Saturday, May 25, 2013

Polka Dot Romper

This polka dot romper is the cutest thing! The pattern is Kwik Sew 3776. Since baby is not born yet, I have no idea if the size is on point (I made the XS size), we'll just have to wait and see.

This is actually my first project that I managed to make using a store-bought pattern. I could never follow those darn pattern packages, until now.. maybe it's because the Kwik Sew instructions are more user friendly?

Oh--and I have not actually made a button hole on my sewing machine and didn't feel like learning how at the time, so I used my handy-dandy snap plier and added snaps to the back closure instead-- and saved me the headache!

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Monday, March 18, 2013

NiceGirlNotes CUTE STUFF SALE, March 19! Get a preview!

It's been forever since I last participated in a CSS (Cute Stuff Sale) hosted by Roo of NiceGirlNotes. This time around, it's a little different, so make sure you read up and get familiar with the craziness that happens on Facebook. Get the details here. Get on Facebook, join the NGN 4 LYFE group, and get some deep discount on some fab items from a list of very talented crafters.

Here's what I'm going to be offering for at least 25% off the listed price in my shop:


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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sewing Project #1 - Nursing Cover

With the upcoming addiotion to our family, I'm inspired to sew all those cutesy baby stuff. Beginning with my first nursing cover.

I'm planning to make two of these for myself, one for everyday, and another more for public use.

I found a tutorial online on BlissTree and successfully followed it. I think the hardest part was sewing the boning piece in, but I managed, albeit slightly crooked lines--but hey, for a first project, it's not too bad!

(And yup, that's a self-made crocheted boobie beanie on the printer)

I used a single sheet of snuggle flannel purchased from Jo-Ann's.

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Amish Friendship Bread

After cleaning out the freezer, I found a small container of the starter for the Amish Friendship Bread. I'm inspired to make some, and thought I'd share the recipe..

Mind you, this is a 10 day process if you do not have a "starter"...

Below is the actual bread recipe, but you won't need this until you do the starter
(Recipes found on

Amish Friendship Bread
1 cup Amish Friendship Bread starter
2/3 vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 (9x5 inch) loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the Amish bread starter with oil, eggs, 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix well. Pour into prepared loaf pans.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes.
It all starts with the "starter". Every variation of the Amish Friendship Bread starts with this. It's basically a pay-it-forward thing. You make the starter (this recipe yields 4 cups), when it's finished, you share a cup each with your friends, along with the recipe and so on.

Now to start:

(It is very important to use non-metallic utensils and containers! Don't know why, but that's what it says)

Amish Friendship Bread Starter
1 pkg of active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
3 - 1 cup flour
3 - 1 cup milk, warm
3 - 1 cup sugar

Day 1
  • In a small bowl, dissolve 1 pkg of active dry yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Set it aside for 10 minutes
  • In a 2-qt glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix the flower and sugar well (so as to avoid lumps later.. I used a plastic fork to kind of wisk it and blend it all together).
  • Slowly stir in 1 cup of warm milk (I put mine in the microwave for half a minute) and the yeast mixture into the flour/sugar mix. (I used a trusty plastic spoon to stir as I poured slowly)
  • Cover mixture loosely and set aside. Day 1 completed.
Day 2 - 4
  • Stir starter mixture with a spoon. Cover loosely and set aside again.
Day 5
  • Add and stir in 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of milk to the starter. Stir, and again, cover loosely and set aside.
Day 6 - 9
  • Stir starter mixture with a spoon. Cover loosely and set aside for the next day.
Day 10
  • Add and stir in 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of milk to the starter. Stir well.
  • Divide your starter into 1-cup portions.
  • Remove 1 cup to make your first bread, give 2- 1-cup starters to your friends, and store the last cup in the freezer or use the remaining cup and repeat the steps again (beginning with day 2 of this recipe..*once you have the starter, consider it Day 1, so you will ignore Day 1 of this recipe and proceed to Day 2)

As I have done the starter before, these pictures were taken then..

Day 1:

Day 2:
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Day 3:
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Day 4:
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Day 5:
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Day 6:
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Day 7:
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Day 8:
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Day 9:

Day 9

Day 10:

This is how it actually looked, after stirring, and before adding the rest of the ingredients

Day 10

Divided into cups to share:
1-cup servings

After adding the ingredients to one 1-cup starter (recall the basic recipe, you can change this up per whatever Amish bread variation you prefer):

Batter ready

Baking in mini loaves as per instructions:


Et voila! A cinnamon-y sweet goodness


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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Spring Fling 1

How about this Peridot Desiree necklace for the outfit below?
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