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Day 21 AEDM: Sew Organized

Today I went over to my MIL’s house to cut some fabric. She has a rotary cutter and I don’t…sometimes scissors just won’t do. However, as we headed upstairs to her sewing room, she gave me the disclaimer: “You really shouldn’t even see what a mess this room is.” That set off a bell inside of me!

For those of you that don’t know me, I LOVE LOVE LOVE to organize. I’ve always enjoyed it. Even as a kid, I would help my friends clean their rooms so they wouldn’t get grounded!

There’s something really satisfying about organizing someone else’s space. Perhaps it’s because once it’s done I don’t have to be the one that keeps it that way. :)

In all fairness, my MIL has help when it comes to creating this chaos…7 kids and 8 (soon to be 9) grandkids create, play, and run around up here during family get-togethers.

So, my AEDM project for today is the “after” photos of my MILs sewing/craft room. I didn’t take any “before” photos, but even if I had, she may not have wanted me to put them on the internet for all to see. HA!

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Luckily, she had clear plastic boxes with lids. I boxed up like items (ribbons, sewing notions, etc) and pushed the chairs under the table where they belong.

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There was a plastic box only about 1/3 full of empty photo frames and a box of fabric that was overflowing. So I swapped the contents of the two.

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All the fabric scraps that had been tossed near the sewing table got folded, sorted by how much remained, and boxed up accordingly.

It was really fun to be able to do this for my MIL. I know once she gets some time to sew again, she’ll have plenty of organized space to do it in.

Love you, Mama Meadows!

Day 20 AEDM: Pomegranate 101

About 7 years ago, I was in Atlanta visiting one of my college besties. While we were making a quick pit-stop at Publix, I saw some POM juice. I like to try new things, so my buddy and I each got a bottle. Since then I have L-O-V-E-D pomegranate anything.

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It’s funny how a fruit that’s existed for centuries (it’s mentioned dozens of times in the Old Testament of the Bible) is suddenly the “newest” rage.

Surprisingly though, I had never ventured far enough into the fad to mess with a fresh one. I’d even read recipes that sounded amazing but avoided making them because they called for fresh pomegranate seeds and I just assumed it would be too much hassle.

You know what happens when you assume, right?

Although some days my AEDM “creativity” has been something incredibly simple that hasn’t seemed to amount to much, the challenge has given me a new perspective.

WHY on EARTH am I waiting for some magical moment where all the stars will align and the timing will suddenly be perfect for trying new things?!

SEIZE THE DAY!

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So, I went to the store and bought a fresh pomegranate. I didn’t know if I would get to it the same day I bought it, but I was SURE I was going to do it for one day of AEDM.

Today was that day. And, I have to say: it was the most fun I’ve had in the kitchen in a long time.

I felt as if I were seeing with fresh eyes. With a childlike perspective. As if I were glimpsing a teeny bit of the great Creator’s awesome imagination. Seriously, my first pomegranate experience was completely transcendent.

If you’re ready to try it for yourself, here are some simple steps. If you’re like me, sometimes just having some fool-proof directions gives you the kick in the duff you need to get over the fear of the unexpected.

Step 1: Cut off the flowery top of the fruit:

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Step 2: Section the fruit into a few pieces.

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Step 3: Submerge each section in a bowl full of water:

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Step 4: Gently use your fingers to separate the pith from the juicy seeds:

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((I liked this step a LOT…reminded me of the childhood summers I spent shucking corn on my grandparents’ farm in Nebraska)) :)

As you can see in the photo, the pith is light enough to float to the top of the water, while the dense seeds sink to the bottom of the bowl! Awesome.

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Look at those yummy rubies! Mmm. I can taste their tartness now!

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Step 5: Use a strainer to skim the pith off the top of the water.

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All the seeds will be at the bottom of the bowl at this point.

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Step 6: Use the strainer to drain the seeds. Rinse, if desired.

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Step 7: Throw a pinch of those sassy seeds in your mouth and enjoy the flavor rush! :)

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Afterward, my kitchen looked like a scene from the board game “Clue”: Artist Abbi. In the kitchen. With a pomegranate.

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This was fun. It was simple. It was outside my “normal” definition of art, yet it felt intensely creative.

And as soon as the pears in my kitchen ripen, I’m making one of those recipes that called for pomegranate seeds!

Day 19 AEDM: Peanut Butter Brownies

Baby boy has decided that NOW is a good time to start teething!

TEETHING.

He’ll be five months old on the 23rd, but I guess he’s dying to eat some ‘art’, so he figures he’d better grow some chompers.

Today’s creativity: Peanut Butter Brownies

Some friends of mine (via my Aunt Rouye) are driving up from Dallas, so we’re having a dinner party at my aunt’s house tonight. I asked if there was anything I could bring, and “Dessert!” was the response. It wasn’t until I hung up the phone that panic set in. “What should I make? Do I even have any ingredients?”

So, Google to the rescue! (Sort of.) I searched for “simple desserts” and got no help from the powers that be. So, I fell back on my ol’ reliable site: Tasty Kitchen.

And, let me just say, HOORAY! I found a recipe and had all the ingredients on hand!

Here’s how they turned out…

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Day 17 AEDM: Petal to the Metal

I’ve had a huge box full of silk flower petals for over 2 years (or has it been three years?) It’s time to do something with them. Today I figured out what that is…a book cover!

I still need to glue in the book block, so this isn’t technically finished, but I wanted to show the progress so far…

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I ripped the flowers off their stems, pulled the petals apart, then stuck a sequin and a mini brad in the center of each one. The mini brad was then stabbed through the pleather cover fabric and fastened.

I’m excited to continue working on this…once it’s done it will be available for purchase under the “For Sale” tab in the top right corner.

Day 16 AEDM: Snickerdoodles

What’s better than art you can eat?

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Art that’s fresh out of the oven.

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Happy Tuesday.

Day 15 AEDM: Baby Girl Photo Album

I hinted about it and gave a couple sneak-peek shots in this post.

Here’s the final product…a personalized photo album that I made for my SIL Ali and her soon-to-arrive (in January) 3rd little girl, Ensley Grace.

I’ve been waiting for the perfect reason to use this fabric!

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I love adding names to the front of albums. There will be no mistaking to whom this book belongs!

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Satin ribbon tie closures:

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The back cover. The paste pages and the photo pages both coordinate with the cover fabric.

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Day 14 AEDM: Baby Shower Decor

Remember the paper pinwheels from Day 5? Here they are in action!

Small ones adorned the mantel:

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Large ones hung in the dining room windows around the snack table:

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Come back tomorrow and see the gift I made for my SIL and her baby.

Day 13 AEDM: Baby Girl Card

Today has been a fun day. This (very chilly) morning, I ran in a 5k race with my husband Andrew, his brother Jacob, and two of their sisters, Katie and Erin.

It was my first official race since April 2009, when I did the OKC Memorial Half-Marathon. Being pregnant and then having a newborn sort of forced running to the back burner, but now I’m back after it. Given how little I’ve run in the past several months, I was satisfied with my time, (31:41), which is my best in recent history.

Running aside, this weekend is a busy, fun-filled one!

My SIL Ali’s baby shower is tomorrow, and I needed a card. Luckily, I have nearly as many scrapbooking doohickeys as Hobby Lobby itself, so it was easy to find things to use.

Here’s what I came up with in about 10 minutes. I wish the photo were better, but I’m pressed for time right now:

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An acrylic tile reading “Baby Girl” is the focal point, surrounded by pink circles and swirls.

Tomorrow I’ll show details from the shower as well as the gift I made for Ali and her baby girl.

Day 12 AEDM: Workout Album Art

This Sunday, my husband’s side of the family is celebrating all those who have fall birthdays.

One of his Aunt Cristi’s gift requests is new music she can listen to while she works out. Since I am a big fan of music AND exercise, I put together a disc full of tracks I think she’ll enjoy.

For today’s art, I used old magazines and scrapbook paper to make a collage for the CD cover.

Which way to the gun show? ;)

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Day 11 AEDM: Tee Makeover

I love being a mama and I love being an artist. Some days the former trumps the latter. Like today.

My poor baby’s congestion got the better of him and he refused to nap. Well, he cat-napped. But only as long as I was holding him.

Needless to say, I am lucky to have been able to do much of anything (I got in a cardio workout, made a quick trip to Kohl’s, washed three loads of laundry, AND managed to make dinner!)

I call this “Mish Mash Pizza”…I really didn’t have much of a dinner plan, but what I did have was a half-cup of pesto sauce, some pre-cooked chicken strips, a tomato from my MIL’s garden, some bacon, and a tube of Pillsbury pizza crust. Ta da! Dinner is served. And my fridge is sorta tidied up, too! :)

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I also managed to whip together a little project using this relic from the bowels of our closet. Ever since I had my baby, none of my clothes seem too appealing to me. About a week ago, I remembered seeing this book and, LUCKY ME, the library had it!

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One episode of “The Office” later, and I had this new redesigned tee to wear.

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It’s cute…with little drawstring accents and everything.

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I took some step-by-step pics of the process, but Lord help me, I’m tired after such a long day. I learned some things I’d love to share and I also came up with some tweaks I’d like to try.

I think I’ll do this again sometime with a new shirt that doesn’t make me look so boxy. In the meantime, this one will be perfect to wear while I make artistic messes! ;)