Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
But then my dad changed it for me to:
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I couldn't find a tutorial for them so I decided to try my hand at them and I'd say it was a success! The project was free, since I used scraps. You can make them for any occasion, or omit the letters to just add some festive fun to your everyday life.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
I used a pattern from Seams to Me by Anna Marie Horner - a stellar book.
Here is the tie in the back:
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Supplies: Long strip of fabric, elastic (I used 1/4 inch), thread, straight pins, 2 safety pins, sewing machine (you could do it by hand too).
(continued after the jump - go on, click read more!)
Monday, January 11, 2010
Here is my recipe - you can tweak it to your tastes as you like.
6 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks (I used 4 granny smith and 2 red delicious because that's what I had, but you can use whatever you like to eat)
1 1/2 cups water
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup sugar (depending on your taste/sweetness of your apples you may need more/less)
Directions: Place all ingredients into a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat. Cook covered for 20-30 minutes, or until apples get nice and soft. Remove from heat and cool; mash with a potato masher or fork.
You could put it in the food processor or mill if you want it to be smoother but I like a few chunks in mine. Also, cinnamon would be a logical addition but I ran out.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Check this out! Go to the Ivan Mog Gourmet Caramel Apple website and you can order yourself one of their fancy candy apples, and they will send it to you for free! Go here if you want to see all of the available flavors.
I picked the Cranberry Walnut - all of them look really good. If you like surprises you can select "random" and they will pick one for you.
Thanks to Be Different, Act Normal for the alert!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
See? Birds are DANGEROUS.
Unrelated, I wanted to announce a new feature on the site: "Ooh! I want to make that!"
In this area I'll be posting links to other sites with cool tutorials for sewing projects and crafts I hope to tackle in the near future. Mostly, its just a way for me to keep track of cool stuff I've seen, then forget where it was and scramble around the web trying to find it when I'm up for a new project. The pile of printouts wasn't doing anything for the environment or my organizational strategy. So check it out! I'll be adding more, and (hopefully) crossing things off as I complete them.
But you can use it too to check out the cool tutorials I have on my radar! Everyone wins here.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
I'm back and blogging again as you can see. I wasn't sure how to kick off the blog for the new year, but I think I'll just jump into it. Here goes:
I've wanted to get a sewing book for a bit but wasn't sure which one, so after getting some Christmas money earmarked for my new hobby (and some sweet Borders coupons) I checked out a few and selected Seams to Me by Anna Maria Horner. I love it! It includes 24 patterns (with an envelope in the back to store them), plus several totally readable chapters on techniques, fabric and color selection, machine basics and a ton of other stuff that is really useful. This book is pretty to look at - lovely photography and layout, but also packs a ton of important information - I am a dork and actually ready it cover to cover before embarking on any of the patterns but the fact that it doesn't feel like reading a textbook is awesome.
There are a ton of free patterns and sewing ideas out there in the blogging world and I have used many myself, and I love that you can find so much for so little on the Internet. Yet I think this book is totally worth the dough because it takes daunting tasks - like making your own bias tape and quilt binding, sewing a zipper, gathering, and more- and makes them seem less scary. Seriously! I feel like I could try my hand at quilting under these instructions. And the patterns that are included are fun and different items that I hadn't seen anywhere else.
Thanks to another birthday present - a gift certificate to Brooklyn General Store (Thanks Sasha!) I was able to get some really nifty fabrics for my first project. I've realized I don't have an apron and thought I could really use one, and probably do less laundry that way too. Its almost done and I'll post a pic when its complete - the image from the book is above.
Yay! An apron all my own - I can't wait to use it. Once I find some cute buttons to finish it off I'll be ready to go.