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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Last weeks Quilting Mon... oh wait it was Wednesday last week

I have been a bad blogger this past week... was having to nurse my injury... ok not really.  I had a lot of things to finish for Natalie's shower as well as the tablerunners.  I did take a night to do some more of the quilt at Katrina's.


We began the sewing portion last week.


Katrina was enjoying herself.  I'm hoping it was my company but it was probably the music, Pistol Annies new and first cd, Hell on Heels.


It took a little time to do this step because we had to pin each strip.  We were suppose to iron in between each too but we determined that was not necessary and would take too much time.  I'm suppose to finish sewing all the strips by tomorrow so we can go on to the next step...eek better get on that between folding laundry, my pinterest addiction, walking the dog....

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sewing Catastrophe


No Quilting Mondays.  I have to nurse my injury that happened as I tried to sew it to the tablerunners for Natalie's wedding. Ouch.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Holy Jeans...Cheesy Casserole...

Jarad's favorite jeans had holes worn by the pockets and he asked if I could fix them. So after a quick google search I found this tutorial on a blog.  His jeans looked like this and there also was a smaller hole near the other pocket.


I made a little patch to reinforce the hole and the sewing.  I did a zig zag switch around the patch to help slow any fraying from washing and wearing.



I pinned it into place.



And sewed back and forth, back and forth with a zig zag switch.  My bobbin was green cause that's what I had already in the machine.




Close up of the stitching.  If I would have used white or denim thread it would be less noticeable but this isn't too bad either.


Jarad was pleased with the results and glad to have his favorite jeans in better shape.

His second request of the weekend was to make the pasta I made last Sunday.  Mom had told me about it and I found the recipe on several websites but ultimately used this one as my guide.  I added the crab boil as the author suggested.  I also added a bit of Tony Chachere Seasoning, mushrooms, green peppers instead of red peppers, water instead of milk.  I didn't think the Vanilla Almond milk I had in the refridge would taste good.  I also sprinkled a little parmesan on the top.



This casserole is very easy and good.  Will be making it tomorrow as well for Quilting Mondays.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

And a few more...

I really liked the simplicity of the blue and green one, the layering of the Thanks a Latte card, and ladybug on the other.  Again I used all three cartridges that I have. 

Tons of Thank yous

I can finally post the Thank you cards I made last weekend.  After getting such wonderful gifts for my birthday I had to express my gratitude.


I think I used all my cartridges to make these.  I wanted to make sure each was unique just like the girls that would receive them.  Here is a closer look at them individually.

I liked the layering of the different papers. 


Loved the simplicity of this one.


The frosting on the cupcakes have glitter on them.



It's so nice to be able to make a card whenever I like now and not have to go to the store to get the perfect card.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sweet Maurice

My dear friend Maurice had a car accident the beginning of this week.  He was trapped upside down in his car for over 2 hours and they thought he had broke his neck.  When he finally got cut out and to the hospital he had fractured 2 cervicals, spent one night in the hospital and sent home with strict instructions and a neckbrace.  He has a long way to full recovery but I wanted him to know that I was thinking of him.  So I made him this card.


I wish we still lived in the same town so that I could visit him.  I'm making Marbled Nutella Banana bread (marbled-nutella-banana-bread recipe) as I type.  It's in the oven and smells amazing.  I would love to take Maurice some of this but long distance hugs and well wishes for now will have to do.

Get Well Soon Maurice!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Iron, Cut, repeat...

First Quilting Monday was a good time.  We got all the fabric for each of our quilts ironed. (Katrina, you're saved from that picture being posted.  There was something wrong with the file.) Cut to the correct widths.





And then laid out to how we wanted the quilt to look.



Next week we will sew the strips together.  I'm thinking that may take 2 weeks to complete. 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Quilting Mondays start this week

Quilting Mondays starts tomorrow and so Katrina and I went to JoAnn's today to pick out fabric. Here is what I came up with.


The dark brown will be the back of the quilt and the yellow is the fabric from the table runners from our wedding.

Loudernow Photography


This is the tutorial we will be following http://www.tipjunkie.com/quilt-tutorial/ 

I will be posting our progress.  Wish us luck.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

How creative are my friends

Yesterday was my birthday and my friends and I went for happy hour and a movie.  The girls spoiled me with gifts and a couple of them were handmade.  Jennifer made me the notepads that will come so handy in the car.  I'm always searching for a pen and paper.  Katrina made the coasters and the necklace.  Who knew you could print pictures on tissue paper to make coasters? They both did a fabulous job and I loved all of my gifts from all the girls.




Monday, August 8, 2011

Turner's Birthday Gift

I got Turner's birthday gift finished this weekend.  I got a simple activity box type thing and decorated with some leftover vinyl from a honeymoon cup project.  I then filled it with different sticker books, activities, etc.




This was the card I made as well for him.  I'm slowly learning and coming up with ideas with the 2 cartridges I have.  Can't wait to get others tho. 




Sunday, August 7, 2011

My birthday present....

My mom called me Friday morning and asked if there was anything that I wanted for my birthday. And as a matter of fact there was.  I had wanted a Cricut Personal cutting machine since I made the Bride and Groom pilsners for the wedding using a friend's machine.  And it just so happend that JoAnn's was running a huge sale on them that week.  The first creation I set out to make was a Thank you card for my mom.  With a little inspiration from the web and a Sunday afternoon this is what was created...

Natalie's Bridal Shower Invites

A couple weeks ago I created Natalie's bridal shower invites.  I wanted them to be unique and inspired by Anthropology.


I used a cute green and white print cotton fabric from JoAnn's. Cut out a square to size (5x7). Using a regular glue stick to attach fabric to card. I then took white card stock cut to 4x6 and stamped with a fork and spoon (Hero Arts from JoAnn's) and printed the wording. I glued that on and stiched it with a sewing machine on a plain stich with blue thread that matches her bridesmaid dresses. And that was that. 


The wording on the card is the following:

The ingredients for a successful marriage…

a whole lot of love, a dash of spice

and lots of answers to

"What's for dinner?"



Please join us for a Bridal Shower

in honor of

Natalie Olson

on August 27th at 1 pm



Please bring your favorite recipe on one of the enclosed cards and your recipe for a successful marriage on the other.








Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Apples turn to applesauce then to muffins

We had a bowl of apples that were quickly coming to being beyond their days. So Sunday I made mini apple pies and applesauce. The mini apple pies were delicious with vanilla ice cream. I had some of the applesauce on Monday for breakfast but didn't want anymore applesauce. So after a quick search I found a recipe for Applesauce muffins (http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/easy-applesauce-muffins-683188/). I halved the recipe and they turned out great.




Couldn't wait till the morning to try...




And then it was gone...


The Wedding is Over....

The wedding is over and I miss the planning. It turned out just how I imagined it. I couldn't have been happier. But now what am I going to do with all the time I spent building that one evening? Well these are a few projects in the works.

I have taken on the task to make Natalie's tablerunners. She is my younger sister who will be getting married on the 1st of October in San Antonio. I'm almost done with that and will share those after the main event. Oh and I made the invitations for her bridal shower that will be at the end of this month. I love love love how they turned out and will share those in a couple days.

I have ideas for baby gifts for Abbi. She is my older sister who is expecting her first child in January. I won't start on those gifts till I know what she is having.

Turner, my nephew, has a birthday coming up in a couple weeks. Oh....there are tons of birthdays in November. Definitely need to come up with ideas for those.

Katrina, my friend who I adore, and I are going to be doing quilting Mondays. I'm going to use the fabric from the tablerunners from wedding as one of the fabrics in my quilt.

I'm really loving these homemade projects, gifts, etc. And as I look at what I have in the works I realize my wedding planning time has nicely shifted to crafting time.