Tuesday, July 31, 2007

On a Roll

Using scraps of fabric leftover from my purse project last weekend, I made this cute crayon keeper. The instructions came from here.

The best part about this project is that the keeper will match my purse. And we all know how important it is for kids' playthings with to match your accessories!

Seriously, crayons are very inexpensive now with the back-to-school sales going on. These would make great frugal stocking stuffers or terrific birthday presents for kids of all ages.

Sewing time is minimal. Fabric usage is also minimal. It would be very easy to make this bigger (for 24 crayons), smaller (for 8 crayons), or even for markers. It would also be easy to customize this for a Dora the Explorer fan, SpiderMan, or or even Cinderella fan. The possibilities are endless!
On a side note, why are the 24-count crayons $.09-$.12 per pack right now and the 16-count crayons are almost $1.00? Doesn't make sense, does it? I bought a dozen 24-count packages and gave the extras for my girls to use.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Pattern Review: Sweet Pea Purse

I belong to several Yahoo! groups that deal with sewing and/or boutique clothing for children. Most of the sites highly recommend the patterns from You Can Make This. I decided to purchase this purse pattern and give them a try.

I ordered this pattern in the middle of the night and the file was immediately available for download. The instructions were very clear and there are lots of photos to help you along.

I chose several prints with chocolate brown, pink, and a light teal green. I added the teal fabrics at the last minute because I felt my fabrics were too "matchy-matchy". With the exception of the lining and backing fabrics, it takes less than a quarter yard per choice.

This pattern introduced me to fusible quilt batting. It's the coolest thing since sliced bread! It makes the pieces easy to handle and machine quilt (all straight stitching) because the layers don't slide! I can't wait to try this stuff with other projects.

The purse also uses a magnetic snap. It was very easy to install and makes the finished purse seem so.....finished! This little detail gives it a professionally-made appearance.

I did deviate from the pattern just a little. The main thing I did was to NOT make the strap. The strap instructions that come with the pattern are great, but I had a purse with a removeable handle that matched perfectly. I made little loops and sewed them in then sewing the lining onto the outside then clipped the handle on. This way I'll be able to make more purses in lots of colors and just clip the handles off and on. (I'm thinking of looking at thrift stores for more purses with handles like this that I can use!) I also put two pockets on the inside instead of just one.

While this pattern is fairly easy, you do need a little sewing experience to make it, in my opinion. The batting-backed pieces along with the interfaced pieces make for some bulky handling (but that's what gives the bag structure). I plan on using up my scraps and making a few more of these gems in the near future!

Friday, July 27, 2007

And the Winner is.....

Heather from "Running from the Little People" is the winner of the Candy Corn Hairbows! Congratulations, Heather!

Thanks to everyone who entered. This has been a lot of fun! I'll have to do another give-away in the near future.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Dog Days of Summer Giveaway--Candy Corn Hairbow!

Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer is hosting the Dog Days of Summer Giveaway! I'm giving away a Candy Corn Hairbow on a French clip and two yellow ribbon-covered snap clips with bows. Everyone is eligible! Just leave a comment and if you're chosen as the winner on Friday, June 27th I'll contact you to get your address. You don't have to be a blogger to win! International entries are welcome as well. Good Luck!
Be sure to visit Rocks in My Dryer to see all the great giveaways!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Fun in the Sun

Today was a great day to be lazy. After lunch the girls put on their swimsuits and we went outside to the pool. Our pool is about 4 feet across and only about 8 inches deep. The girls had a blast! We like to never got them inside to have a bath and get ready for dinner. They'll both sleep well tonight. It's amazing to me how simple things like a little pool with a little water can keep two little girls happy for hours.

Friday, July 20, 2007

It's a Girl!

We are the proud parents of a new little girl....kitty! Her name is Roxanne and she's from the animal rescue where I volunteer. I fell in love with her the first time I saw her. There's a special place in my heart for tuxedo kitties. She's adjusting, but we're sure it will take a while for her to totally acclimate.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Free CD Giveaway!

You could be the winner of a Monk & Neagle CD! Just go here to sign up. Gotta love comtemporary Christian Music!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Works for Me Wednesday: Little Red Wagon

Last summer I bought a little red wagon at a yard sale for $10.00. It seemed like a lot for a child's toy, but it was metal and in great shape so I forked over the money and took it home. My thought was to put flowers in it next to the front porch as a cute little display.

The girls cabbaged on to that wagon and it's never made it as a display. My real hint today is to have a wagon to lug things around outside. For example, we can't park our van very close to the door. When I get groceries (and I try to buy a month's worth at one time) I use the wagon to haul several bags from the van to the door, saving my aching muscles for getting the groceries put away. It's also hauled landscaping bricks to various places, 50 pound bags of cat food, outdoor plants, and the occasional child who just wants to go for a ride!

Saving my back...that Works for Me! Check out other Works-for-Me-Wednesday ideas at Rocks in My Dryer!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

All Good Things Must Come to an End

I'm finally taking the Memorial Day/Independence Day tree down. But before I did, I had to take some nightime photos of it. I love how it lights up the room! It will be even better at Christmas when it's fully decorated. I'm thinking this will become a tradition and do it every summer!

YEEEEE HAW! Cowboy Cookies!

Rick and Miss Katie have a tradition with these cookies. First of all, they always make them together. Then, what’s a cowboy cookie without cowboy music? They always break out a Roy Rogers cd and let out a few “YEEEE HAW”s to add to the atmosphere.

Cowboy Cookies

1 cup Splenda or sugar
1 cup brown sugar or ½ cup Splenda brown sugar blend
1 cup shortening or applesauce
2 eggs
1 ½ t vanilla
2 cups flour—white or wheat
½ t baking powder
½ t baking soda
½ t salt
2 t cinnamon
2 cups rolled oats (not instant type)
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup raisins—we use craisins instead.

Cream together Splenda, brown sugar and shortening. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.

Stir dry ingredients together. Mix into creamed mixture. Add oats, nuts, and raisins. Mix.

Drop by teaspoonfuls on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 12-14 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Don't they look delicious! They keep very well and also freeze wonderfully. Whole wheat flour, applesauce, and craisins (dried cranberries) mean I don't feel badly when the girls want more than one!

Sunday, July 8, 2007


Miss Katie woke up just after 9:00 tonight so I loaded her up in the van (Yes, in her jammies!) and we headed out to see the local fireworks. I have no idea why they were on a SUNDAY night!

Last year Katie was "freaked out" by the noise. She doesn't really remember the fireworks, but she does remember being scared by the popping. This time she really enjoyed it.

On the way home she said, "Thanks, Momma, for takin' me out to see the friarworks. I lub you so much!"

Makes the mosquito bites worth it.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Independence Day Trees and Tutus

Miss Audrey and Miss Katie having fun with their play skirts.

Happy Independence Day!
One of the first things you'll probably notice about the photo above is that our Memorial Day tree is now our Independence Day tree! The bottom is a bit "undecorated" thanks to a curious cat and two little girls.

We've spent a quiet day at home. Of course, pouring rain with thunder and lightening, not to mention severe storm warnings, contributed to our decision to stay put.

While the girls were napping I got out some tulle and made a tutu! (Katie and I went grocery shopping yesterday and she wore a hot pink "grass" skirt all day so I knew a tutu would be a big hit.) The tutorial for this skirt is at Girly Things.

I used two yards of pink tulle and two yards of white. One of the best things about this skirt is that it's VERY forgiving! I didn't measure anything, or even cut the straightest lines, and it still looks great! The only thing I would do differently next time is to use wider elastic. I had some quarter inch on my sewing table, so that's what I used. It twisted easily and stretched out a bit. Next time we'll try half inch elastic and see how that works.
Fuzzy had fun with the tulle, too!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

More Hairbows!

No bows for Miss Audrey...yet!

I've been working with hairbows again. There's a big pile of ribbon next to me, but not much is being done with it! Wider ribbon is what's needed, but will have to wait for a trip to "town" sometime next week.

Last night I made this bow for Katie to wear to church this morning. It went well with her denim dress with the pink buttons and pink trim.

Audrey wants to wear the "poofy" bows in the worst way! She needs more hair first! Next on the hairbow agenda will be making some smaller bows for her. Unfortunately, those usually involve the glue gun (one of my favorite things!) so it has to wait until they're asleep.