Sunday, April 17, 2011

Projects projects!

Ok, when I am not posting it is because I am living! You know, I am a creature of phases. My most recent thing has been cooking. I really want to make recipe cards using my digital scrapbooking stuff. I want to include pictures for all of them. These are going to only be things that I've made and really like and want to continue to make. I'm going to print them in 4x6 and laminate them and put them in a recipe box. This first pic will not go onto a card but I saw a cake like this when I was googling peeps pics for the scrapbook page below. I loved it and decided to make one for FHE.
Peeps Sunflower Cake.

We love Hawaiian Haystacks here and all the toppings are so pretty together. I never use a recipe to make them but I'm going to make a card for them. The cards could also be a great gift idea, I could even give a set to my daughter's in law right?
Grandma Kay called last Friday and gave me a recipe for french bread. The kiddos were spending the night at my parents house so we had the house to ourselves for date night. We made the bread together and played Sequence.
Next time I think I'll try to make it in a loaf pan. The recipe said to form it in a loaf but we'll see.
A seasonal favorite, made with lemons from our neighbors tree.

Lemon Bars
This is a new one for us, Bunny Buns. We got the recipe from The Friend magazine this month, it was a reprint from a 1980's issue. It has orange juice and orange rhind. The kids didn't like the rhind so I'll leave it out next time, I also want to make the glaze with orange juice instead of water. Oranges courtesy of Grandma Kay.
Tortilla Soup

Don't these pics look yummy?
I have also been sewing a bit. I found a link to an awesome blog (on Lindsey Davis's blog), MADE. There are tons of tutorials on it but the first one I've tried was this. They say it's the easiest skirt you'll ever make and it IS. The two tiered style is my favorite and it really isn't any harder than the single layered skirt. I'd like to get more ruffles and trims and have fun with it.
I don't have a serger but Teri Stringham (a friend) showed me a stitch on my machine that is almost like having a serger and I love it.
The great thing about making this for little girls is that you need hardly any material! You can even make two side seems instead of one so you can make use of your smaller scraps.
In the picture below Peyton wore the blues and greens skirt today and it looked cute even with her little pink Jumping Beans shoes from my Aunt Jan.
Another thing the blog inspired me to do was make my own bias tape. It was easy and rather fun. I made a little mistake with our curtains, I washed them and they shrunk about 6 inches! I thought I had washed them before and they had done all their shrinking. Well, I had washed one panel that I ended up haveing to take down. Anyway, to make a long story short, Tyler unstitched to bottom hem to make them longer and I made bias tape with the one panel I washed previously and sewed it on the bottom so they could be as long as possible.
Yes, the bottom strip is lighter because it was facing outside and got sunbleached. They still look pretty sad, but not as sad as having curtains WAY too short that show where our carpet is worn down to the pad and to the concrete in places! So, if anyone has long curtains sitting around and you want to give them to me, I'm not too proud to take them!
This is after the bias tape, pretty cool huh?
I also made some pillows with the leftovers. I used the middle meshy net part of an old bedskirt for the pillow forms inside, I feel so frugal!
Next up, I want to make Peyton a dress out of Tyler's old dress shirt, I have to draw my own pattern though and I'm not too sure of myself on that!


Scrapally said...

You are amazing! And inspirational! I love all your ideas and your frugality! where did you get that cute haystack tray? We love those here too...I LOVE the recipe card idea and YES, you can pass them on toe daughters-in-laws and good scrapbooking friends. :)

Luna said...

Way to go! I love MADE too! I have a bunch of favorites, though. you are inspiring me to try some more. I guess now that I officially don't have a calling, i will have more time!

Grandma Honey said...

I've never seen Hawaiian Haystacks look so pretty. Love them!

donnam said...

WOW, you have been busy!!!! Love the sewing! And so funny, I made that same cake a last year!!! Yours is sooo cute! We SO need to get together!

Amie said...

Im very impressed Kelly! I need to do more projects!

Zanny said...

You should come with your own theme music, Kelly!!!! Superwoman!!!
I bet my mom would love that peep cake!
We also LOVE haystacks... I have to say though, I think I'd love them even more if I had your cute plates to go with them!!!