I’ve been keeping up with the Bee in my Bonnet Row Along and love watching my quilt grow and grow. Only five more rows to go! I feel much more confident with piecing now, but am very nervous about the next steps of actually quilting and binding. Eeks!
I was all caught up on the quilt, and actually had a few minutes to sew something for me! My iPad usually lives on the front of the kitchen cabinet, but I needed a case for when I travel. I found this tutorial which was just perfect! I love having the zippered pocket in the front for the charger, headphones, etc.
It was so satisfying to start and finish a project within a couple of hours! So I decided to take a break from the quilt for another week and make Alice these adorable little beanbags.
With Christmas presents and my quilt-in-progress, I have not had much time for more crafting. But how could I resist making Valentines for Alice’s cutie little daycare friends?
I found this idea on Pinterest (of course!) from Tutto Bella Blog. I broke out my gocco and printed up some little cards on blank index cards.
I’m obsessed with Pick Your Plum, but so far I have just bought up a bunch of cute crafty supplies and not used many of them yet. This was the perfect use for these cute polka dot bags and bakers twine. Each bag holds two clementines.
Aren’t they sweet? I hope Alice’s little friends love clementines as much as she does!
I have always loved Halloween, but I’m not much of a scary Halloween person. I’m also not much of a dress my baby as a princess person. I’m sure that one Halloween before I know it, Alice is going to want me to make her a princess or a witch, but until then, I’ll dress her up in cute little forest animal costumes.
I used this super easy tutorial from Prudent Baby. I made the costume a little big on her so that she can use it for dress-up as she grows older. Who doesn’t need a bird costume in their dress up box?
Alice is walking just in time to trick-or-treat! We’ll just visit a few houses of some good friends, but maybe we’ll let her have a taste of candy this year.
Last year I crocheted this hat for my bitty bear the night before Halloween following this YouTube tutorial. She was such a grumpy baby back then! It’s so nice to have a cheery 14-month old for Halloween this year!
We had family photos taken when Alice turned one, and I couldn’t be happier with them. Alice is quite the serious, skeptical kid in public, so we were nervous that subjecting her to a photo session would be rough. But Alice was in a great mood and the photographer very sweet, so we ended up with some adorable photos.
Who do you think Alice looks like? We can never decide!
On the front of the pattern envelope there is a red box that says “YES! It’s easy.” Luckily, that was true, and I was able to sew the dress and bloomers in less than three hours. Which was useful as I started it the night before and finished it 10 minutes after we were supposed to leave to meet the photographer.
She got to wear her cute summer dress a few more times before the rain set in here in Oregon. It’s officially fall here now!
I tried to make a quilt once before. I promised my now husband that I would make him a quilt on our first month anniversary. I bought fabric, cut out squares, and sewed them all together on my dorm room floor. I didn’t know the first thing about quilting and definitely did not have any of the right tools. I just sewed the squares together in long wonky lines, then sewed them into a giant, crazy rectangle. And that’s how far I got. I packed that hideous quilt top into a box, and have kept it that way for nine years. My husband still asks me from time to time when he’s getting that quilt I promised him.
I swore off quilting, thinking that it was putzy and took too long for gratification. But I keep seeing so many beautiful quilt tutorials posted on pinterest, I have a growing stash of fabric scraps, and I have an adorable little girl to sew for. So it was only time before I started on a scrap quilt for Alice. Maybe if this one goes well, my next quilt will be for my husband.
Alice had her first birthday in August! I can’t believe it’s been a year already and I don’t have a tiny baby any more. But I have to admit, I much prefer having a one-year old over having a newborn. Sleep is a wonderful thing, and so is watching Alice pick up new skills by the hour. She’s amazing!
My birthday gift to her was this super cute elephant jumper and amigurumi elephant. I grew up with the Ed Emberly drawing books, so I can’t get enough of this elephant fabric. Isn’t it adorable?! I want the rest of the fabric collection! The elephant amigurumi pattern is from the Tiny Yarn Animals book.
The dress is reversible! The pattern is the Jump-N dress from Olive Ann Designs. The dress is a bit too big on her now, but it should fit some time in the next year.
We had a quiet birthday with just the three of us. I promise I’ll throw big, fun parties when Alice gets a bit older. But this time, we just had a picnic in the park and Alice got to eat her first processed sugar. I made homemade funfetti cupcakes and she loved them (of course).
Update with a photo of Alice wearing the elephant dress. It finally fits her now that she is 20 months old.
My coworker and her husband who have a farm and a beautiful farmhouse kitchen hosted a group of us for a canning day. We bought all of the vegetables fresh off the farm, got our arms elbow deep in tomatoes, and didn’t sit down for eight hours.
Andria and Corinne at the start of the tomato processing assembly line. Scoring, boiling, peeling.
Tara squeezing out the seeds.
Our farmer host, Amber, dicing away. We used 90 pounds of tomatoes!
So. much. salsa.
We also made pickles. Here they are before we poured the hot brine in. Aren’t they pretty?
The bounty: 52 jars of salsa and 20 jars of pickles!
6 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced (or not seeded if you like hot salsa!)
4 cloves diced garlic
2 six-ounce cans tomato paste
1 Tbsp salt (optional)
1 Tbsp sugar (optional)
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp cumin (optional)
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
Peel, seed, and dice tomatoes. Place in a large stock pot.
Add all other ingredients in and bring to a simmer.
Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, sterilize jars and lids and heat up hot water bath.
Fill the jars to within 1/4″, wipe off rim, and put lids and rings on. Hand tighten.
Put the jars in the hot water bath with at least 1″ water over the top. Boil for 15 minutes.
Lift the jars out of the water and let them cool in a draft-free place overnight. Listen for the wonderful popping noise.
Tomatoes are difficult to can because they are not very acidic, which is why you have to add lemon juice. Do not alter the proportions of the recipe. Check out the National Center for Home Food Preservation for canning information.
We loaded up our freezer with meals in anticipation of Dave’s last few weeks of architecture school. We always have a few meals in there, but this is about as full as it gets at any one time. I thought I would share some of my favorite freezable recipes with you.
What meals do you freeze? I’m always looking for new ideas!
Baby food (carrots, carrots/broccoli, peaches, apples, butternut squash, yams, beets, green beans, pears) Cowboy Cookies (I freeze the dough in balls so that I can pop a few in the oven anytime we want fresh cookies) Chicken Flautas
My name is Annie, I’m married to a wonderful boy named Dave, and we have the cutest kitty cat in the world named Cricket. We are new transplants to Oregon, and by day I am an environmental educator. In my free time I like to sew, bake, cook, letterpress, and do any crafty thing that I can get my hands on. I hope I can inspire others with my projects! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.