July 23, 2013

Been gone....

 
 Hello everyone.  Just checking in to say, Hello.  We've had the craziest summer playing around, visiting family, enjoying nature, and enjoying life.
 
We did our fair share of boating:
 
  
Tubing.
 
 
And wake boarding-- ?  Hmm, not too easy after baby # 4. 
Where are my muscles?
 
 
We dipped our toes in Lake Superior.
 

 
Enjoyed the great outdoors...

 
And got a little sewing done.


 
 
...More on that later ....

July 9, 2013

How to Sew a Super Simple Hooded Bathroom Towel

Okay, I've got a great 20 minute (if that) sewing project for you.


 

MATERIALS:
1. Towel
2. Washcloth or hand towel
3. Ribbon

There are two options for sewing a hooded towel.  The easier of the two would be just to use a washcloth.  I would have done this, except the coordinating washcloth that I picked was super teeny, too teeny to work for me.  So I grabbed a hand towel.  If you're using a washcloth step this first step.

STEP ONE: Fold your hand towel in half and cut as shown.


STEP TWO:  With right sides together, sew a straight stitch and a zigzag along the edge, as shown.  Then flip right side out.

If you're doing the washcloth, fold the washcloth in half and sew up the top of the washcloth (not the back, like I'm doing with the hand towel.)


STEP THREE: Pin ribbon along edge of hood and sew in place.


STEP FOUR: Fold big towel in half and place hood, folded in half in the middle of towel.


STEP FIVE: Open towel up and pin hood in place.  Sew a straight stitch and zig zag to hold hood in place.


That's it, super simple, right?

I love these super simple hooded towels.  
FYI-- My doesn't-really-sew-often sister made the other three that I have.  It's an easy project that makes a great baby shower gift.  I've made two others for my friends' babies.


This towel was made for baby.  She pretty teeny, though, and it makes it pretty tricky to model the towel



So after a couple of rolls...


I put it on sister so we could get a good look at it.



July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!!




We LOVE America, Land of the Free!  
We enjoyed our downtown, midwest parade.  

Now bring on the BBQ and Fireworks!

July 3, 2013

Lemon + Blueberry Cupcakes


A couple weeks ago we had a church activity for the ladies titled, "Cupcake Wars" -- which was basically everybody bring cupcakes, we all eat them, we all go home with different cupcake titles, because we all won.  I won the "Cupcake to write home about" award.  It was a super fun, sugary night.

I decided to stick with my "thing" and go with a new lemon cupcake recipe.  I saw many, many fabulous looking ones.  I had a little trouble deciding which one to do, but I decided to try the Lemon and Blueberry cupcakes by Annie's Eats... because I also really love blueberries.



The recipe was pretty basic, (which is part why I made these).  I did, however, buy cake flour, which was a first for me.


They turned out really tastey, a perfect blend of lemon and blueberry.  You can't see in my photos, but there are blueberries at the bottom of those cupcakes.

Aaand, my frosting could use some more work...they don't quite look like Annie's, but I'm sure they tasted just as good.


Go here for the full recipe.