February 25, 2010

I love things that look like other things

Kind of like how I like miniature versions of normal things like those mini coke cans or mini doughnuts and the original Austin Mini. So cute!

I really love the idea of soaps that look like food like these on etsy. They're so fun but they're too pretty to use! (click on images for sources)

Mmmmm, all of those remind me of the cool cupcake designs in Hello Cupcake. The TV dinner is my favorite! (by the way, if anyone would like to buy me that book for my birthday or for any reason I'd be very happy)

Now I'm hungry. Too bad I left my leftovers I was going to have for lunch at home.

February 24, 2010

Pin Cushion

So I signed up for this diy pin cushion swap from Freckled Nest (by the way, if you're visiting from there, Hello! Nice to meet you!)

I'll be mailing this little pillow off tomorrow to my swap partner. It was pretty fun to make and I love getting stuff in the mail!

February 23, 2010

New scrapping pages

Just a couple pages I worked on with some new supplies. It's good to be in the scrapbooking mood again.

This one has photos of my three little girl cousins. Not my favorite page ever. I think it's because I don't like using such big prints (4x6s) unless it's just one. I like more white space on the page like the one below.

These pictures are from our December trip to Seattle. My boyfriend never likes to smile for photos. Silly boy.

February 18, 2010

Making a shirt

Trying my hand at making my own clothes from scratch - well, not completely from scratch. I did start out with some mix matched pattern pieces and altered them. This is, however, my first try at making a muslin first. I admit it. I'm a lazy sewer. I hate hemming and finishing sleeves. I couldn't be bothered to line anything and I hate working with elastic. Once I'm about halfway through the sewing process I'm over it and want it to be finished already.

(messy messy floor)

Because of that things don't always get finished as well as I would like to I'm doing it the right way this time and making a muslin. Once I'm completely finished and know everything's good to go I'm going to take it all apart, make the final pattern from those pieces and make the real shirt. And then I'm going to start all over again and make another (different) shirt. Actually, I have a list of clothes to make but one step at a time, right?

For this shirt I still have to cut, iron and sew part of the v-neck, atatch the collar, sew the bottom hem, and sew the elastic sleeve ends.

I'm still looking for the right fabric for the end result and hopefully by then I'll know how to work my serger and make the shirt look completely professional!

Also by the time I'm finished with the muslin I'm hoping I'll have a new sewing machine. This one maybe?

Anyone out there know of a good machine in the $200-400 range?

February 13, 2010

Oreo Cupcakes

My roommate in LA made these cupcakes and after making these other cupcakes I remembered how wonderful these cupcakes were. I found the recipe by searching through some blogs.

From How to Eat a Cupcake
MAKES 22 TO 24

30 Oreo cookies
1 package (18.25 ounces) plain white cake mix
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 24 cupcake cups with paper liners. Set the pans aside.
2. Count out 12 Oreos and separate the top and bottom wafers. Make sure each has some of the icing on it. Place one wafer, icing side up, in the bottom of each paper liner. Set them aside. Place the remaining 18 Oreos between sheets of waxed paper or in a large, closed zipper-lock bag and crush them by rolling over them with a rolling pin. Set these crumbs aside.
3. Place the cake mix, sour cream, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 1 1/2 minutes more, scraping down the sides again if needed. Measure out 1 1/2 cups of the crushed Oreos and fold these into the batter until well incorporated. Set aside the remaining crushed Oreos for the frosting. Spoon or scoop 1/3 cup batter into each lined cup­cake cup, filling it three quarters of the way full. (You will get between 22 and 24 cupcakes; remove the empty liners, if any.) Place the pans in the oven.
4. Bake the cupcakes until they are lightly golden and spring back when lightly pressed with your finger, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and place them on wire racks to cool for 5 minutes. Run a dinner knife around the edges of the cupcake liners, lift the cup­cakes up from the bottoms of the cups using the end of the knife, and pick them out of the cups carefully with your finger­tips. Place them on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes before frosting.

Store these cupcakes, in a cake saver or under a glass dome, at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. If you plan to freeze them, don't add the cookie-crumb topping. Wrap them I in aluminum foil or in a cake saver and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw the cup­cakes overnight in the refrigerator and top with cookie crumbs before serving.

Oreos at the bottom, my favorite part!

Crushed up oreos in the bag.

I could have made my own icing but I was lazy and just used some store bought kind.

Texas Is Greater Than Ohio

Another Style School project. I made this little pillow with more leftover stuffing and some embroidery floss.

You see Justin was born in Ohio and I'm obviously from Texas so I made this as a little inside joke. I don't think he was too happy about it. ;)

Funny note. I printed outlines of the states and traced them onto my fabric but at first I couldn't remember which way to put Ohio. I had it flipped. You'd never make that mistake with Texas.

February 12, 2010

Craft: Stuffed Kitty with Pattern!

Supplies: about 1/3 yard sturdy felt (I used some stretchy jersey fabric because I messed up my first attempt at this craft and ran out of felt, I don't recommend the jersey knit because it makes the finished product look lumpy), lots of stuffing, matching thread, scissors, sewing machine, pins, buttons and embroidery thread.

You can free hand the shape or you can download this pattern I made. The images are bigger than a standard sheet of paper so you'll need to print several pages and tape them together.

: Free for me, I already had all the supplies.

: A couple hours

: Medium

: My first attempt was ruined by a bad tail.

1. Cut out all the pieces: front, back, bottom circle, and four paw pieces. If you are using the pattern do not cut on the dotted lines, only the solid lines. The dotted line is where you sew the tail. More on that later. The pattern uses a 1cm seam allowance.

2. Sew your eyes, nose and mouth with fun buttons and embroidery thread on the front piece.

3. Pin the edges of the front and back pieces together, right sides facing each other. Sew around the whole cat, leaving the bottom open. You may want to trim the excess felt around the ears. It makes it easier to make the ears pointy when you turn it inside out.

4. To make a paw cut out 2 pieces of felt from the pattern and pin them together along the curved edge. Sew around the curve, leaving the flat side open. Turn it inside out. Repeat for the second paw.

5. Now for the tail. Flip your kitty inside out so that the face is on the outside. To make the tail you are going to fold the back in half vertically straight down the middle. Remember the dotted line on the pattern? You're going to sew the back together along the dotted line.

6. Now fill the cat with of stuffing. I like a firm plushy so I used a lot. I like to pull the fluff apart first then stuff it. I think this lessens the amount of lumps inside the cat. I used a chop stick to get the stuffing all the way up into the tail. Don't forget to stuff the paws!

7. This is the tricky part because the stuffing makes the cat hard to work with. You'll want to do a blind stitch by hand and sew the circle to the bottom of the cat. (Here I tried to hand sew the bottom from the inside but that didn't look good so I switched halfway to a blind stitch. The second half of the bottom looks much better and less lumpy)

Make sure to flatten down the bottom of the tail against the back felt piece like in the photo above. In the front, stitch in the little stuffed paws between the front section and the bottom circle.

And you're finished!

I think this would look really cute with a little pom pom collar and in different colors. You could even adapt it to make it a dog or a rabbit or some other animal, too.

February 11, 2010

Built By Wendy

I bought two books yesterday off Amazon after I saw how cheap they were. I've been wanting one of (or all of) Wendy Mullin's Sew U books for awhile.

I own nearly all of her patterns and craving more I found her clothing line and fell in love all over again. If I could define my style with one designer it would be this. Her spring line is coming out in a few weeks and I'm very excited! Not that I plan on buying anything. Way too expensive. But hopefully with this new season the fall season clothes will be on major mark down and I hope I can snatch some goodies.

When I lived in LA I discovered her little store in Hollywood and got all giddy trying on clothes (yes, not all of them looked good on me but whatever). I bought two shirts, both on sale. But still, one of them is the most I've ever paid for a shirt. Eek! Did I mention she also makes cool guitar straps?

Let's all take a nice look at the pretty pretty dresses and outfits from the Built by Wendy spring collection... even if I can't afford this stuff I can at least make it myself! Cute cute cute.

So now I will be (im)patiently waiting by the mail box for my goodies.

In the mean time. I'm thinking of taking a serger class in town to learn how to properly work my serger I got for Christmas two Christmases ago.