Monday, March 29, 2010

Bunny Bags

How cute are these little bags?! I made these to give to the kids in my primary class. I saw something similar in a book that I borrowed from my MIL and decided to give it my own twist. I love how they turned out.
Inside I put a few plastic eggs filled with bunny marshmallows and a little flower pot with a packet of seeds (since our lesson is on being thankful for trees, plants & flowers I thought this would be fun for them to take home).

Thursday, March 25, 2010

TMOC Part 3: Cookbook

My husband and I started dating when I was 17 (he was 22...and given the whole situation, it's a miracle my parents agreed to let us go out, but that's another story all together). He is the oldest of 6 and happens to have a sister just my age (really, our birthdays are just one month apart). In my family growing up, once you turned 10 you had to learn how to do grown-up chores, like mow the lawn and cook and clean. So I had a good 7 years of cooking under my belt when I met his family. Needless to say, I was a little shocked that his sister didn't really know how to cook much. So for Christmas two years ago, since she was no longer living at home, I made her a cookbook. It was compiled of recipes that were all either fast, easy or super cheap (or all of the above). To top it all off, I tried each recipe out first to make sure it wasn't disgusting and took pictures of each one to put in the cookbook. One of the things I hate about cookbooks is that they get professional food stagers and photographers to make the food look perfect. Mine rarely looks like the pictures!

Anyway, she liked it so much that this past October she asked if I was going to be making her another cookbook for Christmas. Hmm...I hadn't really thought of that and it was WAY too late in the year to be taking on something like that (at least for the way I like to do it). After that comment I decided I would make her another cookbook for this Christmas. And I already have an idea (or two) for next year's installment in her series of cookbooks.

So this month I have been compiling and testing and photographing recipes for a cookbook. Since I haven't done any of the computer work on this yet, I don't have anything to show for it. So here are a few pictures of things I included in the last cookbook I made for her.
Grilled Cheese BLT

This will probably take up two or three months in my TMOC. Maybe next time I'll share a few of the new recipes.
p.s. Sorry for all the background info...sometimes I ramble.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

McKlinky is now up

Sorry guys. I totally spaced it yesterday and forgot to add the McKlinky to week 3 of the Round-Up. It is up and running get to showing off! :)

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Mop-Up Round-Up: Week 3

Three weeks down, one to go! I am doing great getting things accomplished. But before I show off the fruits of my labor, I thought I would show off some of yours. There haven't been very many projects linked up...and by that I mean 4. Yep, only 4 so I'll show them all to you! Ready? Here we go!
Shannon over at Quarry Orchard recycled an old *kind of creepy* piece of art from this:

To this:

She also made some lovely sisal covered styrofoam balls.

Next up is Summer from Sumo's Sweet Stuff and she shared a tutorial for an easy baby book:

as well as an ingenious storage solution. Yep, those are gift boxes covered in fabric.

Now for what I've been working on this week.
Projects #1 & 2 - Red Corduroy Skirts
I actually made the skirts before Christmas but just got around to adding the super cute flowers (as well as the hook & eye on mine).

Project #3 - Paper Holder
Remember this post? Of course you don't (that was FOREVER ago!). Anyway, I finally got around to finishing the one I started...also before Christmas. Notice a theme for this week? :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Domesticated Skirt

As soon as I saw this skirt

*The Domesticated Skirt* 

over at Sew A Straight Line I knew I had to try my hand at it. Well it just so happened that my mom wanted to go to Joann that same morning, so off we went in search of three unsuspecting fabrics. I am very pleased with the final outcome.
And I happened to have enough left over for this:
What can I say? I like when we match. :)

I've got a few ideas to tweak it a little bit to help the inside wrapped part stay inside. I'll give an update if I find a solution that I like.

I also have a few projects in mind for some of the scraps, but it might be a while before I get to them.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Clover Candles

I saw these candles on the Martha Stewart website that had blades of grass glued to them. I like the look but came up with an idea that I like even better. I glued clovers to my candles instead of grass...and I love them! They make me smile every time I walk by them. I just used a glue stick (like Martha suggests) to attach the clovers and then put a coat of Mod Podge over them for protection (I have no idea if they are safe to burn, you'd have to ask Amy, but I have no intention of burning them anyway). I also tried using Mod Podge in place of the glue stick, but it wasn't any easier and a little bit I would stick with the glue stick.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pictures are up

I finally got around to uploading pics for week #2 of the Round-Up.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Mop-Up Round Up Week Two

Week two was not as productive as week one for me as far as crafting goes. We spent the last several days trying to learn how to use the potty and boy is it exhausting! Here is my round up for this week:

Project 1 - Luck Wreath
Wait, you can't see the wreath in this picture. That's what I get for trying to take a pic while hubby was in the room! He thinks it looks like he has a halo over his head.

Project 2 - Case for body pillow
I made this using leftovers of the sheet set that I turned into curtains and a bed skirt.

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Mop-Up Round-Up: Week 1

Well, this was definitely the motivation I needed to get things done! I was very productive this week (although I'm not going to share everything I accomplished just yet...we're starting potty training soon, so I probably won't get much done that week but still want to have something to share with you all).

Mop-Up #1 - Bow Wreath
I LOVE ribbon wreaths and especially love the look of this one. Although I think it still needs something...I'm just not sure what. I know that it is no where near Christmas, but this ribbon was taken off of Christmas packages (I just can't bring myself to throw it away) and seeing it in the box on my floor, well, I just couldn't resist.

Mop-Up #2 - Bloomers Turned Skirt
I love the paisley fabric, but the shape of these bloomers was not made for my child. So, I whacked off the bottom (which was only about 1/2" in the longest part) and added some ruffled eyelet fabric along with a little eyelet flower and now it is a cutie skirt!
*please excuse the poor "before" picture...this was actually taken after I had sewn the eyelet ruffle along the bottom, but hopefully you get the picture of how they looked*

Mop-Up #3 & #4 - Shirt Turned Skirt
Yes, I have a thing right now for making skirts for my little girl. I'll have done 5 by the time the Mop-Up is over! These were hand-me-downs from my sister's neighbor. I always liked the pattern of the fabric, but I didn't love they way they looked on her. So after being inspired by Disney (specifically this post) I decided that those shirts were about to meet the sewing machine.

Now it's your turn! Link up some of the projects you finished this week! I can't wait to see them and next week I plan on showing off some of your accomplishments as well.