Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!



O.K. so I’m a day late.  I hope that all of you had an enjoyable holiday weekend.  We had some great weather and lots of fun!



A little bit of relaxing



What’s better than finally getting to run barefoot in the grass?!



Hmmm… how about getting to burry your cousin in the sand!



And then getting to do this afterwards!



You may have noticed the matching shorts and skirts in the first photo.  I have been eyeing this madras fabric at Joann’s and it was 40% off last week so I had to buy some.

I used two tutorials from Dana at MADE.



The Simple Skirt



The Kid Shorts

Both tutorials were really simple and easy to follow.  I would recommend both for the beginning sewer. 



Hope you had a great weekend!


Friday, May 27, 2011

Using Your Silhouette to Make Freezer Paper Stencils

I love making freezer paper stencils.  Have you tried it yet?  In the past, I did it the “old fashioned” way by cutting out images with an exacto knife.  This method actually works very well.  See my previous posts HERE and HERE.  However, the Silhouette machine does speed up this process quite a bit. 


The girls wanted to do a “project” so I let them pick out which Silhouette shapes they wanted.  We cut the shapes out of freezer paper using the Silhouette.  Next iron the freezer paper to some shirts to make your own stencils.


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The girls did all of their own painting.  They were very excited about being able to make all of the decisions about how the shirts would look.  (paint color, shapes, layout, etc.)



Next comes the fun part!  After the paint dries, peel off the freezer paper to revel your finished artwork.





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Lastly, model your new shirts!


Happy Crafting!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Go Vote For Your Favorite Spring Top



I just wanted to remind everyone that this week is Spring Top Voting Week over at Made by Rae.  I just voted and man was it hard to decide!  There are so many lovely tops to choose from.  Go have a peek!

Happy Voting!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tooth Fairy Pillow Giveaway Winner!

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!  Oh wait, my last post was about chicken dinner.  O.K. so just the winner part then.


The winner of the Tooth Fairy Pillow is……



Erin who said, “OH MY GOSH!!!  My daughter has 2 very wiggly teeth and no tooth fairy pillow yet.  I would love to win this for her!!!  I’m a new follower!”


Congratulations Erin!  I will be contacting you shortly.  I hope that your little girl loves it!


Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday Favorites: Perfect Roast Chicken


Don’t forget to enter the Tooth Fairy Pillow giveaway!  Click HERE to enter.  Giveaway closes May 14.



Look what I made!  I know, you’re probably thinking “O.K. it’s a chicken.  What’s the big deal?”  Well I have somehow managed to get to be 3# years old and have never cooked a whole chicken or turkey.  When it was just me and the hubby, I would just buy a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken at the market.  Now that we are a family of six those just don’t cut it.  Next I tried those whole Perdue chickens.  Ya know the ones that are pre-seasoned in the bag.  You don’t even have to actually touch the chicken.  Just cut a slit in the bag and pop it in the oven.  Now they are actually pretty good and are big enough to feed our family.  However, it is much more economical to make one from scratch so I finally took the plunge.

Now I wish that I had a camera rolling because we could have won some serious money on America’s Funniest Home Videos.  The first step in the recipe very simply states to remove the giblets.  No problem right?  Not unless you are a total spazz like me!  I kept reaching my hand into the chicken and then pulling it out at the last minute and squealing.  My little girls kept cheering me on.  “You can do it mommy!”  I finally reached in and pulled it out.  Oh, it’s in a bag!  Duh!  :)

Anyway, once we got past the giblet trauma, it was a really simple recipe.  The end result was soooo delicious and my kitchen smelled awesome!

Here is the recipe  or you can click HERE for the link.

Perfect Roast Chicken: Ina Garten


  • 1 (5 to 6 pound) roasting chicken
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large bunch fresh thyme, plus 20 sprigs
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced
  • 4 carrots cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 bulb of fennel, tops removed, and cut into wedges
  • Olive oil


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pin feathers and pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon, and all the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place the onions, carrots, and fennel in a roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of thyme, and olive oil. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top.

Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables.



That’s it!  Serve up your yummy dinner!



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Take in all of the happy faces of your cute little family members enjoying their chicken dinner!



We’ll except for maybe your husband who’s thinking, “Really, now we’re taking blog pictures at the dinner table?”  Sorry honey!




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Monday, May 9, 2011

Thrifty Sewing

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I love my boys.  They often get left out when it comes to my sewing projects so I really love Celebrate The Boy month over at Made and Made by Rae.  However, sewing for girls is just so much fun!  As I mentioned yesterday, my friend Caryn and I sewed up a couple of T-shirt dresses for her little girl.  Basically you cut off the bottom of a store bought shirt and sew on a skirt.  It is super easy and cuts out a lot of tricky steps for a beginning sewer. 


When we cut off the bottom of the shirts, we were left with these already hemmed and sewn together scraps.  Well I just couldn’t waste those. 



I decided to pin them together and make a skirt for my friend’s daughter.  I sewed the white piece to the top of the pink piece to give enough length to the skirt.  Then I folded the top of the white piece down 1/4” two times to make a casing for the elastic.



I inserted the elastic into the casing with a safety pin and added a cute little appliqué flower from the scraps of fabric we used to make the original dresses.  Cute and simple.



I also had a bottom of a shirt from a t-shirt dress that I had made for my girls a while back.  I made the elastic casing in the same way.  Even though the bottom was already hemmed, I sewed over it again with some green thread and used a fancy stitch.  Lastly, I used some flocked heat transfer and cut out her initial on my Silhouette. 



This was my favorite thrifty project of the night.  I was able to make a reversible top out of the scraps from the skirt fabric.  I needed to add a little extra length and I had just enough fabric to sew to the bottom of the shirt.  This reversible shirt comes from a free tutorial on From an Igloo.  Click HERE for the tutorial.  Click HERE for my previous post were I used this tutorial to make reversible dresses for my girls.



Here it the little sweet cakes modeling her new shirt.




She is also going on her first trip to Disney World so I had to make her this Amelia top like the one that I made for my girls.  You can read my post about it HERE.


Happy Sewing!


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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Party Dresses

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WooHoo Party Dresses!  Aren’t these cute?  They are really easy and a great beginner project.  As a matter of fact, my friend Caryn is learning how to sew and we had a couple of sewing sessions at my house and made these cute dresses for her daughter.  We used Duck Soup Original’s T-shirt Dress Pattern from You Can Make This.  (See my previous post about this pattern here.)


Here’s Caryn hard at work!  Yippee, I’m so excited that I finally roped one of my friends into sewing!



This is the dress that Caryn made.



This is the one that I made.



Most importantly, here is her little cutie pie in her birthday dress.  So sweet!



Heaven forbid I actually take pictures of someone else, my daughter had to join in. 



Happy First Birthday sweet girl!

Come back tomorrow to see what I made for her out of the leftover fabric!


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