Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Inexpensive Framed Art

I found these bright frames in all different colors at the IKEA store in Phoenix. I decided to use some scrap fabric, and these cute die cuts to create an inexpensive wall decoration for Kaya's room. I added stitching to the die cuts to give them a little more detail. In the end I think they came out pretty cute.
Supplies: frames, fabric, die cuts, embroidery thread, needle, spray adhesive, ribbon, nails, and hammer.
I love to stitch at night while I'm watching TV. I find it relaxing, and it sooths my creative energy. Otherwise, I'd probably be snacking on chocolate all night!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Baby Blanket

I know this is a simple project, but there are many different ways to make a baby blanket. Most baby blankets are made with a cotton blend fabric with batching, but today I wanted to make a warm, thin, soft blanket for my expected nephew. The fabric I'm using is flannel. This project is easy, and a good one to try with a beginner. Here's what I did.

Supplies: 1 yard solid flannel, 1 yard printed flannel, bias tape, heat n bond lite, thread, scissors, iron, and ironing board.

First iron the fabric. Place fabric pieces together with the right side out. Make sure the the edges of the fabric are square, and meet. If not, use a pair of scissors to trim off extra fabric, or you can use a fabric cutting board with roller scissors like I do and trim . Once this is done all you have to do is add heat n bond to your bias tapes according to the directions. Then iron bias tape along the surrounding edge of your blanket. No straight pins needed. Now sew along edge of bias tape to secure everything. Finished!!! How easy is that!!!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Decorative Burp Rags

I saw this idea on my neighbor Amber's blog a while back, and I've been planning on making a few for my sister Carla. She is expecting in December. I thought I better get on the ball, and start making a few baby essentials. Here's the first of many. I love how these burp rags came out. Too cute! Thanks again Amber!

Frozen Yogurt Pops

Gogurt anyone? Well not exactly, but I personally like this version better! I used my new cookbook Deceptively Delicious to make these frozen treats. I shop a lot at Sam's Club, and my gigantic package of strawberries was about to go bad. I decided to blend the remaining strawberries to make these refreshing treats. They were really easy, and quick to make. Here's how:
2 c. pureed strawberries
2 c. plain lowfat yogurt
3/4 c. confectioners sugar

Combine all ingredients into a blender, or food processor. Then pour into individual popsicle trays. That's it! Now whenever I have any lefted over fruit I puree them, and freeze. When the urge hits me, I simply thaw out any combination of pureed fruit, and make yogurt pops for the monkeys. Kaya has enjoyed helping me prepare these in the kitchen.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Bringer of Dawn

Last night Dory and Ryan stopped by, and gave us a copy of a Native American Children's book that Ryan has illlustrated named Bringer of Dawn. I was very excited to receive one, and I can't wait to share this book with my monkeys. The pictures are beautiful. I hope you check it out!!!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Oh no!!! It's a Blob Attack!!!

No attack really. It's just the rising process went a little crazy. I was making Oat Flour Bread, Whole wheat, and the monkey's favorite Soft Buttermilk Bread.
This loaf didn't last long. We goobled it up with jam, and this ended up being dinner for the whole family. Here's the book again below...