Little Bags

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I recently acquired a bunch of amazing fabric from my fantastic mother.  Since I've had such an interest in sewing as of late, she let me raid her sewing closet, which was filled to the brim with fabric. A lot of it was leftover from projects past, and could even be classified as 'vintage-y', which I adore.

When I brought it home, my handsome hubby said, "Some of this is kind of ugly." And I had to correct him and inform him that it's "vintage, not ugly."  He always makes me laugh. :) I will admit that some of it isn't the prettiest fabric in the world, but will look awesome as lining in some of my future projects. I can't wait to get them all done!

So last night I tackled this bag tutorial, and made two bags.  Rose had been wanting a new make-up bag for college, so I thought I'd try it out. It was a pretty simple tutorial and done very quickly. I'd recommend using a sturdier fabric than I used because mine doesn't hold its shape as well as it could. Mine also could have used some interfacing, like the tutorial recommends, but I didn't have any and didn't really care.

I also thought the one for me (the grey and yellow) was a bit too plain, so I took the idea from this photo,

 which I have no clue where I got (if you know, tell me and I'll cite it). It took a few tries to get it just right, but I really think it's cute.

Butter Wafers

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I decided to make this recipe today (cookie number 2), because I haven't made cookies in awhile. 
They're pretty light, so I decided to sandwich them with some melted semi-sweet chocolate chips, so that they resemble milano cookies.
They're pretty yummy. I've been filling my days with many projects and trying to learn as much as I can about sewing, crafting, cooking and photography. Hopefully one day I'll be able to feel like I'm good at these things. Until then, I'll just keep working on it. 

Painting and Cheap Bunting

Friday, April 22, 2011

After (almost done):
 My work station, with my FIXED sewing machine,  and 
with many projects that are in progress and the new pretty stool:
Easy Bunting:FREE
I just had some yellow and black/grey paint sample strips from wedding stuff, 
cut them into triangles and fed them into my sewing machine one by one. 

Haven't yet decided if this will be the final place to hang it, but I like it for now!

Projects! And SISTERS!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wooohoo for it officially being Savannah's birthday! Love her!!

And also, woohoo for Rose spending the night with us! Having people over is fun! We dyed her hair...twice, because the first time it turned out weird! And we played our Kinect and made fools of ourselves, and she helped me with a shopping endeavor where I got a bunch of things for the projects I've been wanting to do! I'll try to take before pictures from now on, so you can really see the difference and appreciate the effort!

My first project of the day was out shopping, where I found a drill set for 30.00, with a nice drill and all the accessories and a hammer and pliers and everything! It rang up at 70.00, and I was like 'oh no, baby, it's 30!' and they gave me back my monies. Score! Now, the fun started!

Second project was replacing our broken (and pinchy) toilet seat. The last time I replaced a toilet seat, it was almost an hour long endeavor of sweatiness and horribleness and frustration. With my fantastic new drill set, it took approximately 3 minutes. AMAZING!

Third project was to replace the hardware on my sewing table/vanity. I was opening the drawers previously with exposed screws. Such fun! So I got pretty new handles and using my drill, put new holes in and installed in a snap! AWESOME!

Fourth project took awhile. Started with a cheap shadow box frame from TJ Maxx. I repainted the inside a grey, attached hearts to copy a pretty thing I found online at . Then I decided that I needed to repaint the frame as well to make it the most awesome. It took like ten coats of the last of my white acrylic paint to finally get it to look nice. Then I had to drill screw holes into the back to attach them together.

This drill is SO FLIPPIN SWEET, and probably my new favorite toy. LOVE IT! Can't wait to tackle my new projects for tomorrow and hang out with my bro Hunter. We're gonna have so much fun hanging out! SO EXCITED! :)


Some things I learned from my grandmother

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Always wash your hands with cold water after handling onions. *LIFESAVER!*

How to make amazing pies.

Always use sharp knives.

Yum. I love using her talents! This is homemade tomato soup with corn and chicken. So gooood.
Recipe I used as a guideline.

April fun

Sunday, April 3, 2011

So on friday we had a little at-home date where we dyed eggs and made and frosted sugar cookies. I know it's a little early since Easter is weeks away, but it was nice to relax and have fun together.

Our very small apartment.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

I decided to show our little home today, since not many people have had the chance to see it. It is very small and cozy, but we're happy here for the time being.

  The very small bedroom which barely fits any furniture with our queen bed.
 My sewing/painting/photography desk.
 Front hall with entrance to basement.
 Blurry couch. Very soft, but both of us get back pain from it. :(
 Our turtle, Donatello.

Our kitchen table. So nice to have one now, and not eating at the couch every night.
Half of our living room. Yay for yellow and black! :)
 Jesse's nook.
 We are lucky to have LOTS of shelving. :)

 And our spacious kitchen. The one big room of the house.

That's about it. I look forward to the day when I can live in my own house, actually nail things into the wall and paint and stuff. Oh well. We're very happy.

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