Saturday, April 16, 2011

Lunch Time

The past couple of day the kiddos and I have been eating lunch outside.  Yes it has gotten a little bit warmer.  But that isn't the reason Mr. E wants to dine with nature.  Actually he is scared of ants.  I have to remind him that they won't hurt him.

Grilled Cheese sandwiches and grapes...Mr. E informed me they were better when he ate them outside. 

So I was able to capture some great "cheese" expressions...well Miss C's is a "Pizza".

Here is the fascinating scene. 

They are patching some rough spots on our road and Mr. E has loved watching all the action!

Hope you are enjoying your Spring!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Let's Get Cookin'

I saw an awsome tutorial a while back for his and her aprons over at Make It and Love It.  Ashley is such a talented seamstress, and she has the coolest projects. 

I decided to make a set of these cool aprons as a wedding present. Wouldn't they be so cute in a basket filled with Kitchen items, utensils, oven mits, towels, etc.  Oh, the possibilities!!

Here is how mine turned out!

I decided to make my own bias tape for the "his" apron.  It adds just a little bit more color and extra coordinating fabric to tie it all together. 

If you need a quick, and relatively cheap gift, then this is it.  I made both of these aprons for less than $10 an apron. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dogwood Winter

We are on the downside of Dogwood winter in my neck of the woods.  This is the cold snap that hits when the dogwoods bloom.   There are several winters, and now we only have two left to go.  So are you confused, thought there was only ONE winter?  Well here in the South, and maybe other places, we have cold snaps that can last for a couple of days.  These are followed by warmer days...and this past weekend I do mean warm....almost 90 degrees!!!

So in honor of the ever changing Spring weather I made a Dogwood Dress.

I like the versatility of pillowcase dresses.  This will be perfect with a t-shirt underneath when it is chilly outside, but totally cute just by itself when it is warmer.  I think it will be really cute paired with a yellow pair of leggings.  I can't wait to try it on Miss C.!!

This is made from fabric scraps passed down from my grandmother.  I think it makes this dress extra special for Miss C. 

Have you all made pillowcase dresses?  If so I would love to see pictures.  These make such cute outfits!

Happy sewing!!



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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring Attire

I have gotten some high end catalogs in the mail in the past couple of weeks.  I have thoroughly enjoyed par oozing the pictures and drooling over the latest trends. 

The main problem is that I can't bring myself to purchase anything I like.  They are just too expensive for my blood.  Hopefully I will find some similar items at yard sales and Goodwill.  I know I have seen some great tutorials for similar items out in blog land.  If I make any thing remotely similar I will definitely share!

Here are some of my pretty finds.

Festive Knit Top

Flamenco Knit Top

Floral-Trimmed Knit Dress

Hanro Draped Tank Gown

Klub Nico Eve Flower Espadrilles

Floral Appliquéd Knit Tee
 Images from Garnet Hill

Petal Collar Jacket

Flowerstitch Cardigan

Layered Chiffon Cardigan

Collarless Ruffle Shirt

Pleated Trim Top

Santorini Skirt

Gypsy Top
Jewelled Button Cardigan
images from Boden USA

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What I've Been Making

I have been crafting, just not as much as I would like.  Unfortunately what I have been making. i.e. homework and papers, isn't anything that you all would be interested in.  My semester is almost over and it seems like everything is due all at once.   This happens every semester, and every semester I feel overwhelmed for a couple of weeks.  Then finals come and go and it is all over, for a little while at least. 

I am almost done with my masters degree, I have three classes left.  None of the classes are offered this summer.  So guess what!!!  I am planning on crafting, reading (non-textbooks), cooking (well I am doing that now, just not always sharing), and doing some fun projects with my kiddos!  Hopefully that will also mean I will be hanging out here a little bit more. 

Over the next couple of days I will share some of the things I have made with ya, until is a picture of me and the hubby at a Milwaukee Admirals Hockey game earlier in the year.  Man it was cold in there...and even colder outside.  I am so glad Spring is here and warm weather is just a short time away from being here for good!!

Happy Crafting!!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Cook Books

I love cooking!  Well on most days.  If I am really busy, then cooking isn't so fun, but usually I enjoy making something good for my family to eat.

Last year my In-Laws got me a subscription to Taste of Home Magazine.  I have been making several meals from the recipes in those magazines. 

The other night while visiting my in laws, they bestowed on me these treasures.

My Mother-in-law has several years worth of these cookbooks, and somehow my Father-in-law had been sent some duplicates of these cookbooks.

Just look at the beautiful pictures inside the books.

I spent the other night just flipping through the pages and planning future meals. 

Does anyone else have some favorite cookbooks?  I would love to hear about them!

Happy Cooking!!