Friday, August 20, 2010

LiL Blue Boo Hoodie

Christine at From an Igloo is sponsoring  a Lil Blue Boo Hoodie sew-a-long this week.  I was excited about this sew-a-long as I would finally be able to sew something for my boys.  I love this pattern!  Ashley from Lil Blue Boo gives really great instruction and step by step pictures.  Not to mention some great tips for sewing with knits such as starching your cut out pieces before sewing.  I think that helped a lot!  The other nice thing about this pattern is that you can use old t-shirts so I raided hubby’s stash.  He has way too many t-shirts!
So here is the finished hoodie!  Isn’t it cute?  The boys are pretty freakin cute too!
Not only was this my first time sewing with knits, but it was my first time sewing an applique’ .  Not bad huh?  The boys liked the dinosaur too.  As far as sizing goes, I would go bigger rather than smaller.  Granted, my boys are chunka monks but this is a 3T and they are only 20 mos.  I thought that they would be really big and last through winter.  Other than the length of the sleeves, they fit them right now so we will only get a few months out of them.  Overall, I am very happy with this pattern.  I plan to adapt it to make a dress for the girls next.  Thanks to Ashley for writing it and to Christine for sponsoring the sew-a-long with more great tips!
I had to put this picture in just for the silly hair!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Monkey Munch

Earlier this week, my niece and nephew were over for the day.  My four kiddos love playing with their cousins.  I figured that since I was alone with six little monkeys it would be appropriate for us to make some Monkey Munch!  I remember making this as a child but didn’t know what it was called.  Then I saw it on an episode of John and Kate Plus 8.  Oh well, at least that show left us with something useful and to think they used to be my inspiration, but I digress. 
Anyway, the recipe is super easy and can usually be found on the side of the box of Chex Cereal under the name Chex Muddy Buddies.  In case you can’t find it here it is.  Ingredients: 9 cups of Chex cereal ( I prefer rice chex to corn.), 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup butter or margarine, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar.
1. Put chex in a large bowl and set aside.  (Place some of the chex cereal in front of any toddlers you might have with you or else they will go Uhhhh, Uhhhh, Uhhhh until you do! )
2. Place chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter into a quart-sized microwavable bowl and stir together.IMG_4708
3. Microwave mixture uncovered for a minute on high.  Stir the mix again and continue to microwave in thirty minute intervals until it mixes smoothly.
4. Add the vanilla and stir.
5. Add the chocolate mixture to the Chex and stir gently.      
6. Put combination into a 2-gallon, Ziploc freezer bag.
7. Add powdered sugar, seal the bag and shake until distributed.  (This is by far the most fun step!)
8. Spread Monkey Munch out on wax paper to cool and dry.  (We usually eat it too quickly to actually do this step!)
9.  Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for storage.
I have finally made something for my boys and I hope to be able to post about it in the next day or two.  I just need to manage to get a picture of the two of them actually standing still!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Sew, Mama, Sew Serger Giveaway!

Husqvarna Viking s21 Serger

Oh my goodness, one of my favorite blogs, Sew, Mama, Sew is giving away a Husqvarna Viking Serger!  I can’t even express how much I want this serger.  I love to sew.  I especially love making clothes for my 4 kiddos.  However, I often get frustrated with how long it takes me to complete a project.  With two sets of twins all 4 and under, there isn’t a lot of time during the day to sew.  I end up staying up way too late to get a project done.  Ummm, last night it was 3 am when I went to bed.  Yikes!  Of course that doesn’t leave me too energized for the next day.  Can you imagine how much time I could save with one of these babies?  Oh my goodness!!  Please, please pick me!
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Besides, wouldn’t you like to know that these cute little faces have lots of equally adorable outfits made by a well rested mommy?
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