Thursday, October 30, 2008

Trick or treat



Roxanne and I made some spooktacular Halloween treats. Each year I try to find a kid friendly recipe that Roxanne can help me with. This year I picked carmel apples! Those sweet looking green apples turned into a sweet treat for me and Roxanne. Roxy peeled open each individual carmel to make these delicious carmel apples. Who said it's hard to find good help these days? Just ask three year old. They will roll up there sleeves and dig in to any given task it seems! Thanks Roxy for all of your hard work. The apples are beautiful (and yummy)! From our kitchen to yours...Happy Halloween <} :>)


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Mommy life!











This post is for me! Yep, I am stealing this one. Mommy life...now there's a huge topic! Being a mommy is not always an easy task, but it is always rewarding. From time to time I get the mommy blues just as all of you, I am sure. With busy schedules, impatient little ones and a husband that never stops working (so it seems), life can be stressful! With that in mind, I wanted to take the time to tell myself and you other moms that mommy life is grand. In all of the ups and downs of emotions and lack of time for yourself, it is indeed one of life's greatest blessings. I hope that each of you will be encouraged that you are not the only one out there lost in "mommy do" land. I love my little princess girls and ever thing that goes in the mommy life package!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pick of the week...intro. to the holidays


OK, so I know this post is a little early. However, I wanted to introduce my "pick of the week" that I will blog about starting in November. Each week I will post a holiday find that I think you will enjoy and may even help you check off a gift item or two from your list. Just call me your holiday shopper -LOL. Here is one holiday find that I can't do without. Holiday greeting cards...with photos! Love it :) Check out the listing here http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_9&listing_id=16454054

Monday, October 20, 2008

Who gives a hoot


My friend (hi Morgan) is using owls for accent pieces in her home. I found these cute little recipe cards on Etsy and thought of her. You can view the entire listing here http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_7&listing_id=16392263
Aren't they cute!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cupcakes anyone?

Pattern book cover

(above) My "Ginger Blossom" inspired cupcake!



In a recent post I made mention of Sandi Henderson and her wonderful pattern designs for her debut of Portabellopixie patterns. I fell in love with her famous "cupcake" pincushion over a year ago. This month the pattern was released http://sandihendersondesign.com/catalog.htm?item=7 and made available to the public. I drove like a mad women to the nearest fabric boutique here in town and grabbed one hot off the press. I have turned my creative wheel over and over the last couple of days thinking of the endless possibilities of this pattern. I am so in love with Sandi's "Ginger Blossom" fabric line that I knew my creativity would stem from that fabric and color palette. So, after much thought...here it is! This is my dreamed of version that I was finally able to create. Doesn't it look delicious!







Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Rock on!



If your little one likes to rock out to his favorite tunes, this post is for you. Check out this stylish guitar applique tshirt on Etsy. Click here to view the listing http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15948813


There is also a listing here for a pink stripe guitar for the little rock star diva's as well!

Where is Heather?




I'm here! Yep, I know it's been a few days since I blogged, but I have lots to share (pics to come)! I have been plugging away behind the sewing machine with baby dolls and new sewing patterns. I have also been in the process of revamping my "creative area" since the last post. I think I have convinced my husband that more space is needed. I have also been working on a a layout for a dress that I would like to make Roxanne for a wedding (??? still pondering that).
One new pattern that I want to share are the ruffled pants by Portabellopixie. I posted a tid bit about her in August. Sandi Henderson is the designer of the patterns and she is a pro. Here is a link to her website if you are interested in placing an order http://sandihendersondesign.com/catalog.htm?item=4

I am sure you will enjoy the pattern as much as I have. Sandi has done an extensive amount of work on her patterns and produced one of the most fabulous pattern booklets (full color) for each of her patterns. Look for more to come...her cupcake pincushion pattern looks yummy! That would be a fabulous gift to give my sewing friends...hmmmmm.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A creative mess!


There is a contest for the "best" (if you can call it that) creative mess going on at the Vintage Chic Boutique (hi Chelsea!). You can check it out here http://vintagechic.typepad.com/my_weblog/. I have purchased many of her sewing patterns. There is an outfit in one of the pictures below that I used her stripwork skirt pattern to create...isn't it cute!
This is my little corner of the house where all of my creative ideas take place. These pictures were taken during one of my project moments. Things are usually not in such ciaos. However, I still can not believe that I am letting you see this sneak peek of my MESS!!!! Well, here it is...view with CAUTION!





This picture was taken at a safe distance....AWAY!




Notice my empty lunch plate. WOW..I ate that day!

Do you like the Barbie trash can? That's an addition

from my three year olds room. Thanks Roxanne!


Yep, I sew on this tiny little desk..can you believe it?

It holds all three of my machines but gives little room

to spread out my projects.


This is my fabric stash section with bits and pieces of

other items such as those Similac cans you see back

there. They are going to be used...I promise!

Nice shoes! One's on the desk and ones on the floor..hmmm!

I rescued it out of the hands of death..Bryar. She was trying

to snatch off every bead that she could (with her teeth).


So, now you've seen it all! Oh well, don't

we all have a "junk" spot. If not, you're

not normal!






Makin' babies....baby dolls that is!




I have been busy making baby dolls over the last couple of days. This seems to be my new found love. They are so fun to make and it it so exciting to see them come to life as each new piece of their soft little bodies are added. I have listed a few of them on Etsy (with more to come).
You can check out my page here http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5383068
These little soft dolls are great for gifts and can be personalized using different themes, such as birthday, Christmas, Halloween, etc....

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Patchwork pants for boys


I found this cute little pair of patchwork pants for boys. They are adorable. Click here http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_3&listing_id=15970124 to view the entire listing. This seller offers a variety of styles and sizes.


Thursday, October 2, 2008

"Deceptively Delicious"





For all you moms (like me) who are trying to shove veggies and nutritional snacks down your kids throat (to no avail)....PLEASE READ!!!!

A dear friend of mine (Hi Bethany!) introduced me to this book last year. She was raving about the awesome recipes, food insight and fun ways of making healthy food for kids. I have looked at this book a million times in the store and I have added it to my Christmas list!
I saw this book again today while browsing the book isle and just had to blog about it. You can click on this link http://www.deceptivelydelicious.com/site/index.php to view all of the details of the book. There are free recipe ideas as well as other helpful tips for getting your little ones to eat a balanced diet. I have posted a recipe below from the web site. Enjoy!





Italian Meatloaf (with Carrot)
Created by Jessica Seinfeld

This is a perfect place to use a food processor to save time.Finely chopped raw carrot will work as well as puree.
Ingredients:Serves 8
Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs (seasoned)
1/2 cup nonfat skim milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 onion , finely chopped
2 stalks celery , finely chopped
1 pound lean ground turkey
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup carrot puree
1/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup bottled tomato sauce
4 slices turkey bacon
Preheat the oven to 350°. Coat a 9" x 5" loaf pan with cooking spray.In a large bowl, soak the breadcrumbs in milk.Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set it over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, add the oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, 7 to 10 minutes. Add the celery and cook 3 to 4 minutes longer. Scrape the mixture into the bowl with the breadcrumbs. Add the turkey, Parmesan, carrot puree, ketchup, salt and pepper, and stir to combine.Turn the mixture into the loaf pan and smooth the top. Spread tomato sauce over the meatloaf and lay the strips of bacon on top. Bake until the center of the meatloaf is no longer pink and the bacon begins to brown, 45 to 50 minutes. Cut into slices and serve.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

It's all about Heather!



If you have been following my blog, you know I am a HUGE fan of Heather Bailey. I have blogged about her in the past and I have a link to her blog on my side bar. She is a creative genius! I love her slight vintage yet modern approach to her crafty paper goods, fabric line and patterns. I loved this little picture to the right. Not only is my name on it, but the little bird sitting so quaint atop the ornate tree is too cute for words!







Stop by Heather's blog http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/ to get the whole inside scoop on this little creative idea! Don't forget to take a peek at her patterns and fabric lines while your there!