Hockey Horns, Bike Repair Stations and Vigilante Grammar Justice
Today is the last day in the regular NHL season – the Stanley Cup Playoffs (which are practically a full season themselves) start on Wednesday. While waiting for the playoffs to start, you can entertain yourself with this great noisy site.
Several parks in our area have installed these cool Bicycle repair stations that have a rack, tools and QR codes you can scan to see videos of common bike issues that you can fix. I’m not sure how many manufacturers there are for these, but here’s a map from one of them to see if there are any where you ride.
Via FiveThirtyEight – Apparently there is a Vigilante Grammarian roaming England, correcting apostrophe mistakes in signage. Sometimes I’m tempted to bring my own Sharpie/White Out kit to the grocery store and correct all those misplaced possessives myself.
None of the links in this post are affiliate – they are all just things that caught my interest this week.
When I created my personalized bike license plate, I realized that the weeded part of the vinyl letters from my name would be a perfect stencil for a T-shirt.
I’ve painted T-shirts before, but not since I bought my Silhouette Cameo. Blogs abound with the instructions for cutting vinyl for a stencil and then painting either fabric or wood signs, and I definitely wanted to try this technique.
And it turns out it’s pretty easy and fun.
Continue reading “Stencil Painted T-Shirt”
A look back at the month that just ended
Spring was a big theme for March crafting.
Here’s a look back at a few of the projects I did at SuzerSpace!
- Westie Face Paper Box
- Black Capped Chickadee Garland
- Bicycle Print & Cut Garland
- Aldi Quarter Keeper
- Bee Happy Banner
- Crafty Crab Water Level Marker
- Sparkly Spring Sign
Layers of flavor for an easy meal
The trick to eating with a focus on good nutrition and a tight budget is to think like a restaurant.
Besides frying everything, and using a lot of salt to make everything taste good, restaurants know that layers of flavor are the key to a good dish.
If you take a flatbread wrap, throw on some cheese and black beans and nuke it in the microwave, it’s a little bit soggy and sad.
But if you heat the beans first, and then layer the wrap with cheese, the beans, arugula and top with chunks of bleu cheese, suddenly you have something special.
Black Beans and Bleu Cheese Wrap
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Flatbread (we use low-carb)
Rinsed and Drained
Washed and Patted Dry
Bleu Cheese Chunks* (see note)
In a microwave safe bowl, heat beans in the microwave for about 30 seconds, until really warm but not dried out.
On flatbread, sprinkle cheese in center
Layer on black beans, arugula and black beans. Add salsa on top if desired.
*Note: I don't actually like Bleu Cheese - Mr. SuzerSpace does. I make my version with Feta, but we still call them Black and Bleu Wraps. Sounds fancier that way 🙂
An easy trick that doesn’t require a 500 word essay to explain
A glue stick is often my weapon of choice when putting together simple crafts. But the trick is finding a way to use it so that you can apply it and not turn everything else around it to a sticky mess.
Enter today’s teeny tiny tip – use your junk mail. Those magazines you get but you are positive you didn’t subscribe to? Perfect. Apply glue stick liberally to the item you want to stick together while it is on top of the first page of the magazine. Don’t worry about the glue that goes wide of the item. Keep moving the craft that needs to be glued to a safe spot on the sheet as you go, until that sheet is too sticky to use. Tear it off and recycle it, and guess what? Another sheet is ready to go, right below it.
Also visible in this photo is an even tinier tip – paperclips make great clamps for holding the edges of paper together as the glue dries.
Removable vinyl is perfect for a seasonal display
In the back part of my kitchen I have a beautiful picture window. It lets in great light into the space, which normal people would use for an eat-in kitchen area.
I’m guessing you already know I don’t consider myself normal 🙂
Honestly, we eat at the coffee table in front of the TV. So that space in the kitchen has served as an office area for Mr. SuzerSpace for several years. Recently he vacated it so I could have it for my craft space.
And that big picture window is an excellent display space. Continue reading “Big Spring Flowers Picture Window”
Crunchy snacks, New Emoji and a List of Books
I have not tried any of these snacks but the the part where she says “…but for me, it’s one of those foods where applying the whole all-in-moderation philosophy of eating is almost laughable” means we are on the same team.
New emoji! I’m looking forward to the Steven Cobert inspired eyebrow raise, the one that swears, and especially the one looks like me! Not sure I like the label of “older adult” on that one since I’ve been gray since my mid-thirties and have worn glasses since I was 3. But that is most definitely my haircut.
Yesterday was April Fool’s Day, which is not my favorite, but this list of books from comics and humorists looks to offer a few good suggestions.
None of the links in this post are affiliate. They are just things I found interesting on the Internet this week.
Upcycle a bit of plastic to personalize your bike
One of the great things about getting older is getting be to young again.
Well, when I was about 10, I had a bicycle, and there was an “S” on the seat, which I was sure was for “Susan” but turns out it was for Schwinn. And I wanted a license plate wth my name on it, but I never had one. Not sure why. My adult guess is that my sister’s name isn’t as common and it wouldn’t have been fair for me to have one and her not.
Fast forward 40-cough-cough-years, and I have a bicycle with an “S” on the post, which I am still sure is for “Susan”, but I bet the guys over at Specialized will disagree. Although they did send me some extra stickers when I asked, so they are still cool.
And when I realized I still wanted a license plate, I made one myself.
Continue reading “Bicycle License Plate”
A meal made from leftovers
Technically, I’m not sure if this is a crustless quiche that doesn’t have milk, or a frittata that doesn’t start on the stove. We tend to make it heavier on the veggies and lighter on the eggs, but you can vary your ratios to suit your taste.
Either way, it’s a favorite lunch meal at SuzerSpace.
I usually make this on a Sunday afternoon to clean up the leftovers languishing in the fridge.
Couple of eggs? Check.
Some wilty veggies leftover from salads during the week? Check.
Some spinach or arugula that is getting past it’s prime? Check.
Cheese? Are you kidding me? We always have cheese 🙂
This is great slightly cooled from the oven, or cool it completely and refrigerate it and reheat it during the week. Even though it’s already loaded with veggies, I usually serve it with a salad.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
1/4 to 1/2
spinach or arugula
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a medium bowl, mix the eggs thoroughly. Add water or milk if desired.
Line a small baking dish (mine is 7 x 10) with parchment paper.
Distribute the veggies and spinach or arugula in the dish.
Sprinkle half of the cheese on top of the veggies.
Pour the eggs over the veggie and cheese mixture. Stir lightly with a fork to make sure the eggs get evenly distributed.
Top with remaining cheese.
Bake for approximately an hour, or until the quiche appears set and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Allow to cool and then cut into slices.
- Use whatever veggies you have the fridge. I usually go with green peppers, mushrooms and broccoli. Cut everything up bite size so you don't end up with big hunks of something on your fork.
- I more than just line my baking dish with parchment - I make sure the sides are protected and I fold up the corners before I add in the veggies so I have a barrier all around. It makes removing the quiche easier when it is baked - you can just lift up the sides of the paper and everything comes up all at once.
When I craft with my Silhouette Cameo, I’m forever chasing my hook and spatula. They are rounded on the handles, and no matter where I place them they roll.
A few weeks ago, while at Ikea, I bought a simple plastic bathroom set that had a soap/lotion dispenser, soap dish, toothbrush holder and water glass. It’s called the Varpan, and I’d link to it, but it doesn’t seem to be on the website. You don’t, of course, need the exact set from Ikea. Any similar soap dish will do. But then you don’t get to wander around Ikea dreaming of a more organized life.
The set was very inexpensive, and I really needed the toothbrush holder and soap dispenser portion. I didn’t have a use for the soap dish, until today.
When I realized it is perfect for holding my tools. It’s shorter than they are, so they stick out for easy grabbing. And they fit at any angle, so I’m actually likely to put them there while working.
Less chasing. Less dropping on the floor. More time for crafting!