Saturday, October 5, 2019

Shakespeare Blanket, Part 1

Every summer we go up in Griffith Park to see Independent Shakespeare Company's productions. We look forward to it every year! After seeing this years production of The Twelfth Night, I got an idea. What if I make afghan blocks for every play? So I started with Richard III, the first play I saw them perform.

So far I've made 8 blocks, and I've now posted the patterns to Etsy and Ravelry! Each block can either be made in 11 inch by 13 inch blocks, or a small blanket of 33 inches square. Ideally, I'm going to make each play and sew them together.

Oh! Also, I've still got a game going on in my Instagram. First place has been won, but second and third are still up for grabs. Go comment on the photo of my afghan blocks!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Pub Trivia Treats

My husband Mike and I love playing pub trivia. It's basically competitive nerdiness. The problem is our work schedules make staying out late on a weeknight really rough. We were super happy to find out that there's a pub trivia midday on a Saturday! And it's at a lovely brewery in DTLA! We don't win gift certificates, but the beers are great and quiz-master, Joe, is VERY entertaining. 

There is a taco truck, which is perfectly fine, but we got bored with the food kind of quickly. The upside is you can bring your own food into the brewery. Our team name is Sir Digby Chicken Caesar, which is based on an old Mitchell & Webb sketch where one character screams "I smell sausage rolls!" so I thought it was apropos to bring my own homemade sausage rolls. 

Sausage rolls and a White Nite golden stout
This recipe is SUPER easy. And I say that as a truly amateur baker. Seriously, I don't even own a rolling pin. I rolled out the pastry with a plastic drinking cup covered in flour.


1 package of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry (I don't think the brand matters, but this is the only one they have at Ralph's). Defrost it in the fridge so it's still a bit cold.

1 package of Jimmy Dean Sage Breakfast Sausage (so this I think the brand matters. It's 1 pound of breakfast sausage, but it's higher quality than the store brand and the sage DEFINTELY makes it tastier. If you don't want to get the sage one, just don't get the spicy stuff)

1 egg

A bit of flour, just to dust your surfaces

1. Preheat the oven for 400 degrees F. Grease two cookie sheets. 

2. Unfold the puff pastry, and cut into 12 or 24 even pieces (the ones in the picture are cut into 24, so they're perfect for sharing, but I usually only cut them into 12). On a floured surface, roll the pastry just a few times. Don't over-roll it, just one or two rolls on each piece.

3. Put an equal amount of sausage on each pastry. Make sure to leave at least a quarter inch around each side of the pastry.

4. Whisk the egg with a splash of water. Brush the egg on the edges of the pastries. Fold the pastry around the sausage, so the pastry is pinched closed around all sides. 

5. Take a knife and cut one or two slits on the top of each pastry. Use the remaining egg to brush the tops.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Once the pastry is golden brown, they should be ready, but I like to cook them slightly longer so the pastry gets crispy. Just make sure the sausage is fully cooked.

That's it! Super easy, right?

Oh, and these sausage rolls might be lucky. We won trivia that week! Woo hoo!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Dinosaurs and Crochet Patterns!

Welcome to Tomboy Nanny! Lately I have been participating in many craft fairs and farmers markets. Please check the calendar to the right for my next fair.

My crochet patterns can also be found on Ravelry and Craftsy.

Friday, April 27, 2018

I'll be at the Playa Vista Farmers Market tomorrow

Want to pick up some of these cuties? Come to the Playa Vista Farmers Market! It's open tomorrow 9am-2pm, and it's right in a shopping area, so there's plenty of parking.

And I'll also be showing off a BRAND NEW DINOSAUR! Who can it be?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The dinosaurs are going to a museum!

I'm so excited! My dinosaurs will be featured at the Craft and Folk Art Museum on May 5th and 6th! 

Can you believe it?!

Also, that means my dinosaurs will be across the street from the La Brea Tar Pits, which is cool too!

Here's a few photos of the front of this museum. Something tells me I'll fit in just fine.

Monday, March 12, 2018

What I learned from selling in the rain

On Saturday, I sold at my very first farmers' market in Playa Vista (a very affluent area right on the ocean in Los Angeles). All week, I was checking the weather and I knew it was going to rain pretty much the entire time. So far, I have been lucky with my outdoor markets and fairs, which meant this was a first for me. 

Luckily when we got there, it was just barely misting for our set up. Farmer Mark, the director of the market was very friendly and helpful, and our booth neighbor was super nice, too. I sadly don't remember her booth's name, but hopefully I'll see her again.

The market started at 9:00, and by 10:30 it was raining. Again, we lucked out that the wind didn't really start up until after the rain calmed down. We barely made a profit, but it was quite a learning experience.

Here's a few things we learned while trying to sell in the rain:

1. Even if it's just a little drizzle without any wind, move your items a good 6 inches in (at least) from the edges of your tent. Remember, there's a possibility of splashing, so don't put any of your items lower than a foot off the ground. Our booth neighbor gave us this suggestion, and it definitely helped!

2. Make sure to check your tent for leaks! Also, as the rain keeps coming down, it will pool on top of your tent, and then randomly fall off. When no one was in my booth, I tried to push the water off of my tent, so it wouldn't drench customers.

3. Yes, traffic will definitely be compromised by the rain, but you'd be surprised how many people brave the elements to shop! Since the forecast said rain would be heavy around 10, the first hour had way more customers, and we even sold a few dolls.

4. You will get soaked. It's just a fact. Since your first priority will be to keep your items dry, you'll probably be systematically checking everything. I'd rather get rained on than have my dinosaurs get soggy! Dress warmly!

5. I wish I had brought an extra jacket or sweatshirt. Not to wear during the market, but to change into after the market was over. We had about a 45 minute drive home, and we had to sit in the car in cold, wet clothing. Luckily we didn't get sick.

6. Be sure to shop at the other booths. They're struggling to make a sale as much as you are, and you guys are pretty much the only ones braving the elements. Since traffic is going to be slow, why not get some snacks (my husband got some seriously fantastic "kitchen sink" hummus) and help out your neighbors!

7. Try to stay positive. It's not the organizer's fault that the weather's less than ideal. A lot of times you won't be allowed to pack up and leave early, and even if it's allowed it doesn't look good. By the end of the market, it was definitely hard to stay cheerful while cold, wet, and not making much money. But if you're frustrated and annoyed, not only could you rub potential customers the wrong way but also the event organizers!

Overall, I'll be back in Playa Vista on April 28, so keep your fingers crossed for a sunny warm Saturday!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Farmers Market This Saturday!

The Playa Vista Farmers Market is truly adorable. Along with fresh produce, there were vendors selling clothing, accessories, and all types of cute things. There were a lot of kid-friendly items, but I didn't see any crocheted items or stuffed animals. So I signed up to sell there this Saturday!

If you're near Playa Vista this weekend, please stop by! Here's the website:

I've rented a tiny space, just to see how it goes. But if I sell just two dinosaurs, I believe I'll break even.