Saturday, December 1, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Branded! My hang tags. Like them? *Each one has a different background design.*
Scalloped Edge Quilted Baby Blanket
Snuggly Mini blanket and pillow set
I think it looks great - but I may be a little biased. Just a little though.
So now I can sew sew sew and fill those orders!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Thanks also to Lindsay Monihan for cutting all the patterns and fabrics (I know, the totes were horrible!!), helping with "the show", and listening all those days I talked your ears off about whatever happened to be bothering me at the moment. You are the best cousin ever!!!
Thanks Momma and Daddy for driving all the way to GA from LA to help me this weekend and for not letting me throw my sewing machine out the window when it quit on me Saturday night. Y'all are the best and I LOVE YOU!
Justin - I don't even know what to say. Thank you for the hours and hours of listening to me dream about this little business and for all the guidance on the actual "business" end of things. Thank you for cutting out potholder and tote fabric and for watching movies on the floor in the sewing room just so I wouldn't feel alone. Thank you for being my biggest fan and for saying you are "proud of me." You are the best husband ever and I love you more.
Finally, thanks to all the wonderful ladies of Christ Community Church in Conyers for the love and support and for actually showing up and buying things at the show today! You girls ROCK MY SOCKS and I love you all!!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Aprons and Mini-Me Aprons
I will also have all of the things listed under a previous post. I believe the post is titled Part Dos and Part Tres. If not, it's around there somewhere. Keep scrolling.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Traditional 1970's Prom pictures with the fake plant and everything!
Sarah (I mean, Wilma) and I
Justin and I with our cousin Erin aka Princess Fiona
With Zach and Sarah - I made their costumes!
No picture is complete without a member of Motley Crue (Michael)!
Justin, Jesse (Beetle Juice), Wes (Milk Carton with a missing child on it - his face was the missing child picture before he took it off), and James (oh James...there is NO ONE like him!!!)
Sunday, October 21, 2007
The weather was AMAZING this evening (it actually felt like fall) so we ate out on the balcony. We had candles and everything! Ok - everyone together now -- Awww. Thank you.
Here's a close up:
And here's the recipe:
New Orleans Shrimp 'n' Grits (modified)
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups water
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup grits
1 Tbsp oil
1 red pepper, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 small onion (I used vidalia), chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
1 lb peeled large shrimp
3/4 tsp each Old Bay seasoning and Tony Chachere's Cajun Seasoning
1 can sliced tomatoes, drained (or fresh plum tomatoes)
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar
1) GRITS: Bring milk, water, garlic and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Whisk in grits, cover, reduce heat to simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until smooth and thickened.
2) SHRIMP: Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Saute red and green peppers, onion, and garlic. Add shrimp and Old Bay and cajun seasonings; cook two minutes. Add tomatoes; cook until shrimp are just cooked through, about 1 minute.
3) Remove grits from heat; sprinkle cheese on grits. Serve shrimp and veggies over grits.
*I mis-read the recipe (it's amazing that I even looked at the recipe - - I have a bad habit of straying) and added a whole TABLESPOON each of Old Bay and Cajun seasonings. I was terrified that it was going to be too salty, but it was still wonderful! In the future I will cut back on the seasonings a bit (to be able to taste individual flavors a little better) but I don't know that I would cut back to 3/4 a TEASPOON - in my opinion you wouldn't even taste it with that little seasoning. Also - I completely forgot about the tomatoes and left them out . It tasted great anyway - but next time I'll be sure to remember those.=)
** I bought pre-cooked shrimp with the tails still attached. Pre-cooked was the way to go, but next time I will remove the tails before cooking and serving them. It would have been nice to just eat without worrying about biting off the tails!
In the words of Sid the sloth - "BON APPETIT!"
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Please be praying for me the next couple of weeks as The Show draws closer -- there is much to do and only me to do it!
Thanks for the interest! You guys ROCK my socks!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Please ignore the stupid timestamp - I forgot to turn it off (Thanks Zach for teaching me how!) before I took them.
Moments earlier this is what I was photographing:
Gracie walked away during his "magic trick" (hiding one pipe inside the other). In her defense, we had both already watched him do it AT LEAST 10 times so I can't really blame her! It cracks me up that literally moments after this I was able to capture their little hug from the top picture. Kids!
Monday, October 8, 2007
1) Under The Tuscan Sun
2) Return To Me
3) The Family Stone
All three make me happy. There are many more movies that make me happy too - those three just seem to be consistently in the Top 10-20.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
This one is from the Lotus by Amy Butler Collection. It is much more amazing in person.=)
If you have any suggestions of what I can do with these send them my way!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
This was a very teachable moment for me. I have learned the importance of research. I spent all of last night and this morning reading reviews of machines and testing them out at the shop and decided to purchase a new Singer CG-500. There is nothing fancy about it - no 2,394,812 stitches or bells and whistles - but it is COMMERCIAL grade and is what is used in schools so it is made to run 6+ hours a day and last for 25+ years. Surely this can handle my sewing. Surely. Please Lord! Also - the base is metal and it reminds me a lot of the the machine I learned how to sew on (my mom's 1970-something old hoopty) so I feel comfortable with it already.
Monday, September 10, 2007
On top of all the stuff I need to go out and buy for The Show (that is quickly approaching), my sewing machine has stubbornly decided to stop sewing and only make a terrible motor-burning-out-ish noise. I nearly threw it out the window (that is one thing I love about our apartment - there is always a window handy for throwing things out!!), but my husband managed to convince me that in the long run I probably wouldn't feel any better when the smashed up machine had to be completely replaced by a brand new machine (by the way - this machine was just purchased in early June!!). Needless to say the machine didn't plummet to its death and remained on the third floor until I carried it safely downstairs and put it in the car to take to the local Singer shop. Hopefully it won't cost me $100 to repair a machine that only cost me $160 in the first place!
It is very frustrating to have a broken machine when you have tons of ideas and little projects in your head. Of course I am feeling uber creative right now while I am 20 minutes from home relishing every moment of "Quiet Time" (aka nap time). Lord willing my machine will be up and running again this evening and I won't have to go broke to get it fixed! I'll go crazy if I can't sew SOON!
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Justin and I are at my parent's house on the lake in Louisiana for the Labor Day weekend. We are buying my dad's truck and spending some time with them. We are also celebrating my 24th birthday (which isn't until NEXT Saturday, but I won't be with them then so we are celebrating now). I love birthdays! They are wonderful!
As far as MoonPie Designs goes, I have a show set for the beginning of October that is keeping me very busy and, I must admit, a little stressed. My inventory was pretty much wiped out after my last trip to Louisiana in July (thanks to my wonderful family who loves everything that I do!) so I am having to work extra hard to build it back up. I'm also adding several new goodies so that is exciting (and again, stressful!). I'll have pictures up of some stuff soon (also thanks to Zach).