Happy New Year’s Eve!

Two-thousand and thirteen sure has gone by fast! I am proud to say that I have made three quilts this past year. I was going to do a quilt recap, but I don’t have the pictures. Instead here is a quilt that I just started yesterday for my ‘grandfather #3.’ (My goal is to finish it before the end of January).

The Quilt Materials

The Quilt Materials

The lion centerpiece is not made out of cotton; it has an odd weave, and I believe it is a polyester. The panel is 44″ x 24.” (It’s so big!)  Below is the quilt layout.

Quilt Design Plan

Quilt Design Plan

This quilt is going to have seven panels framed with black. The two panels below are going to be in between the corner panels, of which will be made from the same, dark blue material.

Wildlife Scene

Wildlife Scene

I added borders to these ones so that they will stand out from the corner panels.

Wolf Panel

Wolf Panel

It will be couch blanket, and I’m going to name it something like,”Lion: the Greatest Hunter.” What I just said is kind of lame, but you get the idea.

Now, what about New Year Resolutions? I have thought about it, and I’ve decided to resolve to do the things that I plan on doing, such as: Turning a year older, getting a job, graduating, buying a car, going to college, etc. Things like that. I mean, what’s the point in resolving to do things that you won’t end up doing anyway? (That’s really subjective, of course).   Anyway….

Wishing you a safe and blessed New Year,

~Christina

 

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Boutique Slippers Book

As I mentioned in my Cute Cooking Apron post, for third place I won a slipper-making book. Well, here it is!

Boutique Slippers by Lorine Mason

Boutique Slippers by Lorine Mason

This book is very interesting. There are eight different slipper designs by Lorine Mason, and you make the slippers out of fat quarters! The book comes with three-size slipper patterns.

First Page

First Page

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Floral Ballet Slippers

Floral Ballet Slippers

There are only two slipper designs that I am attracted to in the book. I like the first (brown/green) slippers, “Mary Jane Slippers,” but my favorite are these “Floral Ballet Slippers.”

The Slippers I Want To Make

The Slippers I Want To Make

To be honest, when I first saw this book, I thought, Great. Lame-o cotton slippers.I changed my mind, however, when I read how the slippers are constructed. They are actually made using faux leather (or non-slip fabric) on stiff interfacing with cotton batting and material for the sole of the slipper. These are the real-deal kind of slippers. 🙂

Back of Book

Back of Book

Eventually, I really want to make these ballet slippers. It may not be for a few years, however, so I won’t be able to give a review on the instructions.

Anyway, I’m glad that I won this book!
Thanks for reading,
~Christina

Got Me A Cold Pop… Er—Ramune?

Ramune, or Marble Pop as it’s known in Michigan, is a Japanese soda that is sold in uniquely shaped glass bottles with marbles.  It comes with a plunger that you use to push down the glass marble that acts as a stopper for the container. The bottle is shaped to catch the marble in its neck to allow for easy drinking. However, it is impossible to remove the marble without breaking the bottle. (My sisters have tried).

For Christmas, I bought these two Ramune drinks for my two best friends. I visited my local Asian “convenience” store (China Capital Arts), and after being assaulted by cool thing after cool thing, I finally noticed a sale price of $2 and settled on these babies. 🙂

Strawberry and Peach Marble Pop

Strawberry and Peach Marble Pop

Aren’t they cool? Unfortunately, I have never seen them being sold at any other store.

Ramune!

Ramune!

They are sold in a variety of flavors, the oddest being Lychee Nut.

Instructions On How To Open

Instructions On How To Open

Of course, I only bought enough for my friends, so I don’t have any pictures of me opening a bottle for myself. However, I have leeched off of my sister’s drinks before, and I know that these taste great! Especially Blue Hawaiian.

Only 90 Calories!

Only 90 Calories!

This was the most unique Christmas present that I gifted this year. The rest were pillowcases!

Thanks for reading!

~Christina

Painting Pretty Rocks

Hello!

Painting rocks is another thing that I like to do every so often. I find that they make great presents! This is sort of like a how-to on painting your own. 🙂

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Rocks That I Painted Previously

For this tutorial, you will need:

  • Paper for your work-area
  • Acrylic Paint (Black, Yellow, Red, Blue, etc.)
  • Paint Brushes as shown below
  • A container with water
  • A plastic surface for the paint
  • Most importantly, ROCKS!
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Paint Brushes

Okay, here we go! Get paper to protect your surface area from paint. Because you will be using acrylic paint, I suggest using old paint brushes that you don’t mind ‘messing up’.

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Rocks

You really can’t go wrong with choosing rocks. Any shape will do, though I prefer to have one part that’s relatively flat on the rock.  If you are using rocks from your landscaping, make sure to scrub them thoroughly with warm, soapy water.

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First Coat of Paint: Black

Start off with using the flat brush. Put on a coat of black all around the rock. It may require another coat.

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Finished Base Coat

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Flower Centers

After it dries completely, take out your yellow paint and with the fine-tipped paint brush and dab some dots all around, leaving enough room for flower petals.

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Petal Foundation

You don’t need to wait for the yellow paint to dry; continue ahead with using whatever color you desire for the petals. Usually I can fit six to seven petals around each center.

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Filled-In Petals

Make sure to fill in the petals!

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Paint The Year

When the flowers dry, flip the rock over and paint the year onto it. It really adds a nice touch. And you’re done!

New Rocks!

New Rocks!

Whenever I paint a big batch, I usually get board with the flower design and experiment, as I did below. Sometimes they don’t turn out as I imagined, so I eventually go over them with black paint and start over. Other times, I’m pleasantly surprised when they turn out even better than I imagined. 🙂

Mosaic Rock

Mosaic Rock

Another design is a rainbow mosaic. Using a larger flat-surfaced rock, paint a circle of dots in one color of the rainbow, then continue with the color that follows suit. And that finishes it!

I like to paint rocks because when I was a child, I once had watched my older siblings paint beautiful flowers and ladybugs on the giant rocks in our landscaping.  Anyway, it’s very relaxing and I love how pretty they turn out!

I hope you try it out! (LMK)

~Christina

Cute Cooking Apron

For my sewing group’s Christmas party, our challenge was to make an apron and bring it in a brown paper bag. Then everyone would vote on them without knowing who made them. Out of 18 aprons, I won third place!

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Modeling Apron

The pattern I used is Butterick 6567. My only complaint is that the back part of the straps is way too long for me; they poof out several inches. Everything else is perfect.

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Apron Front

I didn’t use the bias tape pattern that they provided; instead I used packaged bias tape. This project used almost eight yards of bias tape!

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Apron Back

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Apron Top: Gathered Sweet Heart Bodice

Novelty fabric is soooo expensive! Even with the Black Friday sale, it was $8 for a single yard of this cooking themed fabric.

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Decorative Pocket

I love the pocket! Notice how I rounded the corners.

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Gathered Inset

The inset is a really nice feature of the apron. It was a bit difficult for me to understand the instructions for this part, but after experimenting awhile I finally got it right. 🙂

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Pleated Apron Tie

The ties feel nice and sturdy. I used a half yard of this fabric just to make the straps, ties, and waist band.

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Rounded Bias Tape Corners

The pattern instructed me to make points with the bias tape, but I don’t like sharp corners; so instead I rounded all of them.

In total, this apron took me six hours to make and cost me $15, even with discounts. For third place, I won a slipper-making book. I’ll have to post about it soon!

Thanks for reading!

~Christina

Decorated Christmas Tree!

Yep, I sure was busy yesterday! Finally getting into the Christmas spirit by decorating my brother’s tree. Take a peek at all the awesome ornaments I got to handle! 🙂

Everything Anna

Today Nina and Sean came over to decorate the Christmas tree. I have a substantial collection of ornaments – a number of which are quite whimsical. Add to that my older brothers collection and a few of my non-ornamental plush and you get a Novelty Tree. 🙂 (There are way way more ornaments on the tree – I just chose a couple to highlight.)
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Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

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