Thursday, March 31, 2011

Felt flower brooch tutorial

This felt flower is very easy to  make and can be used as a brooch/stuck on a headband, handbag or on a present as a decoration.

Here is the tutorial...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Floury flowers

This doesn't really count as a tutorial because you should be able to deduce what you need to do, just by looking at it :)
But here is a quick tut anyway...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday Inspirations.

Sewing: Today I'm going to let the blog speak for itself... The long thread

Trust me if clicking on that link is the only thing you do today, it will be a day well spent.

Cooking:  Today's inspiration is from the blog chocolate and carrots - drumroll......... the CROWNIE (cookie brownie)

Genius. Pure genius.

Happy Monday everyone!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Paper Flower Tutorial (spring has sprung)

These flowers are surprisingly easy to make - and because there is so much pretty paper out there, the possibilities of what you can do with them are endless.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Coming soon..

Recently a friend of a friend asked me to make something for her blog,Waygooken House Wife, and I might have taken it a bit too far - but her topic was flowers (in the spirit of spring) and I ENJOYED these projects so I thought I'd share them with you. Here are photos of the finished products, I will be posting the tuts in the near future so keep your eyes peeled :)
Paper flowers
 Yummy flowers
Felt flower brooch

Monday Inspirations

The sewing blog of the week is called Maggie makes. You can find quite a few good tutorials (I've posted 3 of the ones I liked the most below.) The embroidery heart pin, farmer's market tote and embroidered potholders. Go check out her tutorials! She (Karen) does a new tutorial every month so keep your eye on her blog.

I'm hungry, very hungry. And today's blog has made me want to leave work early and cook.
I love it when food bloggers take photos of each step of their cooking process and that is exactly what Lacey does. Her blog's name is asweetpeachef. If you are hungry and unable to obtain food, I do not recommend looking at this link - you will have an IMMEDIATE urge to eat!

Shredded Chicken Enchiladas recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef


Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday inspirations

Today's cooking inspiration is specifically for all the foreigners in Korea.
When I first arrived in Korea I found it very difficult to figure out what I could cook (because it can be really difficult/impossible to find certain ingredients) AND I was ....ovenless, as most foreigners over here are. My friend Lindsey helped me soooo much, and I will be FOREVER grateful.
So here is the blog that she started to help us all out.
This is what Lindsey has to say:
"My name is Lindsey, I am a stay home mom living in South Korea. Like Gabi, I too am a blogger. In creating Ovenless Chef, I had the vision of sharing my successes in making some of my favorite "baked goods" without the use of an oven. The blog boasts recipes such as Steamed Dinner Rolls, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles, and One Pot Chili... just to name a few. The blog has now evolved into a form of ministry for me, in that I am able to share yummy recipes with other foreigners who lack an oven or need to spice up thier menu. I have found that many people, including singles, are intimidated by preparing tasty meals without an oven. I myself was overwhelmed when we first moved to Korea. I must admit that our family of three ate a LOT of fried rice and stir frys the first month. Slowly I felt more comfortable with the packaging of Korean food, and familiar with the ingredients available to me. I try to incorporate easy to find ingredients in my recipes as well as notes for finding the more "rare" additions. I feel blessed to have the time at home to be able to minister to others through thier tummies! I hope the site is of some help to those adjusting to and living in Korea... or anywhere else without an oven!

P.S. I am not an actual chef, but hey... it was a catchy title! ;) ~ Enjoy."

Todays Sewing blog is a gem - its called Sew,Mama,Sew! Not only does it have lots of great sewing projects it also has a lot of instructions on basic sewing techniques (for those of us that are learning as we go :)
Here is a tutorial on how to line a bag: (and the bag is super cute)
How To Line a Bag
And here is one on quick piece squares for quilting:
Quick-Piece Tiny Squares
Go and find the ones that interest you - there are tons!!!
Happy Monday everyone (and happy white day to those of you in Korea)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monday Inspirations

Today I am not doing a baking inspiration (I'm VERY sorry)- just because I want you to understand or process the following website. If you are a parent you might never need to google another sewing website ever again.
This website consumed about a week of my life and it still gets special attention, often.

Its called prudent baby - click on it, but just promise me that after you have lost yourself in it, that you will come back...

Look through it carefully, there are MANY treasures...

The one to the left might not be beautiful - BUT MAN its SUPER handy - make your own body shape, dress form. I'm definitely doing it!!
And here are some of their dress tuts (for little ones of course). If you have a daughter please make some so that I can live vicariously through you :)

Have fun, and I hope you've had a good start to your week!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Inspiration Monday (or Wednesday)

I'm sorry that this post is late - I have just moved and am currently internetless...

I might just scream out of pure excitement. One of my many weaknesses is cake - and particularly decorating them. Not that I am ANY good at it, but I love trying.
So below is an AMAZING website that I will probably try and make my homepage from today onwards...
These two cakes are just some of the many tutorials that this site has to offer. The first cake is a Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake, and wait for it.... its COVERED in crushed oreos!!! The second cake is a Rose Cake.
So if you are in need of some inspiration, this is where you will get it : I am baker.


At the moment I am on a good handbag, pattern hunt. I need a new one. Mine has served its time and I think it deserves a rest - or to be recycled into something else.

Todays sewing blog is called U-Handbag - Below is one of the bags that you can make if you use Lisa Lam's tutorials.

Have fun sewing and baking :)