November 29, 2011

Diary of a Lemon


Nine months ago my husband bought me the most Amazing gift.  

Here's a look its growth.
 I was thrilled that within two weeks of owning this lemon tree Blossoms were soon growing all over my tree.

For an entire month we had over a hundred blossoms that smelled amazing. I wrote to my sisters promising them glasses full of lemon aid.

 Luckily I had read not to deadhead my blossoms.

In place of the blossoms, slowly but surely little teeny lemons began to grow.

I had my doubts, but sure enough, those little green things were growing into lemons-- three to be exact, not exactly the hundreds as I had dreamed

I think growing up in a basement apartment has stunted my tree a bit.  We just can't get enough sunlight down here.
So, when summer time came we moved this growing lemon tree outside to bask in the sunlight.  It really thrived outside and had lots of new growth on top.

I waited until the very last day (right before it froze) before I had to move our tree back inside. 

Finally our lemons were ready to eat.  
I was so excited to whip them up into a lemon meringue pie for Thanksgiving.

It was Delicious and Amazing to be eating a lemon I grew.

Now that it's back inside we've purchased some "indoor grow lights"-- thought I'm not convinced they work.

May I just tell you I LOVE my lemon tree?

Best gift ever.

November 26, 2011

So You Think You Can Sew?

Have you seen this sewing contest?

Well, I've been thinking about it all month trying to decide what to enter.

Part of me wanted to create something completely new.

But to be honest, I've got a Lot on my plate right now-- I can't stop thinking up new things to make for this Christmas season....so I'm gonna have to go with an oldie, but goodie.

I made these shoes this summer for baby girl.

They are completely my design and I even made a tutorial to share with others.

Read more on how to make these cute shoes HERE.


Oh, she looked So darling in her new Ruby Shoes.





Check out the other entries here:


November 24, 2011

I just wanted to say...

FYI-- I made this using the program paint.  I was thoroughly entertained.  When is the last time you used Paint?

November 22, 2011

Patchwork Quilt, for non-quilters

Attention: If you are a skilled quilter and own one of those quilt cutter--rollie-thingers-- you might not want to read this post.  The juvenile-ness of it, might make you squirm. This includes my sister-in-law who is a fabulous quilter.

For you see, this is:


Quick background, this is my 2nd patchwork quilt now.  I describe in another post how the first one was lost in San Diego.  The 1st one was also very small, I made this second one about 4 times bigger.


Okay, onto business.  

MATERIALS:
1. 2 yards of minky fabric
2. Six 1/2 yards of matching fabrics
3. Cardboard
4. Normal sewing materials

STEP ONE: Cut out a cardboard square.
I cut up a cheerio box 8" by 8".

STEP TWO: Use the 8' x 8' square to be the guide for cutting 49 fabric squares out.
I did find this tool (green rolly tool-- which I have no idea what it's name is) that I used to trace the square onto my fabric.  It made a little indention that I could use as my guide for cutting my square pieces. 


STEP THREE: Decide on the pattern you want for your quilt.  Place pieces so they're overlapping (since you'll be sewing them together). 

STEP FOUR: Next, you'll pin each square (in it's row) with right sides together.  

STEP FIVE: Sew the pinned squares together. At the end you'll have 7 long strips all sewn together.


 STEP SIX:  Next you're going to take those 7 long strips and pin them together with the strip above them (right sides together).
I do this one strip at a time. Sew it up, pin the next strip on top, repeat 7 times.

At then end you have your patchwork all sewn together, now you need to add it to your minky back fabric. 

STEP SEVEN: Place your (freshly sewn) patchwork squares in the middle of the minky fabric.  Fold all the sides up twice and pin like Crazy!

STEP EIGHT: Sew the minky fabric in place to be your boarder.
I fold the corners in and sew up and down each corner.
Also, FYI Minky is hard to sew.  It stretches and moves all the time so be prepared for a little extra frustration.


STEP NINE: Sew down the middle to keep the fabric all in place.
Since I didn't want this to be too obvious I sewed down middle twice following one of the strips.  If needed you could also do this going the other direction, too.


STEP TEN: Enjoy.


Here's the birthday boy, enjoying all his new presents under his new blankie.

Good night, son.

FYI-- He loves his new blankie and I think he would notice if it were lost now.

November 21, 2011

Pumpkin Recipe Round-UP!

I bought this the other day with the distinct purpose of making something pumpkiny.  I didn't know what I was going to make, but figured buying a can of pumpkin puree would set me on the right path.


Then I sat down yesterday to find a good recipe to bake for the family.

Problem?

There's Tooo many.  I seriously wanted to make them ALL.

My mind was spinning with thoughts of pumpkin goodies.

So I decided to compile my Favorites into this round up-- this Pumpkin Recipe Round-UP!  yee-haw.

Click on the picture to be taken to the recipe.

1. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins by Annie's Eats.

2. Pumpkin Gingerbread Bar by PeaBody

3.  Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Muffins by Little Birdie Secrets

4. Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes + Orange Cream Creese Frosting by Steph from Stephmodo via Cafe Zupas

5. Pumpkin Cake by Made


6. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls by Made


7. Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins by Our Best Bites

8. Layered Pumpkin Pie Toffee Cheesecake by Our Best Bites


9. Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins by Martha


10. Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies by Martha



And which did I choose?

Not an easy decision.  I had to enlist the help of Husband.

I narrowed it down to two and he chose his favorite.

Number 1! The Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins by Annie's Eats.


And how were they?



This recipe made 27 muffins and they were So, soo yummy!

I still have a cup of pumpkin left...Hmm, which recipe should I make next?

Linked in.

November 19, 2011

Deal!

In an effort to get the Holiday Shopping Up and Running, I'm excited to offer the coupon code: "fresh" to get 25 % off Everything in my Etsy shop.  This deal will be good for Three Weeks (until December 10th).

Feel free to share it with friends.

Here's a look at some of my favorite items in the shop:



November 18, 2011

Up Next.

Bought some fabric the other day at JoAnns. 

So excited to start my next project:




November 14, 2011

Superhero Birthday Party!

Remember the Super Invites?

Well, here's a look at our....

After checking pinterest and other sources for ideas for a Superhero Party it is easy to get overwhelmed with the possibilities.  I think I was able to balance a fun, themed party, without going super crazy or spending much money.



Everyone did a great job coming dressed up as a superhero. 
After our Super Guests arrived they got to pick out a Super Mask


THEN it was on to our SUPER GAMES:

I made this Batman with crayons on the back of a poster board I had on hand. 
And notice his Batman Cape
I had planned on having our party outside but it was cold, Waaay too cold to be playing outside, so we had to move inside. 
And Bean Bag Toss Extreme was supposed to played with hoola-hoops outside on the grass with the point markers sticking in the grass....but since we moved inside it was played on carpet squared with our markers being held up with tape.

But it was still Really fun.  The super kids Loved it!
 ON to Super FOOD!
 HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

 This lucky boy really scored with lots of super fun gifts.

After presents we moved back outside and luckily it had warmed up.  We took our super kids out to try their skills on some low ropes course exercises.




After conquering Gravity...we played:

As a thank you, I made thank-you capes to add to suckers: 






Here's a couple printables if you're interested:
(Right click on the image to save, and print on an 8x11 page to get the proper size)
                                Bean-Bag Markers:                                             Super Food Labels:

                          Cupcake Toppers:                                                      Super Thank-Yous: