Sunday, October 31, 2010

new macaroni and cheese

I have a good macaroni and cheese recipe that we all really like, but I keep trying others. I think we've found a new go-to mac and cheese recipe. I adapted this from one in Bee's school cookbook. The cottage cheese was their idea... who would have thought.

New favorite mac and cheese

1 cup cottage cheese
1 cup sour cream
6 oz cheddar cheese (shredded or sliced up)
6 oz another yellow cheese (shredded or sliced up)
1 egg
1 t salt
7 oz. cooked elbow noodles

mix it all up and bake 375 for 25-30 minutes
If you're using sliced up cheese, make sure it stir it really well at some point in the middle of the baking time.

Friday, October 29, 2010

about that mermaid

So, about that mermaid costume. We keep getting asked how it was made. It was so easy. I had intended on taking pictures during the making of it, but Bee was jumping up and down beside the sewing machine putting the pieces on as I finished them.

The body suit is a dance leotard that I purchased from the costume shop in town, only because the dance shop didn't have nude in the child's sizes. Bee picked out the fabric. The green came from the dance/swimwear/spandex section of the fabric shop. I only bought 3/4 yard.

I turned down the top edge about a half an inch and sewed that down. That became the waist. The fabric is stretchy and needed no other waist band. Then I wrapped the skirt on her with the wrong side out and pinned it on her. I sewed along the pin line from the waist to about mid calf.

I had her try it on and I trimmed the bottom. It is supposed to be V(ed) down in the front. I made a ruffle out of the remaining fabric using about twice the length of the bottom measurement. I sewed this ruffle to the bottom edge of the tail.

I started and stopped the sewing of the ruffle in the back so it would stay open. This helps with walking.
For the top, Bee picked out something pink and shimmery. I only bought 1/4 yard. I wrapped it around her chest and pinned. I sewed it in a loop. I cut a thin piece from the trimmings of this and tied a knot around the seam.

See. underside shows the knot.

Then I added thin straps.

I made a quick headband out of the scraps. The green is a loop of the tail fabric. The star is two layers of the sparkle with a layer of batting in between. This headband was her idea.

Now all you need is a superhero brother and you're good to go.

I linked this up at: Fabric Fun Thursdays @ Cheap Chic Home

Thursday, October 28, 2010

fabric numbers

These have been on my list for awhile. I first saw them here at Happy Together, but was reminded of them here at Counting Coconuts. Mine are sort of a combination of the two versions.

I have the number set finished. Letters are next. 

 For 10 (and later when I made the numbers got to 15) I sewed two pieces of sheer ribbon in between the 1 and the 0 to hold them together.

They have a layer of 'warm and natural' inside.

The letters will have felt on the back so they'll stick to the flannel board at school.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

crocheted baby hats

Meet my non existent baby. She lovely. She doesn't cry and she sleeps all night. My non-baby is a fine model. Yep, it's pretty much just my hand. I have been making up these cute hats, but don't have a newborn to model. These hats fit a 0-3 month baby. None of those here. The pattern is for a pumpkin or berry hat. I didn't have any of those colors on hand. The pattern is from here.

Use your imagination... it's an acorn...?... on a newborn...?

A pea pod... (it's not really crooked)

I gave this one to a real baby today. Hopefully they'll send a photo soon. Not that my hand isn't a fine model.

I must get some orange and berry colored yarn soon. Then I need other peoples babies to make hats for.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

earring holder from a frame

It's been awhile since I've had a fun remake. My mom and I came up with this one. She was looking for an earring holder that wouldn't take up much room. I think our finished frame came out super cute and would make a fun gift.

I think it's going to be our annual 'Thanksgiving girls project' with my sisters. Last year my sisters and I worked on this headband. The year before it was jersey knit scarves. The year before I think it was some type of jewelry project.

Here's what you need for this quick remake earring holder.

1 empty frame
a piece of screening- the soft window screening kind (this can come on a roll or can be a scrap from a damaged window. (It happens!)
hot glue or other favorite strong glue
some kind of decorations- We used fabric flowers

Take all the insides out of your frame. Cut the screen to the size of opening. You'll be gluing this inside the back of the frame. Not to the back of the frame, but to the inlaid opening where the glass fits into.

Glue in place carefully. You don't want the glue to sneak over to the other side. I fit the screen in and then added the glue right on top. the glue dropped itself into place through the screen holes.

This is the picture I took out of this frame. Isn't this picture cute? It's one of my favorites. That's my dad and my youngest sister on my wedding day. That little flower girl drives a car and takes pictures now. That day she kept smelling the flowers and making up new scents for them, pizza and bread.

Decorate however you like.

I used fabric flowers. They are all over the blogosphere right now. There are lots of tutorials out there right now about how to make them. I just tore off-white muslin in about 1 inch strips. The strips were about 1 yard long to start. I tied a loose knot at the end and then started slowly wrapping and twisting the strip around to make the petals. You could glue the fabric in place, but I stitched the turns in place with thread by hand.

We also used a piece of the same 1 inch torn muslin for the hanger. We wanted leaves too, so we added some torn pieces of an olive greenish fabric too. I think an oversized piece of old jewelry or some other decorative piece would look nice as the finishing touch.

Just add earrings. Apparently I need more earrings!

My mom's frame was the square one and the opening was roughly 7 inches by 7 inches. The opening for mine is a 5x7. It holds fewer earrings that hers. I wouldn't go any smaller than a 5x7.

If you make this project, I'd love to see your work. Leave me a comment with a link to your blog or your flickr page, or email me directly. Happy remaking!

I linked up with these fine folks this week:

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