Archive | September, 2013

Noodlehead Super Tote

26 Sep

I finished my Noodlehead Super Tote! It was a fun pattern, and I feel such a sense of accomplishment now!  You should really go over to her website and purchase the PDF if you are thinking about making one. I promise, if I can do it… you can do it!!!

Without further ado…. here is the photo dump of all of my pics. Can you tell I am proud of it?!

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Now, I had never used a pattern like this, so I was really not sure where to start. I was REALLY confused after printing out the pattern, because the pieces looked so small, but the photo on her website made this tote look big!

What I didn’t realize was that you are supposed to TAPE THE PIECES TOGETHER! LOL seriously… what a dumb mistake. I cut the gusset pieces first, and I knew something had to be amiss, because her photo didn’t have seams around the gusset, and if I cut every piece out, there would be seams all over the place. So anyway, take a tip from me.  #1. Read through the whole pattern first. #2 Re-Read the pattern to make sure you don’t miss the sentence explaining how to tape pieces together. My friend Roxanne was about to do the same thing!

 

I also thought it would help maybe if I put up pics of what pieces I cut out of what fabric. I was HOPING I was doing this right. It was confusing to me to see which pieces went where. I didn’t use her suggested layout, because I wanted it to be really colorful and funky. Here is what I did:

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Just a small note on this Koi fabric (above with plus signs on gray back ground), it was ridiculously thin. I had to back every single piece with Pellon 101, which makes this fabric even more expensive than it was in the first place. Boo. But I was afraid not to. I wanted my bag to hold up and I didn’t want anything to rip through my lining.

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I also wanted to make sure you were able to tell which prints I used. I have already had people asking what fabrics these are. Hopefully this helps!

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The material I used for the gusset was a Robert Kaufman fabric called Essex yarn-dyed linen in black.  Go back a few posts, and I think I linked it when I was planning out my bag. Of course, I added a few extra fabrics from my stash that I wasn’t originally planning on, but I like how it turned out!

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This fabric is what my friend Shai picked out! She is participating in the SAL too, as well as Cassidy!!  As soon as Roxanne gets me her photos, I will post them too… and here is my friend Amy’s! You can hop on over to her blog to see all of her photos! It was so fun doing this pattern with everyone! 🙂

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XOXO-Amber

Gingerbread Cookie Bites

16 Sep

Gingerbread NoBake

 

If you like gingerbread cookies, you will love these. If you don’t like gingerbread cookies, you will STILL love these.  I whipped these up this morning to have with my cappuccino. (I have a RIVO and I LOVE that machine! It’s like a coffee shop in my own kitchen.) These seriously took about 5-minutes to make, and SO tasty and filling.  Want the recipe??!  I thought you might.

No Bake Gingerbread Cookie Bites

Yields about 15 bites

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup rolled oats

sea salt (just a dash or so)

3/4 c. pitted dates

2 Tbsp. Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter

1 tsp. vanilla

dash of cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a blender, mix oats and sea salt until finely ground. Add all of the other ingredients until mixed well. You may have to add a splash of water in order to roll these into balls.  Then take the balls and roll them in whole oats to coat the outside.

 

NOW, these are ALMOST vegan…and they could be. The reason they are not is that I used Trader Joe’s cookie butter. This gives them a gingerbread flavor that I like, but it does state on the label that it COULD contain traces of milk and eggs.  If you are vegan, feel free to substitute your own almond butter or peanut butter, or whatever kind of butter suits your fancy.  I am going to take my chances, and hope that my jar is free of all of that.  I am an “Almost” vegan anyway.  I am just trying to cut out as much meat and dairy from my diet as I can.  I am also cutting down on processed foods too, but give me some time! This is a lifestyle change, and hard to do overnight! I am proud of my resolve to eat better though. AND, since eating an “Almost” vegan diet, I have had more energy, felt better overall, and have not had a craving for sugar or cokes! (Minus the sugar in cookie butter. hehe)

Hope y’all like these! I know I do, and so does MK! She gives them two thumbs up! (They are pretty filling too. Three of them, and I am done with breakfast!)

Oh..and isn’t that the cutest Pyrex Pixie dish you have ever seen?! Thought so.

—AMBER

Super Tote Sew-A-Long

7 Sep

I posted on Facebook last night that I wanted to make this bag. I bought the pattern, but I am a little intimidated by it! I REALLY want to make one for myself vs. having someone else do it. But can I?! I don’t know. I enlisted some help from my sewing buddies! We decided that together, we are going to do a “Super Tote Sew-A-Long” or (SAL for you non-bloggers out there.) Anyone want to join??! If you do, hop on over to Noodlehead’s site and purchase the pattern.

Noodlehead Super Tote Patternfront

Here are the material specifications that you need to buy, if you want to go ahead and gather supplies!

Finished Dimensions:
15” wide, 15” tall, 3.5 to 5” deep, 10.5” handle drop
Materials needed:
Requirements based on 44” wide fabric
1/2 yard front/back and exterior pocket
1 yard lining (1 1/2 if fully lining front pocket)
(2) 1/4 yard cuts for straps
2/3 yard exterior gusset (includes interior pocket pieces)
2 1/4 yards fusible interfacing (Pellon SF101)
1 yard Pellon Craft Fuse 808 or 1 yard canvas/duck cloth (optional)
18” zipper for recessed top (optional)
1 yard 1/4” wide elastic
15” of 1/2" piping (handmade or storebought) – optional
14mm magnetic snap or 2” of 3/4” wide hook + loop tape (optional)
** Additional fabric necessary if using a directional print

 

 

I went to my local fabric shop…and found nothing that I wanted to use, so I decided just to bite the bullet and order.  Here is what I decided to order. I have no idea where I am going to use which fabric where, but these are what I picked out. I might add something here and there from my stash, I am not sure.

 

Anna Marie Horner Parenthetical Berry

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Rashida Coleman-Hale It’s a Plus

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Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn-dyed Black

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Alison Glass, Sun Print, Feathers Ocean

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Anyway, hope you guys decide to join! I will let you know as soon as my fabric gets here, and I will move on to the next phase…cutting my pieces!

First Day of School 2013

3 Sep

So today was the first day of school for us! The girls have been so excited to go. Addison was ready to show everyone that she had lost two teeth, and MK just thinks she’s a big girl and needs to go! Addison goes every day now and MK goes Tuesdays and Thursdays. So, today was a free morning for me!!  I had coffee with friends. YAY!  I was really looking forward to some “Me” time, but that still didn’t stop me from getting teary when I left them there at school. These are possibly my only babies, and they are already going to school. Where did the time go?!

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I love this photo. It is typical little sister looking up to big sister. 🙂 Addison made sure to stick her arm around MK on the way into her class this morning. Makes my heart melt.

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When I picked them up this morning, they had nothing but great things to say. MK “yuved” it and of course Addison was right in her element. She is all about social activities!! 

Anyway, I am extremely blessed to have two sweet girls, and as much as I enjoyed my free time, I missed these little boogers. It’s a good thing it’s only half a day y’all. I am going to probably have a heart attack when all day First Grade Starts!  Pray for me now 🙂