We're doing a simple Christmas this year, so I'm making part of my kids gifts. I'm really excited to share with you what we've done. First up is my little girl.
My daughter loves to fix hair. Whenever I am at the sewing machine she is on my chair behind me brushing my hair to "make me pretty". She also repeats all the things I say to her when I brush her hair like, "this is a bad snarl so be tough..." She was the easiest present to come up with: A hair stylist kit.
First I went searching for the toys, a blow dryer that makes sound and a flat iron that changes the color of the special hair clips, plus scissors and a comb. This cute one I found at Toys-R-Us for $16.
Then I went to work sewing up her apron. Don't you love zebra print with hot pink? I used a vintage pattern I found at the thrift store, Simplicity 7064. It's the same pattern I used for the medical kit I made my niece in August.
I also whipped up this cutting cape for her doll. Now she can practice on dolly all she wants, well once we get the ratted mess out of her hair.
I grabbed a tote similar to this one at the Dollar Tree added a mini spray bottle, travel size (empty) shampoo and conditioner bottles and a couple hair accessories. This way the entire gift can be stored in the bag for future play time. I love self contained presents :)!
In the food processor add about 4 forkfuls of jarred roasted red peppers, 1/2 an onion, 2 garlic cloves, mushrooms and process until its in fine chunks. Pour into a sauce pan with 2 cans tomato sauce, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, and a dash of garlic powder. Stir and Heat through. We added Parmesan when serving the sauce over squash noodles - yum!! It was a hit.
I threw the leftover sauce into a quart jar for more meals this week. I think it would be a yummy pizza sauce too.
Cecily and I made these yummy smelling shapes today.
1 c ground cinnamon
Mix together, roll out like a thick pie crust (between two sheets of waxed paper)
Use cookie cutters to cut shapes. Bake on a cookie sheet at 200 * for 2-3'hours. Turn them over occasionally.
You can poke a hole in them for ribbon to make ornaments. Or put the shapes in a little dish to make your home smell like Christmas.
My son asked me to make him a Yoda doll today. This is what I came up with. I added ears to simplicity 1900 doll pattern (you could easily use the black apple doll pattern available through Martha Stewart- it's free). I used the dress pattern Andrade a robe, making site to see the ties on the back- or they'd be lost on a second at our house :).
I'm super excited, we've signed to have our first booth at a local craft boutique! We've been busy getting our wares together- I made 10 garlands in one afternoon... Here's a sample of some if the play items for little girls:
The beautician comes with cutting cape for doll, the waitress is an apron and cap with menu printables. I think I'll do another nurses apron, like the one I did for my niece too. When it gets closer we'll announce the location so if you're local you can come check us out!
I need a pouch or two for my larger bags I carry that don't have enough pockets. I used a tute from polkadotchair and made this one up in about half an hour. I lined it with oil cloth. Fun and very easy to make. Don't get rid of zippers....use them for pouches! Laura
Fun twist on your typical grilled cheese sandwhich! We used the waffle iron to make these, they were a big hit. For a super yummy grown-up version use sourdough bread and a combination of your favorite cheeses. Side of salad and tomato soup makes a perfect meal!
2 1/2 c warm water Mix these, let them set until bubbly. 5 min or so
2 T sugar
1 t salt
3 T oil. Add these next
5 1/2-6 c flour
Stir until it pulls away from the bowl. Cover with a warm damp towel and let sit 15 min. It will raise faster if you boil a cup of water in your microwave and then remove it and put in the bread dough. Shut the door and leave it the 15 min. Divide dough in half, roll out and then into jelly roll shape. Place onto a grease sheet, cut a few slits in the top, and bake 30~35 min at 375*. Brush with butter if desired. Enjoy!
The photo isn't very good. The block is blue, brown, and white.
The swoon block is a design of Camille Roskelley. I love all of
Her patterns and fabrics. I have used many of them! Check out her
Ash spent the weekend with us. He saw me sewing and wanted to try...
So, he made a pillow. He cut it out, sewed it up on my machine, stuffed it,
And finished it. He really enjoyed it! His smile doesn't reflect the fun he had! Ha!
These were super easy to make. I used the tutorial for flat front pants from Dana Made It. Instead of making my own pattern I pulled out this one from the '70s.
I loved the wide leg and cuff. I followed Dana's instructions and then added buttons. Next time I'll trim a little off the waist of my pattern, it's a bit too big and I don't think gathering it anymore would look good. Other wise I love them - she however said they make her look like a mom. :)