I have been super distracted lately with something's going on in the family. So I haven’t posted any projects on the ol’ blog. So when I logged on this morning to start a little post I was really surprised to see a lot of traffic when I haven’t posted anything. So of course I had to check it out and I was more than a little surprised to see this post at Apartment Therapy. First off I hadn’t given my permission to post it and no one had even contacted me to let me know they were using it. But I don’t really care, since I’m not trying to sell anything and really I post stuff so other people can use the ideas and it was an awesome feature. PLUS it increased my audience. In one day this post had over 1,000 views and for a little blogger like me that’s a lot. BUT the funny part is the comments. Seriously the debate about whether my little project should be considered art is hilarious!! It was just the little laugh I need this morning so thank you!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
I have two awesome sisters, and one of them is about to have her 2nd baby but first girl so I have been making her a couple of things. Mostly I’m posting these for my mom and sister to see but I hope you enjoy them too. Here are two the the projects I’m finished with.
Your nursing cover. I love this fabric, I hope you do too!
And a diaper and wipes holder for inside your diaper bag. I’m not sure how I feel about this one, what do you think?? It’s super easy to make if you what something a little different.
oh and it’s lined
Let me know what you think. Please…
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
So I made up another bread recipe today. ( I know I have a disease) This one was inspired by my trip to the grocery store. I went there to get the apple cinnamon instant oatmeal for my Apple Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal bread and I saw that Quaker makes a Raisin Date Walnut instant oatmeal and as my luck would have it, it was on sale so I thought I would try it and (luckily I restrained myself from getting all the varieties that were on sale).
2 cups of warm water
1/2 cup of honey
2 TBS yeast
5 1/2 – 6 cups of flour (mixture of wheat and bread flour)
5 packets of Raisin Date Walnut instant Oatmeal
3 TBS of butter or canola oil
1 tsp. of salt
add all of the ingredients in your mixing bowl in the above order and mix for 2 minutes add enough flour that your dough just begins to clean the sides of the mixing bowl. Let rise until it doubles, punch it down and knead it a few times. Form it into loaves or what have you. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-32 minutes. Bask in the heavenly smells emanating from your oven as your bread bakes and ENJOY!!
Today I had enough dough to make 2 loaves plus some pull-a-parts for the kids after school snack.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
A couple of years ago my friend Heather taught me how to make a handbag out of a placemat so I know this is not a new idea. BUT the other day I was at WM and saw the COOLEST placemats and the first thing I thought was those would make the best bags so of course I had to give it a go again. This is what I created with 2 placemats and a few embellishments. I’m really happy with it and in the words of my husband…
“I can’t believe you made that.” Yeah, me either.
I would normally show you how I did this but I decided that if I were to make it again I would do it differently so I’ll just hit the highlights.
2 place mats (these were only $3.00!)
material for lining and pocket
snap, grommets, rings, purse clip ( all optional)
I just used a quick cut, from the sewing sections that was just slightly bigger than the placemat on all sides.
first I added a pocket to the lining I added a snap to keep the pocket closed.
Then I added a side sections to both sides of the placemat, (this is the part I would do differently)
So it ends up like this.
Then I sewed in a piece of elastic on both sides so it would have the ruffled look.
then I sewed the lining in. *NOTE* about sewing this stuff. You’ll want to use your longest stich if you make your stich to small it will just make it perforated and it will just make holes in it and use a heavy duty sewing needle.
I used the rest of the 2nd placemat to make a strap and then I just started adding little embellishments.
I also added a purse snap.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Our oldest boy turned five today and he LOVES Star Wars so I made him a Darth Vader lamp to go in his bedroom.
I got this lamp from a lady I purchased a dresser from, we were just finishing up loading the dresser in the back of the van when she says “yeah, do you want this lamp too?” I looked at it and thought, ummmm NO! It smelled horrid and it looked like
the 80’s had a little too much fun
with the 70’s and produced
this lamp. See what I mean?
But I took it as not to hurt her feelings and I thought I might be able to do something with it.
So I got some new plastic because the old plastic smelled.
I used the old plastic as a pattern
Okay now doesn’t this lamp shade look cool like this? I need to find another lamp ASAP! So cute.
I used spray adhesive to cover all the panels with black material.
While I was working on the shade my hubby pained the bottom part black.
I used hot glue and double fold bias tape to put it all back together.
SEE LOOK HOW COOL IT LOOKS WITH THAT NEW PLASTIC. I SERIOUSLY NEED ANOTHER LAMP TO REDO ASAP.
Then I added a simple cape.
I added a Darth Vader mask I got off a Halloween costume that I just happened to get on clearance for $ 3.00.
All done! He loves it, I just hope it doesn’t give him nightmares.
AFTER so much better!