Sunday, July 31, 2011

Oliver + S Backpack

The temperatures here have been over 100 degrees and the heat sucks the energy right out of me.  This may be the reason I haven't been up to sewing much lately.   I did recently take the time to make the backpack out of the book, Oliver + S Little Thinks to Sew.   I like the book but the only complaint I have with it is you have to trace the patterns because the ones in the book are double sided.  If you cut a pattern out of the book you will mess the pattern on the other side up.  Below are some pictures of my E's backpack.   It took me two days working a few hours each day to complete it.  The most time consuming part was tracing the patterns. The lining of the bag was made out of one of my husband's old shirts.

SnapShots Photography

A few months ago, I attended Ashley Ann's SnapShots Photography class.  Let me just tell you it was awesome.  She simplifies the techniques for using a dslr camera.  Ashley puts it in people terms and not professional photography terms and the class is hands on.  I have attended other photography classes that were mainly classroom teaching with very little hands on learning.  I'm a hands on learner and you can tell me something a hundred times but until I do it myself I will not learn.

I went to the class thinking we would learn about aperature, shutter speed and ISO's, but we learned so much more.  The best lesson was the very first thing she taught, rules of composition.  I knew a few of the composition rules but never had thought about the rest.  I think those rules can be more important to great photography than aperature, shutter speed, etc.

Our first hands on photography session was of Ashley's adorable children.

Thank you Ashley for a great class.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Yummy Recipes!

I want to share a few recipes from my Pinterest page that my family has tried and approved.

Smashed White Bean & Avocado Sandwich - Delicious!!!  I used fresh added fresh tomatoes from my garden, toasted the bread and left out the cucumbers.

Chicken Flauntas with Jalapeno Jelly

Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas -
Made a few with just cream cheese and cheese and they were delicious.

Cilantro Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas -
These were very good but next time I will leave out the jalapeno.  I used homemade salsa verde and it already had some heat to it so I suggest testing the salsa verde and adjusting accordingly.

Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, & Chocolate Chip Cookies - All I can say is Yummy!

 These are just a few recipes I have discovered on Pinterest.  I see so many yummy recipes and I don't know if my waist can handle trying them all. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Felt Learning Board

Felt Learning Board

Supplies needed:
Stretched canvas
Staple gun and staples
Several pieces and colors of felt.

This project is simple to create. 

Trim your piece of felt leaving at least two inches
Staple around sides of canvas pulling felt tight.

After stapling the felt to the frame on the back of the canvas trim excess felt.

I cut out and sewed together the felt to create a heavier and sturdier letter and number.

  Felt sticks to felt.

Posted by PicasaThis is a great project to be used as a learning tool or to play with. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Another Homemade Gift

I made another homemade birthday gift.  Again this purse is for a four year old little girl.  She is one of E's favorite little friends and they get along great together.  We didn't get to go to the party but we dropped the gift off on our way out of town early that morning. The next morning at church we saw her walking in the front door carry her purse full of goodies.  She loved it! 
Zipper pouch with her intial "E".
Purse with small flower pin.
Large flower pin.
Purse with the large flower pin.

I love giving and receiving handmade gifts.  If I'm going to continue with the homemade gifts for Christmas I better get started because Christmas is right around the corner and I don't want to fill rushed. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Dave Ramsey Envelopes

Very basic instruction will add more detail later.

Right sides together cut to 7 1/2 by 8 1/4.

Sew around leaving an opening on the short side.

 Turn fabric and press

 I sew the snaps on felt and then on to the pocket.

sew snaps on each side in the middle

missed a picture camera went dead, snap together and sew up the sides.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Designing your own fabric.

I just discover a site where you can design your own fabric and then order it.  This is a great thing because I am constantly get ideas in my head about what kind of fabric I want to use with different projects.  When I start shopping around at local fabric shops, online and some larger hobby/fabric shops I can never find the kind of fabric I dream about for certain projects.  Now I can just get online and design my own. The fabric maybe a little pricey, but in some cases and for certain projects it's worth it to me to pay a little higher price to get what I want.  If you would also like to design your own fabric try out Spoonflower.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

It can be addictive, Pinterest!

Probably a month or so ago, I read a post on another blog about Pinterest.  When I read the description I knew I wanted to join.  I have so many bookmarks on my favorites list and I often forget why I have them bookmarked but I don't want to go through each one to remember why it's bookemarked. Pinterest is an online catalog and you can catagorize your finds on you personalized boards.  So instead of going through each bookmark on my toolbar, I can see photos of the things I've pinned. 

You've gotta try it!  Pinterest!!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Homemade Gifts - Linen Bucket, Crayon Roll, Cake Balls

These are a few of the projects I have made over the past few weeks.  All were gifts.  I made the fabric bucket as a baby shower gift and filled it with baby shampoo, boogie wipes and lotion.  I made the crayon roll for a 2 year old little boy who is a friend of my son and the cake balls were for my E's Easter party at school.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Ultimate Blog Party 2011

A few days ago I found the 2011 Ultimate Blog Party.  I thought it sounded interesting and decided to join in.

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

A little about myself :
  • I'm a follower of Christ
  • Wife and mother to a 2 year old trying to find his independence.
  • I love to sew and my sewing goal for 2011 is to give homemade gifts instead of store bought gifts.
  • I love Dr. Pepper!!
  • I also enjoy baking when I have a little extra time.
  • An aspiring photographer in need of a lot more practice.
My blog is about sewing projects, trying new recipes and trying to tackle photography with who knows what else thrown in.  I'm heavy on pictures and light on words.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Barnyard Birthday Party

We celebrated E's birthday a month ago at the local Pizza Hut and the birthday party had a barnyard theme.  I called the Target bakery and asked if they could decorate cookies with cows, pigs and sheep and of course they said yes.  When we picked them up we were very pleased.  They could not have matched the barnyard decorations any better.  They were perfect.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Birthday Present For Little Girl - Purse

One of my goals for 2011 is to make homemade gifts.  This is my first homemade gift of the year.  A purse for a 4 year old little girl.  She loved it!  The purse was quick and easy to make.  Picking out the fabric from my stash and sewing the purse together took less than two hours.  Picking the fabrics probably took longer than actually sewing the purse together.

Here is the link for the purse tutorial from Little Girl Pearl.  I also stuck inside the purse a scratch paper notebook and pen and a Lil Cutie Pouch from Noodlehead.