Saturday, January 30, 2010
There wasn't enough snow for a snowman, or even a small snowball. But the layer of ice on all the roads made for some AWESOME sledding.
It also made the bottom of the slide reeeallly slick.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
First I didn't have the right fabric. Which totally blew me away because I have enough fabric to fill a three bedroom apartment. And yet I didn't have fabric that was right for the project in mind. So Liv and I went and bought some more fabric just for this project. Ridiculous, I know.
Then instead of being able to dive right in, I had to clear some teaching stuff out of the way. Another day or two delay.
Finally... yesterday I cleared my afternoon schedule and get all set to make said project. I work up a template in Word, but then my printer wouldn't work. Foiled again!
I feel frustration as I TRY to maintain my "post at least one sewing project a week" resolution, but the universe seems to be working against me this week. Maybe tomorrow the stars will align?
Monday, January 25, 2010
I made them for dinner when family came over for dinner the other night, and they turned out so good that we made them again last night. (Had plenty of leftover parsley and cilantro that hadn't gone bad yet so it seemed good timing.) My sister has declared that on the next gift-giving occasion she wants a whole batch just for her. Easily done.
Anyway, to make the enchiladas, you'll need:
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
4-5 large cloves garlic
2 cups green salsa (I used Kroger brand tomatillo salsa verde)
4 tbsp lime juice
2 - 3 cups cooked diced chicken breast
1/3 cup sour cream (or roughly thereabouts. I actually just used 2 big whollops, but I figured 1/3 cup was more of a technical term)
2 cups shredded monterrey jack cheese
Low carb tortillas. (I used Tumaro's Low In Carb Gourmet Tortillas from Kroger)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Then, in a mixing bowl combine the chicken breast, the sour cream, 1/2 of the green sauce you just made, and approx. 1/2 cup jack cheese.
When it's all mixed, spoon it into 6 8" low-carb tortillas. Roll them up and lay them seam-side down in a casserole dish. Cover with the rest of the green sauce and the rest of the monterrey jack cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is melty.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Subject: Olivia's Day
First I got up. Then I got dressed. Then I brushed my teeth. Then I went to church. Then I came home and ate lunch. Then me and my mom played marbles. Then we got on Webkins. Then we cuddled.
Then Daddy came home. Then Nan came over and picked me up to go to her house. Then we played Groovy Girls. Then we did laundry. Then we wrote this email.
My most favoritest email. EVER.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
It's a lined dress and it has a zipper that goes all the way up the back. I realized I could keep the zipper if I unzipped it before cutting across it at the waist. That way, the zipper pull would be down at the bottom.
I finished the waist off with bias tape. I extended the bias tape across the zipper to create a stop for the zipper pull.
Want to make one? I've got the tutorial for you out on Craft Gossip. It's a quick little project with just some fused fabric and some buttonholes. Oh, and a button too! Check it out!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
It's a pretty print, no?
The colors and the cute little motifs remind me of some of today's Japanese imports. Traditional, but with flair. And it's quilted. *sigh*
But look what magic happens when you turn the striped fabric on its bias and make a bias-cut skirt.
The A-line shape was easy to draft, starting with a rectangle and then slashing and spreading to get the flared bottom. It took some creativity to get the pattern pieces placed and cut out of my small bit of fabric, but the quilted lines helped by marking the bias grain for me. Then it was just a matter of sewing side seams, using bias binding for the hem and waistline, and installing an invisible zipper.
The challenge for me on this project was getting the invisible zipper in right. I had never installed an invisible zipper before and the instructions from the zipper foot package were less than helpful. And the stupid plastic foot wouldn't fit any of the sewing machines in the house. There was much cursing after my first attempt ended up with the zipper in backwards.
In the end I emerged victorious and made a few "Woo! Woo!" victory laps around the house, skirt in hand, feeling the sewing power. "I don't need no stinkin' plastic crappy foot!"
It fits Liv to a tee and looks far cuter on my little model than it does hanging from a clotheshanger. I'll take pictures of her wearing it tomorrow when we've got good light.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Last week I made a patchwork hat for Liv. With all of the piecing and the lining and the pompom, I think I used up say.... 24" x 40" area of fabric?
And then the next day I had dinner with the family, and my stepmother hands me a bag of fabric and patterns left over from when she was making her granddaughter (Liv's step-cousin?) some American Girl doll clothes.
She gave me a pile of fleece. (The blue on top is actually craft felt.)
Some vintage prints. There's also a quilted stripe but I had already started a project with that when I took the pic.
And some patterns. There are three more Simplicity patterns that aren't pictured.
And also some small D-rings and about 18" of velcro.
Oh, and my sister gave me an assortment of old buttons she scored at an estate sale.
Let's put this side by side, shall we? The pile on the left is all my new fabric. That small folded up thing on the right is the fabric that left the studio in the form of a completed project.
The good news is that I've found a home for the fleece. The mama of one of Liv's friends was saying that she loved sewing with polar fleece. "Oh, fleece? You want some more?" Hehehe.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Here's how I did it:
1. I started with two slices of roast beef and two sticks of mozarella approx 1/2 inch thick.
2. I folded the slices of roast beef in half lengthwise. This made them the same height as the cheese sticks. Depending on the size of your meat slices and length of your cheese sticks you may need to fold more or less.
3. Place the cheese sticks on top of the sliced roast beef and roll up.
4. Cut across the rolled up meat & cheese.
5. Now you've got a lot of little meat-wrapped cheese squares.
6. Just stab them on some pretty toothpicks and put them in the lunchbox! Less than 3 minutes start to finish.
This was the first time I've made these for her, so I'll have to wait until school is over to gauge her reaction. I made some for myself for lunch, though, and they've got my seal of approval.