Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fabric-Covered Egg Shaker Tutorial

Hello! Well, we love music at our house, and as I was trying to think of something other than candy to put in little Charlotte's eggs I thought about egg shakers. I have tried to make my own in the past, but they look ugly and the tape comes off and I end up with rice or beans all in my carpet :( So the best solution I could think of was of course...fabric! So here is a tutorial for making musical egg shakers that are covered in fabric. The fabric I am using is vintage knit- my grandmother actually found it in a barn behind her house! You could also use felt or some other fabric that has some stretch in it. These eggs come together really quickly so you still have plenty of time to make some before Easter :) Ready? Here we go.

Step 1: Create the template. Draw a vertical line 3 1/2" long. At the midsection draw a perpendicular line 1 1/2" long. (These measurements will work for the average plastic egg-I got mine at Wal-mart.) Draw a football shape around the cross that you have drawn.

Step 2: Cut out the template and lay it on your fabric. Cut four little "footballs".

Step 3. Sew these right sides together, using a 1/4" seam. Leave one seam half way open - this is where you will insert the egg. Turn right sides out.

Step 4: Fill the small part of a plastic egg with dried beans - I used Great Northern. You could also use lentils, black-eyed peas, etc.

Step 5: Close the egg tightly, tape the seam well with duck tape, and insert it into your fabric shell.

Step 6: Using a needle and thread, hand whip the opening closed. Voila! Get out your other instruments and have a musical Easter!


Friday, March 26, 2010

Things that make me happy

Happy Friday everyone! You must drool over this gorgeous quilt made by Jacquie over at sewmamasew.com. Wow-I love the selvage thing - mom wouldn't this be a perfect design for you to use? She has been saving selvages for quite some time now. Anyway, this is amazing.
Selvage Quilt by Jacquie
I also wanted to inspire you to cook something amazing this weekend - my sugggestion, Bruschetta from Julie and Julia. This is so easy and sooooo delicious! The most important ingredient is the bread. Be sure you buy some really fresh, really good bread. Then buy several tomatoes of varying kinds and chop them up in a bowl. Add a little salt and fresh basil, and then pour olive oil over it. Let it sit while you heat a skillet. Put a generous amount of butter in the skillet and grill your bread slices on both sides. When they come off the skillet, top them with the tomatoes. Oh so good!
I also wanted to say that this weekend I will be endeavoring to make my first item of clothing for myself using a real pattern with expensive fabric.
The lovely Anna Maria Horner's voile! I am trying to not be nervous - no fear! I will post about that later next week I am sure!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Easiest Chicken Pot Pie Ever. It is also delicious!

I don't know about you, but chicken pot pie is one of my comfort foods. This one goes together so quickly and is always a hit - whether at a pot luck, when guests are over, or like tonight - Friday night in, just my little family. Here is what you will need:

Two frozen deep dish pie crusts
Bag of frozen mixed veggies
Can of cream of chicken soup
Shredded chicken (either boil some chicken breasts, or buy a rotisserie chicken and cut it up)

Mix the last three ingredients together - add some salt/pepper. Pour into the first pie crust. Top with the second pie crust. Bake in your oven at 375 for 30 min or until the crust is golden and the inside is bubbly. It doesn't sound impressive, and I'm sure Martha would frown upon the store bought ingredients - but when you are busy and want some yummy food in your belly, this does the trick. If you are not busy, feel free to make the pie crust (pate brisee) from scratch (which is not very hard) and cut up fresh vegetables (which my mom does). The result will be even better. Bon Apetit! and have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Kiss me- I'm Irish!

It seems that the cold weather is dragging on and on this year! I don't know about you, but it has greatly affected my skin this year. I especially have a difficult time keeping my lips soft and shiny - so in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day here is a simple lip scrub to exfoliate those lips! This combination of ingredients works because the sugar sloughs away dead skin, while the honey, which is a humectant, helps your lips retain moisture. The Olive oil is also moisturizing, while the peppermint and orange lift your spirits out of the never-ending winter gloom! Just mix these ingredients together, massage into lips and wipe with a warm cloth. Follow with your favorite lip gloss!

1 Tablespoon of Sugar
1 Tablespoon of Honey
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
3 drops of sweet orange essential oil
2 drops of peppermint essential oil

Essential oils should be available at your local health food stores - if not, you can buy some at my favorite shop, Cosmic Flower. Have fun and go kiss your sweetie! (only if they're wearing green of course! :)