Monday, August 30, 2010

Gourmet Spaghetti (Easy Style)

So I love love love spaghetti but I'm not a big fan of most of the spaghetti sauces out there, most are too tomato tasting for me).  So here is an easy recipe to make your own spaghetti with terrific tasting sauce.
All you need is:
1 lb hamburger
Spaghetti noodles (whatever type you like to use)
1 can tomato soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup

Cook noodles and brown hamburger.  Once hamburger is browned, add into a saucepan the tomato soup and cream of mushroom (yes I know it doesn't look that great when 1st mixing but it will be good).  Cook on low-heat for 5 minutes and then serve over your noodles.  You can add in onions is you want as well.

Fashion Headband Tutorial

I like to wear headbands that match my outfit but aren't just black or brown, so here's a tutorial on how to make your own fashion headband to match your outfit.
Start with whatever ribbon you are wanting to use and 2 hair ties.  For this head band I decided to mix 2 different ribbons, but you can make a headband from just 1 ribbon.
Next take the 2 hair bands and lay them slightly overlapping
Now take the bottom band that is underneath the other band and pull over the upper band
Next pull that band that you just pulled over, under the band to the right and pull.
Next you will need to cut your ribbon to 18 1/2 inches (however many ribbons you're going to use).  Then fray check or burn the end to prevent fraying.  I prefer the burn method as I don't have to wait for fray check to dry.  Then line up each of the ribbon over 1 side of the band.

I like to flip under 1/2 inch of the ribbon to allow plenty of room for sewing.
Then sew the ribbon together, making sure not to sew on the band.
Do this to both sides of the ribbon and then you have a completed headband.
If you have any questions or comments, let me know.  Enjoy creating your own headband.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

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Sorry for my lack of posts

So as you can see I have done much posting this week.  I've gotten completely absorbed in a new line of stuffed animals.  So I've been picking and cutting out material like a mad-woman.  My husband had to remind I am only 1 person and having a full scale production is just not realistic to start out with.  Bless him for putting up with me and my whims of crafting.  I will put some pictures up once I get more made.  Then I will be back to posting crafts.  Thanks for your patience :-)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Potpourri Jar

I made a recipe the other night that called for orange marmalade and the only orange marmalade in the store was in a small decorative glass jar. I thought the jar looked really cute and couldn't stand to through it away so I decided to turn it into a potpourri jar.

I bought a bag of potpourri for $1.00 from Wal-Mart. I had some ribbon and lace at home that I decided to use. I used a big bowl to trace a circle with a marker on the lace so I would have a round circle.

Now I wrapped the ribbon around the top of the jar to see how much I would need to keep the lace on the top of the jar.  After putting the potpourri into the jar, I laid the lace on top and wrapped the ribbon around the rim over the lace and super glued the ribbon together (overlapping the ribbon slightly).  I added a bow for a little extra.  Now I have a nice smelling centerpiece for my table.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Book Bag

So I finished one of my "book" bags last night and I absolutely love it.  I find them so unique and eye catching.  I have one I carry around (different book) and it looks darling and it's a perfect bag for me.
This is my bag:

This is the bag I made and is on Etsy right now:

Friday, August 20, 2010

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

This was a try and fail so try again and succeed recipe.  I will show you what do and then what not to do for this recipe. 
1 package (18 1/2 ounces) cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare mix
2 tablespoons nonpareils (tiny, round, brightly colored sprinkles; found usually in the same area as cake mixes)
24 flat-bottomed ice cream cones
Prepared frosting (flavor is your choice)
Additional nonpareils and decorations for your cupcakes

1. Prepare oven to 350 degrees.
2. Prepare cake mix according to package directions.  Stir in nonpareils.
3. Spoon in batter to fill a little over half of ice cream cone  ( I will show you in pictures what happens when you over fill the cones).
4. Stand cones in 13x9 inch baking pan or in muffin pan cups.  Bake about 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers come out clean.  Cool completely on wire racks.
5. Frost cupcakes and decorate

Here are the pictures of the good ice cream cone cupcakes: (my 2nd batch)

These were a huge hit for all the kids.  They actually tasted really good!!  I hope you enjoy as well.

Ok so when filling my first batch of cones I didn't think a little over half was full enough and I wanted my cupcakes to look like cones and not flat across the top.  This is what NOT TO DO:

This is called over-filling and thinking I know more than the recipe, haha.

And this is why you only fill a little over half way.  I hope none of you make the same mistake I made.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Boutique Baby Burp Clothes

I went into a Baby Boutique the other day and saw these burp clothes I absolutely thought were adorable and that I wanted to make some.  There are a lot of pregnant moms that will be having their babies this winter so I thought "What better gift than one to be spit up on?".  Well I think having a fun design on burp clothes makes them not look so gross after they've been used.  These are really easy to make and super absorbent.  I bought a 12 pack of prefold birdseye 3-ply cloth diapers with absorbent padding and then looked through some of my left over flannel fabric I had from making other burp clothes and found some material that would work.  Wash both the cloth diapers and flannel material (or whatever material you choose to use) before sewing them together.  That way if either do shrink a little, it will be before they are sew together and then it may not turn out as you want it.
Lay your cloth diaper out and then I folded the non-padded edging (the horizontal edges in the picture) in towards the padding.  I folded each side into the 1 seam before the padding in the middle and pinned.

I then measured out how much flannel I would need, which ended up being 5 inches x 19 inches.  This allows for you to turn the fabric under 1/2 inch and to cover where the sides were folded in.  ( Side note: You can also substitute using flannel for 2 strips of cute ribbon along the folded in part to just add some embellishment to the burp cloth) 
To make the 1/2 inch turn under easy, I took my iron to the flannel and pressed the fold so it would lay down without having to pin the flannel.  I then laid the flannel in the center of the folded diaper and then took out the pins from the diaper and then put them through both the flannel and the diaper for sewing.
Now you have your burp cloth.  The possibilities are endless, it's just finding the fabric design you want to use.  They make great personalized gifts.  Have Fun!!!
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to let me know:

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Shirt into skirt

Well my husband is always saying I have way too many clothes and shoes (I only take up a little bit more space than he does of our closet). So I decided to go through my clothes and pick out the ones I've only worn once (due to them not being flattering at all) or that I don't wear anymore. I was trying to think of what to do with the extra clothes. I have a couple tops that I absolutely love the material, but just not the way it fits on me. Out of the pile I picked out a top that I thought would make a great skirt for my 4 year old daughter.

First I wanted to make sure the skirt would be long enough with up to a 1/2 inch hem.  I held the shirt up to my daughters waist (hold the shirt below the sleeves where I would be able to cut straight across) and was able to see it would make around a knee length skirt. 

I then cut straight across the front layer of the shirt and then followed with cutting the back (making sure the bottom of the shirt was lining up correctly)

As you can see the bottom of the shirt isn't straight across as I would have liked it.  Next with this shirt it had elastic in the bottom that I had taken out prior to starting this project (I cut into the fabric along each side hem and was able to remove the elastic without undoing the hem already in place).  Since that was already done and I had the 1/8 inch elastic from pulling it out earlier, I was able to measure my daughters waist and then cut off the extra elastic.  Then I attached a small safety pin to one end of the elastic and pushed it through one of the cuts in the hem I had already made and then fished it through the rest of the hem.  Using the safety pin makes it really easy to get the elastic all the way through.  One word of caution as you fish the elastic through is not to lose the other end of the elastic while you are pulling through.  Once done with that I was able to sew the elastic together with it overlaping 1 inch.  (Side note: If you have a shirt that does not have a hem that you can put elastic in, fold the top or bottom of the fabric under 1 inch and then sew at 3/4 inch.  That should accomodate 1/8 inch and up to 1/2 inch elastic depending on what you use)
Next I added a 1/2 inch hem long the bottom of the skirt.  I wanted to add something to it so I found some purple ribbon that matched perfectly with the material.  I lined up one side of the ribbon with the very bottom of the skirt and sewed along the edge and then did the same to attach the top of the ribbon to the skirt.

I think it turned out great and my daughter loves it.   

I hope you enjoyed my first blog.  If you have any suggestions or comments, please let me know.