I've had this chair, $20 from a yard sale, for over a year. I was afraid to try and cover it- it just seemed like too big of a job. Well, finally I attacked it. It didn't turn out exactly as I envisioned it, but it's done! The patterned indoor/outdoor fabric is from Ikea clearance $1.98 a yard. The pillow fabric is from Hobby Lobby. The bedroom it is in is green with touches of black and pink- (oooh, carpet needs changed). I sewed, stapled, and glued the fabric where I wanted it.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Our daughter Ceptember suggested this website, sortfloor. She is gathering books for her classroom and ordered several books. One had a bent cover, and the others were in perfect brand new condition. The prices were good.
The site is a little difficult to navigate. I pulled up Amazon and typed in interesting titles that I had found on this site. By doing that I could get a book description, rating and reviews. I found some fun ones and am happily waiting for them to arrive.
Friday, November 14, 2008
This was a quick and simple Christmas quilt for the kids to snuggle under while they watch all of those cute Christmas movies. It's just five fabrics, 36 nine inch squares, one six inch square with embroidery doodles and a pom-pom frame.
Just sew the 36 squares together to make a big square. Embroider some doodling on your six inch square and sew it onto your quilt top. Sew on your pom-poms. Then to cheat and make it really simple sew it together like a pillow cover; layer fabrics right sides together and place batting on top. Then sew all around the quilt (through the fabric and batting), leaving about a foot open- turn inside out. Hand sew opening shut and then tack quilt together at random spots with embroidery floss. Not perfect but so easy!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I'm doing Christmas projects. Fun! I bought some plain brown ornaments at Michael's. Then I used Martha Stewart glue and gold and brown glitter to doodle on them- a few ended up with polka-dots. This was a fun project that gets glitter everywhere- prepare to sparkle.
This little tree was a lot of fun. Decorating it was kind of like doing the real thing in miniature. There were so many beads, threads, and fancy stitches to choose from. I think I'll turn this into an ornament, but a framed "forest" of trees might be kinda fun, too.
A link to the pattern is listed on the right.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I tried a new recipe Sunday. It is SUPER easy and yummy too. I found it on allrecipes.com and a reader suggested substituting the oil and garlic with Italian Salad Dressing- which is what I did (I used Paul Newman's low fat Italian dressing).
2 t. crushed garlic
1/4 c. olive oil
OR 1/4 c. salad dressing
1/4 c. dry Italian bread crumbs
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese (green can)
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Warm the garlic and olive oil to blend the flavors OR skip this step and just use salad dressing. In a separate dish combine crumbs and cheese. Dip the chicken in the salad dressing (or oil), then into the bread crumb mixture. Place in a shallow baking dish. Discard remaining salad dressing and crumb mixture.
Bake in the hot oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until no longer pink and juices run clear (mine took just under 30 min.) Serve warm.
Monday, November 10, 2008
My current favorite Christmas CD's:
#1 Silent Night by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, $3 plus shipping on Amazon (not available at Deseret Book). This album has relgious songs, like Joy to the World, Little town of Bethlehem, etc. as well as white Christmas, Silver Bells, and so on. It's a nice combination.
#2 I also really like Christmas: 16 most requested songs, a Columbia recording (also about $3 Plus shipping at Amazon. This album has Gene Autry singing Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman, Doris Day singing Here Comes Santa Claus. Lot's of old favorite songs sung by the artists that I remember from my childhood.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Not that I want to decrease my chances of winning or anything- but I thought you all might want to check out this give away. Just leave a comment saying what your favorite modest women's or girl's dress is (some cute ones) and you're entered for a chance to win.
I'm fighting off the stomach flu- so, yeah I've been surfing.
I received an e-mail announcing these cute Scandinavian created stamps. I really don't do any stamping but if I did I would add these to my collection. They seem like a combination of cute Japanese with wonderful Scandinavian influence. Great combination.
You can get them at this online scrapbook store.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I know I'm really slow at making one of these tile sayings, but here it is. It's just a floor tile on discount, Provo craft cutting vinyl and my silhouette at work. I think it cost three dollars for the project. I'm trying to get a few things fixed up around the house before all the holiday guests come.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I vote for G rated language on blogs. Some of my favorite blogs have started to sprinkles their posts with swear words. It makes me cringe. I know these women are incredibly creative- so I know they can share what they feel without those types of words- they've been doing a great job blogging for years! Any ideas on how to curb this trend? I'd hate to have to drop them from my "love to look at blog lists"!
Monday, November 3, 2008
After finally finding the ones I wanted it took less than thirty minutes to resize them, print them (on Avery T-shirt transfer paper), and iron them on to some white t-shirts. So simple. I bought the shirts in a six pack on sale at Target. The price came to about $2 + printer ink per shirt. I think it would be fun to make some little girl shirts and then embellish the iron on with beads, embroidery, etc.