Thursday, August 18, 2011

What is this made from?

The British Are Coming

Not sure what inspired me to do this project, perhaps the Royal wedding, perhaps the upcoming Olympics, maybe just this rocked out kids fashion I've been seeing for Back to school.  Whatever it was, I'm digging it.  Here's a little something I did for Bella.  Giant Union Jack with "Keep Calm and Rock On" phrase on the back! Cheerio!!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sew Cute Sandals

Okay, so I have been seeing these super cute t-straps all summer long.  They have flower embellishments down the t-strap, usually in leather or whatnot, monochromatic.  On that note, I decided to make a pair myself...with a little more flare.  This tutorial does contain a bit of sewing, but it can be done either with a machine or by hand.

First, get yourself an inexpensive pair of t-straps.  I got mine at K-mart, and they were buy 1 get 1 half.

Next, I chose my fabric colors.  I wanted something sweet and sassy!  So I threw a little zebra in there with the floral.  I used fat quarters.  Four different colors for four different flowers, but you can use as many as will fit on your shoe.  Don't forget to make 2 sets, as you have 2 shoes.  Iron the folds out and cut into 3-4 inch wide strips.  I used the longest  side of the fabric for the length of the strips.  (Not sure exactly the length, but just as long as you have enough fabric to form a flower.)

 Then you need to fold each piece lengthwise, wrong side out
and pin.  Sew the edge to make a long skinny tube.
 Turn right side out.

Iron flat.

At this point you can make your flowers.  I used a basting stitch down one edge and pulled to make the fabric curl into a flower shape.  You can use a machine for this, or by hand.  I do it by hand.  Whatever works for you.  Sew the flowers together, through all of the pieces so they do not come unraveled at any time.  These need to be pretty sturdy because they will be on your feet and moving around quite a bit.

Now you can put them on your shoes.  I used a huge needle and sewed them on through the leather sandal.  As I went through the sandal and through the flower, I wrapped around the t-strap as well.  I really wanted to make sure they wouldn't fall off while I was wearing them.  

Last step, just to reinforce, I used E6000 glue.  I shot a dab between each flower and the t-strap, threw on a clothes pin and let them sit overnight.  

This is the finished product.  

And on my feet...

Have fun making your own:)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tasty Treat

Ever since Dunkin Donuts debuted their Frozen Hot Chocolate, I have been dying to get my hands on a recipe.  After much searching and not finding one that I truly liked, I came up with my own.  The key here is Hershey's cocoa powder.  Okay, I'm a little biased, as I just came back from Hershey Park with a chocolate hangover.  But, I just don't think the standard packaged hot cocoa mix will be nearly as good.'s the recipe.  Try it out and see what you think.  You can modify it to your liking.  Taste testing is fun!!!

Recipe makes about a three 6 ounce cups.

Fill blender about half full with ice cubes.  I added a few extra.  
1 1/4 cup milk (added the extra 1/4 cup when I thought it was a little too thick)
2-3 scoops vanilla ice cream (you could add heavy cream to give it a smooth texture also)
about 1/2-1 tsp vanilla extract
6 tsp Hershey's Cocoa powder
3 tbsp sugar
Blend to desired consistency.  I had to spoon it out of the blender, but that is completely up to you.
Pour into a glass, add whipped cream and a smile:)