Embroidered Basket

Hey there!

New project today!

embroidered basket

I completed this quick little project in one afternoon while watching Netflix… lazy day. I enjoy adding a bit of personality to things. On occasion I will buy objects (typically from thrift shops) particularly to use them for projects. This is such an easy way to add interest to a simple basket! Of course it would be difficult to give exact instructions considering baskets are mostly different, but I’ll tell you all what I did.

You Need:
you need

-A basket (one with a loose weaving or a design will work best.)
-Embroidery thread

One:
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Think of the type of design you’d like to create. Take the first color of thread you plan on using and secure it around a part of the basket.

Two:
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Weave in your first color. Repeat with any other colors included in your design.
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Like I said, a quick project. At the very least I hope it provides some inspiration!

-The Whale

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Pumpkin Spice Chia Seed Pudding

Hello hello!

I have a new recipe to share today!

Pumpkin spice chia seed pudding

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It’s officially fall, and like it or not, that also means it is officially pumpkin spice everything season! I must admit I am definitely one of those ‘pumpkin people’. I can’t resist it. It calls to me. I’ve recently been making chia seed pudding in various flavors semi regularly, so I felt it would be appropriate to come up with a pumpkin spice version!

You Need:
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-1/4 cup Chia Seeds
-1 cup almond milk (I used vanilla flavor, but I’m sure regular or even normal milk would do fine.)
-1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
-2 tablespoons pumpkin
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
-1/4 teaspoon ginger
-1/4 teaspoon cloves

One:
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Whisk together the almond milk and pumpkin until it’s smooth and all the lumps are gone. Add the brown sugar and spices and whisk until they are incorporated.

Two:
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Add the chia seeds and mix them in. You want to make sure they are all submerged into the liquid.

Three:
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Place the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 2 or 3 hours while the chia seeds gelatinize. Mix the pudding a few times during this period. After the seeds have gelatinized, it’s good to stay in the fridge however long you want!

Four:
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Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and serve. I feel a bit of whipped cream would also be lovely, but I’m trying to be healthy…
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Happy fall!
-The Whale

Quick Adjustable Loom DIY

Hey there, everyone!

So, I have recently picked up a new hobby. I came across this weaving class series on one of my favorite blogs, and decided to give it a try. One thing about me: I don’t like spending money on something that I’m not sure I’ll like or use… Weaving requires a loom. Since I wasn’t certain I would even enjoy weaving, I didn’t want to make the commitment of purchasing a loom I potentially would barely use.

easy adjustable loom diy

There are a ton of DIY Loom projects on Pinterest, but most of those also required me to purchase something or another. I wanted to use only things I already had. Here’s what I came up with!

You Need:
you need
-A box with a lid (such as a shoe box)
-Nails or screws (I used screws because that is what I had)
-Hammer
-Measuring device
-Marker
-Box cutter

One:
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Cut the box so that it is the same height as the lid. I simply put the lid next to the box and traced where to cut.

Two:
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Use your measuring device to mark dots 1/2″ apart on one side of each component of the box.

Three:
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Insert a nail (or screw) where each dot is. Leave about 1/2″ of the nail raised above the surface.

easy loom
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You’re done and ready to get weaving! The great thing about this ‘loom’ is that it’s easy to adjust it for most any size weaving. Just place the two components as close or as far apart as you desire!

I’ve made a few weavings now, and I must say that I do enjoy it! While I probably would not have regretted purchasing an actual loom (and I may still do so with one of these: looms), I am glad that I tried it out beforehand.
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-The Whale

Easy Baked Eggs

Oh hey there!

New recipe to share today!

easy baked eggs
I’ve been making this one for a while now. It’s a great way to change up your breakfast with some fresh veggies!

You need
You Need:
-3 Eggs
-Green Pepper diced
-Onion diced
-Shredded Cheese
-Tomatoes (I used fresh ones from my parents’ garden!)
-Fresh Basil
-Salt & Pepper to taste

One:
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Crack the eggs into a greased, oven-friendly baking dish.

Two:
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Sprinkle the salt and pepper, peppers, onion, basil, and cheese over the eggs.

Three:
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Bake in an oven heated to 450 degrees until the eggs are set (about 20 minutes). I can tell when they’re done by gently shaking the dish. If the eggs don’t jiggle they’re done!

Four:
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Cut up your tomatoes while the eggs are cooling, then turn the eggs out onto a plate. Top with the fresh tomatoes and enjoy!

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I especially love this breakfast because it’s easy to change it up depending on what veggies you like or have on hand! I add diced avocados to the mix quiet often! Happy cooking!

-The Whale