Monday, February 22, 2010
My friend up the street throws great birthday parties. I have had the luck of sneaking in on a few of them for her kids. She just threw a Minnie Mouse party for her 4 year old and it was so sweet. It made me want to dip my toes in to the birthday party arena. I still fear that one a bit and usually just let my kids have a few kids over for a simple celebration. She even made all the little girls red and white or pink and white polka dot skirts, gave them matching polka dot hair bows and mouse ears. These girls were in heaven. Knowing it was a Minnie theme, we decided to roll with that and make her daughter a Minnie outfit for a gift. Inspired by another friend's appliques that she made for her daughters for their recent trip to Disney World, I added a simple applique to a white t-shirt. Then, I made a quick skirt to match, pulling the lace trim off of a bed sheet I had inherited from my mother in law and adding a mini Minnie applique to the bottom. I had a pair of black leggings I bought last year at the end of the season that matched perfect that I added to the outfit. Hopefully, the Minnie lover will love her Minnie ensemble.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Tomato Basil Soup
Combine tomatoes, juice and stock in a large stock pot. Simmer for 30 minutes. Puree, along with the basil leaves, in small batches, in a blender or use a hand held food blender right in the pan.
Return soup to saucepan if you used the blender and add cream and butter while stirring over low heat. Add salt and pepper. Garnish with extra basil leaves. Serve with your favorite bread.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Here's what you need:(2)Outside fabric pieces (see below for the size you will need)
3/8" Grommet kit - 2 grommet sets per pouch
carabeener - the spring loaded clip used to attach to belt loop or backpack
Sizes: For each of the little trinkets in our house, I have figured up the sizes of fabric that work best to hold them. You can always adjust according to what trinkets you have!
- 4"wide X 6"high = iPod, Pokemon cards, baseball cards, Hot Wheels, and Tech Decks
- 4"wide X 5"high = Bakugan, marbles, plastic bugs, plastic dinosaurs
- 5"wide X 6"high = Thomas the Tank Engine trains
- 6"wide X 8"high = Show and Tell and DSi
1. First, the fun part...Let's make the label on the front of the pouch. There are so many ways to do this. What I chose to do is print directly on the fabric, freezer paper stencil and applique. If you are printing directly on the fabric, you can buy fabric sheets designed for your printer or just back a piece of 8 1/2" 11" piece of muslin fabric with a piece of freezer paper the same size to give it the stability it needs to run through the printer. I got this idea from a friend and it works great. I am not sure if it is color safe, but we have no plans to wash these. You can go here for a tutorial on freezer paper stencils and applique is easy too. So, add your label and/or image in the center of the front piece of outside fabric. *Update - I have recieved a few ideas and suggestions that will help with making your printed images (from the ink jet printer) color safe and water resistant. Check here for directions and thanks for the help.3. Put your two pieces of outside fabric right sides together and sew around the three sides leaving the opening at the top using a 3/8"seam. Cut the corner edges off at and angle and turn right side in.
4. Take your two pieces of lining fabric and put them together with right sides facing each other. Sew all around the three sides leaving the top open and a small 2" opening at the bottom. Clip the corner edges and leave inside out.
6. Sew all the way around the top with a 3/8"seam.
7. Pull the outside fabric through the hole of the lining. It will look like this photo.
8. Now tuck the 2"hole of the lining in and sew to close.
10. Mark the center from the side edges 1/2" down. This is where the grommet will go. Do that on both sides of the outside fabric since you will need a grommet set per side. Set grommets according to directions on package. Mine are General brand that I bought at Home Depot because I wanted ones that were big enough to hold the carabeener hook. The carabeeners are available at Home Depot, Lowes, Wal Mart and almost anywhere and come in so many fun colors.
11. Fill it up with trinkets and hook the carabeener hook through the grommets. It's ready to clip on to anything!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Melissa has a new pdf pattern up in the etsy shop for the Sunday Bag. It is awesome. I have seen this bag up close and I love it. It has so much room and is so classy. Plus, she added some kits for the fabric scrapbook she made for the Moda Bakeshop last week. Grab the while they last.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Both Rae from Made By Rae and Dana from Made are teaming up to provide an entire month of posts just for boys. These boys need this as far as I'm concerned. I need this so that my dear boys are reminded that I love them a ton and can just as well make them a little something something like I do their sis. Today Rae has a tutorial that takes a man's shirt and re sizes it for a little boy. That means more upcycling. Dana's making a shirt in 90 minutes. Now, I wish it was the 60 minute shirt, but since I can get it done in the time my kids are napping (okay, I wish they were still napping), then I still want to give it a go. Check it out and get excited for more all month. I have something of my own that I am working on to help in this great cause and it will be up next week. Let's just say it's super simple, but with tons of options!