Published April 28, 2009
Chicken Dinner? No no no – maybe that should be Cookie Spinner?!?
Some great ideas for this cute fabric!
So the winner was randomly chosen because I couldn’t pick myself…..and it is Cory! Just let me know your address and I’ll get some fabric to you! And if you end up making anything with this cute fabric (or really any cute fabric!) you should add pictures to my flickr group.
Published April 27, 2009
Tags: Andalucia, bag, do it yourself, Fabric, handmade, melly & Me, michael miller, Moda, patterns, Patty Young, sewing
This weekend (I’m reclaiming my weekends by the way) I made several things! Yay for sewing! One project was a new bag for me to take to Market. It is from a Melly & Me pattern, Meadow.
I used prints from Moda’s Wonderland and Michael Miller’s Andalucia – plus Amy Butler on the inside.
- Tweedle Dum (light floral)
- Pepper (Polka Dot)
- Kiwi Jester (Green Harlequin)
- Espresso Pod Ditz (Brown Floral)
- Grey Wallflower (inside of bag)
I like how it turned out. And the whole time I was sewing it, I talked to myself in an Australian accent – so that was pretty fun. (Melly & Me is an Australian company…in case you didn’t know.) The instructions were well written and easy to follow. (Just FYI, Australians sew in inches, so you don’t have to convert everything to centimeters!)
The only change I made was adding a zippered pocket to the inside. I figured that a secured area in a bag this large is always a nice option. Zippered pockets are easy to add. I might get around to showing you how some day.
On a related note, my husband has asked if he could be a guest blogger. He would like to show you all the bags I have and take a vote on if I am out of control.
Published April 23, 2009
Famiy , House
It may have been last August or September that I decided I would eventually go mobile with my computing abilities… the time has finally arrived!
Now I have 3 weeks before Quilt Market – and the list of things that HAVE to be done before I venture out of town just keeps growing. (I can’t imagine the workload of the people who actually have a booth at Spring Market!) Lots of work to do….but now I can do much of it outside.
Published April 21, 2009
There is something you probably already know about me – I get bored easily. My husband says my attention span is about a year – I think he’s being rather generous with that estimate. So what does all of that have to do with shopping? Well – I am considering a complete website overhaul. I’ve been messing around with new headers – but I feel like I need more of a change than that – SO if I’m going to do this I figure I need YOUR input!
How do you shop for fabric?
This is how it goes in my mind each time I see a print:
1. That was manufactured by Westminster Fibers (Rowan).
2. The designer is Amy Butler.
3. The collection it belongs with is Daisy Chain.
4. The print name is Kaleidoscope Dots
5. The colorway is Rose.
I know, however, that some people look at the print and go. “Oh cute pink with green dots.” So, I’ve been trying to make my website more shopper friendly for everyone. I believe my website has come a long way since I launched it. Improvements have been made but more can be done. So IF I am going to redo the whole stinkin’ thing, I’d like to get it right! So tell me -
How do you shop for fabric?
Do you come looking for a specific designer,
an exact print,
a “genre” of fabric (ie children’s prints)
a color you need to find,
do you look for “older” prints,
are you shopping for the newest thing out there?
Thanks for your input. I’m not promising anything soon. Another thing you might have realized is that I’m a little bit slow sometimes with getting things done! But that is a trade off I’m willing to accept so that I can be a Mom to my kids too.
You already know I think this fabric is scrumptious….now I want to know what cute creations you would make with this fun fabric. I have some ideas as well – so it’ll be interesting to see how many are similar. I was gonna try to be all fancy – but since I’m taking so long, let’s just say that I’ll pick one project and I’ll send you some of this yummy fabric so you can complete your idea. Let’s say a week? Will that be enough time?
I feel like I’m cheating whenever I post about new fabrics on my blog….but I’m doing it anyway.
You can find them in my NEW Products section! (Yay to new sections…have you notice the Arriving Soon too?)
Bokeh: A photography term, derived from Japanese, that refers to the out-of-focus backgrounds, which are often used to reduce distractions and emphasize the primary subject.
In English: When the backgrounds of a photograph are all blurry but the subject is in focus.
Examples: Visit here. Yep, that Bakerella has bokeh down. There are tons of examples out there, her stuff was just fresh on my mind because I’m experimenting with her cake pops (but that story is for another day!)
Bakerella Cupcake Photograph
This week in my photography class we are experimenting with depth of field. Well, I’ve learned a few things. I have a point & shoot camera but it has a manual setting. (I can adjust the f-stop and aperture.) So I thought getting a shallow depth of field would be manageable. After a gazillion photographs, not one with a blurry background, I went to the web for help. (I had already read my manual and it was no help.)
This is what I learned from Sam. “…If you WANT to defocus the background, you are going to have to work pretty hard at it. You would have to zoom to the longer end of the lens and set the aperture open as wide as it will go… and get pretty close to your main subject while having the background a fair distance away.”
So I set up my tripod, picked a subject matter (pincushion on fabric stack), put it far away from the background matter (bolts of fabric), zoomed in and managed to get a little bokeh. (Other issues of this photograph I won’t address here!)
Yep, honey. I’m gonna need a digital SLR sometime.
PS That little contest is still comin’ up. I’ve just been obsessed with cinnamon rolls and bokeh lately. I’ll get on that post soon!
Published April 13, 2009
Tags: baking, do it yourself
I said I would share with you.
I have tested, tasted and tried recipe after recipe.
The things I go through for you!
Adjusting this and changing that.
This is my best recipe to date.
(I did not say healthiest.)
1 c. Boiling Water
1 c. Butter (yep, I use the real stuff)
2/3 c. Sugar
2 tsp. Salt
2 1/2 Tbsp. Yeast
1 c. Warm Water
6 c. Flour
In a large mixing bowl, pour boiling water over butter, sugar and salt. Cool until lukewarm. In a small bowl, mix yeast in warm water. Add eggs and beat. Add yeast/egg mixture to butter mixture. Add flour and stir. Refrigerate overnight. (It’s sticky dough…that’s okay!)
3/4 c. Brown Sugar (packed)
1/4 c. Flour
1 Tbsp. Cinnamon (I put a heaping tablespoon)
1/3 c. Butter
(Additional 1/4 c. Butter melted for later)
Stir together brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until mixture resembles course crumbs.
Assembly of Rolls:
Divide dough in half. On a well floured surface, roll into a large rectangle that is 1/4 inch thick (approximately 12inches x 8 inches). Brush dough with melted butter, then spread 1/2 of the cinnamon filling evenly over dough. Sprinkle with optional items such as raisins and/or nuts if desired. Roll into a jelly roll. (It’s easiest to start at the back of the rectangle and roll forward.) Seal seams by pinching dough together. Slice jelly roll into 1 inch pieces. Place into a greased baking dish or onto a baking sheet. Brush with melted butter. (Repeat process for second half of dough.)
Place in a warm location until doubled in size. Bake at 425° for about 15 minutes or until brown. Glaze while warm.
1 1/4 c. Powdered Sugar
1 tsp. Light Corn Syrup
1/2 tsp Vanilla
Enough milk or cream, half & half (whatever you have on hand) to reach drizzling consistency. (1 to 2 Tbsp)
Mix all ingredients together. Drizzle over cinnamon rolls.
Published April 10, 2009
Fabric , Fun
Tags: amy butler, baking, do it yourself, Fabric, gift idea, handmade, kitchen, michael miller, Sandi Henderson, sewing
After making the kitchen set for the school auction, I thought to myself
“Wo – man, you need some new kitchen stuff too.”
And so I made myself some new kitchen towels!
Target supplied the organic kitchen towels, I just added the cute fabric along one side.
The fabrics are (from front to back):
Aqua Playful Paisley from Farmer’s Market by Sandi Henderson
Navy Deco Rose from Daisy Chain by Amy Butler
Cookies and Cream by Timeless Treasures
Pink Medallion Bloom from Farmer’s Market by Sandi Henderson
Spring Pomegranate Seeds from Farmer’s Market by Sandi Henderson
One may say, if they were speculating such things, that I like Sandi Henderson’s fabric.
I do. It’s true.
You see the Cookies and Cream fabric?
It’s adorable, don’t you think?
Start thinking of projects to use this Cookies and Cream fabric
Don’t share your ideas quite yet…
Check back soon though for a sweet little contest!
Published April 9, 2009
Tuesday I got a call from the elementary school. Kyle had thrown up. I headed to the school to get him, rented a couple of red box movies, picked up some of the necessary sick tummy food (crackers and sprite), and settled in at home.
Wednesday morning rolled around. Kyle was feeling perfectly fine. He had eaten dinner and breakfast. Wasn’t running a fever or anything. He could not go to school, however, because he had to be well for 24 hours.
So I decided to play hookie too! And I kept Haley home as well. May as well make it a family affair. (Couldn’t convince the hubs, he seems to think we should pay some bills this month.) This new found freedom brought many possibilities – What to do? What to do?
Make a trip to Ikea in Phoenix, of course. (I had been compiling a list of things we needed from there. And the kids love their play land.) Followed by a matinee of Monsters vs Aliens. (The kids loved it. It was a good movie and the 3D didn’t bother me this time) And a trip to Hobby Lobby. (We don’t have one in Tucson. Don’t cry for me…Argentina?)
It all went well until Hobby Lobby. That is when Taylor threw up. *sigh* So we headed back home – and he threw up several times on the way home. Eww – my car is getting professionally cleaned this weekend. It needed it anyway, there was already a milk incident that made things bad to begin with. The puke just pushed it over the top.
Oh and in case you’re wondering, never ever leave your left over Chipotle hidden in the car…for weeks. Boy that gets gross….really gross. (Seriously, I thought it was the milk incident that just wouldn’t go away…once I found and removed the Chipotle the car smelled normal gross – not kill me gross.) I need car help! (Note: None of this is the fault of Chipotle. I still stand by their deliciousness. It’s not their fault my car is a total disaster.)
So the lesson in all of this?
Playing hookie with your kids is a bad bad idea.
And maybe clean your car more often than I do.