Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Ethan Shirt Flip

Want to see my latest sew? Head on over to Frances and Suzanne's!


And come back here tomorrow for the rest of our rakhi pictures. I'm spending the rest of the day editing, I promise!


Have you been to Raspberry Creek lately?  I'm crushing on this gorgeous butterfly print. Some prints are just too pretty to be used on clothes that will be outgrown. I look at this and see a set of pillows! What do you think?


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How To Make Indian Flatbread... plus a Cuisnart Handheld Mixer Review

Rotis, chapatis, puris, thepla, debhra... flatbreads are a huge part of Indian cuisine... and consequently a huge part of my life.

We were lucky enough to grow up with a mom that made roti nearly every day. I don't make it as often, but they are still my kids favorite food.

A few weeks ago my mom, grandma and I got together to make up a batch large enough for us all to take some home. I wanted to write down the recipe for you all, but my grandma is like a cooking ninja. I couldn't record everything fast enough. But I did find a good recipe that seems authentic, and is very similar from Show Me The Curry. (We make it with and without the methi, this time we made it without.)

Instead... I'll just share a bit of our afternoon cooking with 4 generations.

This is Grandma practicing mise en place... without the fancy containers.
 And of course, the compulsory argument about how much sugar is needed. (This is my mom and grandma)
 There are a lot of things I dislike about my stand mixer, and one is that I have to use a special bowl. With  the Cuisinart Handheld Mixer, I was able to us a bowl that was comfortable for hand kneading as well as machine kneading. Plus... I didn't need to drag these two gals to the counter -- they were able to work on the kitchen table.
 Oil... lots of oil...
The Cusinart mixer came with dough hooks and claimed that it could knead dough. I'll admit it was skeptical, especially since this dough is a very dense whole wheat dough. Would the mixer pass the test?
 I have to admit, I was pretty impressed. This little machine saved me quite a bit of time in hand kneading.
 It's even grandma approved.
 You'll still need to get your hands dirty to shape and divide the dough, but the machine does save time and effort; especially when making a huge batch of dough.
 Now, simply divide the dough into golf ball sized pieces, and roll out. I'm lucky enough to have inherited a few traditional rolling pins-- it makes rolling thin circle shapes much easier. You can buy these at your local south asian market for a few bucks-- it's so worth it!



 After rolling them out, you can cook them on a pan much like pancakes or tortillas.

And of course, don't forget the helpers! We have a set of wooden cutting boards (like these) so the kids can help too.
 Because you aren't just making food... you are making memories.



 I'm so grateful that my kids can see their grandparents and my grandparents on a regular basis.
I couldn't end the post without showing a picture of Amaani eating thepla when she was a baby.

She still loves them just as much! See you back here on Friday for Rakhi pictures!

*Cuisinart provided a mixer for review, but all opinions are my own. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Flip This Pattern

Hey everyone! And happy first day of school for all that started this morning.   I've been a busy bee sewing up a few surprise projects for you guys.  The first is an entry for Frances and Suzanne's Flip This Pattern contest.

The contest runs through this week and there is already an awesome flip of the Ethan Shirt by Falafel and the Bee up on their site.

 And don't forget-- there is also a sew along contest! The last I checked there were just a few entries, so you have a good chance of winning a pattern 3 pack from Sis Boom! I love seeing what everyone is doing with the same pattern. 



Looking for fabric for your flip? Our sponsor Love Quilting is having a fabulous sale for the annual Fab Shop Hop this month. Use the coupon code THIRTY for 30% off everything in the shop!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tutu Cute!

Although I haven't been sewing too much lately... I did have time to make this uber cute tutu.
 This version is lined and longer than the ballet skirt I made. But it's way, way more 'floofy' and just as well loved.
 I used this fantastic tutu tutorial from Girl Inspired. By using the gathering foot on my serger the whole thing came together much faster than a no-sew version would.



The pay off was completely worth it! It's been worn by our budding ballerina everyday since.


Want to make your own tutu? Check out bbcrafts selection of tulle. They have both precut rolls as well as yardage at a great price. And who can say no to glitter tulle?


Friday, August 8, 2014

Easy Last Minute Braided Rakhi

Tips for making your own braided Rakhis and friendship bracelets.


Rakhi completely snuck up on me this year (actually, the entire month of August snuck up on me!) It's tomorrow, and I'm scrambling to get everything ready.

So... a few minutes ago I made up this braided rakhi from bakers twine and embroidery floss. This is one of the easiest ways to make a rakhi (or a bracelet) all though your fingers will get tired if you have to make a ton (like I do!)

Although it's just 6 strands of floss braided together... I have a few tips to make the going a little easier.

First... a heavy glass full of water is perfect for holding down your strands without having to remember where you put your scotch tape.
Tips for making your own braided Rakhis and friendship bracelets.
Second... I found that using different colors of string and trying to keep the string as flat as possible without twisting helped create a much more even pattern than I usually get. See that thin strand of red woven throughout the bracelet? That was done by holding a red and yellow strand together while braiding, and making sure they didn't twist.
Tips for making your own braided Rakhis and friendship bracelets.
Finally... I really dislike ratty ends. I just evened them up with scissors...
Tips for making your own braided Rakhis and friendship bracelets.

... and then combed through the ends with a pin to separate the strands. 

Tips for making your own braided Rakhis and friendship bracelets.
There... much better!
Tips for making your own braided Rakhis and friendship bracelets.


While you are here, check out my even quicker, no braiding rakhi tutorial and my super comfy knit rakhi tutorial.

And in case I don't see you tomorrow, have a wonderful Rakhi!!!!
Tips for making your own braided Rakhis and friendship bracelets.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mini Sock Muppets

Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
Muppets! I'm a child of the 80's and grew up watching the Muppets, Muppet Babies, Fraggle Rock... etc. That's why I was so excited when Muppets Most Wanted came out! A movie that I can actually enjoy watching with my kids. (When do you ever get to watch Tina Fey with your kids?)
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.

To celebrate, I decided that we should make our own sock puppets-- err I mean sock muppets! These Mini Muppets are adorable, and would make a great project to do with your kids.

To make your own Mini Muppets, grab your scissors, hot glue gun, stuffing, a needle and thread, craft supplies, and some fun ankle socks.  I will admit that bought a brand new high-temp hot glue gun for this project. It worked so much better than my old glue gun.

I will admit that I don't own brightly colored socks like these. I'm a white crew sock girl myself. I bought these new for this project for just a few dollars.
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
 Snip off the ribbing and heel of the sock. You can make taller or smaller muppets based on how how far up the sock you make this cut.
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
 Now stuff the sock. I used Puff and Stuff, and I loved how easily the sock filled out with out being clumpy.
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.

Now for the only sewing you'll have to do. Just make a large running stitch around the opening of the sock...
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
 ... and pull the thread tight to gather.
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
 For a clean finish, push the ends back into the muppet.
 Knot off your thread (you may have to pull the threads a little tighter after pushing in the excess fabric). You'll have a perfect muppet bottom.
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
 Once you start-- it's hard to stop! I made all of these in about 15 minutes. With the middle, I didn't cut the sock at all, but instead gathered the top without pushing in the extra fabric. Get creative with it!
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
 Now for the fun part. Gather all the pom poms, googly eyes and felt that you can find, and use your hot glue gun to decorate each muppet. For a baby safe puppet, use embroidery thread to embroider faces on the muppet.
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
 When you are done you'll have a pair (or more) of adorable puppets to share with your kiddos.
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
Here is my tall puppet where I simply gathered the ribbing portion of the sock.
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
Get inspired! Muppets Most Wanted is available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD August 12th at Disney.com.  You can keep up with the Muppets Most Wanted on social media:


This post was sponsored by Disney and Blueprint Social. 

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