Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
You can still link up your sewing projects HERE! The link will stay open until Monday, March 1st!!
So I woke up one morning and decided I was going to try and figure out how to make a fabric cover for my scriptures. I ended up making 5 of them (they turned out okay, but weren't exactly what I wanted), before I remembered I had a project on my "To Do" list that was similar. After reading By Small Means' instructions on how to make a notebook cover, my scripture cover turned out beautifully!
I'm a note-taker. Always have been. I seem to remember things better if I write them down. For the last few years, I've kept a notebook with me while at church so that I can keep notes on the talks and lessons. So I decided to make a matching cover for my Church Notebook.
Here's some of the first scripture covers that I made.
I measured wrong on this one and it wouldn't fit my Quad scriptures. But it worked for my daughter's Bible, so I made a matching cover for her Book of Mormon.
The thing that bugged me about the first ones I made was how thick the edges were (hopefully you can see what I'm talking about in this picture!). It wasn't a huge deal, but I wanted them to lay more flat.
How often do you try to figure something out on your own? Sometimes I'm successful at it, and sometimes I'm not! But what I have learned is that there is usually someone out in blogland that has already done the project I'm trying to figure out. Next time I think I'll search first to see if there's already a tutorial written. It'll save me a lot of time!!
I'm linking to: Fireflies & Jellybeans, Somewhat Simple, Someday Crafts
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Now that I'm done begging, let's get back to business! We had fewer links this past week, but that didn't make it any easier to pick which ones I wanted to highlight.
I loved these Heart Bean Bags from Crafting My Heart Out.
What an adorable fabric lunch bag from All For This Penny.
Naptime Journal shares this cute Apron for your little girl!
And Brandy from Some of This and Some of That made this cute skirt for her little girl.
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Monday, February 22, 2010
A few weeks ago I came across a great deal at the DI....a garbage bag full of burlap for only $2.00! I tend to hold on to things for a while before actually doing something with it, but decided this was a perfect project for my burlap.
Friday, February 19, 2010
My Mom makes the best chicken enchiladas!! I can remember being extra excited for dinner when we knew she was making these! And now the tradition carries on with my children!
Here's how to make my Mom's Chicken Enchiladas...
**chicken, diced & cooked (I like mine shredded. You can also use canned chicken)
**1 onion, diced
**2 lbs. grated cheese
**1 large can tomato sauce
**1 can enchilada sauce
**1 can cream of chicken soup
**1 can diced green chilies
1. Combine chicken, onion, and about 3/4 of the cheese in a large bowl.
2. In a sauce pan, warm up tomato sauce, enchilada sauce, cream of chicken soup, and chilies. Put a little bit of sauce on bottom of a 9x13 cake pan.
3. In a frying pan, heat a little oil. Put corn tortillas in one at a time and warm on both sides.
4. Dip warmed tortillas in sauce mixture, and put in cake pan. Put about 1-2 Tbsp. of chicken mixture in tortilla, and roll up.
5. When done, pour remaining sauce on top of enchiladas, sprinkle with cheese, and add sliced olives.
6. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until bubbly.
This recipe makes 2- 9x13 cake pans, plus an 8x8 cake pan full. And my family eats every last bite! We usually serve this with a green salad and corn.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Not so functional, huh?! Every morning I'd get so frustrated trying to find what I needed! I finally decided since I'm too cheap to buy a makeup bag, I may as well try and make one.
So I made a quick sketch of what I wanted it to look like....
.....then dug into my juice pouch stash, and went to work.
It turned out mostly how I had envisioned. I didn't end up using elastic on the inside like I had on the sketch. It would have looked too messy on the outside. And I was all out of white thread, so had to go with red. I'm not a huge fan of how it looks with the red thread, but that's the way it goes sometimes.
I couldn't get completely away from the ziploc bags either! I went ahead and grouped my makeup into 3 smaller bags so it's easier to find what I'm looking for. No more digging through everything to find those darn tweezers!!
It all fits nicely into my new makeup bag! Yay!!
We recently went on a weekend trip to visit family, and it was so nice having this makeup bag! Everything was all in one place and it was so much easier to pack! And since juice pouches are so durable, I plan on having this one around for a long time!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
It was hard to choose favorites, but here's a few that I really liked:
Plush Flowers in Pots from Bird Crafts via Someday Crafts
Tic Tac Toe: 3 Hearts in a Row from Oopsey Daisy
Corduroy Purse from Seven Thirty Three
Thanks for sharing your great sewing projects ladies! Feel free to grab the "I Was Featured Button" on my sidebar!
I can't wait to see what projects are linked this week!! I have a feeling my "To Do" list is going to be growing longer and longer!
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Monday, February 15, 2010
Of course, when our kids saw what I was making, they all requested one too.
**cut 2 rectangles
**placed them right sides together and sewed, leaving an opening at the top
**turned right sides out and ironed them flat
**filled with rice
**sewed the opening shut
It was so simple, that my oldest daughter made 2 more rice bags all by herself to give to some of her friends at school! It was a fun project that brought some warmth and relief to those that I love the most!
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Friday, February 12, 2010
Isn't Kaysi great?! I know for sure that I'm going to try her "wall hangings made out of gift boxes" idea...so clever!!
Thanks for swapping blogs with me, Kaysi!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
As part of my New Year's Resolution to "work on my organization", we revamped our Family Home Evening schedule. For the past several years we followed the Primary Outline for Sharing Time, but we wanted to incorporate talks from General Conference too. So this year, our FHE schedule goes as follows:
1st Monday: Lesson from the Primary Outline for Sharing Time (OST)
2nd Monday: Lesson from a General Conference Address
3rd Monday: Lesson about an Article of Faith
4th Monday: Lesson from the OST
5th Monday: Our Choice
Since we're having a lesson on an Article of Faith a month, I decided to implement a reward system for memorizing them. I grabbed a #10 can, cute paper, and Mod Podge and went to work.
The kids can work on memorizing the Articles of Faith however they want. They can wait until our lesson on them each month, and then try to pass it off, or they can work on 1 (or more) a week. For each Article of Faith that they pass off, they can pick a treat from the reward can. And to make it easier on myself and my husband, we've designated Sunday afternoons as the 'pass off' days. That way we aren't bombarded every day of the week with someone wanting to pass one off.
So far this has worked wonderfully! The kids are excited about learning and passing off the Articles of Faith, and I feel more organized about it all.