Pillow talkin'

I've been on a pillow making kick lately, I have no idea why because we don't really use them around our house. I blame all the crafty bloggers out there making the most adorable pillows I've ever seen. Anywho, the first one I made was a simple burlap slipcover for a 16" square pillow form. I used some buttons that I tried to dye with red RIT, didn't work so well but it was okay.
I used my Cricut machine to make the red heart on an idron on vinyl, then machine sewed buttons around the edge of the heart. Simple enough, right?

NextI decided to tackle a quilted pillow for our son. I've tried quilting in the past but have never completed a project because they look like total hell. I decided finishing the top stitching is what pulls the project together ;-) I think I even had a square corner or two, IMPRESSIVE!
I used snuggly flannel because it was on sale. I think it turned out cute for a two year old to conduct pillow fights with!


Delicious (and healthy) Granola

I've been making my yogurt for some time now and quite honestly I'm getting bored with adding fruit and jams so I've been making granola to add to my yogurt. It's super easy and quite healthy, not to mention much cheaper to make than buy pre-made.

On a baking sheet evenly pour 2-3 cups of oats, I prefer old fashioned oats instead of quick oats. They seem to keep their texture better in the bowl of yogurt. Next, add 1 cup of nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc.) 1/2 cup of flax seed, 1 cup of dried fruit.
Now drizzle about a half cup of honey and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon over the mixture and combine as best you can. The honey will clump the oats and seeds together so just be patient as you mix. This can also be done with a mixer in a bowl on low speed to combine.

Place baking sheet in oven at 325 for 15 minutes, remove from oven and stir. By this time the honey has warmed and is much easier to mix. Place back in over for 15 more minutes.

Now sprinkle over your bowl of yogurt and enjoy!

Yummy Carrot Cake

The Hubs' birthday was last week so I decided to make a carrot cake to help celebrate. The only problem I had was keeping the two year old out of it all day until he got home for dinner.
Carrot Cake
  • 1 cup raisins

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • 2 cups packed brown sugar

  • 3/4 cup canola oil

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups grated carrots

  • Toss raisins in 2 TBSP flour so they don't sink in your batter, set aside. Mix brown sugar, oil, eggs until smooth. Place remaining flour in seperate bowl and mix in baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and beat until combined. Add carrots and raisins: stir until combined. Place in 2- 9" round baking pans and bake for 45-55 minutes at 325.

    Cream Cheese Icing
  • 8oz cream cheese - softened

  • 1/4 C butter - softened

  • 1/2 C heavy cream

  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract

  • 2# powdered sugar

  • Place cream cheese, butter, cream and vanilla in mixer. Mix until combined, approx 1-2 minutes but not on too high of a speed, the cream will turn into whipped cream. Slowly add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Recipe makes more than enough icing to cover 9" round cake including between layers.


    An Early Start to St. Patty's

    I had this craft in my head last week and had full intentions of finding some Valentine's Day socks. Apparently I was too late, no Valentine's socks to be had in our little town but I *DID* find several pair of St. Patrick's Day socks.  You will need a t-shirt and a pair of knee high socks, these were around $4.00 each so I'll have about $8.00 in the finished product because I had thread on hand.
    Cut the socks off just above the heal, right along the seam if there is on.
    Turn the sock and the shirt inside-out. Put your index and middle fingers inside the sock to stretch it  out and around the sleeve. My shirt was larger than the sock so I had to make sure to keep the sock stretched while trying to baste them which was kind of difficult but can be done.
    I wish I would have used a different color of thread to show you how I basted the two together but I had white handy :-/ woops! Anywho, here's a photo of that and you can sort of see where I tacked them. Also, do not tie off the end when finished basting, you need it to be free floating to accomodate the stretch of the sock.
    I chose to stitch from the outside so I could see where my finished seam would be and I *did* do this in black just for you to see. ;-) While sewing be careful to make sure you are only stitching one layer each of sock and shirt, trust me on this one. Also, since my sock was smaller than the sleeve it created a ruffle below my stitch. To remedy this I just stretched out the sock until it lay fairly flat.
    Repeat on the other sleeve. TA-DA!! A long sleeved St. Partick's Day shirt!
    I have other ideas to decorate the front so keep an eye out for the finished project.


    Just one more project.....

    I've been thinking I really need to use up some of my fabric stash and I think this may be a great way to do just that. I plan to make some pillowcases to be deliverd to a couple of hospitals in the the area children and I'm asking you to do the same. If you can't or just don't sew there is also an option to donate to the cause as well.


    I've set up shop!

    As you've noticed I sometimes struggle to get a good picture of our 2 year old without a scowl, as seen in the suspender tutorial. I had seen some others sew bright colored covers to for on a lens that attract attention of young, curious children. I decided I could make my own, and I did - I started with a couple of monster like creatures and they worked wonderfully. I made a few more and shared them on Facebook, my friends suggested I create an Etsy shop to share my newly named Camera Critters and I'm happy to share they are working great for others too!
    As a THANK YOU to my readers here's a code for 20% off an order in my Etsy Shop, just type THANKS20 in during checkout. This code will be good for the month of February 2011 :-)