Thursday, May 31, 2012

Food

Food.

I wonder if it fits into the crafty category? I think one can be crafty with food. Well, creative anyway. In a way food can be a craft, right?

I think so.

With that said, once a week I am going to give the spotlight to food. I must admit, I enjoy food. Yes, it is a necessity in life but I enjoy being creative with food.

I should probably stop here and let you know a few things about myself. 

First of all, my family and I are vegetarian (we do eat eggs and dairy though). Secondly, we have also started to become a gluten-free family. Years ago we cut out most processed foods and refined sugars. 

People often wonder what we eat.

I assure you, we eat well. Although, my kids may say otherwise sometimes but that's just because they are kids, and kids tend to be pickier than they need to be. I should know, I was one of those picky kids! 

When my husband and I decided to cut meat from our diet, I was not much of a vegetable eater. Yes, I ate some but I didn't eat a variety of them. I was journeying into the unknown world of cooking. Fast forward a few years and not only do I LOVE a wide variety of veggies, I enjoy cooking and experimenting with food.

Maybe the question of why has popped into your head at this point. It's definitely a valid question to have. We decided to abstain from meat for health reasons,and spiritual conviction too. We know it is not for everyone, and would never try to force anyone to have the same view as we do. 

It is what is.

I am glad we have that cleared up! So, starting this Friday, I am going to focus on one meal, one recipe. It may not be a very fanciful item but it will be something my family finds delightful. I've also been pinning some yummy recipes like crazy. Mostly tasty treats. I will share some of those as well.

I hope you enjoy my take for a Foodie Friday! You never know, you may find some satisfying vegetarian dishes your whole family will enjoy.

I look forward to sharing with you all then!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pinned

I truly enjoy pinning things on Pinterest! It can be quite addictive though. I have to limit myself, else I could be browsing all day!  =)

Picture from That Artist Woman
As I mentioned before, I plan on doing more crafts with my kids this summer. It's a great way for them to be creative, and have that good feeling of accomplishment. I have a few fun projects lined up for them. We will be starting with this one on How to do Batik with Kids from That Artist Woman. It looks like a lot of fun! And the results look wonderful. I look forward to seeing what my boys come up with!

Next up will be an Adventure Book from Crazy Little Projects. I know my boys will enjoy making this, and then filling it up throughout the summer! What a fabulous idea. It will certainly be a treasure for each child to enjoy looking at again and again.
Picture from Crazy Little Projects.

I will be sharing each of these projects as we finish them.

If you'd like to see what other craft ideas I have pinned, you can find me on Pinterest HERE.

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Under Construction

I have been thinking a lot about this blog recently. How I want it to look. What I want it to be. Etc. For the next few weeks, or more, it will be 'under construction'. Things will be changing. Most likely at a slow pace. I really want to think about how my little sliver of blog space is portrayed.

I am hoping to share fun ideas and projects a bit more frequently. Especially now that summer is quickly approaching. There are so many fun things to be done in the summer!

Our family will be adding art to our list of activities. Art is something I truly enjoy but not something I tend to have the patience to do with children. And, with 4 children in the house, I need to start praying for that patience! Lol! It is something that I do want to start tackling though. Like, once every two weeks to start. Hopefully once a week eventually. I have found some fun projects on Pinterest that I know they would enjoy. I think summer time is the best time to give it a try!

With all of that said, I look forward to a fun summer with my family and friends, and, sharing those experiences with all of you! So, I hope you check back every now and again to see what fun we have come up with. Maybe you will find some inspiration for you and your family!

Have a blessed day!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Gift Idea for Dad {Tutorial}

As I mentioned last week, I have a fun project for you to make for dear old Dad! (Please excuse my undesirable pictures. This is an area I need some improvement on!)
A tie shaped key chain (or a #1)!

Definitely a useful gift for Dad. He's got keys, right? Well then, he certainly needs to carry them in Dad style! Don't ya think?!

Now, time for a mini tutorial. {If my instructions are confusing, please leave me a comment and I will try and make them less confusing. ;) }

What you need:
  1. Fabric scraps from 2 different fabrics, seriously you don't need much for this project
  2. Craft weight stabilizer, scraps will do nicely
  3. Coordinating thread
  4. Ribbon, you only need about 2 inches
  5. Key ring (which I somehow forgot to attach and picture, please forgive me)
  6. You'll also need to draw a stencil. As you will see, I just sketched a little tie on a piece of paper.  =)

What to do:

1. First things first, draw a little tie, about 2 inches high, on a piece of paper. Cut it out.
2. Next you are going to iron the stabilizer onto the back of the fabric pieces. I did double up on one of the fabrics to make it extra sturdy.
3. Once you have ironed on the stabilizer, go ahead and trace the tie onto the back of the fabric (the stabilizer side).
4. Go ahead and cut it out. Now you have 2 ties.
5. We're going to fold the 2" ribbon piece over and place the ends in between the ties pieces, wrong sides together at the top. (I apologize, for some reason I did not photo this step!)

6. Once you have the pieces together you are going to sew them. I used a zigzag stitch with a wide zigzag and a small stitch length. You can see the setting I used with my machine below. (Can you believe I photoed that but not the above step?? Sheesh!)
7. Once you have gone the edges of the entire tie, you need to put a little curved line to separate the knot of the tie, and the hanging part. (Obviously these are not technical terms here!)

8. Now you should have your tie all sewn together! Hurray!
9. The last step would be to attach the keyring into the loop you made at the top of the tie.

*******

Now you have a fun keyring to give Dad! And, best of all, you made it with love yourself! Nothing says "I love you" like a handmade gift.  =)

These are so much fun to make. Why stop with just one? Make some more and give them to brothers, uncles, cousins, friends, co-workers, or any special Dad in your life! You can do just about any shape you'd like. I did a #1 and embroidered "DAD" in it, as pictured way up at the top. If you do the #1, just remember to reverse it when tracing it! ; )

Have fun!!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Isn't it annoying when...

...there's a little rain storm outside that messes with your internet connection?? I sure think so! Last Friday I had every intention to share one of my first tutorials with you all. I had it all typed up and was adding pictures when Blogger got stuck. I realized later that only the first step had been saved. Boo!

Now, yes, I certainly could have re-written it but in my defense I was out of time. Don't worry though! Even though I will not be sharing the "Super Mom Key Chain" Tutorial with you today (or, maybe just not at all), I will at least show you what was intended to be shared.



Aren't they just spectacular?! It has been fun handing these to my super Mom friends. Something I am still doing because I am a procrastinator and tend to wait until the LAST minute. (Obviously, since I was only typing the tutorial on Friday!) When will I learn?

Hopefully, the answer to that question is: now! I may have missed Mother's day (I apologize for that!) but Father's Day is coming up next month! I have a very similar tutorial to share with you all for that. Dad needs a special key chain made just by you too, doesn't he??

I think so! So please stay tuned! I'm hoping on getting it all finished this week, so I can share it well BEFORE. =)

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