Friday, June 25, 2010

Nothing Says Summer

Nothing says summer like…

Sidewalk chalk

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Pedicures and sparkly sandals

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Popsicles after dinner

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Sundresses of seersucker and eyelet

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A sheepdog with a buzz cut

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Summer makes me want to drink smoothies every morning. 

Here’s my favorite:
A handful of frozen fruit

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A freshly sliced pear (peels and all)

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A handful of blueberries. 
A few strawberries. 
A splash of orange juice. 
And, the piece de resistance:

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Yep, collard greens.  Don’t be scared.  You honestly can’t taste them.  You can use any dark green leafy veggie, but I found these guys to be my favorite.  They’re very mild and packed with Vitamins A, C and K, and contain superstar amounts of antioxidants.  It’s like health in a glass, really. 

Happy summer, friends!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Gimme a D!

Our little girl makes me smile.  And she makes her daddy smile, too.  That’s why I knew that her sweet little face had to be incorporated into his Father’s Day gift this year.

Here’s what I did:

I bought 12 inch “D” and “A” paper mache letters at JoAnn Fabrics and spray painted them aqua.  Easy, right?

Then we held a little photo shoot in our yard.  Actually, we held two photo shoots because it took two tries to get three shots that I liked.  I printed the pictures and put them into a three opening photo frame. 

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Photographing a two year old for a project like this ain’t easy. 

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Cheese!

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But, Daddy will love it!  Outtakes and all.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Customer Appreciation: All Aboard!

Meet Connor.  He’s two years old, loves Thomas the Tank Engine and is most handsome, don’t you agree? 

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Connor’s mom asked me to make a shirt for his 2nd birthday party that he could also wear throughout the spring and summer.  How perfect that he wore it to his Day Out With Thomas on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad!

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Thanks to Connor’s mom for the awesome picture of the birthday boy!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Iron Chef

Hannah as a friend named Alex.  They’ve known each other their entire lives.  Well, actually longer.

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I’ve know Alex’s mom since 3rd grade.  We rode the bus to school together and later on in life, we were in each other’s weddings.  On the day I called to tell her that I was pregnant, I told her that I had something to tell her.  She said, “I’m so glad you called.  I have to tell you something, but you go first.”  I said, “I’m pregnant!”  She said, “I’m pregnant, too!” 
My due date was November 1st.  Her due date was December 1st. 

A few weeks ago, I learned that Alex is totally into cooking and playing with his kitchen set.  He comes by it honestly.  His parents own a Mexican restaurant. 
So, I set out to make the perfect accessory for Chef Alex:

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Here’s how to make one:

Gather your materials.  I started out with plain white fabric, but when I saw the chili pepper print, I knew it was perfect for this little guy.

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Iron interfacing onto the wrong side of the band fabric.  If you are using a solid, it won’t matter which side you use.

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Fold the short side of the fabric over about 1/2 inch and press.  Do this on the opposite side also.

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Now fold the entire piece in half so that your band is 3”x20”.

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Top stitch along both of the 3 inch sides.

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I then set up my embroidery machine to stitch Alex’s name. 

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While the embroidery was going on, I began working on the poufy piece of the hat.  Fold your 20x20” fabric in half.

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 Now fold it in half again.

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I used a large dinner plate to trace a round shape at the top left, but you could just wing it.  It really does not need to be a perfectly rounded corner, because once you put the hat together, the poufiness of the top hides imperfections.

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Cut the corner off.

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Pin the two ends of the band together, overlapping about 1/2 inch.

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Now we’re going to attach the top piece to the band.  Make sure that the wrong side of your fabric is facing up, so that the correct side will show when you turn out the hat at the end.

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Start by pinning the top piece to the front center of the band.  Then work your way around the hat, bunching and pinning, until you reach the point where you started. 
Stitch around the entire piece.  I rarely sew over top of my pins.  I know many experienced seamstresses who sew right over them, but it seems like when I try to do that, I always break needles.

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Once you sew all the way around, you can leave your raw edge as is, or if you have a serger, you can serge around.  I did a simple zig-zag stitch to finish it off.

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Turn the hat right side out.  You can run a top stitch around the spot where the band and the top meet, or you can leave as is.  Stitch the velcro on the back.  I forgot to take a picture of this step, but you will want to place it so that you can adjust the hat for size.

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Bon app├ętit mon ami!

I’m linking up with these parties.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

I’ve Been Featured! And Keep Calm!

I had so much fun making this project and taking pictures of my cutie pie showing off the finished product.  What’s more is that this week, it has been featured on not one, but two other blogs.  Check it out here and here
Imagine that.  Little ole me being featured…

In other news, I’ve found another Etsy shop that I heart:
The Keep Calm Shop
During WWII, the British government produced this propaganda poster but they never used it.  It was rediscovered in 2000 and has recently become a decorative theme. 
Recognize it?

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The witty owners of the Keep Calm Shop put lots of creative twists on the Keep Calm theme.  This one now hangs in my kitchen:

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Remember when the hubs was stuck in London during the volcanic eruption?  Yep, I got him this one.  Big Ben and all.

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I’ve got my eye on this one:

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But probably not this one. 
I’m saving it for someone who can actually sing.

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Happy Weekend!  Keep Calm!