Wednesday, December 29, 2010
December feels like a blur. Usually I can't wait for Christmas to arrive and this one whirlwinded by leaving debris ankle-deep on my living-room floor.
I remember baking. I remember reading through Advent scriptures and reading the Christmas story to my children. I remember wrapping gifts and must have unwrapped some because where did all this new stuff come from?
But days? I'm not really remembering.
Part of this amnesia is probably due to 4 really crummy, broken nights of sleep at my parents' house and then driving home today.
Once this fog clears I'll tell you all about it.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Then I thought, I could give that 'b' to my niece for Christmas.
Upon closer inspection, they didn't look too good, but I planned to cover them anyway.
Used a little modge podge to hold it in place.
but it didn't, so I covered part of it with the flower.
After I modge podged, before I embellished, I sanded the edges to give it rough-rusticy look and also to get rid of any overhanging paper.
Then I scrabbled around in my stash and started adding things . . . all these embellishments are from Close to my Heart* except for the tape runner rub-ons which are Daisy D's.
And here is the finished product:
I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. I went a little crazy with the tape runner rub-ons and had to cover up part of it with the ribbon.
Someday maybe I'll get to the K.
*I am a "junior consultant" with CTMH but don't have a website (if you like that special they're offering). I tried for awhile to sell it but I'm not pushy enough. I do have quite a lot of their stuff and really like it; when it comes time to embellish, I usually reach for their stuff first.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
As in, the month that Christmas is in.
A friend asked me to make some bedding for her daughter's American Girl Doll bunkbeds that she got at the unfinished furniture place.
We went to Joann's and picked out the fabric and then I went to work. It was really fun and easy - 2 mattresses, 2 quilts, and 2 pillows. I can't wait to see the finished project (she's painting the bed) and *hopefully* she (the daughter) will like it.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
I guess this is the hot thing right now. He got a drum set, too, which is good; he and Kate can jam together.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Then I layered the fabric and batting like I would a quilt.
I used my water-soluble marker (can't find a link) and traced a cookie cutter.
After I traced the star shape, I marked a 1" grid for quilting. The other stars I just sewed straight lines from the points to the other side; the candy canes have slanty lines.
The I "quilted" by lengthening my stitches.
I used a regular stitch for the star outline. I didn't backstitch anything or tie knots so there were threads everywhere. I figure the outline stitch will hold down the quilting stitches.
After quilting, I trimmed around the star shape. It's a little tricky getting the layers where the hanging ribbon is, so try to not snip through the ribbon. Then I pulled out or trimmed the excess thread.
I haven't gotten around to spraying the blue marks with water to dissolve them (that's why all the pictures of the finished product are of the other side), but that is easy enough to do. Sometimes you have to spray three times or so (in fact, if you look closely at the picture of all the ornaments, you might see some blue still hanging around on the the pink candy cane).
Monday, December 6, 2010
The "on top of things" part was that I measured out the dry ingredients before getting Kate from school. Once I turned on the mixer, she raced in to help me, we added ingredients and mixed and . . . oh no. I put the dry ingredients from the biscotti in the wet ingredients (butter, sugar, eggs) from the bread. Plus, the sour cream was already mashed in with the bananas.
So I added chocolate chips (what's this? none of the chocolate chips are mini. I couldn't have made the biscotti anyway) and poured it into a 9" x 13" pan.
It was a little dense - pretty cake-like, actually, with not a strong banana taste and pretty sweet. It just occurred to me why: there was a cup of sugar in with the flour, salt, and baking powder that was for the biscotti and I blended a cup with the butter and egg for the bread. So yeah. Sweet.
Sam and Craig both liked it. I'm not a huge banana fan so I had a little piece just to check it out. Maybe when I have more time I'll post my "original" recipe. (smiley emoticon)
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
We went to get a tree and Kate was doing this adorable thing with her hands, putting them on a tree and saying "this one!" Even with a prompt to "put your hands on the tree," she moved them just as I snapped.
And really, this is my favorite picture that I took. Just before we left, I was cleaning the kitchen and thought how nice the light was. By the time we got there, the sun had dropped lower and the light was gone.
But we did get a lovely tree.
Friday, December 3, 2010
If you must know, I scrapped* with my girls, made a meal for someone in our church, played dollhouse with Kate, missed meeting the bus, went out to dinner, and went to Target for a present we need for a party. Tomorrow. At 9 AM.
I have been wanting to make something for awhile with ruffles. Then I was blog-hopping (I think I started at Embellishing Life) and saw on a link-up a little thumbnail of a stocking with a ruffle on it. So while I would like to credit the original source of inspiration, I can't. It was a glimpse at a thumbnail.
But then I made this.
For my niece.
Whether she wants it or not.
It was tres easy. I took pictures that I may share with you.
These are the originals. The original pattern has prairie points, not ruffles. And if you must know, I made Kate's before she was born and she didn't have a name until after she was born. So her name is not embroidered on hers.
Yes. I have a savings account going to pay for her future therapy.
Since prairie points are easier and I had some fat quarter collections lying around, I made these:
I plan to sell them on etsy. But you know what (now we get to the whiny part)? Images uploaded to etsy have to be 2MB or smaller. These are too big. So the etsy store is "open" with not one thing in it. I looked to see if I could change the size after taking but my limited tech skills could not. So I have to get out the old camera and take them. again. all the bows. all that. waaaah poor me.
*by "scrapped" I mean addressed Christmas cards and quilted.