Monday, 20 August 2018

Quick and Easy Egg Fried Rice Recipe

Plain rice gets boring and egg fried rice makes a great change.  To make it "properly" you should use yesterday's rice which is fine if you happen to have some rice leftover from the previous day's dinner, but really how often do you have leftover rice just sat in the fridge? 

So I came up with this method of making something like egg fried rice that doesn't take any prep or planning.

You start by boiling your rice as normal.  

Give it a good rinse with hot water.

Then pop it in a large frying pan.

Add an egg per person and some oil.

Keep stirring it constantly.

Until the egg is fully cooked.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Patchwork Dining Chair Seat Covers Sewing Project

With a toddler in the house my poor dining chairs are taking some spills.  For the throws of baby led weaning I made a waterproof cover for the whole chair.  But now that Little Miss is older it's more spilled drinks that present a problem.  I've made these covers before to protect the upholstery from wear and stains but this time I'm using a waterproof tent fabric for the backing.  Hopefully this will stand up to toddler sized spills for some years.

Tools and materials:

Four equally sized piles of 3.5 inch wide strips of monochrome fabric.

Plus five times the length of 1 inch strips in black cut from an old pillowcase.

Waterproof fabric for the backing and batting which in this case is some scrap quilted fabric.

One black strip sewn to each and every patterned strip.

Then I sewed them all together.

I cut the strips into squares but my dinning chairs are rectangular so I also cut off 3.5 inch wide strips across the width.

And sewed them to the sides.

Now for a border from 3.5 inch black fabric.

All four sides.

For each chair, four 10" x 2" strips of black.

Folded in half 

Sewn along the longest side.

Corners clipped.

And turned right side out.


Sewn onto edge of patchwork.

Batting added (it's actually old fabric) and waterproof backing.

The edges are bound - here's my quilt binding tutorial.

And here's the finished result, already in service and protecting my dining chairs from the toddler.

Link Ups:

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Polkadoodles Lily Card Making Project

I'm totally in love with the Far east Collection from Polkadoodles.  The figures are so nice and easy to colour but still have plenty of wow factor.  This is the first time I've used this particular one and I'm chuffed with it.

I've gone for a teal and black colour combo.  Teal isn't a colour I particularly used or thought of until I started doing craft challenges.  Having been challenged to use it I've grown to love it.  It seemed right with this image with her very black hair.  

Tools and Materials:

I've used distress ink to ink the edges of the card blank

and the image.

I've used Anita's Glaze (Glossy Accents) to highlight the hair and sash.

Challenges Entered:

Here's the Mood Board from Archi-Scraps: