easy and quick, I only used 2 forks and little elbow grease… I prepared the dough the day before, refrigerated it, baked it in the next morning…. you know when you have 2 yo, things can’t be predicted and plans often need to be adjusted. The good thing with this recipe is you can always refrigerate either the dough or the filling, so no need to worry when you are not able to make it the same day.

 

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