Sunday, February 28, 2010

Embroidery Projects

I've been working on some projects from Blake's new embroidery series "Monster Babies". He'll have iron on transfers up in his Etsy shop soon! Above is baby Swamp Monster (I love his water wings!), below is Baby Dracula. I'm not sure what project they will end up as, possibly a pillow or zipper bag? I'll be sure to post the final results.

*** These patterns are now available as a .pdf in Blake's shop!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Review - Irish Quilting Magazine

Irish Quilting Magazine is an import from Ireland and so it combines two great loves, Ireland & Fabric. Because it is an import it can be difficult to find, and a little pricey at $9.99. But the fact that it is quarterly and is chock full of projects makes it worth the effort. Even if you haven't a drop of Irish blood in you, this magazine offers projects that would be interesting to people of all skill levels. It includes reviews, tutorials, and pattterns you can cut out. The stories often feature a historical landmark of Ireland and the photography is charming and inspiring. I highly recommend seeking this out if you are looking for a new magazine that will take you out of your usual quilting zone.

New issues and back issues are available at, and we sometimes find the most recent issues at Barnes & Noble.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Seapup's Treasure

Can't remember if I posted this or not...

find it at my t-shirt store

Friday, February 19, 2010

A Seapup's Life

Finally got done with this!
Available at My T-shirt store.

Jewelry Making 101

For Valentine's day this year Ronán and I made bead & pasta necklaces for his Texas cousins, Mairead and Aine. One night we brought out the Sculpey clay and made some beads. It was fun, we added our own sparkles and shaped the beads into different sizes. I made sure to use the end of the shoelace-like string that we were going to use for the base so that the bead hole was big enough when they were baked. Unfortunately, the clay shrinks juuuust enough so they didn't fit on the strings any more once they were done.

Oh well. A few days later, I found some basic embroidery floss and we used that as the string for the necklaces. The necklaces turned out pretty well but in the future I will a) not use whole-wheat pasta because it doesn't look as nice. And b) use ziti pasta instead of penne. The penne's ends didn't fit well with each other, where as ziti would have blunt ends that would work more like beads.

Despite that, the necklaces were made with heaps of love and affection and I hope it came through when the girls opened up their packages. Happy Valentine's day Texas cousins!!

Roses are Red
Texas belles are blue
We think of you always
And miss you a bunch too!

Monday, February 15, 2010

One Yard Wonders II

I just found deep in my inbox that the writers of "One Yard Wonders" are putting together a follow up book! They are looking for submissions for the next volume. The submission deadline is April 1, 2010. I submitted a holiday project for their first book, but it wasn't accepted since it didn't fit in any of the categories. This time around the focus of the book is on projects made with non-cotton fabrics. Very interesting! I'll have to really think about what I could submit this time around. Congrats to Rebecca and Trish for the new book deal!!

More details on their website.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

some t-shirts done on the fly

One lazy afternoon + cheap t-shirts + Illustrator + iron on paper = a new wardrobe for Ronán.

1) Backrubasaurus Rex

2) Toddler Frankenstein's Monster getting ready to go to sleep.

3) Ronán in a helmet, getting ready for BALL! BALL!

4) In time for St. Valentine's day

eventually some of these will work their way onto my t-shirt store

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Banana Oatmeal Bread

I found a great recipe for Banana Oatmeal bread that I made yesterday when I was at home with Ronan. We whipped it up together before his nap, and had delicious warm bread ready for his after-nap snack. I'm still getting used to baking with a toddler so there aren't any photos of the mixing of ingredients (too much potential for disaster there...). But here is a photo of our finished product.

The recipe can be found at a fellow Minnesotan's blog, Chez Beeper Bebe.

This bread is SO GOOD. Holly's blog post was written with suggestions on how to use over-ripe bananas or other foods that you just don't want to throw away. The day before I had thrown away 2 over-ripe bananas and felt terrible, but did not realize you could freeze them and store for later. So her post was perfect timing for me to avoid it in the future!

Holly's recipe calls for 3/4 cup flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour. I accidentally inverted those but it seems to not have any affect on the deliciousness. It also calls for 3/4 cup of oatmeal (not instant). I only had rolled oats and even though they are kind of big, they worked fine and again did not really affect the tastiness. I would definitely make this one again! (but would use the more crushed oatmeal) :-)