Monday, December 21, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Here are a couple of close-ups of the panel. All the pieces are ironed on and then satin stitched around to secure and keep the fraying at bay.
I did just a little bit of hand stitching in different areas. The smoke coming from the chimney is just a running stitch placed a bit randomly. Obviously, the buttons, eyes and beads on the snowmen where done by hand as well. The last hand work was a blanket stitch around the bear. There was just no way I wanted to try and maneuver those curves through my machine.
I have enough left over material for a good start on another blanket. My husband is now wondering when HE gets a blanket! At least it's a good excuse to do some more sewing in the near future.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
(Wipes off cobweb and blows away dust)
Yep, I'm here. The past two + week hiatus was very unplanned. However, I have a beautiful new niece! After that visit, time was spent at my parents home (an Internet wasteland) since Mr. K had several business trips.
I'm hoping to get back into the swing of thing, but I am miserably behind in all house work and blogging. (Unfortunately, the house does come first.)
Monday, March 16, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Fluffy Banana Cake
(set oven to 350*)
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup sour milk (2-3T lemon juice or vinegar plus milk to make 1/2 cup)
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Grease and flour a 9x13 dish. Pour in mixture. Bake at 350* for 30 to 35 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
My problem was a naked window. Just a plain, ordinary window in my kitchen. But this plain, ordinary window allowed full sun to come in our home every morning practically blinding us while we ate breakfast. My kids and I needed to be able to eat our food in a half-conscience way or else the day was just not the same.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
So, what does any delusional sewer do? Why, get out the scissors and start cutting, of course!
Here is the way the comforter started. Very simple and sweet.
The panels are made from one of the sheet sets. Behind the stripe fabric is a white fabric to give it more body when on the bed. I even got up the nerve to try my hand at making my own bias tape from the solid sheets. Sew some rope in the bias and you get piping for a little something extra.
This picture was taken in our previous home. Funny thing is, if I were to take a picture of the new diggs, the only difference would be the color of the walls. Paint will be applied as soon as windows can be opened without freezing our little booties off.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
5 cups sliced, peeled apples
2 to 4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup regular rolled oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter
Place apples in an 8x1 1/2 inch round baking dish. Stir in sugar.
For topping, in a mixing bowl combine oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Cut in butter till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping over apples.
Bake in a 350* oven for 30-35 minutes or till fruit is tender and topping is golden. Serve warm with ice cream, if desired.
(Recipe from Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book, pg 125)
For best flavor, use two or three varieties of apples. (I used gala and granny smith.) This makes the dessert have a much fuller flavor.
What better dessert to have on a cold winter day with friends?
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Image via Amazon.com
There are so many yummy little project to keep me busy and surrounded by happy colors until summer is in full swing. Booties? Of course. Hats? Yep. Bloomers? I'll take two, please!
The cherry on the top was going out again yesterday to Joann's and getting to pick out some material to actually do the projects instead of just looking at the book. The ones on the left are fat quarters (for $1) and those on the right are knits. Aren't they pretty?!
Now, there has been no sewing at this point, but the material is washed and that's a step in the right direction. Next will be cleaning up my sewing area so a full scale project can be done without chaos creaping in around me.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Unfortunately, and maybe fortunately, my archaic digital camera is on the fritz right now. I'll have to post pictures of my sad little practice squares another time. For now, look at Knitting Help for some extremely good help and cute patterns. Free video tutorials are available for all the visual learners out there. They are even kind enough to slow things down so the needles aren't just a blur on the screen.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
It's always interesting trying to find fun activities for 3 highly active girls in the middle of winter that we didn't do the day before. The cold or mud (once we get a warmer day) seems to keep us inside most of the time, leaving idle hands as a result. Solution? Get out the beads and make some beautiful jewelry!
Some tips for helping the little ones be able to do this on their own. 1) Double the string. This will keep the necklace nice and strong when played with for hours as a jump rope. 2) Tie one end to a bead to keep all the others from falling off. 3) Wrap tape around the other end to make it easier for the kids to get the beads loaded on. By doing this even my 2 year old was able to do most of it herself.
Results: P.S. I highly recommend doing all this in your PJ's.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
My oldest daughter has her first loose tooth which is literally hanging on by a thread. A promise was made before the tooth was even loose; and, in my true fashion, I have waited until the last minute to fulfill my promise of a tooth pillow.
Thankfully, there is a very easy PDF pattern available for download at mmmcrafts. The basic shape is there, but the sky is the limit as to what theme you might like.
Ours, of course, had to be girlie. The theme was settled on a ballerina fairy after about 2 seconds. Trying to determine the exact outfit and process took me a bit longer. After making the first one, and learning from mistakes, we have a finished product.
A couple of tips for anyone who might be wanting to do this. Try to plan out everything before you start sewing. The shoes probably would have been much better had I sewn them in with the basic shape instead of after the fact. Also, don't try to attach anything with hot glue. Doesn't work. I'm sure a good fabric glue would work well, but I didn't have any on hand.
The promise of spaghetti once the tooth is out should be much less time consuming.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Once again, I am putting just one more thing on top of my life's already precarious balancing act of 'just right' verses 'too much'. I love to craft, sew and any general DIY activity I can think up. I'm hoping that by having this little space in the ever expanding cyberspace, I can force myself to be better about delving into my creative urges. Having a place to post what I have done, or what I stumble upon and want to do, will keep the juices flowing. There is no promise of routine posting at this time, but hopefully as time goes on, that will occur.
So, why not! I'll do This, Too!