Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Baby girl shower gifts

I had a baby shower to go to this past Sunday for the wife of one of my husband's old friends. I wanted to make something unique for them and this is what I came up with.

Rocker girl guitar onsie with matching tutu

taggie blanket - the green stuff is super silky soft fur like material!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Summer Love

hanging out in the pool with daddy
hug for grandpa before they leave on the Harley
caught sleeping on the job
kisses for daddy
with her cousin Violet

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Yummy Rhubarb recipe

So, my mom moved her rhubarb patch in her garden and in the process took out some for me to plant because she knows I heart rhubarb! The drawback to this is that I am not able to pick any for use this year from my newbies and all but one corner of my mom's is unavailable as well. Well, not to be alarmed, while we were back for a short trip on Saturday, my mom let me pick a bunch from her corner patch and so....
I give you rhubarb crisp/crumble pie! It is oh so yummy too! And just in case you have access to some rhubarb and like trying different recipes I will put my crisp recipe below. Also, check out Angry Chicken's rhubarb hand pies.
Rhubarb Crisp

-4 cups rhubarb (or apples, blueberries, cherries, peaches...)
-2/3 to 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
-1/2 cup flour-1/2 cup oats
-1/3 cup butter softened
-3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
-3/4 tsp ground nutmeg (tastes good without this too)
1. Heat oven to 375, grease bottom and sides of square pan 8x8x2 (I just use a stick of butter and rub it around
2. Put fruit in pan. Mix remaining ingredients and sprinkle over fruit.
3. Bake about 30 minutes or until top is golden brown and fruit is tender.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Sewing Machine Meme

It is sewing machine month at Sew,Mama,Sew!. If you want to participate in the sewing machine meme post go here. They are also doing givaways so look for those as well.

What brand and model do you have? I actually have two sewing machines. The one that I use is a Brother xl - 2600 i but I also have an old Kenmore cabinet model that I got at a garage sale for $10... but I have yet to get it oiled up and try it out.

How long have you had it? 2 1/2 years but it sat in the box unopened until about 9 months ago

How much does that machine cost (approximately)? around $100

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc)?clothes, handbags, pillows, stuffies, soft shoes, blankets

How much do you sew? not as much as I would like... more when I am working on gifts that have a deadline approaching around Christmas I was sewing almost every day for at least a couple hours and did a couple all day sessions, right now though I am lucky to do something every couple weeks

How much wear and tear does the machine get? for the bursts of sewing I do, probably at least a couple hours minimum at once

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? I like my machine, it is a good machine for someone like me that doesn't do a ton of sewing yet, it does enough that even as I get more experienced I can still do more difficult projects but there are a few stitches that I wish it had like an overlock or some more decorative stitches - I recently got a serger though

Does she have a name? no, but after reading this I am thinking about coming up with a name

What features does your machine have that work well for you?
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine? every once in a while the thread gets wrapped around the post and if I don't catch it and keep going my thread breaks

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree?
Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? it was a Christmas gift from my in-laws :) they are pretty super

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why? yes, for the money it is a good machine and does enough for you to do most any type of sewing - it has a lot of add on feet you can purchase too

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine? I don't know enough yet but I think a lot of it would depend on how much and what kind of sewing you are planning on doing

Do you have a dream machine? nope - I did really want a serger though and my husband let me get one for my birthday/mothers day so I am good for a little while :)