Monday, December 27, 2010

A NOOK cover for my mom!

Here's my next version (improvement) on a NOOK cover. I covered the elastic strap's ugliness and lined it with linen.

These are just adorable!  I may have to make and stock some in my Etsy shop....if I can pull myself away from Angry Birds.

I've also showcased this on Skip To My Lou today!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

It's a NOOK Christmas; it needs a cover.

Here's the Nook pouch I made this morning while the kids were distracted with their new gifts. It's a simple linen pouch to keep my Nook safe until I hash a permanent plan.

I made a button hole opening in the bottom for the charging cord and used a strip of elastic to hold the flap secure.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Are you ready?!!

Merry Christmas from sew.simply.creative!

P.S. I found this cute countdown Santa at JoAnn's a few weeks ago. Can't wait to hit their 'after Christmas' sale to get a head start on next year!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Simple last minute foodie treats to make! ~ Recipes included.

In 15 minutes, I whipped out a few Christmas goodies.  Neither my husband nor my oldest son like "chocolate" ~ weird, I know.  So, I wanted to make some treats that they would enjoy.

Using the recipe for Peppermint Meringues,  I made a batch of these.  They have barely 4 simple and yummy!  Although, for my next batch, I may mix the candies up in the meringue batter instead of sprinkling them on top.

Then I wanted to make some Peppermint Bark, and that took all of 5 minutes.  Here's the recipe I "came up with", not that it's rocket-science.

Simple Peppermint Bark

  • Combine 1 (12 oz.) bag of Nestle white chocolate morsels, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, and a splash of peppermint extract together in a glass bowl.
  • Melt in microwave for up to 2 minutes at 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds.
  • While you are melting the chocolate, grab 2-3 candy canes off your Christmas tree and crush them in a zip-loc bag. (I think I used the base of my hand mixer, ha!)
  • Pour chocolate onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spread it around (quickly!) to desired thickness.  Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top.  
  • Place in frig until cooled and hardened.  Crack apart into bite-sized pieces and store in a pretty metal holiday tin in the frig!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tracking Santa and those last few days of preparations!

Is your family tracking Santa this year?  I just love the Norad Santa Tracker! Check out this video to get your kids excited.. as if they're not already!  {Scenes from 2009 below - my little guy loved it!}

And then you've got to make a yummy treat like White chocolate Holiday Bark.  I'm hearing that Santa is asking for it this year!

And don't forget about Santa's reindeer ~ they need a treat, too! Here's some Magic Reindeer Food to try and a cute printable tag for it from The Moody Fashionista.  Super Cute!

What have you got to do these last few days to make your Christmas special?

~~ Merry Christmas Week! ~~

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Faux "snow globe" ornament tutorial

Here's a gorgeous way to add a personal touch to some store-bought glass globe ornaments.  They remind me of snow globes, although you certainly won't want to shake them. Don't be fooled into thinking that I came up with this on my own ~ ha!  On my quest for handmade ornament ideas, I was inspired by a post I saw on the Infarrantly Creative blog.

Supplies you'll need:
  • Epsom salt (for snow)
  • clear, glass ornaments
  • cute ribbon
Odds are, you have most of this on hand anyway!

Grab yourself a little helper to help you pour 2-3 Tablespoons of Epsom salt into each ornament.  The tops of the ornaments pop right off..and back on easily.  I eyeballed the amount I poured in to fill each one about 1/4 - 1/3 of the way full.  Be warned: they will get heavy if you fill them too much.

Tie with a pretty ribbon, add an ornament hanger and you are done!  See?  Majorly easy...and really pretty.

Find me at Made by Me Monday on Skip to My Lou!
I'm already planning on making these cute Santa Belly ornaments next year with the kids! Check them out!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ribbon ornaments a la Martha Stewart

This year, I want to hand make many of my ornaments.  The other night while sitting in front of the TV, I worked on some of these Ribbon Ornaments using the instructions found on the Martha Stewart website.  They were quick to assemble once I got the hang of it.  I just used some grosgrain ribbon I had on hand and this is what I came up with!  (note: using ribbon that has the pattern on both sides of it works better)


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I'd been wanting to tackle Fitted Table Cloths

Awhile back, I stumbled across a quickie tutorial for a fitted tablecloth on the Smashed Peas and Carrots blog.  I added it to my blog 'bucket list' of projects I want to try one day.  My kids constantly pull and tug at my tablecloths and never fail to nearly pull them right off.  I've tried an elasticized table cloth before, but this sounded way easier.

Recently I picked up a $5 flannel-backed vinyl table cloth (read: wipes messy boys' spills up easily!) for the holidays.   It was oblong and I needed a square for my kitchen table, so I figured this was the perfect time to try out the fitted table cloth.

It was a simple matter of hacking off the excess with my serger, and then clipping the triangles at the corner to make a boxed edge.

It really was pretty easy, and I'll totally make another one soon!  Thanks so much for sharing your great tutorial, Smashed Peas and Carrots!  Be sure to check it out, too!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Classy Steno notepad cover ~ tutorial ~

I think these make darling (and useful!) gifts for friends and co-workers.  Not only will your office pals use these with style, but wouldn't they make cute journals, too??!  You'll love this easy tutorial ~ there's only four pieces to the pattern.  Grab your scraps and let's get started!

Materials needed:
Cut 1: 7" x 20.5" rectangle (exterior fabric)
Cut 1: 6.5" x 20" rectangle of fusible interfacing, such as Pellon
Cut 2: 7" x 7.5"  rectangles (pocket sleeve - I use the same exterior print for this.)
Cut 1: 7" x 9" rectangle (lining - I use a coordinating print)
6" x 9" Steno Pad

Optional items: (highly recommended)
8" strip of 1/4" wide elastic
Heat-n-Bond Lite for any applique' work you might want to add

  • Fuse your interfacing to wrong side of exterior fabric piece by centering it onto the wrong side. (TIP: I cut my interfacing a bit smaller than the fabric to reduce the bulk when sewing and turning the piece.  It gives it a cleaner finish ~ trust me)
  • Add any applique' detail to front using the Heat-n-Bond Lite. (TIP: Try enlarging an initial in lowercase 'Subway' font to size 250 or 400 in a word processing program.  Print it and cut it out to use as an applique'.)
  • Pin strip of elastic 2.5" up from the bottom.


  • On the top end of each of the 7" x 7.5" pieces, turn under one (1) of the 7 inch ends one-quarter inch.  Press with iron.  Fold it again one-quarter inch. Press and top-stitch.
  • Using your pinking shears, cut the 7" ends of  your lining piece so that they are zig-zagged.  If you don't have this kind of scissors, just use your machine and zig-zag (or serger) the ends so they don't fray over time.  They won't ever show, so don't bother hemming them - you just don't want them to fray.  I guess you could just fray check the ends, too.  
  • Layer the pieces as follows (see picture below):
    • bottom layer --> long exterior piece, right side up.
    • middle layer --> place each hemmed pocket sleeve piece right side down on each end of the exterior piece, matching raw edges.
    • top layer --> lining piece should be centered right side down along the exterior piece.  the zig-zagged ends of the lining will overlap the hemmed edges of the pocket sleeves. 
  •  Pin and stitch all the way around the perimeter of the exterior piece, using a 1/4" seam allowance.   Trim corners.  I like to use my pinking shears on the seam allowances.

  • Turn right side out, beginning with turning the lining.  Then, turn each pocket sleeve.  Press.

  • Insert the steno pad and you are done!

I promise, these can be whipped out in no time!  Use the assembly line approach and make several at once; then you'll always have a gift ready to give. :)
Merry Christmas from sew.simply.creative!

    Saturday, December 11, 2010

    Giving a shout out to JoAnn's for some new goodies I see them carrying!

    Admittedly, I've had a hectic 2010 that gave me no time for my crafting endeavors, however, with some Christmas projects and decorating on my agenda this month, I ventured over to JoAnn's and was THRILLED to stumble upon some PUL fabric in stock!  Lots of colors and prints too!!  Usually I have to order it online. Maybe it's been there all year long and I'm just the last one to the party, but regardless, I'm jazzed!

    I love to use PUL (it's a polyester, wipe-able fabric that if often used in cloth diapers) as a lining for my sandwich wraps, quart-sized fabric baggies and anything else you want to be able to protect from wetness.   I'm needing a new bag to collect my dirty kitchen towels and cloth napkins.  Otherwise, my boys will just pile dirty towels on the counter *sigh*.  For these, I just add a velcro strap to the bag and attach it to my oven handle.  Once full, I toss the entire bag full of dirties into the washing machine.  No worries, I'll post a pic of the next one I make!
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