Monday, December 5, 2011

And the Winners Are...

No one guessed what I really hate doing the most but I loved your answers. It made me think of more things I hate doing.

I picked 3 random winners from random.org and I added in two gals whose comments weren't working. Aren't I nice?

The answer is BINDING!!! I love to make different kinds of quilt binding because they have these nifty helpers you use with an iron.



I HATE to sew it. For some reason I never sew it right, which I will show you with my fish bowl. So silly.

Thank you all for guessing, the winners are:

Alyssa
Mandi
Racheal

Congrats! head on over to my shop and pick something out. I'll message you on facebook for more info.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jenny Made {Giveaway}

I know what you're thinking, It's about time right?




I have been working hard on my Christmas projects and I hope you have been too. I really enjoy thinking about my kids while I make them silly things. I will have a post in a few days on my progress.
I really times 100 love to sew and I would all the time if I could but there are a few things that I absolutely hate doing. Which brings me to my giveaway challenge! I love a good challenge.
The giveaway is for any fabric cuff or headband in my shop. Or give me colors and see what I whip up for you. What a great gift for a mom, sister, daughter, girlfriend, wife, or for yourself.

Here is the question...

What is the sewing technique I absolutely dread the most?

  •  Leave a comment answering my question plus follow my blog and Jenny Made on facebook. Only one comment with the answer is needed.
  • The first three people with the right answer win. That's right, 3 winners.


HINT: I had to do this as a finishing in one of my projects shown in my Jenny Made Christmas post. Wow, that was a REALLY big hint. Now get winning!

This giveaway will close December 4th at midnight. Winners announced Monday.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Here I Come {with help from Pinterest}

It is time to start making my Christmas gifts! You can make these gifts with me. Here's the ideas I am starting with from my new favorite friend, Pinterest.

















Now let's get sewing! I am going to change things up a little bit since I hate following instructions so it will be fun. Go do your own thing. And for those of you fighting the crowds Friday, I'll be praying for your safety. Good Luck!



Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mindy Gledhill Winter Moon Giveaway!

This is such a great giveaway and not that many people have entered yet! Head on over to Welcome to the Good Life to enter!

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

I gave a talk in church today...

...On Charity. What a glorious learning experience for me. I thought I'd share some thoughts I have had for a while about charity and womanhood. We have such a responsibility as women to be charitable.
Charity is the pure love of Christ. So why is it so hard to have charity as a woman? I have no idea. I struggle with it every day. Sometimes I want to think about me. Me me me. There are times when I think about others, when I want to help others and I do. I am a much better person when I am helping people.

While for some women, charity comes naturally, why is it that women can be so vicious?
Women can be vicious.  Women can show a exquisite side and turn around to show a horrible creature with gnashing teeth (a bit dramatic?).
I hope I am never one of those women.
I have been the subject of great gossip, more than once. For whatever reason, I have been someone to talk about.

There was gossip when I moved to a small town when I was 15.
I was lost, didn’t want to move, and deeply depressed.
The people who accepted me were nice.
They weren’t people who you would want as friends, but they accepted me.
I was different. I had morals. I had never kissed a boy until the week before I moved, and I cried because I wasn’t 16 yet (I know traumatic!).
What these new friends did, I didn’t do. I left when they would do those things.
I went home, still depressed.
I had to make a decision. 
I decided that I would make people like me. The real me. 
Not what they had heard about me, maybe that's what the first friends thought I was like.
It was hard work. Even then, some people still didn’t like me.
I remained virtuous and moral.
I had an easy opportunity to not do so.
With those first friends, who graduated soon after I had moved.
I chose not to.
I waited for my true love, who came a swept me away.
He saved me from myself. He taught me that I am of worth.
I love
Him.

Now I am still me, with my family. I am a mother who sometimes doesn’t shower. Sometimes I let my kids watch TV all day. Sometimes I feel depressed and overwhelmed with the responsibilities of motherhood and being a wife.
We have so much expected of us.
Sometimes I clean my house from top to bottom.
Other times it’s a mess top to bottom.
Some days I can complete a whole list of things to do.
Other days, I can hardly complete one task.
I am the first to admit my mistakes, as I make so many of them.
I am grateful to those who remind me of them.

Today I wonder, 
What if all women were friends?
What if we only spoke kind words?
What if we helped each other out more?
What if instead of saying something mean about someone, we were able to hold that in and take that same person a plate of goodies?
How our hearts would grow. I think it would be easier to love each other and ourselves.

This week, let's try really hard to become better friends with someone we usually don't talk to. Just one person. Get to know them.

Good luck, you can do it!



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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

This Christmas

I have been trying to avoid the Christmas music in stores. I don't understand why they need to blast it so loud so soon. I already feel like there aren't that many good Christmas songs and they are so over used.
Needless to say, I love Christmas, just not before December. Holly and jolly music will not be found in this home until then.
BUT...I am thinking about Christmas. This year is different. We have been so blessed to have everything we need this year and some extra wants. We are enjoying our new house and my husbands' new job that makes it possible for him to be home every night for dinner and on weekends. Blessings in abundance to say the least. That is why we have decided that we will not be buying any Christmas gifts this year. We will be making everything that we give.
First of all, I am a shop-a-holic. I do love a good sale. That is why I am not shopping at all in the month of December. I think shopping adds stress to the wonderful Christmas season. It can be so crazy. My husband has worked in retail for the last 7 years and we know first hand how rude people can be.
Second, can you remember every gift you bought for your kids last year? If you can remember all or some, which ones do they cherish? Which ones do they still play with? I can't remember the gifts and who knows if my kids still play with them. I remember every gift my mother made me when I was a child. I loved every one. Handmade gifts create memories. They create a bond of greater love in a family.
I am excited to see how this turns out. I will be busy busy. I am surprised my husband said he would go along with this!

Can you tell I am boycotting things that look like Christmas?

You can follow me on Pinterest to see what I will be making and of course I will be posting everything here for you to see.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Forget Not {printable}

I just loved conference 2 weekends ago. I was spiritually edified. If you would like to know more about conference you can go here.
I decided to do a free printable from Elder Uchtdorf's address to the women on the 24th of September. The size is 4" x 7" which is perfect for our new relief society book, Daughters in My Kingdom. You can print it out and laminate it or print it on some fun textured paper. You could even take some Visiting Teaching. I hope you enjoy.


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Saturday, October 8, 2011

I Love Fall {sale}

Time for a sale! 50% off sale that is. That means my Halloween prints are only 2.50 to download this week only! Onsies are 6.00 instead of 12. Headbands and cuffs are super low too!
Enter code ILOVEFALL to recieve discount.
If you want to pick up at my house, message me first and I'll set up a listing without shipping.

Jenny Made Etsy Shop



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Friday, October 7, 2011

A {rainy day} Dinner

There has been so much rain this week and I am in love with fall weather.
If you are like me, then you have an abundance of food from your garden or gardens of friends that need to be used up. I had some delicious tomatoes that were starting to wrinkle and looked unappetizing. So I decided to make Creamy Tomato Basil Soup. I also made some whole wheat baguettes to go with it. Here are the recipes straight from me to you.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup-Serves 2 adults and 2 little kids :)




1 T butter
1/2 small onion chopped
1 T whole wheat flour (you can't taste it but white works too)
1/2 C-1 C fresh tomatoes cut up
1 small can tomato paste
Small bunch of fresh basil
1 C chicken stock
1/2 C-1 C whipping cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter over med-low heat in sauce pan, add onions and most of the basil (leave 1-2 leaves for garnish). Cook 2 min. Add flour and stir constantly for 2-4 min (this creates the roux to thicken the soup) don't let it burn. Add the tomatoes and small can of tomato paste and cook for 5 min stirring occasionally. Add chicken stock slowly while stirring and add whipping cream a little at a time. Blend with a stick blender in the pan until smooth or put in a blender and then return to pan. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 10-15 min until thickened. Add 1-2 leaved chopped for garnish. Serve immediately.

Cutting tomatoes: I choose not to peel tomatoes. I think there is a lot of flavor in the peel and I also leave the seeds in. However you can do whatever method you like. It also takes more time to peel and de-seed the tomatoes.
Whipping Cream: You can substitute whipping cream by using half and half. It won't taste as creamy but still good. If you use half and half, only use 1/2 C chicken stock.


Whole Wheat Baguettes - 2 loaves



2 C hot tap water
1 T yeast
2 T sugar
1 1/2 t salt
3-4 C flour
1 T dough enhancer
1 T vital wheat gluten
4 C ice

Preheat oven to 425 degrees
In medium bowl, whisk water, yeast, and sugar. Set aside 10 min (this is where the yeast will activate and bubble). Pour into mixer and mix in salt, gluten, and enhancer. Mix in flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough no longer sticks to the sides. Continue mixing or knead dough until it becomes elastic. Turn dough onto counter and cut into 4 equal pieces. Roll each section into long thin ropes. Twist together 2 ropes to make one loaf. Pinch the ends to keep in place. Place both loaves on one cookie sheet with baking mat or parchment paper and bake right away or let rise 15-30 min. When ready to bake, fill cake pan with 4 C ice and place on very bottom rack of oven. Place bread on middle rack and close over door. Do not open until 15 min has passed. Bake 15-18 min until golden brown.

Whole wheat flour: I use whole white wheat flour. It is less gritty tasting and has more protein in it than red wheat flour. You can use the same amount of white flour, just omit the gluten and dough enhancer.

Ice: The ice melts and helps to keep the bread from breaking while baking. It's helpful but not necessary.

Oven timing: Each oven is different so it may help to check on the bread at 12 min. To make sure it's not burned on top.


How did yours turn out?
Happy Fall!



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Monday, October 3, 2011

Wear that Scarf!

This fall weather is great for my favorite accessory, scarves! I already knew of 4 ways to tie my scarves but I found this great video on how to tie them 25 different ways! So for all you fashionistas here is a treat for you.




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Monday, September 26, 2011

Shabby Apple {how i love thee}

So if you love Shabby Apple as well, head on over to Adventures in Dressmaking and enter to win this great skirt. Good luck!



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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wreath Week {number six}

The last wreath tutorial I have for you is a fun one with rosette flowers.


You will need:
Fun fabric of your choice (I chose a stretchy satin that I found in the remnants pile)
Wreath
Ribbon for hanging
Glue gun


Start out by wrapping your wreath in fabric.


Attach ribbon on wreath for hanging.


Make your rosettes. I made 8 but an odd number will look less symmetrical and add more interest.
(if you need some help rolling the flowers here's a great tutorial rolled fabric flower tutorial)




Lay rosettes on wreath in the order you want and then glue like there's no tomorrow.


This is so simple and fun to look at. Enjoy!


Wreath Week {number five}

Finally the second to last wreath tutorial!
This is a burlap wreath that I probably won't try again. I think I'm allergic to burlap! Who would've thought?

To get started you need 1/2-1 yard burlap
Wreath (I like the twig kind)
Glue gun
Ribbon to hang wreath
Sizzors
Vacuum (for clean-up!)



Start out by cutting a 2-3 inch strip of burlap the longest length of the fabric. Wrap around wreath using glue to secure when you start and finish. You may need a few strips to cover the wreath. Pull tight as you wrap.


Cut strips anywhere from 1-4 inches. For small ruffles do 1-2 inches. Large ruffles like mine were 3-4 inches wide.


Pull one of the strands of burlap in the center and it will ruffle. Don't pull it all the way through or you will loose your ruffle.


Wrap around the wreath securing with glue.


This is the mess that burlap can create. It will fray and depending on the look you want you can fray it more or less. 



Continue wrapping the ruffles until close to the end and add your ribbon.



Finish wrapping all the way around and you are done!


Hang and enjoy.

Tip: If you choose to use smaller ruffles, don't wrap all the way around the wreath. Just pile up the ruffles on the front of the wreath. It will look more whimsical and you won't have the bulk in the back.



Friday, August 26, 2011

{Out for a Week}

I am happy that I am feeling better but sad to say that my great grandmother has passed away at 96 years old. She was such a wonderful woman and we were really close. She gave me great advice on dating my husband and also encouraged me to always be virtuous in life. She will truly be missed.



I will be out for a week and I have been waiting to post my last two wreath tutorials along with a bunch of other fun things. See you back then! Thanks for your patience.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sick {today}

Do you ever have that one week that is going so well and then you wake up and you are sick?
Well, I woke up sick today and with a long list of things to do I can only rest. Bummer.
I will post a burlap wreath tutorial tomorrow and a felt one on Saturday. That is if I am feeling better.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wreath Week {number three} Book Wreath

I absolutely adore book wreaths. They are so whimsical and have a story to tell, literally! So I had to make one. I have seen many tutorials but I decided that I wouldn't look at any in reference and figure it out on my own. Here is what I came up with.



Pretty cute I think. Here is how I did it.
What you need:
Wreath (I use the twig ones wrapped in plastic. Cheaper and easy. Don't remove the plastic!)
Hot glue gun
Old book from a thrift store
Brown acrylic paint 




Step 1-The Book
Put a dab of paint on a paper plate. Put a small amount of water on the plate and mix together with plate.
Paint the edges of the book.
I ripped the cover off the book then painted. The paint should dry fairly fast. 
Then rip pages individually from the book. See the pile underneath my back up book. This may take 10-15 min.

Step 2-Folding and Gluing 
Fold each piece of paper accordion style. Make sure you pinch the ripped side and leave the painted side free.


Next crinkle the paper while still holding on to it.


Then open it back up. You will have the accordion structure but a worn look.



Then draw a line of hot glue on the back of the wreath and attach the book page along that line.


This is what it looks like from the back.


Next adhere to the center. Getting the back and center done first will save a lot of time later.



The inside from the back.

Step 3-Finishing
Attach the rest of the pages in the same as the back and middle.
The less space you leave, the more puffy it will look. Three to four rows should be good between the back and front. You may have to fold once at the base of the paper to keep a consistent height.



Voila! Look what you have done. So beautiful. You could even spray paint the edges a little with brown or dark yellow to look more antiqued. White would look really shabby chic.


By the way, this one is for sale for $25. Any takers? It's probably 18-20"

Check out some other ways to fold the paper.
Bumble Brier Boutique - Rolled book paper
Summerstead - This has lots of folding and is shorter. I love all the different styles.




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