Monday, September 25, 2017

Quick, easy, washable and embroiderable!

Oakleigh's car seat cover.
Oakleigh is now nine years old and has outgrown this car seat.
Even though it was personalized for Oakleigh, it has been used by her sister, Brantley, and many of my nieces and nephews from time to time.
It is now time to pass it on to my sister-in-law for her grandbabies.
Honestly, it still looks brand new and we are hoping to convince the boys that "Oakleigh" is just the brand name!

Monday, September 18, 2017


Don't you just LOVE them?
They have so much to look at and their prices are always right.
I often stroll through HomeGoods looking for gift ideas.
Bettina's birthday was coming up soon and I needed a little gift.
I usually wander around trying to find something I can personalize.
 I found the sweetest little ceramic tray holding a bottle of lemon scented hand soap and lotion.
 I then found an adorable little yellow and white cutting board to match.
It was just the right size to prop behind the soap and add some color.
I added the personalized dishtowel and (since everything had a lemon theme) I included my favorite lemon pie recipe.

All wrapped and ready to go...
Because everything at HomeGoods is so reasonably priced, I was able to put this little gift together for under $20.
I hope everyone is having a great Monday!

Friday, September 15, 2017

One Crockpot two meals

All you need is a package of premade meatballs and a couple cans of store bought pasta sauce.

Add the frozen meatballs and a couple (or more) cans/jars of your favorite sauce into the Crockpot and cook on low for 5 or 6 hours.

Could it get any easier or cheaper?

Day one - add spaghetti noodles, garlic bread and a salad.

 Day two - Spread a little garlic butter on a hoagie roll and toast it a bit under the broiler.
Add the meatballs and mozzarella cheese on top of the toasted hoagie roll.
Pop it back under the broiler to melt the cheese. 
Seriously, how easy was that!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cherry Sorbetto

These Sorbetto tops are just too easy to whip together.
They take very little fabric and are super comfy.

I made my own bias tape for the armhole and neckline, but store bought would work just as well.

The placket in the front comes together very easy.

All the fabric, bias tape and buttons came from my scrap pile so this baby didn't cost me a penny to make.
I love it when that happens.

You can check out my others here and here.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I am grateful...

We made it through Irma with very little damage.
Stop what you are doing right now and look around.
There is always something to be grateful for.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Prepping for Irma

Yep. I'm in Tampa - smack dab in the middle of the line of fire.
As it looks right now, pretty much the entire state of Florida is in the path of Irma.
We have been batting down the hatches and stocking up.
While preparing for Irma I'm reminded of a few teacher gifts I made many, many years ago.
 As I am getting ready to post these pictures I realized the dates on them...
Where in the heck does the time go?
I made my own pattern and cut it from neoprene.
While laying flat, I embroidered the initials.
I then stitched up both sides and finished the top with a strip of fabric to cover the raw edge.
For the girls I stitched a purse size holder for a few single serve drink packets.
For one older male I added an embroidered handkerchief.
I wrapped them in cellophane, adding a bookmark for the tag and ribbon.
Praying for all in the path of Irma...
Please prepare and be safe.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Brantley's play kitchen

After finding out little Miss Brantley was getting a play kitchen for her birthday, I just had to make her a oven mitt and dishtowel to go with it.
I purchased the kitchen mixer design from Planet Applique.
The child size oven mitt was an in-the-hoop design by Digistitches.
Both the dishtowel and oven mitt were easy and fun to make and they fit her little hands perfectly.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

It's National Sewing Month

What better time to get this blog started again.
I could come up with a million excuses reasons why I haven't blogged since October of last year, but I will spare you the boring details.
Let's just say I'm back for now.

I will start with a simple post to get me back in the swing of things...

I made these small overnight bags and tissue holders for my granddaughters.

These bags are just the right size for a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, hair ties, tissue, etc.

I used pre-quilted fabric for the outside of the bag and lined it to match the applique and tissue holder.

These bags are so much fun to make and are super useful for many things.

 The bags are really simple to make and the tissue holder only takes about 10 minutes to whip together.
I have made these as make up bags for women, bags for men's shavers and essentials and even made one for Mr. Fisherman for his IPOD and accessories.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

See ya soon.....