2012 in review

December 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Show me some love

May 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hello and welcome to the new and improved (I hope) Lee Sew Junkie. I’ve had a major think this last few months and set some goals for myself for 2012, better late than never. We’ve started off quite well with two new dresses now happily sitting in my wardrobe and a third one, a challenge entry no less, has been cut and ready for sewing in time for the weekend. I’m flexing my muscles and cracking some joints to finally lift off Lee Sew Junkie into an online shop. A logo is in the works, an inventory-making scheme is simmering and it looks like good things are up ahead. One more goal I’m trying to accomplish is to get more followers and I hope this link works: Follow my blog with Bloglovin. Happy blogging everyone and stop by for more craftylee in the days to come 🙂

Wake up call

April 23, 2012 § 2 Comments

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I know, I know, I’ve been away from crafting for almost a month (yeah, that was my cut-off and I made it a few hours early). It took a completely unexpected message from a stranger to wake me from my stupor and make me want to write again. While I’ve felt bad neglecting my sewing machine, I realized that there will be times when you have to give yourself permission to slack off and just stare into space if that is what you feel like doing.

So I did a bit of soul-searching this past month, thinking of the things I really want to do and those I don’t. I also got to thinking about what I want to have in my life (people, more than things) and what I don’t want to have. So let’s just say this time away was a sort of spring cleaning (though don’t tell my house because it’s looking quite the disaster area at the moment) from which I hope to emerge as a more focused person with clear goals and the gumption to follow through on them. First on the list is definitely in the works. Keeping up to my goal of one original tutorial on this blog a week is the second one and something I will most definitely work on by hook or by crook this Friday. The rest will come through as I slowly peel off the cocoon of apathy I have been living in for the past few weeks. 

Somewhat apt for my first post in so long is a set of funny welcome mats from dumpaday.com. They’re not strictly DIY, but you can see how with a little creativity and fun-thinking you can come up with a more personalised mat to entertain your guests with even before they come through your door.

January 25, 2012 § 3 Comments

I’m wishy-washy. There, I said it. I can’t make solid decisions, especially when it comes to food. Do we have french toast or pancakes? Biscuits or waffles? So it’s awesome when I find posts like this and Tasty Kitchen’s http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2011/08/when-french-toast-met-pancakes/ when I can have the two in one. Now if I can have three or four too . . . 😀

A Day Without Sushi

…or Baffles. Whichever you prefer.

Yesterday, we touched on the fact that I lack patience in some areas. Now, while I love cooking, I have a bad habit of undercooking certain items. French fries, biscuits, cookies; I keep checking on them thinking, “they must be done now” and inevitably remove them too soon. It could have more to do with my desire to eat aforementioned items than my actual lack of patience.

My parents were kind enough to get me a waffle maker some months back. I was in love with how quickly it cooked up a thick, delicious waffle. Yet, I don’t eat waffles every day, so the cool new kitchen toy spent a good amount of time in a cabinet.

That is, until I discovered that a waffle maker can be used for so much more.

For this recipe, you’ll need a waffle maker, store bought biscuits, and…

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BBQ Chicken and Blue Cheese Pizza

January 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Hell no to censorship

January 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Every one of us has benefited from free online content, whether for serious research or just to get the day’s laugh. Without all the free information available to me, I would not have been able to meet gracious and helpful friends who share my loves and interests. And so, despite this being a mainly US-based movement, I am blacking out my blog for the day in support. I hope to see you all back here soon, openly sharing ideas and information and having fun while we’re at it.

Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies

January 16, 2012 § 2 Comments

I want to live in Sweet Pea’s Kitchen. I can just imagine how tasty smelling her entire house must be and how there’s always some sweet temptation laying around. If she won;t let me live with her, could someone find out if the house next door is available?

Sweet Pea's Kitchen

Chewy, fudgy oatmeal cookies studded with chocolate chunks and plump cherries. Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites this time of year. They are so fat, chewy and comforting. For this recipe, I added a splash of cherry flavoring to the dough to intensify the cherry flavor. These low-calorie cookies are a great Valentines Day treat for your health conscious sweetie. If you love that chocolate and cherry combination, (and seriously who doesn’t?) then you will love these cookies. 😀

One Year Ago:Pita Bread 

Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies

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Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 teaspoon cherry flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Directions:

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