Friday, October 31, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
amigurumi+ more, huzzah! Berrysprite is for people who love smiling faces and bright colors; we specialize in unique, handmade kawaii items; from amigurumi to pouches and buttons!
berrysprite; I do everything! From designing, crocheting and sewing, to photographing, packaging and shipping orders, I'm the one who makes sure every creation is treated with love. Let me tell you a bit about berrysprite (and then a bit about myself!):
- I started berrysprite on etsy in 2006 as a hobby, but I have since become addicted to making cute things of all shapes, sizes and types! I also love being able to send happiness in a package to people all around the world; making friends through berrysprite is what helps me to keep creating and smiling! I've also found that in 3+ years of berrysprite I've learned a great deal about making amigurumi and crafting/selling in general, and I love helping others.
- I am an island girl, born and raised in Hawai`i; I hope never ever to leave! I am currently based in Honolulu, and I'm 25 years old (I can rent cars!). Although I love crafting, I don't do it full time; I'm actually a graduate student in History at UH Manoa. I love many things, including: crocheting, sewing, rolling around on the ground, Japanese kawaii items (of course), being in nature, traveling, sleeping, rain, cartoons, and my three lovebirds. I've found a true passion in amigurumi-making; from my very first mushroom (which was more like a lumpy lollipop) to my current repertoire of mushrooms (much cuter), octopi, bears, bunnies, otters, flowers, jellyfish, pudding, cats, strawberries, eggplants, tangerines and cuppncakes... just to name a few!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
8. Oooh, I thought of a good one! I have to brush my teeth 3 times every time I brush them. It's a bit obsessive compulsive; if I don't brush them 3 times I feel like my mouth is still dirty!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
- 1 large can of tomato sauce
- 1 can of stewed tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon of dried basil
- 1 teaspoon of oregano
- a pinch of sugar
- 1-2 garlic cloves pressed
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tub of fresh mushrooms
- 1 box of frozen spinach-drained well
- 1/2 an onion, diced
- 2 pats of butter
- 2 cloves of garlic (in a garlic press)
- 40 slices of pepperoni (optional... I wouldn't have put it if I didn't have such meat eaters in my family; you can also use reduced fat pepperoni, turkey pepporoni, ham, chicken, etc.; just make sure you use some seasoning in your filling to make up for the pepporoni slices)
- cheese of some kind (I used 2 deli slices of provolone for each... you can use shredded or sliced cheese of any kind... yummy! You can even use low fat/reduced fat cheese)
(** you can substitute all kinds of veggies for this calzone, just not really wet ones... I was going to put sliced black olives and sauteed bell pepper inside too)
In a small pot, place the 2 pats of butter with the diced onion until it starts to caramalize. Add the garlic. When the onion is getting translucent, add the sliced mushrooms. There should be enough liquid from the vegetables so that you won't need any extra butter or oil... low fat! Add the drained spinach and mix until well heated.
For the sauce, add all ingredients and reduce for 10-15 minutes.
Divide the dough into 4 balls (2 tubes= 8 balls). Roll each one into a big circle, place cheese, 5 slices of pepporoni and a large amount of filling in each. Pinch each shut well (fold over dough if necessary... it doesn't have to be pretty; mine weren't)
Place calzones on a greased baking sheet (the kind with a lip on all four sides is preferable, they will probablly ooze) and put into a preheated 425 degree Farenheit oven for 13 minutes. Check, if needed cook for 4 more minutes until crust is golden brown on top. You can paint melted butter on top to make it shiny, but I didn't. When done take out and cool for 5-10 minutes before eating. Serve with dipping sauce and a large salad!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
I do have a few recommendations for people who are looking to design some spoonflower fabric:
- Do not ever use red or a reddish color: it turns orange with their presses. Resist the urge to make those cherries or strawberries red! Make them magenta or dark pink instead, and you will be forever more happy!
- watch using really light/ similar colors to outline or detail your design: it will bleed or won't be translated in the printing process, hence all my elephants are missing their noses!
However, I am still EXTREMELY happy with my fabrics, they turned out so fabulously, I am already designing more... with the themes of underwater sea and little red riding hood. The ability to make my own kawaii fabrics has also seriously curbed my compulsive fabric buying which is for the most part a good thing :)
Of course I had to make zippered pouches out of my fabrics... what kinda crafty girl would I be if I didn't? Unfortunately I am super busy, so I only got a chance to make one of each for now. This first set will be listed staggered in my shop starting tonight (10/10) and running through Sunday (10/12). I can also take custom orders, though I'm not sure when I'll be able to get to them (maybe in 2 weeks...) Let me know if you are interested, the cost for each pouch will be $10+shipping. Yay! PS. I have tons more pictures on my flickr!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The formula is: x-333=y, and y/20=z, where z= the number of pages you go backwards from the page you started on.
Once you find the right list, click on it and see what time it expires (check it against your clock). You can leave and live your life, but when it gets down to like 5 minutes until the 333 list expires, you should go back to your computer, log in and open the treasury page. Don't refresh your screen; just flip back and forth between the pages. Once the list expires, it will take just a bit for a box to appear at the bottom of the page (in the place where it used to say "treasury full") Make sure you have a title before you start adding your items! Isn't it fun?