Friday, June 29, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Freezer Meals

We cooked all weekend long and now have a fully stocked freezer to keep us fed when baby comes!


We prepared 15 different recipes, which yielded 32 breakfast servings and 86 lunch/dinner servings- nearly 120 servings of food.


Breakfast:

Fruit smoothies
Breakfast burritos
Zucchini bread
Sausage and cheese kolaches (We used frozen dough)

Lunch/Dinner:

Southwestern Casserole
Beer Rocks
Enchilada casserole
Zucchini casserole
Taco Chicken Bowls
Shrimp Jambalaya (We substituted shrimp for the sausage)
Swamp Soup
Black bean quesadillas
Lentil stew (We omitted the sausage)
Burritos Blanco
Spinach Artichoke Pasta

The total cost came to $202.77, about $1.72 per serving (including the cost of the freezer containers). I'm really pleased with how inexpensive it was to prepare all these meals, considering we used grass fed/free range meats as well as some organic ingredients.

Monday, June 25, 2012

DIY Sewing Weights


For each weight you will need 4 large washers, ribbon, and a hot glue gun. Glue together four washers and wrap with ribbon, securing the beginning and end of the ribbon to the washers with hot glue.



Credit for this idea goes to SugarTart Crafts. View her sewing weights here.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Baby Mobile


I used an oval picture frame, an old necklace, a curtain ring clip, and a few needle felted animals to create a special mobile for our little girl.

Frame and necklace before





I removed the clip from a curtain ring clip and wrapped the ring in fabric, similar to what I did for the closet dividers. (It's the same fabric I used for the curtains.)


I also added green pom pom trim to the inside lip of the frame, to give baby something extra to look at from below.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Free Printable: Thank You Postcards


We've received so many baby gifts from our generous family and friends. Instead of purchasing a box of thank you cards, I created postcards and printed them out at home on card stock. Postcards are great because they save paper and postage. (The same reasons we opted to send Christmas postcards a couple years ago). Download a free printable pdf here!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Baby gift

This bib, blanket, and burp cloth set was inspired by the mom-to-be's pet frog, who lived for over 20 years! The baby's gender is being kept a surprise, so I went with a green and orange frog print flannel.



Such happy frogs...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Baby Showers

Houston

Yummy food!


My mom and me. My daughter is destined to be taller than me.

Baby butt cake


The hostesses


Dallas

The hostesses


Grandmothers to be!

Austin



"Once Upon a Time"



Guest favors 





The hostesses

Kristin and me. We're due just a few days apart!



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hostess Gifts

This summer has been a marathon of baby showers, three showers in three cities. I can't thank my dear family and friends enough for showering me with love and gifts, especially the hostesses! So as a small token of my appreciation, I made a set of cloth napkins for each of the hostesses...which amounted to nearly 50 napkins! Thank goodness for my serger, which made the work go a little quicker. After cutting out the napkins, I finished each edge with a rolled hem. I also put a little fray check on the corners.





Thursday, June 7, 2012

Felt Corsage Tutorial




Supplies and Materials



Cut the following pieces out of your main felt color:

Corsage ruffle- One 3" x 9" strip
Ribbons- Two 1 1/2" x 6" strips
Corsage backing- One 3" diameter circle

Cut the following pieces out of your accent felt:

Ribbon accents: Two 1" x 6" strips
Corsage face: One 2 3/4" diameter circle

You will also need:

6 1/2" piece of pom pom trim
1 medium sized safety pin
Coordinating thread
Scissors/rotary cutter
Chalk or marking pen
Ruler
Embroidery needle and floss/sewing machine with embroidery function

Directions

1. Embroider the message of your choice onto your corsage face, either by hand or using your sewing machine.


2. Pin the pom pom trim onto the wrong side of the face, near the edge.


3. Temporarily sew in place with a basting stitch. Remove the pins and set aside.
4. Fold the corsage ruffle in half, lengthwise. If necessary, pin to hold in place. Mark off 1" increments at the top of the folded edge. Using scissors, cut 1" notches at each 1" mark.


5. Pin the ribbon accent to the ribbons, lining them up down the middle. fold in half lengthwise and make a mark 1/2" up the folded edge. Cut a v-shaped notch in the bottom, up to the 1/2" mark, through both the accent and main ribbon.



6. Topstitch the ribbon accent onto the ribbon. Match your bobbin thread to your main felt color.
7. Pin the ruffle to the outside edge of the corsage backing. Line it up so the bottom of the ruffle
notches are just inside the edge of the backing. Sandwich the ribbons in between the backing and  the ruffle, overlapping the tops of the ribbons slightly (you may need to remove a few pins, but I found it easier to pin the ruffle first, then add the ribbons).





8. Next, sew a safety pin to the back of the corsage. I placed a small piece of felt on the inside for reinforcement. You can do this by hand or with your sewing machine. I used my machine and sewed one stitch forward one stitch backward, multiple times, at three different spots along the safety pin.



9. Sew along the edge of the backing circle.
10. Pin the face to the front of the corsage, centering it within the ruffle. Stitch around the edge with a zig-zag stitch. Match your bobbin thread to your main felt color. (You could also use a straight stitch but I wanted to make sure I caught the pom pom trim in my stitch.)




11. Remove the basting stitches from the face.


I made two of these for the grandmas to be at my baby shower, but they would also be great as name tags at a party or for birthdays or bachelorette parties.




You can purchase your own custom corsage in my etsy shop!