delicious soup recipes

Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon from Olives & Garlic| Creamy Beef Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup from Czech in the Kitchen | Bacon Cheeseburger Soup from Shugary Sweets | Cantonese Wonton Noodle Soup from The Woks of Life

Winter turns me into a soup craving maniac, but unfortunately I only know how to make a few different ones thanks to my vast cooking repertoire. I’m determined to get a few new recipes under my belt before the end of the season, starting with these delicious bowls of goodness right here – slurp!

And if you do decide to whip up a pot of soup one of these days, DO NOT forget to make these cute bread roll hippos I spotted over at Handmade Charlotte. Aren’t they a riot?!

hippo bread rolls

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DIY diamond pillow

Everyone knows diamonds are a girl’s best friend…especially big soft ones you can take a nap on :-) I spotted this adorable pillow floating around the interwebs a while ago and was disappointed to see it wasn’t for sale anymore, so I decided to try making my own! I’ve never made any sort of pillow before, so it was a bit of a challenge, but all the nice straight geometric angles were rather nice to work with. Read on for the instructions and don’t be intimidated by all the steps – it’s quite easy when you break it all down!

DIY diamond pillow

What you’ll need:

  • solid colored fabric
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • white fabric paint
  • tape
  • sewing pins
  • sewing machine
  • poly-fil stuffing
  1. Fold a piece of fabric in half and cut out a 22″x18″ rectangle, starting from the folded edge (this will help keep the two pieces of fabric together until you cut)
  2. Use a ruler and pencil to draw a vertical line down the center at the halfway point (in this case, 11″). This side will end up on the inside of the pillow, so don’t worry about marking it up!
  3. Then draw a 12″ horizontal line about 1″ down from the top edge, centered on the vertical line (so 6″ on both the left and right sides). About 5.75″ down from this line, draw a centered 20″ line running parallel to the first
  4. Make a mark about 1.5″ from the bottom edge of the center line for the bottom point of the diamond. Connect all the outer points of the lines to create the full diamond shape
  5. Add a .25″ seam around the entire perimeter of the diamond, then cut it out
  6. Now that you have two separate fabric pieces, move the pencil marked layer aside. Tape off a 1″ perimeter (this should be a little thicker than the inner lines due to the extra seam border) around the second layer of fabric and paint it in with fabric paint
  7. Peel the tape off when the paint is dry. Then tape off and paint a .75″ thick line spanning across the width of the diamond and paint. When THAT’s dry, tape off and paint .75″ thick lines in the top section
  8. Once all the paint has dried, place the layer with the pencil markings directly on top of the painted one. Pin together and break out your sewing machine!
  9. Sew along the seam line you marked earlier, but leave a few inches unstitched to create an opening big enough to fit your hand through
  10. Flip the fabric inside out through the gap, so that your diamond lines are now on the outside
  11. Now for the fun part – fill up the pillow with stuffing!
  12. When your pillow is nice and full, hand sew the gap closed (this invisible stitch tutorial came in handy for me)
  13. Go show off your new bling!

DIY diamond pillow

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Friday Grab Bag - Jan 23

Happy Friday! I’ll be channeling badass Katniss Everdeen this weekend because we’re taking a class at an archery range that recently opened in the area! I’ve never done it before, so I’m super excited to get acquainted with a bow & arrow – let’s just hope there are no Hunger Games type injuries (fingers crossed). This week I’m loving…

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Visarute Angkatavanich fish photography

Someone once gifted me a betta fish for my 8th birthday, and although my memory of the event is a bit hazy, I can only imagine that my reaction was THANK YOU BUT I REALLY WISH THIS WAS A PUPPY. Fish swimming around in their closed off aquariums have never been particularly interesting to me, but these incredible photos by Visarute Angkatavanich really smashed that barrier into smithereens! The amount of detail captured in each crystal clear shot is just mesmerizing – these teeny fish look so regal with their elegant fins flowing out like designer gowns! There are a lot more shots in the series, so be sure to check out all the fishy beauties here!

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happy colorful gifts

1. Sweet Treats Pineapple Box from Imm Living | 2. 'Burger with Gold Fillings' Embroidered Artwork from Flirting With Yellow | 3. Aelfie Saelfie Pillow from Nasty Gal | 4. Gummy Bear Magnets from Give Simple | 5. Eye Hide Box from Areaware | 6. Bugs shoe from Minna Parikka | 7. Confection Woven Basket from LEIF

The gray skies of winter always make me thirsty (is this how kids are saying it these days?) for all things bright and cheery. Here are some fun picks that’ll spice up your season with their off-the-chart colors!

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koala mittens

Have you heard about the recent bushfires in Australia? I spotted this article a few days ago about koalas severely burning their paws as they tried to flee the mayhem, and it damn near broke my heart – just look at those little faces! The International Fund for Animal Welfare sent out a request for people to create cotton mittens for the critters to protect their paws as they’re treated with burn creams, so I just had to dust off my sewing machine and whip up a few sets. I hope some neon-loving koala will appreciate them and heal up quickly!

I originally wanted to help spread the word about making mittens with this post, but it seems that they’ve already fulfilled their quota due to all the media coverage. However if you still want to to use your sewing skills for good, there’s a call out now for pouches for injured and orphaned baby kangaroos!

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