Picture Heavy Weekend: Skirt Sewing and yummy food making!

A short time after she got back from her honeymoon, Daphna and I got together for a well-planned-ahead weekend of crafting and fooding. She’s recently received an awesome gift for her wedding – a shiny new sewing machine, and ever since I got her hooked on Pinterest we’ve both been drooling over glorious recipes we want to try. And so I drove up to her boyfriend husband’s and hers lovely apartment in Jerusalem for 3 packed days.

On the menu:

Four onions quiche (In Hebrew, sorry. Google Translate is your somewhat illiterate friend)

– Amazing Tabouli salad (Daphna’s family’s recipe. Gotta ask her for that one)

Giant chocolate chip cookie baked in a skillet for dessert

Lemon Ricotta pancakes with black currant sauce for saturday morning breakfast (We couldn’t find blueberries, so – black currants.)

We started Friday morning with fabric shopping downtown and brunch in this cafe:

Jerusalem brunch Tmol Shilshom

Then we went to the market to buy groceries for all the upcoming cooking. It’s crazy busy on Fridays but I got a few good shots (Not around any of the veggies or greens we bought because then we were busy trying to purchase, but of market noms that were everywhere):

Jerusalem market food

When we got home we rested a bit and then started preparing dinner.

Four onions quiche Bazek Alim

The quiche was awesome and the salad was just so so good. I cannot explain to you how good the salad was for me, who usually doesn’t like too much green stuff. It was just light and lemony and yum, and it offset the heaviness of everything else and made us feel less guilty about all the butter.

Tabouli Salad

We’ve been fantasizing about the giant chocolate chip cookie all week, and it was amazing. We “accidentally” used too much chocolate and it was melty and crazy and so good with ice cream. We broke down after about a third of it.

Chocolate chip chunks cookie

Skillet baked giant chocolate chip cookie

Skillet baked giant chocolate chip cookie

After all this we just had to crash on the sofa for a while, look at beautiful wedding photos (ahem) and watch my favorite brothers living Tuesday over and over:

Supernatural Winchesters

(isn’t Daphna’s apartment lovely? look! mini succulents!)

On Saturday morning we made this, and it was as yummy as it looks:

Ricotta lemon black currant pancakes

And then after all the food it was time to get to work!

Sewing machine

We made skirts! We used this tutorial from iCandy Handmade, which adapts MADE‘s tutorial for jersey fabric. Still, the fabric was sort of medium weight and we ended up with a larger opening than we wanted because of its weight, so we shaved off a few inches more from the waistband and gathered the skirt. I really like how it turned out!

Jersey circle skirts sewing

The new sewing machine was lovely and I’m sure Daphna’s going to make beautiful things with it. It was so different from mine – my grandma’s old Singer from the 70’s. The weekend got me itching to go back to sewing so I pulled it out and started working on a blouse using the awesome fabric I got in Jerusalem. It will be ready soon and I’ll be able to show it off here :)

So that was that, it was amazing and fun and a bit tiring. Many thanks to Daphna and Yuval for hosting and keeping me around for so long and putting up with the mess :D It was a great way to celebrate the end of summer break! and we’ll definitely have to do this again, there are many more outrageously fattening recipes on Pinterest.

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Daphna’s Wedding Shawl

knitting wedding shawl

I promised photos and here they are! The beautiful bride (I feel like a proud momma) and the white shawl I knit for her wedding day. One of my favorite knitting projects ever, probably. The knitting was fun by itself (I love lace!) but gifting it for Daphna’s special occasion was the best part.

knitting wedding shawl

The pattern is the Swallowtail Lace Shawl (it’s free!), knit in fingering with 4mm needles.

What I did on break

A few weeks back, before the new Oh-My-God-Hectic semester began, I had a week and a bit to rest, completely free and with no chores, and I did a bit of crafting just for fun. You already saw the nightstand makeover, but I didn’t get half a breath to show you I also picked up cross stitching!

rose cross stitch

I never tried it before, but I figured it must be pretty easy to learn and I stumbled upon this chart which is lovely. It was easy but it took *forever*, just this small hoop. I measured it in Supernatural episodes, at that time I also discovered Supernatural and watched marathons of the show all night and day. So I know it took long because it took me a full season to finish the rose.

And then boredom led me to polka-dot my nails with the head of a pin:

polkadot nails

Fun times were had!

Mission Accomplished

It’s taken me a while to post again since I’m moving (yay!). I haven’t had much time for doing anything, but I hope to get some home-crafting/room-prettifying done before school begins. I don’t have a lot of time, but I have a lot of ideas and an abundance of pins on my Pinterest inspiration board..

what I have achieved, though, is this:

Ta-Da!

Let me remind you how it looked before:

This is what I did instead of packing, while telling myself it is sort of like a form of packing, and that I want everything to be beautifully organized like this in the new place.

I wound all 300~ skeins (is it still skeins when it’s not yarn?) of floss by hand onto these bobbins, while marking color numbers both on the bobbins and on a printed DMC catalog. I used this chart to match Anchor floss with DMC shades.

It’s beautiful. I could just sit and look at it for hours on end. I’m oh so very grateful to Heather for sending me this joy.

I think you can expect a lot of embroidery in the future. But for now.. back to packing.