Friday, August 30, 2013

Summer Panzanella Bread Salad

Do you have lots of tomatoes? I actually don’t, the deer ate them, but the few I do have I used in this delicious salad. I’ve never made a bread salad before, but I recommend it. (Since writing this post, someone generously gave me a LOT of tomatoes to make spaghetti sauce!) 

panzanella salad 1

Friday, August 23, 2013

Citrus Recess Raglan

A few days ago, I posted about how I got to test Kate’s recess raglan pattern. I liked the pattern so much that I decided to make another right away for a friends’ little girl.

citrus recess raglan t-shirt (4)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

{More} Activities for Toddlers & Pre-Schoolers

Here are a few more activities my two busy boys enjoyed. All three utilize items from around the house. These ideas sort of go along with the “Teach Your Child at Home” posts I’ve shared a few times.
1. Toothpicks into spice containers. This was really more for the benefit of the 2 year-old than the 4 year-old, but they both became rather possessive of their spice containers.
toothpick activity (1)

Monday, August 19, 2013

More Print Handmade Bias Tape

print handmade bias tape (3)

Making bias tape isn’t really new for me (here’s where I’d shared the last batch) but I think it’s so much fun to see how prints turn out as bias trim.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Baby Project: Burp Cloths

polka dot burp cloth (2)
We went through a lot of burp cloths with our boys. I made a few new ones from this dot fabric. If you follow my instructions and use my pattern for making burp cloths, they’ll last through a few babies.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Small Sewing Projects

I’ve been doing some small projects before we have our new arrival next month.

This was a quick bath toy organization project. I added some ribbons to the sides of a large mesh laundry bag and hung it from suction cups. I almost bought a special bath toy organization bag but decided to save some money. (This solution only cost about $4.)
bath toy organization1

Monday, August 12, 2013

DIY Easy Dill Pickles

dill pickles (11)

I had no idea it was so simple to make pickles. I really like pickles. Not the sweet ones. They have to be dill. And my 4 year-old loves them, too. No canning required. (Even though I would love to learn to do that.) 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

Lately I have been enjoying some frozen strawberry lemonade, courtesy of our very own blender. I like it on the tart side, so if you want it sweeter, add a little more sugar.

frozen strawberry lemonade (1.2)
10 frozen strawberries
1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh or form a bottle)
1 cup water
2 1/2 T sugar
8 ice cubes
Put all the ingredients in the blender and process til smooth. Makes about 3 servings.
This is a far cheaper than going to a coffee shop for a frozen drink!

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Freezer Paper Stenciled Dyed Onesies

I got out baby clothes a week or so ago in preparation for our new baby, coming in September. And I found that many of the clothes had stains on them. Terrible stains. Some I just made into rags. But some of them, especially the solid white onesies, I decided to try and salvage. That means that the last few days, I’ve been experimenting with fabric dye. Messy? A little bit. But I followed the instructions found here.

freezer paper stenciled dyed onesies (1)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Recess Raglan Pattern Review

recess t-shirt pattern review with elbow sleeves and band (7)

I tested this pattern for See Kate Sew. I loved it! I’ve made my own raglan pattern for t-shirts before (here, too) and it was extremely time consuming!