Monday, July 9, 2012

Skirt with Sash

Here is my first attempt of sewing something for myself. Wanted to coordinate with the girls' dresses for the 4th of July so I made the sash to match one of their dresses. I ended up not wearing it because I decided to wear shorts instead but, I can say it was really easy to make IF you don't have a toddler and a baby making you stop after every step, thus making it seem as if it was taking forever. I used this High-Waisted Sash Skirt Tutorial and I think it turned out really cute. 
I want to wear it with a white tee and red or white shoes. Can't wait!

Ruffle Onsies Dresses

For the 4th of July, I decided I wanted to make the girls cute dresses. I didn't want the dresses to be worn just for that day so I used red, white and blue but in a way they could be worn again after Independence day. I used the same tutorial I followed for the tank top dresses as a guide but did my own twists. Here are my pictures and if you have any questions, please feel free to comment and I will respond as soon as possible.
- 2 onesies (size 6 and 24 months)
- Fabric (I basically used scraps I already had)
- 2 buttons (for the fabric flower)
Cut and iron the fabric for the ruffle skirt. For the 24 months dress I cut 2 strips. 1 - 5x40 and 1 - 8x40 (the length of the fabric I had was 40" so that's what I used). For the 6 months dress I cut 1 strip 5x40.

Hem the strips by folding 1/4 inch along the long edge and iron then 1/4 inch again, iron. Stitch in place. 
Sew a stitch along the opposite edge using the longest stitch setting - do not back stitch. Pull the bobbin thread to gather your fabric until your desire length (about twice the width of your onesie).
Fold the strips (right side facing) and stitch the side.

Turn the skirt inside out and pin in place to the onesie.

Stitch the skirt to the top.

Admire your hard work. 

At this point you could stop. But...I wasn't completely satisfied with it just yet so I brainstormed for a while. Went to bed and the next day with wheels still turning I played with it until I got what I wanted. Tried with a bow. I made them using this bow tie tutorial

Super cute but I wanted something more. And decided to add ruffles by cutting a long strip of fabric. About 1 inch wide by 40 inches long. Sew a stitch through the middle using the longest setting (like I did for the skirt). My fabric was light so it started gathering on its own when doing the stitch...lucky me. If yours doesn't just pull the bobbin thread to gather.

Pin the ruffles to the dresses the way you want them and sew in place. 
Add a flower if you want using my tutorial and you are done! Sit back while enjoying a cold lemonade (like I did) and admire your beautiful easy hot weather dresses. Happy Summer!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Onesie Necktie Cuteness

I have to say I am getting a bit obsessed with sewing. I want to make everything I see. I came across this tutorial and it is the cutest thing I've seen. Even though I don't have boys, I had to make one and lucky for me, my neighbor has an adorable baby boy so I made it for him. Super easy to make and gotta say, I didn't really follow the instructions completely. I just basically used the pattern and ran with it. I think it turned out really cute even though it was my first trial.

- Fabric of your choice (you only need a little bit. I bought 1/8 of a yard and had plenty leftover)
- Onesie - I used a size 6mos 
- Fusing Interfacing
- Pattern
Cut your fabric and interfacing using the pattern provided in the tutorial. 
Iron the fusing to the onesie per the packaging instructions
Sew the tie to the onesie. The tutorial uses a straight line but I used a tight zigzag instead. I think it looks cuter with the white zigzag stitching. Also, I've learned (the hard way) that when using knits, it's better to do zigzag because it stretches with the fabric. 

 Make sure to leave a comment if you have questions about this. 

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Fourth of July Front Door Decor

With Independance day approaching, I decided to change my door hanging decor. Remember the letter initial I wrapped with twine to hang on the door? If not, you can find the tutorial here. I told you how I could just change the decor/colors according to the season, right? Well, I did to make it a little festive for the 4th of July and here is the result:

It was very simple. All I did was to add new ribbon and make a super fabric flower with material I already had on hand. I saw a tutorial for this flower a while back and made it based on that but I, for the life of me, can not find it now. I would love to link it to the blog so I will if I find it. Here is what I did.

1) Start by cutting your circles in different sizes. The size is up to you - it will depend on how big/small you want your flower. Also, I only did 3 but you can do 4 and it will look fuller.

2) Then fold the circles in half and then half again like this:

3) Add a couple of stitches to the bottom (see above picture), open them and place one of top of another (biggest circle in the bottom and smallest on top). Add a couple of stitches through the middle to hold all the circles in place. Add a button of your preference and voila! you have a flower. Very Simple.

Happy 4th of July everyone!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Spoiled Dad!

 For Father's day this year, I wanted to make my husband feel special. This is the first year with both girls and he works so hard for us. He is not only a great husband but he is really an amazing dad to our children. So rather than buying him a gift (I couldn't think of anything I could get him that he couldn't get himself), I wanted to make the day super special for him. I got him cards from both girls and our dog Maximus - then I had hand prints (and paw print) from them on their cards. It was really cute. And to top it all off, I made him yummy treats all day. For Breakfast I made this Breakfast Skillet using my cast iron skillet for the first time :). I didn't really follow the recipe and reduced the quantities because it was just for the 3 of us. I also added machaca which is basically dried beef that it's used in Mexico for a number of dishes. It was delicious and my husband had a delicious bloody mary I made him to go with it. Then for lunch we had prosciutto and spinach flatbread. I don't have a recipe for this. I just used Mediterranean flat bread and added marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, prosciutto and spinach and bake it in the oven at 400 deg until hot and the cheese melted. I made a fruit pie (see recipe below) for dessert and we had red wine. For dinner I just made guacamole to munch on because we were full from eating all day. It was a very nice day where we just ate all day long and spent lots of time together as a family. I think he had a good day. 

Fruit Pie Ingredients:
1 Frozen Pie Crust
1 8oz pack of softened cream cheese
1 1/2ish cups of powdered sugar - You can add more if you would like it a tad sweeter but be careful not to add too much because the pie crust is already sweet.
1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
Fresh strawberries, blueberries and a canned of peach (drained)
Bake the pie crust per package instructions - let it cool before using. Mix the softened cream cheese with the powder sugar, when soft, add the vanilla and mix again. Pour this cream mixture into the pie crust. Then sliced the strawberries and arrange on top of the cream as you wish. Enjoy!

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Latest Sewing Projects.

So my latest "crafty" endeavour is sewing. I had never done it before and so I asked my husband for a sewing machine for Thanksgiving LOL. I asked for an inexpensive one because I wasn't sure I would know how to do it given that I had never even touched one before in my life. But I tend to think I can do everything I set my mind to do. So I have been slowly teaching myself how to do it. I first made panels for my youngest daughter's nursery. They turned out cute - not perfect but cute. Then, we were taking a quick trip to visit friends and family and in an attempt to make gifts a bit more personal, I decided to make the gifts myself. Most of my friends have girls so what a perfect occasion to make pillowcase dresses. Definitely one of my favorite styles of little girls' dresses but also the easiest to make for beginners. I also made tank top dresses by adding a ruffle skirt to a store bought tank top. Super cute and equally easy. So here are my final products. Completely forgot to take proper pictures but I had some on my phone I took along the way to send to my friend back home. For the pillowcase dresses, I used this tutorial Easiest Pillowcase Dress Ever and had a girl I know embroider the names and initials for me.

For the tank top dress I used Easy Ruffle Dress. And what can you tell me about the adorable little girls wearing the dresses? The brunette and the one with red hair are twins - how beautiful are they? And then the one with dark hair is my oldest daughter - my beautiful princess. I made one for my youngest daughter but she was in the carrier the whole time she wore it so no pictures of her. What do you all think?

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Caramelized Onions

Over the weekend, I was craving steak so my husband got some ribeyes for grilling. I decided to make a topping of caramelized onions and serve along a strawberry and feta cheese salad. Making caramelized onions is super simple. Here is what I did:

2 medium yellow onions sliced
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp white sugar
1 splash (about 1 tbsp) balsamic vinegar or red wine
Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium pan heat the oil and butter, place the sliced onions and cook for about 10 minutes on medium high heat. Then add  the salt, pepper and sugar and let cook for about 30 minutes stirring occasionally. You may have to turn the heat down to medium or medium low. Make sure you are not stirring too often because you have to let them sit in the pan for a while to start caramelizing. Only stir when they are getting too brown making sure they don't burn. If they are getting too dry, add a splash of water. After the 30 mins or when they are done, add the splash of balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan.

*Tip: You can use the caramelized onions for salads, to top hamburgers, steaks, sandwiches. Or you can make a simple onion dip with mustard, sour cream, and the onions and enjoy with potato chips, veggies, sandwiches, etc.

Bon Appetit!