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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Placemats

I needed new placemats for our outdoor retreat, the current ones we have now are plastic and I do not like them. So I made some to match with our decor, which is tranquil beach theme! This is by far the easiest sewing project I have done. It does not take that long to make and you will have custom placemats that will match perfectly with your decor. 






Materials:

  • I used 1 yard of upholstery fabric which gave me 4 placemats (you want something sturdy and durable, you can also use outdoor fabric)
  • Ribbon for decoration
  • Matching threat
  • Sewing machine
Measurements and instructions:
  • I cut my placemats 17 wide by 12.5 length. You need 2 panels for each placemat
  • I left a 1/4 seem allowance
  • To place the ribbon in the middle I used the zig-zag stitch to help reduce fraying. The ribbon is 2.5 inches wide. I placed the ribbon between 5-7.5 in on my mat, which placed it in the center. 
  • Place both panels facing right side and stitch along all sides, leaving about 4-5 inches open to be able to turn the mat right side. 
  • Once turned right side facing out, iron well and sew all the way around and very closed to the border to close the open gap and give it a nice finished look. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

White Ink Stamping

This is a "Thank You" card for my friend that dog-sat while we were on vacation. I wanted something simple but something that still made an impression. Sorry for the first 2 pictures, the lighting is awful. 


 I used washi tape to mask off the middle area. I alternated stamps up and down to make the design.
 I used a ruler and my versamark ink pen to draw the 2 lines and used white embossing powder.
This is the real color of the card and final product! 

Materials:
  • StazOn- Cotton White 
  • VersaMark Ink pad and pen
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder- White Opaque
  • Hero Art Clear Stamp (1) Birthday Message (2) Layered Flowers
  • I used 2 other stamp sets but not sure of brand or name of set for the extra flowers
  • Recollections Card 4 X 5.5 in
  • Craft cardstock
  • Studio g rubber stamp set 
  • Recollection Pear Embellishment 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Chevron Boxy Tote Bag

I have been wanting a cute little tote bag for the summer, so I went ahead and made one. I went to Joann's and picked the fabric I wanted and started sewing. It was extremely easy to make, thanks to a wonderful video I found on youtube (which I will link to below).




Materials:
  • 1/2 yard of fabric (thick sturdy material would be preferred like home decoration fabric)
  • 1 1/2 yards of any type of straps you want (cut it in half and each strap will be 27'
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Cardboard (to place on the bottom of your tote- this is optional)
  • Inspiration and great instructions:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OCRclg0hpU

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Baby Summer Dress

Deepak and I got back from Spain a month ago now. We have been blessed with another beautiful niece, Elizabeth, and we went to meet her. Also, I am her godmother so we had her baptism as well!!!!! I wanted to make a cute matching summer dress for the girls so I went and bought a Simplicity pattern #A6576. The only problem was that the size I needed for Emma, our oldest niece, was not in the pattern so I asked my mother (a very talented pattern maker) to make me the size big enough for her. I only had to send her a picture of the dress and she created the exact same one! So good! Here is how it turned out. 





I did not want to add the circles or bows, and actually decided not put the rosettes I created. I made an elastic headband for the little one and a regular plastic headband for the oldest one. 
My beautiful, gorgeous, adorable, cute, precious little model: 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Summer Delights

Summer is fast approaching (THANK GOD!) and I wanted to share a wonderful dessert and drink you must try this summer. 

Grilled Pineapple with a scoop of vanilla ice cream:
I thought I would not like this, but it is actually a favorite dessert of mine now. It is sooooo delicious and refreshing. This is a must try this summer. 

Instructions:
1. Peal pineapple (fresh pineapple is best).
2. Cut into rings, about 3/4 in
3. Grill each ring for 2-3 minutes or until golden grill marks appear.
4. Serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 
-- You can add a splash of rum to kick it up a notch, it is up to you! 

Tinto de Verano!
I discovered this drink when Deepak and I visited his brother and sister-in-law in Valencia, Spain. It is somewhat similar to Sangria (which locals do not drink), but it is so much easier to make. I tried it first at "100 montaditos" a restaurant with 100+ little sandwiches. 

Instructions:
1. Cold bottle of red wine (any would do, just not very sweet red wine)
2. Any lemon-lime soda very cold. 
3. You will add the lemon-lime soda to taste. It could be equal parts or less than the wine amount, it is up to your taste.  
I say very cold because I do not like to add ice, as this will eventually dilute the drink and mess with the taste. I make mine per glass, I do not make a carafe. Unless it will be drank quickly.  You can add a slice of orange to it if you like. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Wreaths

So I told all of you that I am selling wreaths on etsy.com, but never posted pictures. Here is the one I have currently on my store for sale. This is a great Spring wreath. You can add flowers or a monogram. It is great for a outdoor or indoor decoration. This wreath is made with burlap and ribbon. 



This next wreath is an old listing and no longer available since I sold it, but if anyone is interested I can remake. This one is made with a grapevine wreath and handmade burlap flowers. 



Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LightCraftDesigns