Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy 1yr Blogiversary to me.....

Oh my......what a year this has been!!  Can you believe today 12/29/2011 is my 1 year blog anniversary!!  Wow, time sure has flown!  


I'm glad and happily anticipating what the New Year has to bring.  Not only in my life outside of blogger but with all my new friends here on the blog.  What's next for me.....who knows!! Baby, new job ?????????  Thank you to everyone that takes the time to stop by and read my crazy posts or look at my pictures!!  

Well if you'd like to read my very 1st post here it is.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas to you!!

 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from my family to yours!!  

Is it weird that i keep humming the dang Lexus tune from the commercials?? No, it's just super annoying!! On the other hand do you think it'd be okay if I demanded a BIG RED BOW on all of my gifts....nah I'd just get the AYOOYM look- oh that means "ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND" hahaha!

Well, I probably won't be back on here till after the New Year - maybe!  I can't stay away too long.  I wanted to say thank you to all of my new readers and visitors.  Thank you for stopping by and for all of the lovely comments.  I hope that you will stick with me in the New Year....I have tons of projects that I have started - furniture re-do's, guest room make-overs, sewing products, food recipes.....I've been really busy.  I can't wait to share.

Here is a snazzy little tune that I found for you, Enjoy!!

I this video!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Finished project - New Tote Bag!

Hey everyone....

Can you believe that this weekend is Christmas already!!  I can''s coming too fast!  Where's the pause button?

Well here is a semi-tutorial for a simple tote bag.  Everyone one can make bags, well at least I hope you can. So I won't bore you with too many details, I'll just make you go insane with all the pictures!! hahaha!!  If you haven't noticed already, I like to post lots of pics. I'm not that much of a writer so I post pics, duh!

Here is a tote that I've been working on for a while, only because I have had so much stuff to finish.  This is a birthday present for my besties daughter. Which I call my fake niece....I'm her aunt but not by blood! Her birthday was on Nov. 29, so yeah I'm pretty behind on it! I guess it's gonna be a Christmas gift now. lol!  She turned 13 years old, oh my....where have the years gone?  Now I do feel old. 

Many people sew totes differently, I usually sew mine 2 different ways. I always get compliments. Which is a good thing!

Here are the 2 ways I sew totes:

1) I sew 1 outside shell with gussets, 1 inside shell with gussets. then fit the shells together and sew the top, pockets and handles. It can be reversible.
2) I sew 1 outside and 1 inside together to make a wall, then sew both walls together, make the gussets and expose the guts (seams) as like to call them. If the inside is a solid color the exposed seams give it a pop of color when you open the bag. I'll have to post a pic so you can see what I'm talking about.  

Totes can come in all shapes and sizes, shore and wide, tall and skinny.  So it's up to you to decide those dimensions. 

On to the bag!!
  •  I cut out 4 pieces for the bag (2 for in/2 for out) and 4 pieces for the pockets (2 for in/2 for out).  I cut out 2 strips for the handles. I cut out 2 pieces of interfacing for the bag, 2 for the pockets and 2 strips for the handles.

I ♥'d this fabric!! Her mom helped me pick it out.
I made my pockets. 2 pocket pieces and interfacing.
I found my center and sewed my pocket onto one of the outside  pieces.
Sew up the outside pieces, right sides facing each other.

  • After sewing a 1/4 inch seam, I open and press the seams. I do the sides and the bottoms.  Then I open the corners to make my marks for the gussets.


Measure 2 inches down from the tip.
Can you see my chalk line?
I have no idea why this pic is upside down!!
Well I just cut the triangle off. I usually leave about a  1/4 inch.
Here is the outside shell turned right side out.
  • The following pictures just show me doing the exact same thing as above just adding the interfacing to the inside shell.

Measure, find my center and sew.
Put the two pieces together, right sides facing each other.
Then sandwich with the 2 large interfacing pieces, then sew.
I pressed seams, added the gussets and cut.
This shell doesn't have to be flipped.

  • Now that the shells are done, insert the inside shell and fit it together. Now I'm ready to fold and press the top down and get it ready for the handles.

Fit the shells together.
Fold down about 1 inch, then press.  Then another fold and press.

  • Take the strips for the handles and fold and press like you would while making a binding, press interfacing down the middle.

Fold and press
Folded and pressed, ready to sew the sides.
Sew down one side.
Flip over and sew down the other side.

  • Now that that's done I'm ready to sew on the handles. Flip tote inside out and get a couple of pins to secure the handles in place.

I align the handle with the side of the pocket, push the edge of the handle up the folded top.
Secure with a pin and sew my 1st line. (the bottom of the fold)

Fold over the handle and sew the second line. (the top part of the fold)

Done!! Now turn right side out and admire!!
(this is not the best pic, but  you can see  the inside!!
It can be used either way. I ♥ reversible!)

I really like the way this tote came out....the colors are awesome!! Perfect for a 13 year old.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Golden Globe Noms!


Here are the nominations that were announced yesterday in LA.  
How cool would it be announce the nominations? 

*can I just say Sofia Vergara is a beautiful woman, but when she speak she just ruins it. lol! Maybe it's just me....I wonder if men feel the same way. (she was one of the announcers)
The hubs and I are big movie watchers....we love everything from animations to documentary.  Sometimes it's hard to watch all of the movies with our time schedule. So we're still trying to catch up.....of the Drama's nominated we've seen Hugo and Moneyball, which by the way were awesome movies. I highly recommend them. 

Still on the list to be seen:
The Help
The Descendants
The Ides of march
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Young Adult
The Artist

wow, there sure are a lot of "The" movies this year.

Best Motion Picture - Drama
"Rampart" - opens on Jan. 27, 2012
"The Descendants"
"The Help"
"The Ides of March"
"War Horse"
Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
"The Artist"
"Midnight in Paris"
"My Week With Marilyn"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Glenn Close - "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis - "The Help"
Rooney Mara - "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"
Meryl Streep - "The Iron Lady"
Tilda Swinton - "We Need to Talk About Kevin"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
George Clooney - "The Descendants"
Leonardo DiCaprio -"J. Edgar"
Michael Fassbender - "Shame"
Ryan Gosling - "The Ides of March"
Brad Pitt - "Moneyball"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
Jodi Foster - "Carnage"
Charlize Theron - "Young Adult"
Kristen Wiig - "Bridesmaids"
Michelle Williams - "My Week With Marilyn"
Kate Winslet - "Carnage"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
Jean Dujardin - "The Artist"
Brendan Gleeson - "The Guard" 
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - "50/50"
Ryan Gosling - "Crazy, Stupid, Love"
Owen Wilson - "Midnight in Paris"
Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Berenice Bejo - "The Artist"
Janet McTeer - "Albert Nobbs"
Octavia Spencer - "The Help"
Jessica Chastain - "The Help"
Shailene Woodley - "The Descendants"
Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Kenneth Branagh - "My Week With Marilyn"
Albert Brooks - "Drive"
Jonah Hill - "Moneyball"
Viggo Mortensen - "A Dangerous Method "
Christopher Plummer - "Beginners"
Best Director - Motion Picture
Woody Allen - "Midnight in Paris"
George Clooney - "The Ides of March"
Michel Hazanavicius - "The Artist"
Alexander Payne - "The Descendants" Martin Scorsese - "Hugo"
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
"Midnight In Paris" - Woody Allen
"The Ides of March" - George Clooney , Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
"The Artist" - Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" - Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
"Moneyball" - Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian
Best Original Song - Motion Picture
"Gnomeo & Juliet "- "Hello Hello" (Elton John)
"Machine Gun Preacher" - "The Keeper" (Chris Cornell)
"Albert Nobbs" - "Lay Your Head Down" (Glenn Close)
"The Help" - "The Living Proof" (Mary J. Blige)
"W.E." - "Masterpiece" (Madonna)
Best Original Score - Motion Picture
"The Artist" - Ludovic Bource
"W.E." - Abel Korzeniowski
"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
"Hugo" - Howard Shore
"War Horse" - John Williams
Best Animated Feature Film
"The Adventures of Tintin"
"Arthur Christmas"
"Cars 2"
"Puss in Boots"
Best Foreign Language Film
"The Flowers of War" (China)
"In The Land of Blood and Honey" (USA - directed by Angelina Jolie)
"The Kid With The Bike" (Belgium)
"A Separation" (Iran)
"The Skin I Live In" (Spain)
Best Television Series - Drama
"American Horror Story" (FX)
"Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
"Boss" (Starz)
"Game of Thrones" (HBO)
"Homeland" (Showtime)
Best Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
"Enlightened" (HBO) 
"Episodes" (Showtime) 
"Glee" (FOX) 
"Modern Family" (ABC) 
"New Girl" (FOX)
Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama
Claire Danes - "Homeland"
Mireille Enos - "The Killing"
Julianna Margulies - "The Good Wife"
Madeleine Stowe - "Revenge"
Callie Thorne - "Necessary Roughness"
Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama
Steve Buscemi - "Boardwalk Empire"
Bryan Cranston - "Breaking Bad"
Kelsey Grammer - "Boss"
Jeremy Irons - "The Borgias"
Damian Lewis - "Homeland"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Laura Dern - "Enlightened"
Zoe Deschanel - "New Girl"
Tina Fey - "30 Rock"
Laura Linney - "The Big C"
Amy Poehler - "Parks and Recreation"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin - "30 Rock"
David Duchovny - "Californication"
Johnny Galecki - "The Big Bang Theory"
Thomas Jane - "Hung"
Matt LeBlanc - "Episodes"
Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
"Cinema Verite" (HBO)
"Downton Abbey Masterpiece" (PBS)
"The Hour" (BBC America) 
"Mildred Pierce" (HBO)
"Too Big To Fail" (HBO)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Romola Garai - "The Hour"
Diane Lane - "Cinema Verite"
Elizabeth McGovern - "Downton Abbey Masterpiece"
Emma Watson - "Appropriate Adult"
Kate Winslet - "Mildred Pierce"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hugh Bonneville - "Downton Abbey Masterpiece"
Idris Elba - "Luther"
William Hurt - "Too Big To Fail"
Bill Nighy - "Page Eight Masterpiece"
Dominic West - "The Hour"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Lang - "American Horror Story"
Kelly MacDonald - "Boardwalk Empire"
Maggie Smith - "Downton Abbey Masterpiece"
Sofia Vergara - "Modern Family"
Evan Rachel Wood - "Mildred Pierce"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Peter Dinklage - "Game of Thrones"
Paul Giamatti - "Too Big To Fail"
Guy Pearce - "Mildred Pierce"
Tim Robbins - "Cinema Verite"
Eric Stonestreet - "Modern Family"

Well I hope you enjoy your weekend and catch up with your Christmas Shopping or maybe catch a movie!!  Whatever makes you happy!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Semi Wordless-Wednesday - In the Craftroom

This is my pin-cushion.....don't judge!! Hahaha!!
Let me introduce you to Ms.Blob!

She's been with me for a while. Always here to hold a pin, needle or anything that comes her way.

Let's just say it was a cute sewing project gone bad!!  

This is the reject section...  Sometimes these crooked pins come in handy.

It even has a little handle on it!! Yes, I know it doesn't even match.  Hey it works for me!

I don't even remember what it was supposed to be.  Star, flower, cloud....oh well now it's my big pin-cushion!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Don't you just love the Holiday's??

Head on over to midwestern {sewing} girl to link up pictures of your Christmas Tree!!  What a neat way to showcase your tree!!   She will also be having a give away. Hurry on over!!

Thanks Maggie you're super awesome for doing this! 

Why O why!!

Someone please answer me this!  

Why would someone leave a $13 million inheritance to a CAT?  His name is Tomasso.
Cash, property in Rome, Milan and land in some place called Calabria.
Here is the story if you'd like to read it.


Oh don't get me wrong I have two adopted cats that I ♥ so much.  I love cats and dogs, and fish and turtles but I would definitely be leaving that cash to some real people. Maybe some less fortunate people!! Yes, this was a rescued stray cat but really $13 mil......I think maybe $100,000 would've been suffice and I'm being generous.

This is just to insane, it hurts my my heart knowing that this cat has all of this! What is he gonna go skiing, visit Hollywood or learn how to speak HUMAN!!  I'm sure this 93 year old lady was super nice and just amazing, but how can you not be aware of poverty. I'm sure there is poverty in Rome.

Still shaking my head on this unfair!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday Laugh!! - dane cook shark and bees

 I needed a laugh this afternoon!!  This day has been dragging, I'm sooo ready for the weekend. 
 If you need a laugh too then by all means press play!! 

CAUTION : there are a lot of curse words! I'm just warning people that may be offended by these bad words.

This stick figure animation always cracks me up!

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!! Get finished Christmas shopping, enjoying a movie or what ever makes you Happy!  

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

oh my!! Google+ = Monster Headache!

This google+ thing is soooo confusing and it's making my head hurt!!

Just thought I'd let you all know!

Guess what I did last night?

Besides burning my finger tips off.  Yup, I made more Pebbles Pics.  
Well this batch was made with different Christmas pics.

Again, this is not really a tutorial since I didn't take any pics of the how-to part.  But they are super easy to make and make great little gifts.  

Here's what was used:
glue gun/glue sticks
glass pebbles from $ store
Christmas pics

Once you decide on the pics you will use,  apply glue to the flat side of the pebble and press firmly on to the pic until all the air bubbles reach the end.  Then let the glue cool, now you are ready to cut the excess glue and paper off. (Adults should do this part if you decide to make this with kids.) Since I use the magnet tape, I just cut off a piece and remove the backing and stick onto the pebble pic.

These pics are from a Holiday scrapbook magazine.

These are ornament pics from the Target catalog.

These pics are from different Christmas wrapping paper I have.

These pics are from old Pottery Barn Holiday catalogs.

Random pics from a holiday magazine.

cute huh!!

Well I hope you liked my Christmas Pebble.

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