Archive for October, 2013

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Pumpkin wreath

October 28, 2013

Hello friends,

As you can see by my recent posts, I’ve been crafting up a storm.  Particularly wreaths.  I’ve had these wreath forms laying around my house and been waiting to find time to do something spectacular with them.  Well, here it goes.  I found inspiration from non other than pinterest for this one.

Materials:
-Scrap fabric
-Wine corks for stems (or sticks)
-Batting
-Hot glue
-Wreath form
-Yarn or fabric to wrap wreath
-Extra fabric or ribbon for a bow

Pumpkin Wreath

Pumpkin Wreath

Directions:
1. Wrap your wreath form in yarn or fabric or ribbon to create a background or base for your pumpkins.

2. Cut my fabric into random sized rectangles to create different size pumpkins.  I sewed down the middle (horizontally) of each rectangle to create a gathering stitch to give the pumpkins shape.  Then sewing right sides together, stitch up the two vertical sides of your pumpkins.

3. Flip the pocket right side out.  Pull the gathering stitch to create the bottom gather, and stuff your pumpkins with batting.

4. Hand stitch the top of each pumpkin.  I gathered each top together and used embroidery thread to make a tight gathered top.

5. Hot glue your corks or sticks to create a top for each pumpkin.  I had broken corks I found worked best to vary in size depending on the pumpkin size.

6. Arrange finished pumpkins on wreath.  I used a foam wreath and straight pins to attach.  You could hot glue the pumpkins to the wreath for a more permanent wreath.  I added the yellow bow to give it some dimension and spice.

What do you think?
Happy Fall,
-Amanda

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Coffee Filter Garland.

October 24, 2013

Hello!

Finished Coffee Filter Garland

Finished Coffee Filter Garland

I bet you’re excited to see this craft doesn’t involve a wreath, aren’t you?  I decided to make a garland, but not just any garland.  I’ve been saving this stash of unused coffee filters for a while now and finally decided to make something with it.  I found this really easy to make garland online and decided to run with it.  Check out the process below.

Materials:
Unused coffee filters
-Food coloring
-water
-Cups
-Drying rack
-Sewing machine
-Scissors

Directions:

1. Divide your coffee filters into stacks.  I made 12 stacks because I was going to try to make 12 different color dyes.

Coffee Filters

Coffee Filters

2. Add a small amount of water and food coloring to cups.  The less water, the higher concentrated color.  I used gel food coloring, but you can use regular food coloring as well.  I found they all faded to a lighter color once dried in the sun, so take that into account.  (Also, you may want to wear gloves.  I squeezed the excess water off and ended up with lovely greenish-blue hands.  Nothing a little baking soda couldn’t remove, but if you can prevent it, I say go for it!)

Dying Coffee Filters

Dying Coffee Filters

3. After dying each pile, I attached them to the drying rack in the sun.  I left them in piles of about 10 until they got closer to dry.  Once I had a few dry, I’d remove them or try to separate the filters to allow them to dry more evenly.  The colors look very vibrant here, but you’ll see they faded after drying.

Dying Coffee Filters

Dying Coffee Filters

4. Once dried, randomly mix the coffee filters to create the effect you want in your garland.  I chose to make piles of between 7 and 10 coffee filters.  This allowed me to have a longer garland.  Once I had each pile, I folded them in half to keep them together, but give me guidance for the next step.

Dyed Coffee Filters

Dyed Coffee Filters

5.  Choose a thread color you’re happy with and stitch through each pile of coffee filters.  Leave some extra thread between each set of filters to allow the garland to sage and sway as you drape it.

Stitching coffee filters

Stitching coffee filters

6.  Once the filters are attached, you will cut them and fluff them to create your finished product.

How to cut coffee filters

How to cut coffee filters

Finished Coffee Filter Garland

Finished Coffee Filter Garland

 

Voila!  A beautiful garland for any occasion.  And so easy too!

Happy Garland!
-Amanda

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Burlap strikes again!

October 21, 2013

Hello!

I’m telling you, we cannot escape burlap.  It finds us even if we try to escape it.  So let’s just embrace it!

I found this cute burlap ribbon at the craft store and came home with it trying to brainstorm how to use it.  I decided sweet flowers with button centers would be the best use, but then I had to decide what the background of this wreath should be.

I started with my yarn wreath as the backdrop.

Burlap Flowers on Yarn Wreath

Burlap Flowers on Yarn Wreath

Then decided to switch to my burlap wreath.

Burlap Wreath and Flowers

Burlap Wreath and Flowers

What do you think?  Simple, I know.

To make the flowers, simply fold the ribbon as many times as you’d like “petals.”  Once you’re satisfied, slip a needle with embroidery thread through the center to hold it in place.  You can twist the “petals” until they are evenly spread out.  Continue to stitch, add a button or something decorative to the center if you’d like.

I attached the flowers with straight pins (which you can see if you look closely).  I like being able to change things up.  Maybe that means I’m not good at committing?  Read into it as you see fit, but I’ll just be happy with my sweet burlap wreath… for now.  🙂

Happy wreath making,
Amanda

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Another Burlap Wreath

October 14, 2013

Hello friends!

I am pretty sure we’re either sick of burlap wreaths or can’t get enough of them, right?  I am somewhere in between.  I will always be about rustic, primitive decor, but sometimes people go overboard with burlap.  I am not sure how much I love or hate this wreath, but I’ll share it with you anyway!

I started with a wire wreath frame and many different types of burlap ribbon.  I realized after I began I didn’t have enough of a single ribbon to do the whole wreath.  I mixed up the colors then decided to block it out.  I added the skinny burlap ribbon at the end for a pop of color/cohesiveness.

Another Burlap Wreath

Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Ok- I decided I wasn’t a fan and took it all apart.  When I put it back together, this is what I got… still not sure I love it.  Thoughts?

Another Burlap Wreath, take 2

Another Burlap Wreath, take 2

Ok, I went and bought another roll of ribbon (it was 50% off)!  Here’s my take 3 on the same wreath:

Take 3

Take 3

(ps. I couldn’t find my camera, sorry for the mediocre shot)

Happy Burlap-ing.  🙂
-Amanda

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Furlough Quilt

October 10, 2013

Hello friends,

For those of you who do not know me personally, I am one of those people furloughed due to government shut down.  I have decided to embrace the time off and be crafty!  (As you can tell, I’ve been blogging, which I’m so excited for!)  I’ve been maintaining a clean home, cooking, and crafting.  I decided late last week that I wanted to quilt.  Nothing big or extravagant.   I’m not completely with it during this pregnancy, so I decided on a color blocked quilt with pretty quilting.  I dug through my fabric stash (not the new stuff) and found some big pieces of fabric that would make for a beautiful, and patriotic, furlough quilt.

I made the quilt roughly baby quilt size.  I’m such a fan of americana colors, it’ll be the perfect addition to our baby’s already bright and happy nursery.   Baby’s grandma already made a bright striped quilt so this will be a second quilt for baby to enjoy!  You can never have too many quilts, right?  🙂

What do you think?

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Furlough Quilt

Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

 

I chose to do rounded edges on the quilt because I have never done that before, and I thought it might be easier.  It wasn’t too difficult really.  I found this how-to and then went with it.

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Rounded edges

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Rounded edges

I hope you like the quilt as much as I do.  I will admit, my edging is not perfect.  It could’ve been better if my back didn’t hurt so much while I was trying to hand stitch it.  I resorted to top stitching, which doesn’t always turn out nicely.  I’m very happy with it though and can’t wait to use it!

Happy quilting,
Amanda

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Fabric Stash

October 7, 2013

Hello Friends!

I haven’t been up to much crafting lately, but I have been adding to my fabric stash.  I decided to share some pictures of the great fabrics I recently picked up from my favorite fabric store when they closed their storefront.  I am so excited about these fabrics because they are modern and bright and some are solids!  If you follow me on pinterest you’ll know I pin quilts like a crazy person.  I’m pretty sure my board has close to 900 pins of just quilt ideas I’d love to do myself.  Some are completely within reach of me doing and others are far from anything I could ever accomplish at this point in my life.

So check out the newest addition to my fabric stash:

Fat Quarters

Fat Quarters

Fat Quarters

Fat Quarters

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Solid Yardage

Solid Yardage

Amazing Fat Quarters

Amazing Fat Quarters

Fat Quarters

Ombre Bright Colors – Fat Quarters

Aren’t they beautiful?  What would you do with them?

Here are a few quilts I pinned that I’m thinking I may try…. of course I have to decide if I’m making this quilt for someone or just for me.  (Probably me and baby, right?)

Or just about any quilt on my pinterest board!

Happy quilting!
Amanda

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Eggplant Lasagna Rolls

October 3, 2013

Hello!

I made something delicious the other day and I’m excited to share it with you.  Eggplant was on sale at the grocery store so I decided to find a recipe to try.  I tend to replace lasagna noodles with eggplant in a casserole dish, so this time I decided to replace them in the form of lasagna rolls.  I found the recipe here and adapted it to what ingredients I had in my kitchen.  Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:
-2 medium eggplant
-Extra Virgin Olive Oil
-Italian Spices
-Ground Beef (1 lb, but 2 would be just as good)
-Spaghetti Sauce (2 jars)
-Ricotta
-Asiago Cheese
-Kale
-Fresh Parsley

Directions:
1. Slice the eggplant into long skinny slices, lay on a baking sheet, brush lightly with oil and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, until soft.

Eggplant slices

Eggplant slices

2. Cook ground beef (or turkey) and season with italian spices.  Mix spaghetti sauce with ground beef and heat together.

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Meat sauce

3. Mix ricotta, asiago, kale, and parsley.  I did not measure any of these ingredients because I was finishing what I had in the fridge.  I probably used 12 oz of ricotta, 1 to 2 cups of kale, and 1/2 cup of parsley.  Once mixed, set aside until eggplant has cooled.

4. In a greased casserole dish, pour a small amount of meat sauce in the bottom.  Just enough to cover.

5. Take a slice of eggplant and scoop about a tablespoon of cheese and greens mixture onto one end.  Roll up eggplant so it makes a complete roll.  Place eggplant roll joint down in the dish.  Repeat until dish is full (or you run out of ingredients).

Eggplant rolls

Eggplant rolls

6. Pour rest of meat sauce over eggplant rolls.  Add extra cheese for a nice crust.

Covered Eggplant Rolls

Covered Eggplant Rolls

7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes covered.  Uncover and bake for 10 minutes.

Sadly, I didn’t take a picture.  We ate them so fast!  They are really delicious.  What’s your favorite eggplant recipe?

Happy cooking,
Amanda