MAY
13
2015

Quilted Zipper Pouch Sewing Tutorial

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Hi everyone! If you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen this adorable little zipper pouch. It’s really easy to make, and I had a ton or requests for a tutorial! Just because pictures can be difficult to tell size, this is a smaller pouch that I use for my hand quilting supplies. It measures about 5” wide x 5” long x 4” high. I keep small thread scissors, quilting thread, needles, and a couple of Clover wonder clips in here. That way when I’m working on binding a quilt, or need to do a little hand quilting or embroidery on my projects I’m not hunting for supplies.   Ready to make one for yourself? Supplies: A zipper, I used a 22” polyester zipper mainly because that’s what size I could find in this cute green color. But just get one that’s a few inches longer than you want to make your bag. Fabric for bag: 2 pieces 10” x 20” (One for outside, and one for lining. OR 4 approx 3” x 20” long scrap strips for the outside and 1 piece for the lining.) Fabric for … [Read more...]

MAR
17
2015

WIP Wednesday: Let Them Eat Cake Quilt

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Good morning readers! I have another fun WIP post for you today.  Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a Snapshots quilt along benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. There are some super cute blocks in this quilt along so make sure to check them out! Each month they’re sending out a free block pattern and they just ask for any donation you’re willing to make to support St. Jude’s. It’s a great cause, and this quilt is so cute I couldn’t resist! They offer it in a kit as well, or you can make the quilt with your own selected fabrics. I am making mine out of Pam Kitty Garden Aqua fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop. I purchased a fat quarter bundle along with 2 yds Moda Bella Solids in white 9900-98 for the background, and Moda Best Day Ever Grass green fabric for the cake stands.   I also grabbed some of the Fat Quarter Shop Alphabities to help me keep track of all of my pieces! They were very helpful.   The first block in the quilt along was a … [Read more...]

FEB
18
2015

Ham, Egg, & Cheese Bagel Breakfast Sandwich

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Hi everyone, I have another fast and easy breakfast recipe for you today! My son loves breakfast sandwiches and he loves bagels. So he’s been asking for these breakfast bagels quite a bit lately. And they’re super easy too, which is just what I need! Ingredients: Bagels Eggs Cheese Ham (You can use sausage patties too!) Butter or cooking spray Directions: Melt a couple of tablespoons of butter in a skillet on medium heat. You can substitute cooking spray if you like, it’s mainly to keep the eggs from sticking. Crack an egg in to the skillet, and cook until done on one side, then flip. Place your bagel open sides down onto the skillet just to toast it a bit and heat it up. If you like you can warm a piece of ham or cook a sausage patty in the skillet as well. Once your egg is done, simply place the bottom half of the bagel on a plate and top it with the egg, ham slice, cheese, and the top half of the bagel. And voila’! You’re done! Egg, ham, and … [Read more...]

FEB
17
2015

WIP Wednesday: Playful Petals Quilt

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Good morning readers! I have another fun WIP post for you today! I’ve been working on this super cute Petals quilt, and it’s almost done! As soon as I saw the cover of the Playful Petals book by Corey Yoder from Little Miss Shabby I knew I wanted to try and make one. There was only one small problem. I’ve never done applique’ before. Then again, I’ve never really quilted before either! So I figured I’d give it a shot. I mean why not start off with something difficult like applique’ first? Then everything else will seem easy right!? I don’t feel like I do a very accurate job at the cutting process yet, so anytime I can save some time and sweat I do! That’s why I’m totally digging pre-cuts. Now I will say that they’re a bit more pricey, so if you’re good at cutting, then you’ll want to buy your fabric by the yard. Me, not so much. So I went for a Moda Bella Bleached White (9900-98) layer cake, and a matching jelly roll. Yum! Not only are these super cute, but … [Read more...]

FEB
04
2015

Egg in a Hole

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Wondering what to make for breakfast this morning? Kids don’t want cereal again, but you don’t have much time? Try Egg in a Hole! It’s super fast, super easy, and only takes eggs, bread, and a little butter! YAY! Ready, set, go! Ingredients: Bread Round cookie Cutter (Or you can cut out a center hole using a knife.) Eggs Butter Directions: Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a skillet, or electric skillet on medium heat. Cut a hole out of the center of your bread slices, and set aside. Place the bread into the skillet, then crack open an egg and carefully pour it into the hole in the bread. Cook until browned on one side, then flip and cook the other. You might need to add a little more butter to the pan when you flip it. I usually make one per person, and inevitably I end up making more. But they cook so quickly it’s no biggie. While those are cooking, I also add in the “hole” part of the bread into the pan as well, make sure you get a little melted … [Read more...]

FEB
03
2015

How To Applique’ 101 – WIP Wednesday

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Good morning everyone! Do you think applique’ is too hard? Don’t worry, I have a step by step guide to help you out today! I’m not sure why, but for some reason just the word applique’ intimidated me. But I started researching YouTube video tutorials and soon decided that it wasn’t so scary after all! So today I’m going to tackle any fears you might have, and hopefully encourage a few of you to take a leap into this art form. Supplies for this tutorial: Heat-N-Bond Light (enough for your project) Iron (I have a Rowenta Travel Compact Steam Iron, it’s small and great for tiny applique’ pieces) Fabric to play with (I frequent Fat Quarter Shop, Etsy, Amazon, and my local fabric stores.) Scissors (I like Fiskars scissors, but any nice fabric scissors will do. Just keep them away from the kiddos!) Optional: I also use a 45mm Olfa Splash Rotary Cutter for longer straight cuts, use it on fabric only! Optional: Clear quilting ruler. I use this for a lot of things, … [Read more...]

JAN
20
2015

I’m Quilting. Say What? WIP

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What’s WIP you ask? It stands for “work in progress”. And I suspect you’ll be seeing a lot of WIP posts from me in the future. I know I haven’t posted much on my quilting projects, but that is because I’m kind of a new addict. So today marks my first, and hopefully not last, WIP post! I started quilting just before Christmas 2014, so only a couple of months ago. But I’m totally hooked! I think it appeals to the graphic designer in me. And have you seen all of the beautiful fabrics they put out now? For some reason I was never drawn to quilting because it seemed like something that just my grandparents generation was into. But oh was I wrong! There are so many beautiful fresh fabrics, amazing blogs, and fantastic tutorials out there now, that it’s really lured me in! I’m a sucker for eye candy, and I love to create things, so this just had my name written all over it. My first quilt was a fun little rag quilt project I made for Tinker Bell, you can see it here.   That one … [Read more...]

JAN
13
2015

Healthy Lunch Ideas!

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Hi everyone! With the new year upon us, I thought it would be a great time to share some healthy lunch ideas with you all. Well, not my ideas, but emeals has some great healthy lunch ideas to help us out! I am getting bored with our lunches, we tend to just go for the same meals all the time. I’m a a sucker for labels that promise health benefits, or fun, colorful packaging which I know isn’t always a good thing.   Here are some helpful tips from emeals on reading those labels! Fruit roll-ups seem like the childhood dream food, but they have three types of sugar listed in the first five ingredients and some brands also have trans fats and artificial colors, which may lead to hyperactivity in some kids.  Choose all-natural fruit leathers with simple ingredient lists and no added sugar or artificial colors. Juice pouches have attractive packages, but water and high-fructose corn syrup are the first two ingredients on some versions containing only 10 percent juice. … [Read more...]

DEC
22
2014

Festive Milk & Donuts!

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Yes, you heard me, milk and…um…donuts. What’s better than milk and cookies you ask? Milk and donuts!   Oh dear, when I saw these sweet little glass milk jars I just couldn’t resist. I knew I had to make up a festive little snack just so I could use them! So here we go with another fun and easy holiday treat.   You will need: Glass milk jars milk (flavor of your choice) mini-donuts (My kids preferred the powdered sugar donuts overall.) Optional: Festive red & white striped straws   Directions: Pour milk into your glass, and add a straw. Carefully top the straw with your choice of mini-donut and serve!   A few people opted for popcorn instead of donuts which was fine too!   Honestly I don’t know if there’s an easier snack out there that can be this cute! And if you’re really hooked on the whole milk and cookie concept, those little Keebler Fudge Stripes would probably be super cute too! Hope you enjoy this simple … [Read more...]

DEC
17
2014

How to make a Rag Quilt: Tutorial

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  You will need: Self-healing cutting mat Ruler (I have a Fiskars 6’x24” acrylic ruler.) Cotton thread in coordinating color, I used white. Rotary cutter Sharp scissors (I used Fiskars 5” Titanium Micro-tip scissors because I already had them, but Fiskars 8” Softouch Spring Action Rag Quilt Snips are made specifically for rag quilting!) 2/3 yd. each of 5 different coordinating fabrics for quilt front 1 piece of backing fabric (55" x 75") 1 piece of fleece for batting (55" x 75") Sewing machine (Would love some suggestions for a new machine, Mine is about the same age as I am and was my grandma’s Dressmaker!) My quilt used 35 - 10”x10” squares with a 3/4 “ seam allowance all around. After sewing and washing it ended up being 45” x 59” which fits nicely on her bunk bed. You’re welcome to make your quilt any size you like, just make sure to get the correct amount of fabric for your project! So let’s get started! I thought it would be easier to show in a … [Read more...]