Crafting and Podcasting

Listening to podcasts have become one of my favorite things to do while I am working on a project. I love to plug in the headphones and start sewing/knitting/crocheting/dyeing away.

Some of my faves:

crafting and podcasting

 

 

1.Watch What Crappens

The title is a play off of Bravo’s Watch What Happens. These guys talk about all things Bravo but in the bitchiest (but funniest) way. The impressions are so horrible they are good. Countless times I have randomly laughed out loud while my husband looks at me weird or my youngest says “What happened, Mommy?”

2. Tom & Lorenzo Pop Style Opinionfest

This podcast is a great mixture of all of the things I love about pop culture: gossip, movies,  TV shows, and fashion. They also wrote a book which I am currently reading right now.

3. Slate’s Pop Culture Gabfest

I like hearing their perspective on mainstream (and not so mainstream) movies, shows, books, etc. Plus, they introduced me to one of my favorite Google Chrome Extensions.

4. Straight Up with Stassi

Of all of the shows on Bravo, Vanderpump Rules is my favorite. HANDS DOWN! Stassi was my favorite on the show. This past season wasn’t her best so this podcast gives me back the old Stassi I grew to love.

5. Dusted: A Buffy Podcast

One of my favorite shows of all time being recapped by a couple who love the show as much as me. This podcast has me wanting to go back and re-watch the whole series. I love hearing their perspectives (positive and negative) on each character and the strength and weakness of each story line.

6. The Lyons Den/Deep Thots

I started listening to this podcast when they were recapping Empire (you know, the show EVERYONE became obsessed with!) and let’s just say they don’t hold back on their feelings.  Since Empire is on hiatus, they changed the name of the podcast to Deep Thots and each week they talk about what is being mentioned in the media or whatever is on their mind.

7. Again With This

Right now they are recapping the first season of Beverly Hills 90210. As much as I loved that show, it was pretty god awful. These folks share my same sentiment. They end the segment with who wa the MVP and LVP of each episode. There’s also another funny segment in which they have to list ways in which  Dylan was “Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know.”

 

I am always looking for more podcasts to add, so send me some suggestions! Except for Serial. That is not my style.

 

Feta Makes it Betta’!

For the past three weeks, morning, noon, and night, I have been obsessively eating watermelon. For dinner the other day I made myself a Watermelon and Feta Salad. With a side of guacamole because, guacamole.

 

watermelon and feta salad

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon
  • Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • Mint
  • Basil

 

Directions:

It’s pretty straightforward. Since my watermelon is already pre-cut I usually do two scoops of watermelon chunks. About 10-15 chunks, depending on how large or small you cut your watermelon. Before I add the basil and mint, I like to rip them into smaller pieces to release more of their flavor. Then I toss them together with the watermelon. Add a generous amount of feta (like half the container!) and enjoy!

Ombre Dip Dye

My friend had scored a great dress at an estate sale. Unfortunately, the dress had random stain spots that wouldn’t budge. She had asked my to dye the bottom portion of it. I dip dyed it with madder root. First, I prepared the dress by using vinegar as a mordant.  You mordant your fabric to help the dye stick. Different mordants can be used for different fibers. That is a whole other post.  I didn’t take pictures of the whole process but I hung the dress outside and dipped the bottom portion into the dye pot.  I let it sit for an hour.  This process allows the dye to slowly bleed onto the dress creating the ombre effect my friend wanted. I placed a rubber band at the point where I did not want the dye to over-bleed. Not necessary, just personal preference.

 During the drying process.madder root dye dress

I actually had to re-dip it after I took this photo. Found a few more tiny stains.

Final results:

jernell madder root dress dye

The dress also had a little flower attached and it also took a dip in the dye pot.

Love the final results. You know how some people can just rock anything? Yep, she is one of those people.

This is worth noting: the fabric of the dress was a cotton/poly blend. I was worried if the dye would take to the dress. Most natural dyes tend to work better with animal fiber vs plant so to throw in a synthetic fiber was a bit worrisome. Keep this in mind when you are attempting to dye fabric using natural dyes.

Baked Salmon with Mango and Avocado Salsa

Sometimes I go overboard and buy more fruit and veggies than the household can handle. A few mangoes were getting pretty ripe and I can only make so many smoothies. I baked some salmon, lightly seasoned with sea salt and pepper and topped it with a Mango and Avocado Salsa: avocado, mango, tomatoes, olive oil, chopped garlic, and cilantro. Served it over a bed of quinoa with roasted corn on the side.

 

Salmon topped with mango avoacdo salsa

Shop Sebastian Harper is Live!

Long time no blog! I was in the process of moving my site over from blogger to WordPress. Actually, Ebony of Make Me Over Eb was in the process of moving my site over. Thank you!

 

On to other things, My site is live!

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I am still adding things (and will continuosly) so for now there are only a few things. If you are local, you can catch me at Soda City this month on the 6th and 20th.

 

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