Posts in the ‘Create’ Category

October 23rd, 2011

Sweet Scallops Tote Bag – A DIY Craft Project

My daughter Jenn recently blogged about a craft project she participated in that produced a super cute scalloped tote bag. She said it was easy and she did it in a day, so that intrigued me and I decided to participate in the Sew-a-long too! It’s from a blog called See Kate Sew, and the blog is definitely a fun read, plus she has tons of projects with step by step instructions.

I didn’t have time (or the money) to run to the store again for more fabric, since I had just been there to get the stuff for the laptop purse I’m about to make, so I just headed out to a small fabric stash I knew I had in my garage and luckily found a few fabrics I thought would work together for the scallops. But what to use for the main bag and straps? It needed to be a slightly heavier fabric than calico cotton, in order to give the bag some body.

Spying some garbage bags of clothing, waiting for a trip to the local Goodwill drop off, I got inspired. First I pulled out a pair of jeans, which might have worked, but then I found these brown paisley pants (what was I thinking when I bought those?) and thought they’d be perfect. So I ripped out the side seams and had enough fabric to use for the bag and straps. Sweet!

Scalloped tote bag

Full-length view of the scalloped tote bag


sweet scallops tote bag

Sweet scallops tote bag


scallops closeup

Close up view of the scallops


tote bag closeup

A closeup of the paisley pants fabric for the bag/straps


The lining fabric for the sweet scallops tote bag

The lining fabric

To be perfectly honest, I’m not really a fan of my finished product. It’s not Kate’s fault… it’s a great project, and if I’d been willing to shop for a better collection of fabrics at Joann’s or at my main fabric stash, which is currently located in a storage unit a mile from my house, it might have turned out prettier. Still, I showed it to my Mom and she loved it! So who knows? :)

Here’s the link to the SeeKateSew sew-a-long, which by the way is celebrating her blog’s birthday:

P.S. I liked this project so much, I started poking around to see what else she had and found a super cute “Little Button Pouch Tutorial“. It was so easy and produced this great little pouch, which I’m using to carry tea bags in my purse. Thanks, Kate!

Little Button Pouch

My Little Button Pouch Tea Bag Holder

October 20th, 2011

DIY Laptop Sleeve – Daily Photo

I recently bought a small laptop for nighttime work in front of the TV and for traveling, as my main PC now is a desktop PC and not portable. But my old laptop was huge and so are all the bags I carried it in. So I need a new laptop case, but didn’t want to pay big bucks to buy one, after buying two new PCs in the last month.

So I brainstormed, searched the Web and came up with a tentative design, which I haven’t made yet. But my plan is to insert a padded laptop sleeve inside this laptop “purse” I plan to make. This photo is the one I made of calico, lined with calico and padded with 2 layers of polyester quilt batting. It’s simple, but functional. Perhaps I’ll post a tutorial later on of how I made it…

DIY Laptop Sleeve

DIY Laptop Sleeve

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October 13th, 2011

A Little Case of Food Addiction

Cereal has been one of my food addictions

Cereal has been one of my food addictions

I come from a family that has suffered through some addiction issues, a pretty strong family history, actually, on a number of fronts. Me, I’m kind of a straight arrow and never really was at risk for anything real harmful. But I have had my own addictions… the computer, certainly (ongoing!), buying purses and fabric, and occasionally mild food addictions.

My biggest evidence of these food addictions seems to be over breakfast. Can’t really explain it. I just seem to get on kicks where I only want to eat one thing… every day… for weeks… or maybe months. I’m not like that with lunch, and certainly not with dinner, but in the morning… give me whatever I am currently craving please! :)

These addictions change from time to time. Here are some examples:

  • Yogurt with fruit, topped with grapenuts
  • Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Raisin bread
  • Honey Bunches of Oats

The list goes on. I’ll stick with a food for a while, and then one day, I just lose my taste for it and I’m on to the next addiction!

My Current Passion

I wrote last week about trying savory oatmeal. As I mentioned in that post, I’ve been eating quite a lot of oatmeal anyway, because of its many health benefits. But since I tried that savory oatmeal with egg, I can’t stop thinking about it. Every morning, that’s all I am in the mood for. I’ve made that recipe 3 times now! Yes, it’s that good, at least to my tastebuds.

I don’t know how long it will be until this craving passes. I’m just thankful my addictions are generally to healthy things! :)

October 12th, 2011

I Love to Cook!

I love to cook!One of my greatest pleasures in life has always been cooking, but especially the last few years, when I’ve had a partner who is truly willing to try anything… and cheer me on while I’m doing it. Truly, my husband is the best audience for my cooking that any wannabe chef could ever have. :)

My love affair with cooking began in childhood. I lived with a mother who loved to entertain and cook wonderful meals, plus was just a good cook even everyday. My grandmother also lived with us, and from her I learned to be fearless in my cooking adventures.

As a young married woman in the late 70s, I experimented with the fads of the times, from stir fry to fondue. My first husband was a fairly good audience too, except for his dislike of both ham and cheese, two of my favorite foods. But when we got divorced, cooking — except in its most basic form — kind of fell by the wayside. As a single mom with a burgeoning management career, I just didn’t have much time to cook. Add to that my daughters’ increasingly limited palettes, and my desire to experiment went largely out the window.

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October 9th, 2011

Savory Oatmeal Recipe #1 – Yumm!

Savory oatmeal with fried egg & parmesan cheese

Savory oatmeal with fried egg

One of the goals on my 101 list is to try 5 savory oatmeal recipes. If you’re not a foodie like me, savory refers to meal-type items, as opposed to sweets. At least that’s my understanding, from all the cooking shows I watch!

So I got this idea when searching for inspiration for my 101 list. I was intrigued. I’m on a quest to eat oatmeal every day, because it is so healthy for you. But I basically make it with raisins and cinnamon every day and even though I love oatmeal, it can get boring day after day. Going savory some of the time would mean I could mix things up and maybe have oatmeal for lunch now and then. But the whole idea sounded kind of weird to me. Still, I like to try new things…

So today, Sunday, I didn’t get to eat breakfast till after noon, so it was really more of a brunch. So a good time to try savory oatmeal, right?

I made the first recipe here, cooking my oatmeal in vegetable broth and then topping it with an over easy fried egg, a bit of seasoning and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. It was super yummy! I’d eat it again in a heartbeat.

So, one down… four to go on the first goal I’ve worked on on the list. Yay!

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