Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cupcakes Galore!

Ok, so I'm going to be extremely busy the 2nd part of this week.  I'm going to be making around 50 cupcakes for a Mother/Daughter luncheon for our church.  I'm really excited!  I've got all my recipes and ideas all lined up!  I did a bit of a dry run the other day, and tested a few different things out....here's a sneak peak!
(yes, those are cow sprinkles!!!!!!!!)



I will be sharing many pictures and recipes either late this week or early next week.  Hope you drop back in then, and bring your appetite!!!!!!!!!  :)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Treats and Sentiments

Happy Easter Everyone!!!!   We're going to be taking a break from refashions here for a bit.  Today, I've got an Easter treat to share with all y'all!

These are called "Spring Birds Nest Snacks."  They are super close to being classified as dessert in my book!   I found the recipe a little while back, and immediately knew I wanted to put this on my Easter menu.  I did mess with the recipe a little.  You can find the recipe here.  If you want my variation, simply use one half bag butterscotch chips, and one half bag chocolate chips in place of the whole bag of butterscotch chips.  I'm not a big butterscotch fan, and couldn't resist the temptation to add chocolate!!!!!   These are as yummy as they look if not more so!




You aren't hungry yet, are you?  :)  Cauz I got one more picture!



Will be spending time with friends and family tomorrow.  How about you? 
Midst all the fun and festivities of Easter, we must be sure to remember the reason behind the holiday.  Here's a couple songs that really spell out what goes through my mind around this special holiday.

This first one is called:  One Holy Lamb

The second is titled:  The Power of the Cross 


Have a Blessed Easter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sweater to Tank

Ta-da!!!!  There it is!  I love it....although the whole horizontal stripes thing isn't really me....it sure beats what it looked like before.

Definitely not something you'd want to be seen in, right?
Now comes the part were I usually show you what I did.....however, I didn't take any in between pictures for this project, so I'm going to have to talk you through it.
The first thing I cut off were the sleeves.  Save these, you'll use them for the straps in a little bit.  Then, I cut the front of the shirt as I've drawn here in the black:

Sorry, I actually can draw fairly well....just not with a computer.  :)
I cut about the same height in the back, except straight across instead of curvy.
The green shows were I had to take the shirt in some and sew it.
After I got that done, I took some extra wide bias tape and folded that on the top raw edges of the shirt, and sewed that on.   Then I cut the blue-and-tan-mix stripe out of each sleeve so I had two rectangles of it.  I folded each of them right side in and sewed them and then flipped them inside out.  I then attached them to the shirt for the straps for the tank top.  It was a bit too bulky for my sewing machine to handle, so I ended up sewing them on by hand.  Anyways....that's what I did...if you can make sense of all that! 




There!  I finally left my face in a picture for you!  Don't you just love my cowboy hat?  :)


 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

An Award!!!

I've been given the "Versatile Blogger"  Award!  That's so crazy cool!  Did I ever mention how rewarding blogging can be....forgive my little pun.  :)  

 I've got some rules I'm supposed to follw.
 1. Thank the person who gave you the award, and link back to them.
 2.  Tell seven things about yourself.
 3.  Award fifteen recently discovered new bloggers.
 4.  Contact them and let them know they've recieved the award.

Many thanks to Kathryn Michelle Jenkins over at The Dragons Fairytail.  You should definately make an effort to go check out her blog.  She's got some cool stuff goin on!

Now for seven things about me.....hmmmm....
 1.  I'm crazy 19 year old.
 2.  I'm proud to be a farmgirl, who still works on the family farm.
 3.  My favorite colors are Black, Blue, and Chrome....I know, I know....quite the combo!
 4.  I love a good challenge.
 5. I have so, so, so many hobbies....sewing, crafting, scrapbooking, gardening, reading, singing, drawing, knitting, crocheting, quilting...and the list goes on....
 6. I'm going to be taking a Baking/ Pastry Arts program from a local college in a year or so.
 7. I'm a Christain, by God's grace!!!

Those I'm awarding, are as follows:
      timber and lace
      pandiola lane
      sew magic
      sweet chaos
      dreaming in color
      just take a bow
      christina's voice  
      creative chaos

If you get a chance, visit these wonderful bloggers, and leave them a little blog love!!!

That about wraps up the rules part...I will notify all those I'm passing this awesome award on to, today!!  I'm totally excited about this whole award thing!  :)
Hope y'all have a gorgeously wonderful day!!!! 

   

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Turtleneck just got Cuter!!!


I've done two sweater refashions this week...both of which I'm super excited to share with you.  Today you get this one!    It's pretty basic. 


Yep, this is what I started out with. 
(*side note*-  that's my favorite fleece, jersey cow blanket in the background.  :)
There wasn't that much chopping required for this fun little sweater.  I cut off the turtleneck part, then cut down the middle, and rounded up the top of the front a little.  After that, I turned in the edges about a half of an inch.  Then sewed about a fourth inch from the edge--a medium to long straight stitch.


(sorry about the fuzziness...camera died on me right when I needed it)
  For added fray protection I sewed again, about an eighth of an inch in from that.  That's it!  You could wear it just as a basic black cardigan...or, if your sweater loved to stretch, like mine did, you could tie a fun little knot in front as shown in the following pictures!  ;)


neon?!?!!



 (p.s.- sorry I keep chopping my face out of these pictures.....bad hair day!)
Hope you now have some more inspiration for your refashioning projects!!!




Friday, April 8, 2011

Sew---Chop---Sew

Been workin on some projects that had a deadline to beat.  One of which is the Just One Star project.  They are requesting you to make one block to help those in the service, and veterans.  I was more than happy to make my block and send it on its way!  It's such a beautiful pattern!  Look at my block!!!


I know most quilters say it's not that hard to make, and I guess it's not hard, but for me a it was a bit tricky....nothing that me and my trusty sewing machine couldn't handle!   :)
I sent the block off to Texas yesterday.  The deadline for these blocks is May 1, 2011. 
I've been chopping out 6 inch squares for the "2011 Farmer's Wife Quilting Challenge."  It's sort of a mystery type of thing.  She told us we needed to have 75 squares of light to medium fabric, and  75 squares of medium to dark fabric--for a total of 150 squares!!! 


 The nice thing is that this is a stash busting challenge.  We get to use our scrap fabric!!!!!  Yay!!!  I've got a whole half of a room full of that!    Anyhow...I had to have all of them chopped for this past Wednesday.  I have no idea what she has in mind from there.  We will probably be putting these quilts together in the Fall.  Finished quilts will go to the Red Cross.



Monday, April 4, 2011

Quilt Show Re-cap

Today there was a quilt show in Sun Praire,WI not too awful far away from where I call home.  Here's some pictures I took...






Love the sweet little cows.

Awwww...look at the puppy!


There were a lot more, but these were the ones that I loved overall.   I'm not a girly, flower-loving girl....yeah, my mom tells me I'm crazy!
Hope you enjoyed these pictures.....I do apologize for my camera strap getting in the way of the dog picture.  I didn't notice until I got home.  Oops!!!   :)



Sunday, April 3, 2011

Join the Party!!!!!!

I came accross the Ultimate Blog Party 2011.  Looks like tons of fun.  Want to join?   Here's the link.     It's on from April 1st to April 8th. Hoping to meet lots of people and have an all in all....um......BLAST!!!!!!!!    
For those of you who are dropping by.....welcome!  I'm a farmgirl and.....well, all of that is in my little about me section!  This is my little creative space where I share about what I love.....sewing, baking, crafting, farming.....you name it, I probably like doing it.  I love a good laugh and enjoy chatting with freinds, family and fellow bloggers.   Hope you are liking what you see!!!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Shabby Denim Vest

Here's what's been keeping me somewhat busy....


This is my newly refashioned Shabby Denim Vest.  I LOVE it!!!  It turned out so neat! 
  I started out with  this denim jacket that I used to wear a lot until the sleeves shrunk (not quite sure how).  I love anything denim, so I definitely didn't want to just throw it out.  Heaven forbid, I throw out anything that is even remotely usable!!!  :)


Here's how the transformation happened.
First, I laid it out on my cutting board, and drew a straight line, just above the bottom pockets, with a piece of chalk.
Once I got that cut off, I cut off the sleeves, leaving about a half to a fourth of an inch there on the vest, which will soon be frayed to get that shabby look.  Then, I cut off the buttons and the button holes up to the collar.  It took me a while to decide if I wanted the collar or if I should chop that off too.
Then, I needed to make it fit a little better, so I turned it inside out, and marked and inch from the side seam on the bottom of the vest.  Then I took a ruler, and chalked a line from that mark to the corner (armpit) of the vest. 
Then I sewed the line, and did the same thing on the other side.   I tried it on....just a little baggy yet.  Once more, and it fit pretty well.  (I think I took 2 to 3 inches off each side.)   As for the inside edges, I simply trimmed the seams that I had sewn to about a half inch, and left them.
Now for the shabby fringe effect.  I sewed a straight stitch about a half inch or so in from the raw edges, excluding the half inch of each sleeve, because there was already a seam there.  Then I took a scissors and snipped up to the straight stitch every fourth to eighth of an inch on all the edges.
Here's what it looked like after all that snippin'.


Lastly, to perfect the magic shabby look, I threw it in the washer, then in the dryer.  I had to clean out the lint tray a few times.  Small sacrifice for the outcome, I say. 

What do you say?     :)
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