Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Grandma Ree's apron

This apron I made from a material that hubby's grandmother had in her stash before she died.  I love the color.  I'm not sure I'd want to do any cooking in it though, I wouldn't want to mess it up!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sewing organization

I like to think that someday I'll have a separate space for all the crafty stuff I have.  For now I have pretty much taken over the dining room.  Most of the little pretties I used to have in the hutch have been packed away to make room for the sewing stuff.  This is also only a portion of the crafty stuff in this house.  There is quite a bit stashed away in closets upstairs as well.
You can't tell in the picture but the bin on the floor is stuffed with fabric.  The big pink bag is full of ribbon and lace and the drawers are full of elastic, bias tape, ric rac and so much more.  
It's normally not this clean but I organized everything today.  Even Little dude knows where everything goes.

 This is a little sneak peak at my next project.  It's fabric that my mother in law gave me from her mothers collection.  I have no idea how old it is.  It had the tag below on it but I can't find anything on that store so I'm guessing it's not around anymore.

Friday, February 24, 2012


I started my own Etsy shop!  There's not much there now but I'm working on more things to add. Check it out!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

June bug dress remix

My latest project started with the tutorial for the June bug dress from Craftiness is not Optional.  I pretty much stuck with the tutorial for the front but did something a little different on the back.  I gave it a little bustle butt.  I purposely let the lace hang lower than the hem but I'm not convinced I like it that way.  I may change it later.  It's still a little big for her but maybe by mid summer it will fit better.

Monday, February 20, 2012

I won!

Last week I entered a pattern give away at Craftiness is not Optional.  The patterns are from an Etsy store called Create Kids Couture.    They email the patterns in PDF form so I already have them!  Baby bug is going to have more clothes than she knows what to do with.   I got to pick 3 patterns and this is what I decided on.  It was a tough decision, they have so much cute stuff!
These pictures came from the Create Kids Couture Etsy store.

Anika's Ruffle Capri Romper

Mia Reverse Knot Twirly Dress.

Kara's Tripple Ruffle Pants.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A couple of favorites

This bib I actually crocheted about 12 years ago but just now added the ribbon and let Baby but wear it for a while.....once.  I can't actually bring myself to let her get it dirty!  It's been so long that I don't actually remember where I got the pattern.  I think it was out of a book.

This little shirt I just love!  I got the tutorial from Shwin and Shwin.  I think this is my favorite tutorial to date.  The directions were pretty easy to follow.  It was also my first time doing button holes.  It's so stinking cute I can't wait for warmer weather so she can wear it.  I used eyelet lace instead of making ruffles like they did in the tutorial.  I just love how the blue and ivory look together.  (This is some more of that material that never dies!)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Home made apple-butter

Today I thought I'd offer a little taste of what summer and fall hold for us around here.  We have several orchards near us and this fall the kids had tons of fun picking buckets and buckets of fresh apples.  We made tons of applesauce and apple-butter.  I'll have to do more next time because it's February and I only have one jar of applesauce left.  I don't know if I can go back to store bought applesauce now after making my own!

I got my recipe from simplycanning.com.  If you have never canned anything before they have wonderful instructions.

To make apple-butter you will need:
Enough apples to stuff your crock pot.
1-2 cups sugar (to taste)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt

You will also need canning supplies:  water bath canner, jars, seals and rings, jar lifter, canning funnel, bowls, whisk, and a sharp knife or an apple peeler/corer/slicer.

Step 1.  Gather your apples.  (You can use store bought apples if you don't want to pick your own.)  Note:  The type of apples you use will effect the amount of sugar you use.  I like to get apples that are naturally sweet.  When I made applesauce from Macintosh and Cortland apples I didn't add any sugar at all.

Step 2.  Bring apples home and make the cat wonder what you are doing.

Step 3.  Peel, core and slice your apples.  The apple peeler shown makes it much faster but if you don't have one you can just use a knife.  Cut and peel enough to stuff your crock pot to the brim.

Step 4.   Mix your sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt and pour them over top of your apples.  Turn your crock pot on high for an hour before you go to bed.  At bed time turn it down to low and give them a good stir.  Let them cook on low overnight.

Step 5.  In the morning get your whisk out and get it nice and smooth.  You can leave the lid off and continue cooking for an hour or so to get a thicker darker apple-butter.

Step 6.  Can your apple-butter!  Processing times vary depending on your altitude so follow the water bath canning instructions at the website listed above.

Step 7.  Let the jars cool for several hours in a draft free area.  You hear that wonderful little pop when the jars seal.  Don't poke at the lids until the jars are completely cool though!  Once they have cooled you can check the seals.  Take off the rings and wipe down the jars to get any stick residue off.  Store in a cool, dark place.  Once you open a jar store it in the refrigerator.  If you have any jars that did not seal, refrigerate them and use them first.
 I can't wait for spring so I can plant a garden.  I'm looking forward to canning tomato sauce and many other things!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Baby Bug's birthday presents

These are a couple of things I made for Baby Bug's birthday this year.  I found the tutorial for the bag at Ginabean handmade.  I changed it a little and made mine bigger.  Baby bug uses it to carry toys and books in when we go visit grandparents. It was pretty easy to make and the tutorial had good directions.
 I found the tutorial for the alphabet letters at Stitching in the dark.  It's hard to see in the picture but the letters have a couple layers of batting in between the fabric so they are about 1/4 inch thick.  This tutorial was also easy to follow.  She made hers with 400 pt letters.  I thought I would make mine a little smaller so I could print out 4 letters to a page.  When it came time to cut out the cloth letters I kind of wished I had made them a little bigger!  Cutting inside the circles on letters like P, R, and B was kind of a pain.  I resorted to using my fingernail scissors because they were smaller. If I did these again I would probably make them bigger and I would probably use a solid fabric instead of a print for the front.
If this fabric looks familiar it's because I used it in one of the quilts on the previous post.  I also used some to make a cute little shirt for Baby Bug that I'll show in another post.  This is the fabric that never dies!  I bought it back in 1999 with the intention of making a quilt.  There were several coordinating fabrics and at the time I worked at Hobby Lobby so I had that dangerous employee discount.  I bought way more than I needed and I've been finding little projects for it ever since!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Jean quilts

Making quilts from old jeans is something I have done many times over the years.  It's pretty easy, just time consuming cutting out all those squares!  They make great heavy, cozy blankets.  The first one is one I made for Bear's bed when he was done with his crib.

This one is actually the first one I ever did.  It's been used as a picnic blanket occasionally.

This one is a king size one that I did for our room a couple years ago.

I did this one as a Christmas present for hubby when we were still dating.

The next one will probably be when Baby Bug is done with the crib in a year or so.  It's pretty funny how many people will save you their old jeans once they know you are making these!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A simple skirt

I found this tutorial on a friends website- Sew Like My Mom.  It was super easy and baby bug wears them all the time!  I found the diaper cover tutorial here.

The next dresses I made I used a pattern for.  The pattern was New Look 6688.  I had to change it a little.  The pattern had the zipper under the arm.  I tried the bodice cut that way and I couldn't get the silly thing over her head!  I changed it a bit and put the zipper in the back.  The purple one was my first attempt.  Then I did the rose ones for baby bug and her cousin.  The diaper cover was from the same tutorial as above, I just added some lace to the butt to make it a little cuter.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Something new

I have always loved to garden and spend time outdoors.  The problem is that this is Wisconsin... in the winter, and I have 2 small children.  Needless to say we have been trapped indoors a little more than I would like.
In order to maintain a little bit of sanity, this winter I have expanded my craft repertoire.  In the past I have done cross stitching, crocheting, glass etching, pine cone wreaths and many other things.  The most I had ever done with a sewing machine was quilting.
In the past few months I have fallen in love with my sewing machine!  I have made all sorts of clothes for baby girl and a few things for my little man too.  (It's hard to find cute stuff to make for boys!)
I am totally addicted to searching Pinterest for my next tutorial to tackle.  I love trying new projects and sharing how they turn out!
I guess since this is a new blog I'll start with where this winters sewing experiments began.

The first 2 are car seat poncho's that I made for the kids.  No pattern or tutorial on this one.  I essentially just made a double layer blanket and cut a hole in the middle.  Then using one of their hooded shirts for a template made a hood and sewed it in to the neck hole I just cut.  Little man's turned out a lot longer than I had planned so I added some snaps to the bottom later to make it easier for him to walk.

 This is little man's halloween costume.  I found the tutorial for the feathers and a mask (which he wouldn't wear) on Pinterest.  Here is the link. The cape/wings I just made up on my own.

I think that's a good start for now.  I'll have lots more to share while I wait patiently for spring to come!