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Thursday, April 16, 2009

 

back to basics

i love it when worlds collide and separate things i have been thinking about/working on come together.

lately on my mind a lot is how we eat around here. specifically, the processed foods. don't get me wrong. we don't eat a lot them, but the granola bars, breakfast bars, plastic-bagged bread and cereal are plentiful around here. even though they are organic, it still....bothers me. we eat them for convenience. but, what is IN the things we unwrap and eat? even the natural ones have a long list of ingredients and some i don't recognize. so, how can i get back to eating in a way where i really know what is going in my kid's mouths? how can i be more in touch with my food?

so, this week (despite my horrid head cold --i cannot believe the *stuff* that is coming forth from my nose) i have managed to make 2 loaves of delicious light-wheat bread, whole wheat oat-sesame crackers

...and in the world of crafing/sewing, i had recently finished 30 placemats and napkins for bb's school and i was looking to do something more....3 dimensional, so i decided to do up some fun draw-string bags.

the idea for the bags struck when i began to think about re purposing a few items around here. (repurpose is my new favorite word. both for it's meaning and how it sounds. it's fun to say! repurpose!) i had this old polka-dot changing table cover just sitting around. no use for it anymore. hmmm...what to sew!? then, the bag idea. a quick Google session and i had some tutorials to work from.

and here it is. it now holds all of my daughter's little felted gnomes and other handmade critters.


how do these seemingly separate things come together?

i was looking online at how best to store the bread when i remembered a recent post on the Soulemama blog. turns out her research into how bread was stored in the old days yielded simply this, "fabric." so, amanda (Soulemama) made "breathable, but tight" linen drawstring bags for her bread out of vintage tea towels. great! turns out that these 2 creations of mine can help each other. bread, meet bag. . . i do believe i have some linen fabric in the cabinet....

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4 Comments:

Anonymous beth - total mom haircut said...

That's so funny. As I was reading I was thinking "Oh, I wonder if she saw the SouleMama post about the bread bags! - If she didn't I'll have to tell her"

:)

April 18, 2009 at 10:29 PM  
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April 19, 2009 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I love baking bread. There is something so comforting about it. Apart from being better for everyone eating it. I also saw the post about the bread bags. I think we could use some of those around here. We also have felt gnomes to store. Time to get out the sewing machine.

April 19, 2009 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger sari said...

Ok, the bread and the bags both sound great! I'll have to go check that out.

I hope you're feeling better! The cold, it's no fun.

April 20, 2009 at 9:45 AM  

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