Thursday, November 24, 2011

My first digital scrapbook page

I recently got a copy of  MyMemories scrap-booking software, and while having no previous experience in scrap-booking, I am always happy to learn new skills.
The software is easy to use, the main challenge for me was deciding which cute papers and elements to use.
This picture of my baby was taken almost two years ago and it brings so many happy memories to go over his old pics.
I have read elsewhere that it can be used for making cards, calendars and movies. I like the idea of being able to make personalized calendars.
This is the first page I made and I hope to get better at it.
Off I go to play with my new toy.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Zipper pouch

I was lucky to find this large sheet of quilted fabric with a cute duck/apple print and I bought it intending to sew potholders and mittens.

The fabric has a thin batting hence is quite sturdy and I thought I'd sew a zipper pouch to hold my make up and other knick knacks that end up getting lost in my purse.
I used the only zipper that was at hand which unfortunately happened to be purple and having no black thread I used white. I still have some left over fabric and if I make another one I will use a matching zipper ( blue or white ) and matching thread.

I still have enough fabric left over for the mittens and pot holder and a few more pouches, Maybe even a boxy pouch like this:
Image from Three bears
I am sewing more for myself nowadays and I have two tops already that I will share as soon as I get a chance to take the pictures.
One using the  Sorbetto top pattern from Collette the other one from a free magazine pattern.
Thanks for reading.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Carrot-Cinnamon cake

I hope you had a fantastic weekend.
I have been wanting to make carrot cake ever since I saw this recipe from Dana's blog. I love that the recipe calls for cinnamon and I am a lover of all things cinnamon ( cinnamon scented candles, cinnamon flavored gum, cinnamon flavored lip balm etc).
These are the ingredients I used.
3 large carrots
1/2 cup Vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups regular sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
5 tablespoons cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
1 cup milk and 2 tsp fresh lemon juice.
Check for the baking instructions here.  The cake was a hit and everyone asked for more.

Another thing I loved about the recipe is that there is no creaming of butter and sugar  which is usually the first step in most cake recipes and which I am so poor at.
Enjoy your week and hope you get a chance to try out the recipe.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Pins from my sewing board.

I joined pinterest a couple of weeks ago and I have been having so much fun Pinning and checking out other peoples pins.
I love this tiny pouch from Erin's blog for keeping ear phones organized, don't you just hate it when they get all tangled in your bag?

This bag so beautiful. I love everything about it, the shape, the fabric and the size. The website is in Japanese but can be translated with Google Translate and THE PATTERN IS FREE.

This dolly is from the same site, and the pattern is free too. I wish I had a little girl - maybe some day :-).

But I have a son and I could sew a shirt for him.

And maybe pants with this pattern and tutorial from LiEr's blog.

Are you on Pinterest?
I enjoy hearing from my readers, leave a link to your blog and I will pop in to see your work and follow you.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Quilled leaves blog hop

Welcome to the sweet leaves blog hop organized by Sandy Diaz of The Sweet Spot.  For this challenge, I created a birthday card using four of my favorite card making techniques: Stamping, paper piecing, punching and quilling.
You can find a paper piecing tutorial here. I used a Fiskar's  punch to make the tiny butterflies while for the large one, I stamped the image on yellow card stock then carefully cut out the butterfly.
To create the leaves ( I was going for grass ), I got the idea from Suganthi's blog ( here ) but I did not enclose the loops since I wanted an uneven bushy look.

 Thanks for visiting and  hop on Syaz's blog.
You are here-------Jacqueline