Monday, January 30, 2012

Pin Real Life: Travel Tic Tac Toe

Riley loves games at the moment and when I saw this on Pinterest I knew it would be perfect for him.

It turned out pretty good for my test version and would be easy to make again. Riley likes it and is quickly getting the hang of how to play. I can see it being particularly useful on our plane ride from Christchurch to Wellington on Friday.

It's a little bag with the game board on the back so when you're finished playing you pop the pieces (in this case buttons) inside and it all folds up neatly.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Piquing My Pinterest

This week I've been focusing a lot on food/recipes. I really want to sort out a menu plan to make dinnertime and shopping/budgeting easier.

Here are some of my faves that I have tried or will be trying sometime in the near future ....

Honey Sauced Chicken
Honey Lemon Chicken
Pita Bread
We have tried this recipe already and it is so easy and so good. Definitely won't be buying store bought Pita ever again!
Cheesy Vegetable Chowder
Potato Bake
We have tried this recipe a couple of times now and it's really versatile. The first time I followed the recipe to the letter  and it was great. The second time I didn't have all the ingredients on hand so used what we had which was shredded chicken and basil instead of ham and parsley. I also left out the boiled eggs as I was pressed for time. It was delicious!
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Another Grocery Bag Dispenser

Remember this grocery bag dispenser that I made a while ago? Probably the most satisfying make - quick, cute and functional.

Anyway I have had a huge crush on this fabric here for some time. Phil gave me a $30 Sew Pretty voucher for Christmas and so I took the opportunity to treat myself to some and I turned it into this ....

Ok so there was nothing wrong with my original 'bag bag' I just wanted a print more suitable for the kitchen. I love it. I'm also thinking about using this fabric as the theme for my new kitchen.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Baked Oatmeal

Please tell me I'm not the only one who'd never heard of baked oatmeal before?! Because it is so good! It's like having dessert for breakfast except healthier and so versatile. You can eat it hot or cold and with or without milk or yoghurt depending on your preference. I personally like it warm with a good dollop of vanilla yoghurt, yum!

Go here for the recipe.

I made a few additions to the original recipe using ingredients that I had on hand. For the fruit I used a can of peaches, 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries and 3-4 sliced apricots (I really liked the apricots in it). You basically just need enough fruit to cover the base of your baking dish. I also added half a cup of sliced almonds to my dry ingredients and I only had small eggs so I used 2.

It'll keep for a while in the fridge so it's just a matter of reheating (if you like it warm). Quick and easy.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Piquing My Pinterest

12 days until moving day!! Last week our Landlords put the house on Trade Me and wasted no time in finding some new tenants. So I spent my week cleaning like a mad woman! Naturally I did some browsing on Pinterest and found some fabulous tips and recipes for making my own cleaning products.

Here are a few of my faves (click on the image to go to the original  pin) ....

I tried this great tip for cleaning my stove top just the other day and it worked wonders! Even Phil noticed how much cleaner the stove top was when he got home from work.

This website has 6 great recipes for making your own cleaning products. I particularly want to try making the citrus disinfectant.

This is a great way to clean microfiber furniture. The before and after photos are simply amazing! I don't know if it would work on our suede lounge suite but I don't think it can get any worse so it might be worth a shot.

And finishing on a light note, not to do with cleaning as such but it definitely reflects the madness that is life right now. There is so much to do!

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Matching Bib and Burp Cloth Set

We have some friends who are expecting their first baby in April and of course I couldn't resist the opportunity to sew a gift for bubs.

I decided on a matching bib and burp cloth set because ....

1. It's a practical gift but still cute thanks to the gorgeous fabric.

2. They were both really quick and easy to make. In fact the hardest part was deciding on the fabric! I don't know if bubs is a boy or a girl and I found it really hard finding any unisex fabrics that I liked.

3. We're moving in a few weeks and I didn't want to take on anything too challenging.

I've made bibs before but that was when I was still fairly new to sewing. Lets just say it was much easier this time around as I actually knew what I was doing (or maybe my ability to sew in a straight line has improved).

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Edited to add: The fabric is Meet The Gang by Marisa and Creative Thursday, I purchased mine from here.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Pita Bread

Thanks Pinterest for putting me onto this fantastic pita bread recipe!

These were so easy to make and seriously delicious. Soft, chewy and so much nicer than store bought pita bread. Eat them plain or load them up with your favourite fillings, yum!

Maybe this could be whats for lunch at your place this week??

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Piquing My Pinterest

I am in full decluttering/organizing mode at the moment! I guess moving in 3 weeks will do that to you. So this week I thought I'd share some fabulous ideas for organizing around the home (click on the image to go to the original pin) ....

It's been a while since I've done any menu planning but I really should get back into it. It would definitely make dinnertime a lot less stressful if I knew exactly what we were going to eat each night. This really is the ultimate menu board. She even includes all the recipe ingredients on the backs of the cards which would make writing my shopping list easier too.

I really have to get a peg board! It would be so useful for organizing my sewing room and freeing up some space on my desk. Plus it's a great way to display things so that I can see exactly what I have and it's all kept within easy reach.

Another way to use toilet paper rolls. I have done this already and it makes such a difference to my TV cabinet - it's no longer overflowing with various USB cords!

We love books in our house and a love of reading is something I hope to instill in Riley. These shelves not only look cool but they don't take up any floor space. These are definitely on my wish list for when we own our own home.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Things I'm Loving ....

Things I'm Loving is back for 2012! In the words of Paisley Jade ....

"I wholeheartedly believe that no matter what is happening in your life, there is always something that you can be thankful for... no matter how simple it is". 

Here are a few things that I'm loving ....

Gorgeous fabric arriving in my letter box!

Family time and sunshine!

This sweet face (though it takes A LOT of persuasion to get him to stay still and play nice for the camera).

What are you loving?
(Link up with Paisley Jade here)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Baby Travel Chair

We looked into getting a travel chair when Riley was little but it wasn't one of those things that we really needed. If only I'd known then how easy it would be to make my own! (Thanks to this tutorial here).

It's comfy, it's cute and it's functional. Plus it was quick and easy to make which is always a bonus.

Unfortunately I can't show it in action as my boy is far too big and none of his soft toys are quite big enough but you get the general idea of how it works ....

I used quilted fabric for the outer and cotton for the inner.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Monogrammed Mug

I'd been wanting to try this tutorial for a while and the perfect opportunity arose when my mum asked me to put together a Christmas hamper for my brother.

It wasn't as easy as I thought it was going to be. Some of the paint leaked beyond the cut out letter and then when it was time to peel it off the whole painted letter started to peel off too! Thankfully I was able to cut away the paper and neaten up the edges of the letter with my craft knife.

Despite having some difficulties with it I'm super happy with the end result.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Piquing My Pinterest

Pinterest is such a brilliant time waster (which is not always a good thing) but it's also a great source of inspiration when you have a specific project in mind. My pinning generally falls into 3 main categories - craft and sewing, things for kids and food.

Here are some of the thing's that I'm loving on Pinterest at the moment (click on the image to go to the original pin) ....

I love this idea and now that Christmas is over and we can get back into our normal routine I'm thinking of implementing some sort of chore system for Riley. Obviously with him being only 4 we'll be sticking to really simple things with the aim being to teach him about responsibility, get him helping around the house more and help him to develop some independence.

This idea for planting seeds is simply ingenious and such a great way to recycle toilet paper rolls. The best bit is you plant them out toilet roll and all.

I love the idea of a memory jar. Such a great way to record all the little (or big) memories of the year. 2012 is going to be a year of change for us what with moving to Wellington, Riley starting a new Kindy and then School at the end of October. This will be a great way to record all of those moments.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Change ....

It's official! Phil has handed in his resignation at work which means that in a months time we'll be moving back to Wellington and back to being closer to family and friends.

No offence Christchurch people but I am not sad to be leaving. I will miss this house and our veggie patch, Riley's Kindy and even Orana Wildlife Park (Riley loves feeding the giraffes) but earthquakes?? No I will not miss them. It will be good to get away permanently. To be able to get a goodnight's sleep and for Riley to live without the constant fear of earthquakes.

So you'll have to excuse me if I'm a bit absent around here. I don't deal with change well and there is a lot to organize and worry about (yes I'm a worrier, my little guy is a worrier too and that makes everything so much harder).

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011 Sewing Review

2011 has been an amazing year for my sewing. I love looking back on all the projects that I've completed over the year and seeing how far my sewing has come along. I can't share all of my projects from the year but here are a few of my favourites ....

1. Embroidery Hoop Art     2. Needle Book     3. Box Pouch     4. Christmas Pillowcase    
5. Embroidery Hoop Bag     6. Buttercup Bag     7. Car Play Mat     8. Cutie Pouch 
9.  Reusable Snack Bag     10. Sock Monkey     11. Hot Water Bottle Covers     

For most of these projects I learnt/tried something new, some were easier than I thought they were going to be and some of them really pushed me to the limits of my abilities.

Find more of my projects here.