Archive | April, 2010

Excuses Excuses

29 Apr

We’ll  I haven’t got much work done on either of my current ideas/projects yet. Today Cali and I are  going with my mother in law and her mother to Richmond to visit my brother in law whom I love. So though I wont get much projecting done today I will at least have plenty of time to brainstorm on the drive down. I’ve had so many design ideas going through my head that I haven’t been able to pin down what I really want to do. I’m thinking that maybe its time I pull out a sketch book. I bought these great little 2t camisoles at walmart and I’m gonna tack some fabric to the bottom of them and make some dresses, in fact I think I’m going to buy more and keep doing it hehehehehe. I’m sure there will be more later!

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Unproductive

28 Apr

So we went to the dr.’s early  this morning, I’m not going to tell you what early means to us. My baby got 3 shots!! The Nurse told me that she’d be sleepy/lethargic, yeah F’ing right!! She was pinging off the walls when we got home.  However, this means that I haven’t accomplished much today other than waiting around and such. Yesterday at the fabric store I went to find one thing and walked out completely beaming about an altogether different fabric.

 The fabric just happens to match almost perfectly a pair of shoes that my mom bought for Cali in NY when she was there last. I am going to TRY to make a little asian inspired top. But if I just can’t find the talent then it might make a little tank and call it a day. I’m also going to attempt to sew with a pattern for a different project, which I’ve never done. So wish me luck!!  <—-Man I wish I’d already done this stuff, it”s been a month now!

Early start

27 Apr

This morning I didn’t know what I wanted Cali to wear, I decided to make her a skirt. I had a nice wide piece of fabric left over from the pillowcase dress I made for Kayla. I just made a casing for elastic, hemmed it, and added ribbon around the bottom.

   I think it turned out pretty cute. I’m thinking about making a shirt for her with some of the left over fabric,  its amazing how many projects you can get out of 1 pillowcase when you’re sewing for little people. But we’ll see. More later! promise! 6 hours after posting this I really looked and noticed her proportions seem all wrong lol  her shirt is to long and then with a skirt and jeans hehehe oh well thats my midget.

Banana Bread

26 Apr

So I probably won’t get much sewing done today. It appears that I’m going to be spending our 1 year anniversary with my husband’s mother and grandmother.Isn’t that the most romantic thing you’ve ever heard. I’m currently making some banana bread to take with me. Although at this point my mother-in-law hasn’t responded to my message about when/where/if we are meeting up, I may be enjoying it alone. And by alone I mean myself and my child who is currently digging into lunch. Ketchup, tater tots, and chicken nuggets are on the menu, her favorite by far has turned out to be the ketchup. Decided I’d share my banana bread recipe, its evolved and this is by far my favorite incarnation:

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Splash of Rum ( makes bread extra tasty)
  • Splash of orange juice ( makes bread extra  moist)
  • 1 1/2 heaping cups of Bisquick

Method

No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl, add a splash of orange juice and rum- if you’ve got orange or vanilla rum all the better. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Add Bisquick making sure the cups are heaping , mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

 It might sound strange adding orange juice and rum but trust me this bread NEVER makes it to the next morning before being consumed by anyone and everyone within smelling distance. Also, if you read the recipe wrong and add 3x the sugar needed your bread will be very sweet.

I just got a response that says they’re coming here!!!! AAaaaaahhh!! Cleaning frenzy!

ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz………

26 Apr

Usually I sleep untill my little girl wakes up in the morning, not today, my brain woke me up at 830am and I couldnt rest. I got up and did all the last minute things to be able to leave on time. I made sure all the presents were wrapped, clothes ironed, presents loaded in car, diaper bag packed, etc. etc. . And then I waited…. my child did not want to wake up!! I finally went and woke her up at 1030!! What a slug. I woke her up, fed her, changed her, and threw her in the car. We left as on time as we ever are. It took us  about 1 1/2 hours to get to MD  to Kayla’s party. I didn’t take any pictures of the tutu I finished at 2am!! Maybe her mommy will send me some that I can update with later. I usually use the hand-tied method, but this time I took more time and sewed each of the 9 layers of tulle. I gathered them sewed them to the binding tape that I was using around the waistline and added a bow in the back! It turned out pretty cute ( not that I’m bragging, a tutu is not a Mona Lisa). Now we’re back, obviously, and I’m exhausted. My child took it upon herself to nap in the car each way and isn’t the least bit tired at 10pm. I’ll get back to you on the next project in the AM after I get some much-needed rest. Oh! Also, tomorrow is our 1 year wedding anniversary! Now to bed!

Productivity

24 Apr

I didn’t get to post last night cause I was up to my elbows in sewing. I had brainstorms coming out of my ears. I loved it and couldn’t tear myself away. Tomorrow is my cousin’s daughter birthday party, 4 of us cousins are all close in age and all of us have daughter ranging from 3y-16months. I’ve been having a great time creating for all 4 babies, not just mine. So since we’re going I decided to whip something up for everyone. I made this one for Sami the fabric looked like her when I saw it in the store :

The material was longer than I needed for her dress but I didn’t have the heart to cut the pretty stripped part of the fabric, so I cut some of the green out of the middle and sewed the stripes back on.  I just made some pink straps out of some pink fabric from my stash and I made the “rosette” from some ribbon using : http://plumtickled.typepad.com/plumtickled/tutorials/  . It looks a little wide laid out on our church pew, but I used standard 3t measurements so *shrug*. What I didn’t show you was how when I’d pinned the stiped fabric to the dress after cutting off the other 3 inches I pinned it backwards. After sewing it back inside out it took me 3x longer to rip out the stitches that it did to sew it in the first place. I also made one for the birthday girl Kayla who will also be receiving a tutu and a Dora flashlight. 

   Well, that certainly didn’t photograph well  ooops. But you get the drift. Ok, back to work. More later.

*Some names may have been changed to protect the identities of witnesses*

Tutus anyone?

23 Apr

Last night I showed my husband:  

My hubby on our honeymoon, almost a year ago.

  

 my new blog all full of pride, and my incredibly supportive hubby said  ” Only losers have blogs, sounds like you need a life.”  Oh so sad. No, we didn’t go to Krystals for our honeymoon, we went to Florida and I had us eat as many Krystals as possible before heading north. In other news, the bank account isn’t empty anymore so I’m going out shopping soon ( YYYAAYYYYY) to buy more tutu making stuff. I’m so excited. It is true that I don’t get out very often to spend time hanging out but this weekend there’s a little birthday party that Cali and I are going to and she WILL be wearing a tutu hehe doesn’t matter what the hubby says he’s not going.  So, we’re heading out and will put up tutu pics later this evening :).