Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine Breakfast

Happy Valentine's Day!
We decided to enjoy a breakfast of homemade blueberry muffins and coffee to start off the day since our Valentine evening plans include swim lessons. Nugget even got a special Valentine's kiss from dad before he left from work. 
This was my first time trying this recipe and Eric gave it a two thumbs up approval to add to my recipe collection.
Blueberry Muffins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until done.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Padded Camera Strap Cover Tutorial

So lately I have been making some camera strap covers so I thought that I would make a quick tutorial.  I think these are really fun to make but I guess I can only use so many.
Here is a list of what you will need:
Batting (I used natural cotton batting)
Two Coordinating Fabrics
Coordinating Thread
This tutorial is for a camera strap with each side of the strap having a different fabric.
1. Cut two strips of batting each measuring 3 by 24 inches
2. Cut one strip from each fabric measuring 3 by 28 inches
3. Fold the 3 inch side of your fabric edge in by 1 1/2 inches, I used a seam gauge to do this. Press well by using a steam setting on your iron. To this to both of your fabric pieces.

4. Center your batting between the two ends you pressed in (the batting will be slightly shorter than the length of your pressed fabric).
5. Sew across the ends you folded in to secure your batting and fabric together. I prefer to sew mine in three spots on each end, usually stitching close to the folded fabric edge, the raw end, and somewhere in between.
 6. Ruffle - optional
A. Cut a strip of fabric 2 1/2 inches the width of your fabric
B. Surge around all the edges.
C. Mark the center of your strip on the right side of the fabric, I used a Pilot FriXion highlighter. Check out my post about this highlighter here.
D. Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length possible. Sew on your center marking making sure you DO NOT backstitch.
E. Pull on your bobbin thread (the bottom thread) to gather your fabric.
F. Decide placement of the ruffle on one of your straps and pin the ruffle in place (see picture below). Sew in the center of your ruffle to secure to strap.
G. Apply heat using iron to make the highlighter marking disappear.
7. Place right side of fabric together lining up all the fabric and batting edges. The batting should be on the outside at this point.

8. Surge both lengths of the strap thus securing the side together.

9. Turn right side out - I used a dandy tool called Dirtz Quick Turn to make this job much easier.
10. And your done! 


Friday, February 3, 2012

Grocery Store Detour

So Anna and I took a little detour on our way to the grocery store to get some whole milk.  Frost is on everything today so I thought it would be worth a drive out to the reservoir.  We weren't out there long but we snapped a couple of shots in hopes of at least capturing half the beauty of today's frost.
If anyones has some good photography tips in regards to taking pictures of frost and/or taking picture in fog I would love some pointers!
Also just a quick note - I used a Paint Shop Pro script on the bottom two right pictures.  The script I used is called Ultra Tone.

Camera Bag Insert

Here is a camera bag insert that my mom made for me for Christmas and I LOVE it! 

When I bought my camera I got free camera bag, which in my case means a basic and boring bag that kinda works.  I believe my mom found some examples on either Etsy or Pinterest and designed this one just for me.  I fits perfectly in my purse - the Miche Big Bag - so it will work great when I want to bring my camera along with me. 
She made lots of pockets both on the inside and outside of the insert and she made the padding inserts inside of the insert adjustable by using velcro so it will fit any lens.  This insert also just so happens to fit inside of my basic & boring camera bag that I already had.  I took part of that bag and recovered it with matching fabric that my mom gave me so that I would have a top for my insert (see bottom right picture).
My mom said she had some pointers on making a camera bag insert so if you are interested just let me know - I can see if she would want to pass along some of that information.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Product Review - Pilot FriXion Light

So I received this Pilot FriXion Light from my mom as a Christmas present and I finally gave it a try the other day.  My mom told me it was a highlighter that you can use on fabric and if you apply heat to it that it disappears.  This came in super handy as I worked on changing part of my camera bag insert (see the black padded object in top left of picture).  What I did was make a mark with my FriXion highlighter (pictured on bottom left) as to where I needed to sew my fabric to make a decorative cover for the ugly black padded piece.  I have two separate examples.  On the top right you can see what part I had applied an iron to - you can't see the pink anywhere.  On the bottom right I used my FriXion highlighter again to highlight were I wanted to sew and then again - apply a little heat and the pink disappeared.  I will do another post in regard to my camera bag insert (another Christmas present that I received) with my final pictures of this project.

I did a little more research on this product and from what I can tell it is really is an erasable highlighter that is for paper, I gave that a try too and it worked wonders.  Anyways, thanks for the great Christmas present mom!  I am going to love having this "fabric" highlighter.  I am sure I am going to use a ton when I work on my sewing projects!