Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Shopping cart cover for dummies : Sewing instructions

I purchase this for 50% off at Joann fabrics.

I generally never buy patterns because reading them is so hard. I figured that this pattern would be easy to understand. Nope, I must be a dummy because I can't figure out how I'm suppose to sew the pocket on the shopping cart cover. I'm so mad and frustrated !! Why can't the images be clearer and in a language I can understand !

Baby Brezza steams & purée's carrots

Original post date: 6.19.12
I used shredded carrots in the baby Brezza and it came out perfectly!!

I LOVE this product !!!

UPDATE: 8.29.13
I hate to write this but the thrill of this product ended quickly after this post. The Baby Brezza didn't last more than a couple of months. Now, I'm expecting baby #2 and while getting all of my son's baby items sorted, I had to add this to the 'Junk' pile. This will probably end up being recycled or donated since it no longer works. While the Baby Brezza still steams, it doesn't seem to have enough power to rotate the blade. Therefore, not even shredded steamed carrots can become blended. I feel so disappointed. So much money spent and it no longer works, I should have purchased the baby bullet!

Cast iron vs regular pan

My home experiment with pop-stickers

The same # of pop-stickers
The same water temp
The same water volume
The same stove temp --->set to low heat (4)

Variant :
Stove top location
Size of stove top range varied (cast iron on smaller stove top range)

Time:10 min

Results: cast iron water boiling & regular pan water still cold

See how great a cast iron is 😃

Note: because the cast iron heats so quickly, items are more likely to burn if left equal or more time on the stove as a regular pan.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Giant paper gift bow for wedding gift ....

I made this bow from scrap pieces of wedding gift wrapping paper.

I just made random sized loops of 1 inch paper strips.

Then, I made a figure 8 with the loops. And arranged them to look like a giant bow.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Tutorial : Felt Monkey for pillow cover

--> I made a mistake at the end and had to throw my project away. Learn from my mistake :) <--

1. Printed out a drawing of a monkey I saw online.
2.Cut out the main elements of the monkey.
3. Pinned the cut outs to the felt and cut out every piece.
4. Organized everything to make sure it fit properly on another piece if felt.

••••••••••• I should have stitched the parts directly onto the pillow I was decorating instead ••••••••••

5. *mistake* Drew facial features with a sharpie---> use fabric markers!! FYI sharpie will smear when in contact with Elmer's glue.
6.*mistake* tried to glue the pieces onto another piece of felt before stitching them onto my pillow. Used too much glue and smeared it everywhere.
FYI too much glue will seep through the felt.

It's so cute but to the trash it went !!

Tomorrow is another day to try again :)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Baby Brezza :: Baby food processor

Best purchase I have made !!!

What I love about it:
Its so easy to use !!
BPA free
Purées & steams
Easy to clean water container
Suction cups at the bottom to keep it in place
Easy lock lid
Sturdy handle
Cup is marked with water line (160ml) for easy water filling
Just walk away and when you come back it's all ready! No waiting for food to steam then transferring it to a blender to purée. One step :)
Dishwasher safe

What I don't like about it
Sometimes the cup won't lock in right, takes a couple of tries
Loud when it Purées
You have to chop everything into small cubes ( I use my regular food processor for chopping to save time)

***if your baby is sleeping in the same room or in the next room when it is set to steam and purée. The sudden noise when it starts to purée might wake them up***

I prepare his foods at night and store it in the baby bullet containers I purchased separately.
Love this product !!

Note: sweet potato will stain the plastic after just one use :(

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Lady bug chocolates

My mom recently returned from Europe with these yummy treats. Lady bug chocolates !! They are not only cute but delicious. I don't know where I could purchase these in the states but I will try searching the chocolate stores :)

Epiphyllum bloomed today !!

I originally found this plant at the swapmeet for $15 a cutting. Not having a green thumb prevented me from purchasing one. Luckily, a few months later I was able to get a free cutting from a local nursery. I waited nearly two years for this plant to bloom flowers. The plant required minimum care and the only lesson I learned was to not place it on the ground, otherwise snails will feast on it ! It always hung outside and it grew rapidly once the snails were removed. Below are the pictures of the two blooms !! Amazing !!