Crafty, Crafty….Take 2

Let me apologize in advance for the poor (dark) quality of the photos you are about to see. Embrace the concept…it’s a good one. I’ve been meaning to make a jewelry display board for awhile now, and just haven’t. Sidenote: thanks to the roommates for the inspiration 🙂

We were at Walmart last night, and I saw this cork board on sale, and knew that it was meant to be.

To follow these directions, you’re going to need to buy a board that isn’t in a frame. Like this one. It can be done with a framed cork board, but then you have to change up the way that you attach your fabric.

Buy enough fabric to cover the cork board plus about 3 inches for each border.

Iron it out so that you don’t have to deal with wrinkles in the final product, and stretch it around the frame, securing it to the back with flat thumb tacks.

If you’re using stripes (or really, a fabric with any geometric pattern), make sure that it’s straight up and down. I had to refit the fabric a few times in order to make that happen. Alright, once you’re satisfied, secure the corners. Make them pretty.

Repeat times 3 so that all the corners look equally beautiful. And you’re done!

Now, poke pushpins in the front in whatever way makes sense to you. Hang necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

Voila! Now, you have a functional way to organize and display your bling, and it doubles as a wall hanging.

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In other news, I’m making a big batch of Stir Fry Mess. It’ll feed me dinner and at least a couple more meals this week. Score!

A good problem to have

Tonight, I was hunting around the fridge, looking for inspiration for dinner. I found an excessive amount of vegetables just hanging out. Not being eaten. What a great problem! I immediately decided that  stirfry was on the menu for tonight. So good!

First, get your rice a’cookin (assuming you’re doing rice on the stove. If you have a snazzy rice cooker, you won’t have to start it this early). I used brown rice, and followed the directions on the bag to cook 1 cup of rice. It takes 45-50 minutes. Let it cook for about 30 of those minutes before you start the veggies, or you’ll have under-cooked rice and over-cooked vegetables.

Here are the ingredients (most of the amounts are approximated, feel free to wing it!) for the veggie concoction:

  • 2 Tbs EVOO
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1 ear of sweet corn, de-cobbed
  • 1/2 cup zucchini, chopped
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp adobo
  • 1 tsp curry
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano

The directions:

Get out your wok (or a big frying pan, like I do, because I’m not sophisticated enough for a wok, yet). Put 2 Tbs EVOO in it and allow it to heat up. Add all of your veggies but the tomato. Top with soy sauce and mix it all up. Add your spices! The best part 🙂 Keep mixing it all up so everything gets all over everything and cooked and yummy

After everything looks almost all cooked, add your tomato. Keep stirring… You add the tomato last because it doesn’t take long to cook. Basically, it’s just there to heat up.

Once your rice is done cooking, add it to the same pan as all your veggies and mix everything up. Let it all simmer together for another 3 or 4 minutes so that the rice can soak up the veggie flavors and spices.

Then BAM! You’re done.

A lovely, savory stir-fry mess! Quite tasty, if I do say so myself.

It’s almost the weekend! Who’s up to what?