Craigslist, Sold!

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I love Craigslist for two reasons. First, I enjoy flipping through the “For Sale” and “For Free Posts.” It is amazing to see what people have decided to share with the world.

The second reason I like Craigslist is that I have bought and sold stuff. Recently, I posted this old kitchen cart. I bought the cart when I was in college years ago on supper clearance. This catch all cart has been used for everything. I lost the wheels and lower shelf in one of my moves. I even polyurethaned the top to make it look fresh until I could afford real cabinets.

Within 3 hours of posting on Craigslist, It was in the back of a car and I have $20 in my pocket.

It is worth taking a look at Craigslist next time that you have a household item to sell. I have heard a lot a strange stories, but I found it is easier then a garage sale. The buyer scheduled with me to come to my house, and they paid cash.

Its worth checking out Craigslist next time you need to clean out some stuff at your house.

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A Great Scrappy Pot Holder Tutorial

Pot Holders

Pot Holders – Probably the most basic sewing project that is the most useful. I used the DIY: Scrap Busting Pot Holders tutorial from the blog My Girl Thursday. This is a really great tutorial too. For the inside it’s recommended you use two layers of the heat resistant padding… and it’s the perfect amount.

My favorite thing about these scrappy pot holders are that they use scrap fabric and when I look at them I’m reminded of all the past projects I’ve completed. The fabric that makes up these pot holders also went into a set of place mats I made for a friend’s house warming, a set of burp cloths I made for a friend’s first baby and a Boom Tote I made for another music therapy colleague. So, every time I pull something out of the oven, I smile thinking of those memories. :)

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Air Plant Terrarium

Air Plant Terrarium

I made a second terrarium, this time using air plants and this website. It was a pretty painless process and the hardest part was finding the plants. I ended up getting these 5 air plants at a local farmers market for $16. I have no idea what they are called, I just thought they were pretty. The vase (I think it’s actually a candle votive) was purchased at HomeGoods for $8. The rocks came with the house in this half wall planter type of thing that separates our kitchen from the dining area. It was filled with rocks and was a complete pain to scoop it all out. But, for some reason, I couldn’t throw out the rocks. Apparently, they were destined for this project.

 

 

Blue Rock Terrarium

As an update, my first terrarium is doing well! It usually sits on the kitchen counter top and has never been watered. It seemed to have thinned out a little and I don’t know if some plant parts died or I just didn’t plant too many. So, I added a couple more leaves. It also got some slimy spots on the glass here and there but I don’t think it was mold, I think it was just something I didn’t wipe off after the first planting and sort of got gooey. They were easy to clean up with a swipe of a paper towel.

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When Magnets Don’t Stick To Your Fridge

We have a refrigerator that serves us well and has a nice look. But, there is a BIG problem… the front is stainless steel and magnets don’t stick. I know, I know, this is totally a #FirstWorldPain. Nonetheless, it’s really inconvenient… where else am I supposed to put grocery lists and party invitations? (and pictures created by kids, if I had kids.)

Fridge-Magnet Fix

Here’s my creative solution – Tape Clear Sheet Protectors on the front and slide your papers inside. It may not be the prettiest answer, but it something that I can live with.

 

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Currently working on…

I started a dress this time. So far I have the top part finished. One of my favorite parts about sewing clothing is seeing how a flat piece of fabric gets folded and manipulated into a 3D shape.

I’m using Simplicity 0463 and will be making the scoop neck top with the rectangular bottom skirt.  This is my first time splicing two parts of a pattern together. The fabric is a linen blend similar to what I used for my Take Manhattan shirt. I only have a JoAnn Fabrics in my area for fabric shopping. I don’t know fabric well enough to order it online… I still need to see and touch it to understand what I’m buying.

My in-laws are visiting at the end of the week so I hope I can finish it by then so I can wear it when we’re out shopping and eating. I’m picturing that it will look great with a wide brown belt and strappy leather sandals… both of which I do not own – guess I’ll have to go accessory shopping later :)

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Take Manhattan! I made this!

What can I say, it was a really sunny day!

I made another shirt! Sewing clothing well takes practice and is a learning process. At least, that’s what is happening for me! So, while this isn’t the first shirt I’ve made, it is the first shirt I’ve made that I can actually wear in public.

This shirt pattern is called ‘Take Manhattan’ and is from the book: Twinkle Sews by Wenlan Chia. I love every pattern in this book and was really worried that it would be outside of my skill level. But, it was on sale and I really love every pattern so I bought it anyway. The book has a total of 25 different clothing pieces (which includes skirts, tops and dresses) and comes with all the patterns on a CD so you can print/tape/cut them yourself. I really hate this print/tape/cut process because it feels like a waste of time. If I had children who could print/tape/cut I would totally bribe reward them to do this for me. But, that sort of comes with the territory when you buy these types of books.

This particular pattern is labeled at an ‘easy’ skill level and that is about right… The directions are minimalistic but sometimes I think that makes it easier. The shirt actually has a drawstring in the collar but I couldn’t figure it out so I didn’t do it. There was also another pattern piece that I cut out but couldn’t figure out what it was supposed to be used for so I didn’t us it either and it seems to have worked out ok anyway. I used a linen fabric so it has that kind of wrinkly look that I really like.

I really couldn’t be happier with how it came out. Not only does it look great but it was my first time (successfully) making a lining and raglan sleeves. I’m really proud of myself!

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2012 After Christmas Sew Along

I’m participating in my first ‘Sew Along’… this one hosted by Sew Much 2 Luv. A Sew Along is when a group of people decide to sew things and share pictures of the items. Sometimes they have themes, sometimes not. Some have prizes, some don’t. The ’2012 After Christmas Sew Along’ hosted by Sew Much 2 Luv DOES have prizes and DOES NOT have a theme… so it’s perfect for me!

Over all, it’s been a lot of fun seeing what everyone has been making and reading the comments people write about my submissions.

Here’s what I’ve shared so far:

'Ear Bud Pouch'

'Ear Bud Pouch' find the tutorial here

'Summer Blouse'

'Summer Blouse' from Heather Ross' book 'Weekend Sewing' (don't get this book though, it's not that great!)

Tea Wallet

'Tea Wallet' I already told you about this here

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Homemade Terrarium

My homemade terrarium.

The January 2012 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine has an article about terrariums and I thought I’d give it a try. A terrarium is basically a container with plants in it and the whole thing becomes it’s own ecosystem by staying self watered (and probably some other reasons that I don’t know about). The magazine tells me that this is a great way to have a plant if your not so good in the plant upkeep department (which would be me!).

Here’s the link to the BHG article. It’s funny because when I was at Lowe’s picking out my plants they had already made terrariums as well! Hmmm… maybe they read BHG too? The Lowe’s versions were very pretty and were between $25 – $35. My terrarium ended up being around $16 (Jar from Homegoods $10; 2 plants from Lowe’s $3 each; we already had the blue rocks). I don’t remember the names of the plants I used but they do not require a lot of sunlight. I heard from my supervisor that I will be getting my own office. I hope to bring in my plants to ‘pretty up’ the place a bit. If my plants actually live I might make one for every room in the house!

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Monte Cristos made from leftovers

YUM! Edward whipped up these great Monte Cristos tonight! Truth is, I’ve never had a monte cristo so I don’t really have anything to compare. Nevertheless, dinner was great. The ham was leftover from the Christmas holiday… always the mark of a great meal.

Ingredients:

  • Ham
  • Swiss cheese
  • Crusty Italian bread from bakery department of grocery store
  • Bisquick
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Powered sugar

Directions:

  1. Heat up ham in a skillet really quickly
  2. Make a Swiss cheese and ham sandwich using the bread
  3. Make pancake batter using Bisquick/eggs/milk/powered sugar as written in my favorite cookbook Betty Crocker Ultimate Bisquick Cookbook
  4. Dip sandwich in batter
  5. Cook in skillet until cheese is melted, flipping as needed.
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Tea Wallet

My sewing room also doubles as the Christmas present wrapping center. I’m so glad Christmas is over! Now I can retreat into my happy place with my sewing machine… ahhh!

I found the tutorial for this Tea Wallet at Handmade Therapy. How cute, right?!?! What a great gift! I’m going to be sending it to a friend who is under the weather. The tutorial was really easy to follow and is definitely a keeper.


 

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