But let's pretend it doesn't ok. :)
Friday, October 31, 2008
But let's pretend it doesn't ok. :)
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Well I use the fab ATG by Scotch for most of my normal adhesion. I think that has been talked to death on the message boards so I'll leave it be. I do like it.
But I use something else too. Which I LOVE. Miracle Tape. Miracle Tape is double sided tape. It's STRONG. As strong as that "red liner tape" that is so popular in my opinion. And WAY cheaper. I get it HERE at Viva Las Vegastamps. Seriously it's great. the rolls have 50 YARDS on them. I think that red liner crap has like 15 FEET. The reason I bring it up today is that I got an email from Vivia Las Vegastamps and there is a special on it! I've bought this special before. I'm not buying it this time because I still have plenty left! But Here is the special. It is a TON of adhesive. Including the sheets which are SO fun. I like to do an image, color it and all, then cover it with one of the sheets of adhesive then dump clear glitter over the whole thing. Maybe I'll make a sample of that later.
Also I used this for years before I got into ATG. The ATG is cheaper over time, but this stuff is really affordable and very strong. Also if you are freaked out by the size of ATG or anything then Miracle tape may be easier for you to use.
So there you have it, a random promotion by me.
So I wanted to make some fun cupcakes. I wanted to make them this week because Brian's big boss is in town, and I'm a kiss up even if Brian isn't. haha. I originally wanted to make either a pizza cake (to morn the loss of pizza friday) or to pipe "VOE" on the cakes. But then I was afraid the boss wouldn't see the humor. Although Brian did say he's cool and would think it was funny.
So I decided to go with eyeballs instead. I mean it IS Halloween this week. I was going to pipe the colored part of the eyes, but I figured if I did the candies the boys could help me. So here they are. (I made 50, not 4, these were the first decorated)I also needed a cake for a church function on Saturday. It's our Fall Festival, which is really a Halloween Party, but being church we call it Fall Festival. Being a Halloween fan myself I made this: Because eating eyes is yum.
The cakes are all deep dark chocolate cake. Want my recipe? Ok then:
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
two sticks butter
2-3 tsp vanilla
1 to 1 1/4 of the DARKEST baking powder your shop sells. I used Giradelli dark for a while, but this time I used Hershey Special Dark as it's all they had and it worked. The point is get dark, and then we are using WAY more than any other cake recipe I've seen.
tablespoon baking soda
some salt (I don't measure, about half a teaspoon maybe?)
about 1 1/2 cup sour cream. I used to measure not I just dump the whole thing of sour cream in.
1 1/3 cup boiling water.
Mix that up (you know, butter and sugar and eggs together then add the other stuff) and bake at 350 until done. (different for different cake pans/cupcakes and what not)
The cakes are really dark, almost black. They are not very sweet. I like to top them with a basic buttercream for sweetness.
Oh and it makes a TON. I made 50 mini cupcakes AND this large eye cake with one batch. I adapted it from a recipe I found on allrecipes.com called "Sandy's Chocolate Cake" But with my adjustments. Click HERE for the original, which is delicious too, I basicly just made it darker.
And to see even CUTER creepy cupcakes check out Lulu Carter's post HERE. I love creepy cute food.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Ethan directed me in the tiger and fish. He did some of the stripes but mostly he just rested his hand on mine, they are really messy. Stephen wanted "Dinosaur He Stomps the Floor". So there is a large dino and a remote controller. I didn't look at a photo of the dinosaur in question, and mine really doesn't look like that one, but whatever.
So they take one to two days to dry then you peel them off and they will cling to the window. How fun is that? Oh and if the yellow one explodes in your hand when you squeeze it and the tip falls off and you get yellow paint all over your dining room table and floor it DOES wash off if you are quick.
I think I'm gonna sew up some dummy projects so I have something to blog! haha. STill sewing Christmas stuff.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
We go to our first Halloween Party tonight.
Wanna see what my boys will wear?
Sunday, October 19, 2008
So I went on the net and printed THIS pattern and gave it a go. I used some horrid scraps I have because I was still not sure and didn't want to waste any of my good stuff. But look: It did work, and look at those crisp points:
(yes, I see the humor in displaying "crisp points" with a blurry photo)
I didn't leave some scraps big enough I see now, but still it was super fast and easy to get this block sewn up. I'm sold!
In other news:
Me and the boys have colds AGAIN. Honestly we are not sick that often, but I only write about our health then it's poor. Because I'm human I guess. Anyhow it's just colds but you know a cold can make you so miserable.
My mom has given me hope of a visit from her. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my mom and the idea of her coming here for a week is enough to lift the fog of my cold and make me giddy with excitement. I hope it does work out and soon.
Can't remember any other news. blah head colds. Someone get on a cure quick!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
So I need a favor.
Do NOT post anything else using 1930's repro fabric until after the new year.
I thank you and my husband thanks you.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I need to deal with this first.
The couch holds recent purchases, things people have given me and so on. Basicly stuff that I've never put away. There is a WIP on my sewing table. I'm not working any more until I clean though.
My desk is a horrid mess too. Oh and also the floor in front of the desk, which technically is the kids play area.
So today, in just a few minutes I'm going to a Quilt Bee. Old fashioned, how cute! After that I come home and clean this mess. Then it's all Christmas presents all the time for me. Of course that means less pictures for the blog. Sigh.
Oh yesterday I bought ALL the stuff I need to finish all my Christmas gifts. I'm so happy about that. So I should be able to just work until Christmas.
Later today some kid from the church youth group is coming over to do hard labor. He broke our car at a campout the my DH was the leader of. So the arrangement was that he has to give us an afternoon of work. He's doing the yard. I bet it rains all stupid afternoon and he gets out of it. Won't that figure.
Monday, October 13, 2008
You can WIN this quilt on Pigtails and Snails blog HERE.
I'm so excited by free quilt give aways. I mean quilts are so awesome and VALUABLE. And awesome. And this one is YUMMY yellow. And my son wants a yellow quilt. So if I win I won't have to make a yellow quilt! I can spend that time making another quilt! Maybe one I'll give away? Who knows?
But if I don't win it I want YOU to win it. Yes YOU. You with the computer and who is reading my blog. (No not you, who just looks at the pics and doesn't read, haha, joke on that girl because she isn't reading this... kidding)
So go try to win it. If you DO win it come back and let me know so I can be all excited for you! Woohoo!
Oh and there are more pics of the lovely quilt on the blog I linked.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Inside has two pockets with red alphabet fabric.
And this rad thing that you can hook your keys on so you don't have to dig for them. (look at my fat leg, I need to take inspiration and join WW or a gym too!)
This stitching is the green color from the numbers. Also there is a tiny pleat on either side of the button.
This stuff is precut for the cat quilt pattern shown. I'm going to sew it for a mutual friend of Lani and mine. Then we will give it to her as a gift from us.
I might make my DQS5 with a shrunk version of this pattern. I'm not sure though. I wish I was in 5 mini quilt swaps. I have too many ideas.
In OTHER other news we went though our Christmas list and figured out what we have to buy/make. I have two people on my list who are IMPOSSIBLE to shop for. I won't name names. But if you are in my family and usually get crappy gifts from me it's because you are impossible! So besides those two people we figured everything out and I have a lot of sewing to do! Also our family has the lack of consideration to have their birthdays right during the Holiday Season. The nerve of some people! So the point is this, I won't be able to show you EVERYTHING I make. :(
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
I'm making these paper pieced hexagons all the time, while kids play at parks, while Brian drives and we are in the car, while watching TV. I want a huge hexagon quilt some day. Here are some of my favorite ones:Here they are in a cute basket. A basket or bucket of anything is cute. I did get all the bad stitching out of the quilt. I've not put any good in yet though. Too bummed still. I WILL do it, just not just now.
Here is the corner for storage. I just got the tall clear thingie yesterday. I used a rare 55% off coupon at the craft store! Oh look, it's that cute kid, someone give him raisens!
Inside of the black thing. Top two shelves are fabric. My system is that the top shelf is "weird fabric" the second is cotton. Then paper type storage stuff. And Ethan, carefully selecting supplies for his next project. Oh the glimpse of the military pic is my father.
Here is the other part. those clear magazine holder looking things all hold paper. I have TONS of paper. I go into a panic if I get low. The black/white check thing is full of my tons of zippers. The clear drawer thing under the paper is all my Odd Bird Planet stamps. I love me some Odd Bird Planet.
And there you have it. :)
Saturday, October 04, 2008
I do have a swap due soon so I got to work on that.
This was my first attempt. I like it but it took too long to make so I decided not to do it. It's stamped and colored on gesso painted cardstock, layers and layers of heat embossing. Instead I'm doing this. Which I love because it has fabric. :)
Priscilla is killing those birds with her potions and magic. She's very naughty.
I just have to color the rest of them (9 total) and I'll be ready to ship them out.
All these stamps are Odd Bird Planet.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
I quilted for two and a half days. I was nearing completion. I looked at the back closley. it was weird. I looked more, very weird. I pulled at a thread. pop pop pop it comes up. What the heck? Look at my thread. It looks weird.
It's hand quilting thread. AND crappy hand quilting thread at that. It was so non flexable that it didn't work right in my machine. The top stitches looked fine, the bottom had NO tension. So I have to pick it ALL out and start over. This idea makes me want to puke.
So I had to go to Hobby Lobby for new thread. I got some. It's coats and clark machine quilting thread. I also needed some clearance fabric, home dec weight for $2 a yard. and a quilt book, and needle disposal thingies, and some embro patterns for Kim, and cookie cutters to make shaped sandwiches for the kids, and button making kits, and some grab bag ribbon. when you have a new cookie cutter the best way to show it off is by putting it on your head.
Ethan's still learning proper modeling so he's looking to Stephen for approval.
I made these buttons and attached them to elastics for rad new hair ties. LOVE the panda.