Friday, February 5, 2010

The 90 minute shirt

Dana over at MADE is dedicating the entire month of February to BOYS.  
How awesome!  
I've already seen tons of things I want to try out for Wes and his cousins.  
She just posted a tutorial about how to make this "90 minute shirt."  
I didn't time myself but I'd say I came pretty close.  
I think the hardest part was making the pattern, but I pulled through and this is what I ended up with.
It's a second birthday shirt for Mathew!
Now that I've made a pattern I have a lot of different ideas for different style of shirts that I want to try!  If only there were more time in the day :)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sail Boat Onesie

Aren't they cute!? 

Instead of using freezer paper and then having to cut out the shapes with an exacto knife (what a pain) I used my mom's vinyl!  
It worked out great, and was a lot less work!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Freezer Paper Stenciling and Applique

When I was dyeing cloth diapers for burp cloths I threw in a few onesies as well with the hopes of someday trying out the freezer paper stenciling method.
Today, I finally got around to it!

I painted the flowers directly on the onesie.

I painted "Ryann" on a piece of yellow fabric and then appliqued it onto the onesie.

I'm a little embarrassed to say that I hadn't tried either method until today
but I think it turned out pretty good.
I was having some issues with my sewing machine (notice all the skipped stitches?) 
but there isn't much I can do about that!

This is going to my cousin Suni who is having a baby girl in a few months!
Now I just need to figure out what else to give her :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

New Wallet

I lost my wallet in Hilton Head.  

So I made a new one.

And it is exactly what I wanted.
Small enough to fit in my back pocket.
Big enough to fit a bank card, drivers liscense, recommend, and health insurance card.
Perfect. For. Me.

Tree Skirt

We used a beach town under our Christmas tree this year.
A Mr. Bean beach towel.  It looked ridiculous, but our Christmas tree skirt got ruined last year so we had nothing else to use. 

But NEXT year, we will be using THIS...

I got the fabric the day after Christmas at Joanns for 70% off!  It took me quite a while to put it together, and then binding it (by hand) took even longer. 

But I did get it done before we took the Christmas tree down!

I can't wait to use it next year!

Thanks for the pattern from The Polka Dot Chair

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cookie Craft

Todd bought me this book for Christmas.
I'm not sure if he knew I would like the detailed baking and decorating instructions...
or if he just wanted an excuse for me to make cookies. 
Either way I thought it was awesome and couldn't wait to try it out.

Step One...

Bake the cookies! 
The book comes with a yummy recipe and lots of tips and tricks about how to roll out, chill (yes in that order), cut out, and then bake your cookies.

Thanks goodness for parchment paper!

It made the entire process 100 times easier.

Step two...

make the frosting!

You actually make two different batches of frosting.
One to pipe around the edges.
One to flood the inside with.
Their recipe calls for lemon juice and tastes great!

Step Three would be to color the icing, but I didn't take a picture of that sorry.
Step Four...

Use a #2 tip to pipe around the edges. 
I actually used a #3 because Kelsie was using my #2 and I think it would have been better with the 2.
Clearly this was my first time.
My piping skills are really lacking, to put it lightly!

Step Five...

Fill in the center.
I've got to say this was probably my favorite part.
I loved how the icing would just flow to the edges and would be perfectly smooth!

Man, seeing my piping next to the super smooth center makes it stick out like a sore thumb haha!
Next time I'm going to pipe with the same color I fill it with...does that make sense?

Step Six...

Decorate the top.

After the flow frosting was somewhat dry I thought it was fun to go back and add polka dots, stripes, and other decorations.

I really like how some of my butterflies turned out, but I think WES was my favorite!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Good and Bad

I've been really good at trying new things since I've been home
but really bad at blogging them.
So here are a few of my most recent projects.

A Christmas Wreath made out of ornaments and a hanger.  I bought the Ornaments the day after Christmas for 50% off at Target.  I'm still not happy with how the bow looks but I'll work on it next year.

Best. Waffles. Ever.
We ate these Christmas morning and they were awesome.

I made this new headband with 3 flowers on the side.
I found the tutorial for the flower Here.
The entire headband probably took 10 minutes, and I LOVE it.
The best part,  I already had everything I needed.

This one is actually 2 in 1.  I've always loved those burp cloths made out of a cloth diaper
and some cute fabric but had never actually gotten around to making some.
I had never dyed fabric before either and wanted to give it a shot.
I decided to combine the two and absolutely love the results.
I'm glad I conquered my fear of dying (I don't even know if I'm spelling that the right way) and plan
on using it on lots of other projects!

My friend Tasha requested this cake...and I'm so glad she did.
I tried making it with just one cake mix, used tiny pyrex dishes for cake pans and then stacking it really tall.
It looked awesome.
Until it fell over.
I wasn't too disappointed, the inside still looks awesome.
Printing on Fabric.
I can't remember where I read that if you iron freezer paper to the back of
fabric you can send it through the printer...but I'm so glad I did!
I used the method to make these bags of Hot Coco for my neighbors and friends.
I thought it made it look a lot nicer than the ziploc freezer bag I had inside.

I never Got a Picture
But it tasted AMAZING!

  The Banana Cream Pie I made that is.
I used the Pie Crust from The Pioneer Woman and the
Banana Cream Pie Recipie from this Lady on the Food Network.
I recommend 1 1/2 the pudding recipe because 1 just didn't seem like enough.

I'm currently working on...
It is a free pattern download.

Hopefully I'll get it done in time for Christmas next year!

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