one last outfit (well, maybe)

9.29.2010

I finally decided it was time to make a complete outfit.  Yes, I do admit that I make things just because I feel like it and then of course end up with nothing that matches in my girl's wardrobes.  So most of the time they mix and match (quite haphazardly I might add) at their whim. 


Just a simple peasant style tunic/dress/whatever you want to call it.  Some knit striped leggings made from a dress I bought for a few bucks at old navy and a cute little corduroy belt. 



Natalie's been into belts lately, so I thought she'd like it with this top, to make it look less like a potato sack.  The top is made with a double gauze Trefle print by Kokka that I picked up a Crafty Planet a while back.


She wore it to school - so that's a good sign!

Rosanne's Apple Pie Squares

9.27.2010

Yes, I know this isn't a food blog, but I do have a really awesome apple recipe to share with you today.  You see, I grew up in the Apple Capital of Minnesota, so I just happen to know the world's greatest apple pie square recipe from a family friend of mine, Rosanne. 


She's been working in the apple industry for over 30 years and knows pretty much everything there is to know about baking with apples, and everything else about apples for that matter.

One of the things I've learned is that the variety of apple is the thing that counts.  For this recipe I used Wealthy apples.  Now I'm not sure what kind of varieties grow in your area, but it never hurts to take a drive out to an orchard, or ask your grocer what's the best for making pies.  There are over 2,500 varieties just in the US, just at my local orchard there are over 30! 

Enough with my rambling and on with the recipe...


Snowy Glazed Apple Pie Squares

2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup shortening
milk
8 medium size tart apples (pared and sliced) or about 5 cups
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs separated
1 1/2 cups corn flakes (crushed)
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Combine flour and salt in bowl.  Cut in shortening.  Beat egg yolks and add enough milk to make 2/3 cup.  Add to mixture; toss lightly.  Divide dough in half, roll one portion to fit a 9" x 13" pan.  Sprinkle with corn flakes.  Spread apples over flakes.  Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over apples.  Roll out remaining dough.  Place on top. Seal edges.  Beat egg whites until foamy.  Spread on crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Cool slightly.  Spread with glaze.

Glaze:
Combine 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons water (or milk), and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.


I just have to note that even if you don't think you're very good at making pie crusts, give this one a try, trust me, it doesn't have to look perfect.

And here's a list of my favorite varieties of apples: Fireside, Regent, Cortland, Haralson, and Honeygold.

Enjoy!!

it's giveaway time!

9.24.2010

ready for some fun?

head on over to MADE to enter, 3 winners will be chosen to win Runaround Bag Patterns!

leggings

9.23.2010

A staple in our house.  When we run out of leggings to wear I know it's been too long since I've done laundry.  And yes, most of the time I'm perfectly happy buying them at target or old navy.  But since I have the pattern and it's kids clothes week, I figured I might as well use up some knits!


I had gotten the polka dots at Hobby Lobby a looong time ago.  It's not really a high quality knit, but it'll work for these four little legs. 




I did choose to make the waist bands taller on both pairs like Ashley suggests, seems to help make them stay put better.  And making these are just why I love my serger that much more. 

red, red shirt

9.22.2010

stay close to meeee...

Just kidding. But I can't get that song out of my head.

My first project for Kids Clothes Week Challenge going on over at Elsie Marley.



I had gotten the diamond mine voile a while back with intentions of making something for Natalie. She used to love the color red, and now she's migrating towards pink, but only because all her friends at school love pink.


Turns out she loves it. And I love it.



I omitted the v-notch at the neckline and used a longer pattern piece than the blouse piece. I wanted it to be more of a tunic length, you know, to go with her new jeggings. I love to tease her about her jeggings.

Runaround Bag Pattern

9.20.2010


In this pattern you’ll find:
  • step-by-step instructions with professional illustrations for making one Runaround Bag
  • full size print-at-home pattern pieces
  • two interior pocket options
  • magnetic snap option
  • includes License to Sell!!!
By purchasing this pattern, I also give you (the purchaser of this pattern) the rights to sell finished Runaround bags (on a home based scale). Additional information regarding the license to sell is included in the pattern.

Materials needed:
  • 3/4 yard exterior
  • 3/4 yard interior
  • 1/2" double fold bias tape (store bought or handmade)
  • 14mm magnetic snap (optional)
  • 8” zipper (optional)
  • 1 1/2 yards fusible woven interfacing
  • thread
  • water soluble pen
Approx. Finished Dimensions:
15.5" wide
25.5" total height
13" handle drop
5.5" across base

This is an 14 page PDF pattern with full size print-at-home pattern pieces and includes detailed step-by-step instructions with professional illustrations and full color photographs.

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Runaround Bag

9.18.2010

This is my latest bag design I've been working on, well, just about forever.  Not really, but when I was writing up my fold-over bag tutorial, this was another design I sketched out thinking I would make it my first pattern.  So things don't always go as planned, but I'm really happy with the results, and happy that this will be my second pattern!


I'm hoping to have things all wrapped up by this weekend so I can get it ready for sale starting on Monday. 

I'm calling it the Runaround Bag because I think it's the perfect size for running errands and regular day to day stuff.  It'll hold all your goodies, but not so many that your should will feel like it's breaking off!


The pattern includes full size pattern pieces, two pocket options, and a magnetic snap option.  I loved making these bags!

I'll just show you a few sneak peeks to tease you, have a great weekend!

my great find

9.15.2010

Okay, I'm sure some of you will laugh at this.  But anyway.  I never go to thrift stores, sure I think it would be fun and love to hunt for treasures, but really, I just don't take the time.  I've tried hitting garage sales around the area this summer with not much success.  I looked all summer for an upholstered chair or something I could re-cover.

Then we stumbled upon this gem:


My mom and I were shopping up in Minneapolis and we drove by a garage sale on the way to our next stop.  At first I said, "oh let's stop, they have furniture!" and then "no don't stop, I don't want to take the time."  Luckily my mom stopped anyway and we were just going to do a drive by to check things out when I spotted the bench!  I jumped out of the car and pretended no to jump for joy when I saw it was only $8. 

Yippy!


So there you have it, it's my find of the year and I plan on recovering it, but first I just want to stare at it for a while. 


In other news, I'm back to work 3 days a week now instead of 2, so I'm still struggling with the adjustment.  Who would have thought that adding one more day would make such a difference?

I also have a fun something coming up for next week hopefully, so I'll just be crossing my fingers hoping that I get over this cold I've got so I can get the project finished up!  I don't think I've sewn anything in 5 days, now that's a record!

creature comforts

9.13.2010

Just thought I'd share a random assortment of things that have made life more comfortable around here.  I know, that just sounds dorky, but whatever.

If anyone is still planning on doing some road tripping, this funny little bugger was quick to make. 



nothing like kicking back and relaxing with your favorite movie in the car...




In fact, I made two for my girls very last minute before we drove here this summer:



This next one I meant to make ages ago when Crafterhours first shared it.  And then I actually stumbled upon their inspiration tutorial here which spurred me on to finally making one.  I used recycled cereal boxes and ended up using an Elmer's spray glue to secure all the fabric in place.  I wanted to make a whole drawer full, but realized I just didn't have enough kid friendly drawer space I could give up.  So it holds their silverware for now...



Lastly, I ended up doing some mending of a favorite pair of jammies that mysteriously got ripped.  Nothing fancy, just sewed another piece of knit right on top of the hole. 



I had a blast shopping on Saturday, and found some pretty fun stuff.  I'll have to show you my find of the year in another post, I'm really excited about it.

baby warhol dress

9.11.2010

Why did I wait so long to make one of these (I think I say that a lot to myself)?  I even had the pattern pieces printed out and taped together the same day when Dana posted it. 



I love how it came together so quickly.  A couple of recycled t-shirts and there you have it!  This is the 6-12 month version for my friends' new baby girl.  They love music and so I thought this was a very fitting choice.  I didn't even serge any of the edges either, gotta love knits! 


Wish I could've tried it on an actual baby, they make everything look so much cuter.  I cannot wait to make more for my girls, since they just loved it when they saw it hanging next to my sewing table yesterday morning.


I'm also really excited because today I'm headed up to the cities (that is the Minneapolis/St. Paul area in MN for all you non-midwestern folks) sans children.  Wahoo!  Haven't had a shopping trip like that for a long time.  I'm planning on going here, and here, and here

baby pants Rae style!

9.09.2010

Had to snag up Made by Rae's Big Butt Baby Pants pattern the other day, did you?  You can't go wrong with a well fitting pants pattern.  Of course there has been a few babies born (and almost born) that I can sew for.  As an added bonus and the biggest size should be plenty big for Emily and I can't wait to make her a bunch for the fall and winter. 



I love this pink bears print, I had picked it up at one of my local quilt shops (which is now closed for good and I'm really missing it - she always carried the cutest Japanese prints).  I figured it was about time I cut into it.  It's perfect for a baby girl.



Oh, and don't even get me started about this elephant print.  I'm not even lying when I say that I have wanted this fabric for sooo long.  I was so excited when I jumped on Hawthorne Threads the other day and saw these cuties staring at me.  Kind of a sickness, I know.  Anyway, I didn't hesitate to load up my shopping cart!


I'm excited to meet my nephew who will soon be wearing these teeny baby pants!


PS.  I really want to ask this random question and find out what you think about the advertising towers on my blog.  I added an additional one the other day and I hope that it doesn't make my blog feel too commercial.  I was really hesitant to add a second tower, but the bit of moola that I get from having them there helps fund the fabric budget.  But really, I'd love to hear your opinions...

a collection of sorts

9.07.2010


You know that pillow I made for my bed, right?  Well, it just so happens we're at the stage here that anything my daughter's see, they have to have one too.  Of course I can't say no.  Pillows are just the easiest way to add some fun to any room and change them out when you're tired of them. 


I tried and tried to find some cute clothing pattern that I could use to make something out of this half yard of carmel town I had gotten.  It was driving me kind of crazy.  Just a half yard, and I had the hardest time finding a coordinating print.  Seems like the Japanese prints just have a bit of a different color palette. 


Anyway, I ended up finding this lovely zig zag print by Ann Kelle.  Love it.  I had to order more of her prints too, right up my alley.  Bold, bright, and fun! 


So now Natalie can add yet another pillow to her collection...

** Just want to add in about the tree:  I had saw a similar pic on the BH&G website about 3 years ago, I used chalk to draw the tree on the wall and then painted it by hand with regular craft cheapo craft paint.**

this old ironing board

9.04.2010

Love projects like this one, part sewing, part painting.  I think that's why I dove head first into sewing.  For the past however many years of being homeowners, we've been remodeling, now onto our second - and probably final - home.  I am a huge fan of This Old House, have painted nearly every surface in our house (sometimes twice),  am pretty confident using power tools, and I think I'm not too shabby with the wet saw. 

We've spent long hours fixing up the house we live in, but now there's only one or two smaller-ish projects left.  So I find myself looking at older houses in town when I drive by thinking how cool it would be to fix that one up, oh wait, that one, no that one!  I'll probably never get to fix up another house, but that's where you luck out, it'll make me dive farther into the sewing realm...

And so you might not have noticed, but I've never shown my ironing board in my tutorials.  There's a reason for that:



YUCK!

So I had this fabric, no idea of what I was originally going to use it for, and some bias tape, and a can of spray paint.


One ugly ironing board, turned slightly more pleasing to the eye. 


I also picked up this handy little ironing board hook, so the iron and the ironing board reside neatly tucked away behind the closet door when not in use (that is, when I actually take time to put it away).


If you think it's time for an ironing board overhaul check out these tutorials:

Ironing Board Cover Tutorial @ Comfortstitching

Ironing Board Makeover Tutorial @ Make Something
Super Easy Ironing Board Cover Tutorial @ U -Handbag
How to make an Ironing Board Cover @ The Purl Bee
Jazzy Ironing Board Cover @ Sew4Home
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