Wednesday, February 24, 2010


One of my goals for the year is to make an article of clothing for myself. I made my homecoming dress in 10th grade, but I bet my mom did a lot of it...I was also stick thin so I basically sewed two flat pieces of fabric together and had a dress. It's a little more complicated when you've got a few curves to account for.

Instead of jumping right into a big sewing project I'm going to start out refashioning clothes first. One of the blogs I look at has some great tutorials/ideas for refashioning clothes.
Homemade By Jill is more of a "crafty mom blog", but she's really good at giving instructions and printable patterns for the projects she does and she's been doing cool stuff with her clothes recently.

Check out her
shirt to dress refashion, the ruffle t-shirt she made, and the maternity shirt refashion. She makes me so excited to start sewing and refashioning clothes!

Have a great day!
J Squirrel

*I patched my boyfriend's jeans the other day. 5 patches later and there are still holes in them. Now the crafting bug has bitten him and he wants to get some cool fabric to patch the rest of his jeans. :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Things I loved about the weekend...

1. Snow - so pretty! Here's the little snowman I made. He was about 10 inches tall and melted by the next morning. Oh well!
2. Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting from 3 Wishes Bakery. Sooo tasty!

3. Spending some quality time with my roomies in the snow and watching movies in our nice, warm living room.

4. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. I've really been into young adult literature lately and this movie was a good adaptation from the book by Rick Riordan. Enjoyable if you haven't read the books and close enough to the book for those that have read it.

5. Brunch at Sun in My Belly. French toast with bananas foster. Tasty, tasty. AND with the Scoutmob app for my iphone our meal was 40% off. Have you checked out Scoutmob yet?? It's great! My BF and I see no reason in going anywhere without a Scoutmob deal.

Hope you had a lovely weekend. Happy Valentine's Day!

J Squirrel

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Let it snow, let it snow!!

- Decatur in the snow -

I hope there is snow in the morning.

- Agnes Scott College -

Who's with me?
J Squirrel

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Bento Box Lunch

I made my first bento box lunch! Yay! Please excuse the random assortment of food. I don't have much in my fridge right now and I've been too lazy to go to the store. :) For those that don't know, bento means: "a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine" ...according to good ol' Wikipedia.

I used my Wonder Bread sandwich box because I wanted something a little more special than just any old tupperware container. I used the red silicone cupcake mold to form my "rice balls" and then used it to seperate the olives from the rest of my food. Sliced cheese and some broccoli spears and my lunch is all set!

Afterwards, I started looking for bento boxes online. We sell some in the
store by Shinzi Katoh, but I found a site that has some super cute ones for a little less dinero...

They range from cute:

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To wack-a-doodle:
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Lunch is going to be so much more fun now! There are lots of little accessories you can get for bento box lunches. Mini sauce bottles, rice molds, sandwich/bread cutters - all sorts of stuff.

Happy eating!
J Squirrel

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Recipe for a Happy New Year

"To each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work, hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest, prayer, meditation, and one well selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkle of play, and a large cupful of good humor."

I found this quote in a Pottery Barn magazine and recently remembered where I had written it down. After googling the first few words I found a site that told me it's a "New Year's Quote". I'm only a month late. :) Enjoy!

J Squirrel