Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Project List and Finished Projects

Got a few things done this weekend and even hosted a toddler craft day.  

I finished and hung up the crochet grandma bunting and added hearts to the bunting.  I attached the hearts using safety pins and after February I will replace the hearts with shamrocks.



I also completed the top for the 1600 jelly roll quilt.  It was fairly easy to assemble but I don't totally love it.  Maybe it needs to grow on me some.  I still need to pick out the backing and then baste, quilt and bind it.  I also thought I would like the colors more than I really do.  I was never a huge fan of the look of the 1600 quilt but always wanted to try it.

Close up shot

Another close up shot

I finished 2 more of the red blocks for the Block-A-Long (sorry no pictures this time)

Crochet Block-A-Long Blocks Completed
Green 2 of 25
Red 5 of 25
Blue 0 of 25
Yellow 0 of 25
 
Here is the rest of the list.  I really need to make the train and music bins for my son.  Hopefully I can work on that some this week.
Rank Project Status How Many

Crochet Hearts for Bunting COMPLETE
1 Crochet St Paddys for Bunting
8
2 Trains Fabric Bin
1
3 Music Fabric Bin
1
4 1600 Quilt 50% Complete 1
5 Kitchen Aid Bowl Cover
1
6 Kitchen Aid Cover
1
7 White Crochet Baby Blanket 25% Complete 1
8 Pink Eyelash Knit Scarf Started 1
9 Kitchen Oven Mitts - Wedding Gift
1
10 Car Mat Quilt
1
11 White Newborn Hat and Booties
2
12 Animal Cloth Blocks
2
13 Floor Cushions
1
14 Swiffer Wet Jet Reusable Pads
3
15 Christmas Quilt 65% Complete 1
16 Hooty Hoot Owl Quilt
1
17 Medium Rice Therapy Hot/Cold Bags
3
18 Numbers Bean Bags
1
19 Pink Knit Baby Blanket
1
20 Girl Animal Print Rag Quilt
1
21 Baseball Knit Hat and Booties
2
22 Football Knit Hat and Booties 50% Complete 2
23 Sewing Machine Cover
1
24 Lovey Tag Blankets
2
25 Mini Apron and Oven Mitts Set
1
26 Small Rice Therapy Hot/Cold Bags
3
27 T-shirt Yoga Pants
2
28 Alphabet Bean Bags
1
29 Red Knit Prayer Shawl
1

Saturday, February 4, 2012

1-Minute Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

Chocolate + Peanut Butter = Yum
Chocolate + Fruit = Yum
Fruit + Peanut Butter = Yum

So Chocolate + Peanut Butter + Fruit =  Yum, Yum, Yum



This is so easy and so simple and so quick to make. It makes a great snack to fill you up while satisfying your sweet tooth.

To make a single serving of this dip:
Add 1 tbsp of peanut butter in a bowl.  Add 1 tbsp of semi-sweet chocolate chips on top.  Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir together until the morsels are melted and smooth.  Cut up some fruit and dip away (this was the perfect amount for one medium apple).

If you want to make more of this dip - simply add equal parts peanut butter and chocolate chips and microwave together.  Enjoy!

Project List and Finished Projects

I really meant to get this posted on Wednesday but a sick child will always put you a few days behind. I have photos of some of the projects that I blogged about last week and started work on a few more things.


Here are the two car rolls I made recently for birthday gifts.  One of the boys likes baseball and the other is a Star Wars fan.







I also made a little UT baseball hat for one of my best friend's son for the UT Baseball games.  I told you I was a big fan.


I have also almost finished make a crocheted bunting for my mantel.  I am making the mantel in plain white and will make little hearts, easter eggs, other holiday things for the different seasons.  I plan to attach the different items with safety pins to the bunting. 


The next project I am working on is a 1600 quilt.  It is has been on my list for a while but I was waiting to find the right jelly rolls.  I saw these a few weeks ago at Hobby Lobby and they reminded me of spring and Easter time.  I don't really have anything like it but it seemed so cheerful that I thought it would be perfect.

I really had the urge to sew earlier today and the 1600 quilt seemed like an easy thing to get started with without having to do a lot of cutting first.  

I haven't made much progress on organizing my house and haven't made any more blocks for the Crochet Block-A-Long.  I spent all week working on the bunting instead.
Here is the rest of the project list - hopefully I will knock some of the things off soon.

Rank Project Status How Many

UT Baseball Earflap Hat COMPLETED

Car Roll - Starwars COMPLETED

Crochet Bunting COMPLETED
1 Crochet Hearts for Bunting 80% Complete 8
2 Trains Fabric Bin
1
3 Music Fabric Bin
1
4 1600 Quilt 15% Complete 1
5 Kitchen Aid Bowl Cover
1
6 Kitchen Aid Cover
1
7 White Crochet Baby Blanket 25% Complete 1
8 Pink Eyelash Knit Scarf Started 1
9 Kitchen Oven Mitts - Wedding Gift
1
10 Car Mat Quilt
1
11 White Newborn Hat and Booties
2
12 Animal Cloth Blocks
2
13 Floor Cushions
1
14 Swiffer Wet Jet Reusable Pads
3
15 Christmas Quilt 65% Complete 1
16 Hooty Hoot Owl Quilt
1
17 Medium Rice Therapy Hot/Cold Bags
3
18 Numbers Bean Bags
1
19 Pink Knit Baby Blanket
1
20 Girl Animal Print Rag Quilt
1
21 Baseball Knit Hat and Booties
2
22 Football Knit Hat and Booties 50% Complete 2
23 Sewing Machine Cover
1
24 Lovey Tag Blankets
2
25 Mini Apron and Oven Mitts Set
1
26 Small Rice Therapy Hot/Cold Bags
3
27 T-shirt Yoga Pants
2
28 Alphabet Bean Bags
1
29 Red Knit Prayer Shawl
1





Monday, January 30, 2012

Crockpot Baked Spaghetti

Last week I shared my easy spaghetti sauce and today I have a crockpot recipe for Baked Spaghetti that uses my spaghetti sauce.




Add one-third spaghetti sauce to the bottom of a greased crockpot.


Layer half of the pasta on top
















Add 1 cup on cheese next and repeat the layers

















Bake for 4 hours till done and bubbly on top

Enjoy!




Crockpot Baked Spaghetti

Ingredients
1 box spaghetti pasta (I used whole-wheat)
1 pound ground beef
1 recipe Heather's Spaghetti Sauce (or a large jar and half of spaghetti sauce)
3 cups of shredded cheese (I used a mix of italian blend and cheddar)

Directions
1. Spray your crockpot with cooking spray
2. Ground the beef and drain the fat
3. Add the spaghetti sauce to the ground beef
4.  Put one third of the sauce mix in the bottom of the crockpot
5. Take half of the spaghetti and break it into 3 inch long pieces and place on top of the sauce mix
6. Add 1 cup of cheese on top of spaghetti
7. Repeat steaps 4-6 again
8. Top with the rest of spaghetti sauce and then top with the rest of the cheese
9. Cook on LOW for 4 hours
10. Eat and enjoy!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Project List Update

After a slow crafty start to the year I have finished a few things in the past few weeks.

I completed the longhorn baseball hat and t-shirt bag for baseball season and also made a pair of matching Valentine's Day headbands for B's little friends that are BFFs.  



I also completed some more blocks for the BBC Crochet Block-A-Long.  I am doing classic yellow, red, blue and green blocks and have estimated to need 25 blocks of each color or 100 total to make a child size blanket.

Here are the blocks completed the past 2 weeks (sorry for the bad picture)


Crochet Block-A-Long Blocks Completed
Green 2 of 25
Red 3 or 25
Blue 0 of 25
Yellow 0 of 25

Here is the rest of the project list:
Rank Project Status How Many

T-Shirt Bag COMPLETED 1

Longhorn Baseball Hat COMPLETED 1

Crochet Slouchy Beanie COMPLETED 1

Car Roll - Birthday Gift COMPLETED 1

Valentine's Day Headbands COMPLETED 2
1 UT Baseball Earflap Hat 50% Complete 1
2 Car Roll Starwars
1
3 Trains Fabric Bin
1
4 Music Fabric Bin
1
5 Kitchen Aid Bowl Cover
1
6 Kitchen Aid Cover
1
7 White Crochet Baby Blanket 25% Complete 1
8 Pink Eyelash Knit Scarf Started 1
9 Kitchen Oven Mitts - Wedding Gift
1
10 Car Mat Quilt
1
11 White Newborn Hat and Booties
2
12 Animal Cloth Blocks
2
13 Floor Cushions
1
14 Swiffer Wet Jet Reusable Pads
3
15 Christmas Quilt 65% Complete 1
16 Hooty Hoot Owl Quilt
1
17 Medium Rice Therapy Hot/Cold Bags
3
18 Numbers Bean Bags
1
19 Pink Knit Baby Blanket
1
20 Girl Animal Print Rag Quilt
1
21 Sewing Machine Cover
1
22 Lovey Tag Blankets
2
23 Mini Apron and Oven Mitts Set
1
24 Small Rice Therapy Hot/Cold Bags
3
25 T-shirt Yoga Pants
2
26 Alphabet Bean Bags
1
27 Red Knit Prayer Shawl
1
28 1600 Quilt
1

T-shirt Tote Bag

As I said yesterday, I kind of like UT baseball.  It's not like I skip birthday parties to go to baseball games or anything...

With the Alumni Game this weekend and the season kicking off on February 17th, I decided that I needed a new game day bag to carry all my stuff with me.  Depending on the weather this can include blankets, gloves, hats, sunscreen, ball caps, ice packs, towels, rain ponchos, etc.  


I took a large shirt that was too big for me to wear but I loved and turned it into a bag.  I followed this awesome tutorial from bijjou lovely and made some adjustments for the t-shirt size and graphics. 


I didn't add the additional panels at the bottom (even though I wanted to) because it would cover up the graphic on the t-shirts and we just can't have that can we.  My favorite part of this bag is that my husband was surprised I made it and said it looked like it was store bought.  I had some issues with the t-shirt material and getting the pieces the right size and to not stretch while I tried to iron on the interfacing.  

I love how this turned out but don't know if I would make the bag again with t-shirts.  I think it would easier to stick with regular cotton next time.  I would also use a interfacing that I can just iron onto the fabric instead of having to use a wet towel and steam to iron it on.  Using the towel and steam seemed to make the fabric stretch some which made for uneven pieces which of course made sewing and lining up seams harder.

I do like the size of the bag and the flat bottom. If filled, it can stand upright which is nice. The straps are also a great length, the bag fits just underneath my arms. Perfect tote bag size and I look forward to making more again (sans t-shirts).



Now if only baseball season would start tomorrow...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Crocheted Baseball Hat

I am a HUGE Texas Longhorns Baseball fan, HUGE!  We go to all the games and even here in Texas, it can get pretty chilly sitting there for 2-3 hours watching a game.  I decided to make B a hat for the colder games when he ballcap just won't do.  I was initially going to do an earflap hat but decided a newsboy style hat with a block T would be way cuter.




 The classic Texas baseball hat is white with the block T.  The picture below is what the team currently wears.
Texas Longhorns White Nike Authentic On-Field Baseball Mesh Fitted Hat
Google.com

I followed the Cheri Hat pattern on Ravely and made the rim a little longer and also made the hat a little longer to make sure it would cover B's ears. 


 



I then made a block T and kind of made the pattern as I went.  I did single crochet stitches and appliqued it on to the hat starting in the center and then stitching it on around the sides.