More Nursery Schenanigans

fabric2Ok…not really schenanigans, more so that it’s just another opportunity for me to take on another hobby that I will inevitably spend too much money buying supplies on.

A month or so ago, I decided that I wanted to make another blanket for the nursery.  Crochet will always be my first love, but I didn’t want everything to be crocheted in the room, and I’ve been wanting to do more sewing for quite some time, so I thought now was a good time to get started.  So…I started YouTubing for some easy quilt tutorials and came across one from Fat Quarter Shop called Jelly Roll Jam.  It looked fairly easy (because, well, everything on YouTube looks easy!), and I really liked the finished product, plus all the fabric was precut, so I was hoping this was a safe bet for a first quilt.  I asked a few of my quilting friends and they all told me it was a good starter quilt, so I felt better about my plan.  I stalked some fabric websites, picked out some fabric, bought the “necessary” supplies, and am now getting ready to go!

My fabric came in last night.  I ended up buying two Jelly Rolls so that I could mix and match the fabric lines.  I plan on making TWO quilts, a “boy” quilt and a “girl” quilt.  We have no idea what sex we’ll end up being matched with, so I figure I can put them both up in the closet and then pull out the right quilt when the time comes.  I can either just put up the other quilt (in the hopes that we adopt a second child), or I can pass it on to a friend with a child…or the cats will just “liberate” it for their use.  We’ll see…or maybe we’ll adopt twins!  If I sew it, they will come, right??

I plan on getting started later today, and I’ll do another post on my progress.  Of course, the lady on YouTube sews the entire top of the quilt in 20 minutes, but I have a feeling it’ll take quite a bit longer for me.  I’ll post photos once it’s something more than a pile of fabric strips though!  Wish me luck on my newest hobby!

Much love,
K.

Friday Favorites: Blogs

I get a lot of inspiration from various blogs out there, and love to be able to share some of my favorites with you all!  I always look for inspiration for tons of different things:  new recipes, home décor, crochet patterns, sewing ideas, and more recently, recipes for canning!  I hit up a lot of various blogs, but of course I do have my favorites, and here they are (in no particular order).

 

Favorite for Everyday Recipes: Smitten Kitchen

SMKSmitten Kitchen has some of the best recipes out there!  I adore her fresh take on foods, and so many of her recipes are easy to follow and don’t have a million odd ingredients that you’ll only use once.  Plus, her recipes are categorized in several ways: by ingredient, by season, by dish, by cuisine type…basically, any way you normally look for recipes, you can find them on her site.  I really encourage all of you who love to cook to go check out her page, you won’t be disappointed!

 

Favorite for Home Décor and Renovation Ideas:  Young House Love

younghouseloveThis husband-wife duo have some of the best ideas out there for home décor and all things DIY!  I’ve found so many cute things on this blog to incorporate into our home (or at least cute things that spark my own inspiration), and refer to their blog quite a bit for ways to fix and update things in the house.  Plus, these two are incredibly funny and entertaining, which makes reading their blog a breeze!

 

Favorite for Crochet, Knit, and Craft Patters: Whistle and Ivy

boat slippersThis blog is relatively new to me, but I have really enjoyed reading Bethany’s posts and looking through her various crafts.  She has quite a few crochet patterns available, some for purchase through her Etsy shop, and some for free.  I haven’t had an opportunity to make any of them yet (sadly), but they are currently topping my project list for once I finish my mom’s afghan for Christmas.   I’m currently coveting her pattern for Women’s Boat slippers (FREE!!), so that’s my first project on the list.  I’ll try to do a post on it once I finish them up!  I’m thinking, if they’re super quick and easy, I might be able to make some for Christmas presents to give to friends and family.  Who knows, I might even be able to con J into wearing a pair!

 

Favorite for Sewing: V and Co.

shag pillowVanessa Christenson’s blog on sewing is my absolute favorite.  I’ve used her fabric line a few different times on simple projects, and every time I think about starting another sewing project, I immediately head over to her blog.  Her fabrics are absolutely gorgeous, and she is always making new quilt patterns for her blog.  In addition to her quilts (which are gorgeous), she usually has more beginner projects interspersed within her posts, and I’ve been tempted to make a few of them.  They’re very easy to read and understand, and I imagine they’d be a breeze to make.  Her shag pillow is going to be my next sewing project once I get a moment to work on it!  I’m thinking, if they’re super quick and easy, they’ll be nice little Christmas presents for friends and family.  I might even be able to con J into wearing a pair.

Favorite for Canning:  Food in Jars

foodinjarsI will admit, I’m new to the canning world.  In fact, I’m so new, I’m still waiting for my pressure canner to show up from Amazon so that I can put it to good use.  Growing up, my aunt would can, and my best friend’s mom canned, but my mom was having none of it.  She would garden and cook, and could bake cakes that would make you cry tears of joy, but she had no time for canning.  Nope, no time.  “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”  So, I am a newbie when it comes to this canning craze.  J and I have done our best to make a commitment to clean eating (though who can resist a McDonald’s cheeseburger every now and then) and we’d really like to eat as seasonally as possible.  So, when I suggested we try our hand at canning, he thought it would be a great idea (though probably won’t help much, go figure), and off I went.  I came across this blog and it has a great wealth of information on how to can, ways to can, and a ton of recipes to try!  I think my first recipe is going to be her Tiny Batch Black Raspberry Jam, just to get my hands wet!  So excited!

 

So, there you go, my Friday Favorites, blogging style!  I hope you enjoyed my favorites, and feel free to leave some of your own, as I’m always looking for new blogs to explore and enjoy!

 

Much love,
K.

My next sewing project.

Every since I made pajama pants for J and I for Christmas Eve 2013, I’ve  been wanting to get started on another sewing project.  I really enjoyed making the pajamas, and while crochet will always be my first “craft love,” it’s nice to branch out once in a while.  So, even though at the moment I am DETERMINED to finish Baby O’s afghan and do a post on it, I wanted to do a post on my next sewing project for when I’m finished with the blanket.

I wanted something simple and relatively quick, since I have two more crocheted blankets that I need to start and complete in the coming months.  My mother’s afghan will be a granny square motif in Chocolate Brown, Sage Green, Latte Brown, and Cream.  Then, a good friend in the UK is having a baby girl, so I’ll be making her a colorful (or “colourful”) baby blanket for her sweet baby.  Lots of bright colors for that one, but luckily my stash is extensive, and I shouldn’t have to buy any new yarn (J will be thrilled with that).

But…the sewing project will be for our house, unlike my crochet projects, which are normally gifts.  I was thinking of making some pillows for the house.  Something easy to work up, but comfortable and cute.  I’d really like them for our downstairs spare room, to put on the bed.  I have a duvet cover that is really colorful, from Kate Spade, and so I wanted something that could be done in a solid color to complement that.  The bedding is bright pink and orange, navy and white…all stripped.  I really fell in love with it when I came across it, and it was at T.J.Maxx (that store is awesome), so I snatched it up!  Here is a photo, so you can see what I’m talking about.

Bedding.

The bedding has lots of navy in it, and also has a small bit of yellow (which is a bit hard to see in the photo).  I have the pillow shams shown above, the ones that have the navy blue border, so I wanted something that would pop against the navy.  So…I thought Yellow would be great for that!  And with that criteria (solid color and fun), I went searching for a cute pillow tutorial to whip something up with.

As always, Vanessa Christenson had what I wanted!  Her quilts are always beautiful, and her tutorials read really easy (even though I’d not ventured out so far as to try one yet), so I thought I’d see what she had by way of pillows.  First thing on her blog today is an adorable pillow tutorial (serendipitous, don’t you think), which would work perfectly with my bedding!  It’s a bit 1970s shag, but I think it’s fabulous and can’t wait to give it a whirl!  I’m going to make a bigger pillow than what she has shown, but still keep it in a rectangle shape to sit in front of the two shams.  Here’s a picture!

shag pillow

Isn’t that super cute!  I can’t wait to get started on it…it’s given me even more motivation to finish up the afghan for Baby O (as if her being 3 months old at this point isn’t motivation enough), just so I can allow myself to buy fabric and get started!  I’ll be sure to blog about the sewing adventure once I’m ready, but for now, I’ll leave it at this.

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and a happy weekend!

Much love,
K.