Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Thrifted Sweater Re-Do

I bought a blue sweater cardigan at a thrift store almost a year ago. It was soft, cheap ($1!), and two sizes too large. I thought it would be OK- you know go for the boyfriend look. One year later, I have never worn it out of the house, with my board shoulders it makes me look baggy.

Look at those baggy sides!

Over the weekend I finally got around to working out the kinks on the sweater. This ended up being a very easy project (love when that happens). I simply used Mandy - my body form - as a template for my body. I turned the sweater inside out and started pinning it pretty close to the form.


mmmmmm... curves

Then I took my sewing machine and sewed a tight stitch following those pins. Then I trimmed down the extra fabric and that's it! I was lucky that the length was perfect for me and the arm length was great too!

Now you can see the curves!
And for those of you who are related to me and complain that I never put pictures of myself on my blog, here is a sassy one just for you:

What kind of weekend projects did you get into?

I used and broke my brand new serger while attempting to make my first quilt! More to come on that next week!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you had an amazing evening and day, yesterday. I enjoyed getting my new serger in the mail (best v-day present to myself EVER!), Chinese food, the movie Aladdin, and amazing homemade brownies made by my husband. So sad the day had to end. 

I did homemade some Valentine's Day cards this year and sent them all to my family. I hope you guys enjoyed them!

I had a Martha hole puncher for the edges of the card and used  pink and white linen paper from Joann's. It was a fun project - and way more messy than I ever intended (but that always happens doesn't it?) 

 What did you do for Valentine's Day?


Monday, February 13, 2012

Recycled Wall Art

This weekend the "picture hanging" bug got me, or as my husband likes to call it - the "putting a lot of holes in the wall" bug. 

As you know I have been working on my craft room for the past month and it was time to hang some pictures around to complete the space. I love doing this on the cheap and using things that I already have. So that is exactly what I did this weekend.

My favorite project was taking my Compassion 2011 calender and recycling it into art.

The photos are amazing. They are so vivid and colorful and full of beautiful children. I knew that I couldn't just throw this away! ( You can buy the 2012 one here)

So I made this:
Using two 8x10 canvas and one piece of plywood covered in burlap, I was able to create this really fun photo collage. The cross is a gift from my Grandmother from her trip to Jerusalem a few years back (I think).  The night after I finished this, I would walk right into the craft room just to see them; I was so excited about how they looked.



The total cost was $5 for the canvas at Micheal's. I used thumb tacks for the burlap photo, acrylic paint I had for the canvas, and adhesive spray for the photos.

I was able to create these little embroidery  hoops of fabric for the wall space in-between the desk and craft table. I have seen this all over on pinterest, and knew it would be perfect for this space. Both hoops ended up being about $4. And the fabric was just some scrap I had from my kitchen benches project.

Keeping it real with this photo - see the mess on the craft table and the husband's hand.. opps.


And after being out of college for two years, I finally got both our diplomas hung ! YAY! I mean they only cost us like $217,000!

I guess the better the school, the bigger the diploma

  And that's it!  The room is coming together!  Don't you love productive and relaxing weekends?

Made by You Monday!

Friday, February 3, 2012

En-cha-cha-ladas

Its that time again! Foodie Fridays! YAY! I look forward to this every week, I love the challenge of bringing delish, fresh, easy, classic meals to you all. I hope you have enjoyed them.

Below is an awesome recipe for Enchiladas from scratch ingredients (expect the tortilla, but I bet you could make them if you wanted to!).  This is so easy and so handy on days when you have left over chicken, or when you need a fairly quick meal that is sure to please.


Ingredients (Pre-heat oven to 350)
8 6-inch tortillas 
1/2 cup chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced 
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
pepper
1 Tablespoon  butter/margarine
3 Tablespoon flour
8-oz sour cream ( I use light sour cream)
1 cup chicken broth 
1 jalapeno pepper (optional)
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cup cook and shredded chicken or turkey
Small Chopped Tomato (optional
Chopped Cilantro (optional)

Steps
For the sauce, cook onion, bell pepper, and garlic in the butter on medium heat until soft (season with a few shakes of pepper). In a separate bowl, stir flour into sour cream and then add to onion mixture on stove. Stir in broth and jalapeno, too. Cook until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup of Cheddar cheese. 


For the filling, stir in 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of sauce into the 2 cups of chicken.  Place about 1/4 cup of filling in each tortilla. Roll up the tortillas and place seam side down in a lightly greased 9x13. Once the pan is full, pour remaining sauce all over the pan. Bake covered, at 350 for 30 minutes (should be hot and bubbly).

Take out of oven, remove foil, and add the remaining cheese.  Bake for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Once out of oven, add the tomatoes and cilantro on top and serve!  (Makes Enough for 4!)

This is a great meal and its is easy and a great way to use left over chicken or turkey. If you don't have left over chicken or turkey you can use rotisserie chicken from the store or boil some raw chicken until it is soft and shred.

Have a great weekend everyone!




Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Staying Glassy

For the past couple months, I have been collecting all of the glass jars we have used in hope of using them for a project. I wasn't sure what I was going to do. I also did not have a glass cutter until last week. Here are some of the bottles that I have collected:


This was our first attempt at cutting glass. And boy was it exciting! We got a glass cutting tool at Ace, similar to this one (only our was $7 not $20...). And instead of buying a $45 stand, my handy husband made one up using out workmate bench.


We then put the glass bottle on top (in this case Woodchuck!) and scored the upper edge by firmly pressing and turning. You want to make sure the line is very straight - steady hands are a must - that is why I am NOT the one turning the bottle :-).


Now comes the fun part! Heat a kettle of boiling water. Take the bottle and pour the hot water all around the crack, then run the line under cold water. Repeat. Keep doing this until the top breaks off - and trust me it will surprise you every time. (I think we did about 8 bottles and I literately screamed every time the top would break off  - even though I would try to prepare  myself each and every time!)


 



We had some that didn't make a clean break. Bummer! Some of these are easily fixed with a little more scoring or hot/cold water.  Or if it is small by sanding. Others continue to get worse as you try to fix it - that much we know. That is why it is important to have a good, straight, steady score for the first step.

Other than that one most of our turned out pretty great. We are going to use some of the bigger bottles for vases - once we get them sanded - look forward to another post for that one! And the cider ones - we are thinking some for candles and maybe drinking glasses?


I think they call this a red-neck wine glass, can anyone verify this?
Have you ever attempted cutting glass? What are  are some cool things to do with it?  Happy Hump Day!

P.s. Did anyone get the Anchor Man reference in my title? I hope so! :-)
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