Monday, February 1, 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Remove Shoes

Very cute!

Baby Steps

This would make great wall art, and its so fun to remember how small your little one's feet are.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Cookie Cake

Son is having a birthday soon, and he wants blue icing.  So I think this will be what I do...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wipe It, Wipe It Good

Oh, do I EVER need to make this.

Found at In His Grace.

I Love Red & Blue

This is so pretty, I can't stand it...

Found at In His Grace.

Love in a Quilt

After a day of misfortunate events, eye candy is a great way to unwind...

Found at In His Grace.

Another Simple Jumper

Another jumper, even simpler, apparently...

Found at ikat bag.

Jumper Dress

Super cute dress with tutorial...

Found at Ikat Bag.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Love It Monday

In the spirit of the website I Love This Product, I thought it would be fun to maybe talk about my favorite things.  I'm not sure if I'll be able to find something every Monday, but I'll never know unless I try.

So this Monday, you know I have to talk about my Roomba.  In my life at the moment, the consumer product that makes me smile and fills my day with a feeling of normalcy is the little vacuum I got at the Boxing Day sales this year.

Its an older model, like somewhere in the 400 series.  It doesn't go back to its dock when its done (it doesn't have one.) It doesn't have a scheduler.  It doesn't clean itself.  It doesn't make me coffee in the morning, but it does clean-my-floors.

I have a dog.  They said when we got him, he wouldn't shed much.  Ha.  Lies.  Little brown hairs.  He sheds a great deal.  Anyway, I don't even want to think back to when we had carpet and what we were walking on - shudder - but now with all hardwood and linoleum, I see the hair.

 Mine looks exactly like this, but its not orange, its white.

I'm not sure why, its probably a sign of maturity and just a natural progression of aging, but when I was younger I just didn't care to clean stuff.  Now in my early 30's I just have progressed to the point where when my house is dirty, I'm in a foul mood.  I know how to clean most things, but the floor was always the place where I could never win.

 I was willing to dish out any kind of money to do it too.  The number of different Swiffers, Sharkjet things I've boughten, and then have died and broke, would fill a small room.  So when I heard a friend mention her love of the Roomba, I thought, 'I think I'm gonna start saving some money.'

Let me just say that before Roomba, my feet (being a barefootie kind of gal with hardwood floors) were always covered in hair and dark dirt at the end of a day.  When I jumped in the shower, it was the first thing to come off.  I noticed on day two that when I jumped in the shower post Roomba, my feet were FEET COLORED and the water wasn't dirty like before.  It was quite major.  This thing was actually cleaning my floor to the point of amazing perfection.

I do wonder though if the size of our house makes a difference in its success.  I don't know how it would do if it was a sprawling mansion.  It will run for about an hour and it will go over spots several times.  I always take care of the batteries by running them down completely every time too.  If Roomba says its done, I just press the button again, and run til it blinks red.

Anyway, even after almost a month, I'm still enamoured with it.  I honestly worry some days what I'd do without it - and how I'd have to go back to... blah... I don't wanna think about that anymore.

Now I'm not trying to promote consumerism by any means, but if a Roomba has been on your list for a while now and you aren't sure, give it a try, I think you might be thrilled.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Brainstorming (Stand Back & Beware)

I've been racking my brain for weeks trying to figure out how to repurpose something I already have into this blanket I'm making for the batting.  Batting seems to be expensive and I'm out of Christmas money (or don't have enough anyway.)

What I have, a lot of old pillows (a.k.a fluff) and a lot of pillowcases and a lot of yarn blankets.


Yarn blankets as batting?  Might make for a crazy heavy blanket that is hard to sew through.

Pillowcases stuffed with pillow fluff and sewn shut, possibly not so bad.

Insanity?  Probably.

I'm going to investigate the pillowcase thing I think, cause I think yarn is too chunky.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hmmm, Canvas Re-Use Messenger Bag?

This pic got me thinking.  A local grocery store here has these canvas bags that we load our groceries in.  Its about the size of this bag.  If I put pretty fabric over it, it could really look like a messenger bag, for real cheap and easy...  anyway, this pic gave me the lightbulb moment.  Now, will I ever get my act together and try this genius idea?

Found at Hazelnuts.

Messenger Bag

I love messenger bags, and one day I'll make one...
this is a tutorial for a diaper bag, which looks a whole lot like a messenger bag...

Found at A Mingled Yarn.

Orange & Blue

I really like these colors together and the pattern is cute.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Some Learnin' - Tying A Quilt

So instead of quilting, there is tying a quilt.

Found at Posie Gets Cozy.

Read about tying versus quilting, when you have really thick quilts, at Quilting 101.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Flower Paper Lantern

Start oooing and aaahing!

Found at Craftynest.

Making Stock

I've tried to make stock, it didn't completely thrill me, but I think I had a bad recipe.  This one looks like it will work, and it kind of convinces me, based on the fact the chicken bones look like crap, much like mine do when I save them...

Recipe can be found with pictures at Chez Beeper Bebe.

Sewing Lessons

If you've ever been confused about sewing, but wanted to, I think this little course (free) will help you recognize the different parts of a machine and how to sew too.  So far I've watched the first, very basic video, and if you are at all confused, it will help you identify the parts of your sewing machine very well.
Go to Chica & Jo for the ongoing video series.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Kid Clothes Inspiration

So this kids site caught my eye, and maybe it has some mire neat ideas to applique on onesies and shirts like this one...

Found at Mini Boden.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Bloggus Interruptus Dietus Edition

We interrupt the original nature of this blog to bring you a calorie needs calculator.  I just find this place is the best one for keeping stuff I want to find fast, and really I'm too busy to start a separate diet blog.  I don't anticipate having many diet posts, as I don't want to obsess on the topic, and mainly want to keep a paper journal for convenience's sake, I do want to be able to have my source for my starting calorie point in a place I won't lose it amongst all the other sites I have bookmarked, like at Delicious.

Anyway, I'm using this calculator as my starting point.

So onward and downward we hope!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Love Me Some Magnets

Great ideas for making magnets here...

Good Stuff for Stamping

Some favorites of Geninne found at her site.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Pale Browns & Pinks

This is so dreamy.  I love pale colors...

Found at Funky Junk Interiors, but its not a quilt tutorial.

Helpful Quilt Backing Stuff

Remember to add seam allowances and stuff.  Oh man, I'm a little confused at the moment for how to buy enough for the back, but I know the answer is here...

Fast, Easy Quilt

Found at Cloud 9 Fabrics.

Friday, January 8, 2010

I Wanna Paint

I love this color!

Found in the Pottery Barn catalog.
Color is Benjamin Moore Wedgewood Gray HC 146.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Old Dress Shirts

Over time Jared has accumulated a few dress shirts.  He actually has accumulated many shirts, but I've never thought of the dress shirts as something I could repurpose.  This sleep sack is so cute, but for not exactly something I think I'd make.  Now a cute little dress... that I might try.

Found at Floating World.

Bag Tutorial, In Depth

There are tons of tutorials.  And when I get the impulse I scan through them, but none seem as 'step by step' as this one.  Love it!

Found at Chubby*Hobby.

Little Tags Tell Where Things Live

I'm a huge lover of everything in its place.  Sometimes its hard to communicate to others exactly where you want something.  The little tags in this picture could easily be attached to bins or whatever.  I think I like this for storage in the linen closet.

Letter Grid Maker Thing (Stitchpoint)

A seemingly great tool (haven't used it yet) to print out lettery things for projects involving embroidery.  Instead of struggling to do it with just fonts and your own limited skill.  Yay!

Found at Feeling Stitchy.

Sad Apple for a Onesie

Another cute inspiration...

Inspiration found at Feeling Stitchy.

Bunny for a Onesie

This is too cute for words!

Inspiration found at Feeling Stitchy.

Bird Sketches for Crafts

So many possibilities with these cute little images.  Onesies, embroidery, scrapbooking, greeting cards, um endless!

Find this PDF and another one at Sibling Craftery.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Zucchini Pie?

Who doesn't need more cheese veggies in their diet?

Fabric over Canvases as Art

 Idea found at Everyday Beautiful.

Gnome for Onesies

Bear for Onesies

Elephant for Onesies

Heart for Onesies

Birds for Onesies

Step By Step Quilt Sandwich (Assembling How-To)

Tutorial at Embroidery Patterns.

Aqua Embroidered Bird on a Onesie

Inspiration found at Early Bird Special.

Geisha Doll on a Onesie?

Maybe cute on a onesie?  Found at Early Bird Special.

Owls on Onesies

So cute!

No tutorial, but inspiration from Early Bird Special.

Crates on Wheels

No tutorial, but found at Apartment Therapy.