Monday, April 23, 2012

Hoop de Hoop

My new obsession is mini creations in embroidery hoops.  I have a bunch saved on my Hoop Dreams board on Pinterest.
This hoop was inspired by a hoop made by Gwenny Penny on Pinterest. 
Encouraged by my sister, I did more of a free motion outlining instead of the straight stitch I normally stick to.  I'd really like to make a whole series of these with different animals.  Quick, easy and fun, right up my alley!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Goal Oriented Crafting

I think my biggest challenge in being creative is getting started.  I surf Pinterest and blogs all week thinking of all I can work on over the weekend.  The problem is, once the weekend comes, I have no clue what I actually want to spend time on.  I think I've finally found the way to stay focused.  I got an idea from elleandblair via Pinterest. 

This has literally changed my crafting life. 
 I made my own version of a Goal List (below) based on the one I found and I rotate
out the post-its as needed.

I have always been a "list" person, but once I wrote something on the list I felt bound to I had to do it because I had written it down.  (Hello, OCD!)  This is the perfect solution because if I find something I want to do I add it on a post-it and remove one of my "lesser" goals.  No guilt, no eraser, no messy crossed out lines (which I totally don't believe in anyway!)
How do you stay organized and/or motivated??

By the way, stay tuned for some crafty updates soon.  My sister (Quilted Cupcake) and I spent the day sewing together yesterday and I'm super excited to share the projects I completed and some great tips she passed along to me!


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Bunny Butt

I love Spring.  I'm not a big fan of Summer, but Spring and all of the bright vibrant colors that accompany it make me feel like I'm waking up after a Winter of hibernating.

I whipped up this cute lil project in very little time.  It was inspired by a paper garland I'd seen on Etsy from psitsinthedetails via Pinterest.  The original is super adorable and made me think, I could do that with fabric!

I hand-drew the pattern and added a yoyo and a pom pom for the tail.  Easy as pie!
I'm thinking of downsizing the pattern and making a lil fabric garland of them too.
I'm so happy to have my crafting mojo going at full speed ahead!  I'm trying to be a more organized crafter as well, so I will have some posts soon on how I keep organized.
Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

White Chicken Enchilladas

I have a really cute last minute Easter project to share this weekend, but right now my internet is not feeling well and keeps dumping me offline. (Cross your fingers, the cable guy is coming tomorrow and is not leaving until he fixes this ongoing problem!)  I'm a pretty passive person, but don't mess with my cable/internet.  Last time we had a cable problem that wasn't fixed correctly I ended up calling the president of the company's secretary (don't ask how I got her number, it's a secret) and the "lucky" manager who refused to get on the phone and speak to me - flat out REFUSED!- ended up looking for a new job and we got 6 months of free cable.  Like I said, don't mess with my cable/internet.

Anyway, I wanted to share a picture of the absolutely DIVINE enchilada recipe I found and made from Pinterest.  This was soooo good.  J and I have been together for almost 10 years and he said it was the best dinner I've ever made.  Now, I am not the family cook.  I bake, mostly desserts, and J cooks, so I haven't made the majority of dinners around here, but I've made my share.  So that tells you how awesome this is.

I left the chile's out because I don't do spicy, but otherwise I followed the recipe that you can find HERE.  I have to tell you, I have a lil girl crush on Joyful Momma for introducing this awesome-ness to my life!

Check back tomorrow or Sunday for my Easter quickie.  I adapted something I found on Pinterest to an easy sewing pattern.  Mega Cute!