Monthly Archives: June 2009

On the next episode of Amazing Wedding Cakes…

Have you watched that show on WE, Amazing Wedding Cakes? Those cakes are crazy insane, awesome, obviously. Last week Beckey, Kristy and I decided to make our own miniature versions. Beckey whipped out this adorable Mini 3-Tiered Cake Pan set that she found at the Dollar Tree [I just Googled the set and found it for $14.99 here – yikes!]

 

Beckey found this at the Dollar Tree; and it actually works GREAT! Even the frosting syringe! Highly recommended!

Beckey found this at the Dollar Tree; and it actually works GREAT! Even the frosting syringe! Highly recommended!

 

We only had one set of pans, so we had to bake all three cakes separately!

We only had one set of pans, so we had to bake all three cakes separately!

All baked, cooling and ready to decorate

All baked, cooling and ready to decorate

 

We mixed up all kinds of fun colors - teal, brown, orange, yellow, purple, and left some plain white.

We mixed up all kinds of fun colors - teal, brown, orange, yellow, purple, and left some plain white.

Beckeys Masterpiece, complete with Hawaiian dressed Teddy Grahams as cake toppers

Beckey's Masterpiece, complete with Hawaiian dressed Teddy Grahams as cake toppers

 

Kristys Cake. Showoff. The only one of us who has actually taken cake decorating classes.

Kristy's Cake. Showoff. The only one of us who has actually taken cake decorating classes.

And... Aunt Gigis cake. Ill perfect my flowers next time.

And... Aunt Gigi's cake. I'll perfect my flowers next time.

Obviously, next on the list is to make the inside of the cake all pretty before baking – then figure out how to add a filling. You should probly get off the internets now and head to your local Dollar Tree for your own 3 tier mini cake set.

Saturday Creativity=FAIL

Do you ever have those days where you think it’s going to be a GREAT crafting day, and then it blows?

That was my Saturday, June 13. 

It started out kinda dark and gloomy, kinda rainy… the sky was unsure of itself. The perfect day to stay inside and make stuff. First thing on the agenda: Lemon Yogurt Bread. This is a tried and true recipe my mom and I have been making for years. We came across the recipe in our church cookbook from the ’90s (Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waukee, “Fellowship of Food” Cookbook, 1995). We’ve both flawlessly executed this bread hundreds of times. I even got a blue ribbon at the Dallas County Fair with it! 

Now, I love trying substitutions in recipes to make them healthier. Splenda and I are very good friends. Wheat flour and I also get along. When I got out the oil, and saw that I needed ONE CUP of oil, I thought no, this wasn’t going to happen. So I quick Googled “oil substitutions” and found out that I could use applesauce instead. So I did. And this is what happened:

 

Lemon Yogurt Bread = FAIL

Lemon Yogurt Bread = FAIL It's dull and lifeless. Look how it raised and then fell. It's not supposed to do that. WHY ME???

 Here’s the recipe to show me up and make your own, if you follow the directions, I promise it will turn out AWESOME:

Lemon Yogurt Bread

Instead of lemon, you can use any yogurt and extract flavor you choose!

Ingredients:

  • 3 c flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 c sugar (Splenda)
  • 2 c lemon yogurt (we use 3 regular size containers)
  • 1 tbs lemon extract

Directions:

  • Mid dry ingredieents. Set aside.
  • Lightly beat eggs in large bowl. Add oil and sugar, cream well.
  • Mix in yogurt and extract.
  • Mix in dry ingredients.
  • Spoon into 2 well-greased loaf pans. Bake at 325 for 1 hour. 

Moving on.

Well my bread didn’t turn out, but that’s ok right? I’ll do some sewing today! I had a few more shirts from the boy to resew, and one of them was going to make a perfect skirt. You may remember Not Your School Girl Plaid Skirt from May, and although that skirt is really cute, I wanted to try a different skirt pattern. That pattern used a piece of elastic in the casing, and I just don’t dig the belt thing. I did some research (ok, Googling) and didn’t find a pattern I really liked, or perhaps I just wasn’t in the mood to follow directions. I decided to wing it. 

What I do love about that previous skirt is the waistband, I definitely wanted this next skirt to have a waistband. Also wanted it to be kinda gathery at the top, but not with elastic. Why not try a zipper? It can’t be that hard. So I dug out my vintage zippers and found two that matched, one was perfect, the other was just good enough for worst case scenario (of course I wouldn’t need that back-up zipper! that would be crazy!). I grabbed my shirt and got to work!

 

Ready, Set, SEAM RIP! First things first, I seam rippered off the arms and pockets. This takes a little bit longer than just cutting, but it makes for nice seams when you want to use those parts later. After that, I cut the shirt right under the arms.

Ready, Set, SEAM RIP! First things first, I seam rippered off the arms and pockets. This takes a little bit longer than just cutting, but it makes for nice seams when you want to use those parts later.

After I got the shirt taken apart as needed, I cut across the shirt, under the arms. Then I used pieces from the top back panels to make my waistband, I measured around my waist, added a couple of inches for seam allowance and overlap (buttons). I gathered the top of the skirt to fit the waistband, with right sides together, I sewed them together, leaving about 1/2 in seam allowance. Then I folded about 1/2 under on the top of the waistband, basted that together, then folded the waistband down again, and sewed the waistband to the skirt, again. 

Then I added my zipper. I followed directions (merely guidelines) from the spring SewStylish magazine for sewing zippers, I wanted the zipper to be covered. It looked pretty good! I was really proud of my work thus far, so I showed my mom! And when I went to zip up the skirt… I took the handle of the zipper right off. She informed me that you cannot put it back on. And politely told me, through my tears, that I would have to replace the zipper. Did I mention that it took me like an hour to get the zipper installed? HATE MY LIFE.

 

These should not be separate.

These should not be separate.

Saturday Score:

  • Zipper: 1
  • Bread: 1
  • Aunt GiGi: 0

We ate dinner, and after dinner I replaced the zipper with the backup one. It doesn’t look as good. But I learned my lesson. Never fuck with zippers unless they has been whip-stitched or stoppers attached. The good news is, I’ll never make that mistake again.

It’s Sunday now, and I’ve got the buttons attached to the skirt and it’s all pretty and ready to be worn. I am feeling better about my bread and zipper fiasco.

 

All done, and pretty.

All done, and pretty.

 

View from side. You can kinda see the shafty zipper work, but the pockets look nice.

View from side. You can kinda see the shafty zipper work, but the pockets look nice.

On a side note, I will be in a magical land with no Internets connection for two weeks. Is it heaven? No, no, it’s Illinois.

Chop Top WRANGLER Frock

 

The Gem was upset with me for not sewing for like 4 weeks, and had to spend most of Monday in time-out. Yes. My sewing machine sat in time out. 

I was planning on making this black dress out of a very thick knit, a ponte, apparently. I get all the pieces cut out; the pattern says it’s only going to take an hour. I get a 4 in strip ready to test, you know, make sure the machine is going to work, to decide how big my stitches should be… it won’t catch. The spool and bobbin thread wouldn’t play together and the needle would go through, but neither thread would stay. WTF?

Mom insisted I use her big bad machine, and it worked fine. Here’s the final product:

 

Im really happy with the final product! This dress can go casual or dressy, perfect for the office or dinner. But next time, Im using a thinner knit.

I'm really happy with the final product! This dress can go casual or dressy, perfect for the office or dinner. But next time, I'm using a thinner knit.

 

As mentioned in a previous post, the bf went garage saling and came back with some fantastic mid-90’s Wrangler shirts for me to re-sew. I’m still completely obsessed with my Chop Top Frock shirt, and I decided to make another! 

 

The final product! Mom and I think that it doesnt look like a western shirt anymore, but has a Hawaiian feel now. I love this!

The final product! Mom and I think that it doesn't look like a western shirt anymore, but has a Hawaiian feel now. I love this!

 

When I was all done, I noticed a hole in the top of the pocket. WTF? I was like Mom! They effed up the pocket! Look! Theres a hole! That sucks! To which she informs me that the hole is supposed to be there and its to hold a pen. What? I looked closer and saw that the stitching around the hole was all double stitched. Ill never wear this shirt without a pen in the pocket.

When I was all done, I noticed a hole in the top of the pocket. WTF? I was like "Mom! They effed up the pocket! Look! There's a hole! That sucks!" To which she informs me that the hole is supposed to be there and it's to hold a pen. What? I looked closer and saw that the stitching around the hole was all double stitched. I'll never wear this shirt without a pen in the pocket.

More Recycled Tote Bags

 

It’s true. I’ve been slacking the past few weeks. I was going to move across the country, now I’m not and more. But I did whip up a couple of tote bags for some lucky family members.

 

Side 1 of Tims bag.

Side 1 of Tim's bag. I think the "Thank You" bags are really fun, perfect for these recycled totes. I also cut shapes into some other plastic bags for background colors.

 

Side 1 of Tims bag. He brought me a plethora of bags and inside was this little gem with a man giving a thumbs up. I couldnt resist ironing it on to this bag!

Side 1 of Tim's bag. He brought me a plethora of bags and inside was this little gem with a man giving a thumbs up. I couldn't resist ironing it on to this bag!

 

This is Tims other bag. I used various shapes and plastic bags for the random design.

This is Tim's other bag. I used various shapes and plastic bags for the random design.

 

My dad is going to be the most bad ass biker in Iowa. He had saved Harley bags from various stores hes visited, and gave them to me to make into a bag for him. BAD ASS!!!

My dad is going to be the most bad ass biker in Iowa. He had saved Harley bags from various stores he's visited, and gave them to me to make into a bag for him. BAD ASS!!!

So, I’m unemployed, but lets look at the silver lining: more time for crafting! I spent a couple of hours browsing the Iowa State Fair premium books today, planning out the projects I’m going to enter. I’m gonna need a lot of time to get stuff done! Here’s a sneak peek of some upcoming projects:

 

The boy went garage saling over the weekend, without me, and bought these hideous Wrangler shirts for me to resew. They are so ugly, I cannot wait to wear them. If this isnt true love, I dont know what is.

The boy went garage saling over the weekend, without me, and bought these hideous Wrangler shirts for me to resew. They are so ugly, I cannot wait to wear them. If this isn't true love, I don't know what is.