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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Baby Quilts


Between my friends, Dave's work, family, and Church, I feel like I have a baby quilt going all the time. This one I was able to whip together yesterday with scraps I had left over from 3 different baby girl quilts. I didn't have to buy a single thing for it which is an awesome feeling! Yay!It was a way easy and fun project too. It is 42"x42" finished, which I think is a pretty decent sized baby quilt. It was 7x7 rows, because everything looks better in odds right? And the blocks are 6"x6" cut. If you do 5 fabrics, you only need 1/4 yd of each fabric to get the top done, 1 1/4 yds for the backing and 2/3 yd for the binding. Just get enough batting to fit the backing and you are good to go my friend! Definitely do-able in an afternoon if the children cooperate!

I machine quilted it which I FIRMLY believe is cheating, but I only hand quilt quilts for my most favorite people anymore because I am always so short on time. Plus my horse dog is so dang tall that she can drool all over the top of a baby quilt, even on the tall frames and that is just wrong. So I cheated and machine quilted it and I liked it! Hehehe. If you do machine quilt it in your regular sewing machine, all you have to do is they the back down wrong side up, put the batting on top of that, and place your quilt top right side up on top of that. Pin the center of every block, and set your stitch length to the longest it will go. This helps the top and the backing not bunch up against each other and it also makes a prettier stitch through so much thickness. This one is for one of Dave's friends at work who just had his first baby girl. I hope she gets lots of use out of it!




Monday, May 24, 2010

Craft Night Update

Chelon gave me blue vinyl for the center one, I like it so much better, thanks Chelon you are the best!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Somebody Stop Me....Please!


I realized yesterday after I got the labels all printed that I forgot to do one for my cookie jar and my baking soda jar too....so guess what I did today?
It's getting a little out of control. But it is so fun!

And since I had to take a picture of the cookie jar, I had to make cookies to put in it right? It only makes sense. So I made up this recipe my mom has gotten me addicted to! Holiday Biscotti. Yum! They are a bit of work, but so so so worth it. I promise! Here's the recipe if you are interested!

Holiday Biscotti

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 12 ounces good-quality white chocolate, chopped

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Line a heavy large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar, butter, lemon zest, and salt in a large bowl to blend. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add the flour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in the pistachios and cranberries.

Form the dough into a 13-inch long, 3-inch wide log on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until light golden, about 30 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes.

Place the log on the cutting board. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the log on a diagonal into 1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange the biscotti, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake the biscotti until they are pale golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer the biscotti to a rack and cool completely.

Stir the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water until the chocolate melts. Dip half of the biscotti into the melted chocolate. Gently shake off the excess chocolate. Place the biscotti on the baking sheet for the chocolate to set. Refrigerate until the chocolate is firm, about 35 minutes.

The biscotti can be made ahead. Store them in an airtight container up to 4 days, or wrap them in foil or parchment paper and freeze in resealable plastic bags up to 3 weeks.


Enjoy!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Label Obsessed Much

I found some labels for Flour, Sugar and Powdered Sugar that I liked online a couple months ago, but for 3 they wanted $7 plus shipping. I am a cheapo!
I have a lot of jars and wanted labels on all of them so ever since then, I've been working on labels, labels, labels! And can I just say that I am in love with my Cricut? I LOVE that thing.
I liked all the swirly doo dads around the words and that is what took me the longest to find. I had to go through a ton of fonts and .svg files to find all of them!
But finally, I did and I LOVE how they turned out!
After I printed them and put them on today, I found that I just sat in my kitchen and stared at them for awhile. I feel very content and in a very weird sort of way more organized. Does it make sense? Nope, not one bit, I didn't clean anything or sort anything. Just slapped some words on jars, but I like it. :)

I got the laundry room jars at Walmart for really cheap, the food storage jars are all from The Container Store and I've had them for 10 years, so I have no idea if they still sell them. But they are wonderful if they do!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Summer Craft Night

Yesterday I threw these together, they are easy and so fun. They are for a summer craft night I'll be running mid June! If you are going to be around let me know if you want any! They are all made with 2x3 stud boards. I can't ever find that size at Home Depot, but Lowes has them! You cut the wood at 6", 8" and 10" lengths. Those are the sizes for all 3 sets.

Patriotic for 4th of July

On the patriotic one I used a brick red, beige, and navy blue paint. The vinyl is from Chatty Walls and it blended into the beige too much so I inked the edges with Chocolate Brown ink and then rubbed brown chalk around the lettering. I love the distressed feeling of it, thank heavens it turned out!

Little Girls Stacker

The Little Girls Stacker is done in Bubble Gum Pink and Light Hauser Green. The vinyl is white and also done by Chatty Walls.

Little Boys Stacker
The Little Boy Stacker is done with the same colors as the patriotic one. Navy Blue and Brick Red with white vinyl from Chatty Walls. Thanks Chelon for all your help with the vinyl and sayings! I love how they all turned out!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

More Teacher Gifts


So the last teacher gift I did this year was for Miss Stacy, Emmaline's preschool teacher. She is seriously so fantastic! She has REALLY helped Emmaline come out of her shell this year and she needed something extra I thought. So I made her the apron I've made for most of my family and friends now. I think I just have a few more friends and 2 close family members to go (I've been working on them for 2 years now to cover all the birthdays and such). I love the pattern, it is simple with good directions.
I bought all the fabrics at Hobby Lobby because they have really cute coordinating lines. From start to finish this one took about 2 hours.

I made one for myself and an identical one for my friend Tracy 2 years ago and they've been coming along ever since in all different fabrics and styles. Here's mine.
Many people like the apron....then they notice the skull and cross bones and either laugh and say it's cute, or don't know what to say after that. hehehehe, it's so fun! All my fabrics came from Joann's for this one.

I also tried to come up with a little girl one that I made for all the preschool girls in Emmaline's class for Christmas a year and a half ago. They turned out so fun! All the little girl fabrics came from Hobby Lobby.

My pantry is FULL of aprons that I've made for the kids and myself over the years and I think these are by far the most fun I've done yet!
I wish I would have taken pictures of all the ones I've done. Maybe I could ask a favor, if I've made one for you, can you put it on, and have someone take a photo of you in it and email it to me? I'd love to have it in my folder of craft projects I've done! Thanks!

Teacher Gifts!!!

I had a super fun time this year with teacher gifts! I found this other craft blog, and she does mostly wood and vinyl stuff, which is what I'm all about. I love it! Anyway, I just made the teachers name signs for their desks. I tried to get my kids to pry a bit and find out what colors their teachers liked, and Isabel was the only one that really followed through with that. Quinn's answer always was, they love the rainbow mom! Sigh. I had to make a lot this year because of my friend Misty again! Dang you! She makes gifts not only for the regular teachers but for all the music, art, pe teachers too. So I thought, I'd better start doing that too so they'd know we appreciate them as well. I think they turned out so fun!
So they were pretty easy really, I just cut 2x4 to whatever size fit their name best. The lettering was done with my cricut (I love that thing), and it is 2" tall. The lettering, not the cricut. :) You paint the blocks whatever color you want and I just used the wrong end of a paint brush and did the dots all the way around with more paint. Slap the vinyl on when it is dry and then I sprayed them all with a clear varnish spray. You tie tulle around the top block and hot glue a flower on top! Easy peasy right?
I seriously made all of them in like 2 1/2 hours and that included cutting and sanding the wood. And all for just pennies really.
The website where I found the idea is So Lovely Creations. Check her out, she has some super fun ideas for so many things, and she has an etsy shop too. (but you can make it yourself for tons cheaper!) :)

Spring Plaques

My friend Misty sent me an email with a picture of these Spring Plaques and said she wanted to make them and I thought they were so fun, so I said "Heck yes, let's do this!"

Little did I know that those roses were going to be my nemesis for nearly a month!

I wrote my friend Chelon who is super crafty too and runs a business with a friend of hers called Chatty Walls, I needed some serious help trying to figure out the different fonts used for the vinyl. Between the two of us, we came up with all these fun letters for the word Spring. We were trying to copy the project from this gals blog, when you get a minute....or a few hours, go check out her site, she is so super creative and has some of the most fun things going on in her home! Her site is House of Smith's.

On her site she gives a tutorial on how to make the roses out of rolls of birthday crepe paper. So I had bought tons of it, and after making all the roses for just one board I decided it was too much to make 3 of them. So I made this one for my great friend Carolyn for her birthday! It was so fun to see how it turned out!
And I made this one for me and my sister in law Christie. Michaels was clearancing off their mini spring wreaths and I got this one for $2 which is what I spent on the crepe paper to make the one above, I like it just as well and LOVED that is took less than 5 minutes to just glue it on. Done!