Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sewing Something New!

My latest project was a backpack from Sew Serendipity Bags by Kay Whitt.  I made the small backpack for my Jule Bug. She outgrew the diaper bag a while ago and was using a hand me down backpack from Princess and it was falling apart.  Not like I really need an excuse to sew something. ;) I browsed fabrics and found the  Full Moon Lagoon line.  I fell in love immediately.  I couldn't wait to receive the fabric and get started. 

Over all the bag was pretty easy to make.  I did have a few issues, some of it was due to be being unfamiliar with sewing bags and others were due to some confusion with the instructions and drawings.  I would make this bag again.  Actually I am making the larger one for Princess.

I used Princess to model the backpack for me.  Isn't she just adorable?

Just a little side note.  I searched high and low, in and out and couldn't find two loop sliders anywhere locally, so once again I turned to etsy. 

Fireplace Makeover 2!

Back in 2011 I did a mini fireplace makeover. You can check it out here. It helped, but I still did not love this fireplace.  I hated the orange/rust color in the stones.  I'm still not quite sure why anyone would put orange/rust stones in the same house with pink tile. Yes, we still have the same pink tile from when the house was built.  I had toyed with the idea of painting or whitewashing the stone for a long time.  Several seem to be of the opinion that it will lower the house value for resale.  Well, I've lived here nearly 10 years and I don't care anymore. I want it to look pretty to me, not some potential, possibly, one day buyer. I figured it couldn't possibly look any worse than it already did. So I did it. I whitewashed the stone.

First I cleaned the stone.  I just used my normal cleaner and made sure to get as much dust and sand off as possible. 
Next I mixed my paint and water.  I just used some flat paint I had on hand.  I used a 1:3 ratio. 1 part paint to 3 parts water. 
Now for the work.  I brushed the paint on and waited just a bit before wiping it back off.  I did this until I got the coverage I was looking for.  Be careful of drips!

It's looking much better, but I still have plans to tweak it just a bit.  I plan on painting the insert again, but this time with white.  Hubby says he would like the stones to have a hint more ivory to them, so eventually I will do an ivorywash. ;) I'm also thinking of using a satin finish instead of the flat finish.  But, in the meantime I am liking this so much more than that ugly orange/rust color.  Did I mention I hated the orange/rust?

Now for the pics!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Like Mother Like Daughter

Princess is growing up so fast, too fast.  As she grows we become closer and closer. We have similar likes and loves.  For instance we both love her Papi like crazy and her ever growing love for sewing, crafts and baking, well I guess I'll take the blame for that one too. ;)  She plotted and planned for months, working ever so diligently so that she could finish her very first quilt for her Papi's birthday.  She also wanted to make him a strawberry lime cheesecake, so she made her first cheesecake ever and it came out awesome and delicious! She sure does love to spoil on her Papi. I'm so proud of my girl for so many reasons.  She did an awesome job.  Looking forward to much more sewing, crafting and baking with my girl.

Five Minute Friday - Beuatiful

Five Minute Friday
What's 5 minute Friday? Everything you need to know.
 1. Write for 5 minutes flat with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing.
 2. Link back Lisa-Jo Baker and invite others to join in.
 3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you.
Want to join in the fun? Then head on over by clicking the image or link above.  Have fun!

Today's prompt is Beautiful! Love it.


Beautiful. What is beautiful? Well, beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.  It's beautiful when a child needs their parent. It's beautiful when teaching moments present themselves. It's beautiful when a marriage lasts and is strong. It's beautiful when children learn to problem solve and put others before themselves. It's beautiful when others look at you like your strange because they have no clue what it is like to be you. It's beautiful when the house is quiet or loud. ;) Everywhere I look it is beautiful. When I stop to think Why is it beautiful? I know it is because of my Saviour, God. "He makes all things beautiful, in his time". - Ecclesiastes 3:11. "In all things give thanks." - 1Thessalonians 5:18. I am not bragging on myself, but my God.  He is ever working and molding me into the person he wants me to be. And that is Beautiful!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Why I Love My Husband (the never ending list)

22. He does little things that shows his love for me.  For example: He got up early this morning to put gas in the van before he left for work, just so I wouldn't have to do it before heading to piano.  These things can sometimes say "I love you" louder than anything I know.

23. He helps me with the grocery shopping.

24. He's almost as at bargain shopping as I am. ;)

25. He doesn't mind shopping for fabric and craft supplies with me.

26. He let's me bounce my ideas off him and helps me make the ever so difficult decision of which fabric to buy.

27. He is my best friend.

28. He doesn't mind when I mess up dinner, it's just another opportunity to have pizza.

29. He completes me.

Monday, July 1, 2013

A Pirate Birthday

Well, this post is a bit late considering my Roochie's birthday was back in April. Better late than never. ;)

Let's start with the pictures.

  Princess knew just what to get her brother for his birthday, a coconut! And he loved it!

 Pirate Cake
This is one of the funnest and most challenging cakes I have made.

We had a blast with our pirate birthday! I loved making the costumes and playing with the kids.

Happy 7th Birthday to my thrill seeking, roller coaster loving Big little Man!