Thursday, December 30, 2010

Back to the Gym

Sigh. New Years' resolutions are here again. This year I'm going to get back to going to the gym regularly. I've been going with one of my wonderful friends, Carrie, for almost two years now. I was doing really well until about Fall. After we both had several schedule changes, I just never got back into the groove again. But come next week, I'll be back! ... Anyhow. Carrie and I go to spin class, and the teacher usually has us do a mat workout afterward. The mats that the gym provide are... well... gross. So, for Carrie's birthday, I got her one of those yoga mats. Well then I decided that she needed a cute bag to go with her mat (hey, at that ridiculous hour of morning when we're at the gym, we'll take out perks where we can get 'em). So I pulled out my sewing project calendar, and found directions to make one. I think it came out pretty cute!!

Here's the top view

Now I just need to make myself one so I can be fully ready for the gym next week!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Hostess Gifts

This weekend was busy but so much fun!! On Saturday night, Zak and I went with our friends to see the boat parade at the beach. It was so pretty! We got to see the parade at our friends' aunt's house (read: her AMAZING beach house). Afterward we walked around the Naples area in Long Beach to see the gorgeous houses all lit-up. It was lovely! I can't wait to go back! But next time, I'll be going in my flip-flops, not adorable heeled boots. On Sunday we got to visit Sarah and Richard (can I just tell you how excited I am that they're only 45 short minutes away!?) and spend the day wine tasting in Temecula. We had a blast! I can't wait to do that again either. I promise, Sarah, I will be the driver next summer and YOU can enjoy the wine :) So I came across a recipe for sugared cranberries that looked so pretty! Now, let me tell you that i do not love cranberries. I'll take a little spoonful at Thanksgiving, but that's it. I mostly just thought these little berries were really pretty, so I gave them a shot. These were SO. GOOD. I made a big batch and packaged them for both hostesses.

I can't wait to make more of these!


I love my small group. We're very close and spend lots of time together. Most of the time we hang out, it's at the Davis' house. Over the years, their amount of coasters has dwindled. Since I always feel bad about setting my cup on their glass table top, I thought I'd make them some coasters for Christmas. They have kids, so I thought chalkboard coasters would be a fun idea!

I think these would be fun for all of us. How great would these be for a wine tasting party?? (By the way, wine tasting is my new favorite activity)

So I packaged them up and will present them with a package of chalk and an eraser.

I didn't take any pictures along the way, but these are just tiles from Home Depot. I primered them and spray-painted the chalkboard paint. Once they were dry, I hot glued cork board to the bottoms. To get the chalkboard look completely ready I rubbed a piece of chalk all over the top surface, and then erased it. They might not be super-absorbant, but they're cute.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Handmade Gifts

Can you believe Christmas is only a little more than one month away?! Well, I am still in disbelief. This year, instead of last-minute panicking I decided to just buy things throughout the year. I'm way ahead of where I normally am this time of year. But... I'm still not done. My goal is to be done by December, that way I can spend more time on my wrapping presentations. Considering I just started class last night, we'll see if my plan even gets off the ground. I am feeling pretty confident in posting these pictures because I'm sure my sisters and mom (love you guys) won't check this before I remind them to. I've tried to add a little hand-made something to each of their gift piles, and this is just the beginning. I made little pouches for them.

The doggy one is for my younger sister, the yellow for my older sister, and the paisley is for my mom. I only got a decent shot of the yellow one's inside.

I've become comfortable with these little pouches, but I think I need to branch out and try something else. I tried a pillowcase for my little sister with this adorable doggy print.

And here it is with the pillow form

Happy Christmas gifting!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010


My friend's husband successfully threw my friend (Michelle) a surprise birthday party! He asked if I would make the cake, and I immediately knew what I was going to do. Michelle loves zebra print, so it was an easy decision. Here's how the cake turned out

I tried a new frosting recipe for underneath the fondant, and I loved it! I think this will be my new go-to frosting.

This whole zebra thing worked out pretty well because Michelle had just put in a request for a zebra pouch! I whipped up a couple of them and filled them with chapstick (it's a sad, sad addiction for the both of us)!

Happy birthday, my sweet friend!!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010


When I started thinking about Bacon's photo shoot, I couldn't wait to find a bowtie for him. I looked at a couple of pet shops, Target, and a Ross. I couldn't believe that no one had bowties! Then it hit me... I could make one!! Duh. So here's what I came up with

The went pretty quickly, and I knew he wouldn't like it if I had to do something elaborate to get them to go around his neck, so I added some velcro. They worked perfectly!

What a stud.

Photos courtesy of Michelle
Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bacon's Photoshoot

My incredibly talented friend, Michelle, and I took Bacon out for a photo shoot this past weekend. From the second we started, people stopped in the middle of the street asking to take pictures of him. It was great :) Michelle got lots of amazing pictures of him! Please visit her blog here to see a preview of the pictures! Thank you, Michelle!!
Monday, August 9, 2010

Gathered Wallet

I was incredibly productive yesterday. I finished cleaning out my closets, tidied up my room, and did laundry. **sigh of relief** So, to reward myself, I did some sewing. I just received a bunch of gorgeous colored zippers in the mail from an online order, so I wanted to use them. I've been wanting to make one of these adorable gathered clutches for a while, so here's my attempt:

I really need to get myself some more thread. When I finally sat down to do this last night it was too late to go buy more, but I was determined so I used what I had on hand. I need to practice, since I still can't seem to sew a straight line to save my life, but that's what this summer is all about. I also used a different type of interfacing. I'm still not sure if I'm using the right stuff, but this was MUCH easier than the first stuff I used. I've also never "gathered" anything before, and it was more difficult than I thought it would be, so the gathering doesn't look exactly like I wanted it to. It's got a spot to put cards:

So what if my Gary Allan fan club card is already in there? Don't judge me. It's also got a divider pocket for a checkbook (though I left out the checkbook for the picture):

I need to invest in that zipper foot; I think that's going to help. Here's the front and back again:

Monday, August 2, 2010

Zippered Pouch

To say my purse is unorganized would be a gross understatement. I have junk floating around in there at all times. No matter how big or small my current purse is, I can never find anything quickly. And I never know what will come flying out along with my wad of janitors' keys. So when I saw this tutorial I knew I had to make one (or a dozen) of these to help with my clutter problem. So Zak and I went to hang out with our dear friends Mario and Michelle. The guys talked about music/computers/hookah/who-knows-what and Michelle and I crafted. It was the best! Neither Michelle or I had a "zipper foot" for our sewing machines, but I thought I'd give it a shot anyway.

I love it! After a few more of these, maybe I won't be so nervous about what I'm accidentally pulling out of my purse!

And thanks to Michelle for the pictures!! :)
Saturday, July 31, 2010


So last night I let Bacon in the house while we were watching a movie. He grunted around for a while, which was completely normal. Until I realized that I hadn't heard any grunting for a few minutes. Then I heard some rustling in the kitchen. I walked over and didn't see anything. Then I noticed the pantry curtain moving. This is where I found my sweet little pig:

Little booger. So I spent today cleaning out my pantry.

P.S. - Please ignore the dirt on the floor and the unorganized pantry; it's all better now.
Monday, July 26, 2010

Melissa's baby shower!

The shower was a success! We had a wonderful time on Saturday. My amazing friend, Jen, came to help me get things set up (and she stayed to help me get things cleaned up, too!!) I couldn't have done it without her. I wish I either knew how to use photoshop or knew how to take a better picture, but I'll post what I took at the shower, anyway. I'm pretty eager for Michelle to teach me her photo skills :)

First, here are some decoration shots

I sewed the animal print flag banners together. I made four of them, one to hang on each of the windows. The "Christopher" sign is difficult to see, but I used my Cricut and some twine for that one. The lanterns were great. They arrived at the very last minute, but I'm really glad they came.

I got a small copy of the Hungry Hungry Caterpillar and used that for the guest book. The favors were cinnamon rolls, and the prizes were zebra tins with gift cards and candy.

On the other windows, under the flag banners I hung onesies with mini clothes pins.

I have no idea why these pictures are so dark! Please forgive my sad photos :)

Anyway, for food we had a build-your-own-slider bar, with pasta salad, fruit salad, chips and cupcakes. We also had lemonade and a fun blue-green punch.

I wish I had gotten a picture of the cupcakes. I tried out this frosting and it was AMAZING.

I put together a basket for the "Make a onesie for Christopher" activity.

That was tons of fun. The guests could decorate either a onesie or a burp cloth with ric rac, fabric pens, felt, and adorable iron-on cutouts that my incredible friend Michelle prepared for me. They turned out great!

These made for one happy mama-to-be.

We played a few games too. We did the traditional word scramble.

We also blindfolded each girl and saw how many cotton balls she could scoop out of a bowl and into another in thirty seconds, but apparently I forgot to take pictures of that. For the last game we played, each guest took a card, and had to draw a picture of a baby... with the card placed on their forehead! This was absolutely hilarious!

Melissa got to pick the winner of this game. Jen's baby picture won!

The shower was lots of fun and I'm so glad Melissa had a good time! I can't wait to meet baby Christopher!!

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