Saturday, January 28, 2012

Attention Rag Rug Lovers!

I'm planning on doing a feature soon to show off all the lovely rag rug pictures you guys sent me in response to my tutorial for the big fat crochet rug.

I have some pics already, but if you've made a rag rug, or are in the middle of making one (like some other people I know... ;) ), and would like to share a pic of the fruits of your labor, I'd love to show it off on here on that upcoming post!

Email me here with your pics: PooknflipProductions[at]gmail[dot]com . Thanks so much -I can't wait to see!

PS: There are FOUR days left to enter the giveawaaaayyyy!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Things I love right now...

Just a little compilation of things I'm diggin right now for your viewing pleasure.  (As always, all photos are from, and the property of the artist who I link to. :) )

Cart Before The Horse
A.A. Van Hoof
Each to Own
Whats in Your Cellar

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Havin' a GIVEAWAY!

Hi guys!  I'm kinda super excited because I just hit 100 fans on my Pooknflip Facebook page!  Actually,  102 if you want to be technical about it - because every fan is awesome! When I started that page, I didn't know if I would ever reach that number.  And really, when I started this blog, I didn't know if anyone would read it either.  But I did!  And you do!!  And I think that's pretty sweet.  :)

Anyway! To celebrate this little milestone, I'm going to be having a giveaway!!  Woohoooo!  And this is an extra special giveaway because I'm giving away.............wait for it.............a one-of-a-kind, original Pooknflip plushie!  That's right.  And not just any plushie - the first of her kind plushie!  If you are a FB fan, then you may have already met our little grand prize-ola.  But for those who aren't - I'd like to introduce:

Bonita the Bitsy Bear!

A looovely little bear cub lady for your loving & squeezing pleasure!  Isn't she cute?!  She's completely handsewn by yours truly out of vintage (an awesome floral I picked up at an antique shop), upcycled (some totally funkadelic green & white checked bell bottoms from an estate sale) and new materials.  Her cute lil' nose is a child safe, but her eyes are sewn on vintage buttons - so if you plan on gifting this critter to some lucky little munchkin - please keep that in mind.  :)

Here's her bear bum.  (This photo shows the actual colors really well.  The above pic is proof of my growing Hipstamatic obsession...)

Now for the entry details!  For any comment/entry you make - PLEASE leave your email address.  Otherwise, how'm I gonna contact you if you win, silly? ;)

Comments for this giveaway are now closed!

There is only one mandatory entry  and for that you can do one of two things:

  • Follow my blog and comment below that you've done so. 

(If you're already a follower or a fan - cool!  Just make sure you comment that you are & leave your email.)

Now, to up your chances, you can also do any or all of the following for additional entries!  (Remember, you must leave the above-mentioned comment/entry below first and then you can leave another comment below for each of the additional entries that you choose.)

  • Since you already did one of the mandatory entries ^ you can do the other one now!  Comment that you did it.  (Leave your email!)
  • Go to my Etsy shop, "favorite" me, and come back and leave a comment below telling me what your favorite item is (it can be handmade or vintage!).  (+ your email!)
  • Post this giveaway on your blog!  Leave the link in your comment below.
  • Post this giveaway on your FB page and post that you did so (with your username or a link) in your comment below.
  • Pin a link to this giveaway on Pinterest and let me know you did so below (with your Pinterest user name).
  • Follow me on Twitter.  Comment that you did so with your Twitter name.
And last but not least - I want to give a special thank you to Jess of Winnifred's Daughter (see her here on Etsyhere on FB) and Amy of A.A. Van Hoof (see her here on Etsy, here on FB) for their posts and support to help me reach 100 likers in those last couple day.   Thank you, ladies!  (Thank you, too, to any of my other secret helper/posters - I appreciate it so much!)

I'll run the giveaway for two weeks, randomly generate a winning entry on Thursday, February 2nd at 8:00 pm EST, and announce the winner the next day!  Good luck, everyone!  Have fun!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Jamie's Food Revolution - Salmon Tikka w/Cucumber Yogurt

Last weekend I tried another recipe out of Jamie's Food Revolution book (previous post found here).  Again - I love this book.  I originally heard about Jamie from Big Box Detox and decided to pick it up on her recommendation.  I like it for lots of reasons but mostly because, A: his whole concept and vision is wonderful.  If you are not familiar with Jamie Oliver, check out his site here.  And B: because, as I mentioned before, the recipes are delicious! and intricate enough to make me feel like I'm gettin' a little fancy, but not too crazy that I'm just overwhelmed and the book just ends up collecting dust.

This time I tried his "Quick Salmon Tikka with Cucumber Yogurt".  Delish!  And super easy.

Here are your ingredients (serves 2):

  • 2 x 7-oz. salmon fillets (skin on, scaled, bones removed)
  • 2 naan breads or flatbreads
  • 1 fresh red chile
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup natural yogurt
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 or 3 sprigs of fresh cilantro
  • 1 heaped tablespoon tandoori, or mild curry past (such as Patak's)
  • olive oil
Note: I know that's not a chile pepper.  We only went to our local chain grocer and they did not have any so we just picked out another (probably milder) pepper to use.  I'm not a big fan of the spicy spicy anyway.

(Preheat your oven to 225° F.)

1. First, halve your cucumber and scoop out the seeds.  Coarsely chop it up put most of it into a small mixing bowl.  (The remaining bits are used as garnish on top of the dish when you're done.)

2. Finely chop the pepper.  Again - most into the bowl, little bit left for topper.

3. Halve your lemon and squeeze the juice into a small bowl.  Word to the wise - don't squeeze directly into your cukes & peppers.  (Because somebody may have done that.  And that somebody may have had to pick lemon seeds all outta her bowl.)  Also - I used all the juice from the 1/2 lemon like the recipe says - and I thought it was a bit much.  A quarter would probably do, with the rest sliced for the table if more is needed.

4. Add your yogurt, and pinch of salt and pepper.

5. Mix it.  Mix it real good.  ;)  At this point, you can put your flatbreads in the oven to toast.  You can leave them in there until you're ready to serve.

6. Now for the salmon.  Slice each fillet across lengthways into about three 1/2" wide strips.

7. Spoon some tandoori paste into a small dish and smear your strips in the stuff.  I used a basting brush.  The recipe suggests the back of a spoon works well too.  (Note: Do not double dip into your jar!)

8. Heat your frying pan up until it's nice and hot then add a glug of olive oil.  Put your salmon in and cook about 1-2 minutes on each side until cooked through.  (Don't be flippin your salmon back and forth either - it'll break apart.  Once on each side and that's it.) (Note: Those lighter salmons were extra we had - I was just cooking them up to eat for the next day.)

9.  To serve, set your plates up, lay a flatbread on first, then a nice fat spoonful of the yogurt mix, then the salmon, then garnish with a few naked cukes, peppers and some cilantro leaves.  YUM!

This dish turned out really well.  It was yummy, filling, healthy...and it was pretty!  And even though your kitchen will smell a bit curryish for a couple days, I highly recommend it.  Let me know if you try it!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sneak Peek

A little sneak peek. (I've been playing with some photography aps lately too. Can you tell? Haha!)

By the way, I've been toying with the idea of another giveaway.  You know why?  I'm super close to 100 fans on my Facebook page!  How cool is that?  So I've been thinking, that when I get there, I'll host a little giveaway with this ^ little critter as the main attraction. :)  Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Little Bit o' Nostalgia

At the end of the summer, I lucked out at an estate sale and, among many other awesome things, I found a nice little stack of vintage magazines.  Every now and again, I like flipping through the pages.  I like seeing the old products.  The ads.  I like reading the articles to find out what was important to people then.  What they thought of as healthy.  What the roles of husband, wife & child were.  How the houses looked.  How much a new washing machine cost.  :)

I find history fascinating (especially recent history - namely 50s-ish).  And I often wonder why I do.  It's not like I was around in these bygone eras I love so much.  It's not like my parents were especially nostalgic about their childhoods.  I don't have any particular tie or anything.  I just love it.  And I feel that, even considering how much closer to home war was, the political state of things, the segregation of the races, etc, etc, even with all that - I feel it was a much simpler time.  People were kinder to one another.  Neighbors were neighbors - not strangers.  The clothes were awesome!  Yaddayaddayadda.  I dunno.  Maybe I'm just idealistic about it.  If you have a similar fascination though, you know what I mean.

Anyway!  So I got all these magazines.  And I love them.  And instead of sitting silently in my private library - I figured I'd come share some of these gems with you guys once in a while. :)  Today's images all come from this May 1951 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine (and I'm digging her kitchen!):

Love all the color schemes!  (By the way, if you're trying to read any of these - just click on the pic - they should blow up bigger. :) )
A tribute to mother. 

I can just feel the interior decorators cringing.  
"How to Brighten a Book...and a Boy!"  Some lighting suggestions by G.E.
Haha! "Don't be a Statistic!"  I love these chairs.  I used to have a red one.  But now I have a cool green one.  They do come in very handy around the house.
Putting this car on next year's Christmas list.  And apparently it's great on gas! (Doubting the truthfulness of this ad a bit actually...this car?  From the 50s?  A week?  Um...)
The greatest thing since sliced....cheese?  I love everything about this ad.  The color and composition are great.  I'm thinking about getting it framed actually.  And it's "Extra-Good Tasting"!  Ha!
Are you a vintage lover?  Do you have a favorite era?  When I was younger, it was totally the 60s & 70s.  But now, I'd say I'm definitely partial to the 50s.  I also like the 30s & 40s though.  Geesh!  Ok - so do you have any favorite eras?

Monday, January 2, 2012

Reflecting on 2011 - 12 Months in 12, I mean 13 Photos

2011 was a great year.  I learned a lot.  Tried a lot of new things.  It was really a pretty stock-full kinda year.  Narrowing down the photos to just twelve (okay, I cheated - 13) was really hard.  And - when I was going through all my pictures, I noticed that I had a bunch of intended posts that never made it to the blog.  I'm terrible at that.  Doing things and taking pics and then not getting the blog posts up.  I feel like a bum about it.  It's hard sometimes though.  Life gets in the way.  Ha!  Or does blogging get in the way of life?  I don't know.  I try to keep a good balance.  Maybe that's something I can work on for next year.  I fell into a pretty nice groove for a while, and then when the holidays started up, I feel like it all (my blog, maintaining the Etsy shop, housework, cooking) came screeching to a halt.  Ah well.  Like I said, overall, a great year though.  Here's a little trip down memory lane.

Clarence was completed and sent off to his new home.
I learned how to make pizza.  
I made my first art doll, Eustace.  He's since found himself a wardrobe, thanfully.  I love him.
We had a couple girly crafty parties.  This is a nice little candid shot from our plarn bag party.
I hosted my first (of many) artist interviews this year.  Here's a couple of Lori Nichols' adorable critters.
This was a year of many new antique shops...
...and Estate Sales.
I tried my hand at a few tutorials, including this lovely Mother's Day gift. :)
I completed the biggest, most intricate plush I've created to date - Jagger the Dragon for my nephew. <3
Gnomes came to be.  And were out and about in full force by the end of summer - beefing up the inventory. :)
Here's a shot that never made it up - we found an adorable, local farm - excellent source for great big wonderful pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, etc.  Awesome.  And so picturesque. 
One of the highlights of my whole year - I had my first art/craft show!
And of course, what blog post would be complete without a picture of the boys? <3
I hope your year was a great one too.  If you have a blog and would like to do a little 2011 wrap up, I'd love for you to link up your post in the comments!