DIY — Hoop Fabric Pocket

I came across this tutorial while browsing Pinterest yesterday. It seemed cheap, easy, and useful so I gave it a try this morning.

I decided that I wanted to make these to use by my bed in my apartment next year. We are lacking on space and pretty and practical ways to store things are always nice. I can put my glasses, reading light, zombie sleep mask, etc. in these little pockets. Also- earrings. I hate to sleep in earrings, but I always forget to take them out before I get in bed. Who wants to get out of bed just to take out earrings? Not this girl.

Here are a few pictures of my process. If you have questions on the size hoop or amount of fabric I used just ask!  Head over to Abernathy Crafts to find the tutorial.

Thanks, Yvette for the inspiration and tutorial!

DIY — Lace Necklace

It has been way too long since I have been able to make something to share.

I found a couple of place mats at a thrift store over the weekend and decided to use the lace from one end to make a necklace.  Here’s how I did it.  It was quite easy.

First cut out the lace.

I cut out the whole piece and then trimmed it down from there.  I then sprayed it with a little heavy starch and ironed it before continuing with the process.

Thread a jump ring in to the lace on each side.  (This was taken before I decided I wanted the lace turned the other way)

Next, add a piece of chain.  Any length that you choose will work.

Add another jump ring to the other end of the chain.  This is where you will attach half of your clasp.

Secure your clasp and it’s ready to where!

Let me know if you have any questions!  I would love to see pictures if you make one.  I’m sure this concept would work well with any kind of heavier lace or fabric!

Ross wants to say hello too:

I started moving things out of my apartment yesterday and snapped a couple of pictures of him as I was leaving.

Thanks for reading!

Mini Strawberry-Blueberry Pies (!!!)

You must make these pies.

Must.

I made these yesterday and I felt quite accomplished afterwards.  You see, I am the kind of person that needs a recipe. If I don’t have a recipe to use as a guide, I usually have a little freak out moment. It stresses me out.  I knew that I wanted to make strawberry-blueberry pies because I like strawberries and I like blueberries. Simple as that. I started looking for recipes and could not find one that I liked. So, I stepped out of my comfort zone and just made it up as I went.  I am pleased with how they turned out!  Next time I think I will add a little more cinnamon, but that’s probably it. I’ll show you what I did and give you the recipe.  It is very simple!

First, I got out my pie dough (I cheated and used pre-made). I used a glass to cut the crust in to 12 circles.

Next, I prepped a muffin tin and put the circles in.

I put the muffin tin in to the fridge while I prepped the filling to keep it nice and chilled.

Then I put the filling in to the muffin-pie-cup-things.

Once that was done I used leftover dough to make a lattice pattern on top.

I baked them at 400^ for about 20 minutes and then turned the oven down to 375^ for another 10 minutes or so while the crust got nice and brown.  This is what they looked like fresh out of the oven:

Then I ate one.

With cool whip, of course.

Here is the recipe: 

What you need:

Your favorite pie crust- I used the 9″ rolls that Pillsbury makes.

3 cups of strawberries (sliced)

1 cup of blueberries

3 Tablespoons of corn starch

1/4 Teaspoon of cinnamon

2 Tablespoons of brown sugar

1/4 cup of white sugar

1 Tablespoon of lemon juice

Cut the pie crust in to 12 circles. Place the circles in a muffin tin. Chill while prepping filling. Combine all other ingredients in a bowl. Spoon in to the individual pie crusts. Use the extra pie crust dough to create a lattice on top of the filling. Bake at 400^ for 20 minutes. Reduce temperature to 375^ and bake for 10 minutes or until slightly brown. The fruit should start bubbling out slightly on to the tin.

Confession: I  love miniature versions of my favorite foods because I am one of the slowest eaters ever and it makes me feel like I can keep up with everyone else. Now you know why I keep making mini versions of everything.

I would love to hear from you if you try this recipe out!  What mini foods are your favorite?