Monday, September 26, 2011

Strictly Homemade Tuesday

Welcome to Strictly Homemade Tuesday. I am so glad you are here. A great place to  show off your homemade goodies.  Where Homemade rules, and prefabbed drools.

Strictly Homemade Tuesday

Normally, I would show you some of my favorites from last week, but today I will show the most viewed…or your favorites.

From Claudia and Justin over at Remodeholic shares with Fall D├ęcor Ideas

Now it is time to share your homemade creations!  Be sure to visit some of you fellow bloggers links and comment!!

Temporary Ruffled Pumpkin Shirt Tutorial

Temporary Ruffled Pumpkin Shirt
Hello, FALL! To celebrate the first day of fall I decided to make my daughter a new pumpkin shirt that was 1.) TEMPORARY  2.) FREE.  Two very important elements for me.
My daughter is very picky about clothes (this is an understatement).  When she has a shirt that “fits” her I can not just go and put an applique on it for a holiday. Nope comfy clothes for Lawson are too rare!!! I have come up with a solution that is a win-win for us both.  Today I will show you how I did it with felt!
Supplies needed…
Pumpkin Supplies
Instructions how to make…
With your orange stripes or material put a gathering stitch in the middle.DSC_0266
Pull one thread to gather and create a ruffling effect. Circle gathers around and around to create a pumpkin shape.
Pin gathered orange strip onto black felt.  DO NOT TRIM FELT!DSC_0268
Stitch the ruffles to felt sewing down the center again.DSC_0269
Cut two green pieces of material (I chose felt and jersey knit) for the stem and a leaf.DSC_0270
To give it a little more interest I sewed it down and made stitches to look like the lines on the stem  DSC_0271
I did the same for the leaf.
Once everything is sewn down trim your black felt.  Leave approx. 1/8”DSC_0278

Position the applique where you so desire and with black thread and a sewing needle sew the applique down with  a simple running stitch. One that can easily be snipped and pulled.   DSC_0280
FINISHED!! Simple as that.  Now when the fall is over I can cut the black threads and my daughter will have a plain black shirt again.  Until then we have this…
Lawson tinted Picture
You might be wondering about washing.  I washed this shirt this weekend and it washed beautifully!!
Temporary and Free Fall shirt!!  Projects like this make me happy!!!
I am sharing this at these wonderful parties.

Friday, September 23, 2011

When it rains, it pours…


As if it wasn’t enough that it is really pouring outside, I’ve had WAY too many things break (or in need of repair) on me today.  Seriously all in one darn day!!  I could go through the list but it might just depress me, so I will just talk about the icing on the cake. When my iron FELL APART!!  You know like minutes before I needed to go to my daughter’s school.

Just Fabulous!


Is it Friday the 13th?   Geez.

Anyone have a suggestion for a good iron?  In the mean time do not mind me and my wrinkles!!

As Annie would say “The sun will come out tomorrow!!”  Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dinosaur Hoodie Towel Tutorial

Dinosaur Hoodie Towel Tutorial 2

Last Christmas (why does that seem like yesterday) I made my son a Dinosaur Hoodie Towel.  It is his favorite towel BY FAR!  I love to here him roar and smile so big thinking he has scared me.  Too cute!  I asked back then if anyone was interested in a tutorial and I got the sweetest email requesting a tutorial.  Then my sister asked for a big girl towel for her daughter so combine the two requests and here you go. Your wish is my command!!

Here are the supplies needed…

Supplies List

* The bath towels should not be plush and thick. They need to be on the thin side or you will NEVER get the towel under your presser foot.  This is your warning!! Plus, thinner towels dry faster.

Step 1. Cut 1 Bath towel to make the hood. Most hoodie towels say get a hand towel and cut in half to make the hood.  Since we need lots of extra towel material for the spine and nose I chose to get another bath towel.  This means you will need to cut your bath towel to the size of  half hand towel.


Step 2: Make Spines Cut out 8 spine pieces.  My spines are a 3.5” triangle on all sides. Sew 2 sides of the spine to make 4 spines and turn inside out.



Step 3: Make the Spine Hood. Take the hood and place 2 spines close to the center and 1/2” from the bottom


Fold material over spine pieces, pin and sew.


Once turned inside out this is what the outside looks like.DSC_0184

This is optional… the material is so thick a surged seam is out of the question. So I opted to put a piece of material on the inside to cover the seam. Fold the long edges to the center place on the seam and stitch.


Finished stitch with material covering seam.DSC_0203

To create the snout…I cut 2 pieces of a half circle.  Mine has about a 5” diameter. Sew the circle portion and turn inside out.


Step 4: Making the Snout. Find the outside trim of the hood.


Cut the finished seam off plus 1/2”. DSC_0187

Position the snout in the center on the right side of the hood as well as the piece you just cut.   Stitch.


Trim. Fold under and top stitch. This will leave you with a finished edge and no fraying.DSC_0193

Add 2 buttons for the nostrils.  


Step 5: Finishing the hood. Cut two pieces of fleece for the eyes.  The shape of the eyes is up to you. I chose two oval shapes.  Sew on and add two buttons for eye balls. (not shown)DSC_0208

Step 6: The bath towel. Fold the towel in half and pin 4” in and 6” down. This is your stitch line.

Stitch Line

Insert 2 of the spines where the stitch line be.  Stitch.DSC_0195

This is what it will look like from the top.  Fold open and press down.


Step 6: Connecting the Hood to the towel.  With right sides together find the center of the hood and the center of the towel and line them up together.  Then line up the rest of the bottom portion of the hood towel.  Sew together.  YOU ARE DONE!!


Here are some pictures with my precious model. 

Dinosaur Hoodie Towel Tutorial


Model of Backside

I think my niece is going to LOVE it!!


If you have any questions please let me know.  I will forewarn you SEW SLOW over the thickness…it can break needles!!!

I am sharing this at these wonderful parties. 

ALSO don’t forget to sign up to win a Digital Scrapbook Software from My Memories.  Ends Sept 25

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Strictly Homemade Tuesday Linky Party

Hi Friends!  Welcome back to Strictly Homemade Tuesday.  I am so happy you are here so we can share with each other our latest homemade creations. 

Strictly Homemade Tuesday

Before I get to the features I have two announcements.

1.I am having a wonderful giveaway of My Memory Suite.  You can win the digital scrapbooking software. I promise you will love it!  The giveaway ends Sunday so be sure to enter!!  Go here to enter!

2. Strictly Homemade now has a facebook page!! Come on over and “like” me. wink, wink!

Onto the Features from last week.

I love this paper bag skirt!  Good Time Never Seem so Good made this simple, fashionable skirt PLUS has a great tutorial.  LOVE it!

Reduox shows us how to make these beautiful Gilding Jacques.  This gets me in the mood for fall- how about you??


Thank you ladies! Pick up a feature button and display it proudly!

Onto this weeks linky party!!  You know the rules.  Have fun! 

“Where homemade rules, and premade drools!!” Don’t you like the ring that has?? hehe!

Monday, September 19, 2011

My Memory Suite Giveaway

A few weeks ago I was contacted by My Memory Suite to host a giveaway for a digital scrapbook software.  I will be honest, at first I was hesitant because I do not scrapbook. My personal blog is my “scrapbook'”  and it takes everything I have to keep that up.  Then I remembered a fellow blogger hosting the same giveaway who like me did not scrapbook and raved how much she loved it so I thought I would give it a try. 
Let me tell you…My Memory Suite is AWESOME!!
It is the perfect solution for lazy busy scrap bookers moms like me. 
Top 2 reason I love My Memory Suite.
First, you download My Memory Suite to you computer.  Therefore, you do not, I repeat, do not have to redownload your pictures to another website. (Timesaver)
Second, you can make digital scrapbook so you can link your still pictures with your videos.  HOW COOL IS THAT? They are no longer in two places.  Brilliant.
I quickly started on a scrapbook that was in my head for my oldest daughter. I made  her a kindergarten scrapbook.  Here are a few samples of the pages.
Lawson's Kindergarten Year-005
Here is where it really gets good.  I took a picture of her fabulous artwork that I love (just have no room to keep) and placed it in this treasured scrapbook. Now I will have them forever!!Lawson's Kindergarten Year-010
I created her Kindergarten Scrapbook in 1 day!  No cutting, pasting, fretting over design, or running to the scrapbook store several times, it was easy pea-sy! Plus, I got it done! 
My Memory Suite is not just for digital scrapbooking.  The possibilities are endless.   I made my son’s birthday invitations on My Memory Suite.  Seriously.  It was easy, and NO ONE will have one like it.  It is personalized just for my special little boy. 
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So you want to know how YOU could win this fabulous software? 
MANDETORY ENTRY: Visit My Memory Suite and leave a comment here saying what your favorite digital paperback or layout.

For extra entries: (leave separate comments for each)
1. Become a follower of Strictly Homemade
2. Become a follower of My Memories Blog
3. Become a follower of My Memory Facebook Page
4. Become a follower of Strictly Homemade's BRAND NEW Facebook Page!!  Give me shout out there!
This is a total of 5 chances to win a My Memories Suite!!

Also, My Memory Suite has another fabulous offer. As a special for all my readers, I have my own Share the Memories code that provides a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store - $20 value!
Giveaway ends September 25th. Winner will be announced Mon. Sept 26th.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Bay Window Seat Voting Results

Thank you to all those who voted on what I should so with my bay window seat cushion. I really appreciate the help. Here is the final tally...

Poll: What should I do with my bay window seat?

Stripes Won!

I personally was torn between the stripes and the black check. What can I say I am sucker for all things black and white, and from the votes several of you agree with me!

So now I just need to make the final decision. hmmmm.... I am planning on ordering the material soon. If you have any parting thoughts as to exactly WHY I should chose one and not the other. Please let your voice be heard!

I have to share with you a note I got from my grandmother.

When you asked if we could find the eyesore in the room, all I could see was the
covered grill on the sundeck. Loved the new corner in the yard. You did a good
job with the pillows in the chairs. Maybe you could create a an outdoor scene on the deck where the grill is. Like a cute bistro table and chairs with plants and potted flowers. That would give a picture to see as you look through the beautiful bay window.

Yep, that is an eye sore too. I need to work on that next!!! You can see a picture of it here! I love her honesty!!

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ALSO- next Monday I have a very exciting giveaway here on Strictly Homemade. I am super excited to share it with you!! I hope you come back for a chance to win! Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Homemade Baby Food

I am not much of a cook…or maybe I should say I do not really get a kick out of cooking.  It is more of a chore to me but I do it because I love my family and I like to eat!! 

Although, I am not the best cook and do not find much joy cooking meals (7 days a week).  I DO find a great deal of joy making Homemade Baby Food for my sweet baby girl. 


To me it seems healthier, I am in total control of what she is getting, and I feel like within perimeters, my daughter is experience a better assortment of food then she would get buying jarred baby food.

Since I call my blog Strictly Homemade I thought I would share the homemade baby food I make for Cailyn.  My baby food guide is Super Baby Food Book.    This is the Mac-Daddy of all Baby Food books (in my opinion).

My daughter has successfully eaten all the food I have given her including cottage cheese and tofu!! Crazy, but true!!  Next month we have broccoli!

Not only is this book great for baby food but it also has wonderful tips for cleaning, food for picky eaters (my son) and recipes galore.  We are now huge fans of tofu (the whole family) thanks to this book.

**I am not getting compensated in anyway to promote this book I just had to share because I love it that much.  

Here are some pictures illustrating how easy it is to make your baby’s homemade food.

All you need is a blender. I have a food processor but I find a blender does a much better job especially when the food needs to be pureed.

Basic Equipment

Avocado Puree….one of Cailyn’s favorites!


Ice Tray to freeze baby food. 

Baby Food Peaches

I will be honest the Cailyn was not a fan of was mangos!! However, the girl loves to eat so no matter what face she gives me she still asks for more!!  Funny girl!

Tonight on the menu is Avocado with tofu and a side of peaches.  Yum!!  Also, the other good part of making your baby’s food is if you try to feed yourself and your baby at the same time and you ACCIDENTLY put her spoon in your mouth you are not totally grossed out, because it tastes good.  I am just saying…

Just thought I would share.

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