Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
During my thesis year of college, my morning routine consisted of a stop at a small coffee shop on my way (slightly out of the way) to campus. That's where I fell in love with coffee and scones (and oat fudge bars and pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. God, if they only shipped their goodies!)
All this sewing has really ramped up my appetite, and now that the leaves are falling, I'm reminded of heading back to class, and grabbing a scone on the way! So really, I have no other choice then to make some scones!
Being a mild fan of Martha Stewart, (and maybe a bigger fan of her daughter Alexis,) I tried her recipe for Blueberry Scones. I have never made scones before, but this recipe seemed simple, and I was intrigued by the addition of the lemon zest.
I bought frozen blueberries and gave the recipe a whirl. Somewhere between steps 1 and 4, I made a rather large mess. Some triangular looking blobs made it onto the pan, and having gotten that far, I put them in the oven.
After twenty minutes, my first floor smelled sweetly of baking blueberries and some tasting looking treats came out of the oven. Although they didn't look perfect, they tasted perfect! So perfect, I only ate three... The rest perfectly reheat in the toaster oven. Yum!
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I designed the quilting pattern and quilted the whole thing myself! Okay, after looking at my work, I'm more proud of the fact that it's my first finished quilt with free-motion quilting!
I'm thinking about trying this one again as a wedding gift. This quilt seemed a little small for a couple to get cozy under together, so I would like to make the next a little bigger. I'm thinking it also needs more contrast between the fabric rings and the background. Though wouldn't it be beautiful in a neutral scheme? Oh yeah, and see if I can find someone who can die-cut squares!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Looking for some not too expensive costume jewelry proved a little more difficult. I searched through Etsy multiple times to see if I could find the perfect purpley-pink necklace to go with my amethyst colored dress. I bought a cute necklace with a pink rose, but when I tried it on with the dress, it wasn't dressy enough. (It looks great with jeans and a simple top, though!)
One evening, while walking through Michael's with my husband (past the jewelry aisle), he told me that I should try to make my own jewelry for the wedding. Just the invitation I needed! That night, I purchased some pink and purple glass beads and small pink pearls. While in college, I made some football inspired bracelets, so I found my old jewelry making supplies and went to work!
Well, making this necklace turned out to be a lot harder than I thought! The first necklace I made was mostly glass beads, and my husband said it looked like something made of plastic a child would wear. Yikes! I made several more trips to Michael's to get the right balance of glass beads to pearls, which I didn't accomplish until I went back again for more supplies to add another strand of beads. After stringing and restringing and restringing, here's what I finally came up with:
Admittedly, I was a little disappointed that I didn't get any compliments on my necklace that evening...and after all those trips to Michael's, I don't think it turned out to be the bargain necklace I hoped for. However, making a necklace filled up that part of my heart that loves to be crafty, so it was worth it in my book!
Finally, a picture of me all dolled-up with my handmade necklace!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
On a weekend quilt retreat at the beach with my mom and a couple friends, we pieced together these cute and simple cupcake pincushions.
The pattern was designed by Cindy Taylor Oates, and my local quilt store had some kits cut and ready to go. They're very simple to make and only take two small pieces of fabric and some interfacing. My favorite part was, that once we finished piecing them together, we went down to the beach with funnels and measuring cups in hand, and filled them with beach sand! They were great mementos of the weekend!
Cupcake break is over! Back to work!
Friday, October 23, 2009
I used fabric scraps from my studio and embellished the business card case with some ribbon. I love Amy's fabric, but I'm not as big of a fan of her patterns. This one called from some heavy interfacing, that I didn't have, and I manged to put the substitute in the wrong place. The folds in the case were very bulky, and my finished case buckled out a lot. Though, since I've been toting it around, it has flattened out.
The great things is that it still holds my business cards, so I'm happy!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Making a vase proved to be much more difficult than creating a bowl. Very carefully, I had to consistently sew a uniform diameter down the shaft of the vase. When the diameter would get too narrow, I had a lot of un-sewing to do. By the end, I sewed and un-sewed my way through two spools of thread!
The fabric cording is wrapped around a standard glass vase that I bought at Michael's so it will hold real flowers, fake flowers, or even a candle. A lot of sweat and thread went into this project, so I'm not sure how quickly I will jump into making a second...
Friday, October 16, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009