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Archive for April, 2010

I like to make things from the fabric that I have on hand.  Recently, I decided to make a pair of boxer shorts with fabric scraps from a t-shirt quilt that I had made.  They looked extremely interesting when they were complete, and they got quite a few laughs when they arrived as part of a Christmas present to a dear, dear friend.

As you can see, I pieced together strips of various t-shirts until I had large enough pieces for the boxer shorts pattern.

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Making Earrings

I while back, I wanted to have some new earrings.  To be frugal, I decided to learn how to make my own.  I purchased a how-to book, a few strands of beads, a storage box, and some additional supplies.

It was surprisingly easy.  I think the hardest parts were choosing the designs and twisting the wire into a loop.  I was very pleased with the results and I was happy to have earrings that matched my outfits.

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Complex Star Quilt Block

Here is a quilt block I recently did.  I used yellow and pink/maroon scrap fabrics.  There were many fabrics and it was a complex pattern, so I had to label each fabric A, B, C, etc.  It took a long time to cut everything out, because there were squares, triangles, rectangles, etc.  Still, I think it’s a really neat block to make.

The blue quilt block was made from the same pattern.  It’s neat how you get such unique looks from using different shades and patterns of fabrics.

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Making Boxer Shorts

Here are some pictures from when I made a pair of boxer shorts for my friend.  I cut out the fabric, used tracing paper to mark the fold lines for the hems and waistline, sewed the boxers, and added elastic for the waist.

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Cloth Napkins

Another course that I’ll be teaching will be how to make cloth napkins and place mats.  Here are some pics of when I made some sample cloth napkins.  I used the rolled-edge setting on my serger.

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I decided to make my own pocket calendar after a fruitless search for one that I liked.  I took a used mini-composition book and covered it with scrapbooking paper and packing tape.  Then, I printed out mini calendars, cut them out, and glued them into the book.

Since then, I’ve also added a price book to my calendar book.  I printed out mini spreadsheets that allow me to write store names, dates, prices, item sizes, and prices per unit, with one page per item.  Every time I find a better price, either in a store or in a grocery ad, I write it in the price book.  Now, when I see chicken breasts for $1.97 a pound, I can look in my price book and see that they went for $1.29 a pound last month. It really helps me to save money.  (I got the price book idea from Family Feasts for $75 a Week, which was written by Mary at Owlhaven.)

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Here are some pictures from a fantastic egg and mushroom omelet that I baked in my oven.  It’s from The Best Casserole Book Ever.

I used eggs, ham, cheese, mushrooms, thyme, and sage.

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