Thursday, February 17, 2011

Two New Patterns

There are 2 new knit hat patterns up in my Etsy shop.
Feathery Slouch Hat

Dozens of Diamonds Hat

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

This Dress

I've been working on some new dresses for C this past week or so. The last round of dresses were all size 2T (I made them big just in case it took me awhile to finish them). This new round is 12-18 months so she'll be able to wear them now through summer. This was the first:
Sorry for the terrible photo, it was a rare sunny day here
I took a basic jumper pattern, cut the bodice out and then added two gathered layers. The fabric is Alexander Henry's Larkspur. I had bought 3 half yards of each of these fabrics and it took a little brain work to get the right length for each gather. I may go back and rip the middle layer and make it shorter, who knows, I may just leave it. I also learned that when doing a gather, it's best to zig-zag (or serge if you are lucky enough to have a serger-not me) the edge before starting to gather the edge. If you look closely at the photo, you can see little threads sticking out from where it frayed as I pulled the fabric along. It still turned out pretty cute though.
I used the scraps from that dress, along with some Kona solid pink, to make this dress:
Zig-zagged raw edge BEFORE gathering= no fraying. I appliqued some of the flowers on for a cute accent. I love this dress and as much as I love it, I am going to be listing it in my Etsy shop as soon I get snaps put on. (FYI- size 12-18 months).
More dresses to come!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

J, C, and O 
Yep, I had to do it and I will keep doing it until they no longer let me and I can no longer bribe them. I'm talking about coordinating holiday outfits, every mother's right and every child's obligation. Hee, hee. J and O have an appliqued bow-tie and tie and C has a 10-minute onesie dress (another fabulous tutorial from Prudent Baby, although since I added layers and ruffles it took more than 10 minutes).
Here's a better picture of the dress:
Fabulous toy box made by my fabulous hubby

I can't remember the name of the fabric, but it is from Moda. One of my favorite dresses so far.

***Valentine's Sale in my Esty shop. Today only enter coupon code LOVE11 to receive 25% off your total***

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Just popping in for a moment to mention that these cuties:

are one today!! Happy Birthday my sweeties!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Quinoa, a Recipe

I heard many good things about quinoa and I've passed by lovely green bags of it at Costco, so one day I decided to see what all the hype was about. And I am so glad that I did! If you haven't tried it, I highly, highly recommend it. So tasty and nutty and so very healthy, especially if you are a vegan. Here are some facts for you right off the package (truRoots Organic Quinoa): 1 serving has only 3 g of fat (0 trans fat), no cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 31g carbs (it is a grain, folks, but only 3 g of sugar) and 6 wonderful grams of protein. Oh it also has 12% of daily iron. It's gluten free as well! Since directions on the back made it a little dry for me and since I LOVE to experiment with food, I came up with my own recipe. My husband and I think it is one of best yet!

Roasted Tomatoes and Mixed Veggies Quinoa

In a medium sauce pan add 1 cup dried quinoa, 3 cups of water, 1 can roasted diced tomatoes (you could use regular diced tomatoes, but I like the extra flavor it adds), 1 veggie bouillon cube, 1 tablespoon dried onions, 1 teaspoon dried garlic, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 cup frozen mixed veggies. Bring to a boil then simmer on medium for 20 minutes. Next cover and let sit for 5 minutes. If you are vegan, dive right in; if you aren't, you could top yours with parm cheese and then dive in. Either way it is yummy, yummy, yummy!