Sunday, October 24, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Jessi is holding a raffle on her blog this week for all kinds of awesome stuff. You donate $10 [toward the church-planting effort] and you're entered for a chance to win these awesome prizes. So far, there's been the.most.amazing video you can have made of your cuties, some fab running skirts and now, this...
I told you I've been a sewing machine! [No pun intended. Really.] Now I can say it's been for a reason other than keeping busy during the football games :)
...an a-dorable checkbook cover
...a sassy little makeup bag
...and my fave, this reusable coffee sleeve. Because I've been on a kick lately and who doesn't want to drink their Starbucks in style?
Now go! You won't regret it :)
Monday, October 18, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
SO. All of that to say this: here's my go-to dessert when we have company or I need to bring something to a dinner. Another masterpiece ala my mother-in-law. Some of my favorite cards in the dessert section of my recipe box came from that lady. Lucky me :)
Are you ready? Here it is:
- 1 box devil's food cake mix (cooked as directed)
- 1 box of chocolate pudding mix, the larger box (prepared as directed)
- 2 containers of cool whip
- 2 Heath bars, crushed
Once the cake has cooled, break it up in smaller pieces. In a trifle bowl, layer: cake, pudding, cool whip and repeat until you run out of ingredients. Once you've topped it off with the final layer of cool whip, sprinkle the crushed candy bar on top.
Oh man. It's easy and it's goooood. Go test it out. You know, so it feels natural when you have to make it when company comes over. Happy Friday :)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
- Totes or purses
- Doll dresses
- Glasses case
- A pencil roll for kids (love this!)
- A small kleenex pack cover
- Reusable coffee sleeve
- Children's activity bag or purse
- Bible covers
- Purse organizer
- Placemats and napkins
Friday, October 8, 2010
So far, there have been some really good suggestions. See why I love you all so much? I've been cranking out a few things here and there, so let's take a looksie...
I need a little girl STAT so I can make a bagillion of these headbands and make her wear them every.single.day. Precious, I tell you!
I mean seriously, who wouldn't want one of these to throw in their purse? It makes your Starbucks habit seem a little more responsible :)
First things first, make your template. I saw a coffee sleeve online and just kind of eyeballed it. I think I'm going to need a real one to make my next template, but this worked for now. Cut a piece of felt to the size of the template.
Next, cut two pieces of the outer fabric and two pieces of the inner fabric, about 1/4 inch bigger than the template [I used my felt as the guide]. Stack the fabric like this: 1 piece of inner fabric [front side up], 1 piece of outer fabric [back side up], felt. Got it? Do the same thing with the other pieces.
Sew along the edges, leaving one short end open to turn inside out. I used the zig-zag stitch so the fabric would give a little and because I found it more easily grabbed the fabric and the felt that way. When you turn it inside out, do it so that the felt is on the inside [in between the two fabric pieces].
Now you sew the two pieces together. Lay the pieces so that the outer fabrics are facing each other. Sew along the short sides and turn inside out.
What do you think? I already have some ideas on how to perfect the design and make it a little more functional. Stay tuned for part 2!
Sometimes I like to party....click here to see where I link!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
While my mom was here, we spent a good bit of time on our front porch - drinking coffee and enjoying the weather. And by that I mean, we planned to leave one morning at 9am, but spent three hours out there instead :) Several times, my mom mentioned that my grandmother, Delores [affectionately known as Nanny Dee] would love the porch.
For as long as I can remember, my Nanny represented a love for flowers and birds and rocking chairs and walks through the woods and "making memories." I can't wait for her to come and sit on our front porch with me, but until then, here's a tour...
Hooray for fresh herbs! Some of these aren't cooperating [i.e. rosemary and cilantro] but everything else has really taken off. From seeds, thankyouverymuch. We built this table out of an old shutter and some standard legs that we found at Lowe's. The purple bench is a gift from my Papa [he built it for me in college, so I could reach the top shelf of my dorm room closet]
How adorable is this windchime? My in-laws brought it back last summer after a trip to Texas. It's some kind of shell, I think, and makes the prettiest sound.
The sitting spot. These rocking chairs were a steal at a local antique store and I made the pillows. The two frames hold some clearance fabric, with sketches of sailboats. LOVE it.
Monday, October 4, 2010
You can't tell from this picture but it's an iridescent purple with splashes of blue and green. It's so pretty! That mom, she's so thoughtful.
One item on the agenda while she was here was to visit the Habitat Restore. She's heard me talking about ours for months, but she hasn't experienced the joy of shopping in one. I changed that for her :) It's been a while since I've been and they've since reorganized and put a lot more out. Um, wow.This beautiful carafe was only $0.50. I'm going to use it for olive oil.
Can you believe this mirror? I've been looking for something to put on top of the dresser in the guest bedroom and I think this is perfect. I might spraypaint it white because it's a little dark for my taste, but it's so gorgeous! And only $2.
Christmas stuff was already out. Yessss. Here we have 17 feet of garland and a bag of bells. All for about $3.
Be still my beating heart. I love, love, LOVE this vase. And it goes perfect with some flowers I picked up from Hobby Lobby for our bedroom. That's the current room on my list, so stay tuned for the big reveal in the coming weeks.
I hope your weekend was as good as mine! Did you find anything good? I think I've convinced my mom that shopping at thrift stores/Goodwill/Habitat is the way to go.
Sorry, Dad :)