Monthly Archives: May 2012

More Coffee Cup Recipes

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A couple of months ago I posted two fun recipes you can make in a coffee cup: Microwave Coffee Cup Scramble and 3,2,1 Cake. Recently The Wichita Eagle published four more. For copies, click on a recipe and it will appear on a new page for printing. The paper sculpture at left is by a MOST amazing artist, Matthew Sporzynski. Oh, yes . . . and here are the recipe notes. ♥

  • A 12-ounce cup works best for these recipes.
  • You may need to adjust cooking times depending on the strength of your microwave oven.
  • The cup and mixture will be very hot, so allow to cool a bit before eating.
  • Each recipe makes one serving.

P.S. UPDATE: Here are even more from a 7-13-12 post by Look What Mommy Made!

Spring Sweater Refashion, Chapter 3

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In between my writing projects and sewing/crafting obsession, I’m going through my closet piece by piece to update the items I don’t wear often . . . or ever!  I loved the feather-weightiness and 3/4 sleeves on this plain white cardigan but not the high, round neckline, so first I changed it to a V-neck following the same technique I used here and here.  Once that was done, I dumped all my trims on the bed and found a length of pastel lace that was exactly the right length for the front, with about 1/2 inch to fold under at the top and bottom.  Next, I removed the buttons and machine-stitched the lace along the button line.  Finally,  I found a variety of buttons the right size to replace the original white ones.  I love how feminine it looks . . . but I think I’ll try a bright trim and buttons on the next one. ♥

Road Trip Flowers

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Here are all the flowers I made on our road trip today! A new trick I tried on some of them was stacking or clustering different buttons, either to highlight key colors in a print or to add a little extra a-la-mode to a solid. Click here for a list of supplies and a link to the tutorial. ♥

Road Trip Project!

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I’m going to be in the car for 7-8 hours tomorrow and wanted to take something to work on. I’ll share what I came up with in case you have a road trip coming up, too. :)

  • First, go to The Renegade Seamstress and check out Beth’s fabric flower tutorial . . . super-easy! (I stitch instead of glue, but either way turns out great.)
  • Go through your remnants and cut out circles–seven of each fabric.  I use a peanut butter jar lid as a template (mmm . . . peanut butter . . . ) and all types of fabrics–solids, prints, wovens, and knits.
  • Put the seven circles in a baggie along with a button, beads, or earring for the flower center and a spool of matching thread.
  • Throw the baggies into your project bag along with a needle and some scissors, and you’re good to go!

I’ll put the pins and/or clips on the back when I get home, and hopefully I’ll have LOTS of pretty flowers to show you! ♥

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Surprise Pillow

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This was a quick and easy T-shirt-to-pillow upcycle, but it was extra fun because the person who gave up the T-shirt (my mother-in-law!) thought that one of her favorite items of clothing was heading for the rag bag due to some spots and tears (luckily not on the parts I wanted to use!) and was SO surprised (and happy!) to see it return in its new form. This pretty design, a combination of applique and embroidery, appeared on the front of the T-shirt. A smaller version appeared on one sleeve, which I cut off and stitched to the corner. Oh, and at the last minute I decided to a-la-mode it a bit with some different sizes and shapes of pastel buttons in the centers of the flowers. Now Vida has a little garden blooming on her sofa! ♥

From Old Jumper to New Dress

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My latest refashion project involved a too-large and out-of-date Tencel denim jumper and a too-large-but-good-as-new  jersey tank with a funky print from my closet archives.

First, I cut the bodice off the jumper. Then I took LOTS of fullness from the skirt by taking in the four seams, starting with one inch at the top and diagonaling down to four inches at the bottom. I also shortened it several inches. Yes, this jumper could have doubled as a parachute!!!

Next, I cut apart the tank to make a bodice and sleeves (using a sleeve pattern from another dress I’ve made). After sewing the sleeve seams, I sewed the sleeves to the bodice and then sewed the bodice to the skirt, matching side seams and the center front and back and stretching the bodice to fit. Finally, I stitched the sash that came with the jumper to the bodice/skirt seam most of the way around, leaving an opening for tying at the front. (Click on any photo in the gallery for a larger view.) I can’t wait to wear my new dress with my lime-green cardigan and Aunt Vitha’s fun bead necklace. ♥