Evergreen Necklace and Earrings

Some women at church recently organized a get-together-and-craft time, and I had a great time! I didn’t have any particular hand-work projects in progress, so I picked out some beads from my stash and brought them along with tools and general supplies. This is what I put together:

Evergreen Necklace and Earrings

I started by putting together 16 of these links (they’re each about an inch long):

Necklace Link

I then joined them together with 4 mm jumprings and added a quartz teardrop in the center.

Evergreen Necklace

I added some chain with jumprings and another green bead to the end so it can be worn at 16″, 17″ or 18″ to go with whatever I’m wearing.

pearl and green crystal necklace

To go with them, I also made a pair of super simple earrings.

green jewelry tutorial

I need to do more crafty social things! Maybe host a pinterest party?

Baby Quilt

Friends of ours in Austin just had a baby last week! I’d made them a super simple baby quilt, and since we were in town to celebrate my sister’s birthday, we got to drop it off in person and see the baby (who is seriously one of the cutest babies I’ve ever seen) at only three days old.

Baby Quilt

From the mom’s own blog and her pinterest nursery board, I knew she loved gray and white chevron and had pinned this fabric. For the quilting, I stitched down the centers of some of the stripes (with white thread on both white and gray stripes). I’ve only just now realized this is two chevron quilts in a row, but they were both because the people I was making them for liked chevron separately.

Baby Quilt Back

I’d been eyeing this super cuddly minky fabric at JoAnn’s with these adorable whales for months, just trying to come up with an excuse to buy some. When Eddie and I decided we wanted to make a quilt for this baby, I knew I wanted to use this for the back. It is so, so soft! I also love the seafoam green color with the gray and white on the front.

Baby Quilt Front

The quilt is roughly 2.5′ by 4′. I machine sewed on the binding using the plaid scottie’s tutorial to make sure it would be durable.

Ocean Chevron Quilt

Two of our friends from our church small group are getting near Houston this weekend. Because they’ll have to get lots of stuff back from Houston after the wedding, we decided to give them their wedding gift early. Which means I can post pictures of it here now!

Ocean Chevron Quilt Front

I love the colors together – the crisp white ‘stripes’ and the blues and greens – which I realized after making it remind me of different colors you can find in oceans and lakes. For quilting, I just echoed one side of each of the colored zig-zag stripes.

Ocean Chevron Quilt

This is the biggest quilt I’ve made yet (it’s about 3.5′ by 5′)! This was also maybe the easiest pieced quilt top I’ve put together (or maybe I’m just getting used to it?). I followed the tutorial here. This may be obvious, but I would not suggest using a striped fabric for this pattern. I tried one, but since the blocks don’t actually meet up at the chevron points it just didn’t look very nice. Small-scale prints and prints with the same horizontal and vertical symmetry help the chevron ‘stripes’ look like one piece.

Folded Ocean Chevron Quilt

To help make sure I sewed the pieces together in the right places (all though I still messed up a couple and got to bring out my old friend Mr. Seam Ripper) and decide what order I wanted the colored ‘stripes’ to go in, I tried out using flannel as a design wall which I’d read about on a few other quilting blogs. I got a 2 yard piece of flannel at JoAnn’s on a really good sale  – which worked out much better than I’d even hoped. I just pinned the flannel to an empty wall in the guest bedroom, and used it to layout my quilt blocks to make sure I got the chevrons right before sewing everything together. Just lay the fabric pieces on the flannel and smooth them on – they stay fabulously and then come right back off. It was like magic.

Avocado Pasta

I shared some of my favorite pinterest avocado finds last time (see my full avocado pinterest board here), but I saved this recipe for a special post all its own: avocado pasta. This has been one of my husband and my favorite recipes all summer – its quite healthy pasta recipe which still has a tasty creamy sauce – just this time the creaminess is from avocadoes (and great for your skin and hair!) instead of cream (which is really just great for lovehandles). It also comes together in about 15 minutes!

Vegetarian green avocado pasta

Avocado Pasta Recipe
makes about 4 servings
adapted from Oh She Glows

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 small avocadoes (or about 1.5 large ones)
  • 7 oz. spaghetti
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil (for cooking pasta – if you want)
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. parmesan cheese

Avocado pasta ingredients

1. Cook pasta according to box directions. I usually add a tablespoon or so of olive oil to the boiling water to keep noodles from sticking together.I like to use pasta high in fiber and protein – this time I used Barilla Plus.

2. While pasta is cooking, add garlic, lemon juice, avocados, and 1 Tbsp. parmesan cheese to food processor. Pulse until well blended.

Avocado pasta creamy sauce

3. Once pasta is cooked and drained, mix sauce into pasta. Garnish with remaining parmesan cheese, and enjoy!

Vegetarian green avocado pasta

Have you ever made a creamy sauce using something healthy instead of cream?

I’m sharing this at some of these places.