Archive | July, 2012

DIY lolly shirt

29 Jul

I whipped this up today while chatting about bug procreation with my six-year-old.  Kidd not, my daughter comes up with the most random, hilarious questions.  Today as I sewed she asked me how ‘squishy’ bugs have babies.  I digress, saw the tutorial on and immediately thought Rosie would look adorable in a lolly tee!

Both versions are quick and easy and can be made with small scraps! Yay! Brooklyn’s is made with scraps of old t-shirts.
And Paige’s version is a swirly reverse applique. A bit of ribbon and tulle finish them off!
To make a reverse applique lolly:
1. Cut a scrap of fabric slightly larger than your design and pin it to the inside of the front of the shirt with the right side facing down.
2. Turn the shirt right side out and use a sewing pen or quilter’s chalk to draw a swirl on the front.
3. Sew the fabrics together along the swirly pattern.
4. Use sharp scissors to cut in between each layer of swirly stitches.
5. Trim away extra as needed as evenly as possible. (Gently slide scissors backward slightly as you cut for a more even cut.)
6. Pin a few inches of ribbon to lollipop, folding under the edges, and sew on with a ribbon or tulle bow on top.
The curled-up edges probably won’t appear until your shirt has gone through the wash. (Or not at all if it’s ribbed knit.) And don’t worry about the unfinished edges; they won’t fray!

To make a scrappy lolly:
1. Cut .5″ strips of t-shirt knit in three different colors.
2. Draw your lollipop onto the front of the shirt with a sewing pen or quilter’s chalk.
3. Pin the first color on and sew it to your shirt along the drawn lines.
4. Pin and sew the next color right next to the first.
5. Repeat for the third color.
6. Finish by sewing on a few inches of ribbon with the raw edges folded under and a ribbon or tulle bow.

DIY hair clip

29 Jul

I made this hair clip because we were inspired by the Olympics taking place in London currently. This is our spin on the British flag. I sewed along the x’s and used craft glue to adhere it to the back of a clip.  I bought the clip from Sally’s, the beauty supply store.

DIY chain friendship bracelets

27 Jul

Saw this tutorial on the website and thought they looked easy to duplicate.  My best friend and I take a gals trip every year and this year is NYC again!  We are putting together gift bags for everyone and will be making a few of these to include!  Here is one Megan made yesterday…


Delic Quiche recipe

26 Jul
I search for projects or recipes under the heading ‘quick and easy.’ I could reference other things with the same adjectives, but I am a mother and wife now:) Found this recipe and it’s awesome! I used ingredients from our garden; tomatoes, peppers and cilantro. I added feta and it worked!
2 c. chopped zucchini
1 c. chopped tomato
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/3 c. Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 c. milk
3/4 c. Bisquick
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Grease 10 inch quiche or pie plate. Sprinkle veggies and cheese in plate. Beat remaining ingredients until smooth (15 seconds in a blender). Pour into plate. Bake at 350 to 375 degrees, until knife in center comes out clean, about 30 to 40 minutes. Cool 5 minutes and serve. Your favorite veggies may be substituted.

Crushed can vases

25 Jul

Ran across this design idea on and thought it was incredibly clever.  I am SURE dwell or design within reach will nab this idea soon and mass produce the SHIAT out of this.  Boo to that but props to this rad table display!!

DIY wild things tote bag

25 Jul

I saw this adorable tutorial on, and I did my own version as gifts for my girls…

Wild Things Tote by Courtney Russel from Two Straight Lines…

I have monsters on the brain as we in the States near Halloween, as well as the upcoming release of the film Where the Wild Things Are.  This fun tote project would make a perfect Trick o’ Treat bag, library tote, or even a slightly spooky gift bag.
You will need:
*Pre-made canvas tote
*Pen and paper for sketching
*Fabric or felt
*Fabric glue (I use Alene’s because it doesn’t soak through to the front of the fabric)
*Fine point permanent black or brown marker
*Other embellishments such as yarn, cording, buttons, ric-rac, googly eyes
*1″ Masking tape
*Craft paint or fabric paint
Step one:

Gather “monster inspiration” with your kids.  Do you have any stuffed monsters or monster story books?  What do you turn up if you do an internet search for “monster?”  Bring your inspiration to the table with your supplies.
Step two:
Draw a variety of monsters with the pen on the paper.  Which one is your favorite?  Do you prefer scary monsters?  Silly monsters?  One-eyed monsters?  I prefer friendly monsters.
Step three:
Select which monster you would like to put on your tote bag and refine the drawing, if necessary.
Step four:
Look over your fabrics and felt and see which ones you would like to use for your monster’s body, eyes, nose and mouth.  Does he have any other parts?  Is your monster made from solid or printed fabric?  Is he plush or smooth?  Would you like to use any additional materials for your monster–  ribbon, ric-rac, buttons or googly eyes?  You can see from my photos that at first I tried felt, but decided I wanted to use a printed fabric instead.  I thought he looked too much like an Ugly Doll and wanted something a little more original.  I also really wanted to use to the more muted palette of the book Where the Wild Things Are.
Step five: (optional)
If you have the desire to make your tote striped as I did, cover one side of the tote with stripes of masking tape, alternating with 1″ blank stripes.  Mix up the color of paint that you would like (I made an orange-y pink), and paint between the masked stripes.  When dry, remove the tape and if you wish repeat on the other side.  You don’t need to be too fussy about this, it’s supposed to be imperfect. Tip: you could also make a polka dot background by placing circle stickers on the bag and painting the unmasked area.
Step six:
Cut your monster out of the paper and trace around him on the fabric you’ve chosen.  Cut out any other parts he might have out of the paper, and trace around those too.  Finally, cut the parts out of the fabric.
Step seven:
Lay your tote flat and arrange your monster parts on the front.
Step eight:
Glue your monster parts on the bag, beginning with the ones that go on bottom and working your way to the top.
Step nine:
Using the fine point permanent marker, apply details to your monster, such as pretend stitching or outlining and any other characteristics that you wish him to have.  I also used the marker to draw my monster’s mouth.


Tin Tin Tin

24 Jul
I randomly happened upon this site and am overjoyed at the discovery!  My best friend and myself ordered a plan to make napkin rings!  I hope we don’t encounter issues while making our sweet rings like severed fingers-yikes!

Project PDFs

Below are downloadable, printable PDFs of projects that you can make! Each listing tells you how many instruction pages, pattern pages, and step-by-step photos you’ll get with your purchase, as well as what tools and materials you’ll need for the project. There is a difficulty rating on each project to help guide you as well. Have fun with it and build away!

Sweet and sour pork recipe

22 Jul

Big hit with my six year old the other night!  Blogging a bit on the back burner with marathon training under way.  Also apparently the storm we had the other night knocked my computer off line and it really stumped the linguistic challenged employee’s at comcast.  Fred in “New Mexico” (i.e. outsourced to India) was baffled that my internet was out because he was unaware of any storms taking place in the midwest.  UUUUG-what the hell comcast, why are your IT phone service technicians not in country!  Why does this nonsense happen!  Call Michael Moore!

 This sweet and sour pork is made with pork loin, pineapple, light soy sauce, vinegar, onion, green pepper and red pepper, and rice!


  • 1 large can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 pounds boneless pork loin, trimmed, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 large onion, cut in chunks
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cut in chunks
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut in chunks
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • hot cooked rice


Drain juice from pineapple; pour juice in a Dutch oven. Add vinegar, soy sauce, salt, ginger, and 1/2 cup water; stir until smooth. Add pork and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour, or until meat is tender. Add onion, green pepper, red pepper, and pineapple chunks. Simmer 10 minutes longer, or until onion and peppers are just tender. Put cornstarch in a cup and stir in 3 tablespoons water. Stir into pork and juices; heat to boiling, reduce heat, and simmer the sweet and sour pork for 1 minute. Serve sweet and sour pork with rice.

Balsamic flavored pasta salad

17 Jul
Balsamic Pasta Salad. Photo by mightyro_cooking4u I made this the other night and it’s awesome!  I found the recipe to be common sense; nothing really unusual.  I think to kick it up a notch feta cheese and roasted pred pepper would add flavor!
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dry basil
  • 2 teaspoons parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups small shell pasta, of choice uncooked
  • 3/4 cup broccoli, chopped into small flowerettes
  • 1 red pepper, chopped fine
  • 1 green onion, sliced fine


  1. Whisk first 6 ingredients together to prepare the dressing mix, set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta of your choice.
  3. While pasta is cooking, chop broccoli and blanch for 2 minutes.
  4. Combine cooked pasta, blanched broccoli, chopped red pepper and sliced green onion.
  5. Pour dressing mix on top of pasta mixture; toss to coat.
  6. Chill until ready to serve.
  7. **Note: Preparation can be accomplished while pasta is cooking, making this a very quick dish**.

DIY peonies

11 Jul
Here is a really beautiful craft and the tutorial from is easy to follow!
 Peony Hair Clip Tutorial!
Here it is, as promised!

A simple little tutorial, for a simple little flower :o)

Inspired by one of my favorite flowers. Peonies are so vibrant and happy looking. If flowers had personalities, I just know peonies would be outgoing and optimistic! :O)

To make some of your own:

  • Cut six circles of nylon chiffon for a medium flower cut 4″, 3″, and 2″ circles.
  • Carefully hold a circle over a flame just long enough to crinkle a little bit
  • Repeat for each circle.
  • Stack them on top of each other, with smallest on top.
  • Choose a center bead, and stitch it through all the layers! All done!

Thank you all for the advice about where to buy the clips! Since I don’t have a beauty supply store in town, I improvised for now by gluing one side of a snap onto my single unadorned clip. Then I added the other side of the snap to each of my flowers.
(if you try this, use super-duper glue-hot glue won’t cut it!)

Now I can just change it out! Yay!