Monday, February 28, 2011
food storage and a tiny bit about emergency preparedness.
Saturday night we had about fifteen people at our house for a BBQ.
This Wednesday sixty women from church have been invited over for me to teach them how to make simple earrings- probably only five or six will come- now if I could just wave a magic wand and have my neglected house cleaned....
I'm planning to run away with my hubby for a few days next week and I can hardly wait!!!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Ruffler foot woes: I have purchased three ruffler feet, tried them on all three of my machines, read several blog posts and repeatedly watched you-tube videos and I FINALLY, after over a year, found a combination that works. YIKES! I bet the company that makes generic ruffler feet would sell ten times more if they actually included direction with the foot they sell! Aye, I digress.
After looking at this tutorial for an adorable skirt I came up with my version.
I used a knit fabric and didn't make any hems- really cuts the sewing time down- but it definitely is a more casual look. I used a needle specifically for stretch fabrics and sewed each seam with a slight zig zag stitch.
First, measure the length you want your skirt.
Measure your widest point- usually hips- and add about an inch on each side for a seam allowance.
Put these measurements into play and cut a rectangle of your desired fabric.
Out of the remaining fabric I cut strips five inches tall and as long as my fabric piece came. I ran these through the ruffler foot on a setting of a gather for every six stitches.
With the right side out, and the seam placed at what will be the center back of the skirt, I used my frixion gel pen to draw a line every four inches going up from the bottom of the skirt tube. Then I attached the ruffles by lining them up with the lines and sewing in place- starting at the bottom and working up.
When attaching the final layer of ruffles- I sewed the ruffle on "upside down" so that I could flip it down- covering the stitching. I pressed that edge down as well.
If you want real directions to another super cute skirt check out what Anna made here.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Anyone out there have great ideas for a 30 min. presentation on food storage??? - I'll be giving a thirty minute class that repeats three times- estimated total of 140 women??? ANY ideas to make it fun, guilt free, fear free, but still motivating, etc.? There is a gigantic diversity in the economic situations of the class members... help...
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The following ideas are a conglomeration of ideas from Sugardoodle and Family Fun.
I am delighted with how this weeks activity went. We have a very small group- only four kids and here is what we did:
For this activity with my favorite group of 8-11 yr. old girls we had a princess birthday party. I found princess party invitations at Dollar Tree. On the blank where it said birthday girl- I put "you". When the girls came we had pink birthday cupcakes using this recipe, a plain white cake mix with white chocolate pudding, a layer of strawberry and a layer of butter cream frosting (you can't have too much frosting!). Delish!
We played princess party games. Instead of pin the tale on the donkey we played "smack a kiss on the frog" and the blindfolded girls tried to get their paper lips onto the frog's. We also hid a fake diamond and the girls tried to find it playing hot and cold. For our third game we filled a glass pie plate with candy conversation hearts and gave each girl a pair of chopsticks. We gave them one minute to pick up as many hearts as they could (no cheating by scooping)!
this video about sometimes feeling like an ugly duckling. Each notebook was placed in a gift bag- (their birthday present)- oh, and the crowns are from dollar tree in packs of 25- with a box of conversation hearts and a bright colored pencil.
To finish the activity we opened our gifts and then each girl wrote one thing that they liked or admired about each girl in that girl's book- so that she'll always have a reminder of some of the special things about herself. It was one of those days when everything just fell into place and everything felt "right"- I'm so grateful!
Monday, February 7, 2011
Here is the keeping-it- real photo of all the Valentine projects that didn't turn out right or that I didn't get finished- and there isn't much hope of getting to them....
Did you know that having an eleven year old that bakes awesome brownies and chocolate chip cookies is lethal to your waistline?!
And our local radio station writes the names of both teams playing in the super bowl on an egg and then places the eggs in the microwave-and zaps them- the first egg that cracks is predicted to be the losing team- and they have been right for the last TEN years? Weird.
Friday, February 4, 2011
I tried out a hot pink Frixion gel pen (made by pilot) (via Bari J.) to draw a pattern directly onto the fabric. Jet pens.com has a better selection and better prices- you can use friction or an iron to make the marks vanish. When I was done stitching I just ironed my fabric and the bright pink ink magically disappears- very nice for all sorts of fabric crafts.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
While I was busy making subway art packaging I decided to use some of my Victorian looking scrapbook paper to make a few more envelopes to slip small gifts into. I also made rose stickers by printing images onto avery package labels and cutting them out with a 1" circle punch. I chalked around the edges of the stickers as well. I finished off by tying bits of crochet lace around each envelope and used the vintage rose label below to address the package that I put everything in- (I printed the labels out on avery package labels paper, too).
There is a copy of this free victorian rose printable on the sidebar under the freebie section or you can link to it here.