Friday, March 4, 2016

Zippered Pouches

I saw the open wide zippered pouch tutorial on Anna Graham's blog, Noodlehead, and I finally made some of these cute bags for my daughter this week. It was a pretty easy pattern to follow, and I think they turned out great!

I used a Cotton & Steele Paper Bandana print by Alexia Marcelle Abegg (bottom), what I believe is an Art Gallery Fabrics denim (middle), and Robert Kaufman Flame by Carolyn Friedlander (top).

I dug through my craft room and found some suede cord to tie onto the zipper.
 I mixed up the fabric, and next time I might try to do some piecing on the outside.

 I love the small one the most. I am going to make one for myself today.
 I bought her book while I was at it. I think I might try the fabric bracelets project next.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Tissue Holders - Group Gift

I recently took a Women's Empowerment class with some of the ladies from my church, and some new friends as well. It was great to be with a group of encouraging and positive like-minded people. When the class was over, I made a little gift for everyone.
I made tissue holders from the tutorial at Notes from the Patch.  They are nice because the little packs of tissues for your purse pop right in and they look better than a plastic bag. Here is the link to when I made them the first time. I have also made this as a teacher thank you gift, too.

I put each one in a paper lunch sack, folded the sack closed and zig-zag stitched across the top. I also stitched across a little scrap of fabric and then tied the fabric. It's my favorite way to wrap gifts.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wine Tote

I have been wanting to try making some wine totes to use as gifts or to sell for some extra spending cash. Well, I finally got around to it.

I bought this pattern from Pattern Play Designs at Craftsy which was really easy to use.  For my trial run, I used some scrap fabric and painter's drop cloth. Because the drop cloth was heavy fabric, I did not use the batting called for in the pattern.  After I cut out the pieces, I printed a graphic from The Graphics Fairy, held it up to the window and traced it onto the drop cloth fabric with a sharpie pen. Then I sewed the bag together. 

 I am really excited about how well it turned out.

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Coastal Bathroom

I updated the kids' bathroom.

I normally don't like literal beach decor.  Whites, natural fibers and a shell here and there says coastal to me. But I saw this shower curtain on clearance and I broke my rule because I love the bright coral color.
We did a faux board and batten look on the walls.  I put laminate plank flooring in all by myself, and I love it (hint: don't get the cheap planks. I paid a little more for these and they were much better quality).  Laminate planks float over the old floor, and they seal together so they are good to use in places where there is water.  I had to take the toilet out to install the floor, but the Home Depot guy told me how to do it and it wasn't hard at all.
I painted the cabinets with white Annie Sloan chalk paint, and put new knobs on from Hobby Lobby.
I painted the light fixture with an oil rubbed bronze spray paint.
And I bought this iron turtle soap dish on our vacation to the Outer Banks.
My photos aren't very organized, but if I find the before shots I'll add them to the post.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Frozen Lemon Slices

Did you know you can freeze lemons?
This is my lemon ice cube bucket in the freezer. 

I am not a fan of plain water, so I love to put lemon slices in my drinks. It tastes better and it's healthy. To keep my lemons from going bad before I use them, and for convenience, I freeze the slices.
I wash and slice them all, and then I place them in a single layer in a big bag (so they don't stick together) and throw them in the freezer.
Now I have a couple week's worth of lemon cubes in a bag in the freezer. This would be nice for a party or wedding/baby shower, too.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Spinach Tangerine Quinoa Salad

This is one of my favorite salads, especially since I have been losing weight on my Beach Body diet (woohoo!). I love putting fruit in salads!  I just mix together:

1 1/2 cup chopped spinach
1 or 2 tangerine (chop the segments)
4 chopped strawberries
1/2 cup cold, cooked quinoa
10 chopped raw almonds
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
juice from 1 tangerine,
about 2 tsp of pear-infused vinegar
pepper and sea salt to taste

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Teacher Thank You Gift

I made gifts for some my son's teachers. Because we all know how tough it is to teach middle school.
I traced graphics from The Graphics Fairy onto flour sack towels from Target. 
I printed the reverse of the images onto embroidery stabilizer. The stabilizer has a sticky side so I stuck it onto the back side of a towel and then held it up to a light (either the window or a plastic box with a flashlight inside) and traced the lines with a Sharpie pen.
The more detail in the image, the more difficult it is. Also, if there are words, don't forget to reverse the image before you print it.
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