Making it on… Friday?!

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We had a bout of the flu at our house this week and that, of course, switched my gears from crafting to cleaning and trying to figure out a good way to strengthen our immune system for the rest of the season.

This is, I’m embarrassed to say, my first pot of soup ever. I have read that bone broth is actually very nutritious, so I made some too, to keep, using a recipe similar to this one.

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Here, Keeper of the Home has some good tips on boosting your immune system during cold season. I will pay more attention next year!

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I did manage to get some sewing done. I was privileged to test an awesome pattern, and I’ll tell you more about it in a future post.

What have you been making? Hope you all stay healthy!

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Mid-week’s fun links: Printing by hand

This week I have been thinking about printing by hand. I did some of that back in college, but somehow it always seemed like you needed a workshop and a lot of fancy equipment to make it work. Not so! These ladies have fabulous printing tutorials that are sure to inspire anybody to give it a try:

A Winter White Project by You and Mie, where she teaches about hand-carving stamps to make a fabulous throw pillow.

How to screen print on fabric by See Kate Sew.

Freezer Paper Stenciling by Dana, from Made.

Painting on fabric again by Cherie from You and Mie.

Stamping on fabric by Skirt as top.

Finally, and completely unrelated, but I found a fantastic recipe for homemade Läräbars that I cannot help but share, here

Happy rest of the week!

Lil cutie Pouch

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I made this lil’ cutie pouch (tutorial by Anna from Noodlehead) as a present for a dear friend. It’s my first completed sewing project since the baby was born, and I could not be more excited!

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It’s such a quick, satisfying sew, and with such a useful purpose. I am sure my friend will get a lot of use out of this one, and they are so easy that I am thinking if making a lot of them to have on hand to give out. I’ll definitely be making one for me!

Anna’s tutorial is quite easy to follow. I had a little trouble figuring out how to stitch up the lining after turning the whole thing right side out but, despite that, the whole project came together in about a half hour.

Make some! They’re beautiful and so easy!

P.S. Oh, I forgot to mention that the tutorial calls for an 8″ zipper, and the only one I had was 22″ so I shortened it following these instructions from See Kate Sew.

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Mid-week’s Fun Links: What’s on my browser windows?

I have been distracted by a sick child, so I am a couple of days late posting these, but here they are:

These links are open in my browser right now:

French Knot Heart Pincushion from V&Co
How to unlock creativity in your home from Steadymom
Big butt baby pants from Made by Rae
Lil cute pouches by Noodlehead
Five tips for bloggers from A Beautiful Mess

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Finally, this is a shot of my eldest as she got ready one day, wearing the look I made for her back at KCWC. Since the culture of the handmade is a theme that interests me, I thought I’d share something that happened this week. My three-year-old was admiring a friend’s gorgeous pair of purple pumps, and she asked her, “Your shoes are so cute, did you make them yourself?” It was awesome! I loved it that she recognized how handmade things can be beautiful and it was the first association she made. Priceless!!

What are you making this week? Shoes, anyone? 😉

Making it on Monday, 01/28/2013

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This is what I dream to have finished at least started by the end of the week:

– I promised my SIL that I would line the sleeves of the top on the picture.

– With the pretty Sarah Jane print I am hoping to make a car seat blanket using this tutorial

– I am working on a tutorial for making baby mittens.

– I have a printable I have to upload (for little kids. It was a hit with mine).

What’s on your craft queue?

Mid-week’s fun links

These are some of the web sites I have been looking through this week (or: these are the windows open on my Safari right now):

Baby cardigan tutorials from Delia Creates . I have to try this soon.

Gluten-free breakfast cookies from Simply Gluten-free. I just received my shipment of dried fruit, only to realize I am out of bananas and can’t make this for breakfast. Oh well!

Baby-led weaning at Simple Bites . I never followed this approach before, but it sounds interesting.

Stitch Savvy blog hop . I really want this book, it looks amazing!

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Finally, my daughter is learning how to read. This is her first book, ever, that she just finished reading on Monday. I am so proud of her and all the effort she has put into this new adventure! I can’t believe that my baby is almost 5 and reading! Mothering is, sometimes, such hard, challenging work, but it is so worth all the effort:

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead. The grand and the simple, they are equally wonderful.”

“As you create a home, don’t get distracted with a lot of things that have no meaning for you or your family. Don’t dwell on your failures, but think of your successes. Have joy in your home. Have joy in your children. Have joy in your husband. Be grateful for the journey.”
(Marjorie Hinckley)

Hope you are having a good week!