Friday, November 22, 2013

Facebook Page for My Shop

I created a Facebook page for my etsy shop. Here is the link to that:!/tulip4etsy

You can like the page and then you'll know when I've added new things to my shop. I'm kind of figuring this out as I go along, so bear with me if I make some mistakes.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Selling on Etsy

Hi! Long time, no post. I haven't been blogging in a long time and I don't intend to start blogging here again, but I made my profile public a while ago because I wanted to pin some things here and have a public link to the items.

I just wanted to mention that I've decided to try selling some things on etsy and have created a shop there. You can check it out here:

I will be taking pictures and adding a few more things to the shop today, and then sewing on a regular basis and adding more things. I have a variety of things in the shop and will continue to do that so I can see what people are most interested in. I plan on making a Facebook page for the shop that will give updates when I add new items. Once that's created, I will post again here with that info, in case any of you are interested.


Saturday, July 7, 2012


I've made a few things lately for a book party I'm having (Usborne). These are prizes I'm going to give away to people who come to the party. I love Usborned Books but these parties always make me uncomfortable, so giving away prizes makes me feel better.
I made a couple other things too (dishtowels, another small bag) but forgot to take pictures.

I went to the occasional sales this weekend and got a vintage sheet and vintage ric rac. I also got this lovely button necklace that I'm wearing in the picture below.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New Dress for Sara

Sara has tons of clothes, thanks to hand-me-downs, but I really wanted to make her a new Easter dress. I always did that for her older sisters. So last night I tackled a dress I've been wanting to make for a long time. I purchased the Miss Madeline pattern from The Handmade Dress a long time ago, but have never used it.
After making it and realizing how incredibly easy it is, I have regrets that I never made this dress for my girls (now the pattern is too small for them, and they never want to wear dresses anymore). I modified it and that was a breeze too. I'd really like to make another one with the apron and use a vintage hankerchief for the apron. The occasional stores are open, starting tomorrow, so I'll have to go check them out. I know at least one of the stores has lots of vintage hankerchiefs.
I made this dress out of Alexander Henry fabric I've had for years. I was going to use something else that I really like, but decided not to in case it didn't turn out. I think this dress fits better than any commercial pattern I've ever used - I always have problems getting those to fit right.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Another Pillow Cover

I quilted another pillow cover for the second pillow that goes with our couch. These are the same pillows, but the one is big and fluffy and the other one is flattened. So the covers fit them differently.
Anyway, I used the same method as half-square triangles, but instead of sewing across the square, I sewed down the middle so it makes half-square rectangles (not sure if that's a real quilting term, but oh well).
I really like making these quilted pillows because they're just enough for me to get a taste of it, without it being a huge project. I learn a lot of new things when doing them and maybe someday I can make a quilt using what I've learned. I think these pillows would look really nice using bolder fabrics, especially Amy Butler fabrics, but my family room is gold and green so I went with those colors instead.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Private Blog

I've decided to make my blog private, and will do so in the next couple of days. This is something I've been thinking about on and off for some time. Recently I've become more and more interested in cutting back and simplifying our lives and privatizing my blog seems like the next logical step - I don't want to do things and think about them as a blog post, but as they really are. Additionally, I feel like my blog has sort of run its course - I'm not selling anything (nor do I intend to do so), and I've pretty much already posted all of the food and sewing projects that I will ever make. I like that I have a history of all the things I've made and that we've done as a family and it will be fun to look back on it, and I'll continue to blog, but I'm going to make it private so it's more of a journal for our family, not the public.

Thanks for all the encouraging words you offered me and for stopping by to visit my blog! I really appreciate all the support and kindness you gave me.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pillow & Cookies

I learned how to do half-square triangles and had so much fun sewing this pillow cover.
I'm excited to sew another one and will maybe organize them another way for a different layout. Covering these pillows from our couch is something I've wanted to tackle for years (like 8 years) so it feels like such an accomplishment to finally do it.
Last night Heidi made the soft peanut butter cookies from The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur. These were super good!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Some Sewing

My sister gave me a six-week lead time for a baby blanket for her daughter's teacher, and I still managed to squeak it in at the last minute. I finished it yesterday and she needs it by Monday so I need to mail it to her today. Luckily I got a new sewing machine, and Mark went into the office twice this week so I was able to sew a little during the day. I've had a couple of sick kids this week so that was no easy task!
I made this blanket and made a new design for the wipes pouch. Since I'm liking zippers so much, I made it a zippered pouch, and also added a side tab so that the mom can hook it on a stroller or the outside of a bag for easy access.
I've always thought to put a tab on every pouch I make, but then I forget as I'm sewing it together.
These zippers are so easy to put in, and the secret is using a glue stick! You put glue on the fabric part of the zipper, the fabric sticks nicely to it (way better than pins), and it sews up so easily. Try it out and you'll be adding zippers to everything too.
With this warmer weather the girls are scrambling for clothes to wear. None of their capris from last year fit, so we went to Target the other night to find something. We didn't buy much, but we did find a pair of jeans though that were on clearance for $7.48 so I cut them off, but didn't hem them. I sewed a straight stitch about 1/4" from the edge, and then washed them to fray.
I kind of wish I had cut them a little longer, even just an inch or two, but Rachel wanted them this length. These were a little big in the waist for her so I also added a casing with bias tape in the back with some elastic. I'd like to find some more clearance pants that we could cut off.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Pi Day!

Today is Pi Day (and my niece's 12th birthday), and a good excuse to make pie. I took out Vegan Pie in the Sky and had Abram look through it (he’s been home sick the past couple days) and we decided on hand pies. I didn’t have a lot of time so we just used canned cherry filling.
Even though mine didn’t turn out very lovely looking, these were really good and really easy to make. I made a couple of changes. I can’t get plain vegan yogurt here so I used vanilla. And I also used vanilla coconut milk. I think pie crust is generally sort of bland, and growing up I never ate the pie crust, but this pie crust tasted really good.
Last Friday night our whole family went skiing for one last hurrah. Good thing since the ski hill closed on Tuesday. It rained on Monday and it’s been in the 60s and 70s all week. Even I went skiing, for the second time in my life, and we all had a great time! Mark taught Sara how to get up from a fall and she skied down the hill all by herself most of the night. It’s amazing how quickly kids can learn.
Last week I found a bed frame downtown at an occasional store that I wanted to buy for Sara. She was using an Ikea bed that we’ve had for several years and I just never liked it. It just didn’t work well for us (all the kids have used it over the years and it didn't work right for any of them!). So we bought her the bed, and posted the Ikea bed on Craigslist. It sold right away, thankfully. And I love the new bed we bought for her. It’s nice and small and so cute for her. I also picked up the little side table at the same store. I really like the addition of the nook for books on the left side and would like Mark to add some to all of our night stands.
I know the striped paint in her bedroom is hideous. I don’t know what I was thinking with that, but it’s been that way for years, when the girls had that room, and I’ve never liked it. But the sanding of the stripes, priming and repainting has kind of made me put it off. Someday soon I hope to get it done.
On Saturday we headed into the Cities…where I purchased a new sewing machine! Yay, me! My machine broke down a few weeks ago and I’ve had other problems with it recently. For someone who sews frequently, that’s really frustrating. My new machine is nothing fancy, just a little step up from the girls’ machine. I’m not interested in embroidery machines (I like hand embroidery) or machines that do everything for you. I haven’t had much of a chance to sew on it yet, but I did sew together a pillow, and so far I love the machine.
I had previously pieced together this quilted piece so I added a quilted border and back to it and covered a pillow for Sara’s room. We’re having my old machine fixed and Rachel’s going to use it.
We went over to my sister’s after picking up the sewing machine, and stopped by Half Price Books, where I scored three vegan cookbooks at amazing prices (I think they were all in the $5-7 range).
Sara saw some green frosted cake donuts at the grocery store the other day and asked if I'd make some. I've never tried making cake donuts before, so I found a recipe on all recipes and veganized it. These turned out pretty good, but still need some work.
The weather has been summer-like here this week. The kids are having a blast outside!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Past Week

After having no snow all winter, we finally got dumped on last week. We were awoken last Wednesday morning at 5am by a call from the school district telling us school was canceled for the day. It had rained pretty hard most of Tuesday night, but around 3am the rain turned to snow and came down pretty fast. I was surprised they closed school, but it was also pretty windy. The girls woke up around 7am and came into our room, thinking we'd overslept, and they were ecstatic to find out school was canceled.
Around noon the snow stopped and the kids played outside most of the day. It was a wet, heavy snow, perfect for making snowmen.
playing with neighbor kids
The kids came in soaking wet though. We still have quite a bit of this snow, although today it's 50 degrees, so the snow will be disappearing here fast.
Last Saturday we took all the kids skiing. Mark and the kids all have their own skis that we have bought through a swap program. The girls skied in ski club this year, but Abram and Sara haven't been out this year. And actually, this was Sara's first time ever.
It was pretty chilly when we went, but the kids had so much fun and it was really fun for me to watch. I've never seen any of them ski before because Mark always takes them. Sara loved it, but she's so stubborn and independent. She sees what the older kids can do and tries to keep up. She went up the j-bar a few times with Mark, but then insisted on doing it alone.
She also didn't want him to hold her as she went down the hill. She fell quite a bit and got crabby a lot, but she really enjoyed it and is excited to go again.
We're hoping to go one more time for the year, and I've only skied once in my life (I grew up cross country skiing), but I might join Sara on the bunny hill if we're able to get out again.
that dot on the middle bump in the hill is Rachel
I didn't get the greatest photos because I still don't know how to use my camera (which I got two years ago), especially at night and in poorly lit places. I have some free classes for it, and just haven't gotten around to doing that yet. I really should because all I know how to use now is the auto settings. ugh.
We make green smoothies at least once a day and on leap day Strawesome had a great sale on a set of four glass straws. I've been wanting some of these for a long time, so I finally ordered some (I bought two sets). I just got them in the mail yesterday, and when the kids came home from school I made us all a smoothie. Our current favorite is: kale, green grapes, apple, banana, almonds, ice (I often add vegan rice protein as well). I love these straws and the cleaning brush for them too.
Last night I made this delicious potato soup. It was super quick and easy, and very tasty. I'd like to make it again and add broccoli or cauliflower.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dinner Tonight

We were supposed to get a big snowstorm today, but it's turned into somewhat of a dud. Tonight it has rained quite a bit and it's supposed to turn over to snow, but it's not quite cold enough.
Our dinner tonight wasn't a dud at all though - this is going to become a regular at our house.
I made Your Vegan Mom's Baked Ziti (with penne instead). I hesitated about making this since Abram is allergic to cashews, and I wasn't sure what else to use in place of the cashews, but because it's a fairly small amount I substituted almonds in the cashew ricotta and it worked really well. (I soaked the almonds to remove the skin.) I also used marinara sauce, not tomato sauce. I love this meal because it was so simple, and yet it was so good. The whole family loved it.
I also made roasted cabbage to go with it on the side, which was also very good.