Category Archives: The Geekery

DIY Eyelet Pillowcases – my first sewing project in a LONG time

DIY pillowcases

DIY pillowcases

There’s a reason I don’t sew a lot. I am not patient. I am not a “measure twice cut once” kind of girl. I’m a “try this. didn’t work? try that” kind of girl. Or a “let’s see what happens if we do THIS” kind of girl. Fortunately for me, my mom IS a “measure twice cut once” kind of girl and has taught me a few basics over the years. Some of them I still remember.

These simple pillowcases were pretty easy. After pre-washing and drying the fabric to make sure it won’t shrink later, lay it out on the floor and use a pillowcase you already have to determine where to cut. Cut the fabric a little bigger than the existing pillowcase all the way around to leave room for seam allowance.

Putting the right sides of the fabric together (pretty side on the INSIDE), sew the left side and then the right side, and then the end. “Let’s just wing it” girl learned that little trick after my first attempt when I started at one end and went around in a square and then got to the end and found my edges didn’t match up. It probably would have been ok to use that method if you pin fabric together first. If you choose a fabric with a finished edge like this eyelet fabric, you won’t need to hem the opening.

The easiest way to thread the ribbon is to attach a safety pin to one end and use that like a needle to guide it through the eyelets. I just tacked the ends in place instead of sewing them into the seams because I’d like to be able to swap out ribbon colors once in a while.

I still have enough fabric left to do at least one throw pillow, but “ok that was fun but now I’m tired” girl wants to go to bed so that will have to wait for another night.

Peanut Butter Pickle Sandwich Bento

bento 44

bento 44

Yes, this really is a Peanut Butter Pickle Sandwich.  And yes, I really will eat it for lunch.  In fact, I just finished one.

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Peanut Butter & Strawberry Sandwich Bento

bento 43

bento 43

Peanut butter is one of the most versatile in-a-pinch lunch staples ever invented. I’ve eaten all kinds of PB sandwiches. I thought it would be fun to do PB all week but different flavors with it. For tomorrow I’ve got Peanut Butter and Strawberry.
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The Return of Campus Mail

In college my friend Rob and I used to send each other campus mail. Why? Why not. It was free. We were bored. It was entertaining. It was better than bills in the mail. We live many hours apart now, but we decided to bring back campus mail. Like I said, it’s better than bills in the mailbox, and a bit more quaint than facebook. It’s paper and ink and glue and tape and you can hold it in your hand and it is the best thing you’ve picked up all day because someone created this ridiculous *thing* for YOU. This is Volume 07282009_01 of IALCM (It’s Almost Like Campus Mail). Don’t try to understand it. It doesn’t need understanding. Or analyzing. It just is. Hopefully it makes one smile. Or recognize. Or something. I haven’t decided yet if I will post all volumes. Or episodes. I haven’t decided what to call them yet. Maybe some will show up here and some will be more elusive. Want some IALCM? Maybe you’ll find one in your mailbox. If you’re lucky. Maybe.

Volume 07282009_01

Volume 07282009_01

Pie Pops!

pie pops

my pie pops

Pie Pops!  A fabulous idea that I can’t take credit for.  LuxiRare is the inventor of these yummy snacks.  I heard about them first through Bakerella‘s twitter feed, and then they were featured on Craftzine’s blog too.  I decided to try making them.  Continue Reading →

Ham, Cheese-n-Egg Cup Bento

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bento 41

I ran across this recipe for Ham, Cheese-n-Egg Cups the other day and thought they’d be great for lunches, so I made some tonight.  I had one for dinner, and it was really good.  The kitties had one for dinner too, because I dropped one.  They ate theirs faster than I ate mine. Continue Reading →