May 27, 2015

Happy Moments

Yes, another one.

Lots of sewing lately.

A customer request at my day job.

New shoes.

Friday notes.

Park date.

The first Mother's Day gift that wasn't from my pup.

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May 26, 2015

Make Your Own Penguin

Lately, I've been making a lot of plush toy patterns and wanted to share one with all of you.  Here's a little penguin that you can make at home.

Each piece is labeled with the quantity you'll need.  I suggest starting off by layering the beak over the belly over one of the body pieces.  Sew the beak on first, then the belly.  You can then sew the rest of the body with wings then add the feet and bottom piece last.  Hope you love your new penguin friend!


May 25, 2015

Initial Necklaces

Stamped initial necklaces have been added to the shop.  Combine your charm with a bead in your choice of turquoise, aquamarine (pictured), or matte crystal.


May 20, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls

After reading the nutrition information on a "healthy" cookie dough bar that was in our house, I was horrified.  The ingredients list took up the entire backside of the package, plus it had a lot of sugar.  Right then, I knew that I needed to find a way to make my own.

I came across this recipe.  It only had a few ingredients and 5 grams of protein in each ball.  I ended up tweaking the recipe a little (mostly because I can't stand syrup).  Keep the maple syrup if you're looking for a vegan option.

2 scoops whey protein powder
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

These are a big hit in our house.


May 19, 2015

Sewing Practice Worksheets

After the sewing lesson I gave, I thought it would be a good idea to come up with some sewing worksheets.  These will help with spacing and mastering hand-stitching.  Just print out the templates and cut the sheets in half.  The three animals are for straight stitching, and the shapes are for whip stitching.  Hope these help!

Worksheet 1
Worksheet 2


May 18, 2015

Initial Bracelets

New initial bracelets have hit the shop!  The charms can also be personalized with numbers.  These make perfect bridesmaid gifts.


May 13, 2015

Sewing Lesson

A pair of squidcats were recently created in our house.  The little ones wanted to learn to sew, and they jumped right in with a large plush project.  They did an awesome job.

You can see my original squidcat here.