Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sneak Peek

Well for all you readers here is a glimpse of my latest project. Since I have not finished it yet, I don't want to let out the details. When it is complete there will be the grand reveal of the entire project. For now, this picture will have to satisfy your project curiosities.

I took these fabrics from my stash. Wait until the reveal, I think you will like it.

Monday, August 24, 2009

At the market

I went to the local farmers market, and I have visited before. It is not big, but they had some tomatoes, peaches, and other fruits. I just went to pick up some tomatoes, since I have been a slacker and have not planted any. I stood inline with my cloth bag ready for the girl to plop my tomatoes down into. Imagine the horror when the lady in front of me requests separate bags for each item is buying and a second bag for her small bounty of tomatoes. I don't think a few tomatoes is going to break through the plastic, and if it is going to she should really be using cloth bags. Why oh why do these people continue with the habit that is so horrific. Take a bag with you to the market, how hard can it possibly be? Why be burden with the hot, flimsy plastic bag, when you can use a bag that is so much easier on your hands. Cloth bags don't cut the circulation off in your fingers, and certainly are not going to break at any moment, leaving your veggies tumbling to the ground.
If you have not switched, now is the time! No more excuses, get your bag, be fashionable, be earth friendly.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Playing Piano

You know how some people collect different sorts of items, like vases, items of a certain animal, or shoes? Well, I have a collection of pianos! Only two, but I found them both for free on craigslist, so how could I resist. The only problem was when it came time to move. Thankfully we had space for both of them, but the movers were not so happy with the fact that they were both going. Now that they are major pieces of furniture in my living room, I guess I should really start to play them. I know how to read music which is the first step, getting the piano chords down is another story. Sight reading music is hard, but M is learning the piano chords, usually he plays by ear. Both of the pianos are horribly out of tune, and since they are so old (at least one of them) the last piano tuner said that he would not tune it up to the appropriate key in fear of breaking the sound board! Last summer when it was tuned he made it an octive down or so, but it still sounded great. Now I just need to get some free sheet music and I will be all set. We can playing dueling pianos! Good times.

Monday, August 17, 2009

38 day countdown

I found the first craft fair that I will participate in here in Florida. The 3rd Annual Panhandle PhunFest! I have been in the sewing room all day, thank goodness for a little rainy weather. Cutting, sewing and ironing describes the activties for today. With only 38 days until the festival I have to get busy and make as many of my eco friendly items as I possibly can. This festival supports a good cause, the Fisher House on Eglin Air Force Base. It is a place where family members can stay when they have a loved one recovering in the hospital.
If you are in the area on September 26th go to Navarre, and stop by the Phunfest! Looks like they will have a ton of craft vendors, and some good music. I hope to see you there!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Project finished

I just finished this cute little boys quilt for a friend. She is going to a shower soon, and this boy quilt will make a cute present. I wanted to try out those little fabric blocks, so I cut out some matching fabric from the quilt, and whipped one up! I will pop them both in the mail today! I hope they like it.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A second opinion

M's residency is over, thankfully, and I ran across his old white coats. They had been severely miss treated over the last 6 years. From the floors of the ICU, to the Emergency room, they have seen their way around the hospital. Stains on the cuffs, and pen marks in the pocket.
The fate of these coats was written on the wall. Or was it?

Ceremonial burning? Too Hot.
The Morgue? Too Creepy
Trash? Maybe

I felt bad just tossing the coats that were a staple in his wardrobe for so many years. I figured I could do something with them. So I cut the name out, and got to sewing. M is a big coffee drinker, and always is in need of a reusable coffee sleeve. I threw some blue fabric on the back (similar to his blue scrubs), and violia! A personalized, history filled coffee cozy!
It was a big hit in the office. The second calling for the coats, very useful!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I miss my thrift store

Finding a local thrift store is easy. Finding one that has a constant supply of vintage fabric, sheets, and pillowcases is not easy. I do miss my favorite Salvation Army from back in Homewood, IL. Every time, usually once a week, I went there they had a new selection of vintage drapery, vintage pillowcases, the perfect makings of a reusable bag. I am using the Internet to do a local search for thrift stores in my local area Shalimar, but so far, they don't hold much promise for my "go to" store. The ones that I have visited are too neat, or too expensive, or don't have the salvageable fabric that I am looking for. Local yellowpages can be a good lead but until you set foot in the store you don't know if it is going to be the one! Local antique shops are another group I will look at so there are about 40 stores that I need to check out. That will keep me busy for now. Unless of course anyone out there knows of any near by shops that would be worth looking into!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fun way to shop!

I just recently rediscovered etsy color finding tool. It is a fun way to shop by color. On the color slide choose the one that you are in the mood for and click. An assorment of fun handmade etsy items will pop up for you to enjoy! I started with blue and ended up going through a ton of different colors, and finding a few new favorties in the process!
If you have not tried out Etsy color tool for shopping, I highly recommend giving it a whirl!

Thursday, August 6, 2009


As I was wrapping M's sandwich in my reusable sandwich wrap that I got from IreneDesigns. I realized that I needed to have a snack bag too! So I went to the pantry grabbed a plastic sandwich bag from a dusty box way in the bag of the shelf, and went to the sewing room. I picked some fabric from the scrap bin and started measuring and cutting and within a few minutes the snack bag started to take shape. This one is two apples high, perfect for going on a picnic, or just your regular lunch. No more plastic snack bags, and the best part about it is you can wash it and either machine dry it or just hang it up to dry naturally. This does not have any Velcro to get tangled up in the wash, it is just the fold style that I remember using all through school.
I am thinking of making more for my etsy shop, but for now, I have something to pack a few snacks in for M's lunch so that he gets more than just a sandwich.

If anyone has any comments, or suggestions on the snack bag, please let me know! Of course, these are all handmade with recycled or vintage material. Just one more way to keep more out of the landfill. Thanks.

That is a sweet potato!

At the store the other day I ran across some white sweet potatoes! They looked intriguing, so I got two to make mashed sweet potatoes. They were great. I added a bit of butter and some brown sugar, and mashed them until they were mostly smooth. They had a nice flavor. They were sweet, of course that could have been the brown sugar! To compliment the sweet potatoes we had some ham, and brussel sprouts glazed them with a balsamic reduction! Oh how delightful!

It was a rich meal full of flavor and the colors were beautiful too. It would have been just as nice with the regular orange sweet potatoes, but I love to try something new!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
2 potatoes cubed and boiled
3 tablespoons butter (more if you like them really buttery)
3 tablespoons of brown sugar (more or less to taste)

Mash together. Serve! Yum

Brussel Sprouts
12 sprouts
Bring water to a boil. Add sprouts boil for 7 minutes or so until bright green. Stirring occasionally.

Balsamic Reduction
1/4 balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar (might need a bit more)

Bring to a light boil, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. This can be used on many dishes, but tastes really good on the brussel sprouts.

Slice and pan fried until warm.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I'm a winner!

Naturescorridor announced her winner for the contest she was running on her blog! I was so excited to hear that it was me. She sent me a wonderful set of her personalized stationery. The package was sitting in my mailbox yesterday, and it looked so nice. Beautifully wrapped, and the contents stunning. The note cards are on heavy paper and have a wonderful bird printed on them along with my name.

Treat yourself to something beautiful! Sit down and write a letter. The note cards will brighten the day of the recipent of the letter, I am off to do that now!

Thank you Naturescooridor for the great contest!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Storing Precious Goods

Moving from a house with a large kitchen, to one that is smaller is always hard. Storage space is at a premium. We have a ton of glasses that need a safe place for storage. I think that a wine glass rack would be the perfect solution. The precious glasses need a hanging wine rack that keeps them off the counter! That way they look nice hanging below the cabinet that stores the wine! Important to have them close to each other I think.

I think I could get a few bar glass racks to store all of my thrift store finds. I have to get creative about my kitchen storage, and I think these glass racks would be the perfect solution.

Java Junkies!

Do you get your fix of coffee everyday? You need to get the ultimate in eco-friendly fashion. The remarkable, reusable coffee sleeve. Check out Threadbeaur for great coffee sleeves made from salvaged fabric. Fabric with a history, and trying to avoid the landfill, given a second life as an everyday useful item. Green fashion is everywhere you look, from reusable shopping bags, to the ability to buy offsets for your carbon footprint. Why not just reduce your carbon footprint on your own. There are small things that we can do everyday to reduce our waste. Just like getting a reusable coffee cozy instead of the cardboard offered in the local coffee shop. If everyone did this think of all the room we have saved in our landfills! It adds up.