Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I realized that with everything that has been going on in our little family, I never posted Lily's Halloween costume! I worked many hours on this, and I am quite pleased with how it turned out. I used Simplicity pattern #3594, cut at a size 4. It took 2 skeins of yarn, fuzzy fleece, satin, and lots and lots of thread (mostly because I kept having to pick everything out), and a new sewing machine. I wouldn't say that it saved us money, but the quality of the costume was so much better than last year's store-bought costume. Plus there was the added bonus of it being unique
(Old Navy has cute costumes, but I tend to see them over and over). It was fun to make, and I will probably attempt next year's costume, too. I thought I had picked a simple costume, but there were so many different sewing techniques. It definitely was a great project for learning and also for sparking a new found interest in sewing!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
As you can see, we made everything coordinating.
This is the onesie I did. I cut it out with my Cricut, and then zig-zagged stitched around the edges. I accidentally kinked the handle of the rattle, but a piece of ribbon stitched over it fixed a bit.
This is the bag. You can probably tell that this is the Hip Mama bag, again. We used interfacing this time, and it was much stiffer. Something odd though is that there was no interfacing on the back side, so next time, I will definitely add this in.
Here are two burp clothes I made, using extra fabric, ribbon, and cloth diapers. I then folded them up and tied them together with a ribbon. I got the pattern from here:
Then, I had to make a coordinating card to go with everything. At this point, it was about 3:00 in the morning, so I just pulled out the cuttlebug for the tag and some inking around the edges. The tag says, "For you with love."
All in all, I think it was a success, or at least fun to make at any rate.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
This is for my aunt and my cousin. We were talking about how to make your own colored brads, in any color, with glitter or not, and I realized I told them the wrong directions. Here is the right way, from Okieladybug on the Cricut messageboard:
"I hold the brad with tweezers, put it in front of the heat gun, count to like 10, dip in the red, put in front of the heat gun again if needed, then dip it in the white glitter powder and put the brad in front of the heat gun again if needed. It sounds like it takes a long time to do them but I did a couple dozen in no time."
I haven't tried this, but the pictures look cute. Give it a try!
Monday, October 6, 2008
This is the applique I cut out on my Cricut. I think I need heavier interfacing, because it wiggled around quite a bit. Also, the fabrics match better in real life. Again, I need to learn to take better pictures.
This is the front with the flap lifted. There are two large pockets on the front and two pockets on the side. There is also a large zipper pocket on the back.
The bag calls for a lot of topstitching, so I used a decorative stitch for it. This picture makes it look messed up, but it really turned out cute.
This is the interior. There are three pockets on one side and two pockets on the other. They are a little puckered because there is elastic on them.
So, what do you think? I think it turned out pretty well. Here are a few notes and suggestions:
-We didn't use interfacing, so it made the bag floppier, but I kind of like the look. If you want a stiffer bag, definitely use the interfacing.
-I would like to try it with the vinyl next time. I think this bag would do pretty well in the washer though.
-Cut the strap out FIRST. Otherwise you might end up with a strap that is a little shorter than you would like.
-The snaps on the body of the bag are kind of high. The top just kind of flops over, and doesn't really meet up. Maybe if the bag was full of stuff or if it were stiffer, it would work better, but if you make a floppy bag like this, I would recommend putting the snaps lower. Also, with the regular notions at Joann, you get one snap for $4.50, but they have a special purse section with 3 snaps for $1.49. They might not be as nice, but seriously, how long are you going to keep this bag?
-I used the serger on some of the pieces. Mandy didn't, and mine seemed to go together more evenly.
-This bag is a lot bigger than it looks, so don't be fooled when you are initially cutting out the bag pieces.
All in all, this was a fun bag to make. If you would like me to make one for you, just let me know (you supply the fabric), or if you want a fun project, try this one!
Oh, here is the link to the tutorial:
Hip Mama Diaper Bag
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Spinach & Swiss Quiche
Makes 6 servings
Prep 5 minutes
1 refrigerated piecrust (from a 15 ounce package)--Don't you love how versatile and easy these are!
5 large eggs
3/4 c milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 of a 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (1/2 cup)
4 ounces of Swiss cheese, shredded (1 cup)--I used cheddar jack
1) Heat oven to 375 degrees. Fit piecrust into a 9-inch pie plate, crimping edge.
2) In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Spread the spinach into the bottom of the prepared piecrust. Pour egg mixture evenly over spinach, then sprinkle with the cheese.
3)Transfer quiche to 375 degree oven and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and continue to bake for 20 minutes, until crust is puffed and browned (cover with foil if browning too quickly). Let stand 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
Let me know how it turns out for you!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
On a brighter note, I got some Heat and Bond and some fat eighths to try out some appliques.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
The cupcakes are shadowed and the edges are inked. I used Stickles on the candle flames. I used Pop-dots to make the cupcakes stick out. I then made the envelope to match. It is a funky color green-yellow in the picture, but it is really cream to match the card. I need to learn to take better pictures.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
So, I saw the new infomercial for the Cricut Expression today, and they showed a quilt that someone made, using appliques she cut out on her Cricut! I had to look up how she did it. Wouldn't the designs be cute on a bag or on a T-shirt? Here are the instructions (I got them from here):
What types of fabric will the Expression cut?
Most of your stiffer cottons, and some denims. Of course, the courser the fabric the tougher it is for Expression’s blade to cut through. You want to purchase smoother fabrics like cottons for cutting on your Expression.
Can I place the fabric right on the cutting mat as is?
No. You will want to prewash your fabric prior to cutting or creating your projects as to prevent fabric bleeding. You then want to purchase a Heat and Bond backing for your fabric, apply it to the fabric and then place the fabric onto the cutting mat for cutting.
How do I cut fabric on the Expression?
After applying necessary Heat and Bonding, you will want to play a little with your machine, since each blade and machine varies slightly. However, we have found that setting your blade on 3 or 4 and setting your pressure dial to medium or high and placing your speed on low to medium are the best ranges for ensuring quality cuts.
How much time does it take to cut fabric with Expression?
That varies depending on your project. However, Cricut can cut a mounted piece of fabric as easily as it cuts paper in just a matter of minutes or even seconds depending on the shape you cut.
Friday, September 26, 2008
*I did make a card for my nephew's birthday, but since it turned out so horribly, I didn't bother to take a picture.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Here is a site that I hope to never be featured on:
Glitter Gone Bad
I am not going to post the name, because you have to see it to believe it
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Here is a hair barrette I whipped up in literally five minutes for Lily before church, and half that time was waiting for the hot glue gun to heat. You take a flower head from any artificial flowers you like (mine was from a flower arrangement my aunt was going to take to the DI), remove the center-it pops apart into two pieces, insert a brad (I used a sparkly one to match her dress), glue a piece of ribbon to a french clip (you can buy these at most craft stores), and then glue the flower on top. That's it! It is so easy and cheap, and you can make them to match any outfit.
This is what the underside looks like.
She also has some other great ideas on her site, and it is one of my new faves to go to. (Thanks to my sis Alicia for having this site linked on her blog!)
It is double sided, with pink flannel on the back.
This is a close-up of the twin stiching. I only had one spool of pink, so I just used white for the second stich. This thread was on the machine when I started using it, so who knows how old it is? It kept breaking on me, which was a little frustrating. I will have to get some new stuff. And yes, that is the pink flannel, it just looks red in this picture for some reason.
My next project is Lily's Halloween costume. I have the pattern half laid out, so when it is done, I will post that as well (if it turns out okay). Wish me luck!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Lily modeling the second dress (yes, this is the best shot I could get):
The first dress we made:
Here is the link to the original tutorial, in case you want to make your own:
Saturday, August 2, 2008
The book, A to Z:
This is the picture showing the animals taken off the velcro:
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Mandy also made a frame that I think is adorable, but she didn't finish it in time to enter the contest. I have a picture of Lily and her stuffed monkey that will look great in this frame!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Sleeping Beauty (Aurora):
I also made Jasmine, but I forgot to take a picture before sending them off. Sorry!