Category Archives: 2013

Happy New Year!

I haven’t posted on here in awhile it seems! November and December were kind of a whirlwind of activities around here.  I found a job in November, started that, stayed busy with craft shows and my Etsy shop through all of December with Christmas orders and everything else!! Then add on boy’s sports, holiday activities and just normal things, I haven’t had time to sit down and catch a breath til winter break.  Then 3 days before Christmas our power went out at our house due to the #icestorm2013 and we stayed with my parents til it came back on!  Thankfully nothing terrible was wrong at our house, just lots of branches down in the backyard.

Anyways, here’s to a happy and healthy new year and bring on 2014!!!  Hoping to be as successful this year as I was last!

Don’t forget my Facebook page and Etsy site!

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Quilted Blanket- Happy Birthday Mom!

So this blanket started about over a year ago while we were living in Arizona.  My mom had bought fabric, I said I was going to make her a blanket with it, and then I moved back, she moved and things happened.

DSC_0146-1-2 Well I finally got the fabric from her, and I started cutting it out in April of this year.  Well since her birthday was coming up, I decided, oh I might as well finish this quilt and it can be her birthday present! TADA!! It’s done.  It’s super soft and warm and it will go great with her grey living room decor!

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Where It All Started- Silhouette Cameo Project

I was asked to make a unique wedding shower gift and once I looked online for some inspiration I came up with this fabulous pillow!! I just LOVE how it turned out!DSC_0198-1I used my Silhouette Cameo just like I use with a lot of my other projects.  This was a project made with freezer paper, paint and fabric.

I bought some fabric from JoAnn Fabrics in a tan color, almost like a Muslin.  Then I had the regular paint at home, which I just added fabric medium to it.  I use a flat headed sponge brush to paint it and freezer paper stencil cut out from my Silhouette.     photo 1 (10)You cut the negative image out on freezer paper, and you mirror the image.  You then iron the freezer paper onto the fabric, with shiny side down, and it temporarily sticks to the fabric your ironing it onto.  This creates a stencil and you can paint it how you wish! I’ve did this quite a few times with the other pillows I have in my Etsy Shop too.   photo 2 (10)Just brush the paint on, and make sure the whole area is covered.  Don’t put too much on or it will take forever to try and it might seep through the edges of the paper and your project won’t turn out right. photo 3 (4)Tada!  After the paint dries, you peel off the paper and you have your project!!  I thought a little red in the heart would be perfect for this pillow.  The pillow is meant to represent where the couple met each other.  I know they will love it! I can’t wait to get it listed on my Etsy Shop! DSC_0200-1

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Baby Shower Gifts

With a few new babies coming from friends and family, it’s the perfect opportunity for me to use my new multi-needle embroidery machine and make those cute gifts I’d been dying to make for awhile.  With my single needle, it’s not as easy to make these so I had shyed away from making bigger named projects just because it’s so complex.  But no longer will I do that!! I LOVE my new Brother Entrepreneur PE-650e!

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I made this matching set for my old co-worker/friend who is due with a little girl around Thanksgiving.  We are throwing her a little shower today with some co-workers and it will be fun to see all my old friends!DSC_0217-1

The gown was ordered and I appliqued her name onto it.  I found this fabulous fabric at Hobby Lobby, so bright and cheerful!!  I made her a matching bib with the pattern that my aunt mailed me when I was pregnant with my son 9 years ago!  It’s a great pattern and perfect size for babies!!  And homemade is WAY better then store bought!  I also purchased the little knit hat and put her name on it too!  Perfect for hospital pictures!DSC_0221-1

Making this tag blanket was super easy.  Just use a 12″ x 12″ piece of fabric and minky backing, along with various ribbons and stitch it together.  Babies love these things!DSC_0222-1 DSC_0224-1

made her this beautiful gown out of a onsie and fabric.  I saw a few patterns on Pinterest and kinda made up my own.  I didn’t take pictures, but maybe next time.  It has elastic on the bottom just like the regular gowns.  Matching bib with minky on the back and a personalize burp cloth for Miss Sophia!DSC_0226-1 I can’t wait to see her open it today, which is why I set the blog to publish later on so she won’t see it til she opens it at the shower!!!  Congrats Matt & Amanda!

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Weekly Savings Plan- Saving for the Holiday Season

Well around last year at Christmas time, I was laid off from my job, as any other holiday, money was tight, but now it was even tighter.  Well I saw this thing on Pinterest that people kept pinning about you say so much per week and stash it away and you’ll have $1,378 by the end of the 52 weeks.

savings-plan Well I started doing it the first week of January and it’s amazing.  We don’t even realize the money is transferred out of our account each week now and we have quite a bit for savings this year.  We have more then enough for our 2 children for Christmas this year, and hopefully all the other things that come with the holidays.  I think I’ll keep doing this next year and just keep the extra in there, maybe we can use it for a vacation fund or fun money.  We just had a separate bank account and I just setup a weekly debit amount to transfer to the other account.  I had to manually go in there and do each week, but it was SO worth it.  Did you do this? Let me know how your liking it!! I also had some responses on my Facebook about this about people started in the middle of the year, so the bigger amounts weren’t coming out right before Christmas.  Or starting backwards and doing the bigger amounts now and lower ones later in the year.  Either way, still comes up to the same thing, SAVINGS!!

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Jo-Ann Fabrics Waverize It! Challenge- Floor Cushion/Pillows

I was given the opportunity to partner up with Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts again to show you Wavery Fabrics 90th anniversary with some new fabrics they came out with!  I was given a sample to make something with for part of the Waverize It! challenge.

The following review is a part of the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Waverly campaign. I received fabric from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for this project, however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.

I searched through Pinterest for ideas on what to make and came up with floor pillows!  My son’s like to play video games in the basement and since we don’t have anything for them to sit on to play, I thought this fabric was the perfect opportunity for me to use it and give them a seat to use!

I was inspired by the blog Living with Punks. She made 2 of the cutest little pillows for her children and I was excited to follow along with her easy steps to make them too!

DSC_0990-1If you’d like to make your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 yard Home Dec Fabric
  • 2 pkgs. 1/2 ” pre-made piping
  • Contrasting Thread
  • 16-24oz. Fiberfill, depending on how lofty you want it

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Since I didn’t have a compass to draw a straight circle (which would be easier by the way) I just took my measuring tape and fabric marker and measured out 17″ acrossed.  I marked a dot on each side of the tape and then found the center of that.  I just rotated around the center mark, marking around until I had enough dots around the fabric to connect the circle.

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This is what my circle looked like on the pattern.  I then cut it out.  I was able to cut 2 at the same time because I had the fabric folded in half and that way they’d be measured the same.

You will need:
 2 of the 17″ circles (top and bottom)
1 piece cut at 9″x51.5″ (side) **you will have to piece this together if your fabric is 45″**
2 pieces cut at 3″ x 12″ (handle)

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Then you attached the bias tape around the circle, matching up with the edges so it forms a circle.  Make sure your lining up the raw edges, as when your sewing, you want the piping to be towards the middle.DSC_0994-1With contrasting thread, sew around the circle stitching the binding to the fabric.  Do this for both circles, making sure your sewing close enough to the edge to grab both the fabric and the binding with no spaces.  Don’t forget to sew up the long edge of the fabric once you get to that point.  Don’t want to leave a big hole on the side of your pillow!

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Next you’d make the handle, but I guess I didn’t take any in depth pictures of this.  You take the one piece of fabric, add the binding like you were on the circle, but add a piece of piping on both sides.  Sew this onto the fabric.  When this is done, put the other piece of the handle upside down on top of the piping and sew on each side matching the same stitching you just sewed on.  Fold the fabric inside out and iron down flat.  Fold the ends in to hide the raw edges and stitch the ends closed. DSC_0998-1

Adding the handle was fairly easy.  Just pick a side of the pillow and pin the handle to the middle of the side.  Remember to leave a little give room as you want to make sure there is spacing in the handle to put your hand through.  Stitch on each side of the handle and sew a cross through each side to add support and strength to the handle.DSC_0999-1Pin around the other edge of the circle to finish making the pillow.  Pin around all bout a couple inches of the circle so you can leave that open to turn the pillow the right way, and leave a spot to fill with stuffing.

DSC_1000-1 Picture with hole before flipping pillow outside in.DSC_1001-1Pillow before I added any stuffing. DSC_1002-1 I stuffed the pillow with as much stuffing as I thought it would need.  With having boys, I overstuffed it because I know it will break down fast as they are rough and tough kids! I’m sure it will be used as a weapon against each other at some point.  Fill it up with as much cushion as you’d think it will need.DSC_1003-1 Hand sew the opening shut.  I’m not very good at doing this, or hiding the thread but do the best that you can.  DSC_1004-1Tada!! Finished pillow!!!  It turned out so cute! 🙂  I just need to make another one now to match it so they both have a place to sit. DSC_1006-1Standing on it’s side. DSC_1007-1My youngest son modeling the size to show you how big it is.  He’s 4 so it’s perfect size for him! DSC_1008-1He’s even modeling that you can carry it, as he says “no mom, I want to carry it on my arm like this”

Now if you like the fabric you see, you can go onto Facebook and be entered to win the grand price of $1,000 in Wavery fabric or a $250 Jo-Ann gift card!!! Head on over to JoAnn’s Website to enter the contest!  Make something unique of your own with some of Waverly’s amazing fabrics and post it on their site for a chance to win!  You can enter the contest from Sept 1-22!  Winners will be chosen after that date.

I’ve used Waverly fabrics on purses, tote bags and pillows before.  I love that they have so many cute patterns and designs to choose from!!  And for a purse, the fabric is much sturdier then just a normal cotton fabric you might use.  If you enter the contest, don’t forget to come back here and show me what you made!

 

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My new embroidery machine- Brother 650E

1185765_10151867437003343_890431119_nI did it! I made a large purchase for my small business in my home.  This is a Brother 650E Entrepreneur Embroidery Machine.  It’s a big bad beast with 6 needles so I can get things stitched out easier and faster.  I can’t wait to see all the amazing things I get to make with it!  It’s also quite intimidating but I’m still thrilled about it!

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Kid Rock Concert

I went to the Kid Rock concert at DTE Energy Music Theater with my cousins last night, it was a blast!  It was ZZ Top as his opening act, Kid Rock and at the very end Bob Seger came out and sang a few songs.  I had went to his concert a few years ago and knew he would put on a good show and it was great! Even though I could barely see him because it was so crowded, just hearing him was great!  556496_10100103114739681_1874738717_n

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Crunchy Kosher Dill Pickles- Canning Recipe

So this year, we planted a garden and I planted regular cucumbers and pickling cucumbers.  We love pickles and my aunt was always making awesome pickles so I thought, I should be able to do this.  She sent me her recipe she used, and I found one online and this is what I cam up with!  I canned them 3 weeks ago and we just opened up a jar, YUMMY!  They taste great!

I found this recipe on the website Mama Economics and they are GREAT!

Crunchy Kosher Dill Pickles
Author: Jennifer Williams
Recipe type: Canning
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Serves: 7 quart jars
Ingredients
  • 7 wide mouth jars with lids and rings
  • fresh or dried dill
  • cucumbers washed
  • 7 cloves of garlic
  • 7 hot peppers (optional)
  • 8½ cups water
  • 2¼ white vinegar
  • ½ cup pickling salt
Instructions
  1. Wash jars
  2. Fill stock pot about ¼ cup of water set on burner and turn to high heat
  3. In medium saucepan fill ⅓ way with water set on burner and turn to high heat, bring almost to a boil, remove from burner and put lids in saucepan
  4. In a large pot bring water, vinegar, and salt to a boil
  5. Put garlic, dill, and cut peppers in jars ( I use kitchen shears to cut my peppers)
  6. Load cukes into jars tightly until you reach the neck of the jars
  7. Pour brine into jars, leaving ½ inch head space
  8. Add lid and ring to each jar and tighten
  9. Place jars into canner making sure water is JUST to the necks of the jars
  10. Bring water to ALMOST a boil, about 15 minutes
  11. Remove jars from canner, set on towel turned upside down
  12. Cover jars with a towel until cool
  13. Once cool, check for seal, label, and store in a cool dark location
  14. Pickles are ready to eat immediately, store in fridge once jars are opened

Here are some pictures to go along with the process:

Clean jars before canning

Clean jars before canning

Boiling lids

Boiling lids

Chop up your cucumbers whatever way you desire.  This time I sliced them, next time I'm gonna do some hamburger style slices.

Chop up your cucumbers whatever way you desire. This time I sliced them, next time I’m gonna do some hamburger style slices.

Dill and Garlic

Dill and Garlic

Jars filled with dill and garlic.  This is where I added a few hot peppers to a couple jars to see what they'd taste like.  You can also add red pepper flakes.

Jars filled with dill and garlic. This is where I added a few hot peppers to a couple jars to see what they’d taste like. You can also add red pepper flakes.

Fill jars with cucumbers.

Fill jars with cucumbers.

Pour the brine into the jars.

Pour the brine into the jars.

Jars closed and ready to boil so they can get their seal.

Jars closed and ready to boil so they can get their seal.

Boiling in the stockpot, waiting for them to seal.  Boil for about 15 mins.

Boiling in the stockpot, waiting for them to seal. Boil for about 15 mins.

Make sure you check the seals, no popped tops.  Store in a cool place for a couple weeks then enjoy!

Make sure you check the seals, no popped tops. Store in a cool place for a couple weeks then enjoy!

Up close shot after they were boiled and sealed.  They are now in the basement on a shelf.

Up close shot after they were boiled and sealed. They are now in the basement on a shelf.

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