February 2015 archive

Felt Ball Garland

Another make for Rohan’s nursery.

I made about 5 feet of needle felt balls for garland.

My wool for needle felting.



I decided to go with the stabby method of making these balls. I could have gone with what I think is the easier method- using hot water and soap to make them. But I wanted to sit and watch tv while making these.

To start I teased my wool a bit and rolled some into a ball. Some is a size guess. Sometimes I had to add more. Other times my balls were a bit big. To fix the big ones I just stabbed them down some more. Rolling them in between my palms intermittently.


It took me two days to make these. I worked slowly.

Seriously the hot water method is faster.

My first day balls. I had decided that these were not enough for the garland line. Which is why it took me two days to make them.



All of the balls.

Instead of using embroidery floss to string them up I decided to go with that sparkly gold thread.

I still haven’t decided if this was the best choice. With out a lot of light it is hard to tell that the string is gold and sparkly.



It took me a bit to figure out the layout that I wanted. What colors go to next to what.

This is what I decided to go with.




I cut about 6 feet of thread.

I used an embroidery needle to thread these balls up. The threading up process was slowed by the cats wanting to play with the balls attached to the string.

Luckily the string and balls were fine.

They are now with my sewing stuff locked away from the cats.

Destructive cats.




Recently we found mold growing in our laundry room. Supposedly the landlord already knows and is sending someone out next week. We went through the whole process of him telling us this same thing about the last place we had with him. So I totally don’t believe that the laundry room is getting fixed. I am so done with this landlord but moving for a third time in a year just makes me want to cry.

On a bright side of moving. The baby could actually get a real nursery. 🙂

WIP Middle Earth Map

I have started to fret about the nursery for Rohan.

Im not sure if I have said this before but the room we were planning to use for the nursery has no heat filtered to it. We normally keep the door closed and the other day when I walked in there I could see my breath! No way Im keeping a baby in there!

So now the nursery is a corner in our awkward shaped room.

Ive already made the banner for his wall- and after that it took me a couple days to decide what else to make.

How about a Middle Earth embroidery!?! I knew I wanted it much in the style of my Game of Thrones embroidered map. But beyond that I was clueless.

This is still all a work in progress. Ive been pretty slow on making anything.

I printed out my map and made the outline a bit darker with a sharpie maker.

Got all that sweetness embroidered up petty fast.


I pretty much followed the spacing on the map. The reason there are such large gaps in between the letters is because there will be mountains or water ways there.

Got the big towns embroidered and moved on. I left the smaller town areas for after the mountains and water. I haven’t figured out if this is a good idea or a bad idea. We shall see.



And this is where I am today. The water ways are mostly done. I am moving on to the mountains next. Just need to decide what brown to use for the mountains.

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Really. What brown.

I have been stuck on this for three days.


Easy Fudge

Easiest fudge since sliced bread.

During the Valentines weekend we bought some marshmallow fudge and since then I have been wanting more.

More fudge!

Some of the recipes Ive seen called for using semi- sweet chocolate chips. This one that I have made used only milk chocolate. I enjoy that sweeter taste, and I don’t find it too sweet.

I used Ghiradelli chips cause I like the taste. I don’t particularly enjoy the taste of other chocolate chip brands.



I added three cups of milk chocolate chips, 1/4 cup butter and a can of sweeten condensed milk to a microwave safe bowl. I like to give everything a good stir so it melts evenly.

Yes we are microwaving this baby.

I told you easiest fudge since sliced bread.

Microwave until the mixture is melted. I like to do minute intervals so I don’t over heat the chocolate

While the mixture is melting I lined my pan with foil and butter. The extra butter is so the fudge doesn’t stick to the foil.

I add my layer of marshmallows. I call this the bottom layer of marshmallows. I like a lot of marshmallows.

I think overall I used the entire bag of marshmallows. Except I ate a few (lot).



Add the melted fudge mixture and give it a good even swirl around.





I know I said I like a lot of marshmallows.

I added a top layer. Just for good measure.

Give those mallows a nice soft push down. You’ll want them in the fudge mixture so they don’t fall of when the fudge is set.



Bam! Top layer of mallows!

Double noms!



Now the hard part. Place your fudge in the fridge for a few hours so it will set.

I know you are suppose to share fudge with others, but I try not to. I try to save it all for myself.  (Ok I do share, mostly with my husband)

Triple noms!


When the fudge is all set I like to cut a row or two at a time. That way I can just go to the fridge and grab my fudge square. No hassle there!

This fudge usually only lasts a few days around here.

What do you like on your fudge? Nuts? Extra salt? Carmel?


Easy peasy microwave fudge

3 Cups Milk Chocolate

1 (14 ounce) can Sweeten Condensed Milk

1/4 Cup Butter- I used salted sweet cream

1 Bag Marshmallows

Place chocolate chips, butter, sweeten condensed milk in microwave safe bowl and heat till melted. Stir occasionally.

Pour over bottom layer of marshmallows- into a well greased dish. Add top layer of marshmallows. Refrigerate until set- a few hours.

Enjoy and eat often.

Work in Progress Wednesday

Ive been slowly working on an economy block quilt.

So slow that I started this quilt back in July. Back then I had no direction on where I was going with the quilt. I now have more direction and fabric scraps to use on this economy quilt.

Ive had these Aneela Hoey prints- Little Apples and A walk in the Woods since 2011/2012 and no quilt to use them in. This economy block/ eye spy quilt is the perfect use for them.  I also have prints form Joel Dewberry’s line Notting Hill, a few horse butts from Sarah Jane‘s line Wee Wander and a few fussy cuts from Emily Isalbella‘s line from Birch fabric Everyday Party.



I love all of the clothing prints. Those little socks are so darn cute.



Im pretty certain that this will not be the layout of the quilt. Ive run out of the solid blue but I have grey and green leftover. Im trying not to buy any extra fabric




I do like how perfect it all looks. Still completely adorbs.

Back to all the fussy cuts. 🙂



Valentine Shirts Pt 2

Another day of Valentine shirts. The other two were well received and already loved.

Today I did the same process as the other day. Husband picked out the design. I printed and carved out the design. I like to carve out both designs at once. Get them out of the way,

Husband picked out two Game of Thrones designs.

First up the Greyjoy’s. Their sigil is a gold kraken. This Valentines day we have been on a gold kick. All of the shirts the husband picked out have been with gold paint. I promise I have other colors.



With just two layers the shirt is all done! This one was a quick one. The hardest part was carving out the design.




The second design the husband picked out is the Lannister sigil. A golden lion on a crimson field.

Nothing says I love you like the Lannisters.


Carving this lion out took a bit more time. Those fluff pieces are pretty delicate. Maybe 40 minutes to carve this one out.

Again with the gold paint.

My screen is well used and well loved.



This lion took three layers of paint. I wanted just a few minutes in between each layer. The paint semi dries pretty fast.




Both shirts turned out extremely well. I did a quick heat set with the iron and now they are just waiting to be worn.

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Now if only I could decide what designs I want on my shirts.



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