Apron for Klairah

Last night (at 12am)  I decided I needed to use up my bananas and the best thing to make with squishy bananas is banana bread!

I turned to Klairah and said “do you wanna help mommy make some banana bread”? Her reply was a huge grin and a squeal, so there I had a baking buddy.

As I as carrying her into the kitchen, I told Kaden “she doesn’t have an apron, she needs an apron”. We proceeded to make the banana bread (with no apron) to which my baking buddy just sat in her seat and played (such a big help she is)

After we put the deliciousness in the oven, and I put the worn out little baker to bed; I decided to rummage through my box of fabric- I was determined that we would not be caught off guard next time… We would have an apron!

It took me right at an hour (just enough time for the B bread to bake) to construct and sew her very first apron, some may think it’s a little crude, but I think she likes it.

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Ruffled valance for the baby nook

Today I thought I would get started on the decorating part of the baby nook, I don’t have everything I need for it yet but it will come piece by piece…

I started with the window covering. I had this material on hand from making Klairahs cradle bedding, I will give you a step by step process… Here goes

The window measured 41″ from trim to trim lengthwise. I cut, well ripped (because I love the frayed look) strips of fabric that measured 65″ in length. (i didn’t have prices 65″ long so I stitched 2 pieces together that measured that length) and 6″ in width. I also cut pieces at 45″ length but only 4″ wide.

The 6″ pieces are for the ruffle, the 4″ pieces are to connect each ruffle (these pieces don’t have to match your ruffle but I wanted to match so I didn’t have anything stand out.

I only wanted 3 ruffles so I needed 3 6″ pieces & 3 4″ pieces.

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Sew a 1/4″ hem on each end of the ruffle pieces, (i didn’t hem my pieces but wish I would have) now run a gather stitch the length of the piece about 1/4″ from edge, I set my machine on 3. Then gather. Do this to each ruffle piece

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I then cut the top piece at 45″ long, and 12″ wide. This piece will be folded over to hang on your curtain rod. Hem both ends of this piece about 1″

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Now lay the ruffle on top of the connecting piece with both pieces face up. You may have to gather the ruffle some more or let out some ruffle but both pieces need to line up in length.

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Lay the folded top piece on top of the ruffle with the fold at the bottom of the ruffle, and the bare edges at the top.

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Pin in place, then stitch about 1/2″ from the edge.

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Now lay flat and lift up the top piece.

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Lift the ruffle up exposing the connector piece

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Follow the same steps as above.

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And again…

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On the last connector piece I hemmed a 1/4″ hem.

Iron flat…

And here is the finished product!

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Delicious Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler

Mmmm! I made a yummy strawberry cream cheese cobbler!

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Cobbler:

6 Tbs. Butter (melted)
1 C. Flour
1 C. Sugar
1 1/4 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 C. Milk
8 oz. Cream cheese (cubed)
2 lb. Strawberrys (topped & cut)

1. Preheat oven to 350° place butter in an 8×11 glass pan, slide into oven to melt (about 5 minutes).
2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, & sugar together. Add milk & stir.

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3. Pour batter in pan, do not stir.

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4. Add strawberries ( topped & cut)
5. Cut cream cheese into small cubes, add to top of cobbler.

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*Do not stir, cobbler will bake up and around  the strawberries & cream cheese.

6. Bake for 50-60 minutes

Not enough cream Cheese??

Topping:

3 Tbs.butter
1/4 C. Sugar
8 oz. Cream cheese

1. In saucepan melt butter & sugar till sugar is dissolved.
2. With electric mixer whip sugar mixture, & cream cheese till creamy smoothe, pour over baked cobbler.

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Share & Serve warm!!

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Baby contest Morgan county 2013

Yesterday was the fair baby contest in Morgan county,  Klairah was number 5 contestant in a class of 9. I have never been to a baby contest and I had no idea what to expect. By the time we went before the judges Klairah was so sleepy & not very personable, then by the time we lined up on stage to see who had won, she had fallen asleep.

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After she got a little cat nap, she was all smiles and giggles –

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I so enjoy having a photographer in the family, thanks to Aunt Kristie owner of KLE Photography & mamaw Konnie with her tablet, we got some awesome pictures!

I had a lot of complements on the kitty Kat dress, and was asked if I would make more, I am seriously considering it!

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Klairah did not place but we know she’s #1

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Kitty Kat dress tutorial

I made this dress for my daughter for a baby contest, this tutorial is a little sparse but I will try to improve it over time.
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I had no paper pattern to go by (for the dress) so I don’t have one to share at this time.

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Step 1.
I took a jumper from my daughter’s closet (no it looked NOTHING like the finished kitty Kat dress) and used it for guide, I folded it in half and placed it on the fold of the fabric. I cut about 3″ larger than the jumper so I could trim and fine tune & still keep the right size.

Step 2.
The back pieces I cut similar to the front to get the original shape then I went freehand with my scissors. I guess I got a little brave, because I’m a beginner sewer myself.

Step 3.
After I had the shape I wanted for both the front and back, I laid out the fabric for the inner part of the dress, and used the prior cut pieces as a pattern. (Be sure to fold pattern, & place on fold)

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Cut.

Step 4.
I matched up the coordinating pieces and placing the faces together I stitched around the edges (be sure to leave about a 2″ opening on the hem so you can turn it right side out) iron flat on edges.
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Step 5.
For the ruffle I did one piece for the front, then 1 each for the back pieces. Measure 3-4 times the length of the area you will be covering, and about 2″ in height. my material was light weight so I measured 4 times to make the ruffles look right. Create a gather with your stitch 1/2″ from the top of your fabric. Gather. Line your ruffle up with your front piece (be sure to turn your hem hole inward so when you sew on your ruffle it will stitch your heh closed) now pin in place, & sew. Do this step with the 2 back pieces, but leave 1″ of ruffle un-stitched at the top, you will need this space for the ties/bow.

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Step 6.
Now line your back pieces up with the front, face together. You will want to make sure your ruffles line up, I made that mistake and had to rip-a-stitch, & re-sew. Pin in place and sew along outer edge leaving room for arm holes. Sew the top of the straps together.

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Step 7.
Cut 2 strips at 2″  wide & however long (these are your ties) then fold 1 over with face together. Stitch 1/4″ from edge the length of the strip. At the bottom I did a diagonal stitch just to give a little flavor, the other end leave open. Turn right side out. Proceed with the second strip.
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I used CLOSED scissors to help me turn it inside out. Now attach straps to back of dress under the top of the ruffle.

Step 8.
I added some embellishments, for the gather under the chin, I took a small strip of fabric and ran a gather stitch down the middle of the piece, then gathered & stitched to the front, of the dress. I added felt buttons to make it pop.

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I plan to add specific details and a pattern, so keep an eye out for the update.

This dress is 3-6 months

Stay tuned for bloomers & headband tutorial.

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Klairah’s dress for baby contest 2013

Saturday is the baby contest at the fair in Martinsville, IN (where Kaden grew up & where mamaw Konnie lives) mamaw Konnie and I decided to place Klairah in the contest (no I’m not a pageant mom) they will be judging on personality.

Anyways I wasn’t happy with the choice of dresses that I and mamaw Konnie had found without blowing our little budget, but I think I may have been unhappy because I wanted to sew :-D

A few months ago I was at the famous wally world and as always I have to make a “quick” trip to the fabric department, they happend to have some clearance material priced at $1 a yard. I picked some coordinating fabric, and skooted out of there before I spent more than I had…

A few months later…

I need an outfit for Klairah, and not having the money to buy a nice dress, I start rummaging through my stash of fabric.. Tada! I knew what I would make!

I had a problem, the style dress I wanted I had no pattern for :-( and since I’m still learning how to sew I was kind of nervous, but… I decided to wing it

Here is the finished product. Stay tuned (saturday) to see my baby girl modeling this beautiful dress. Also I will be posting a somewhat sparse tutorial.

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Progress on the baby nook

We have been able to clear out the baby nook and have placed the crib, now I need to make it look like a nursery

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Cleaning out the baby nook

Today we are cleaning out the area that is to be the baby nook, currently it is storage for decorations and other “stuff” we don’t have a place for. Unfortunately some of this “stuff” will still have to go in storage because although I can’t use it right now; I just can’t bear to get rid of it. This area has a window and the space measures 5′ deep by 3 1/5′ wide. About a month ago I was brainstorming on some ideas to organize this apartment, one thing I knew was that I wanted to make this area for Klairah, but we had a problem the full size crib that was given to us by my parents was too big for this space, so I started researching mini crib sizes & prices. The dimensions were perfect but the prices were out off our price range ($125-$190) so I started surfing craigslist, we found one that was beautiful and priced at $60 so I jumped on it. (not literally) the lady we bought it from said she paid $180 for it and her baby never slept in it. I’m anxious to get it in the baby nook and so this place can start looking like home, I’m just not sure about my sweet pea sleeping in another room :-(
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Operation apartment organazation

OK so after living in this apartment for 4 months and within that time frame we have added another little person; it is now time to get this place looking like a home! I am somewhat mortified at the way it looks right now, which some of the mess is from my neglect and lack of motivation (I am working on it) but I will post pics :-( so you can see what i’m working with

this is the kitchen before i added homey touch

this is the kitchen before i added homey touch

this is the Living room before i organized and added a homey touch

this is the Living room before i organized and added a homey touch

here is the baby nook.... right now it is storage :-(

here is the baby nook…. right now it is storage :-(

so this is the worst room in the house

so this is the worst room in the house the bedroom

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