Saturday, March 01, 2008

Too Stinkin' Cute

A friend gave me this fabric a while ago and I put it aside with the intention of making clothes for the kids. Now that it has gotten warmer Alex needs some new shorts so I pulled this fabric out and made him a pair. When I got Alex's shorts done I had just (barely) enough fabric left to make Abbie a dress. I started this about 6:30 took a break to put the kids to bed and I finished at about 10. I still need to put buttons and button holes in the dress but I need to go to the store tomorrow to pick up some. The nice thing about the dress is that it can easily be worn as a top as she gets bigger. The friend that gave me this print also gave me a blue polka dot fabric that matches so I think that this winter I'll make some pants for Abbie to wear with it. And yes, I do plan on making them wear the outfits at the same time.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Pampered Chef

I love Pampered Chef! It is so much easier to cook when you have good tools. My favorite item of theirs is the stoneware large bar pan. Baked goods turn out so much more even on them, no more burnt bottoms. It's also great for things like frozen French fries and chicken strips. I also really like their mix and scraper it is heatproof, stain resistant and the handle won't separate from the head. I use this as a cooking spoon and since it is heat resistant I just leave it in the pan between stirs.

This month I am hosting a pampered chef party, if you would like to get yourself some pampered chef goodies go here and place an order. Please put my name in as the hostess (Becky Chott) so that I can get credit for sending you their way. As a bonus spend $60 and get the Bamboo Spoon Set for free (a $8.50 value).

Sassy Apron Swap

Back in January I joined the Sassy Apron Swap. This last week I made my apron and got it sent out by the deadline. The fabric is from a twin size flat sheet that I got for $1.50 at the thrift store (I liked it enough that I also bought the two matching pillowcases for $1). I made this from the Retro Aprons book by Cindy Taylor Oates. The apron is much cuter in person than it looks in these pictures.

I got a package from Australia today

Last summer I signed up for a pay it forward swap. The idea was that I would get a handmade gift from the person I signed up with and in return I would give three people a gift made by me. I got a great bag and some pretty picture postcards. Thanks Chookyblue!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

A quick finish

I know I have been chatty tonight but I have a lot of catching up to do. Saturday I went to a baby shower and this is the quilt that I made up for her over the last 2 weeks. Some of this fabric was given to me by my friend H when she cleaned up her stash and the rest I pulled from my scrap bins. Instead of a paper gift bag I made a cloth bag out of some fabric that my other friend S had given me. I made one improvement on this bag though, I put a pocket on the inside of it so the bag can fold into it's own pocket.

My kids are growing up

I am surprised every day at how much my kids are growing and changing. Today Alex and Abbie were "helping" with the chores. Abbie was vaccuming with the toy vaccume while used the real one and Alex was cleaning the back window with a spray bottle of vinegar water and a microfiber cloth. They both were enjoying themselves. Later Alex was able to help hold the flashlight while his dad installed our new TV.

Our Little Garden, part 2

Well we planted the seeds in our garden two weeks ago and I was beginning to think that they weren't going to grow at all. Today when I went out to check there were little sprouts poking through the soil in several of the squares. I am so excited and can't wait until I am able to pick food to eat. It's not just the garden thats growing several of our trees have flowered and things in our yard are very pretty right now.