How do they do it?

August 14, 2008

I don’t know how bloggers with kids like Angry Chicken keep up a blog, and have interesting photos and tutorials and crafts and Etsy items, AND take care of their families!!!  I’m only able to add to this one because the kids are still with grandparents.  I only have 2 days left however……….

So on with the crafts!

I painted this: a doll house.  I bought it at Michaels– it’s actually a CD holder.  Who is it for? Me.  Why?  Because.  I’m going to put some of my little dolls and little minis in it- including my cute Re-Ment dishes (I swear I could get drunk off these adorable little things!!).   I made a blueberry pie and a cherry pie for the house.  Now I need curtains and furniture!  And shelves……… More pics to come as it progresses……….

I’m happy with the dozen napkins I made for gifts this week.  Here are the ones for my mom- my grama made her black and white placemats and I found this PERFECT fabric for napkins.

I’ve never attempted a tutorial for anything (maybe one day), but here is my way of making not-for-having-Martha-over-for-lunch napkins. 

  1. Take a yard of fabric and wash and dry it on the hottest settings (fry it good!).
  2. Cut off the selvages, even up cut edge. 
  3. Cut the fabric into 4 even parts (yes, they won’t be perfect squares- who cares?!).
  4. I don’t have a serger, so if you are like me, just do a tight zigzag stitch around all 4 sides of each napkin.  Use a coordinating color of thread.
  5. You are done!

Really, it works.  I’ve made many napkins this way and use them every day.  They don’t unravel.

I also made coasters for mom using the Martha instructions.  Have you seen those fabrics with a number of different patterns on one bolt?  I thought one I’ve seen at JoAnn’s is called Crazy Eights (has 8 different patterns), but don’t quote me on that!!  Well they are perfect for making the Martha coasters- instead of cutting a single print fabric into the 4.5″ x 10″ size, I cut the patterned fabric apart in pairs (so 4 pieces, 2 patterns per piece). The pattern runs about 5.5″, so it’s perfect.  Then I cut the pairs into 4.5″ widths.  I fold where the patterns meet, so one is on the back of the coaster, one on the front.  A quarter yard cut of fabric then makes 8 coasters!!! I think I got a smidge more than a 1/4 yard, just to account for shrinkage and cutter error.

Look! Aren’t they cute?!?

Front fabrics

Front fabrics

 Ok, I’m going to go while the gittin’s good- this blog stuff is taking up WAAAAY to much time!



Summer is Here

July 5, 2008

Well we are doing the summer thang- staying up late, sleeping in late, not doing much in between.  We leave next week for our annual family vacation up north, so that will be a nice change of pace.

The Mid-Summer’s Eve party was a raging success.  I was afraid people weren’t going to show, but then the perfect number did and we had a grand time.  We had a bonfire but thankfully no one tried to jump it.  The sangria was gone in no-time – it was GUUUUD!! (I “Samantha’ed” it- changed the recipe. I didn’t have OJ, I added the peach schnapps in addition to the other liquors, used Reunite Lambrusco and Arbor Mist Sangria, added ginger ale (dind’t measure though).)  This will be our annual event.

But, our 4th of July stank. Stunk.  It wasn’t fun.  Dh worked, and then our fireworks got rained out.  The kids were horribly disappointed- and me too- it’s my favorite holiday.  I was pining for my 1812 Overture with howitzers…..  But there are fireworks rescheduled for tonight, so that slightly makes up for it.  No howitzers though.

Holy smokes!!  I’m all but swooning!! Sew Mama Sew is having a mid-summer Month of Sewing- it’s tutorial and idea madness!! Can you hear me hyperventilating?!?!  Too cool.

I think it’s time for me to start packing~ be back later.

Here is something fun I stumbled across!! 

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