Thursday, May 31, 2012

My Favorite Distractions

Just wanted to share a couple pictures of my biggest distractions. I love to be out in the yard with my family.  We spent all weekend playing in the back yard.  I love the picture of the butterfly playing in the flowers.  The one who keeps me the most busy is my baby Jacob.  He is the busiest little 16 month old!  He doesn't play with his toys.  He would rather run around the house getting into everything he is not supposed to.  I chase him all day from one spot he shouldn't be in to the next one.  He is so cute and happy, I love to do it!  I think chasing him is how I stay in shape these days!  

A Quilting Day

Last night I got a terrible nights sleep.  I was trying to remember someone's name and then my mind could never rest because I could never remember it!  Anyone else have this happen?  So when I woke up I was to tired to go to the gym and the coffee took awhile to kick in for me.  But once it did and my baby went down for his nap I found some energy!  I finally quilted my little baby quilt I have been working on for months.  I have the binding cut out so I will do that tonight.  

Then I started quilting my Star Wars quilt.  I pinned it yesterday so it was all ready to go.  It is a full size quilt so it is going to take me days to finish quilting it.  It is pretty hard to squeeze it through.  I was thinking about sending it in to be quilted because of the size.  But we really don't have extra money for it.  I know I can do it, it will just take time and lots of arm strength!  

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Irish Antique Singer Sewing Machine

I was looking through some of my pictures today and found this.  I took this in Ireland back when I wasn’t into sewing.  But I love the Singer captured in the corner of the picture.  I had Kylie with me and she was just 3 months old, so I was thinking about how she would be sleeping in that cradle next to the bed.  So while the baby slept the mom was either sewing or sleeping too. :)  Love this picture! 

Monday, May 28, 2012

My Potting Bench

For Mother's Day my husband bought me a potting bench.  It arrived here on time, but my husband wasn't home for Mother's Day or for a few weeks after.  So today, now that he is home, he put it together for me and put some pavers down for it to sit on.  I am so happy with it and can't wait to start potting plants.  The garden still looks great, even though spring is over and I don't have quite as many flowers as I used to.  We also bought some tiki torches so we can continue to sit out without the bugs bothering us. The yard is my happy place!  Where is your happy place?

Raspberries!  We eat handfuls every day!

My Pumpkin Patch.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Handmade Fairy Princess Tea Party

Birthday parties are fun to plan and put together.  This is my daughter, who is now 6, 3rd birthday party.  She had a Fairy Tea Party.  Here is everything I created to help inspire you if you are thinking about having a similar party.

First I made a party table runner.  I love this runner.  It did take some time to make, but I use it for every birthday now.  I love it and get so many compliments on it from guests.

Party Time Table Runner from Me to You Designs  

Party Time Table Runner from Me to You Designs by Diana Mclun and Laura Nownes (finished size is 26" x 74")

I also added a candle to the cake to make it look more like a birthday cake.

You can also use ribbon if you don't want to do applique. 

I also made each guest a party place mat.  I used the left over fabric from the table runner.  Each one is different.

Place mats.  This is not to size, but an idea of how I made matching place mats.

Then I made little tote bags for each of the girls attending.  I used these as the party favor and they got to take home their princess plate and princess cup with some stickers.  The tote bags for the girl's gift bags were 12 1/2 by 22 1/2 then folded in half and sewn up the sides and boxed the corners.  I did the same for the lining.  The handles are 2 inches finished by 17.  I really do not like the plastic bags full of dollar toys and didn't want to hand those out.  These bags can be used over and over and kids can always use more plates and cups.

One of the tote bags.  This one is for the birthday girl.   

The table setting.  I also made little napkins using just a square of fabric and doing a tight zig zag stitch so fabric didn't unravel.  The napkin size was 10 x12 and I sewed the zig zag seam one inch in.  

The serving table.  I made a banner with matching fabric and ric rac.

My Fairy Princess ready for the tea party.

Birthday party cake.  Just stacking squares of cake into a pyramid type shape and then adding frosting and cones for decoration.  Gum drops on top of the cones and wafers around decorated with icing.  Super easy to make for those who, like me, are not into make fancy cakes. 

The little candle house is supposed to be Tinker Bells house.

The Fairy Princess Tea Party Menu 

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches: Cut into stars and hearts with cookie cutter
  • Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches: Cut in triangles, no crust
  • Strawberries
  • Mixed Veggie Tray
  • Crackers With Chicken Salad
  • White Chocolate Chip Raspberry Scones: Serve with creamed butter
  • Biscotti
  • Strawberry Lemonade Tea
  • Tea For Adults: Serve with cream, lemons, and sugar
  • Cake!

White Chocolate Chip Raspberry Scones Recipe

  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 4 Tea Spoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Stick Butter (crumble into the mix)
  • 4 Table Spoon Sugar
  • 2 Eggs mix in milk to equal 1 cup

  • Mix all ingredients together

  • Then Add 
  • 1/2 Cup White Chocolate Chips 
  • 1 Cup Raspberries 
  • 1 Tea Spoon Vanilla

  • Place spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet 
  • Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees

At the end of the runner is the biscotti.  I wish I had better pictures of everything, but this was before I blogged.  

Biscotti Recipe

  • 2 3/4 Cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter (Cut Up)
  • 2 1/2 Tea Spoon Baking Powder
  • 1 1/4 Tea Spoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tea Spoon Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cups & 1 Table Spoon Milk

  • Mix the flour, sugar, butter, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in mixer.  Add mixed ingredients egg, milk and vanilla

  • Divide dough into 2 logs on Silpat baking sheet.  
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Let cool and reduce oven to 300 degrees.  Once cool cut into 3/4 inch slices and flip the slices onto their sides.  Bake on one side for 10 minutes and then on the other for 15.  Remove from oven and let cool.  Then enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee!

Strawberry Lemonade Tea
  • 8 Cups Decaf Tea
  • 12 oz Frozen Lemonade Concentrate
  • 16 oz Frozen Strawberries in Syrup
  • Make tea the night before and refrigerate so it is cool.  Stir in icy lemonade and strawberries.  Chill and Serve over ice.  The kids loved it.  
So that is about it.  I hope this helps give ideas in making a fun and memorable handmade birthday party.  We did lots of fun activities with the girls too.  We did sticker art projects and made fairy wands and princess crowns.  You can also paint little bird houses and make them into fairy homes.  I show that project here.  

Friday, May 25, 2012

Show Doggies Valence Turned Pillow

Today I worked on my son Brian's Second grade teacher's gift.  Brian's teacher this year was the same teacher he had last year.  There was an opening at the school for a second grade teacher and she decided to try teaching a different age after having taught 1st for 10 years.  When she moved up she requested that Brian move up with her.  She is a great teacher and we were so happy when we saw she would be teaching him again.  I made her a gift similar to the one I made Kylie's Kindergarten teacher last year.  I had no idea what to make her this time.  Then I found out she was expecting a baby boy!  That made it easy for me.  She also asked that I take this valence from Sumersault Show Doggies and make it into a pillow.

Here is what the valence looked like.

Here is the pillow I made.  I found a 16 x 12 pillow at Joann's today which was a great size for what I had in mind.  I used the curtain holders for tabs.  

I cut the fabric to be 16 1/2 inches long and 12 1/2 inches wide. 

I also made her a satin edged lovey with minkey backing and a taggy.  I hope all of this shows her how much we appreciate all she did this year!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Teacher's Gift

I finished my daughter's Kindergarten teacher's gift today!  I really love the bright colors.  It is such a fun wall hanging.  I can't wait to give it to her.

The apple is from Planet Applique.  The fabric is Half Moon Modern by MoMo for Moda.