Thursday, April 24, 2008

Necessities Only

This is one of those projects that worked out just like I hoped. My sewing style consists of hand-drawn patterns, seam ripper overuse, a few choice words not suitable for Judah's ears, and lots of guess work. So it's nice when all the guessing and hoping adds up.

I wanted a little purse/necklace that would hold only what I need (house key, credit card, and lip-gloss) for when I go to yoga, bike riding, shopping, etc. I love all the scraps. They make me think of their previous owners, or other projects I've made (recognize the ribbon?). The best part is the little inside pocket with a Velcro closure for my house key.
Function: gotta love it.

Monday, April 21, 2008

I made, like, infinity of those at scout camp

One of the best baby gifts I received was a key chain wrist strap thingy similar to this. At first I was like, "What does this have to do with babies?" But I soon learned. It's so easy to slide it over your wrist while loading groceries, baby, cups of coffee...etc. I made a bunch of these for some friends and family out of (3"?) grosgrain ribbon folded longways and sewn down the edges. It was by far, the easiest project I've done yet. Let me know if anyone wants one!...they're $50 each.

Saturday, April 19, 2008


A friend of mine just had a baby last week and was in need of a sign to keep loud knockers and door-bell ringers at bay. I used the same colors (and polka-dot theme) from their baby bedding seen here on their family blog. Congratulations Brian and Jamie!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tip #44

So, my husband has boogers. All the time. This is not really something that bothers him so much, just me. One day upon telling him that he had a booger in his mustache, he replied with gratitude, "Hey! You said I had a mustache!"
Yesterday we were riding in the car, and as usual, I informed him of yet another booger looming at the end of the twin tunnels. After removing it, he needed a tissue...which I did not have. I suggested his jeans, and then thought, "You can always put a booger in your pocket. That way you don't see it, and it's there for later (in case you're into that)."
To which he replied, "You should put that tip on your blog."
Bingo bango: Tip #44

Monday, April 14, 2008

Black Bean Soup

This was SUPER easy and SUPER good. Sounds like a winner, eh?

1 lb. black beans (soaked over night)
1 can rotel
1 can white shoepeg corn
1 pack taco seasoning
6-7 green onions, chopped
1 T minced garlic
fresh cilantro, chopped
juice from 1-2 limes

After I drained the beans, I tossed it all in my best friend, the crock pot, and covered with water. (high for 6-8 hours, or low for 8-10). Just before serving I put about 3 cups of the beans and soup in the blender, then added it back to the rest. We served it with cheese, sour cream, fresh guacamole, and tortilla chips.

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Jar Lady

So far, housing rainbow NERDS was the only thing we could come up with for the empty baby food jars. Until now...
These are washed out, goo-goned and ready to hang. I used regular craft wire and double wrapped the top to make a hanging bud vase. I might have gone a little neighbor came in and said it looked like I took a machete to the azalea bush out front. There were flowers everywhere. Now I make John Jay wash out every little jar we empty. I'm a jar step closer to becoming my Grandmommy Sosebee. That, and the 1/2 full Starbucks drink I stuck in the freezer.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Counterfeit Free People

I love Free People. If I'm in a store and see an article of clothing that I like, it's most likely from them. But even at TJ Maxx prices, I usually can't afford them. I sketched a "pattern" for my most recent (overpriced) FP find and used one of John Jay's old Penguin shirts to create my own version (he's going to be forced to go around bare-chested if I don't stop raiding his closet).

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Thank You Annie

This salad is incredible. INCREDIBLE.
• Spinach leaves
• Feta cheese
• Chopped walnuts
• Diced mango
• Annie's Naturals roasted red pepper vinaigrette

It's definitely the dressing that makes it, though. If you only buy one ingredient, let it be the dressing. Oh man. It's safe to say that it's one of the best store bought dressings I've ever had. My only regret is that I stopped long enough to take pictures for you people.

It looks like Annie has been busy in the kitchen...Artichoke Parmesan, Gingerly Vinaigrette Low-Fat Dressing, Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, Lemon and many! There is quite a lot of salad in store for the Alvaro household. Sorry John Jay.
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