Friday, September 7, 2012

Shirt Cuff Pockets!

After seeing some of the cutest shirt-sleeve pockets on the Internet a few weeks ago I was determined to make my own.  I love a case, a pocket, a bag, whatever.  Anything that compartmentalizes another thing is right up my alley.

So I headed out to my local thrift store and snagged 5 long-sleeved shirts for about $6.  They sat in the bag for about a week, then I washed and folded them, and set them in the chair in my computer room, where they sat for several days.  Until tonight.  Feeling inspired, I cut the cuff off one of the sleeves, squirted the cut-edge with a little Fray Check, stitched up the sides and folded the flap down.  And that's it.  Now I have 5 adorable little pockets.  I should slip one in my purse and use it to hold chap stick, money, gum, my bluetooth, or any number of small items that always seem to work themselves to the bottom of my bag.

Pockets will vary according to the shirt's cut, style, and size.  A man's large or XL shirt will usually make a much larger pocket than a woman's small.  The pocket on the far right is a woman's shirt with a slight french cuff and it's my least favorite because not only is it quite narrow, it also has a slanted flap.

I slipped a gift card into each pocket and it fit perfectly except for the woman's shirt cuff which was, as I said, too narrow.  But I love the idea of using them for gift cards because it's like getting two gifts in one :)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Zucchini Season!

It's zucchini season and I have been abundantly blessed with plenty of it from family and friends.  In an effort to not let it go to waste, I whipped up some mini zucchini loaves.  I think they turned out delicious, even if they are a bit uneasy on the eyes :) 

Zucchini Bread Recipe

1-1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 teasp. salt
2-1/2 teasp. cinnamon
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
3/4 teasp. baking powder
3/4 teaspon. baking soda
1-1/2 cups grated zucchini

In a small bowl, combine sugars, oil, and egg.  Mix together.  In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Mix wet and dry ingredients together; fold in zucchini.  Pour into 2 greased and floured loaf pans, or use mini loaf pans or muffins cups.

Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes (for large loaves), 30-35 minutes (for small loaves).  Adjust accordingly for muffins!