Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How to fix footie jammies

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During the winter months my older son lives in his footie jammies.
I'm not even kidding.
Needless to say they didn't last long before these holes started showing up.
Since winter is only half-way through I knew I needed to fix them before they got any worse.
I could have just cut the foot part off and we wouldn't even be dealing with this, but my son is a master at being warm and snuggly, and his feet needed to be that way as well. Seriously. :)
So, here is what I did.
I turned the feet inside out,
 and picked the stitching to completely remove the bottom fabric,
I had to do this with 2 pairs of jammies.

 Using the bottom fabric piece I removed, I then traced and cut out 4 new pieces of fabric, (since I had two pairs of jammies to fix).
I used a soft flannel that I had on hand.
Place the fabric right-side down on the foot opening, and try to line up the sides as best you can.
The bottom fabric will be slightly smaller than the foot opening because the bottom just goes flat across the bottom of the foot,
 I sewed twice around the feet.
First I went around with a straight stitch, and then I went back around with a zig-zag stitch.
I just wanted to make sure it was reinforced.
I know it will be getting plenty of wear!
 Turn the feet right-side out and you're all done!
Here's a close up of one pair of his jammies.
There are some white threads sticking out because I originally did it another way and had to go back and rip the seams and start again.
He wanted to wear them to bed so badly, so I will have to trim those white threads at another time.
 
Now those cute little feet will be all warm and cuddly :)
Do you have footies at your house?
How do you handle the holes?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Creamy Tomato Soup

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It's been chilly here for the last couple of weeks and as I was scrolling through pictures I stumbled across these.
The moment I saw these pictures I was reminded of how amazingly delicious and creamy this soup was!
I haven't made this soup in a couple of months because I usually like to use this recipe as a good way to use up tomatoes from the garden...after reminiscing here for a minute though I may need to add it to this weeks menu...
Mmmmm.
Look at those colors...
 Ingredients
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 garlic clove
1 c. carrots, sliced
1/2 white onion, diced
3/4 c. celery, diced
7-8 medium sized tomatoes, roasted (see below), and diced
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. parmesan cheese
1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
1 can chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
salt
pepper
To start out, cut tomatoes in half and remove the seeds. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and brush the top with olive oil and broil in oven for about 20 minutes. While tomatoes are roasting chop the remaining vegetables. When the tomatoes are finished, remove skin and roughly chop tomatoes.
In a large saucepan over medium heat add butter, onion, celery, garlic and saute for a few minutes.
Add chicken broth, roasted tomatoes, can of diced tomatoes, water, bay leaf, sugar, oregano, garlic salt, basil, sat, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a medium simmer for about 10 minutes. 
Add parmesan cheese and heavy cream and heat through.
Remove bay leaf and pour everything into the blender and puree.

Serve with some yummy grilled cheese sandwiches and you have a warm comforting meal!
For a printable version of this recipe click here.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Fabric Flower Tutorial

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Welcome to a new year!

My first post of the new year is a tutorial.
If you were here a few weeks ago you might remember the post I wrote for my new Christmas stocking I made. (If you didn't get a chance to see the super awesome tutorial, you can find it here DIY Burlap Stocking) I had added this beautiful flower to my stocking as a finishing touch.
I am back now with a step-by-step tutorial to show you how it all came together.
I had some brown scrap fabric in my stash so I just cut off a corner.
I then cut out 4 teardrop/clover leaf type shapes in the brown fabric, and I then cut out a much smaller version in the leftover white fabric from my stocking.
Using a hot glue gun I then glued the white piece, just at the tip, and pressed it down on the brown piece.
I then pinched the tip together and placed a small dab of glue in the pinched part.
Sorry, that part was hard to get a picture of while I was doing it!
I hope it makes sense.
I then laid it out on the stocking to see how I liked it.
I glued all of the 'pinched' parts together at the back.
Here is a view of the front.
Next, add a dab of glue right in the middle, 
and press the pearl down in place.
Put a lot of glue on the back of the flower,
and attach to the stocking.
I love how this turned out!
This whole project was so much fun because it was a lot of firsts for me, first time making a stocking, first time working with burlap, and first time making a fabric flower!

Thanks for reading and as always, please let me know if you have any questions!

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Best of 2014

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and I hope you were able to spend it with loved ones.
As the year comes to an end I wanted to look back at the top 5 posts from 2014.
The ones that were viewed the most by you.

and the most viewed
1. How to Remove Carpet Stains

Thank you for stopping by and following along.
I am excited to see what the new year will bring!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

DIY Burlap Stockings

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Disclosure: I received one or more products for free in exchange for an honest review on my blog.

I feel like my blog has been a little bah-humbug, Christmas is just 1 short week away and I haven't had a chance to do much!
It makes my heart happy to finally get my butt in gear and bring you a cratfy Christmas related post!
I was contacted a few weeks ago by a representative of a company called Burlapfabric.com to see if I would like to receive some of their products to review.
(Ok, you HAVE to go check out their website, they have so many types of burlap to choose from!
Light, dark, chevron print, ribbon, bags, colored, banners, you name it!)
I have been wanting to make my own stockings for years.
I never got around to it because I never knew where to start.
When I opened the box from the company and I saw the contents I knew what I wanted to make.
It was like the stars aligned so I could finally check this off of my crating bucket list.
This is the only stocking I have completed so far, it's mine if you can't tell :)
Over the next couple of days I will be whipping some up for my husband and my 2 boys.
I just LOVE how this one turned out, so I had to share it with you!
This is what my eyes beheld when I opened said box :)
Now do you see why I was so happy?!?
I was really nervous and excited because I had never worked with burlap before, but all of this seemed like it was great quality, and it held up really well.
Below you will find step-by-step instructions with a lot of pictures!
Supplies
burlap
fabric (to line the stocking), I used a fat quarter, and it was the perfect size.
scissors
hot glue gun
sewing machine
any decor items you would like to use to jazz up your stocking

Using scissors I cut out 2 sock shaped pieces.
I had read that burlap was really tricky to work with, so I was really nervous to cut it due to possible fraying, but as soon as it was cut I just laid it out on the table and tried not to fuss with it, and I didn't have any fraying.
I then laid out the stocking pieces on the white fabric and cut it out.
See? Fat quarters work perfectly here!
Leave about 2" of the fabric above where the top part of the stocking is.
(You will fold it over the top later).
Using a zig-zag stitch, I then sewed together the fabric and burlap pieces.
It's ok if the fabric and burlap don't line up exactly at the edges, this is just to line the inside of the stocking.
Here are the two pieces with the burlap and fabric sewn together.
Notice anything??
I attached the fabric to the wrong side....
Here I am ripping stitches.
I think this took like 20 min :(
THIS is how the stockings should look after you have sewed the fabric, facing away from each other.
Remember how I said to leave some extra fabric at the top of the stocking?
Well now you can fold it over,
and sew across.
Do that with both sides so the front and back look nice and finished.
I just used a zig-zag stitch.
Pin the stocking with the burlap pieces together and sew around the edges, but not across the top.
Turn the stocking right side out.
I loved this lace and burlap ribbon Burlapfabric.com sent me and I knew it would add the perfect touch of femininity.
I cut a piece the width of my stocking and the edges already had a pretty design sewn around it, so I actually just used a hot glue gun and glued it into where the seam on the sides is. I also glued along the top and bottom edges.
I wanted to show you what the inside of the stocking looked like.
Burlapfabric.com also sent a roll of burlap ribbon, so I cut a strip to use as the piece to hang my stocking with.
Fold the strip in half,
and glue it just inside the corner you want it to hang from.
Since that piece was going to just have the raw edges, I wanted to make sure it wouldn't fray, so I grabbed some Mod Podge,
and painted it all along the edge of the strip.
Let it dry.
It will be a little stiff, but that's ok because it's just for hanging.
All along I had been planning on putting a little flower on the stocking, but I had no idea what I wanted it to look like.
I had some brown fabric scraps, and some white fabric left over from the lining of the stocking and I came up with this.
I was so excited with how it turned out, this was my first attempt at a fabric flower!
I have posted the tutorial for the fabric flower, you can find it here Fabric Flower Tutorial
There you have it!
I'm so excited to start on the other stockings!
My oldest son has some ideas he wants to use so we are going to work on his together, stay tuned, I will post those as well!

Thanks again Burlapfabric.com, I loved your products!
Make sure to check them out on Facebook as well for some cute ideas!
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