Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lots and Lots of Coffee!

The office is home to many many coffee drinking fools! I'm sure your office is the same way. I'm a little late, but made a tiny gift for all of the awesome ladies I work with. I guess I should clarify that I made all of these well in advance of Christmas, I'm just late in delivering them...

Scrappy Mug Rugs (or over sized coasters) 

I might save this one for me...not sure anyone else likes skulls... 

Definitely a fave!

Cute -- bikes!

Hope the ladies at the office like their new desk decor!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sugar Cookies + Cream Cheese Frosting

These are by far the best sugar cookies on the Earth (believe me!).

Cookie Dough
2 C. butter (real butter!)
2 C. sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
6 C. flour

Mix all ingredients well, slowly add flour. Bake at 350 degrees F until just done.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 small package of cream cheese
1/3 C. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
Add powdered sugar until desired consistency is obtained.

Polka Dot PJs

I stinkin love that my niece (5 years old) is now wearing the polka dot pjs I made my nephew for Christmas what seems like FOREVER ago. When my nephew was 5 (or maybe 3...can't remember) he told me that all he wanted for Christmas was polka dot pjs. This was the ONLY flannel I found at the time and when I made them they were so huge on him that we had to roll up the arms and legs. He wore them for years and years until he grew out of them and passed them down to his sis! <3

Thanks for the pic brother. Thanks for the attitude Shay Shay. 

Back to work we go...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Yippy, it's New Years!

Wow, I didn't write a single blog in the month of December...sad...

It's official, 2011 flew by and 2012 is already here. Since I didn't really have a New Year's resolution last year, I thought I would do one this year. Back in 2008 my resolution was to not buy any new clothes for a year. It was fun, but I over did it in 2009 and splurged. This year, I'm doing it differently. I'm not going to buy any NEW clothes. That means I can make clothes and/or upcycle or modify thrifted clothes. Fun! I'm already excited about it.

I worked half days for the last week and actually had some time to get some sewing done, what fun it has been. Today I made a Bee Skirt (tutorial/pattern by Whipstitch) out of some Etchings by Moda fabric in charcoal.

I loved the gray, but wanted a splash of color so added the burnt orange trim on the bottom and used it on the inside of the waist band.Overall, I thought the skirt came out great, just one problem. I didn't read the instructions (figure that...) and taped the pattern together overlapping the pages so the lines matched up. UGH! The skirt came out too small because of this.

Since I had nothing else to do today (ha), I made a second one.

The second one is much closer to the size I needed. Now what the heck to do with the one that is too small? If you wear a size 4ish and [REALLY] like the skirt, let me know. Looks like my husband's cousin Elizabeth and I will We can be twins some time :)

Here are some detailed photos of the skirt.

Happy happy New Year to you and yours!